Great Recovery-ish Meal from Fairway

Here’s a super meal from Fairway Market.

salad and macadamia nuts

Above is a bag of macadamia nuts(11.72 pricey!) and a salad (5.24 cost effective!).

The good:

  • I’ll eat a handful of nuts to keep total fat up plus get some nutrients, protein and carbs. But mainly it’s for fat energy as it’s mostly fat. It also contains potassium which is lost during sweaty exercise.
  • Taste – the bacon bits and butternut squash are yummy. Rest of the ingredients are standard. Olives are quite salty, but good.
  • Olives provide a natural delivery of healthy fats. As nature made them.
  • Spinach is great for antioxidant power to clean the body and fiber to keep things moving through. Leafy greens are a great move.
  • Bacon bits. These are probably low quality as in not from pigs who are naturally raised without hormones or normal diets (probably ate a bean or soy-based feedlot. The bacon just tastes good and provides some fat. It’s in the salad for fun.
  • Olive oil simply to up the fat levels.
  • Butternut squash makes it taste good. There’s about a cup worth. The squash is also a great slow absorbing carb source so it won’t spike sugar levels too much and not cause a big crash. Plus it’s got lots of potassium – great after sweating out your electrolytes.
  • Chicken is in there to provide some protein. Not a lot is needed, about 1/2 a cup is in there for 15-20 grams. For the whole day, I aim for 100 grams of protein which is all I need for my goals – to feel great, look lean (like spiderman) and not like the hulk.

If I would have skipped the nuts and just added more olive oil, this meal would have been $5.24. Crazy that one could get such nutrition like that here on Long Island. Fairway is great!

 

Separate Realities

Separate realities. It’s a given. We’ve all got our own maps of the world. As accurate or inaccurate as it is, we have em. And a few interesting things about them.

(1) Each map is unique!
(2) Mine is different from yours (implied by #1)
(3) They do not capture the truth of the world.
(4) Even if you had the exact map of the truth, you’d still differ from the next person.
(5) Oh, key, your map wants to be right. Wants others to conform to your map. If you find yourself trying to convince others to no end. Argueing or explaining too much, well that’s your map at work, trying to fit others into it – or change others’ maps.

And as a result of all of this, the handy thing to realize, is that your map may be off, others may be off, both may be right from a perspective, and both may be wrong. Right or wrong almost does’t even matter as our maps will just adjust and grow .. or change.

The thing I want to say is that if you’re stressed or struggling with someone else, just accept that their map IS different and you don’t have to get others to believe or change to yours. Let go of the stress and instead seek to understand their map, share yours, – and be kind.

This is one of my takeaways from Richard Carlson’s book, You Can Be Happy No Matter What.

Fairway Market in Westbury is Great!

Fairway Market in Westbury is Great!

A great spot for laptopping, coffee or lunch, and if needed, groceries (especially if you’re paleo or a health nut) is Fairway Market (visit website) in Garden City.

fairway westbury

I noticed that they now offer free wifi in store. This wasn’t the case months earlier. It’s fast and easy to connect to and most likely no one else is on it as this mainly a grocery store.

They have a kick-ass chopped salad bar. Lots of ingredients to put in your salad and they chop it. You can get kale base for your greens, but I go for spinach as it’s easier to digest ,especiall if you’ve been a milk/cereal/bread/candy junkie with a recovering digestive system. They don’t charge for dressing, heh.

There’s a cafe area with plenty of seating. It’s one a grungy, small local cafe scene, but a grocery store, so it’s bustling, but will do the trick for a quick blogging spell. I don’t see any outlets, but there may be one or two hidden ones to be discovered.

Favorite grocery items to get here are: Raw Macadamia nuts, grass-fed beef, eggs (they even have, as of today, one free-range brand) , Fiji water, all kinds of chocolate, of which Theo coconut is one of my current faves. The store is LARGE.

theo chocoloate

Lots of other great places nearby including Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Westbury Loew’s Theatre, Target, Roosevelt Field Mall, Trader Joes, Shake Shack, and Starbucks.

Here’s a map. Have fun.

Fairway Market in Westbury, New York, Map

 

Mike asked me, What do I eat after basketball?

