When last we left the riveting story of my ongoing adventures in functional medicine, it was August, and I'd just been to my first appointment...Read More
B is for….
According to the radio report I listened to in my car with the heater blasting and the seat warmer on, it was 33 degrees F this morning. Icy toes, icy nose.
Not sure if we’re the toughest, the most stubborn, or both, but it was just Maggie, Crystal, and I at Bootcamp this morning. We went to the running track at Austin High School to shake up the routine a bit. I never knew this little training treasure was righthere. Pullup bars. Parallel bars. Walking logs. And the best part — boxes to help beginning kippers like me actually get up on the bars.
- high knees + fast feet + jacks
- lap around the track
- 3X squats, pushups, rotations
- knees, kicks, skip, etc. + run ladder
3 rounds, 30 sec. each station
- dips on the parallel bars
- overhead squats 2/ PVC pipe
- 5 med ball throws up the field
- sprint back from final throw
- walking lunges up the field
- sprint back w/ ball
40 med ball situps
The good: It feels really great to be moving around again. The fresh, cold air was bracing, and the sunrise over downtown was gorgeous streaks of orange, pink, and gold.
The bad: My Frankenneck is still puffy, and the muscles of my throat are sore. But the doctor said it looks “great,” so I’m just going to keep on going. Extra-strength Tylenol and patience are the key.
I mourned when fresh blueberries disappeared from HEB, but now I think I like the frozen even more. I keep a giant bag in the freezer, and every morning, I do this:
- Measure 1/2 cup of frozen berries into a glass bowl
- Microwave for 25 seconds to render them frosty but not fully defrosted
- Top with 1/4 cup Fiber One for a big fiber boost (7g fiber in 1/4 cup)
- Add 1 cup 1% milk
- Let it sit for a minute or so
- Eat enthusiastically
The frozen blueberries make ice crystals in the milk, and against the tangy berries, the milk tastes creamy and rich. The Fiber One adds a nice, lightly-sweet crunch — and if you have 9 almonds and 2 oz. of protein on the side, you’ve got a perfect Zone breakfast.
When I’m craving something sweet — like that damn Dreyer’s Slow-Churned Light ice cream — I repeat the process above, minus the Fiber One, and have only 1 oz. of protein on the side for a 2 block snack. It’s like a frozen treat, only with kickass nutrition and cancer-fighting properties.
Which brings me to this: Blueberries are a super food!
- deliver powerful antioxidants
- improve night vision
- protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- improve both learning capacity and motor skills
- block metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer