Archives for February 2013

Work Hard, Play Hard, DON’T cross your tips

This week I’m skiing at Mammoth Mountain, in California. 
I used to come here a couple times a year when I lived in San Diego, 
but it’s been about 3 years since I’ve visited. 
I’m here with Ted & Ann! 
They drove up, I flew over, my man-friend flew down. 
You could say that I’m in a great mood this week..
On the Gondola 

Aprés Ski
And trying to remember the basics, 
’cause this is like my 6th day ever on skis
But believe you me, I’m shreddin’ the gnar…
*photos taken before my man-friend got here… you’ll see him… eventually ; ) 
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Fish Oil Ish

So I’m sure you’ve all heard that taking fish oil to get Omega 3 fatty acids is good for you… but do you know what to look for when choosing the right supplements?
Benefits Include: 
Enhances exercise performance, endurance and recovery
Supports circulation and blood vessel function
Promotes the metabolism of dietary fat and cholesterol
Supports healthy brain function, memory, focus and attention
Supports the function of natural anti-inflammatory molecules
Supports internal repair systems that act in response to inflammation for a healthy back and joints
There are several other benefits for pregnancy/lactation/joints/eyes/heart.
Check out this website to view them all.

If I ate fish on a regular basis, I wouldn’t worry about this as much… but since I don’t, I looked into the supplements.

My scope of practice doesn’t include supplements so I tried to do some research into find out how much I should actually take. When I first looked into it, most of the info out there said to take 1 gram of fish oil for every % of body fat you have. OK. I’m %14 right now. I’ll take 14 grams…

But when I actually bought fish oil capsules I notcied that 1 capsule is 1 gram. That meant I’d have to take 14 of them every day. What the what?! There’s no way. And what about heavier people? If you’re %30 body fat you have to take 30 of those pills? WTF. That can’t be right… So I consulted with my buddy, Chris. He’s a buddy of mine that I work out with every week (ok, every other week). He and his wife both have PhDs in nutrition and present all over the world on tons of topics relating to food and supplements. And since he’s a “doctor”, I guess he knows what he’s talking about…

Here’s what he had to say: “When buying an omega 3 — fish oil — there are a few key factors to consider.  One is the amount of 2 omega 3’s, EPA and DHA.  These two ingredients should add up to be at least 50% of the “Total Omega” figure.  For example, if the total omega in the product is 1000 mg, EPA + DHA must be at least 500 mg.  And that figure, EPA + DHA, is what you want to base your intake on.  Then, that being said, aim for a minimum of 1 gram EPA + DHA per day.”

Nordic Naturals label:
Ok, I can definitely deal with taking 2 capsules rather than 14 per day. Thanks, Chris!
Then he also told me that I should be taking the Nordic Naturals brand (the KING of all supplements because of safety and effectiveness) and not Kroger brand. Eek! Ok, ok. It was on sale. Now I know… : )
Kroger brand:
Do you take fish oil? Have a look at the label!
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Random Saturday Post: Me and Whitney… & Football

So I’ve had quite a few friends tell me that 
Whitney Cummings is my twin, 
both in looks (thanks!) and personality. 
I never saw her show, “Whitney” but caught this 
little snippet of her talk show today. 
Turns out we ARE twins. 
We share a vast knowledge of football
and an overwhelming desire to bullshit those who think otherwise. 
; )

I also just realized that the Super Bowl was this weekend…
can’t wait. 

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Random Saturday Post: Me and Whitney… & Football

So I’ve had quite a few friends tell me that 
Whitney Cummings is my twin, 
both in looks (thanks!) and personality. 
I never saw her show, “Whitney” but caught this 
little snippet of her talk show today. 
Turns out we ARE twins. 
We share a vast knowledge of football
and an overwhelming desire to bullshit those who think otherwise. 
; )

I also just realized that the Super Bowl was this weekend…
can’t wait. 

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Holla Atcha Girl! … or Your Fave Charity…

I suck at finding time to volunteer. 
I have the time. I just forget to sign up for things.
Plus, a lot of events happen on the weekends,
when I’m traveling…
SO the next best thing is donating to charities… 
#payingmywayin
I got a few charity auction invites this week, 
none of which I could actually attend, 
soooo sending money via the intronet!
My good friend, Lynn has an annual wine auction for her birthday. Each year she selects a charity to benefit and this year’s was the Flagship Program. This program sets up cultural, physical, social, and academic activities for youth in Missoula, MT. I couldn’t attend because she lives in Montana and I live in Kentucky, but sending money via PayPal made me feel somewhat involved. Great job, Lynnie! 
Donate here
Charity #2: Nanz & Kraft Florist and Maker’s Mark Four Roses 
(Because your heart is important and bourbon is yummy!)
An invite, in case you live in Louisville and you can go: 
To donate, mail your dolla dolla bills (not really, write a check)
to the address above or stop in and drop it off! 
Charity #3: Huntington’s Disease Society of America
(Wisconsin chapter, specifically)
My good friend and colleague, Shana Martin is a strong advocate for Huntington’s Disease research to find a cure. Her mom has the disease so it’s possible that she could have it too, though we’re all hoping she doesn’t! Shana does a lot of great things in the community, including a Re-Prom that will be a fundraising auction, an excuse to dress up and re-live Prom for a night, (maybe better than your first prom?) as well as have a generally kickass good time, I’m sure. I’m bummed I can’t make it to Madison, WI for what seems to be an awesome evening, but donating will help. : ) 
Donate here
So if you’re looking to lend a hand in any way, 
give a couple bucks to these guys.
It’ll be fun!
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