Tough Mudder Training: Squats for Strength and Power

One week into my Tough Mudder Training I am starting to feel like, “hey, I can do this.” One exercise I can totally crush as part of my Tough Mudder Training is squats. Tough Mudder Training requires squats for strength and power. Squats (just like those dreaded jumps) come in all shapes and sizes on the training plans: bodyweight squats, goblet squats, squats using an odd object (I will come back … [Read more...]

Tough Mudder Breakfast of Champions

An essential part of preparing for a Tough Mudder is fueling your body with a nutrient dense diet so today I want to talk about 3 easy variations on a Tough Mudder Breakfast of Champions.   Part of my work as a registered dietitian nutritionist involves cooking and recipe writing. To date I have written 6 healthy cookbooks and am about to embark on book #7, a low-sodium cookbook. Head … [Read more...]

How Tough Mudder Training Reminds Me of My Peace Corps Days

Last night I was thinking how training for a Tough Mudder reminds me of my Peace Corps days. I served 2 ½ years in Sierra Leone, West Africa as an inland fisheries volunteer way back from the summer of 1987 until the end of 1989. Granted I was much, much younger (was it really 30 years ago???), but physical, along with mental challenges are at the core of the Peace Corps slogan: The Toughest Job … [Read more...]

Tough Mudder Training Day 2

Tough Mudder Training Day 1 showed me that dumbbell thrusters aren’t for sissies and that I may not have been fully aware of all of the physiological effects of aging. I mean when did I lose my ability to get any sort of distance on a vertical jump? Sure, hearing and sight decline with age, but jumping? So I looked it up. I might as well spill the beans now, I turn 52 tomorrow so imagine my … [Read more...]

Tough Mudder Training and Nutrition Tips

I decided to sign up for and train for a Tough Mudder race in 3 months. However, I'm not exactly sure how to prepare for such madness. Sound like you? Then join me as I find out and document my journey and share Tough Mudder Training and Nutrition Tips right here on this blog. Why Choose a Tough Mudder Race? When my 16-year-old niece asked me to come to Alaska to do a mud run in June (because I … [Read more...]

Nutrition Tips For Nourishing Achy Joints

Your bones do such a good job of supporting your every move it is easy to take them for granted. But healthy joints equal a better quality of life, so regardless of your age, being proactive by taking a few simple steps can keep them in top form as you age.A joint is where two or more bones are joined together. Joints can be rigid like the joints between the bones in your skull, or movable, like … [Read more...]

Mighty Magnesium

Is your diet plant-strong and rich in pumpkin seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts, leafy greens like spinach and whole grains like oatmeal?  This is just a short list of foods rich in the mineral magnesium, a nutrient that demands attention when it comes to health and wellness. First, what is magnesium good for? Magnesium is required by virtually every cell in your body and is vital to more than 300 … [Read more...]

Easy to Follow 7 Day Vegan Diet Plan

As the new year approaches you may be thinking about making some changes to your diet. Perhaps you want to eat less processed foods, incorporate more whole grains, or up your intake of fruits and veggies. You may even be considering trying out a vegan diet. People are drawn to veganism for a variety of reasons. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives and do our part to reduce pollution and … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Granola

Who doesn’t love granola? It makes a great breakfast, a tasty bar, and parfaits would feel naked without it. A wholesome and nutritious food, right? Well, it can be, but granola is tricky. Most granolas feature oats at their primary ingredient and as a fiber-rich whole grain, oats offer many benefits. However, having oats as a main ingredient doesn’t automatically make granola a health food and it … [Read more...]

Super Sweet and Satisfying Raw Vegan Desserts

If you are considering moving towards a vegan or raw vegan diet but hate the thought of having to give up some of your favorite desserts, then I have good news! You don’t have too! It is amazingly easy to make raw vegan versions of many dessert recipes that are loaded with sugar, fat and calories. Even if you are not a vegan or going raw, trading in high-calorie desserts that offer little in terms … [Read more...]