Probably the most Paleo Beer I've Encountered

Celia Saison – made from the good people at The Alchemist in Waterbury Vermont- not far from Burlington.

Burlington and the surrounding area is a hot bed for great brewers, most notably probably is Magic Hat.

Anyway, this beer was brewed for, I believe, the owner’s wife after being diagnosed with celiac disease- a gluten allergy, essentially.

The beer is gluten free- the ingredients are great:
Sorghum, water, Celeia hops, Curacao orange peel, Belgian yeast.

It’s kind of a rare find- though I got it at Trader Joe’s. I love it. Gluten free beer typically misses the mark on that “beer taste.” This inches closer to it and throws a great curve ball in with the orange accents. So it’s not really a traditional beer taste, and doesn’t pretend to be, but it is reminiscent of it and delicious.

Not very high in calories either.

Weigh in?

Well according to the hotel gym scale I was 172- I put a 10 pound weight on there to see if it was accurate and it was .
Woo!
Now the reason I write “weigh in?” is because it wasn’t on the gym scale for a constant measurement, so I’ll have to “weight” and see- wow I’m witty.

Hotel Workout

Traveling for work this labor day weekend.

The gym at this hotel is awesome. Having a treadmill is all I wanted it to have because it’s kind of in a rough-neighborhood, haha, and I need to get my mileage in as I train for New York. However they had all sorts of machines and dumbbells.

Got 7 miles in at 5:20 AM this morning.

Woke up at 5.

Debate not going.

Why?

Went.

Feel great.

Time for breakfast.

Mmmmmm omlettes.

But First!…

a nap.

Gluten Hangover

Hey everybody what’s going on?

As most readers probably know I’ve been following a paleo diet, as outlined on Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution,” since March of 2012.

I was a dedicated low carb’er for 4 years prior, but felt as though I had gone as far as I could go with it, and truth be told, my siding with the “dark side” of low carb’ing, as I deem it, by relying on artificial sweeteners, fast food fixes and other high-tech/low-carb foods, left me feeling as though I had gone astray from healthy eating, even if I had removed grains and processed sugars from my diet.

Naturally, this was by my own design and the low carb path needn’t lead somewhere here anymore than a heavy metal album may lead someone to satanic rituals, but I needed something different and based on the results I had seen my paleo friends getting from their diet, my own research and focusing on foods in their most natural form, I was a convert from the beginning.

Paleo recipes rival or smash that of their gluten and dairy rich counterparts. People ask me all of the time if it is difficult to stick to, probably because they a) think it’s nuts, but b) they hear what it’s all about and it makes sense. The short answer to the question is yes. It is difficult to stick to.

The pre-made, grab and go solutions to hunger are few and far between; which is why as of late I’ve been trying to focus on eating 2x per-day.

The longer answer is “yes- it’s difficult to stick to, but not impossible, and over the short and long term the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. It’s easy to stick to because you will want to. The online community of paleo dieters is awesome and finding recipes is very easy, as are some of the recipes themselves. It is an affordable diet as well.”

This is a little longer than I usually like to write on here and it wasn’t even what I signed on to write about- so I’m’a wrap it up here. Hope everyone’s had a great weekend and if you happen to have Labor Day off, enjoy!

If you have any questions or want to talk paleo, feel free to comment.

Insanity Day 4 – Cardio Recovery

The name of the game during this workout is “breathe.”  Sure it’s important in all of the Insanity workouts, but in this one in particular, because you are holding the same position for extended periods of time, like Yoga, it’s easy to forget or to hold it so you can convince yourself it makes you magically more flexible, but in reality, it just forces you to exert yourself even more than you would have had you just remembered what your body wants to do naturally, which is brethe

 

Just wrapped it up.  It feels like an extended session of stretching.  The tempo is turned down big time on this workout, compared to the others.  But your heart rate does elevate and you can make an argument for some brief moments of cardio-exercises, snuck in there by Shaun T.

It lasts about 32 minutes.  Feels longer.  And leaves your quads burning.  Enjoy!

 

It probably didn’t help that I performed a heavy lifting session this morning; but I’m going hard and loving it.