Wednesday, June 30, 2010

16 Days!

The Crossfit Games are quickly approaching. Watch out world, these ladies are in it to win it!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Apparently we all have an eating disorder. Wow. And to think we are mentally ill because we want good, healthy food!

Healthy food obsession sparks rise in new eating disorder

Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder
Taken from the

Eating disorder charities are reporting a rise in the number of people suffering from a serious psychological condition characterised by an obsession with healthy eating.
The condition, orthorexia nervosa, affects equal numbers of men and women, but sufferers tend to be aged over 30, middle-class and well-educated.
The condition was named by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, and is described as a "fixation on righteous eating". Until a few years ago, there were so few sufferers that doctors usually included them under the catch-all label of "Ednos" – eating disorders not otherwise recognised. Now, experts say, orthorexics take up such a significant proportion of the Ednos group that they should be treated separately.
"I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics than just a few years ago," said Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic Association'smental health group. "Other eating disorders focus on quantity of food but orthorexics can be overweight or look normal. They are solely concerned with the quality of the food they put in their bodies, refining and restricting their diets according to their personal understanding of which foods are truly 'pure'."
Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.
The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their "virtuous" behaviour even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated.
"The issues underlying orthorexia are often the same as anorexia and the two conditions can overlap but orthorexia is very definitely a distinct disorder," said Philpot. "Those most susceptible are middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares in the papers, research them on the internet, and have the time and money to source what they believe to be purer alternatives."
Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders, said: "There is a fine line between people who think they are taking care of themselves by manipulating their diet and those who have orthorexia. I see people around me who have no idea they have this disorder. I see it in my practice and I see it among my friends and colleagues."
Jade believes the condition is on the increase because "modern society has lost its way with food". She said: "It's everywhere, from the people who think it's normal if their friends stop eating entire food groups, to the trainers in the gym who [promote] certain foods to enhance performance, to the proliferation of nutritionists, dieticians and naturopaths [who believe in curing problems through entirely natural methods such as sunlight and massage].
"And just look in the bookshops – all the diets that advise eating according to your blood type or metabolic rate. This is all grist for the mill to those looking for proof to confirm or encourage their anxieties around food."

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 3: Beets!

I had never tried beets until I got about 10 of them from my Farmhouse Delivery. I had no idea what to do with them!  I found this recipe from Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet cookbook.

Oven-Roasted Beets, from The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno
6-8 medium-sized beets
Extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, passed through garlic press
Parchment paper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Wash and scrub beets. Remove any strings. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place beets on the lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle mixed garlic over beets. Cover tightly with tin foil and place in the oven.
3. Bake 1 hour.
4. Remove from heat. Let cool enough that you can handle the beets. The skins slip off easily at this point. Slice and place on a dinner plate next to your main course. Beets keep well in the fridge.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 2 Recipe #2!

There have been lots of PRs lately!
Congrats to Katy and Cindy for getting their first Kipping Pullup!

Ok, so here is a recipe submitted by Beth. It sounds really good!

Tom Ka Gai aka Coconut Ginger Chicken Soup.

Time – 20-30 mins
1 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken (cut into strips)
1 “A Taste of Thai” Coconut Ginger Soup Base (I use this brand found
at HEB as it is easier than tracking down Thai ingredients like
Galangal and Fish Sauce – it’s got a trace amount of Sugar but no
gluten or preservatives.)
1 can Coconut Milk (not the Lite kind please)
14.5 Chicken Broth (make sure you don’t get one loaded with
preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce)
1 Lime
1 Carrot
1/4 Cauliflower
A couple of sprigs of Cilantro

In a pan, combine the Soup Base and Coconut milk over high heat,
bringing it to boil. Add chicken, cauliflower, carrots, stir and bring
to boil. I toss in the carrots and cauliflower to get my daily dose of
vegetables. Continue to cook until the chicken is cooked. Add the
Chicken broth, stir and return to boil. Add the lime based on the
level of sourness you would like. Remove from heat, garnish with
Cilantro and voila – a quick easy and  filling meal.

