My Walk on the Wild Side

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I live in a city like many other cities; it has fantastic restaurants, lots of green space, great shopping and a laid back and friendly culture.  My city is a beautiful place where you can smell the sea air and look at snow capped mountains.

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Unfortunately like all cities, it has its chaotic side; car accidents, crime, and poverty among other things.

Today is a beautiful sunny day.  I am at work and feeling sleepy, so I decide to get some “outside” time along with some walking (a.k.a. “fat burning”) time.  As I am walking, I notice that the street has been blocked off.  I am overwhelmed with curiosity and apprehension.

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I start to imagine different scenarios. Is it a shooting? An accident? Some kind of “police incident”? No way to know because they aren’t letting anyone through, so I detour to the next block, thinking sadly that I will never find out.

Then I pass by an alley that has been blocked off and realize it is the same alley where the “incident” occurred. Apprehension builds as I realize I am going to finally see what is going on.

What I see is that a garbage truck has knocked over a power pole while driving in to the alley. Given the size of the truck and the smallness of the alley I am not surprised that this has happened; I am actually more surprised I have never seen this before.  I stand and stare for awhile, waiting for something to happen, but all is quiet at the other end so I continue on my way.

When I get back to the office I decide to see if this accident has been reported (Is the driver okay?  How did it happen?) so I Google “Garbage truck hit power pole” and look eagerly for recent news. To my surprise, I find nothing on this incident but do find pages of news reports of garbage trucks hitting power poles.

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According to Google, it is actually common practice for garbage trucks to go around hitting power poles. Huh?  How is it that I had never heard of this?  I started watching videos and looking at pictures of garbage trucks in dire situations, including this poor fellow who knocked down power lines and set the garbage in the back on fire.  Scary!

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I had no idea picking up garbage was such a dangerous job!

I would like to give my thanks to Google for enlightening me on this unfortunate trend, and to thank all of our brave garbage truck drivers for their continued service despite the dangers of driving garbage trucks.  I will never forget when I see a garbage truck in the future just how much you do for us.

Merry

My beautiful new workstation!

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I got a new workstation! Normally I wouldn’t post about getting new furniture but this is really special … Made just for me by my dad, carefully and perfectly measured, cut, sanded and varnished with as my dad puts it, blood sweat and tears and best of all…. Love. It is literally the best and most meaningful present I have ever received. 

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Thanks for the present Dad… Clearly that creative gene runs in the family!

Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter Vinagrette…

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Try saying that title fast 5 times!  It was title that caught my eye, not because it is a tongue twister but because it has the word “bacon” in it.  Have I mentioned my love of bacon?  Bacon is like candy in the Primal / Paleo food community… literally.  People make it with ice cream, syrup, dark chocolate… sounds weird but is actually amazing!  Then there are all the savory uses for bacon.  I cook with it at least twice a week, and eat it for its pleasurable self on the weekends.

This recipe comes from the blog Mark’s Daily Apple and my primal guru, Mark Sisson.  My guru not because he is perfect or knows everything, but because he perseveres and puts in all kinds of time helping people understand the lifestyle in a well rounded and simplified way.  And I NEED that… I only have so much time in a day to read everything I want to read!

But I digress. Part of being primal is continuously looking for new ways to eat real foods so we don’t develop “food fatigue”.  I found this post today for a recipe that I will definitely be trying.  It combines some of my favorite things… bacon, brussels sprouts and butter.

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If you too have “food fatigue” and are looking for new recipes, and/or ways to use up your excess brussels sprouts and bacon, give this a try… even if you aren’t primal I bet you will love it!

Primal Shortbread Recipe

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Some of you might remember me writing a long time ago about my experiences with being “primal”.  If you haven’t heard of the Primal or Paleo lifestyle, type it into Google and see what comes up.  It is becoming a movement in a big way and for lots of reasons; eating “primally” promotes sustainability, healthy habits and a simpler life.  An awesome side effect of being Primal is the amazing recipes that people come up with like these shortbread cookies from Paleo Spirit. One thing I have missed more than anything since starting my primal journey is shortbread… those little yummers are one of my all time favs!  I am trying this recipe as soon as I get a chance… with the holidays coming I have a great excuse.🙂

 

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Yoga Therapy?

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Today I am thinking about fitness and how it has changed for me.  A post on Yoga Therapy on Mark’s Daily Apple, and much discussion on the benefits of yoga has changed how I look at fitness and health.

I have been doing yoga off and on for a number of years… starting with hot yoga and moving to practicing regular yoga.  I remember hot yoga used to feel really stressful; I would be sweating buckets, and getting sweat from other people flung on me, sitting (or standing as the case may be) in a smelly room trying not to throw up from the heat.  I know many people swear by it but it is definitely not for me!  Then I found myself in a yoga class in the workout room on the first floor of our office and absolutely loved it.

I have always been the kind of person that had so much pent up energy and impatience that I thought yoga would be too slow, too easy, and not do anything for me.  My opinion definitely changed after that first class… yoga is not easy and slow can be good!  Especially now as I recover from years of working at a computer, whiplash and over all neglecting my physical health, yoga has helped me feel better and move forward in a way no other exercise did.  Yoga makes me stronger than I ever thought it would, emotionally, spiritually and physically.  I am not a guru by any stretch; I am only going to one class a week, but it has made a huge difference in my life.

Thank you to the people that introduced the practice of yoga to the world!

Namaste.

Just Another Dinner Idea.

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Yummy… paleo dinner idea🙂

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I often get asked what I eat for dinner since I have cut grains and sugar out of my diet.
Tess and I were both pretty tired when we got home from work, so we threw together a quick meal and I thought I’d note it down for those who always ask:

We had our own slightly updated version of a BLT + Chicken (Tess is allergic to pig meat so the bacon was all mine!)
Our ingredients consisted of cos lettuce, sliced tomato, slices of mozzarella, bacon, cooked chicken breast and mashed up avocado (I like to add a little lemon juice, salt and pepper to the avocado too)

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Is Wheat Addictive?

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As I was messing around with my blog today, I realized that it was pretty heavily weighted to my posts on fashion and style.  While I do love fashion and style and of course my own jewelry😉, I love many other things as well, including health and nutrition.  Mark Sisson, author of the blog called Mark’s Daily Apple and the book “The Primal Blueprint”, posted a blog today called Is Wheat Addictive?. This topic  is something near and dear to my heart, something I have struggled with since letting go of grains… my absolute addiction to bread and pasta.

I love the taste, texture, and feeling I get of satiety as I chow down on a big piece of sourdough bread slathered in butter; I DO NOT love what happens within hours of eating that stuff, but that’s a story for another day. When I gave up eating grains, bread and pasta was the hardest thing for me to let go, and I still find that when I am confronted with bread I start to drool like my 16 year old cat.

Back to Mark’s blog… apparently it isn’t chemically addictive, but we all know how attached we can get emotionally to that floury goodness.  For me it requires a big commitment and a lot of healthy substitutes to let go of wheat products, and now that it has been awhile, I don’t miss them nearly as much as I did.  There are lot’s of great Paleo and Primal recipes out there that we can use to nourish ourselves and make the withdrawal from wheat products less painful.

Stay tuned for more posts on the topic of bread/Paleo/nutrition, and happy reading!