Archive | April, 2010

Food, Inc.

21 Apr

FYI:

Food, Inc. will be on PBS tonight at 9pm

Synopsis

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli — the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”), Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms’ Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc.reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

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Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing

18 Apr

Fitness Wave NorCal will be offering Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing at our Fundraiser on Saturday, May 8th @ FIT from 7am-12pm (testing every 15 minutes).

Online Registration is now available: http://www.fitnesswavenorcal.com/calendar.html

*scroll down and click on May 8: Focused Trainers

Questions?  Contact Jen@focusedtrainers.com  OR  Kevin@focusedtrainers.com

From Fitness Wave NorCal:

Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing (Hydro-Densitometry):

Recommended Donation: $50

According to research, “Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing “is still the “Gold Standard” to which all methods of body fat testing still compare themselves. FitnessWave has been the pioneer in hydrostatic testing for over eleven years. We strive to provide accurate and affordable hydrostatic testing to our clients with a professional touch. Fitnesswave makes hydrostatic body fat testing a fun experience for the whole family.

The Testing Process:

  1. your test will occur in our mobile unit
  2. your reserved testing time is 15 minutes
  3. we have private areas on the mobile unit for you to change your clothes
  4. you will need your bathing suit and towel
  5. you will receive a summary of your results immediately and a full report the next day in your email

Chicken Cacciatore

13 Apr

Serves 6 to 8

Active Time: 40-60 minutes (depending on how efficient of a sous chef you are)

Start to Finish: 4-5 hours

Ingredients:

2/3c dry white wine

1/3c broken dried procini mushrooms (1/4 oz)

4lb Cage-Free, Organic, boneless chicken thighs

1/4c extra virgin olive oil, divided

1/4lb sliced pancetta, chopped

2 medium yellow onions, chopped

2 shallots, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

3 celery hearts, chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 (20 oz) can whole or diced tomatoes in juice (can use tomatoes that have added basil and garlic if you prefer extra spices!)

1 (6-inch) rosemary sprig

1 California Bay Leaf

1/2c pitted Kalamata olives

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F with a rack in the middle.

2. Bring wine to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Stir in porcini mushrooms and remove from heat.  (This will rehydrate them)

3. Rinse and pat chicken thighs dry, seasoning with 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wide 6-8 qt heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then brown chicken thighs, turning every 7-8 minutes.

4. Transfer chicken to a plate.  Discard fat from pot and add remaining 2 tbsp oil.  Add pancetta and saute over medium-high heat until it begins to brown.  Add onions, shallots, and saute until softened, about 8 minutes.

5. Drain porcini mushrooms in a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl, pressing on mushrooms and reserving wine.  Coarsely chop porcini mushrooms and add to pancetta mixture with carrots, celery and garlic.  Saute until softened, about 8 minutes.  Stir in wine and cook until most has evaporated, about 2 minutes.

6. Add tomatoes with all juice and let simmer, stirring occasionally for approximately 15 minutes.  Add chicken with meat juices from plate, rosemary, bay leaf, and olives.  Cover pot and let slow cook in oven, turning meat occasionally until meat is fork-tender, 2 3/4-3 hours.

Enjoy and serve with fresh salad or blanched broccoli.  If you’re not strict paleo, an excellent addition to this dish is polenta.  For more serving options or to create same meal with using a veal shoulder roast, email analisa@focusedtrainers.com .

Crossfit Games

5 Apr

Rick and I participated in the Sectionals of the Crossfit Games on March 27th and 28th at Mitty High School in San Jose.  Over 250 men and 150 women paticipated in the two day event.  While we didn’t qualify for Regionals, we had a great time competing and really absorbed the spirit that all the athletes and fans brought to the event.  The workouts and competitiveness was fierce, but everyone was supportive and in the end what mattered was that you gave it your all.  I know it sounds like an advertisement, but it even shocked me!  Anyway, here are the workouts we went through:

Saturday, Workout 1:

In 6 minutes, you ran 800 meters and then completed as many overhead squats as possible with 115lbs.

Saturday, Workout 2:

10 minutes, AMRAP:

7 Barbell Thrusters @ 115 lbs

12 Kettle Bell Swings @ 55lbs

7 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Sunday – Chipper

6 minutes to register your best Clean and Jerk.

Immediately following the 6 minutes you had to complete the following for time:

25 Burpees

100 yards of Walking Lunges

5 Rounds of 15 DB Thrusters and a 100 yard Farmers Walk @ 40lbs

25 Burpees

500 m Row

450m sprint.

Only 357 days left of training until next year!