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How to kick a cold; what’s fun in the plant-based world and a little triathlon

I’m a little slow to catch up with everything after the holidays.  I meant to finish this post a few days ago.  I’m just doing a quick recap of some of the cool things that I have either had or discovered over the last couple of weeks.

Oregano Oil and Black Elderberry Flower Syrup  After getting slammed with the stomach flu mid-December, followed by the juggling of holiday antics and schedules, I was feeling pretty run down just before New Year’s.  Scott, the Health and Wellness guru over at the Whole Foods in Del Mar, turned me on to Oregano Oil and Black Elderberry Flower Syrup.  I took 3 drops of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the Syrup four times a day and it was like “Cold Be Gone” magic.  Oregano Oil has been touted for being antiviral and anti fungal.  It is also a natural insect repellent (makes sense, because this is some heady stuff!).  Elderberry flower has been used for centuries in treating respiratory  health.   Wiki stuff aside, all that I can tell you is from a keep-the-cold-at-bay standpoint; this combo WORKED!

The best Vegan, GF Pizza in North County is at Urban Pi  I don’t think that any other establishment can hold a candle to the “best, GF; Vegan lunch outside a salad that you can get for eight bucks” at Urban Pi (Across from Flower Hill; behind the icky McDonalds on Via de la Valle),  This actually fed me two meals. Gluten Free crust, oregano-y tomato sauce (wasn’t just the taste in my mouth from aforementioned cold remedy), shaved Brussel Sprouts, Snap Peas, Daiya Cheese (okay, it’s technically a “cheese FOOD”), Jalapeños, Basil Leaves and shaved Zucchini…….Nirvana and it tasted particularly good after a kick-A$$ master’s swim courtesy of Hux in Encinitas.  Doesn’t everyone crave savory over sweet after a hard swim workout?


By |January 9th, 2014|Food Info|0 Comments

Three-a-day healthy eating challenge; it’s simple!

When I teach healthy cooking classes, I don’t focus on what “not” to eat (unless it is something so egregious that I’m already very outspoken about the “fodder” called “food”): Instead, I focus on what you should try TO eat.  For example, I’m not going to slam someone who eats dairy; but rather I educate about the nutritional benefits of dark leafy greens (hello, calcium….) followed by teaching the students how to make a tasty kale dish or salad.

For those of you who saw my personal Facebook post today; you know how passionate I am about calling out fodder which is cloaked in the disguise of healthy food by the product’s marketing team.  Today’s rant was on something called a “Paleo Bar”. These were being passed out after a running race this morning.  I called “bulls*%$” after I read the ingredients:   […]

By |December 8th, 2013|Seasonal|0 Comments

Leucadia Farmers’ Market, Bitchin’ Products and Weekly Training Summary

In the worlds of triathlon and running, Sunday is usually the designated Long Run Day.  Since it’s the off season and I’m not going to be doing any long running today, I hit the Leucadia Farmer’s Market instead.   I don’t think that I’d been since February.  I really enjoy the connection that people seem to have with community and food at farmers’ markets.  For that reason, conceptually, I love them.  However, I do feel that some of them have morphed into more of a street fair atmosphere, chock full of prepared foods and crafts, than an actual market of collective farms where things that are raised and grown on a farm are sold.  Case in point was the farmers’ market that I visited in Las Vegas:  There were jewelery vendors, Tupperware hawkers, a Kettle Korn popper and one lone produce stall all the way from Bakersfield.  Weird.


By |October 6th, 2013|Food Info, News|0 Comments

Easing back into it and Got Chocolate Milk?

Got Chocolate Milk?  Thankfully, no I don’t.   I can’t even fathom how Hines Ward is slugging down all of that mucus-y goop in preparation for his quest in Kona in a couple of weeks. Seriously, have you ever looked at the ingredients in some of these self-proclaimed health/recovery beverages? […]

By |September 28th, 2013|Raw Food, Vegan|2 Comments

Beginning of Fall Bowl o’ Oats

It’s an understatement to say that my mother is a creature of habit.  She eats oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast (probably at 7:12 a.m. on the dot) every day of the year. I gently tried to coax her into varying the fruit on top of her humble bowl of […]

By |September 12th, 2013|Fall, Food Info|0 Comments

Kale Enchiladas….YEEESSSS! And a wee bit of triathlon

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a lazy chef.  I eat a lot of salads (read, no cooking), have eschewed making most dressings (a little apple cider vinegar mashed with ½ an avocado in the same bowl where I’m going to build my salad will suffice) and I typically break pieces of tempeh off the big block and eat them cold as opposed to steaming them or baking the slab of said tempeh with some sort of tasty rub.  I’ve finally committed to making at least one intricate “dish” each week.  I mean, how many times can I blog about kale salads and smoothies?  Readers, are you bored yet?


By |September 10th, 2013|Recipes, Vegan|0 Comments

By the numbers-Pre Race Day Eating and Life at Ironman Canada

I’ll be back to posting pictures soon–Whistler is spectacular and if you haven’t been here, you really need to stick it on your bucket list.

  • 52 degrees this morning at 6:30 a.m.—it’s gonna be cold tomorrow
  • 40 minute spin on the Lifecycle in the gym as it was raining outside
  • 30 kilometers […]
By |August 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on By the numbers-Pre Race Day Eating and Life at Ironman Canada

Almost Vegan 2013-What are “we”?

I write this kind of blog in my head almost weekly, and about once a year I post some semblance of it on my site.  I received a note the other day from a friend on FB who said that she likes it when I taper because I blog […]

By |August 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments