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Paleo Diet: Day 1

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Today, November 1st marks our first forage (literally) into a strict paleo diet for one month.

What the heck is a “Paleo Diet”?
Think: What the cavemen ate…Nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, eggs and lean meats.

What does that mean for me and hubby?! No soda, no sugars of any kind, no dairy, and of course no bread, rice or pasta! In addition, to no alcohol for one month.

What is the goal?
To see if we can improve our performance, drop body fat and really evaluate how we feel healthwise after eliminating so many foods.

What is this diet based on?


Review coming up.

Will my kids go Paleo too?

Not so much, however, I would love to get them eating eggs and bacon for breakfast daily!!

Biggest challenge for me will be in the non-sweetened coffee and dark chocolate that I am accustomed to eating daily.

I am determined to see this through.

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Tags: Cooking/Recipes · Cross Fit · Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids · Nutrition · health and fitness

Well, Then!

October 7th, 2010 · No Comments

I’m happy to announce that the Well, Then community is now live and BUSY!  You can check out all my silliness on video over there.  My favorite is the “How to Teach Handstands to Kids” video, featuring my own kid!

Check them all out here- Well, Then (under exercise).

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Tags: Cross Fit · health and fitness

The New Food Pyramid for Kids

September 12th, 2010 · No Comments



Link to a detailed description of the food pyramid.

How many of you remember the pyramid of the old days???

6-11 servings of bread per day?!

Now, if you’ll notice the new food pyramid is completely different in that it only recommends 6 ounces of bread/grains/cereal per day. Yahoooooo!!! Or at least, hooray for promoting less grains….But, how many of you have noticed that kids in particular LOVE their bread?! And when I examine my own kids’ diet, they eat more than 6 ounces of bread per day and half the time they can easily eat 2 servings of oatmeal at breakfast alone- not to mention the bread they might have at lunch.

The new pyramid uses actual measurements. {6 ounces of grains, 2 1/2 cups of vegetables, 1 1/12 fruit, 2-3 cups of milk, 5 ounces of protein, and fats are used “sparingly”} Bottom line: Encourage your kids to eat as many vegetables as possible and decrease the amount of grains. Finally, children are encouraged to get sixty minutes of vigorous activity every single day!

Have you seen this new food pyramid for kids?! How do you feel about it? I’m now on a mission to get them to eat EVEN more vegetables!!

Edited to add that a supplement of Omega-3 and a multi-vitamin might not be a bad idea!

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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids · health and fitness

Lunches on the Go!

August 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

It’s back to work week for me….not sure if I am excited or drained, honestly. Next week the kids come back and I’ll be faciliating one more job as of next week- organizing games for the playground. Obviously up my alley, however, it is right smack in the middle of lunch. What to do?!

Just call me the “baggie girl”!

Pre-cooked chicken in 3 ounce servings are ready to go in my fridge.

Then, I’ll have a choice of delicious fruits or vegetables that I feel like eating that day such as apples, fresh salsa, strawberries, blueberries or a combination of all three.

For desert, I’ll have either a selection of cashews or an avocado.

Simple,easy and can be eaten anytime, anywhere.

The only thing is that all the teachers see me eat all the time, ha ha ha!! Maybe, I’ll rub off on them and they’ll ditch the Ritz crackers for an apple, heh?!

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Tags: Nutrition · health and fitness

Amazing Chocolate Milk Drink for Kids: X Balance

July 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Going through the drive through at Starbucks with your kids?! How many of you buy chocolate milk for your kids?   Kids love chocolate milk!  Something about the brown cow and 50 grams (?!!) of sugar will make any kid jump in circles!

My kids and I have had the amazing pleasure of sampling X Balance Total Nutrition Drink Mix!! It’s quoted as saying “The Healthiest Chocolate Milk on Earth!”   After mixing 1 scoop of powder with 1-2 ounces of water and then adding 4-9 ounces of milk, this drink tastes AS GOOD AS CHOCOLATE MILK!!  The skeptic that I am (and after reading the long ingredient list) my workout buddy and I had to test it first.  Then, we gave it to our kids – all four of them under the age of 6.  Of the four, three loved it!  My youngest, who is the serious chocolate milk drinker,  in the family wasn’t fooled and didn’t like it.   However, when I mix it up and add it to sippy cup, it goes down just fine.  There is no chance that my children get 5-10 servings of fruits and veggies each day and this drink mix can do just that.

The ingredient list is quite lengthy but truly amazing especially since there is no added sugar in the drink...Read the ingredient list here. Bottom line is that this is a superfood drink containing things like carrot juice, spirulina, chlorella, organic grass juice powder, and organic beet juice powder…How many of you can say you’ve feed these superfoods to your kids lately?

I can honestly say this product rocks!  It’d be a great product to have on camping trips as a special after dinner treat instead of a s’more or in addition to…and I  highly recommend.

You can read more about X Balance and SGN Nutrition here.

X Balance retails for $38.95

P. S. This product was provided to us for purposes of review and the above opinions are my own.

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Tags: Kids · Nutrition · Product Reviews · health and fitness

Converting Your Garage to a Workout Worthy Facility & Ready to Go Workouts

July 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Apologies now, for a lack of a before photo, but, I have been working hard to convert my garage to use able space!

