Thursday, April 28, 2011

Banish the Knots

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Green Smoothies

I feel like this is kind of old news as I've been drinking a green smoothie daily for years. I decided that I'd blog about it anyway on the off chance that someone reading hasn't heard about them.

Green smoothies are packed with loads of good for you things. Tons of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. They're simple to throw together and you can make a huge variety of different smoothies using one basic recipe. The basic recipe below makes two large servings. I often put my serving in two small mason jars and have half at lunch time and half mid-afternoon. You can half the recipe if you want to make a single serving.

Green Smoothie

2 pieces of fruit or two cups of chopped fruit (may use frozen fruit)
3-4 cups of water (may substitute milk or nut milk for water)
2-4 handfuls of leafy greens
2 tablespoons of flax seeds
2 servings of protein powder (optional)
2 tablespoons of raw wholegrain (if using a vitamix) or 1/4 cup of cooked whole grain (optional)

Pour water or milk into a powderful blender. Add other ingredients, cover blender and blend well. If you are using a vitamix you won't have any problems blending it right up. If you are using a regular blender you may want to blend in one ingredient at a time. A vitamix will handle frozen fruit more easily than a regular blender.

If you are new to Green Smoothies use baby spinach and only put in one handful at first. Then as you get used to the flavor you can add in more spinach and eventually try other greens. I regularly enjoy spinach, kale, collard greens, leaf lettuce and romaine lettuce. Sometimes I am a purist and only use one type of fruit and one type of greens at other times I mix my fruits and/or greens. There are lots of other interesting ingredients you can add but I'll leave that for another day.

To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. ~ William Londen

Friday, April 22, 2011

Update on the Barefoot running

I haven't done any. :)

It's still quite cold for baring one's tootsies.

What I did do however is to purchase a barefoot sandal kit. It arrived within days but I've been too swamped to put them together. I haven't so much as made a tracing of my feet! I'm hoping to possibly do that this weekend. Time will tell. I need to get a leather punch to make the proper holes in the sole of the sandals.

Those are obviously not my feet! My feet are not nearly that pretty after many years as a semi-pro ballerina. (Many moons ago.) They are sturdy and never hurt and are amazingly resiliant but beautiful they are not! I still love them for all of the things they allow me to do. You will probably get a peek at them at some point.

Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have. ~ Doris Mortman

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Barefoot Running?

Conventional wisdom (whatever that is) used to tell us that you needed to bundle your tootsies up in special running shoes, especially if you wanted to run long distances.

I used to run marathons and back then I would bundle up my feet into cushioned running shoes. At that time I was what is known as a "supinator" which means that I tended to put more weight on the outside of my shoes rather than pronating or rolling inward as is more common.

I never thought about making an effort to change the way I walked. Quite honestly, I didn't think it was possible. So I wore cushioned running shoes in order to protect my feet and joints.

Fast forward and I am now no longer a supinator. I was able to rebalance my feet through a combination of regular massage and postural restructuring and you can too. (Watch for a future blog post describing a simple exercise that will help you do this.) But allow me to yank myself back onto the subject at hand.

There is a fairly new running trend called Barefoot running. I first became aware of it when I learned about Vibram Five Finger shoes. It was the middle of the winter though so I didn't end up buying a pair.

Then I found out about running sandals. Based on huaraches, they're much more affordable but I couldn't imagine running in them. Well imagine my surprise today when I got a link in an email to a forum post from someone who ran 68 miles in a pair! That picture is actually the feet of Jason Robillard - the runner - after he finished the 68 mile run. Of note is the absence of blood from blisters! Jason is obviously an accomplished barefoot runner and he's written a book. The cool thing is that you can download and read 56 pages of his book for free. Simply click on the words "book for free and then click on the word "HERE" on the webpage that will open and a PDF file will download.

Should you want the entire book it's available at as a download for $2.99. I have a feeling I'll be buying it. I don't have a kindle but I downloaded the PC version.

I'm considering giving this minimalistic approach to running a try. My running style is already consistant with safe barefoot running. I am a mid to forefoot striker, I run with very upright posture and with short, light strides.

You'll notice I used the word "considering." I'll let you know how it goes if I decide to actually go through with it. Before that happens I have to wait for a little warmer weather and for my favorite trail to dry out.

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. - Cecil Beaton

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Yoga in a Hammock?

An acquaintance mentioned this emerging form of yoga called Aerial Yoga in a blog post. You won’t find a class in NH but there are classes located in Boston.
Apparently you can also practice at home. You can get quite complicated in the equipment you choose but it looks like you’d need an extra room and a pile of extra cash.

Or maybe not!

You can build your own aerial system for about $65.00.

I'm not sure how I would feel about yoga poses performed about the mat. I know I'd be at least a bit apprehensive about falling on my head. But escaping from the world to meditate in a cocoon-like sling sure sounds quite restorative.

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~ George Bernard Shaw