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Sweet Potato (Yam) Goodness!

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Fantastic sweet potato snacks – Sadly I cannot take credit for these; they are courtesy of the Whole9 website and the Whole30 program and are a recipe I took directly from there.  I must give credit where credit is due, and these deserve the shout-out!!

I do make some killer ‘proprietary’ yam chips…I will include those on here soon!

Post-Workout Sweet Potato Chews

Cast of Characters:

  • Sweet potatoes. I thought these were yams, but apparently they are sweet potatoes.  Whatever, I don’t really care.  Just get the orange ones.  The yellow ones don’t survive being baked and cooked.
  • Cinnamon. I’ve read that it improves insulin sensitivity.  It’s also delicious.
  • Coconut oil.  It imparts a subtle coconut taste that rounds out the flavor of the sweet potato in a truly marvelous way.

 

Now Do This:

  • First, you have to bake the sweet potatoes, so preheat oven to 325.
  • Spread a piece of aluminum foil on a middle rack and bake as many as you can fit for about an hour.  You want them soft, so the skins easily pull away from the sides.
  • After baking, let them cool in the oven until it’s convenient to move on to the next step.  Sitting in the oven overnight is fine, in fact.
  • Now you have to peel them. If you baked them long enough, you should be able to get most of the peel off with your fingers.  Use a knife for any stubborn bits.

  • Next, you need to slice them and arrange them on a baking sheet.  You can use a pan liner (like Silpat) to make removal of the finished product easier.
  • Cut them about 1/2 a centimeter thick.  You want a uniform thickness if possible, and I find 1/2 cm gives me enough potato to keep it from becoming a mess when I transfer pieces to the pan.
  • Arrange them flat side up.
  • Now, melt your coconut oil and paint on your potato slices using a pastry brush.
  • Give a healthy dusting of cinnamon (I really load up).
  • Then back to the oven it goes for the “drying”.  Cooking at 350 for 50 minutes brings about half the pan to an acceptable level. They sizzle nicely under the high heat.
  • Usually, I’ll remove the done ones and throw the pan back in for another 10 minutes and that produces pretty good results. I’ve also done 300 degrees and 90 minutes. That works pretty well too and is more forgiving, meaning less crispy pieces. You may have to experiment a bit. If you go too long or too hot, you will have sweet potato crisps.  Not bad, but I prefer the chewy consistency of soft dried fruit.
  • Partition slices into perfect transportable snack-size portions and pack them in Ziploc bags or covered glass storage containers.  (I don’t know how long they keep because we’ve never had a batch last longer than a couple days.)  Enjoy!


Veggies are Like Legos…

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I have come to think of veggies like I do Legos…they are interchangeable parts that can be mixed and matched to form new things.  The ingredients are the same, but the pairings and combinations change, bringing ever-important variety to the table, literally.

Recently Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle. has been prepping food in a wonderful Kosher kitchen (read more about Kosher here), which adheres to specific levels of cleanliness and food preparation guidelines.  All this to say that the food and what it is prepared in is extremely clean and well kept.  Helping others to stay healthy by bringing lots of prepared, chopped, cleaned, and portioned items such as chicken, eggs, veggies, grains, salads, etc. into their lives makes THE different between staying on a clean eating plan and ordering that pepperoni pizza at the end of a long day.

Contact us NOW for meal preparation services; whether done in our kitchen or yours (this is another option), you will be ecstatic to have all the ingredients on hand to build your very own Lego-style lunches and dinners – endless combinations of health at your fingertips!

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Calories Are Not All Created Equal..Learn to Lose Weight Fast!

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A calorie is a calorie is a…fat blasting machine! When you eat the right kinds of calories, and more importantly in the right combinations, you can turn your food into a tool for thermogenic weight loss.  This means that your own body, through efficiency and digestion, is able to burn more calories and fat than if you ate the same amount of less healthy or less productive kinds of calories.  Here are 3 things you can do today to turn your body into a fat burning machine:

  1. Eat equal parts protein and carbohydrates – when carbs and protein are in balance, it stabilizes blood sugar which prevents fat accumulation.
  2. Eat small, balanced meals 6 times a day – Eating small meals every 2-3 hours keeps your body on its toes and in a state of digestion…this lights up the internal calorie-torching furnace that exists within all of us.  This also helps stabilize blood sugar, as mentioned before, which promotes a sense of satiety and keeps the body regulated as far as knowing that the next meal is right around the bend.
  3. Healthy fats, in moderation, are our friends – Healthy fats, such as nuts, olive oil, oily fish and avocado are a boon to health; fat aids in nutrient absorption and also promotes a feeling of fullness.  Make sure not to go crazy with the trail mix, though; each handful can easily have 200 calories and it adds up fast!  A 1/2 ounce portion of your choice of nuts makes a great snack.

Start small…Pick one of these items and do it for a week or two…then do the next, then finally the third.  Making small, steady change leads to a lifetime of good habits!

Check back for tips on how to put these principles to work while on the go, or at the office!

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Nutritional Counseling…DO IT NOW!

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It is easy to run off and buy the newest iPad, designer handbag, or splurge on a trip to Europe; these kinds of purchases are exciting and come with tangible objects or, in the case of travel, photos and memories that can be ascribed to a specific time and place.  It is a lot harder to invest in personal health and wellness, which often lacks tangible, day-to-day markers of success.  In a world of instant gratification, holding something in your hand can be a lot more fulfilling then knowing that your efforts will pay off a month or two or three down the road.  Those who take the time to help themselves are often shocked when they come to understand how much nutrition and personal eating habits play a role in physical health and sense of well being.  You can have all the cool technology in the world and a wardrobe that Kate Moss would die for, but if you do not feel healthy, energetic and full of life then you cannot fully enjoy your spoils.

