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The line is fuzzy between freedom of expression and bullying.

There are times to keep opinions to yourself.

Wisconsin news anchor, Jennifer Livingston, enjoys the same advantage as Taylor Swift. A public platform to get revenge against someone who offended her. Enter Taylor Swift’s life at your own risk because if you end up on her bad side, you’ll live with your indiscretions on the radio for months. Offend a news anchor and she will have the last word on air at your expense. Read more

Mexican Lasagna

An uncommon and healthy twist to an Italian favorite!

Combining Mexican and Italian never tasted so good!

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Fueling Your Student Athlete

To perform at their best, young athletes need to be educated on how to fuel their bodies.

Day after day my mother picked me up early from school to head to the gym. On the way we stopped at McDonalds so I could down two cheeseburgers, small fries and a coke. I think back to those days when gymnastics was my life. My coaches didn’t hesitate to direct workouts that had me pleading for mercy. Yet no coach in the history of my athletic career ever mentioned, or even asked, what I was putting into my body.

Unfortunately, some things haven’t changed in 30 years.

Many of our student athletes have the best shoes, gear, coaches and training. Coaches are invested in their seasons and will do almost anything to groom champions from a young age. I’ve witnessed football practices that resemble special forces training. State championships and college scholarships are highly sought after.

I’m baffled that with all of this focus on athletic achievement, why isn’t anyone concerned with the gas that’s going in the tanks of these young athletes? Ask any professional athlete and they’ll tell you that good nutrition is vital to their performance. Muscles need fuel for speed, endurance, power, and stamina. Read more

Anchors Away: A Key To Ending Conflict & Triggering Peak Performance

Mastering the skill of anchoring and change virtually any area of your life.

Remember your first love? The phone ringing was enough to send chills down your spine. A positive anchor so strong that your beloved could display a dozen bad habits and you wouldn’t even bat an eye.

Why do some relationships that start out so good turn south and never come up to see the bright sky again? Why do our kids roll their eyes and do just the opposite of what we ask when we’re only trying to protect them? Read more

Burgers & Beer: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

Mashed sweet potatoes add creamy texture and help bind ingredients together.

High Protein and Fiber Make this Burger a Stand Out

Vegan foodies love to be creative. One of my favorite vegan food blogs is The Edible Perspective. Author and photographer, Ashley McLaughlin, inspires through her creativity and photography. I’m mesmerized by her food photos that feed my eyes before her food nourishes my body.

Food blogs entertain our senses. I might print out a recipe to try like this one Ashley calls Sweet Tater Black Bean Burger. Most of the time I enjoy browsing. Food blogs inspire me to experiment in my own kitchen.

In my search for great veggie burgers, this one definitely caught my eye.  I’m always looking for high protein versions of common staples like burgers. More proof that meat-free doesn’t require a sacrifice in protein.

Grill a sweet potato and black bean burger, grab a Leffe beer, pull up a chair, and enjoy watching the leaves fall off the trees. Autumn doesn’t get any better.

This key ingredient is rich in complex carbs, fiber and beta carotene.

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RUNNING Away From Injury: Injured & Cranky

A good habit is hard to break.

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

We become dependent on our daily regimens. Especially runners. When the body screams “STOP!” and you refuse to listen, silent sirens of pain are triggered forcing you to limp to the side of the road. Like speed limit signs, ignore them long enough and the cops will eventually get you.

You can mask pain with ibuprofen, Kinesio tape, or even steroids, but the band-aids don’t cure the inflammation underneath.

Time heals. Rest rejuvenates. All words an injured runner doesn’t want to hear.  Read more

Blue Koi – Restaurant Reflection

The food at Blue Koi reflects its leadership.

Whole, fresh food in a bottomless bowl

What makes a great restaurant? Is it the food, service, variety, or atmosphere? These days you’re lucky if your favorite establishment meets your expectations on more than one.

There is one place where owners, Scott and Jane Chang, never miss the mark. That restaurant is Blue Koi. Read more

Words We Should(n’t) Live By

Proceed with caution when using common clichés.

Protect yourself from potentially harmful clichés.

Clichés are so popular in America that there’s hardly a day you don’t say or hear one. I read hundreds of clichés in preparing this post and their value is apparent.

Used to validate, encourage, dismiss, or explain behavior, clichés are catchy language crutches that justify intention.

We need them. Their overuse is useful. Everyone knows what we mean without explanation. Listeners accept our word jingle as a condensed proclamation of our current state of affairs.

But watch out. Some clichés can be dicey.  Read more

RUNNING Away From Injury: Strength Part II

Runners often have tunnel vision.

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

The only thing we turn is our heads.

Runners train in one direction- forward. Even triathletes who train in 3 sports still move straight ahead to swim, bike and run.

We can’t always run on perfectly groomed dirt paths. Most of us spend our time on roads, treadmills, tracks and unfortunately, sidewalks. Our feet may hit the road but the force reverberates up through our entire body. Not only can this cause injury, it adds to our fatigue.

If we want to improve our endurance and lessen our risk of injury, we must recruit supporting muscles and ligaments and strengthen them. Read more

Mistake-less Meals! Asian Noodle Bowls

There are no limits on creativity or taste when creating Asian style noodle bowls.

Integrate vegetables INTO the meal instead of always on the side.

Asian style noodle bowls are healthy, delicious, and require no planning. Precisely why our family loves them so much. There are no rules. Get creative and use proteins and vegetables you have on hand. Read more