Monthly Archives: May 2012

Honey for improved performance

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, consumption of carbohydrates in the form of sports gels can be beneficial as part of a long-distance sport training program. However, sometimes these can be pricey. There is an alternative to sports gels that is more economical: honey. According to a study in the February 2002 issue of Strength and Conditioning Journal taking honey prior to vigorous activity can benefit performance. Honey can act as an ergogenic aid by maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.

The following recipes will allow you to create home-made energy bars and sports drinks by using honey as a main ingredient. Recipes courtesy of National Honey Board. Read the rest of this entry

Learning to snowboard

Where you live can have a big impact on the kind of activities that you can do to stay active. Having been born on an island, I always had access to water sports and all kinds of beach related activities. However, there was something that I always wanted to try out: snowboarding.

I had some experience skiing during various travel trips, but it wasn’t until the winter of 2009 that I had my first snowboarding lesson in Taos, NM. I have to say, I wasn’t very good at it. I had good balance but I wasn’t mastering the turns.  In snowboarding you must master the basic turns (heelside, toeside) independently before linking the turns in order to go down a slope. I fell so many times that I ended up with a bruised tailbone (ouch!). Read the rest of this entry

Green,refreshing salad

 

Hello Beautiful people!

Today I wanted to share with you this delicious and fresh salad. Something easy to prepare and refreshing for this spring weather (I live in Texas and it sure is hot) When you get home and you are in the mood to prepare dinner, yet, you do not want to turn on the stove or oven because it gets too hot. A salad is the best choice J! I found this recipe in the “We like it raw” website ,by Russell James,

I assure you this tastes fantastic!   Here we go… Ready, set, go! 

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 handfuls greens such as rocket, watercress and chard
  • 2 handfuls torn spinach
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • ½ cup baby tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced or diced
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  • 1 avocado cut into a fan
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Salad Directions

  1. Just before serving toss the salad with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  2. Cut the avocado and place on top of the salad.


Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water as needed to blend

Dressing Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Pour over salad when ready to serve.

Pear & Mint Dressing (Alternative dressing)

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 ripe pears
  • Small handful fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water as needed to blend

Dressing Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender.

I hope you all enjoy this fabulous plate!

-Good luck-

-Daf

Exercising Your Hobby

I have a love for photography and a desire to stay active. I have found that taking photo walks, whether in the city or in the midst of nature, with my camera takes my mind off the fact that I am actually exercising. Walking in a news scenery each time often gives me the opportunity to exercise, meditate and photograph many beautiful photos also.

Photo walks can also be very motivating when done with a group who all have the same goal and hobby. Here are 4 things that can keep your walk interesting: Read the rest of this entry

Spend Time With Your Dogs

Dogs are a man's best friend

Dogs are a man's best friend

Staying active can be as simple as playing with your dogs for as little as an hour a day. If you walk, play with, or just run around with your dog every day, it’s emotionally and physically good for you.

It’s important that we stay active, but we can’t forget about the other important things in life like being mentally healthy. Read the rest of this entry

Vitamin Junkie!

From Flintstone Vitamins as a child, I have continuously been a fan of vitamins.

There are many vitamins and dietary supplements on the market and they each have different benefits that can be beneficial to the body. It is certain vitamins that your body needs that are provided through the foods we eat, however, taking a supplement can ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. It is most commonly said that including a multivitamin in your daily diet can provide a number of health benefits and can increase energy throughout the day. Read the rest of this entry

Nutrition tips to train for a half marathon

In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to participate in the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego, CA. I was part of the Team in Training group, which raises funds for research against Leukemia. Each participant makes a commitment to raise funds and in exchange we are provided with a coach that trains us during a whole season. One of the things that I liked the most about the training was all the tips that I got to improve my performance. There are many things that can influence your performance besides your physical condition. Nutrition is one of them. Here are some of the things that I learned from my coach that helped me get ready for the Big Race. Read the rest of this entry