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Chipotle Lime Chick’n Gardein

Meatless meat that has Ellen DeGeneres and others turning cartwheels.

Corn Tortilla Tacos

I can’t rave enough about the Gardein brand of meatless deliciousness! A great option for compassionate foodies who want to eat more humanely but love their meat! Read more

Sid’s Sense- Portrait of a Passionate Life

A grandfather speaks to his youngest grandchild about how to lead a good life.

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Parents Need To “Shape” Up

Invert the triangle and you'll be headed in the right direction.

If a parenting manual came with every newborn, I’m not sure it would be that helpful. Written directions telling me how to raise the perfect kid. Heck, I don’t have enough patience to read directions on a help screen! I’m more of a “click it until I get it” kinda gal. I always find exceptions in instructions, something missing, or “I already made the wrong turn so what do I do now?!”

Some of us need cause and effect scenarios in plain sight. Kids are perfect teachers. Their feedback is instant, in your face, relentless and uncensored.

I prefer to talk guidelines and strategies when it comes to raising our offspring. Leaves you room for interpretation and adaptation. Every family is unique. Every child is different. But we all want them out of diapers and paying their own bills eventually.

Here’s a principle that may help you transition from wiping snotty noses to handing over car keys. Read more

Desoto Arm Coolers

Skitz Pick

Hands down one of the best clothing items I have ever bought for training and racing!

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Nutritional research is being ignored for many reasons.

Who is Dr. T. Colin Campbell?

Dr. T. Colin Campbell almost became a household name when he co-authored the national bestseller, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. He is considered one of the foremost experts on diet and health.

While at the forefront of nutritional research for more than 40 years, he has written more than 300 research papers. He is a Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

The Chinese Institute of Nutritional Sciences is the leading institution in China in charge of policy and research. T. Colin Campbell serves on their research advisory board and was the director of the most comprehensive study on health and nutrition ever conducted. It was called, The China Project.

Raised on a dairy farm, he thought he would prove in his research that the good old American diet was good for us. What he found was just the opposite.

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Under the Covers: A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

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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A Perfect Marriage- Garlic and Greens

Simple ways to make vegetables fabulous any night of the week!

Today I’m sharing my tried and true methods of cooking green vegetables. Super easy, delicious and absolutely beautiful.

Remember, the we eat category is not about culinary prowess but about everyday healthy meals, snacks and side dishes that can be cooked on the fly.

Vegetables should be a large part of every family’s daily diet.

Green bean casseroles like your granny made do not deserve to enter your FIT body in 2012.

Gaaaaarlic, hints of hot red pepper, smells of the Louisiana French Quarter, and calcium from cute, crunchy seeds— that’s what I’m talking about. Leave the greens that taste like grass to the hippies. If I’m going to fill 1/2 my plate with vegetables every night, they have to be worthy of center stage.

Less is more when it comes to lovin’ those greens the FIT way! Read more

Sid’s Sense- Lingo & Laughter

Use humor and the right vocabulary to snap tension, ignite fellowship, and cope with life’s stings.

View previous posts in this series, Sid’s Sense.

Around the year 2000, my mother was diagnosed with a progressive illness called multiple system atrophy. It started with severe bouts of hypotension (low blood pressure) and progressed to the point she could not walk or take care of herself. It was heartbreaking. My father, her husband of 52 years, knew this might just be the biggest fight he would ever endure. Determined to find a way to cope, ease the stress, and remain proactive in her healthcare, he chose his words carefully. Read more

Miss Fix-It

Sometimes it's better to just let the feelings be.

I ran a 5k race this over the weekend with my husband and teenage daughter.

This distance is short but that’s also why it’s so tough. You have to be a racehorse ready to roll as soon as the gate opens. There’s something magical about being in the midst of other runners that makes you suffer more.  Misery hurts but also propels you to the finish line sooner.

For all practical purposes, the morning went well. We walked away with 3 medals- well, actually 2. One participant’s triumph turned our victorious morning on its head. Read more

Under the Mask

A Dedication to Father's Everywhere

Under the mask is a first time Dad holding a newborn wondering how he is going to be a good enough father.

Under the mask is a single Dad trying to figure out what a Mom would do in this situation.

Under the mask is a devoted father praying his little leaguer hits the ball so he won’t have to convince him he’s still a winner.

Under the mask is a strong man in uniform, filthy from dirt and sweat, yearning desperately to see his family again.

Under the mask is a jobless father in despair telling his family it will be alright and things will come around real soon.

Under the mask is a salesman worn out from working under the pressure of a monolith when his wife and kids just want him home.

Under the mask is a distraught father comforting his broken-hearted daughter telling her the boy didn’t deserve her anyway.

Let’s face it. We appreciate our Dad’s masks.

This certainty that they will be there to lean on, to look up to.

        This knowing that they will remain strong when we fall apart.

This faith that they’ll throw the rescue line when we’ve fallen too far.

        This expectation that they have the map if we just follow their directions.

This belief that when we don’t feel good enough, we’re good enough for them.

To all the Dad’s out there, Thank You.  You matter.  A lot.

You are our anchor that only lets us drift so far.

"Fatherhood doesn't build character. It reveals it." Skitz