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Take a Hike!

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A great way to stay active on a weekend or on vacation is by embarking on a hike!  Even better: hiking isn't just fun, it's good for you, too.  



Personally, I never really hiked growing up, except a few times while away at camp.  Then, in Israel, I learned how fun hiking can be!  I loved the rocks, the risk, and the reward.


Since then, I've enjoyed hiking in other settings and even planned a whole trip around it!  Check out my old post on hiking the Sedona Red Rocks to see the awesome views that Arizona hiking can provide.


So let's get to it:
Health Benefits of Hikes:Hiking is a fun way to explore a new area, but it still comes with all the benefits of regular physical activity!
Improved cardio-respiratory fitnessImproved muscular fitness and muscle tone (hiking engages many muscle groups) Lowered blood pressureStress relief  Reduced depressionBetter quality sleepWeight loss and maintenanceHealthy bone structure/reduced chance of osteoporosisIncreased levels of vitamin …

Lemon-Thyme Broiled Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa {The Paleo Approach Cookbook}

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Remember last spring when I reviewed The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD?  I promised that a companion cookbook was forthcoming, and guess what?  It's here!


The Paleo Approach Cookbook A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul ... is finally releasing tomorrow! (On shelves 8/26/14)  Here it is:

This is so much more than a simple collection of recipes.  The book--which is every bit as beautiful and heavy asthe first book--includes:
Over 200 recipes, all of which use healing foods to help empower people with autoimmune diseases to reclaim their health by regulating their immune systems and heal their bodiesHundreds of recipe variations to help you mix it up, along with tips, nutrient facts, and FODMAP alerts along the way Recipe Index to help you quickly find recipes and match ingredientsMeal PlansShopping guides"Plan ahead" guidesOver 100 pages of information and resourcesSummary of THe Paleo Approach dietFood listsShopping guides"How do I eat thi…

Friday Features

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Friiidayyyyyyy!!! 


For fun:21 Things You Should Never Say to People Who Are Actually Gluten-Free 

For health: 
-  Five Eczema Triggers to Avoid, by Mommypotamous
"What the Government Got Wrong About Nutrition -- And How It Can Fix It", via The Huffington Post

For food: 
Tomato Basil Vinaigrette, from my friend, the Little Chef Big Appetite
Eggs Benedict from The Paleo Mom (including nut-free Paleo English muffins and dairy-free Hollandaise Sauce!).  For more recipes from Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, get your hands on The Paleo Approach Cookbook:


For thought: 
- Christine asks, Why can't we own our PRs and accomplishments without always qualifying them?
-Carla asks Does closing comments turn blogging into lecturing?

For success:"Winners can tell you where they are going..."

Have a great weekend!

Summer Streets: Run Recap

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Holy cow, guess what I did?


WOO!

This past weekend was the final Saturday of 2014's Summer Streets in New York City.  I laced up and made my way to Park Avenue, which was closed off to all car traffic, allowing only people on foot, bike, roller blade, and more.  Last year, I played the day away at the Reebok Fitness Zone rest stop, so I was excited to dedicate this year to the streets.

It was a gorgeous day, and SO many people were out for it!!!!  Way to go, NYC!



My plan was to run down to the bottom, and then find a Citi Bike and bicycle back up.  This was what I'd promised to Alec, with whom I was supposed to bike this Saturday before she found out she'd have to work.  After I confessed that I couldn't recall the last time I was on a bicycle, she dared me to do it!

So that was my intention. Run down, bike up. It started according to plan: I ran down Park Avenue among walkers, runners, cyclists, soaking in the sunshine and feeling thankful for the cooler weather that …

Drink Lemon Water... Or Not!

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For a while this summer, I've been squeezing a little lemon juice into my glass of water.  Historically, I was never a flavored-water person (and still would not say that I am), but the sour lemon taste added an awakening feature to my standard chilled water.  In July's heat, it was very refreshing!


I previously wrote about the importance of hydration and was planning to write about the benefits of drinking lemon water.  After all, it's obviously healthy, right?  There must be many gains to be had by introducing the extra vitamins, right?

When I went to find some sources to back me up, I had a difficult time.  Sure, Googling "lemon water benefits" yields countless results claiming it results in improved digestion, glowing skin, disease prevention, weight loss, and even antibacterial properties.  The problem was, most of the claims were weakly supported, if at all.  Most weakly offered: "It's said that..." or "Some say..."

But ... who says…

Visit Lake George

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Good morning!  I'm just back from a lovely week at Lake George, NY.


It was my first time there, and I've got to say it was pretty nice!!  The lake views, the clear water, the tasty eats, and the unique landscape made for a nice little getaway.

Where else do the mountains come right down to the lakeshore?


Many of the hotels and motels have pools you can use, but you can also go ahead and get your vitamin D from one of the small public beaches.  Eric and I spent a bit of time dipping our feet in the lake at the "Million Dollar Beach" (supposedly so-named because it too $1 million in sand to make it), watching dogs frolic in and fear the water's small waves.



If you go, be sure to take asteamboat tourup and down the lake.   They have a variety of tours of varying lengths (one hour to three hours).  We did the "Paradise Bay Cruise" that took us from the southern tip to about halfway up the 32-mile long lake, passing some of the beautiful houses along the …