Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Posture as a hot topic today

Clients were discussing long-term goals in a group reformer class this morning.  One mentioned was the almighty 'good' posture. When I saw this image, I had to repost it.  You want to be the middle guy now so you don't look like one of our predecessors on all fours later (or that poor guy at the computer)!

A very important pilates exercise is the Swan.  To help the desk situation going on above, practice this at least once a day. Keep your pubic bone anchored on the mat to protect your low back and use your core muscles, including your upper back, serratus, transversus and obliques to move into this position. Keep it small at first and then gradually increase your range of motion with your feet remaining on the floor.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Marathon - Meb Wins!

Today Meb Keflezighi (USA) won the 2014 Boston Marathon and had a personal best at 38 years old! Amazing!

This couldn't happen to a better guy. In November he ran the NY marathon and was not having the best day. Instead of dropping out, Meb finished to show his support for NY and Boston. After struggling and being caught by a much slower sub-elite named Mike Cassidy (who was also struggling), Meb decided to finish the last three miles with him. Mike wrote an article about his experience and here is the part that really touched me….

It was readily apparent that all the stories I’d heard about Meb’s remarkable attitude were true.
As we entered Central Park at Columbus Circle, I turned to Meb and told him as much. “It’s an honor to run with you,” I said.
His response is something I’ll never forget.
“No,” he said. “Today is not about us. It’s about representing New York. It’s about representing Boston. It’s about representing the USA and doing something positive for our sport. We will finish this race holding hands.”
I’m a believer that running brings out the best in people. Running inspires. Running unites. Running uplifts. By pushing us to our limits and across them, running takes us to places we never thought possible—or even real. A good run can turn a dark day bright and make a bright day shine brighter. Performed on the scale of a marathon, running can transform communities and change lives.

If you want to read the full article, you can click here:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Collard greens are the new kale (in case you didn't know)

So apparently collard greens are the new Kale……so I found a collard salad recipe that sounds like it's fantastic.  Try it out and lets compare notes :)

Collard Green Salad with Strawberries & Tahini Dressing

Serves 4
For the dressing:
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon white miso
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
For the salad: 
1 bunch collard greens
1 cup cooked quinoa (see how to cook quinoa)
1 ripe avocado, diced
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
To prepare the dressing whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth. This works best with an immersion blender or food processor. However, a hand whisk will be fine too. Taste test and set aside.
Thoroughly wash and dry the collard greens. Fold each leaf in half and slit away the the tough stem. Stack the collard greens on top of each other and then roll them up (like a cigar). Chop the greens into thin ribbons.
In a large bowl toss the collard green leaves with half the dressing, massaging the dressing into the collards. Add the quinoa, avocado, strawberries and walnuts. Drizzle with the remainder of the dressing and serve.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spinach Pear Salad Recipe

If you like spinach salad and want to mix it up, try this old faithful recipe of mine. I love it. Although it's snowing outside at this very moment - IT IS SPRING! Think warm thoughts, sunshine, bbq. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easy Greek salad (in a jar?)

I made this quick salad (actually I made 4 of them at once in an assembly line format) for easy lunches on the go. Use your favorite ingredients with a vinaigrette of your choosing. I used olives, roasted red peppers, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and tofu. Protein packed!

Peace out!

The calm before the wellness begins!