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Mindset & Meditation: Seek Failure

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Seek Failure

 

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case you fail by default” – J.K. Rowling

 

I used this quote last week and I use it again this week because I believe it is so important to let those words sync in to your brain and become part of your mantra when you are faced with failure. Listen to the audio for my thoughts on why you shouldn’t avoid failure. You should seek it and seek it often.

 

I will leave you with this. Whenever you get discouraged because you have tried something different/new a few times and haven’t “succeeded” or reached your goal remember this… It took Thomas Edison One THOUSAND attempts before that light bulb turned on… Seek failure my friends. That is where growths lies.

Primal Vegetable Curry

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Mmmmm curry! It’s so warming and comforting and it is SO good for you! Talk about anti-inflammatory! But to get a really good curry, it takes a loooong time to make. It just needs lots of love for all of the flavors to really develop.

This is my version of a quick and easy curry – I’ve added a can of diced tomatoes to help give more depth of flavor in a shorter amount of time. And always feel free to add a bit more curry powder as that will enhance the flavor as well! I always double whatever a recipe calls for! I went light on this one for my readers – as some like curry, but don’t LOVE curry like Mo and I do! So if you like curry – keep the measurements per my recipe below. If you love curry, up the ante a bit and double it!

If you don’t already know – what gives curry powder it’s yellow color is the turmeric that is in it. Turmeric is “all the rage” and super trendy right now. I’m halfway rolling my eyes. Ha! It’s been around for FOREVER but is really making it’s big debut in the last 2 or 3 years due to it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. It is truly a wonderful spice to use – I sprinkle it on my avocado toast, I use it in chili’s, soups, stews, stir-fry’s – anywhere I can sneak it in, I do! It is really wonderful for you in terms of keeping inflammation down and helping with aches and pains.

I made this recipe so that we would have lots of leftovers for lunches for the next couple of days… But, it was so good, I “accidentally” didn’t leave any leftovers! Ha! Oops! 🙂

I served ours with Coconut Cauliflower Rice, but it would be terrific with My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Paleo Naan or my Coconut White Rice!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!

Primal Vegetable Curry

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tsp ghee butter
  • 1 ¼lbs ground chicken
  • 1 cup sweet potato, butternut squash or kabocha pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • ½ small yellow onion, julienned
  • 2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth or low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 1, 15oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium and undrained
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only

Directions:

  • Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Place the chicken into the pan with a couple of pinches of sea salt and brown until chicken is almost cooked through. Pour the chicken into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the same pan with a little more salt and sauté 7-10 minutes, until potatoes just begin to soften/can be pierced with a fork. Decrease heat to medium.
  • Add broccoli, onion, and curry powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add broth, coconut milk, tomatoes and sea salt and bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken back in and stir to combine.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for at least 10 minutes, but up to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer this simmers, the more time the flavors will have to develop.
  • Top with cilantro and serve on it’s own or with My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Naan or my Coconut Rice.

Notes:

  • Feel free to omit the chicken and simply omit cooking the chicken (first step) and start by adding the sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the pan with the ghee butter. Follow remainder of the recipe as written.
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  1. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the chicken into the pan with a couple of pinches of sea salt and brown until chicken is almost cooked through. Pour the chicken into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the same pan with a little more salt and sauté 7-10 minutes, until potatoes just begin to soften/can be pierced with a fork. Decrease heat to medium.
  4. Add broccoli, onion, and curry powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add broth, coconut milk, tomatoes and sea salt and bring to a boil.
  6. Add chicken back in and stir to combine.
  7. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for at least 10 minutes, but up to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer this simmers, the more time the flavors will have to develop.
  8. Top with cilantro and serve on it’s own or with My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Naan or my Coconut Rice.
Recipe Notes

Feel free to omit the chicken and simply omit cooking the chicken (first step) and start by adding the sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the pan with the ghee butter. Follow remainder of the recipe as written.

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The Health Episodes #2: The Importance of Playing, Why You Need to Be Afraid, How to Make a Mind-Shift, & More Shenanigans

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The reason I used a photo of me skydiving is because that is literally the ONE thing I said I would never do. Why you ask? My answer has always been that if something goes wrong it’s REALLY gonna go wrong… I didn’t want to destroy my back or knees with a hard landing, I’ve had nightmares since childhood of falling from the sky (don’t know where that came from), and then there’s always that small death piece that could happen if the shoot doesn’t open.  I managed to go 42 years without jumping out of a plane until a client of mine set it as her goal.

During our time working together she had overcome such incomprehensible tragedy and faced fears on a daily basis.  This was her way of saying “I can do anything”, and she wanted me to do “anything”, skydiving, with her :-).  How the hell could I say no, and let me tell you I am glad I didn’t.  What I had been afraid of for so long was one of the coolest and most freeing experiences of my entire life.  I didn’t feel like I was falling, I felt like I was flying.  I didn’t hurt my knees or back, the landing was so smooth I barley felt it, and no… I’m not dead…  I faced my fear, and it opened my mind and allowed me to learn from the experience and grow.

