Sunday, February 26, 2017

High Low High 18

Good morning and a very happy, happier, HAPPIEST Monday to you!

We had quite the awesome weekend over here. Mal was on school vacation last week, so we finished it off with a family fun Friday, which continued on right through the end of the weekend. It was truly a wonderful three days with my boys. I really didn’t want the fun to end! But, of course, life always has some ups and downs, so here’s a recap via High Low High where I share both the high and low points from the weekend.

HIGH: Completing Open WOD 17.1 under the time cap!


LOW: Barely surviving Open WOD 17.1. Oy. It was rough and definitely not my best performance. I hit the wall (hard) toward the end of the workout, and the set of 50 dumbbell snatches totally crushed me. At one point, I was doing sets of three. Ugh, I was donezo. I’m honestly happy that I finished under 20 minutes.

open wod 17.1

Related: I’m typically not one of those people who rolls around all dramatic after finishing a hard workout, but this workout was a doozy. As I rolled around in pain, I actually whined: “It hurts” to Mal, who was trying to congratulate me. Haha! Such a drama queen.

HIGH: Celebrating my finish with a Pecan Sticky Bun iced coffee! Will WOD for iced coffee!


HIGH: Visiting BillyBeez with Quinn for the first time and having SO MUCH FUN! Seriously, it was AWESOME!! There’s so much to see and do. We’ll definitely be back!


HIGH: After playing at Billy Beez for while, we all went out to lunch at Bar Rustic. What a great restaurant! We loved our experience (food, service, atmosphere), and Quinn found $20! 🙂 Well, technically, he pulled a napkin off the table next to ours and a HUGE wad of cash fell onto the floor. We gave it to our server, hoping that the person who lost it would be back and, sure enough, the man returned. He claimed his money and, as a thank you, he gave our server $20 to give to Qman. What a nice guy!

bar rustic lunch

HIGH: Getting our grocery shopping done early, and Mal starting a DTFN meal plan this week! I’m excited to have some extra healthy eating motivation! On the menu: Taco Salads, Chicken Fajitas (easiest recipe ever), Sweet Potato Quesadillas, Brussels Sprouts with bacon, and Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf (all recipes from Designed to Fit Nutrition).

LOW: Spending most of the day on Saturday catching up with work when it was absolutely beautiful outside.

HIGH: Sneaking in some time at the playground with my boys before the day ended!

HIGH: Family dinner at The Range!

LOW: Quinn getting hungry (and cranky) while waiting for our meals. We decided to break out the iPad to distract him, but, unfortunately, the internet at the restaurant didn’t work. Whomp whomp.

HIGH: Our waitress realized what was happening and offered to leave her cell phone with her hotspot on it, so Quinn could use the Internet. She explained that she had a 4-year old and totally understood. It was so incredibly sweet of her and, of course, we tipped her appropriately! Pay it forward! 🙂

HIGH: Qman actually EATING at a restaurant. I’d say 9 out 10 times that we go out for a meal, he doesn’t eat anything at all, except for some milk and maybe a few bites of fruit if we’re lucky, but he ate HALF of a bar pizza by himself!! Mal and I were totally impressed!

LOW: Waking up on Sunday morning to some serious post-17.1 DOMS. Holy low back and hamstrings!!

HIGH: My sister and her family coming over on Sunday afternoon for lunch. The kids played and we attempted to make BLT Sushi after seeing a delicious-looking video on Facebook.

LOW: Our BLT Sushi turning out just so-so. Ha! It was totally edible (and delicious… hello, bacon), but it didn’t really stay together.

HIGH: My sister leaving a huge bag of hand-me-downs for Quinn.

LOW: Discovering that “Matthew” (aka my sister) hid “Squid” inside the bag of hand-me-downs. Backstory on Squid: When we moved into our old house, we found this dog toy in our backyard. It was too big for Murphy (and his squishy pug face), so I gave it to my sister for her dog, Batman. Well, it turns out Squid is a super loud and annoying squeaky toy, so my sister always joked that Murphy “wanted” it back, and it’s been a running joke for years now. Well, she finally surprised me with Squid this afternoon… and it will, of course, make its way back to her house someday. Mwhaha!

