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Healing Vibes: Secrets to Accelerated Recovery

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Superhuman healing

Do you wish you had mutant healing powers like Wolverine? How about the ability to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue and bone like Deadpool? What if I told you that even you, a mere mortal could harness superhuman healing power?

I recently fractured my shoulder and initially was told it would take six weeks, however my orthopedic surgeon just told me I’ve cut that prognosis in half. After reviewing my latest x-ray, she said she was blown away at the fact that there is bone forming at three weeks. “Wow, I typically only see bone formation at six weeks.”

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Bowls/ Plant-Based/ Recipes/ Vegan

Curry Up! Nutrient-dense Injury Recovery Bowl

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Keep calm and curry on

Whether you’re injured or recovering from an intense training session, nutrition is paramount in recovery. Food is critical to our health and repairing our bodies. Both the body and the mind can be enhanced (or hindered) by what we eat.

I’m shocked by the junk people put in their bodies—especially when injured! Nutrients are building blocks of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs, and they’re what helps your body function properly. If you want to be back at your best as soon as possible, consider making a batch of my nutrient-dense curry.

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Bravery/ Mountain Life/ Perseverance/ Zesty Adventures

Mind Over Matter: Head first into grit

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Head first into grit

Nearing the end my ride, I veer off into the berms for a little practice before finishing up. I focus on outside foot pressure as I rail some turns and pickup speed. My mind is a little hung up on technique and not focused on the trail conditions…

Before I could correct, my front tire washes out in the loose gravel and I get ejected over the bars. CRACK! Direct impact on my shoulder! “That didn’t sound good.” I said to Kula who was frantically racing around me as I lay on the trail. Jumping to my feet, I wheel my bike one-handed down the last few turns—I knew I needed to get down the trail before the adrenaline wore off. Fortunately I came upon a guy who offered to load my bike on the car for me. “Do you want me to call an ambulance?” he asked. “No, that’ll be $80 bucks! I’ll call a friend thanks.”

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Breakfast/ Plant-Based/ Recipes/ Vegan

Beet the Blues Smoothie

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Feelin’ Upbeet Today!

Jammed with beets and blueberries, this smoothie will help detoxify the blood, eliminate free radicals, tame inflammation and cleanse your digestive system. On top of that, you’re getting a plethora of antioxidants which help activate brain pathways associated with better cognition endorphins and serotonins; the direct sources of your happiness and well-being. Continue Reading…

Athletic Performance/ Nutrition for Sport/ Plant-Based/ Vegan/ Zesty Adventures

Vegan Athletes: The plant advantage

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Why vegan is so vogue

Vegan athletes like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, Venus & Serena WilliamsNovak Djokovic, Scott Jurek, Nimai Delgado, Tom Brady and Georges Laraque are changing the stereotypes, showing us that plant-based eating cannot only build strong muscles, but can keep you healthy enough to ride a bike, play tennis or hockey, run or pump iron at an elite level.

The vegan movement is growing. Many people are setting Bessie free and picking up plants. However, change is uncomfortable, and there’s enough confusing information out there to easily want to stay put. I can’t make the decision for you and I’m not a doctor or a registered nutritionist, but I can share my experience and the things I’ve learned… Continue Reading…

Athletic Performance/ Health Tips/ Zesty Adventures

Grounding: How walking barefoot improves your health

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Wild, Barefoot & Free

It’s summertime and there’s nothing like running barefoot through the grass, hopping river rocks or chillin’ on a sandy beach! Have you ever noticed a revitalizing sensation after spending time barefoot?

Walking barefoot on the earth, is actually a thing—it’s called grounding or earthing and it’s a powerful way to improve your health and wellness. Although it may sound woo-woo, you should be sayin’ woo-hoo! because researchers have found evidence that the act of physically connecting our bodies to the Earth has vital benefits! So kick your shoes off and read on…

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Zesty Recovery Elixir

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Drink cherries or bomb

You may think a sport is a sport and groovin’ is groovin’, but if you’re clocking mile-after-mile and your heart was really pumpin’, you’ll soon experience muscle fatigue from inadequate recovery.

This Zesty Recovery Elixir recipe is an easy prepare & recovery drink you can keep in the fridge for a quick swig here and there before and after workouts. It’s a powerhouse of nutrients including blood-boosting beets, antioxidant-packed cherries and anti-inflammatory rich cranberries to name a few.