What do you do with all those beets?!  If you've been getting your weekly Farmhouse Delivery, you've had a nice amount of beets. How about some Beet ideas?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

30 Days 30 Recipes

Congrats to everyone who participated in the Garage Gym Throwdown!

There are quite a few people out there who are doing a 30 Day Paleo Challenge. Read all the details here
I am participating as well and am also challenging myself to post 30 recipes in 30 days. I would love your help! If you have a recipe that you love, please email me at  and I will happily put your yummy Paleo recipe on the blog. Maybe we'll have a vote at the end for the best recipe!

For the first post, I'm going to share my all time fave Breakfast recipe of sauteed cabbage and eggs:

  • Chop up about 2 cups of cabbage.
  • Melt some Ghee in a pan.
  • Sautee cabbage with some salt and pepper until slightly crispy.
  • Serve with 3 scrambled eggs.
  • Add a few organic cherries (like 3 or 4) on the side.
  • Add some avacado or nuts.
  • Voila!

A great addition to your 30 Day Challenge is the addition of warm lemon water in the morning upon rising. Warm lemon water helps alkalanize your body, aids in bowel elimination, and purifies your blood. If you workout in the morning, heat up some purified water, squeeze half an organic lemon in it, and drink it on the way to the gym. I've been drinking this for a few weeks and have been a lot more, um, regular...

So, send in your recipes and I'll see you tomorrow! Good luck!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The 11th Element of Fitness...


Don't miss Crossfit movie night at Crossfit Central this Friday June 18th @ 7pm! 
This is a family-friendly event.  
See you there!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Friday's the Day...

When Jen "don't-make-me come-over-there-and-tell-you-to-load-more-weight-on-that-bar" Cardella will announce a Challenge!

The players:

O'Dark 30 
(5:30am Women's Class)


The Mean 15 
(6:15 Women's Class- and I mean like mean/badass btw)

Details to come on Friday!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What is Bootcamp?

Gettin it done!

Anderson High Bootcamp 6:15am

How are the indoor and bootcamp classes different?

This is a question that is asked quite often. Is bootcamp easier? Definitely not! It's just different. 

Bootcamp coaches use PVC pipe, medballs, sometimes light dumbells or kettlebells, and just whatever else is around- benches for step ups and dips, trails and pathways for running, Monkey Bars for jumping pullups and Knees to Elbows. 

And don't forget bodyweight exercises- lots of burpees! And sprints, and lunges, and just about anything in between. There are usually multiple smaller WODs with lots of core work thrown in. It's fast paced and a good sweat.  I had been attending indoor classes for a year before I went to a bootcamp. I thought I was in great shape, and BAM! I was knocked on my butt- it was hard!

So if you're looking for something new to add to your routine or want to change it up a bit, try a Relentless Bootcamp- maybe you'll get to see this at 6am!!:

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Friday, June 4, 2010


Ghee is my newest find. I love it. Probably because I love butter. Who doesn't?!

But what exactly is Ghee?

It is clarified butter- meaning butter without the milk solids- making it, well, dairy-free butter! Ghee is a sanskrit word meaning "sprinkled" and is used in many Hindu rituals.

The taste? I think it has a more concentrated buttery flavor. Yummmm.... I have used it to cook my eggs and veggies this week and it has been a nice flavor change.

Want to make your own? Here's how (make sure to get a good quality pastured butter):

Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Remove butter from heat and let stand for a few minutes, allowing the milk solids to settle to the bottom. Skim the clear yellow liquid from the top and strain into a container. You have just made Ghee! Ghee stores well frozen.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you've used ghee. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Be Selfish...Tonite!

Don't forget about the Crossfit Women's 


5403 Joe Sayers Ave. Unit B

See you there!!!!