Cardio Cook or Couch Potato Extraordinaire?
Throughout my career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy I have run into many types of people. The most common type, in the world of rehab, is the “I don’t have time” sort. I’m never quite sure what that means. In most cases, these patients may daily sit in a recliner watching TV, around a kitchen table smoking cigarettes, or lie in a bed literally staring at a ceiling for hours on end. Time is an interesting phenomenon, isn’t it. We tend to invest time into the things we desire and label the “yuks” as never have, never gonna have, never plan to have time for it! This difficulty in changing one’s path is at the heart of my desire to shift gears and work on the well staying well. I want to give simple options to people so they don’t have to be limited by time, space, energy, or knowledge.
Let Your Body Be Your Guru
The idea “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has been around since the early 1500s (Fitzherbert’s Book of Husbandry, 1534) and implies just that-apparently at some age, we can’t be taught. In actuality, we can, it just may challenge us beyond our desire to be challenged! With that said, I challenge my audience to try cardio cooking on for size on a day when all is right in your world. The morning after a great night’s sleep is a good place to start. When and how you “add-in” the spice of exercise to your cooking depends on you. Loads of energy make for a great cardio-cooking experience. This can be achieved by combining upper and lower body exercises in rotational patterns. These boost metabolism and heart rate making for the perfect pairing to the high achieving cook! A fair bit of energy may mix well with plank holds and standing isometric exercises while waiting for the proverbial pot to boil. Stretching or sun salutations used to increase your flow of energy compliment the chef who may be a bit low in the fuel department. It’s your body, your body is your guru!
~Loads of energy = cardio-cooking paired with 3-part meals such as fish, rice, and an arugula salad. See ingredients list combos to create your favorite!
~A fair amount of energy= planks and isometric holds while preparing a 2-part meal such as soup and salacd. See great soup and salad combinations that are quick and easy!
~Lower energy = stretching and yoga fusion such as sun salutations with simple but packed with nutrient dinners. This can be a simple eggs and toast, fruit smoothie and or an easy but packed salad. This may also be a great day to use your pre-packed freezer meals.
Food prep and body prep can go hand in hand. A blend of both can be a simple ingredient added to each day!
Although ideas for smoothie making are endless, try out some geared toward energy, balance and mental alertness when your body is a bit sluggish.
And finally, listen to your body! If it says nap, then by all means, give it what it desires! Pamper yourself with hot chamomile tea, turn on a classic movie and get some much needed R & R!
Experiment with my other helpful hints to boost mood with food in upcoming posts!
Also, stay tuned for my “Cardio Chef” videos for the basics of the 10 min food-prep + exercise pairings based on energy level and time.
Life is art! Let your kitchen be your stage. Get out of the norm and into a fresh way of living! Choreograph your food and movement and notice the changes in you!