Summer is the best time to invest in YOU by adding both new physical activities AND nutritional counseling to your regimen; the weather is great, the produce is fresh, and the fish are swimming.  Changing eating habits is hard, and while it might sounds simple enough to read a book and follow an arbitrary plan it is important to set yourself up for long-term success while creating a plan that caters to your specific goals.

Get started on becoming the healthiest version of yourself, and address some of the following issues:

  • Weight Management
  • Making sense of fad diets and understanding past success/failure
  • Diabetes and blood glucose management
  • Meal Planning
  • Healthy Snacking
  • Food Allergies
  • Aerobic / Cardiovascular health and wellness
  • Persistent Gastro-intestinal (G.I.) Problems
  • Breaking long-standing negative eating behaviors (e.g. night eating, stress eating)
  • Mindful Eating
  • Positive habits for Children and youth
  • Eating healthy on-the-go / during travel
  • Food journals and other tracking methods
  • Technology-driven tools for successful eating and living
  • Sustainable healthy eating practices

Visit our nutrition page to learn more and call 415-602-4291 for an in-person meeting or a phone/skype/video meeting from anywhere in the world!


Get Great Exercise Running Stairs!

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Portland OR is home to some great urban staircases…the best of which is located in Mt. Tabor Park.  This 280-stair monstrosity is like a playground for those of us who love to feel the burn, torch calories, release a tidal wave of endorphins, and generally have fun (athletic fun).  At any time of the day there are people slowly strolling up the stairs and avid fitness enthusiasts running up and down as fast as possible without tripping.  Either way, it is both FREE and REALLY GOOD FOR YOU.

Check out this article outlining all of the exercise (and more) opportunities in Mt. Tabor Park.  Then walk, run, skip, hop, jump or bike (or drive if you live across town but love this park despite the drive) there as soon as possible to begin spring training!

 

 

 

 

 

Runner up Portland staircases:

  • Large staircase off of 12th Ave in Downtown, by Portland State University and into Goose Hollow.
  • Staircase off of NW Cornell (a little hard to find, off of a neighborhood street) as you head up towards Pittock Mansion.

Pixie Project Auction!

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How does an animal rescue relate to fitness and Pilates?  Well…dogs are amazing exercise partners!  Not to mention that animals make people happy and happy people are more active and generally involved in life including physical endeavors.  Thus, we here at Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle. want to spread the word about the Pixie Project online auction for an authentic piece of furniture (Yin Yang table seen below) from the acclaimed movie Fight Club!  Check out the YouTube video with author (and donor) Chuck Palahniuk and Amy Sacks of Pixie Project here:

The Pixie Project is expanding in order to help 10 times as many dogs as before!  As a dog lover and avid Pixie volunteer this is personally very exciting; the idea of helping more animals is heartwarming and there will be so many more dogs to take on walks and help with leash manners!!  Yessss!!!
Please spread the word and tell people about the wonderful donation from famed author Chuck Palahniuk.  To bid on the table please click here:http://www.ebay.com/itm/290687911585

Check out the First Public Food Forest!!

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This is amazing – the city of Seattle is planning to plant and sustain an urban food forest!  Trees, plants, and bushes will yield fruit, vegetables, nuts, and herbs for public consumption.  Listed among the items to be available are apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries, guavas, pineapples, chestnuts, walnuts, herbs and more.

Click here for the details: FOOD FOREST IN SEATTLE!!

One of the best things about this is that people can get nutrition that was previously unavailable to them due to cost – anyone can take what they need.  Yes problems could arise, but better to deal with some potential issues then to never test out innovative ideas.

Good luck Seattle!


Hello Healthy (TASTY) Dinner Round 2…

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The recipe in the last post was found courtesy of the Bob’s Red Mill website.  If you are not familiar with the comprehensive line of healthy baking and cooking items produced by this fantastic LOCAL Oregon company you are mission out!

Check out Bob’s Red Mill and get your healthy on.

By the way, healthy food tastes really good when done right.  There are ingredients such as nuts, olive oil, avocado, and more that are chock full of unsaturated, extremely beneficial fats that lend a rich flavor to all sorts of meals.  While vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds do make up the bulk of a natural and nutrient-rich eating plan, certain oils are a great addition to the menu.  Of course it is ok, even recommended, to splurge from time to time.  No one can be  good 100% of the time, so let yourself enjoy treats and mainly stick to the good stuff.

Have a great dinner!


Juicing

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Has anyone seen the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead?  If not it is worth the watch and quite an inspiration!

While the film is not about promoting juicing (the practice of drinking your fruits and vegetables), it shows numerous examples of the benefits of allowing the body to receive such a high level of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential cell building blocks.  If a person tried to eat the amount of fruits and veggies used to make a nice tall glass of fresh juice they might explode.  There is way too much bulk when eating produce if one desires an extremely concentrated level of nutrients in one sitting.

Breville juicers are supposed to be very high quality; this one is on my short list:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out JUICING to find all kinds of juice recipes for different ailments or concerns.  From arthritic conditions to stomach problems to respiratory illness, there are juice blends that will assist in healing the body.

Looking forward to getting this juicer in the mail then going to Whole Foods’ organic produce section and picking up tons of fruits and veggies!


Installment 7 of 10 ‘Benefits of Pilates’

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7. Increases Energy

It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have and the more you feel like doing (to a point, of course). Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.

What are we talking about here?  That’s right…ENDORPHINS!  To quote the award-winning movie Legally Blonde, ” Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”  Admittedly we are discussing endorphins in a different context, but the idea is the same: Pilates is great exercise, and exercise increases endorphins.  Endorphins give you a much-needed energy boost, and who does not want more energy!

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