A friend asked me what to eat as he know’s a nutrition monkey as I try to optimize my bball game. (Yeah, he likes how I dunk at will and talk trash, knowing I drop 3s like rain ;P). My answer … which will explain quite a bit to others. A lot of the stuff I follow that has worked well isin the below links. I find my energy, libido, and mental sharpness, and hoops ability best when I follow it … it’s good and I’ve a bit to go, but I think I’ve got the formula down – which is very counter common advice. But you asked, into the rabbit hole you go.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com (Nicely written information on food and lifestyle, very handy stuff)
http://www.whole9life.com (A great way to implement healthy paleolithical eating, funly written, I love the Whole30 book, bought many copies)
http://www.bulletproofexec.com (has dietary recommendations, is big on clean toxin free food, and his coffee trick – much fun)

Essentially, clean food from the land, veggies, grass-fed beef, organic when you can, minimize sugar/bread/man-made food, get healthy fats.

Breaking the sugar addiction is a force to be reckoned with, to not depend on constant sugar/carb drip and instead run
your body off of fat sources – food and body. There’s a shift that happens in order to get there, and so breaking the sugar addiction is sorta part of it … basically keep yourself well-fed with good choice non-sugary foods so the carb cravings don’t overtake you – if you haven’t eaten much in hours and a pizza or cake shows up, basically no one can fight that off if they are a 6-meal a day bread, pasty, cakes & cookie kind of person.

So the story goes …. what I’m doing is …

1. After hoops – yams/beatroots and lean protein source like fish or chicken breast cause the body is screaming for it, goes in nicely. Little fats, little veggies cause a little harder to absorb. But even food in #2 is good anyhow cause it’s good food. The idea is to speed recovery.

2. Other meals I eat are essentially – healthy fats, clean-sourced animal protein (organic/grass-fed/free range, not farmed), organic or clean vegetables.

I don’t seek carbs for the most part, just sweet potatoes and beetroot  -root types of veggies after intense sports. Fruit I avoid because it’s so tasty and slow fat loss.

Some things I believe to be true:
1. High carbs = insulin spikes = store fat = do not release energy
2. Get lots of rest = digestion goes up = body heals
3. High healthy fats = more the body uses fat for energy

There are so many arguments both ways, high fat, low fat, high carb, low carb, low protein, high protein, etc, it’s mind numbing – just gotta try stuff out and see how you do.

I tried vegetarian – had a nightmare – fragile, irritable, and weak. Though I retrospect I exercised heaps and didn’t rest/recover as much. Vegan eating probably didn’t help me heal.

I like the Whole30 program as a basis to start from (the book for whole9life.com).

So much goes on sleep, stress, down time, sun time, computer time, exercise, etc that it can be tough to figure out what works – I like to try to be consistent for a while and see how things go – try not to change more than one thing at a time, to see if it helps/hurts.

The book, Why We Get Fat argues (nicely) that “eat less, exercise more” is the path to fat loss but no one ever succeeds at that for any period of time. Very well argued against the point and many gurus I follow support that this is just bad advice.

What really happens is people exercise more, get hunger (rightfully so) and eat more of the wrong stuff they are already eating that makes them fat … they get fatter even though they exercise more. Then they try to cut out calories, and the body is unhappy, stressed, and thinks there’s a famine coming, and then binges like a beast when a cake shows up – “omg food!”.

Uhh, so to ramble furthere, eat plenty of the good stuff, it keeps the hunger down, be ready to fight off the bad stuff (gluck it’s everywhere), exercise the same is fine, even a bit less as you adjust to different eating patterns/foods.

So, links above, enjoy … the word “paleo” will come up, as a general style of eating which is low in refined food, sugars, etc. High in healthy sourced foods: animals, veggies, fats …

Minimal Wallet

I’m here in New Zealand now for about 2 months. One of the great things about moving abroad for a few months is cutting down to the essentials – making do with less. In a world of more products, more work, and more stuff … can you go less?

I’ll take one carry-on and my laptop and that’ll be all for four months … can even go longer. And I often don’t wear or touch much of what I bring. I bet I can easily drop down to half a carry-on.  Continue reading Minimal Wallet