Monday, March 27, 2017

Healthy Oils for the Human Machine

Your Spring Training Table should include these healthy oils.

Only a few years ago some top nutritionists (not me though) kept recommending egg whites over whole eggs. What was subsequently found was that the egg yolks contain essential fatty acids, EFA's, choline, B-12, vitamin A & D plus trace minerals like selenium and phosphorus. So there are obvious holes in a fat free or low fat diet. News flash...whole eggs are back!

Weight Training
If you are working out and lifting weights, you may wish to avail yourself of coconut oil in cooking and your smoothies. Some athletes even add a teaspoonful to their coffee! Nature's Approved Organic Coconut Oil has added a Peppermint flavored version to try. Added to coffee or tea, it boosts your senses and mental acuity almost immediately. Our brains are mostly composed of fat so this is a great start to the day with pure brain food. If you want to add coconut oil to a cold almond or oat milk smoothie, try MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which stays liquid even when chilled as it is fractionated. All the coco-nutty smell and taste is removed so it may be more versatile for applications where these are less desirable.

Add some fractionated coconut oil to your morning smoothies.

Cooking With Flavored Coconut Oils
One of my favorite things to do is to grill free range meats,fish and vegetables in flavored coconut oils. Nature's Approved Lemon and Garlic Coconut Oils are fantastic additions to all sorts of meals and preparation methods. I use their Lemon Flavored Coconut Oil to grill fish and vegetables. It adds a brightness to the cuisine and you may find yourself adding much less salt to the dish. Garlic Flavored Coconut Oil is delicious on meats and vegetables.

Garlic Flavored Coconut Oil is delicious in so many recipes.

Add a little flavored coconut oil in place of butter to your steamed vegetables as a healthier replacement.

Lemon Coconut Oil and Grilled Salmon are made for each other.

Garlic Coconut Oil is great on seared and grilled meats.

Adding Fish to Your Training Table
Fish such as salmon,tuna and mackerel add not only protein but healthy fat to the diet. Many bodybuilders keep cans or packets of salmon or tuna with them for after their weightlifting set. Pure, clean protein to go! If you are concerned about consuming too much mercury due to the levels often found in certain fish, I recommend Safe Catch Elite Tuna as it has the lowest amount of mercury of any brand. Really delicious Wild Albacore and Solid White Tuna Steak. One 3oz packet gives you a whopping 21 grams of clean protein. Contains most of the Omega 3 fatty acids inherent to wild tuna. Learn more at 

Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna

Superfood Supplemental Oils
These nutritional or supplemental oils round out the list for healthy fats. This is especially necessary if you are vegan and or do not consume fish in any great amount. I eat fish at least three times a week or more but also supplement with Carlson's Norwegian Fish Oil which has added vitamin D and Omega 3. It has a natural lemon flavor and is easy to digest. 1 teaspoon a day is all you need. Both the Fish Oil and MCT Oil remain liquid even when chilled. They can be added to smoothies and shakes. Available at

Carlson's Super D Omega 3 Oil

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pure Water To Go - NEW Hydration Options for the Road

CamelBak's All Clear UV Water Purifier
World Water Day is celebrated on March 22nd and brings attention to the importance of clean water and mindful conservation. Many developing countries struggle to provide enough pure drinking water for their inhabitants. Even though we may live in a country with access to clean drinking water, there are times we may be running, cycling or hiking in the outback and come across "iffy" potable water sources. Here are some hydration solutions for those times.

Clean water sources may be hard to find during extended rides or excursions.

Pure Water To Go
When riding my bicycle or running at the park, there may be drinking fountains available. How clean and pure is the water though? If I you going to be out for the day, consider taking a UV powered water purifier like my All Clear. You simply fill with water and start the UV timer to disinfect. Put the drinking cap on and be on your way. Takes the guess work and bacteria out of those questionable water sources you may encounter along the way.

CamelBak All Clear UV Water Purifier

Thermal Water Bottles
Stainless Steel, thermal water bottles such as those made by Klean Kanteen are some of my favorites. I like to fill them with ice and purified water. Placing them in my bicycle's water bottle cage, they go everywhere with me. I always keep one with me in the car too. In case you are stuck in traffic or have an emergency, cold pure water can be a life-saver. A new such bottle I'm loving now is the Revomax Vacuum Insulated Flask. It has a one-handed sealed closure making it easy to open, close and drink from. Really resists spills. Keeps water cold for up to 48 hours.

Revomax Vacuum Insulated Flask

Water Reservoirs & Bladders
Another idea is take along a water reservoir or bladder within a backpack. This is more weight but will give you a safe, reliable supply of water for your hike or walk. Just keep in mind that one gallon of water weighs. over 8 lbs. Now that amount will decrease a you walk and you can most likely get by with much less than that. I would recommend going with the least amount and only fill your reservoir with purified water. Electrolyte and energy drinks often contain sugars that can gum up the works and cause mold to grow.  Some hikers keep them in the freezer until they are ready to use.
Here are some simple steps to clean your water reservoir, keeping fresh  and good to go for the next outing: Cleaning Your Water Reservoir 

My water reservoir airing 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winterproofing Your Gear: Nikwax Vs Snoseal

Leather boots and gloves can benefit from waterproofing this winter!
This past weekend, all but ONE state in the US had snow on the ground! If you haven't already, you may want to think about winterizing your leather boots and gloves. It will not only protect them from water and snow damage but will keep you warmer. Here are a few of my favorite winterizing products that I use for my outdoor gear.