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May 2018

Health Episode #9: How to Manage “Bad Days”

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Every human has a bad day occasionally. A bad day training,racing, a bad day at work, with a friend, family member, spouse, etc. Bad days hit us all, but the question is how do you handle that bad day?

In this episode Alix and Mo talk about this and give you tips on how to turn your bad day around by incorporating:

  • breath work
  • hard workouts
  • restorative workouts
  • laughter and smiling
  • DECIDING on your day
  • grabbing a hug
  • and more

Take a listen and share with a friend or anyone you know that could benefit from hearing.

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Mindset & Meditation: The Power of Laughter and Smiling

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Laughing increases serotonin and endorphins in your brain, and smiling releases dopamine that increases feelings of happiness and content.  The power of laughing or simply cracking a smile as you go through your morning and day can have profound positive effects on your mood, stress, and health. Take a look at this incredibly detailed article from Helpguide.org on all the health benefits of daily smiling and laughing and learn how you can incorporate a little more joy into your day :-).

 

Episode 156: Interview with Austin Spartan Super Champ Jordon Buscemi

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What out OCR Elite men!! This dude is on fire and on a mission!!!

In this episode OCR rising star Jordon Buscemi sits down with us to discuss:

  • His love for being outside and “playing”
  • His motivation behind racing
  • One of the best race mantras I have heard, provided by his 6yr old boy
  • His review of the weekend Spartan Super and Sprint Races
  • Why he doesn’t race with a watch or heart rate
  • His hybrid “unorthodox” training
  • Co-founding Wisconsin OCR Team
  • and more!!

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LINK Endurance Pre Workout Shake

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As Holistic Nutritionists, we are always coaching clients on how to race fast AND recover fast – but not only fast, recover WELL. Could you shove a couple of donuts down your throat with a pot of coffee before a race and probably have a pretty good race? Sure. Race in and race out, though? No. Here’s why: by practicing the thinking of “I just need food so I can burn it – it doesn’t matter what it is or the quality of it…” is completely backwards.

Many people who workout a lot (we would define “a lot” as more than 6-7 hours per week…) or who are endurance athletes, etc. make the mistake of thinking that because they workout so often, they can afford to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Again – completely backwards.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is truly the opposite. Because you workout so much, the cleaner you need to eat. Now, can you afford to eat more? Yes, for sure! But WHAT you eat – particularly the quality of it, is vital! The higher quality food you put in, the faster you will race and recover. Not to mention the clearer you will be able to think while working or make decisions on the race-course.

We cannot say it enough: WHAT YOU PUT IN IS WHAT WILL COME OUT!

Hence: our favorite pre-race shake! Well, let’s be clear: Mo’s favorite. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that Alix doesn’t go near bananas. If you don’t either, no worries – simply omit. But if you’re cool with them, leave it! It will make the shake really creamy in texture!

This shake is FULL of the nutrition you need prior to a race –

  • The tart cherry juice and banana are fast burning carbs – but not so many that you will crash. Plus, the tart cherry juice is an incredible anti-oxidant, so it will help fight off those free-radicals that get released when racing or during a hard workout!
  • The maca powder is incredible for your hormones…
  • The cacao powder is an anti-oxidant and is high in iron and magnesium…
  • The ground chia is a great source of fiber and the almond butter a clean source of fat – but neither will weigh you down, but will slow down digestion just long enough for this shake to last you until after your 45 – 60 minute workout or until your first bite of race fuel during the race…
  • The MCT or Coconut Oil are medium chain triglycerides that the body will digest as it would carbohydrates vs fat – meaning, it won’t slow anything from getting into the bloodstream!

So if you have a big workout coming up – give this a shot! It’s one of our favorites! You will feel the difference in your ability to push!

Enjoy!

LINK Endurance Pre-Workout Shake

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 4oz unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 4oz tart cherry juice
  • ½ banana
  • 1 scoop high quality protein powder*
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 handful of spinach or baby kale
  • ½ tbsp MCT or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground almond butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender and drink up – ideally no more/less than 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to your race or workout start!

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We suggest the following protein powders due to their quality of ingredients and great taste: Roo Whey Protein Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Pure Encapsulations Plant Based Protein

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Episode 155: Spartan Athlete and Referee Chris Schapman talks Pose Running and More

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In this Episode Miles and I sit down with Spartan elite athlete and Referee Chris Schapman. Not only is Chris an incredible athlete, he is also a run form coach in the POSE Method of running. We get to know Chris a bit and then talk about:

  • The importance of incorporating key drills into every run warm-up
  • Why a good time to change your run form is after an injury
  • The importance of paying attention to your run mechanics
  • Why your heel should touch the ground during your run gate
  • How to transition into a minimalist/zero drop shoe
  • How to begin POSE running
  • Chris’s “go to” mobility moves
  • and more!

