Recipes

A Healthier Waffle 

Our family loves this waffle recipe!  I originally found the recipe on Allrecipes.com, called Waffles I. We modified the recipe to remove the dairy and white sugar. Please note there are three egg whites in this recipe. This recipe is quick to mix up and make on the waffle iron, about 25 minutes total time. It’s also relatively healthy, and our kids (2 and…

Health, Inspiration

How I Improved My Cholesterol by 20% in 5 Months – Without Medication! 

One of my original incentives for pursuing a plant-based, whole food diet was to reduce my cholesterol, in a natural and sustainable way (without prescribed drugs). On May 16th (2018), I had my cholesterol checked and all three readings had improved, and by 22% for total cholesterol!  This was great – I was pretty darn stoked that a slight alteration in my diet could…

Recipes

Steel Cut Oats & Quinoa – Versatile & Delish! 

One of our family’s favorite breakfast meals is Steel Cut Oatmeal and Quinoa.  The quinoa provides additional protein and nutrients, while also “fluffing” up the oats a bit so they don’t seem quite as dense. We only add a small portion of quinoa, so taste and texture of the steel cut oats are not affected. We make a large batch each Sunday morning that…

Obstacle Course Race

The Aftermath – First Spartan Race Experience 

Mission accomplished – sort of.  The good news – I finished! Just not as easily or dignified as I had hoped.  The course and the obstacles were more than I bargained for, and in hindsight, I should have researched, prepared, and trained differently. I Hate Excuses… …but will use one anyway! The cool, wet weather coupled with the course made its impact felt.  Being…

Fitness

The Debilitating Burpee (i.e. Dear Burpee, I HATE You!) 

Ok, so this short article may be a bit biased as I just returned from a 25 minute run that included 10 burpees approximately every quarter-mile…. UGH! So what is a burpee you ask?  Well, there’s plenty of resources online, and of course youtube so search to your hearts content. From my slightly skewed perspective, as my heart continues to thump-thump, they’re pretty much…

Inspiration

Vegan Whole Food, Plant Based – 2 Month Check In! 

It’s been two months since I started down the path of a more thoughtful and healthy approach to food, so thought it time to share how things are progressing and how I’m feeling, as well as a bit more clarity on why I chose to pursue a vegan diet. My driving force to mix it up was my high Cholesterol levels (see below) and…

Inspiration

Plant-Based: Balance & Meal Planning 

Our family is continuing our focus on healthier eating this first week into February. There have been some “cheats” along the way, but the vast majority of meals have been plant-based. Further, with two young kids, I expect some deviations to continue. It seems at this point that a balanced approach is likely the only way our family can sustain changing eating habits on…

Health

Sleep, A Foundation for Success (and a “dumb” inhibitor) 

In my quest for self-improvement, I wanted to explore the importance of sleep as a foundational centerpiece to overall health. I’m personally worried I don’t get enough sleep, and not giving sleep the attention, or importance it deserves – from the mental to the physical. If in the real estate biz it’s – “location, location, location” – then for health, fitness, and overall well-being…