In this episode Alix and I talk about:

  • Why you need to do something that scares you from time to time
  • Why you need to get out and play on a regular basis
  • How to make a permanent mind-shift regarding how you set your personal goals
  • And More!

CLICK HERE to listen or download from iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud

 

Check out Darryl Edward’s Primal Play program HERE

Pre or Post Workout Mango Maca Smoothie

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This is one of our go-to, absolute favorite pre or post workout meals/snacks! The addition of Maca Root to this recipe really bumps up the nutrient density because Maca Root touts all of the following benefits:

* Rich in Antioxidants
* Enhances Energy, Mood and Memory
* Improves Female Sexual Health
* Balances Estrogen Levels
* Boosts Male Fertility

These benefits are why Maca is categorized as a real “Super Food!” This shake is the perfect post workout Breakfast or pre-workout snack!

Mango Maca Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • 4oz unsweetened Califa brand almond milk or LIGHT canned coconut milk
  • 4oz filtered water
  • 1 scoop Bone Broth or Roo protein powder
  • 2 tbsp ground chia or flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp maca root powder
  • 1/3 – ½ cup frozen, organic mango
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter (maple flavored is really good!)
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

 

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Episode 140: Coach Mo Talks Overtraining & How to Build Strong Calve, Hips, & Core for a Muddy Race

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In this episode Coach Mo flies solo and talks about the signs of overtraining. The 2018 season is about to kick off, and training and racing will be the focus. Learn the signs of overtraining and how to avoid it. Also… It is inevitable in our sport that we will encounter at least one sloppy muddy race. Learn how to build strong, mobile ankles and calves to prevent injury as well as how to build strength in your core and hips to help you navigate the slop of a muddy race… and keep your shoes… 🙂

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Mindset & Meditation: Make a Mind Shift

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“What blocks us is clear. I am too short, too old, too scared, too poor, too stressed, no access, no backers, no confidence. How skilled we are at cataloging what holds us back” – The Obstacle is the Way

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you fail by default” – J.K. Rowling (taken from the book Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

When presented with a challenge be it physical, work related or personal, are the first thoughts that cross your mind “I can’t do that”, or “that’s impossible at my age”, or “I wish I could do XYZ”? Never undermine your success or ability in the gym, in sport, or in life. Most people I speak to about Ironman triathlon, ultra-marathon, or long-distance obstacle racing all have the same response. “I could NEVER do that”.. They have already defeated themselves mentally, however when they see someone their same age, weight, disability, etc complete one of these events, their mind begins to shift from “I could never” to “I think I could do this”. Regardless of how fast or slow your finish time may be at a race, or even if you had a “bad day” at the gym or in a race, someone out in the world watching, thinks you have just accomplished the impossible. Be proud of everything you do and learn from every day, race, adventure, and trial. Celebrate the small stuff.

In setting and achieving small goals you slowly begin to build your confidence. As you do this, begin to change your self-talk from, I wish, I want, If I could only, to I am, I can, I will. Once you make that mental shift what you thought was impossible becomes a challenge that you will stop at nothing to achieve. Set small goals, but at the same time don’t be afraid to reach for the stars and set a large goal for yourself. If it scares the hell out of you… GOOD! Everyone feels fear, from the most elite Extreme Sport Athlete to the baddest UFC fighters on the planet. They are all afraid. It’s what they do with that fear that makes them special and it can do the same for you. Fear will not kill you but it will contain you. Take your fear and shift your mind from letting it hold you back, to having it motivate you to conquer it and achieve the goal.

In creating a mind-shift think about it in one more way. What if you tried to accomplish a goal for the next 20 years. Something that you thought and maybe Dr’s or “experts” said was impossible for you to do. At the end of 20 years you don’t achieve that goal. It will be so much better for you to realize and say to yourelf “I gave it my all and tried every avenue to get there”, than to never have tried at all. You will NEVER say “what if” and I guarantee you will have learned a TON about yourself in the process. That, is a victory.

Rosemary Coconut Chicken

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I cook. You all know this. And I don’t just cook sometimes. I cook 6 nights a week, if not 7. And I don’t share this to be braggadocious but to illustrate that Mo never cooks. Not to say that he can’t cook – he’s actually very good at it. We have a little running joke between us because when we first started dating – as in the first month – one of the way we connected was over nutrition… He was attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition at the time and I was studying to get my Nutrition License, so we were both reading so much about food and experimenting with it in our own kitchens. So I invited him over to cook with me and well, he ended up doing all the cooking. What can I say? The man made me nervous! So funny to think about now! Ha! He’s given me hell for this ever since. But the irony? Since that day in April or May of 2010, I bet I could count on one hand the amount of meals he’s cooked for us vs the ones I’ve cooked – I’m not sure we could even count!

So now, when I am out with friend for the evening or traveling and Mo is left to his own devices, it is either Origin Kitchen + Bar or this Rosemary Coconut Chicken with sauteed spinach. He is like clock-work! It is so funny! And one of the most endearing things about him! You know how that is though? When you have a skill that you don’t cultivate and use that often, you lose your mojo or your creativity sometimes. So please hear me – the man can cook! He just doesn’t!