Chris talks a lot about specific movements, drills, etc during the show. If you are looking to change your run form PLEASE consult a qualified run coach to assess you and help you make the right adjustments for your personal needs

** I also answer a listener question on hydration & sweat sodium testing**

CLICK HERE to listen or download from iTunes or Stitcher

Get in touch with Chris:

IG – @gravity.run or email: chris@gravity.run

Here’s a map of Pose Method coaches: https://www.techniquespecialist.com/map

Here are some of the drills along with videos Chris recommends:
these are the key ones:

1. Hops on Two Feet
2. In and Out Hops on Two Feet
3. Crisscross Hops on Two Feet
4. Heel Click Hops on Two Feet
5. Stationary Foot Pulls to Alternating Foot Pulls (right leg)
6. Stationary Foot Pulls to Alternating Foot Pulls (left leg)
7. Stationary Front Lunge Foot Pulls to Alternating Front Lunge Foot Pulls (right leg in front)
8. Stationary Front Lunge Foot Pulls to Alternating Front Lunge Foot Pulls (left leg in front)10 stationary. Then initiate falling to start moving forward and do 10 while moving forward. Finally, run it out for 20-50 meters.

Mindset & Meditation: But What If?

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But What If…

“Fear can’t kill you, but it can contain you” – Unknown

Before attempting a daring physical feat, before approaching your boss for a raise, before any difficult conversation, there are those two words that consume our thoughts.  “What if”.  What if I fall, or don’t make the jump, or get hit?  What if my boss gets angry and demotes me, what if my friend, wife, husband, takes what I am saying the wrong way and it damages our relationship? What if?

But what if it didn’t? What if you changed your thoughts to how the physical feat WILL go well, meticulously planning every move.  What if the conversation, meeting, presentation went exactly how you wanted it to go or even better?  What if you created the victory in your mind and then approached your challenge with confidence and mental strength? Don’t let the “what if’s” contain you, change your vocabulary to “what will” and go get it.

Listen to the audio for detailed accounts of some amazing people doing seemingly impossible feats of physical and mental strength, by using fear and “what if” to make them successful.

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

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Potato Salad brings back all the feels for me… EVERY time we went to my grandparents house, growing up, we always had homemade barbecue! I grew up in Texas, so no shock there, right?

My grandaddy would smoke ribs and my grandmother always made THE best pinto beans, skillet cornbread and yep – you guessed it: Potato Salad! …we also always had deviled eggs – but not in the potato salad.

Her potato salad was always my favorite because it was just enough “dressing” to coat the potatoes but it was never, well, slimy. You know how some potato salads are just nothing but sloppy mayo? Yuck! 🙂

My potato salad recipe is a rendition of hers, but I thought: “Why not add the deviled eggs to the potatoes?” Plus, Mo would eat his weight in deviled eggs and while I love to make them, I don’t always have time. And when I do, he’s in heaven. So this recipe kills two birds with one stone and honestly? After you try this, I’m not sure you’ll ever miss having them separately!

Whether you’re prepping for a summer picnic or a trip to the lake… Or something new and fun to put in the kids lunches – MAKE my Deviled Egg Potato Salad! You will love it!

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Makes approximately 4, 1 cup servings…

Ingredients:

  • 20 small heirloom (purple, red, yellow) potatoes
  • 6 cage-free eggs
  • ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tbsp grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch chives, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • First, boil the eggs. Place eggs in a medium pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Turn heat off immediately and let stand, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Place into a large bowl filled with ice and cold water and let sit for 5-10 minutes, until completely cool. Peel and set aside.
  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover completely with water, add a big pinch of salt and bring to a boil, turn to simmer and cover. Let cook for 10-12 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a medium bowl combine the mayo, mustard, vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, drain and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  • While potatoes are cooling, slice the eggs into 1/8ths (half, half again and then half one more time J ) and place into a large bowl.
  • Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, gently slice into quarters and place into the bowl with the eggs. Pour dressing over the top and sprinkle with ¾ of the chives and another pinch of salt and pepper. Gently toss to combine.
  • Garnish with remaining chives and serve.
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  1. First, boil the eggs. Place eggs in a medium pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Turn heat off immediately and let stand, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Place into a large bowl filled with ice and cold water and let sit for 5-10 minutes, until completely cool. Peel and set aside.
  2. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover completely with water, add a big pinch of salt and bring to a boil, turn to simmer and cover. Let cook for 10-12 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a medium bowl combine the mayo, mustard, vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  4. Once potatoes are cooked, drain and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. While potatoes are cooling, slice the eggs into 1/8ths (half, half again and then half one more time J ) and place into a large bowl.
  6. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, gently slice into quarters and place into the bowl with the eggs. Pour dressing over the top and sprinkle with ¾ of the chives and another pinch of salt and pepper. Gently toss to combine.
  7. Garnish with remaining chives and serve.
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Episode 154: Hunter Russell & Brian Gowiski Review Tougher & Toughest Mudder Texas

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In this episode Mo sits down with Hunter Russell and Brian Gowiski who took home 2nd and 3rd place in this past weekend’s Tougher & Toughest Mudder in Central Texas.

