Thursday, March 5, 2015

Excellent documentaries

I recently watched three food-ucational documentaries:  Fed Up (reveals the alarming omnipresence of sugar in the North American diet and how type 2 diabetes and obesity are the rule rather than the exception amongst more and more teenagers), Food Matters (advocates a CLEAN organic diet rather than processed food and drugs to deal with a sick body), and finally Hungry for Change (it was my favourite of the three).

Based on these documentaries I was encouraged to buy a small blender.  Previously I only owned a juicer, but being able to make an instant smoothie snack that keeps the fibre and gives you the whole vegetable rather than just the juice makes a lot of sense to me.  I've experimented with different smoothies and my current go-to green concoction of choice blends spinach, celery, parsley, kale and spirulina.  Churned up with a cup of unsweetened almond milk it has the consistency and hue of a sci-fi magic brew.  It looks like chunky, foamy absinthe from another time and place.  Talk about a nutrient powerhouse though!  :-)

I'm working on rehabbing a shoulder injury using the common sense approach to exercises:  "If it hurts, don't do it".  This has limited my arm balances in yoga and temporarily scratched pushups, bench press, pec flies, straight arm lateral raises above 70 degrees abduction and a few others off my list.  I'm also taking a break from my ergogenic aids until I see an improvement in my shoulder - seems pointless to waste these types of supplements when I'm not doing the kind of training that would maximize their effects.

And finally, my latest wish list "toy":


Since my condo doesn't have a community compost bin or participate in such a program I figured it would be cool to make my own rich, dark, organic compost (better than throwing all my vegetable scraps in a landfill) and regularly gift it to acquaintances who have a garden, as I don't even have a balcony.

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