HIGH: Taking a hot shower, getting into my pajamas, drinking eggnog tea, and eating coconut butter cups while catching up with The Bachelor.

The end.

Question of the Day

Your turn! Share a HIGH and LOW from your weekend! 

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Al Forno Dinner at Pippin Hill


Hey on a Sunday!! I’m popping in today to share this fantastic dinner I had last week.

On Thursday night I had the opportunity to dine at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards for their Thursday Al Forno Dinner Series. They serve a dinner menu inspired by the rustic dishes of Northern Italy using their Forno Bravo wood-burning oven that is front and center in the tasting room. Pippin Hill treated me to dinner in exchange for this post. I brought Thomas’s mom as my guest, and we had a glorious time!

EVERYTHING Pippin Hill does, they do well, and these dishes were fantastic! We had wines paired with each course too. The kale with the quail was my favorite dish – the sauce on top was so thick and sweet! Eileen loved the meatballs, and the char was perfectly charred : ) We loved it all!

For dessert we had an apple bread pudding with ice cream and the best caramel sauce drizzled on top.

Pippin Hill also has free s’mores around the fire pit on Sundays from 1-4, and I am hoping to take Mazen one Sunday soon!

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 441

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Chronic cardio linked to low libido in men.

Compressed eating windows work in young men who lift heavy.

In women, red meat deficiency may lead to depression.

Drinking sugary beverages every day only makes you want them more.

Bronze Age women had a thing for steppe horsemen.

Brief bouts of intense stair climbing improve fitness.

We appear to have a malaria vaccine.



Episode 157: Roland and Galina Denzel: Roland and Galina are health experts, fitness coaches, and accomplished authors with a unique perspective on health and wellness.


On pandas, poo, and what it means for you.

The 16 types of play, according to Forest Schools.

The physiological changes that occur on a month-long hike.


Another centenarian, another bacon-lover.

Mr. Glassman goes to Washington.

Kung-fu granny.


26,000 years ago, a small child and large dog explored a cave together.

When Europeans first reached British Columbia, almost all the native inhabitants were dead.

Save the Gangsta Garden.

Indian strongman smashes coconuts with bare hands.

How different cultures handle madness.

Exposure to junk food is making traditional Siberian people fat.

Sometimes barefoot running in public really is dangerous.

Bad weather in southern Europe is making vegetables pricier in northern Europe.


Blog post that got me thinking: Are anti-aging and other diet studies seriously compromised by unhealthy subjects and controls?

Good to see media coverage: NYT covers light’s effect on circadian rhythm (and plugs some bulbs that mitigate the issue).

Concept I’m pondering: Have humans always been chasing the technological singularity?

Article I liked: Why are we the only humans around?

Gift idea: Experimental cutlery.



One year ago (Feb 26– Mar 4)


As Mark Twain said (paraphrasing): If entry into heaven is based on merit, only dogs will get in!

– Amen, John.


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Myth or Fact? Cooking with Aluminum Foil is Dangerous

Lining sheet pans, packets for the grill, and storage in the fridge are just a few of the uses that aluminum foil can have in your kitchen. But can cooking with foil can have dangerous consequences?

Myth or Fact?
Over the years, rumors have swirled about high levels of aluminum leading to health risks including Alzheimer’s and kidney disease. The truth is aluminum is all around us (even in the water supply), and regular contact does not appear to cause problems. Thankfully, the body has numerous mechanisms in place to help rid the body of excess amounts of this metal. That said, consumption of toxic levels over time could eventually be dangerous to bone, brain, muscle and other tissues.

In the Kitchen
Is there a concern for the home cook? It may depend on how you use foil in your kitchen. There’s not enough research to date to say use of foil will pose immediate harm. Studies that do exist reveal that wrapping cold or cooled foods in foil for storage did not lead to leeching of any aluminum. However, a study published in 2012 did find that cooking with aluminum at high temps and the use of acidic foods, salt, and spices did perpetuate a greater amount of leeching.

Bottom Line
More research may be needed to warrant tossing all your foil in the trash. Determine if the food you prepare comes into contact with foil and assess if this could potentially contribute to a higher than desirable intake of aluminum. If you are concerned about your intake, reserve foil for food storage instead of cooking.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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