He did, however, come up with this recipe and I gotta say – it’s awesome and super quick and easy! I serve it with a “big salad” ***wink, wink*** or my Sweet Potato Hash with Thyme and Pumpkin Seeds!

Perhaps this will become your new go-to as it has for Mo! We hope you enjoy!

Rosemary Coconut Chicken

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1lb pastured chicken breast, cubed*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Place the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is melted, add the garlic and rosemary and sauté until fragrant – about 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through – a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  • Serve with my Coconut Rice, Sweet Potato Hash or Zucchini Noodles.

Notes:

  • When you’re purchasing the chicken, ask your butcher to cube the chicken for you!

 

 

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  1. Place the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is melted, add the garlic and rosemary and sauté until fragrant - about 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through – a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  4. Serve with my Coconut Rice, Sweet Potato Hash or Zucchini Noodles.
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When you’re purchasing the chicken, ask your butcher to cube the chicken for you!

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The Health Episodes #1: Alix and Mo Discuss Gratitude, Goal Setting, Mobility, Core Activation, and More

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Welcome to “The Health Episodes” version of the LINK Endurance Podcast. In this, and future episodes, Alix and Mo with discuss and give you tips on how to improve your mindset, nutrition, and movement/training.

In this episode we talk about:

 

  • Practicing gratitude
  • How failure could be the best thing to happen to you
  • How to build recovery into your new years resolution training plan
  • Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Stop comparing yourself
  • Why mobility and core engagement should be at the forefront of EVERY training session

And more!!

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Sweet Potato Hash with Thyme and Pumpkin Seeds

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We’ve most definitely talked about sweet potatoes before. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we could quite possibly live on sweet potatoes alone. Oh. And chips and salsa. Mo would have to have meat somewhere in that mix – because, he’s a manly man! Ha! But seriously – not only are sweet potatoes full of nutrition (more on that below) but they taste DELICIOUS! Sweet potatoes are considered a complex carbohydrate vs a white potato which is considered a simple carbohydrate. The difference? Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest which is good for two reasons: 1 – this means they do not have the same blood sugar spiking effect of simple carbohydrates and 2 – they take longer in the bloodstream to digest, so you have longer to use them before they turn to un-used energy or in layman’s terms – stored fat.

Potatoes – white, purple, heirloom, sweet – you name it – are humble, if you will. Meaning, they don’t cost much. So they are a great way to stretch moo-la and feed a family or a big group of people, when necessary. But while these humble little sweet potatoes may not cost much – you get a HUGE bang for your buck in the nutrition department! Check out Dr. Axe’s article on all the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes here!

Ok, so back to my recipe! 🙂 I love to bake sweet potatoes and stuff them or I’ll make them into baked fries or simply use a baked sweet potato as a side to an easy grilled chicken and sauteed spinach dinner! But sometimes, I need a little pizazz, if you will! So this is a fun way to spruce up sweet potatoes but super easy to make and they make great leftovers to put with some scrambled or over-easy eggs in the morning! You could just make these for meal prep and skip them for dinner altogether and just have them ready to go for Breakfasts for the week! I’m such a genius! 😉

Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

Sweet Potato Hash with Thyme & Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium organic sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1/3 cup SPROUTED pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ghee OR Kerrygold butter
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter and set aside.
  • Place diced potatoes, pumpkin seeds and thyme onto the baking sheet and pour melted butter over the top. Sprinkle cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the mix and toss to give the ingredients a good coat of the butter and seasonings.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on top rack. Remove and serve immediately or put in the fridge and save for later.
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  2. Melt butter and set aside.
  3. Place diced potatoes, pumpkin seeds and thyme onto the baking sheet and pour melted butter over the top. Sprinkle cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the mix and toss to give the ingredients a good coat of the butter and seasonings.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes on top rack. Remove and serve immediately or put in the fridge and save for later.
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Episode 139: Interview with President of the Obstacle Sports Federation Ian Adamson

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In this episode Miles and I sit down with one of the Godfather’s of Ultra-Endurance Sports, 11 time World Adventure Racing Champion, Guinness World Record Paddler, and President of the Obstacle Sports Federation (OSF), Ian Adamson.

 

Before we dive into the OSF and the sport of Obstacle Racing, we give you a look into the sport of Adventure Racing and Ian’s time as a World Champion. He talks about:

  • His early days as a runner & paddler
  • Paddling over 200 miles in record setting times
  • Eco-Challenge and something he calls “Dynamic Leadership”
  • The best lesson he learned about himself during a 10-12 day Adventure Race

Then we get into the OSF and discuss:

  • What exactly IS the OSF
  • The doping issue, testing, and Ryan Woods
  • Standardizing OCR courses for an Olympic birth
  • The future of OCR
  • And more!!

CLICK HERE to listen or download from iTunes, Stitcher or SoundCloud

Check out Ian racing Eco-Challenge HERE