Race Report- Grandman Triathlon

18 Oct

Well, this race report is super late but I feel the need to post this as I close out my triathlon season. Part of the reason this is so late is triathlon training was taking over my spare time. Trying to excel at 3 sports at once all while working full time and taking care of a family did not leave much room for anything else ūüôā This triathlon was actually back in June… I had another tri coming up October 5th, but it was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Kathy.

Reading through my report, which I actually wrote right after the race, my competitiveness sure shows through. I was pretty disappointed with my performance, and there definitely is room to improve, and I may not have been the youngest, or the fastest, or the slimmest,; BUT I did a triathlon at 47 and it was hard!!! and I did it!! So, YEA me!!!

Currently, fitness wise, after taking the last few weeks off,  I plan to keep up my running but I am ready to move back into some strength training in addition. I have a great program lined up and will have a post up about it soon (I promise)

Race Report- Grandman Triathlon

Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Grandman Triathlon
85F / 29C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 14m 49s
Overall Rank = 511/557
Age Group = First Timer
Age Group Rank = 19/28

Pre-race routine:

Got up @ 4am (VERY excited to race) had some coffee at hotel and ate breakfast (quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, avocado) got dressed and headed out the door.

race 002      race 001

Event warmup:

After setting up my transition area I walked in and out of transition & to the swim exit & then walked about a mile to warm up. There were ‘real’ bathrooms at the pier in addition to porta potties (ewwww!) so I made sure to visit several times and avoided the PP¬†(probably reason enough to do this race again) Met a lot of really nice people, mostly first timers like me, but a few seasoned ones were really nice about answering any questions we had.

The Swim

14m 44s     587 yards      2m 31s 100 yards

WOW. The swim was WAY more physically challenging than i expected it to be. That being said, before the tri I was very nervous about doing the swim, race day, not nervous at all- surprised me. My husband said I did best in the swim (of SBR) and I did not believe him , but as usual he was right. The swim was HARD Рas in challenging to do it right, no crowding or kicking

What would I do differently?: Practice WAY more and do some drills and work on my kick to improve.
Swimming
00:14:44 | 587 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/28
Overall: 446/557
Performance: Average
Suit:
Course: jump feet first off pier finger swim out about 200 yards and then in at a diagonal
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good

Transition 1   2m 50s

Took some extra time getting my helmet on because it was too tight, took about a minute of fumbling to get it right. I did not sit on bucket. I did not even rinse feet or dry them – I was ready to get on with it.

What would you I differently?: Make sure my helmet is loosened to fit right on before race.
race 003 race bike

The Bike    1h 15m 6s         18 miles         14.35 m/hr

The good- I loved the bike, it is my favorite of the 3 sports. It felt very easy even with hills and I felt very physically prepared, I felt like I could have easily gone further. I passed several people. I was pretty happy with my time/pace, but not my rank.

I did feel slightly nauseated on the ride- I had some dates I wish I had ate one or two before the run but did not. I also did not drink enough on the bike, I just did not want to slow down to do it,

Biggest problem: I dropped my chain on he bike hill coming out of T1. II was in 2ed and needed to go into first, just as I was about to do this 4 or 5 friends who had arrived to cheer me on called out and I lost focus (totally my fault, not theirs!!). I stood up (steep hill) and shifted and the chain locked up. It was stuck between the big first and second gear. By stuck as in I could not pull it out. I worked and worked and finally with some blood (literally) sweat and tears (not literally) got it. It cost me about 5 minutes :-(

What would I do differently?: Take my bike in for a check up before race!!!  Keep my focus on my race and not friends!! Get clipless pedals!!!  Drink more on bike.
Biking
01:15:06 | 18 miles | 14.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/28
Overall: 516/557
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: some hills but nothing too challenging except a huge hill coming out of transition
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough

Transition 2    1m 33s

I was happy with this. Biggest thing that slowed me down was I stopped to blow my nose on towel. Ewwww I know but very necessary

What would I do differently?  Learn to blow a snot rocket :/   Also, I put on an extra shirt before run- would not do this again, I was too hot and took time.

