Like I said before I wasn’t sure how often these tips would come but I feel like this one today should be very helpful.
Tip: Go Green for your body.
You hear all over that companies are going green to save energy and to help the environment, today’s tip is to go green to increase your bodily energy. I mean eat those greens!!! I was looking at a top 10 list today from Nutrition Action of healthy foods and basically 4 of the top 10 are green foods. They are, in no particular order broccoli, spinich (leafy greens), watermelon & mango’s.
This goes to show that not only does going green help the environment it also helps your body!
Yes, as Cameron mentioned, the food in San Francisco was amazing, and I think I gained a few pounds on that trip! So on a healthier note, sometime last year my brother, Jon, who actually founded Kodiak Cakes came up to me and told me that he loves sweet potato pancakes. I was pretty skeptical, not having tasted the goodness of sweet potatoes in pancakes, and thought it could have a weird taste and texture. Cameron and I and I ended up trying them here at the office, loved them and even posted a recipe for them on our recipe page.
So a few weeks ago I made them for the kids. They usually turn their noses up at things like yams and squash, and we always try to get them to eat them because they are so healthy. Anyway, they loved the flapjacks! They’re easy to make too, especially if you microwave the sweet potatoes by cutting them up into smallish chunks, place in a bowl with water, cover, and microwave for about 4-6 minutes.
They soften right up and are easy to mash up and mix into the batter, resulting in a nice, thick but moist, batter. Sweet potatoes and 100% whole grains with a little (or as in the case of my 2 year old, a lot) pure maple syrup – that’s a really healthy breakfast!!
Yep, that’s right Joel and I made the trip to San Francisco for the Winter Fancy Food show. Our first stop was to the show so we could set up the booth and make sure everything would look good and be ready for the show.
We set up the booth then rushed over to Ike’s place to grab a sandwich (it is the highest reviewed place on Yelp in San Fran so we had to go there). The sandwich was very good and the place was jam packed!
After a stop at Ike’s Place we went to China town. As luck would have it, it was Chinese New Year so the place was packed full of vendors and people. It was quite the site to see and I am not sure this picture below does it justice.
I then informed Joel that we would have to go to the Ghirardeli store to get some ice cream (I know not part of the diet, but let’s be honest who can pass that up!?!?!). We then slowly made it back to our hotel and crashed for the night.
The show turned out really well, we had a lot of fun and were able to meet a lot of people. We even had a smoke stack in our booth so that people would see a cabin as they walked by and want to come in for some tasty flapjacks. You can see the smoke in the picture below.
The last night we went to a burger place called Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers, we were a bit relucent when we saw pictures and walked in. That was short lived and we were totally blown away after we took our first bites of the burger and the amazing garlic fries! Now, I know this isn’t in line with a healthier life (yes we ate all the food in the picture), but I will not lie when I say these were by far the best fries that I have ever had in my entire life! Joel and I even bought a shirt from them because we loved it somuch. Don’t worry we have started eating better again since being back from San Francisco and I will follow tomorrow with another tip.
I would have titled this post as the tip of the week, but I still haven’t decided if these tips will be daily or weekly. However this tip is one that I strongly believe can help anyone with a desire to lose weight and keep it off.
Tip: Get off the couch and do something!
This may sound harsh, but a few Mayo Clinic articles that i have read state the importance of daily and regular exercise. ”Studies show that people who maintain their weight loss over the long term get regular physical activity” (Mayo Clinic article). In this same article they point out that “Exercise also offers numerous health benefits, including boosting your mood, strengthening your cardiovascular system and reducing your blood pressure“. If you want to know more benefits of exercise read here where they list 8, yep that’s right 8 benefits of daily exercise!
Joel and I took this message to heart and started our exercise plan last week. We decided that we would come into work everyday at 7 am so we could start our workout at 3 pm. Yes, it is still hard to get out of bed that early, but it feels great.
