Thursday, June 20, 2013

Get Out and Run!

My kids took part in a 1 mile Zoo Fun Run this past weekend. Many parents participated too. This was a great way to enjoy our local zoo here in Lansing, Potter Park Zoo, and get some exercise in as well.
I was really impressed by the turn out. It was a great morning to go to the zoo, since the cool/crisp weather had the animals moving around and active.
The organizers did a great job entertaining the kids and lining them up. All were accounted for at the finish line.
I think it is a great idea to get kids into fitness at such a young age.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Garden Time

I finally got the garden in this weekend. We are trying to grow some of the foods we regularly eat from the grocery store and teach our kids how to take care of the plants. I've had great success growing rhubarb in the past at our old house but this yard has proven challenging for that one. It looks like I've finally found a plant that is producing and a good place for it in the yard.
We use a lot of Basil, parsley and rosemary, which are easy to grow. I've never had good luck with Cilantro, but I'm going to try again. Cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash are all easy to grow and standard summer fair. You might be able to see all of the fending and netting around and over the garden area in the picture above. Just like no picnic is complete without ants, no garden is complete without critters. For a suburban area, our neighborhood is teeming with chipmunks, rabbits, berry eating robins and tomato worms. Trying to find an eco-friendly way to grow a few veggies in my back yard has given me new found respect for the farmers who grow hundreds of acres of this stuff.
Hopefully, the animals and bugs let me keep a little bit for myself and I'll talk about what I've done with it as the summer unfolds.
Eat Healthy!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Going Paleo

Caveman Breakfast, I love it!!!
My wife recently undertook the Paleo Diet Cleanse and dragged me along for the ride. I've got to say, I'm not a diet person. I don't believe in fad diets, but one sniff of her breakfast one morning made put my vanilla protein shake to shame. This bowl of ham, sweet potato onions, avocado was fantastic.
The diet avoids dairy, gluten or bread, eggs, cocoa, caffeine and certain night shade veggies. The meals are planned out and pretty simple for most amateur chefs to pull off in about 10-20 mins. Many of the foods you can prepare for dinner and eat for lunch the next day. She lost 5lbs the first week and I lost 3lbs (but I did not give up my coffee or dairy). I'm actually excited for the next meal on the menu. If you want to shake things up, go Paleo and eat like a cave man for about 3-4 weeks to shake things up. I still think cavemen ate eggs. I wasn't there but it just seems to make sense.

I would not live on this, but my wife and I definitely want to incorporate some of this tasty food into our own daily habits.

Look it up.