Run    40m 37s      3.1 miles    13m 7s  min/mile

VERY disappointed. I walked at least a mile.  My cheering section was there at the big hill again and being one that does not necessarily learn from my mistakes the first time, at their cheering I semi sprinted up the big hill. Stupid. My heart rate went way up and I used up the last of my aerobic capacity. SO I walked the next mile off and on as my lungs tried to recover.

l I was pretty spent after the swim and bike. I did not expect to walk any of this and was not happy about it. It made me realize I was not as well trained for this race/sport as I though I was.

What would I do differently?: train more, train harder, follow a training plan more consistently. BLOCK OUT ALL DISTRACTIONS during race!!!
Running
00:40:37 | 03.1 miles | 13m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/28
Overall: 496/557
Performance: Below average
Course: HUGH hill right out of transition, the rest fairly level
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough

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Post Race

Warm down: I really felt like I was going to pass out after race. They handed me a PowerAid at the finish but I hate PA so did not drink it. I tried to speak to all my friends who showed up (a 2 + hour ride each way- did I mention how blessed I am??) .

I knew I needed some carbs or something quick. I found some pizza and ate a piece (no worrying about gluten for the moment) and a small ice cream someone handed me. I felt REALLY bad. My lungs were killing me.I could not get a deep breath. I am not sure if this is something respiratory I had coming on or from the event but I was ready to go, (I had just exerted myself beyond my aerobic capacity. Physically I was ready for this race but I had not build up my aerobic capacity enough yet) I felt completely spent. This sounds a little more dramatic than it was, no one really knew I felt bad except maybe my husband.

What limited my ability to perform faster:¬†Under-trained and not as fit as I need to be. I know everyone has said ‘first race, just make finishing your goal’, but I really would like to have done better. I felt under-trained on the swim and run. Actually, After having a day to think about it -my pace was not too great on the bike so more training there too!¬†10-15 lbs of extra weight- it will be coming off!

I heard someone say last week Anything worth doing is worth doing right and if I am going to pursue this sport I want to do it right- or at least to the best of MY potential.

Event comments: I will say the race was VERY well organized and there were a ton of volunteers. Course was VERY well marked. My son and several of my friends want to do race with me next year.

Detoxification

6 Sep

Detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from the body. After years of bad lifestyle choices,  processed foods, toxic chemicals, & toxic emotions Рoften the body can no longer keep up with eliminating these substances. These toxins get re-circulated into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc throughout the body, or they get stored in the liver, body fat or other parts of the body. As toxic buildups begin to occur throughout the body, problems can begin to arise in different areas of the body. 

Some common signs and symptoms of toxic overload can include the following:


  • Headaches
  • Joint pains
  • Cough
  • Itchy nose
  • Immune weakness
  • Sinus congestion
  • Frequent illness
  • Unexplained illness
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sleepiness
  • Mood changes
  • Skin rashes
  • Respiratory problems

 

Detoxification is a critical¬† process for achieving and maintaining health in our body. It involves the elimination of substances which are poisonous and/or for which the body has no further constructive use. All healthy cells automatically detoxify themselves everyday. Up to 80% of all processes of the human body are for detoxification. This means that 80% of a person’s physical health picture comes from their ability to efficiently detoxify and eliminate waste.

Our environment is full of toxins in our air, our water, and in our food. Detoxification should be ongoing if one is to avoid the unpleasant symptoms we feel when toxins accumulate in our bodies. Toxins keep our bodies from functioning optimally. Overloading the colon and liver, toxins inhibit normal cellular and organ system functions, and are carcinogenic.  Toxins also cause free-radical formation. Free-radicals are a huge component of disease and aging in our bodies. Toxic buildups and problems throughout the body can contribute to the development of a serious illness.   How each person handles his or her toxic burden is dependent on his or her genetics and lifestyle, but almost everyone needs to go through some type of body cleanse & detoxification a couple of times a year; especially after long winter months or periods of prolonged processed and fast food indulgence.

Detoxification starts with minimizing your intake of toxins. ¬†FIRST, drink purified¬† WATER. We are made up of 70% water. It is very important to drink ¬Ĺ of your weight in ounces of water everyday. NEXT, eat whole, natural, unprocessed food as much as possible. Look for foods that are organic, free range, &/or pesticide-free. ¬†Not only are organic foods pesticide and hormone free, but they are grown in nutrient rich soil so their vitamin and nutrient content are much, much higher than standard foods. We cannot completely isolate ourselves from all toxins or eat a perfectly clean and nutritious diet; because of this we need to supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals.¬†

 

waves on rocksActively Detoxify

We also need to actively detoxify our bodies. Exercise is one of the easiest to detoxify.  Sweating through exercise will release many pesticides through sweat glands in the skin. Dry skin brushing is another great way to aid the body in detoxifying.  Dietary, herbal, and colon cleanses assist the body in removal of toxic waste. The colon has to be in good working order: optimally 2-3 bowel movements a day Рbefore the liver and other systems can be effectively and properly cleansed. Herbal detoxification and cleansing products can invigorate the organs and help the body better process food nutrients and eliminate the waste and toxins it is unable to process. The result is a reduction or elimination of symptoms like headaches, pain, fatigue and so on.  Note:  in order to lose and maintain weight, the liver, colon and other digestive/intestinal organs have to be clean and functioning well.

As you body lightens its toxic load you should feel more balanced and energetic. Your mind will be clear and sharp;  and your skin will seem to glow. Your breath will be fresh and  your body odor will not be offensive. Detoxification will slow the physical consequences of aging down, and even reverse some of the signs of aging.

older lady

MTHFR

6 Sep

SO I have a gene mutation, two actually.

I had some blood work done late last year and when I picked up the report the first page declared I was Compound Heterozygous. Compound referring to the two mutations. I am positive for one copy of  C677T mutation and one copy of A1298C mutation.

Basically this means I have an increased risk of hyperhomocyteinemiavascular diseases, some cancers, emotional problems and degenerative disease in general. Yea me!

Both of my parents died from cancer; my dad lymphoma and my mother lung cancer. My brother had  prostate cancer. My nephew died in his 40’s from a form of leukemia. I am somewhat estranged from the rest of my family so I am not sure if there are more. So basically I already knew I had genetic risks for cancer/degenerative disease, no surprise there. My family’s health history is part of the reason I have an interest in natural health.

The other reason for my interest in wellness is I grew up with my mom dabbling in all things natural health  so it was natural for me to do the same, dabble in natural health. I grew up in a home where carrot sticks were more common than potato chips, I drank milk or juice, not Coke & Kool-aid. Yet I also learned to love ice cream, fried chicken, & bagels loaded with cream cheese there. Those foods are just normal thought, right? And I wasn’t eating a lot of junk on a regular basis. But the truth is normal people get cancer or die young from heart  disease every day, and I’ll see your normal and raise you two gene mutations ūüôā

These test were a wake up call for me to quit dabbling and get serious. I owe it to the things my mom instilled in me about eating right & exercise that I am fairly healthy now. But, she was fairly healthy for her age and cancer showed up. So, I am going to take my health to the next level. That’s right I am going to the extreme. I’m not nieve enough to think anything I do will make me completely immune to cancer or any of the other problems; BUT, I will give my body the best chance I can to survive THRIVE; and if I do have to  battle against a disease I plan to go into that fight in the best shape of my life. I’ll be posting more about some new things I am doing soon, but for now lets look at MTHFR.

MTHFR

mutation2***The information on this page is from research I have been doing the last few months, I am by no means an expert on MTHFR or gene mutations.

The official name of the MTHFR gene is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (methyl-ene-tetra-hydro-folate-reductase).

 MTHFR most often refers to a genetic mutation that inhibits the body’s ability to methylate or convert folic acid from the food we eat into Methylfolate (L-MTHF).

The normal function of the MTHFR gene:

The MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, or the MTHFR enzyme (leave it up to the scientists to confuse us). This enzyme plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is important for a chemical reaction involving forms of the B-vitamin folate. Specifically, this enzyme converts 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. This reaction is required for the multistep process that converts the amino acid homocysteine to another amino acid, methionine. The body uses methionine to make proteins and other important compounds.

