Thursday, August 29, 2013
What is quinoa you ask?
a tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.
And why is it so great?
First you must know that I love starches. Potatoes, beans, and wheat. But I especially love RICE! Do you know what all these things have in common? None of them are primarily gluten-free. This made my transition into the DDP Yoga lifestyle a little more daunting that I 1st imagined, until one day Joelle (my wife if you haven't been reading this blog long) discovered quinoa!
At 1st I was sceptical.
It looked like rice. It kinda had the same consistency as rice. Hell, it even had a similar smell while it was cooking! Only one thing was left to do, see if it tasted like rice.
It took a moment, but DAMN this was good. I loved the after taste the most. It left me wanting more. This opened a whole new world of possibility! Asian style stir-fry cuisine that was before forbidden with my gluten-free lifestyle was now within reach using fresh veggies, grass fed beef, gluten-free marinade and quinoa! It has become my go to side dish and has made living this life easy! No more mashed potato and rice cravings, I'll take a helping of quinoa please.
Now that I've shared a gluten free treasure, what are some of yours?
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I am however, proud to say that since coming home from the "D", I managed to get my DDP Yoga in 5 out of the 6 days amid work, my children and family crisis. My sessions were one of the things that kept me sane during it all. This program and website have been such a blessing. Even when I don't have the time to post I always try to catch a blog a day to keep the fires burning within.
One member I have to give a major shout out to is Ian Rogers. His video blog flat out rocks and he is constantly tweeting me when he posts them so I can make sure to take a look. He is inspiration personified and if you are not a member of his group on here, get there!
So who inspires you? What keeps you going and how do you focus when life throws you a knuckle ball? Because this week I got knuckle balls not curves!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I've never been the type to take direction very well. I'm more of a find out for myself kind of guy. A year or so ago when someone brought up "The Caveman" diet, I dismissed it as limiting yourself of some of the great pleasures in life and said it just want for me. Fast forward to today and I am doing a no gluten or dairy diet that resembles the very thing I brushed off as foolish in 2012. I consider that a lesson learned.
Just this Sunday I learned another valuable lesson. I have been loving the feeling of being healthy. It is such a natural high with energy boosts and positive body changes that make me a happy man everyday. But, with a good friends wedding on the horizon I figured what would it hurt to let loose a little and have fun like we did when we were kids. I forgot one thing, I'm not a kid anymore and it did hurt, A LOT! We all had a blast as shots of whiskey rained down, until that is, they came back up a few hours later. I was sick as a dog for close to 24 hours and was even much to under the weather for last nights DDP Yoga session. I watched Joelle as she kicked ass and I laid there helplessly.
I realized that living clean and doing Yoga 7 days a week is way more fun than over serving myself and paying the price for a full day afterward. But don't worry I made up for my misdeeds this morning. I banged out Fat Burner and Red Hot Core and when Joelle gets home from work tonight we'll do Below The Belt together. Double sessions for this bad guy!
I paid the price for letting my stubborn pride get in the way and indeed had a lesson learned. On the bright side from what I hear I did have a blast at the wedding ( although I don't remember much) and thankfully I have photo evidence to prove it!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
With dedication comes opportunity. I truly believe in this. We make our own breaks and with my dedication to a healthier lifestyle another opportunity has arrived. I received a call last night from a friend with a request. He has just made a commitment to his first amateur MMA fight this coming November and he has asked me to train him for it.
Now besides the obvious honor, that someone respects my ability and experience enough to guide them to their first fight, it also reaffirms my commitment to this lifestyle. Before DDP Yoga I would have been worried that I wasn't in good enough shape to train someone. I would have dreaded getting "back into shape" and may not have accepted the invitation. But my health and confidence are sky rocketing once again and you can bet your ass I will be incorporating DDP Yoga into his training regimen. Get some rest buddy, because come Sept 1 camp starts and you're gonna need it!
Own Your Life
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
All my life I have had one and only one roadblock in between me and my path to success. Me. Whether personal, professional or physical health, I have been my own worst enemy. I spent too much time wondering what other people would think of my choices and what they'd say about me when I wasn't there. I didn't realize until I was about 26 that it just didn't matter what they said, it mattered what i did! I laid to rest all of the self doubt that I built up from previous mistakes and moved forward.
When I decided to start a career in MMA at the age of 26 after 9 surgeries and losing 100 lbs they thought I was crazy. I did it anyway.
When I decided to completely change my dietary habits and adapt a 7 day a week yoga lifestyle, they asked what happened to the real Scott? Well, 1 month and 10 lbs down, I'm doing it anyway.
You see, people will always doubt the unfamiliar and those people will never succeed. But the only person who can truly stop you from succeeding is you. If you will listen to the doubters you will fail. If you listen to yourself and do what you know is best for you, you cannot fail!
Own Your Life
Monday, August 5, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
- Redbridge by Anheuser-Busch – Red Lager
- New Planet Tread Lightly – Blonde Ale
- Bard’s Tale Dragon’s Gold – Brown Ale
- Dogfish Head Tweason’ Ale – Fruit Beer
- Green’s Discovery – English Strong Amber Ale
- New Planet Off The Grid Pale Ale – American Pale Ale
- Green’s Quest – Belgian Tripel
- Brunehaut Ambree – Amber Ale
- Green’s Endeavor – Belgian Dubbel
- Brunehaut Bio Blonde – Belgian Tripel
- St. Peter’s Sorgham Beer – German Pilsner
- New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale – Fruit Beer
- New Grist Sorghum Beer by Lakefront – Fruit Beer
- Daura by Estrella Damm – Lager
First a little background;
I am not a great sleeper, never have been. And since I started the DDP Yoga program, my energy is up and I sleep even less. 4 to 5 hours a night, max! Last night however, I added restlessness to my insomnia and I needed to just conk out in a bad way. So I took PM Motrin, waited for it to take effect and caught some ZzZzZ's. This seemed like a fantastic idea! Until this morning...
Today I feel lethargic, my energy is low and I can only attribute this to the PM meds from last night. This got me thinking, if something as "innocent" as PM Motrin can throw me for a massive loop, what the hell have I been poisoning myself with for the last 29 years? It's a frightening prospect to ponder. I've had about a dozen surgeries so pain pills, prescription or otherwise have been a part of my life. Add alcohol and fast food to the mix and no wonder I had so little clarity in my daily experiences. I am now so grateful for my decision to "live clean" and move forward with this happy and healthy lifestyle.