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Diversify your vegetable dishes with these easy to make sauces

We hear from many of our students that once they’ve improved their nutrition habits by eating more vegetables , they (or their kids) get “bored with the same old thing” day after day.   As an extension from the recent post on veggie prep, here are a couple of ideas for livening up the palate when there aren’t…
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prepare to eat more veggies

We fitness professionals approach nutrition with varying degrees of personal interest and investment.   For some of us, food is just fuel (yes, I think they’re missing out too!).  For others, it is a tool to manipulate body composition, drive performance, optimize health, etc.   For Patrick and me, food is a big part of lives.…
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kale and carrot salad

Kale and carrot salad The kale and carrot salad is always a summer and fall favorite in our home.  The dressing is a mayo base with the flavors coming from fresh ginger and garlic, a little pop from the wasabi powder and peppercorns  and a nice balance of acidity and saltiness from the rice vinegar…
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preparing a garden bed part 3: the "finer" points

So, I realized that there are some of the finer points that I have neglected to share in part one and part two. I started from the beginning with this herb bed, and took some shots of the process that I did not include in parts one and two posted earlier.  This third part should…
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preparing a garden bed part 2

Here’s the next step following part one of preparing your own little plot of joy in the yard.  After cutting the sod off of the bed site, you’re going to have to do some things to improve your soil for growing (unless, of course, you live in a place where your topsoil is already amazing…  which makes me…
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How to prepare a garden bed Step 1

This is the first in a series of three posts on how to get started gardening in your yard.  These three posts are from a personal blog from 2016.  Since I have recently had many people ask me how to go about growing food in their own yard, I think this is worth sharing here.…
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BEEF! For the week...

Beef is my favorite protein source.   For years, beef has been tossed back and forth from wonderful, nutritious staple of the national dinner table to cancer causing, heart clogging, dietary demon.   Even now, there’s still disagreement about it, and probably will be for years to come.   Lately, the debate has turned toward…
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Setting up for nutrition success: daily food prep

Achieving success towards fitness goals is definitely a challenge.  Typically, it isn’t the 60 minutes of training that is the most challenging part.  If your goal is weight loss (or weight gain for that matter), the challenge is in the kitchen, not usually in the club!   Don’t let the challenge stop you from getting…
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an awesome way to make fall veggies

OK, so bacon is really a wonderful thing…  It makes “plain” tasting veggies very tasty.   This can, however be done without the bacon of course.   If you choose to include it, this is how I like to do it.  It leaves the flavor in every bite, and adds a nice textural element at…
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About Mark

I am a busy guy; husband, father, coach, mentor, gardener, outdoors man and cook are the primary hats I wear. To be the best of these I can be, I stay physically prepared for all those pursuits, and feed myself in a way that allows me to keep up the pace. I can help you to take the next manageable step in fitness and wellness to get you closer to your ideal self.