Why the MTHFR gene is important:

The MTHFR gene is responsible for making a functional MTHFR enzyme. If the MTHFR gene is slightly mutation3altered (mutated), the MTHFR enzyme‚Äôs shape becomes distorted. Enzyme function depends a lot on shape. It is similar to the grooves on a key. If the grooves on a key are slightly different than the lock, the key may fit and turn the lock a little but it does not unlock the door.

The genetic code of the MTHFR enzyme must be perfect in order for it to function properly. A dysfunctional MTHFR enzyme may lead to a slew of health problems.

This MTHFR gene mutation affects how our bodies process B vitamins for absorption and use; this biological process is called methylation.  Methylation is simply the transformation of food into enzymes or ‘active elements’ the body’s cells can directly and immediately use.

Remember, a healthy MTHFR gene is responsible for converting folic acid into Methylfolate (the ‚Äėactive element‚Äô form of Folate that your body uses).  Our cells cannot actually use folic acid. Folic acid must get converted into Methylfolate before the body‚Äôs cells can use it.   This conversion from folic acid to Methylfolate is a 4-step process, but if someone has an MTHFR genetic defect, then the enzyme transformation between steps 3 and 4 is mutated which causes many systemic problems.

So this means the vitamin processing pathways are not functioning properly and because of this the cells are trying to use defective enzymes, which can cause the body to malfunction and display a variety of symptoms and diseases.  These B vitamin pathways are responsible for many foundational health processes:

  •  Clearing the body of toxins (making glutathionine to do this job),
  • Regulating central nervous system health (making serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine to do this work),
  • Regulating cardiovascular health (reducing homocysteine levels which are damaging to the heart)

The most common MTHFR gene mutations:

  •  Mutation 677 ‚Äď can be linked to: Heart disease, heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots, Peripheral neuropathy, Anemia, Miscarriages, Congenital birth defects, and more
  •  Mutation 1298 ‚Äď can be linked to: Depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Memory loss with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, even other psychiatric problems can be tied to this defect (OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia), and more

Symptoms of toxin build up may be linked to one or both of the MTHFR defects – nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, rashes, and much more

  • MTHFR 677CC = a normal MTHFR gene
  • MTHFR 677CT = a heterozygous mutation which is one mutation
  • MTHFR 677TT = a homozygous mutation which is two mutations
  • MTHFR 1298AA = a normal MTHFR gene
  • MTHFR 1298AC = a heterozygous mutation which is one mutation
  • MTHFR 1298CC = a homozgyous mutation which is two mutations
  • MTHFR 677CT + MTHFR 1298AC = a compound heterozygous mutation which is one mutation from two different parts of the gene  ** this is what I have **

Symptoms of MTHFR

There are many different symptoms someone with one or both gene mutations might encounter.  Not everyone has the same set of symptoms because there are many other genetic and environmental differences that complicate health. There is a key systemic problem that comes from low methylation and it causes three different symptom areas.

Systemic problem:  Homocysteine levels are too high due to the fact that not enough Methylfolate is available to convert the Homocysteine into Methionine, SAMe and Glutathione.  Think of Methylfolate (L-MTHF or 5-MTHF) as the wizard changing the bad guy (Homocysteine) into good guys (SAMe and Glutathione).

 Three symptom areas:

 1.  Central Nervous System disorders – some of these come from Homocysteine not getting converted into SAMe.  SAMe is responsible for creating Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine (neurotransmitters responsible for mood, motivation, and to some degree energy levels – if these are low, then Depression is often the result, but even aggression and alcoholism are symptoms sometimes found in men).  Pregnant women may encounter extreme Post-partum depression.  Also, things like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Memory loss with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and other psychiatric problems can be tied to this issue (OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and more).  These challenges are typically more related to the 1298 gene mutation.

 2.  Cardiovascular problems often occur when Homocysteine levels in the body are too high.  Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clotsPeripheral neuropathy, Anemia even Miscarriages and Congenital birth defects can be related to this issue among others.  These problems are typically more related to the 677 gene mutation, but the worst is for a person who has one 677 variant and one 1298 variant.