We have a great conversation, recap their races and discuss:

  • What went well during the race
  • What went wrong/what they learned
  • Mental strategies after taking a wrong turn
  • Hunter’s beard
  • Mental strategies during overnight mind numbing races
  • Recovery strategies after an overnight race and after crewing and not sleeping for over 24hrs
  • The power of crew/team support
  • Why Hunter’s beard is so beautiful
  • and more!!

****NOTE: before we hop into the episode I also answer a listener question about how to recover from a strained pectoral muscle****  We also briefly mention Hunter’s beard…

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Paleo “Cheesy” Cauliflower with Lemon Coriander Dipping Sauce

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THIS cauliflower! I mean… I made it for myself as part of my dinner one night when Mo was gone. I thought: “No way I’ll eat a whole head of cauliflower on my own, so great! I’ll have leftovers!” …you know where this is going, right? Yeah… Uh, no leftovers. I ate every last morsel!

I learned about Nutritional Yeast when I was practicing a plant-based lifestyle. And it has that reputation – people who can eat dairy or “normal” forms of protein from eggs, meats, etc, don’t include this in their regimens. Most have never heard of it. Plus, if you do practice a plant-based routine you know that animal proteins can add a lot of flavor to dishes, so without it, a dish can leave you longing. Nutritional Yeast will pack a punch of flavor!

So a little bit about what exactly, Nutritional Yeast is and why it is good for you:

  • Nutritional yeast is a complete protein (and a plant-based one, at that!), meaning that among the 18 amino acids it contains, nine are essential ones that your body cannot produce – we must get it from the foods we eat.
  • It is an immune booster due to the fact that it contains glutathione, among other things!
  • It also offers a significant dose of the minerals iron, selenium and zinc + 4g of fiber per serving!
  • Just a half tablespoon of some brands will provide you with a day’s worth of B vitamins, while other brands offer between 30 and 100 percent of B vitamins. These vitamins help you extract the energy from food and produce red blood cells.
  • It contains little sodium and fat AND it is gluten, soy and dairy free!

So even if you are fine with dairy and have no aspirations of practicing a plant-based lifestyle, you might want to start including Nutritional Yeast into your weekly routine! You could be missing out on some good stuff!

Okay, back to my cauliflower! Did I mention it’s delicious? And I ate THE WHOLE RECIPE ALL BY MYSELF? And that sauce – it’s not a must but it really adds to the dish. It has so much flavor and it’s anti-inflammatory and so good for you and I mean… I would eat this every day! So go! Now! Make it! It will be your new favorite side dish!

Enjoy!!

Paleo Cheesy Cauliflower with Lemon Coriander Dipping Sauce

Serves 2-4

Ingredients for the Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Real salt and black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh dill, for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for the Dipping Sauce:

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking sheet in an even layer, without touching, and roast cauliflower until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle Nutritional Yeast over the cauliflower as soon as it comes out of the oven and gently toss to combine.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, make the dipping sauce by combining all ingredients for the sauce into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine.
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  2. Place cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking sheet in an even layer, without touching, and roast cauliflower until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle Nutritional Yeast over the cauliflower as soon as it comes out of the oven and gently toss to combine.
  4. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the dipping sauce by combining all ingredients for the sauce into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine.
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Health Episode #8: How to Support Your Spouse Eating Differently

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In all the work that Alix and I do regarding nutrition with clients, this topic is usually the biggest hurdle to overcome. What do you do if your spouse wants to make a dietary/nutrition/lifestyle change but it doesn’t “fit” the way you eat? Or, what if you are wanting to make the dietary changes, but your spouse is not fully on board or willing/wanting to make the same changes?

In this episode we tackle these questions and talk about:

  • How to have pro-active conversations regarding a nutrition shift
  • How to support the person supporting you,
  • How to be responsible and share the duties of food/meal prep
  • and more!

CLICK HERE to listen or download from iTunes or Stitcher

***If you have a question regarding your health, wellness, mindset, or nutrition shoot us a message and we would love to answer your needs on the show****

Send questions to: mo@linkendurance.com  or  alix@linkendurance.com