I did the InsideTracker Ultimate test the week before resuming training post marathon. I wanted to see where I was and adjust anything as needed. I was excited to see my ferritin levels and my iron group being the best it has ever been and a testosterone to cortisol ratio edging higher and higher indicating that I am balancing training and recovery optimally. The one negative trend I did see was a decreasing vitamin D level. While my number was still in the normal healthy range, I was trending downwards from 76 ng/mL in January to 43 ng/mL in November. To give you a frame of reference, InsideTracker considers my optimal range to be from 40-100 ng/mL so if I kept with this trend I would be below optimal in the coming months. Vitmain D levels tend to drop in the winter months due to lack of sun exposure. Considering my number was trending down and we were entering December I needed to work on getting more Vitamin D into my everyday diet. The easiest and best way, eat more fish! That sparked the creation of this Pistachio Crusted & Tamarind Glazed Salmon featuring the Apex Food Company Zutki Sauce.Read More
I absolutely love this time of year. I love when the weather gets cold and I have to bundle up on the couch to binge watch netflix. I love the sound of Christmas music playing on the radio and the lights and decorations lining the streets of downtown. Visiting family and eating all the food. It all just puts me in a good mood. But this time of year is also the time period I spend building my base for the upcoming season. I typically take a break in November or December and then begin prepping my body for the upcoming season. In order to get my body back to where I want it to be I focus on my diet as I build. Prepping for the upcoming season comes during the build, not during the grind of high mileage and intense workouts. With the holidays this is always a little hard so I plan for a little indulgence and I make this, a healthy refined sugar free, dairy free, vegan dark chocolate jalapeno lime salted pie with a Purely Elizabeth walnut date crust.Read More
This recipe is part of the Marinate Community Recipe Challenge so if you like what you see head over to @progressive_nectar on instagram and like my Baked Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffles picture . If I win you can too! Follow for @jacksonshonest and @progressive_nectar for your chance to win.Read More
For this week’s recipe, I had to use black and white rice, rice paper, and rice noodles. Initially I was at a loss of what to do with three ingredients that are so drastically different despite all being rice. Rice is one of those ingredients that has a very large array of applications and uses. It is also an ingredient that spans a diverse food culture as it can be found in Italian, American, Asian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines. From all the different types of rice to the different forms and uses in cuisine, the possibilities of what you can make are endless! It's finding a way to make them all work in unison that is the challenge.Read More
On my 6th birthday I was spending the day with my Aunt. She told me I could pick a restaurant and pick a present. At the end of the day after weighing all my options thoroughly I ended up choosing Taco Bell and a pair of fuzzy dice. Not entirely sure where my brain was at that point in my life. I mean fuzzy dice? I have no idea why that was my present of choosing but my love of tacos came deep rooted.Read More
After coming down with a chest cold in the week before the trials I was not going to let the same thing happen before Indy Monumental. Two of my coworkers came down with bad colds and I was paranoid I would end up in the same boat. So I did three things: I got at least 8 hours of sleep each night, carried disinfectant wipes with me around the office, and added elderberry jam and wellness syrup to my overnight oats.Read More
The emphasis in fueling for endurance training has typically been focused on carbs. Carbs are the primary fuel source when you are running, biking, or swimming for an extended period of time. They take the least amount of energy to process and your body is good at quickly and efficiently utilizing them to keep you moving. But as more and more research suggests, protein is just as important to the endurance athlete.
I created this recipe to turn a bland boring lean protein source into a flavorful option to help you reach your protein goal! Making sure to include adequate protein at each of your meals will not only make them more satisfying but help you recover faster. With tangy delicious Tamarind sauce from the Apex Food Company these meatballs won't disappoint!Read More