 3.  Environmental poisoning can increase when not enough Homocysteine gets converted into Glutathione.  Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying the body of the heavy metals we encounter in the environment – it is our body’s most powerful antioxidant.  When a body gets too burdened by heavy metals and toxins, a lot of unexpected health problems emerge.  Some symptoms of this can be: nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, rashes and more.

MTHFR is at the top of a list of 16 genetic defects for autism.  Another study showed 98% of children with autism had one or both of the MTHFR gene defects (677 and/or 1298).  A recent clinical study indicated that mothers with MTHFR who didn’t take folate during pregnancy were 7 times more likely to have an autistic child than mothers without the MTHFR gene defect.  Colon and gastric cancers also have key links to the MTHFR gene defects, just do an internet search on ‘MTHFR and colon cancer’ or ‘MTHFR and gastric cancer’ and you will find many clinical studies and articles on the subject.

*** OK- incase you are reading this after discovering you have this one or more of these gene mutations and this is scaring you, don’t let it. This is information. Information is power. Decide to do everything you can to  build your health as much as possible starting today. The health issues I currently have are all controlled with proper diet & supplementation.  I have had 3 healthy pregnancies and three healthy children. When I started taking folate instead of a multi with folic acid I started feeling 110X better, so start there!! This diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, so don’t act like it is.

SO, what to do if you have a MTHFR mutation:

1. Find some good supplements. **And Yes, supplements are important because if you have a MTHFR mutation your body is not going to convert folic acid you are getting from food.

Don‚Äôt take a vitamin supplement that your body can‚Äôt convert properly. B-9 as folic acid and B-12 as cobalamin are NOT good options for an MTHFR gene mutant.  Make sure you bypass mutated B vitamin pathways and take the already transformed version of the vitamin enzymes: Methylfolate for B-9 and Methylcobalamin for B-12.  These are harder to find, especially in a multivitamin, but definitely available.

The multivitamin I am currently taking is from Seeking Health . They also have a very good Active B12 Lozenge With L-5-MTHF – 60 Lozenges as well as a ton of info relating to MTHFR. Dr. Ben Lynch who formulate the supplements actually has MTHFR mutations himself. He also offers MTHFR Test – MTHFR Genotyping Laboratory Test, if you choose not to have these done through your Doctor.

Joel Fuhrmien also makes a good multivitamin with folate instead of folic acid. I learend a lot reading Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman and listening to some of his recommendations. I am not an affiliate of his, but I do really respect his work, there is a ton of science behind it.  Although he does not specifically address MTHFR, you can read what he has to say about a multi HERE.

2. Pay VERY close attention to your diet. 

I’m still going to say everyone is different so you have to  get to know YOUR body and find what works best for it!!

plaeo prymid EAT WHOLE REAL FOOD!!! For Pete’s sake, give your body a fighting chance!! It is NOT going to be able to fight off all of the things it MAY have against it if you are fueling with crap!!! Stop eating processed food as much as possible!!

Cut out GLUTEN. At least cut it for a month and see how you feel. Dr. Lynch has a ton of info on this if you go to his site. But I will tell you my memory and my energy levers are 110 times better since I have stopped eating anything with gluten in it.

Cut out SUGAR!!! I mean it!! Read every label you have in your house- it is hidden everywhere!!!

Dr. Lynch recommends a Paleo diet. (when I say diet here you KNOW I mean lifestyle, not diet!!) A Paleo diet is mainly meats and vegetables, some fruits, some seeds, some nuts, healthy fats, no gluten, beans, grains, or most dairy. A huge part of eating Paleo is the source of your meat- it needs to be as natural as possible-  beef needs to be grass fed, chickens free range, etc. If you want more info on eating Paleo, NERD Fitness has a great article. I LOVE the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippp, she has a blog/podcast: Balanced Bites. Dr. Lynch recommends Robb Wolf, I have not read any of his work personally, but from what I understand it is more of the science behind this way of eating. I am also reading It Starts With Food it comes from the Whole9 Life site, who started the Whole30 so many people are doing. I love this book and plan to do a Whole30 after my last race of the season. I am really looking into this way of eating, and will probably write a blog post on it soon.

