Move-It Monday Workout + Currently

Happy Monday! For me, it was another day of work and learning – but I still managed to get in a great workout! I had a break from work around 2:30 this afternoon and had to get a workout in to wake up my brain post-afternoon slump. Because the weather in Atlanta today (& yesterday) was much more pleasant than the 90+ degree temperatures, I had to get the following workout on outside.

Try this Swing & Thrust Kettlebell Workout after a proper warm-up (I rowed 1000 meters on an indoor rower + a quick body weight warm-up consisting of squats and pushups). For the single arm KB swings, it doesn’t matter which arm you start with – just switch after completing the reps in the round before continuing to 2-arm KB swings. For example, I did 5 right arm swings, 5 left arm swings, followed by 5 dumbbell thrusters with a 20 lb dumbbell in each hand. The next round, I repeated in the same order with 6 reps of each, etc. Use a weight that you are comfortable with for all movements.

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Let me know if you try the workout!

Here’s a quick “Currently” survey before bed, with a focus on my current favorite find from my last Vitacost haul:

Currently Drinking: Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage, which contains a blend of chicory root, barley, rye, dandelion, and beet root extracts. I am in disbelief at how delicious Dandy Blend is, and it mixes instantly in hot and cold water! I see how it can be used as a “coffee alternative” – if you compare it to coffee, it’s a little bit milder tasting. I’ve been enjoying it as a drink with a dash of vanilla extract, sweetener, and milk (or coconut milk, cashew milk… You can even mix it into yogurt or recipes for a coffee-like flavor! I love that Dandelion has detox benefits for your liver and has even been shown to induce apoptosis in cancer cells (in vitro). You can read more about dandelion research here on Examine.com.  I got my 14.1 oz bag from Vitacost for around $17 but they have smaller 7 oz bags for around $10, too!062915dandyblend Continue reading

Friday Randomness, My Views on “Diet”

Life got a bit busy yesterday and i tried to go to bed early due to some horrible insomnia I’ve  been struggling with.. so I waited to post today, sorry!

Currently I am:

Reading : Predatory Game by Christine Feehan

Looking forward to: The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival this weekend! Jeremy and i went the past two years (thanks to my dad) and love it!Atl Food&Wine Fest 2014 My brother, our friend Paul, Jeremy & I at the Atlanta Food & Wine Fest 2014

Workouts:

Wednesdays workout was front squats (95 lbx10reps, 105 lbx7, 115lbx7 reps, 135lbx5 reps, 145×5,135×3) followed by 3 quick rounds of
5 burpees+sled push+5 burpees+sled push
6 toes to bar+10 jump lunges per leg (20 total) until partner completed the burpee+sled push round
Perfect for a quick sweat and I especially love anything involving sprints.

Yesterday was a cardio/active rest morning, with a quick pullup+Turkish get up superset last night before grabbing pizza at Uncle Maddios . 🙂 Today I was off work, so I woke my body up with 10 minutes on the lateral elliptical followed by some body weight exercises. I’ll see how I feel to decide whether or not I want to lift later (still behind on sleep and don’t want to push it too much). Since I’m off 20150509_133914 (2)today, I will get some pool and reading in for about 30 minutes! 🙂

Body&Nutrition: I also wanted to touch real quick on my outlook on diet and nutrition. I get asked all of the time how “strict” I am with food because I enjoy working out. The answer is… I’m not at all! My basic approach to nutrition is to eat a diet full of foods that are as unprocessed as possible. I enjoy whole eggs (yes, with the yolks!) breakfast002for breakfast almost every morning. In fact, pictured on the left was my breakfast this morning – two cage free eggs, topped with avocados, nutritional yeast, and a coffee seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I prefer my egg yolks runny because the cholesterol is left the least oxidized… & chalky yolks are yucky to me anyways! Cholesterol is actually one of the nutrients that has been demonized for so long, and yet some of the healthiest, longest-lived people have had high cholesterol levels and brains that are better able to function as they age. I’ll save my cholesterol rant for another day, though.

absI enjoy oatmeal, fruit, full-fat dairy, organ meats (heart, liver, etc), steak, porkchops, COW HEART, and YES, carbs – which are NOT the enemy, especially if you are active. I don’t love super sweet foods or desserts but I don’t ever hesitate to have ice cream or dessert if I want it! Same goes for beer – we don’t drink cheap watery beer at our place. Instead, we buy full-bodied, great tasting, higher abv and yes, higher “calorie” beers! And it only takes one or two to be satisfied. I’ve watched people drink 2-3x the number of “light beers” and there is nothing healthier about that.

Bottom line is… I stay active (not just working out/lifting, but playing soccer, walking wherever I can, taking stairs, standing), eat healthy MOST of the time, try to get proper rest, and don’t overthink things.

That’s all for now. Random post, I know, but I had a lot of ideas to put out there from the past few days.

-HD

PS – I finally got my camera charged & have started to use it for some real pictures.. Okay, maybe not the awkward selfies but it’s better for some good yolk porn!