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NEO-TOTE* Insulated Water Bottle Holders

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I don’t like to drink warm water when I’m running outdoors. I like a nice cool stream of refreshment that perks me up. This need sparked a quest long ago. Unfortunately, the marketplace let me down. With every gadget known to man available on the web, ways to transport ice cold water  “on the go” isn’t one of them.

I’ve bought fuel belts, waste packs, Camelbaks– you name it– it’s probably in my closet. For runs lasting longer than an hour, I use a Fuel Belt with 2 plastic bottles. Works just fine but in 5 minutes the fluid is warm. 

I had to get creative. After experimenting with various types of bottles, I found these fantastic little “koozies” for the original plastic bottles. They help protect the fluid from the sun and provide good insulation.

NEO-TOTE ™ Insulated Water Bottle Holders

Ready to run!

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Neal Barnard

A low fat, plant based diet is proven to to improve and in some cases reverse diabetes.

Who is Dr. Neil Barnard?

Dr. Neil Barnard is the President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine which began in 1985. An adjunct associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, he has authored 15 books and numerous scientific articles. His book, 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start, was a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Barnard is sympathetic to those who struggle with their dietary choices. He comes from generations of cattle ranchers in North Dakota. He has vivid memories of bringing cattle to slaughter. His father abandoned the ranching business to become a physician who treated diabetes.

As President of The Cancer Project, Dr. Barnard developed a team of instructors around the country to teach people about food and its effects on cancer.

Awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, he conducted a study of the effects of a low fat, vegan diet on diabetes. With the results published in peer reviewed journals, the diet proved to improve glycemic and lipid control better than the diet promoted by the American Diabetes Association.

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RUNNING Away From Injury: Strength Part I

For runners, strength training should target certain areas of the body.

View previous post in this series, RUNNING Away From Injury.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Running pounds your body. The repetitive impact that strengthens your bones can wreak havoc on your joints. When you run, you simply run. There are no moves or strategic plays like most sports. Fast or slow, you put one foot in front of the other and propel yourself forward. That is, until something hurts.

Don’t ignore strength training if you want to run injury free. The previous post in this series focused on stretching those areas that tighten up when you run. Now I’m sharing exercises that strengthen those parts of your body most susceptible to injury.

Prevention is key. Cross training is highly recommended. Any sport or movement that has you move laterally (side to side). Not only will you be stronger in general but you’ll prevent burnout.

Today I’ll be focusing on your hips, hip flexors, glutes, and outer thigh. Next week I’ll hone in on lateral movement exercises with a couple running simulation strength moves.

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The 5 Directives of Friendly Debate

Disagreement can enhance a friendship if you handle it the right way.

Debate doesn’t have to get personal.

Facebook has had me shaking my head the last few weeks. Silently witnessing discord between “friends” with words driving wedges between them. Social media has that unique ability to make people feel protected while being exposed. Much like an outraged driver who’s inside his car yet completely visible.  Some contributors forget that the internet is not a cloak but a spotlight.

During the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Facebook reminded me of a hurricane. While hurricane Isaac was threatening the RNC, another storm was brewing on Facebook. The more comments and “likes” on brutal political commentary, the more the storm gained momentum. Like fanning a fire, posts turned to vicious personal attacks. Not toward their enemies. This was friendly fire.

I believe debate can be constructive, beneficial and enjoyable. Especially amongst friends. Disagreement can stimulate ideas, widen your horizons, and help solidify strong relationships.

An evening out with another couple where conversation goes beyond “Who won the soccer game?” to “What do you think about a flat tax?” creates an engaging discussion that enriches friendship.

We don’t compromise our values by respecting others’ views.  As long as we follow these directives. Read more

Burgers & Beer: TCU Purple Paradise Veggie Dog

It may not be a burger but it's a heck of a hot dog!

TCU Frankfurters with Veggie Confetti

To all the Horned Frogs out there, this one’s for you!

TCU (Texas Christian University) joins the Big 12 this year! In honor of our Horned Frogs (my daughter included), I created a ballgame hot dog suitable for serving in the Founder’s suite of the new stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leave the mustard and ketchup in the fridge. This dog has class:) and may be better served on a silver platter.

 

Purple confetti made of cabbage!

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RUNNING Away From Injury: Stretched Out

It takes a lot longer to heal from injury than it does to prevent it.

View previous post in this series, RUNNING Away From Injury.

A dedicated runner who gets injured is not in a good mood. Cranky, impatient, and feeling low, many injured runners ignore their pain and lace up anyway. It’s too painful NOT to.

Running pounds the body relentlessly. It can take years for the joints, muscles and soft tissues to accept the beating. When your body adapts, your bones become more dense and your muscles grow stronger. Running is a healthy activity, burns mega calories, and will help you stay fit.

Devoting a little time to your body off the streets can help your body adapt to the stresses of repetitive foot strikes on hard surfaces. Read more

Arriving at Excellence

You are better off improving your strengths than improving your weaknesses.

You are the only one who can use your ability!

When my husband and I started our business 28 years ago, neither one of us knew much about entrepreneurship.

My husband doesn’t like to talk on the phone, interview job applicants, or close deals. He’s best at design and production work. On the other hand, give me a mechanical task and you’ll find me holding a white flag of surrender before I even start.

It didn’t take long to reveal that his 10 fingers and my mouth were the keys to our business succeeding. Instead of me learning production tasks and him speaking to customers, we divided up responsibility based on our individual strengths. Read more

Under the Covers: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Crunchy Chick’n & Peas with Lime Citrus Vinaigrette

Similar to color blocking in the fashion world, try food blocking when serving delicious food.

Separate mix-ins on any dish for an enticing, more unique look!

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RUNNING Away From Injury: The 5 Commandments

One of the best ways to stay fit is also one of the quickest ways to get injured.

My foot was in a cast for 2 weeks after my first Boston Marathon. Don’t let the smile fool you. 26.2 miles of excruciating pain.

Welcome to my new 5 part series on running injuries. For the next 5 weeks, I’ll devote a weekly post to tips and strategies to keeping yourself running healthy.

I don’t know of any sport more laden with injuries than running. Pick up any running or fitness magazine and you’ll find plenty of reasons to conclude it’s a risky sport.  You probably know someone who’s been laid up due to a running related injury.

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