I have noticed HUGE improvements in my energy levels, my memory, my digestion, and my ability to focus (ADHD) when I changed my diet to whole/real foods. The most important change I made was cutting out gluten, but I am also avoiding sugar and processed food in general. I am tracking and limiting carbs and feel much better without my blood sugar jumping all over the place. I have also measurable increased my healthy fats, mainly through coconut oil.

I will add to this page as  learn more ūüôā

Quinoa

6 Sep

Quinoa has the most¬†protein¬†of any grain, and the highest fat content. It’s a great source of vitamins & minerals.¬† Quinoa is higher in lysine than wheat, and is considered a complete protein. Quinoa is not really a grain; it is a seed belonging to the Goosefoot family. We cook and eat it like a grain, so that’s why it’s known as a grain.
Red or White?¬†White quinoa is most common, red is less common and more expensive. Red quinoa is harder and holds its shape better, and it has a stronger more earthy taste. Some people think it is more nutritious, but as far as I can tell that’s not necessarily so.

Nutrition Data  1 cup cooked quinoa: 185g: 222 cal; 39g carb; 4g fat; 8g protein; 5g fiber; iron 15% DV; Good source of: Vit E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese; estimated glycemic load 18

**Because of its high fat content,¬†quinoa should be stored in the fridge or freezer so it doesn’t go rancid.

To Soak or Not to Soak Quinoa: Quinoa naturally comes with a bitter coating called saponin which must be rinsed off. Most quinoa that you buy in the U.S. has been pre-rinsed and dried, but I usually soak it 5 minutes just in case, to loosen up any residue of saponin, or dust or chaff that remains. Skip soaking if you like, but always rinse quinoa.

Quinoa Cooking Directions:

1. You’ll need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer

2. Double the recipe if you want to have leftover quinoa for another meal or two

3. Optional: Soak the quinoa for 5 min in the cooking pot. Soaking helps quinoa to cook evenly, and loosens up any residue of saponin (usually removed in processing), which can give a bitter taste

4. To Rinse: Stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the rinsing water, using a fine mesh strainer at the last.

5. Drain quinoa well in the strainer, transfer to the cooking pot, add 1 1/2 cups water & 1/4 tsp salt if desired. No salt will make quinoa softer and fluffier, a little salt will make it firmer and it may take a couple extra minutes to cook.

6. Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer.

7. Cook for 15 minutes.

8. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on.

9. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and serve ūüôā

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Pressure Cooker Directions:

1 cup quinoa to 1 1/4 cups water

1. Rinse quinoa, add to pressure cooker with water and 1/4 tsp salt if desired.

2. Lock lid on high pressure setting. Bring up to pressure, reduce heat to simmer, cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

3. Use natural pressure release

What To Do With Cooked Quinoa:

When I cook quinoa I always make a double batch so I have some left over in the fridge or freezer toquinoa-bb2-150x150 use in other quinoa recipes.

Use the basic quinoa recipe above as a starting point, and substitute quinoa for pasta or rice in almost any meal.

See my favorite Quinoa Recipe, Quinoa & Black Beans HERE

Drink Water

6 Sep

T.Y.W.B.E. – Take Your Water Bottle Everywhere!

it is so important to take your water bottle everywhere because it is essential that you drink water everyday and stay hydrated!! Human bodies are made up of approximately 60% water.  

To fully appreciate how vital water is, recall the survival rule of 3: You can survive only

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food

Keeping your body adequately hydrated is one of the MOST¬†important¬†things you can do to ward off degenerative disease. Each of the¬†trillions¬†of cells in our system is a producer of waste material, the natural by-product of energy production. Without needed fluid the cells can’t flush themselves. As toxins build up cells begin to break down. Mutations, sickness and cancer cells result.

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Here is a simple formula to figure out how much water you need to drink each day:

_________ Pounds you weigh / 2 = ________Ounces to drink per day

So take you weight and¬†divide¬†it by two. ¬†the number you get is the ounces of water you need to drink each day ūüôā

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Buy water;  I mean WATER!!! Not tea, coffee, coke, or milkshakes!!!! Coffee is actually a diuretic and takes water from your system, so if you drink a cup of coffee add another 6 oz of water to your total!!