Last year we invested in P90X (I will include a picture later of our workout room down in the basement of our office), and began working out everyday after work. This year we plan on running every day if the weather is good and if not we will do P90X. We both find it very motivating to have someone else to run with. Having someone else to run with makes it is easier to run longer and keep the speed up. I will be sure to keep you updated on our runs and how we feel during these exercising endeavors. I hope this tip for the day/week helps you out with your New Years goals, I would love to hear your ideas that you find helpful when exercising.
I love the New Year! It is time for reflection on the last year, a time to reflect on the New Year and finally a time to set some goals!!! Last night as my wife and I were driving home from the grocery store we passed by a 24 hr Fitness. It was very funny to us to see how packed their parking lot was with people starting their New Years goal of dropping those unwanted lbs. The funny part is that I am actually one of those people this year, the only difference is that I didn’t get that 2 year gym membership. I have measured my body and weighed myself so I can measure my improvement over the next 6 months. I didn’t stop there, I also got a subscription to Runner’s World on my new Samsung Tablet to help me stay motivated and told my wife to push me hard so I could have some help reaching these goals. The other night we even tuned into the season premier of the Biggest Loser, which just watching that show can be very motivating (the same way hoarders is with cleaning your house). It is safe to say that I am very motivated and ready to start dropping the lbs. I plan on blogging at least weekly with tips, ideas and things that have/are helping me with my weight loss goal. I thought about doing some photos and stats with my current weights and size, but i will spare you for now, until I decide you are ready for that. Now onto the tips and tricks to keep that unwanted weight off.
Tip 1 - Drink 16 oz of water before every meal and especially in the morning before breakfast. You might have heard this before as this isn’t new information, but your stomach works almost like a scale. As you eat it weighs down and tells your brain that you are getting full, it takes roughly 10-15 min for your brain to know that you are getting full. So starting with some water will tell your brain that you are more full as you start and as a result you will eat less.
Tip 2 – Put an emphasis on healthy eating. I know this sounds like beating a dead horse, but healthy eating will do wonders for the way you feel. I have noticed since I have been eating better this week that I feel so much better than I did the previous month! Yes, I know I was eating a lot of candy and goodies at the holidays, but I have noticed a huge difference now that I am eating better. The other night for dinner my wife and I made this dish (see image at right), it was one of my most favorite things that we have ever made! It is salmon with spinach and sweet potatoes. The name sounded weird to me but I loved the taste and how all the flavors came together. If you would like the recipe send me and email and I will be sure to forward that onto you.
Tip 3 – Start with Breakfast and pack it in. When I say pack it in I mean get a healthy, and full breakfast. As I was reading Runner’s World the other day they had this article that stated the importance of a healthy breakfast. In the article they give a suggestion for breakfast (High Protein Pancakes). I got really excited when I read this because we make pancakes here at Kodiak Cakes. Then as I continued to read it said to use Whole grains and that it is best to make more than half of your grains whole during the day. I knew I had found the right article, this was right up my alley. They basically say to eat more whole grains and explain why everything on these pancakes will help you start your day right and even help you recover from those workouts.
The flapjack above I topped with Greek Yogurt (more protein than regular yogurt and has more of a creamy texture), chopped up almonds (to help with recovery) and Kodiak Mountainberry Syrup which by the way was an amazing topping!
These ones I made the next day and did the same thing but this time I put fresh blue berries on top which also is suppose to help with muscle recovery after runs. I totaled the protein from the pancake breakfast and it was close to 35-40g of protein, thanks to the yogurt, Kodiak Cakes and the almonds. One of my most favorite parts is that this breakfast actually tastes amazing. You can probably tell by now that I really like food and that taste is very important to me, so when I don’t have to sacrifice flavor for nutrition I am defiantly on board!
I hope these tips help you and give you some direction in your New Years goal and aspirations. If you have any suggestions for me or things I can do to stay on my path I would love to hear them.