A few years back, (2008) I posted about changing my garage to be cycling ready…however, new years, new bikes, and more kids create more stuff in the garage to be moved around!

2 years ago, my sole focus was either cycling or running and as you can see there was VERY little room to move around.

And, now, as you can see, we have the same number {if not more} bikes in our garage, but, we now have space to move around!

The most vital piece of equipment you can use for your home gym is your body weight! There are thousands of exercises and workouts you can do using only your weight. If you want to get technical, you can buy a jump rope, a PVC pipe (for the kids) and a yoga mat.

Today’s Workout was simply 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 of both jump rope and sit-ups.  On jump rope, the requirement is to do Double Unders but if you can’t do those, then just double the number of jumps and do single unders.

Another Idea (from CrossFit CDR) is to do a Tabata Style workout of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of rest. Each exercise should get a total of 8 intervals. Squats, Flutterkicks, Tricep Dips and Push-ups is one example.


Click here for more ideas on body weight exercises and workouts you can do at home. I will plan on posting more about creating a home gym and the equipment required on a budget.

New Post on Read Breathe Today: A Family Style Workout!

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Tags: Cross Fit · Kettlebells · health and fitness

Questionable Protein Powders?!

June 9th, 2010 · No Comments



I’ll admit to drinking at least one protein smoothie per day and sometimes two. It is just a fast, quick way to get calories in! There are days when I don’t sit down until dinner- literally. My favorite brand has always been Hammer Nutrition’s Vanilla Whey. It tastes great and I can obtain it easily by going to my local bike shop and buying it. However, there are LOTS of other protein brands and mixes out there that you can pick up at GNC or even your local grocery store.

In a recent article in Consumer Reports, a study found at least one sample of 15 different brands of protein to have unhealthful levels of arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead. Combined with the large serving suggestions and if you were to drink 3 shakes a day- you might be exposing yourself to unhealthful levels of crap!

Obviously, I am no expert here…so, really not too sure what to think, but they do make a valid point that eating REAL food is cheaper and likely healthier…???
Please check out the article and let me know what you think!

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Tags: Nutrition · Questions for Readers · health and fitness

New Blog Posts on Breathe Magazine

May 27th, 2010 · 6 Comments

What I love most about being a mom!

My Mother’s Day Hike

Zone Foods for on the Go!

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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · health and fitness

12 Days and Counting….

March 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments

12 Days from now I will be competing in my first EVER Cross Fit Invitational as an intermediate female. Thankfully, with the help of my trainers, I am feeling strong in the areas of lifting- not all that confident in the Olympic lifts such as the Hang Clean or Snatch- but I at least have the strength to be competing as an intermediate female.

However, food is the problem. Yes, I am on the ZONE diet. But, coming off a huge weekend of “special events” has lead me to believe that my diet needs to be CLEANED up massively before I can feel strong, confident and prepared.

I have pink post – it notes all over my house with the words “50 Double Unders” {A jump rope skill that requires two turns of the rope for every one jump}. But, now I need to add one note to the other one…”Make every meal REAL”. Must come from real sources, have an ingredient of one- protein, veggies, fruits and or nuts. That’s it. 12 Days and Counting down to more REAL food in my diet- less chocolate, less dairy (can I give up dairy???), no alcohol and eat strictly real food…

Encouraging words are welcomed.

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Tags: Cooking/Recipes · Cross Fit · Nutrition · Zone Diet · health and fitness

Immune Fighting Herbs. What products do you take to prevent illness?

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Sickness.  It seems to be rampant around here lately.  We get over one cold and the next one hits within three months.  Argh.  This time, it struck both my kids on the same day- fever, cough, sore throat…you name it.    I have been coughed on, kissed,  or shared toilet seats..with two feverish kids and amazingly have NOT YET GOTTEN SICK.

3 Months Ago, Whole Foods sent me a press release on immune building products for the flu season.  Our flu season seems to by cyclical- every few months, we have a new viral infection.  And, you know, it sucks.  I hate seeing my kids sick.  The weird thing is that I have not gotten sick at all.  Between my Whole Foods press release and my Facebook account, I ran a series of questions yesterday on what to take in case of sickness or even possible sickness.  The answers I got ranged from eating whole garlic cloves to Zirmac to 2000 miligrams of Vitamin C (Emergen C) to tumeric to cayenne pepper to kale and the list goes on…..I am no expert on this subject, but, the products below are the ones that have been working for me – as I have not been sick!

Wellness Formula manufactured by Source Naturals. Basically, it’s a herbal defense complex with garlic, echinacea, elderberry extract, and a bunch of other herbs that I can’t pronounce.  I take it as soon as I feel any scratchy throat, head ache or in times of the kids being sick!

Emergen – C, 1000 miligrams per packet.

Fish Oil- Your choice on brand.

SLEEP.  Try to get an extra hour in bed.  I know that has a lot to do with everything!

The ZONE diet.

What do you all take in the event of sickness or preventing sickness?

P.S. Whole Foods provided me with an 8 day supply of the Welless Formula and I have since repurchased at my local health food store.

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Tags: Miscellany · Nutrition · Questions for Readers · health and fitness