Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Baked Falafel Balls

I love falafel balls but don't eat fried foods so what's a girl to do?

Luckily a member of the ETL forums posted THIS LINK.

I haven't tried it yet but I have it on good authority that it's excellent!

This is definitely on the menu for next week!

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Age Skateboard

I saw this on the NPR website. It looks like a ton of fun or a broken wrist depending upon your skating abilities. I don't think it would lend itself to our sand roads, stone driveway or forest trails. Cost? $100.00.  I think I'd need the training bar. ;)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The bear's awake

We did a stupid thing. We know better than to leave food outside but it was only supposed to be for a little while. Beau had made a flat bread dough but change the recipe. I was in the kitchen cooking so I told him we'd put it outside for an hour or so since the bowl was too big for the fridge.

Long story short, we forgot all about it. A hungry bear must have smelled it and came exploring. Thank goodness he wasn't in the mood to climb our porch gate or by the time he arrived the dough was frozen or the smell of dogs put him off.

His tracks did come up the stairs. The good news is that pring can't be far away.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This is what you get...

...when you leave one cat and four Connemara Terriers to their own devices while you go to the post office to pick up the mail. Yes, there is no mail delivery in the boonies. No trash pick up either but that's another blog post.

I should have taken a picture of the yarn woven in and out of the living room furniture but I didn't think of it in my hurry to put an end to the frivolity.

Starsky the cat had to be the instigator. The yarn was too high for the dogs to reach. Hutch probably stood around ringing his paws exclaiming that this was a bad thing to do. (He's the oldest dog and a rule follower.) The other three most likely shared gleefully in the misdeed, though they managed to look quite innocent when I walked in the door - happy to allow the cat to take the fall.

I tell you there's never a dull minute. But we wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

When was the last time you wore flat shoes?

Chances are your response is something like this, "I often wear flat shoes." " I live in my athletic shoes, clogs, Texas, Etc. Etc."

Hmmm my challenge to you is to check your shoes, yes all of them, and see exactly how many are truly flat. I bet the results of this experiment will surprise you.

Here is a short blog post that shows how a pair of flats may not be truly flat.

THIS youtube presentation will require more of your time and may challenge some of the "scientific facts" you thought you could count on.

Questioning what I thought I knew about shoes and feet has been both eye opening and freeing for me. I wish the same experience for you.

Now take those boxes you call shoes off of your feet and wiggle your toes!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Questioning Traditional Exercise: What does traditional exercise ask of us?

It's high time I at least posted a few thoughts on this subject. This quick post will not be able to capture every idea that my studies have got running around in my head so this is going to turn into a series of posts.

So what exactly does traditional exercise ask of us?
Well, trends come and trends go and yesterday's contraindicated movement is often today's darling - or vice versa. Still, a couple of concepts seem to have passed the test of time.

We need cardio to keep our heart healthy, or do we? We need strength training to keep our bones strong, or do we? We need to stretch to preserve our flexibility, or do we?  Oh yes and let's not forget, We need all of these things to increase our metabolism and burn lots of calories to either lose weight or at very least not gain it. To which I respond with a huge, or do we?  More thoughts on the "or do we?" at a future date.

We should exercise regularly. Some say every day, others - myself in the past - tout the all important weekly rest day. 

When we exercise we should exercise for an hour, or 45 minutes, or thirty minutes, or 20 minutes, or 10 minutes three times.... You get the picture.

When we do cardio we should go long and low, mix up really exhausting suck wind tough intervals with kind and more gentle recovery periods, mix weight training with cardio....you decide.

When we do strength training we should lift really  heavy weights but only a few times, stick with light weights and lift a whole bunch of times, use stretchy bands, use a contraption with springs, use your body weight only, roll a truck tire across the room...you decide

When we do flexibility training we should use active range of motion, hold each stretch 15 or 30 seconds, do yoga, do yin yoga and hold each position for 5-10 minutes....you decide

Finally, when we exercise we should, take a class, bike, swim, walk or run outside, exercise in a gym, ride stationary exercise equipment, use an exercise DVD, put on music and dance.

Are you confused? Most people are. It's downright distracting and therein lies the problem.

Because it's actually distracting us from what we need most and that's varied movement. 
Yeah, we're human animals who are built to move. Our bodies depend upon it. 

And yet we've bought into the idea that all we need is an hour of exercise a day in order to be totally and completely healthy! I'm here to tell you it's a myth. I'm also here to tell you that 3 hours of exercise on most days is as bad, or worse - unless of course you're an Olympic hopeful.

I can't believe that we'll go out of our way to buy cage free eggs - oh yeah I don't buy eggs anymore - because we want the poor chickens to be free to move, yet we think nothing of being chained in a sitting position for most of our day. Actually we barely sit anymore it's turned into a sort of slump.

How can any animal that is built to move be healthy and thrive without that movement? It's simple, they can't and we aren't. 

So what's the answer? I honestly don't think there's a single solution. It's gotten way more complicated than that but I do think it's fixable. 

The first thing you can do is check out just how much time you spend slumping, 'er sitting.
What does your habitual seated posture look like?

I may come back in and add to this post but for now I'm out of time.  I also want to let you know I wasn't sitting the entire time I typed this up and when I was sitting I was sitting in countless different positions. What's up with that? More soon.