So, Drink Water- BUT it has to be the RIGHT KIND of Water….

Either drink filtered water or you are the water filter!!!!

water1Tap water if full of all types of¬†contaminates. ¬†¬†Probably the most common contaminants that end up in your home’s water from all sources are: particulates, living organisms and volatile organic compounds ‚ÄĒ all of them gnarly and nasty.

The volatile organic compounds ‚ÄĒ called VOCs for short ‚ÄĒ are some of the gnarliest and nastiest of the bunch. Dozens of them¬†can be present in your water without your even knowing it.

Contaminated water can cause a wide range of illnesses, as well as specific and non-specific symptoms. For instance, VOCs like chlorinated solvents are easily absorbed through the digestive system and the lungs. Once inside a human body, VOCs accumulate in the liver, kidneys or fatty tissues. High amounts of them can cause symptoms like dizziness, headaches, lack of concentration and forgetfulness, and they can affect the heart. In very high accumulations, the VOCs in chlorinated solvents cause cancer in laboratory animals, and the VOCs in fuel components cause organ damage, cancers and birth defects.

So it is VERY important to drink only FILTERED water!!!

This is the¬†water filter I personally have. It is made by Aquasana. ¬†It is called the¬†Water for Life Under Counter Water Filter.¬†It s highly rated,¬†extremely¬†economical, easy to install, and the water taste great. Aquasana drinking water filters have been named a ‚ÄúBest Buy‚ÄĚ by Consumers ¬†Digest for six consecutive years and one of ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs Healthiest Gadgets‚ÄĚ by¬†Health magazine (November 2011). I am sure that there are other water filters out there that are good, but in my search this was the best I found in this price range. Do your homework- don’t just buy anything!!!

Let’s Talk Water Bottles

water3SO… what do you ¬†T.Y.W.B.E ¬†in????

OK- I’m going to be honest. I used to be a plastic water bottle re-user ūüė¶ It was just SO EASY and¬†convenient¬†(seemingly) to pick up a case of water at my local ‘big box’ store and grab one or three and go. And then, even worse, I when I ran out I would just re-fill the plastic bottles with my¬†purified¬†water from home. BIG MISTAKE.

While all of the bad press was swirling around certain types of plastic, for a while regular old plastic water bottles seemed to maintain a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health was concerned. Evidence, however, ¬†now suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all.¬†Scientists in Germany have found that PET plastics — the kind used to make water bottles, among many other common products — may also harbor hormone-disrupting chemicals that leach into the water.¬†It now appears possible that some as-yet unidentified chemicals in these plastics have the potential to interfere with estrogen and other reproductive hormones, just as the infamous plasticizers BPA and phthalates do. ¬†“What we found was really surprising to us,” Wagner, head ecotoxicologist at Goethe University in Frankfurtsaid, said “If you drink water from plastic bottles, you have a high probability of drinking estrogenic compounds.” ¬†read more about this at¬†Discovery Health.

I am seeing new stainless steel bottles popping up everywhere BUT…. I have tried them and no matter what I do my water taste funny. Also, Some people object to the fact that these stainless steel bottles are manufactured in China because of the lethal contamination recently found in several products made there. As to the popular aluminum bottles made by Sigg, they have a lining whose ingredients have not been disclosed. Sigg does state categorically that tests show the lining does not leach BPA, and there is no reason to assume otherwise. But this is another case where a manufacturer could assuage doubts by being more forthcoming.

water bottlesSO, I found these water bottles recently at Aquasana and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.  I love the clean taste of my water when I am drinking from glass. They are super easy to clean. They are cheep (the better plastic and stainless steel bottles can run $20 or more) These are around $20 for 6 of them. Highly recommend!!! You can click on the picture if you want to check these out.

I am slightly¬†clumsy¬†and¬†initially¬†worried these might be easy to break, but once I got to hold one I realized they are made from a heavy glass (think of the old Coca Cola bottles). I have not had any problems….¬†and I have been ‘taking mine everywhere’!!! Aquasana carries a silicone¬†sleeves¬†you can order for extra grip, but I have not found one necessary.

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