Food Porn Friday

Carne Asada and Guacomole



Above: Sausage and Butternut Squash Hash

Below: Pulled Pork Tostadas

Both from


The Quick Fix

“5 minutes on this machine is  like working out for 30 minutes!”, I overheard someone say last week. My son and I looked at each other and I said to him,  ” You know what’s like working out for 30 minutes?”  He replied, ” Working out for 30 minutes!” 

Quick fixes are everywhere you turn. There are pills, diets, surgery and on and on. Well I’m going to let you in on a health and fitness secret. Now if I told you to cover your screen and not tell anyone, that this was top-secret and I’m only charging you 5 installments of $19.95 for this information and for the next 10 minutes I’ll throw in some super secret fat melting pills developed by NASA scientists for a secret mission to Mars…well, you’d already be entering your credit card information. however, pay no attention to my advice because it’s based on proven science and results and I’m giving it away for free. THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS OR QUICK FIXES. You get out what you put in. 

Here are 5 simple truths:


1. It does really start with food (Insert credit to WHOLE9 here).  See the paleo way of eating. It works, period. 

2. Exercise. Move around a lot at a normal pace. Lift heavy things. Get some intense interval training or sprinting.

3. Stress. Get proper rest. Manage stress through exercise and  meditation or yoga. Adopt a positive mental attitude. 

4. All of the above are LIFESTYLE CHANGES. You can’t expect to put in temporary effort and get permanent results.

5. If you put as much effort into the above that you do trying to find a way around them then you will achieve the results that you want.

*This is the truth and the whole truth and nothing but the truth!  

Food Porn Friday

While certainly not low in sugar, hard cider is gluten free and pretty damn good now and then!

Local Vegetable and Sausage Stir Fry

“Spaghetti” and Meat Balls

The GORUCK Challenge: A Review

go·ruck [verb go + verb ruck] noun ruck is short for rucksack (aka backpack), it’s also a verb: to ruck is to move with a rucksack, and implies action, energy, and purpose.

On June 1, 2012, some friends and I lined up to participate in the GORUCK challenge in San Francisco. Little did I know that this event would be a life changer for me. The event is described by GORUCK, LLC. as “8-10 HOURS. 15-20 MILES. GOOD LIVIN’.” If you look at most of the reviews, they are vague, shrouding the event in secrecy. I’m not going to spoil it for you either. There are many rumors out there. Some true some not. I can neither confirm or deny them. Here is what I will tell you. 

GORUCK is made up of Spec Ops personnel. Originally , they put the challenge together for the purpose of testing the high quality ruck sacks that they manufacture in Bozeman, Montana. It has turned into a challenge like no other available to civilians. 

Here is the GORUCK challenge in short:

You complete a 15-20 mile adventure with a group of like minded individuals led by experienced cadre (a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others). Along the way you are challenged mentally and physically to accomplished goals that can only be achieved by team work. 

Is it hard? HELL YES! Can you do it? HELL YES!

I trained as I normally do at Crossfit but doing all of my WODs with a weight vest that started out at 20lbs and increased to 35 lbs. Physically preparing is a necessity. They say it’s 90% mental and I tend to agree but am still sorting through that in my mind. What I can tell you for certain is that finishing and earning the GORUCK Tough patch and becoming part of the GRT family is 100% worth it! I’m proud to have been a part of class 177. 

Food Porn Friday

A different perspective on what is considered food porn. Last week during the GORUCK Challenge in San Francisco,  packets of almond butter, tanka bars and a larabar tasted like the best thing I’d ever eaten. 


Roulade of local chicken breast and sausage over homemade tomato sauce with sauteed kale.