Caren Ware's Blog

January 23, 2012

Eat Crow!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 11:45 pm

So the Cross Fit gym has challenged us to a hunter/gather diet. For the month of January, we are seeing who can go the longest eating only things that are freshly killed and fruits and vegetables that are newly picked. And nothing, nothing else. Everything processed is off limits. That means bread, cheese, milk products, pasta, or sugar. And no legumes. First, I had to ask what legumes were. Then I had to query as to why beans would be off the list? My college son, who has his American share of emptied Monster Drink cans and burrito wrappers in his truck, said he would take the challenge. He admitted straight up he had rarely ever cooked for himself. I am the proud parent about to share some pics of his gourmet creativity.

As for me, I remembered about the ‘no bread’ thing on the first day as I munched my healthy, lean, turkey sandwich, with sprouts, and no mayo. Opps. It was on multi grain bread. Out of the contest, I still wanted to try this hunter, gatherer thing on the go. I ordered stir fry without the rice. And did you know IN n OUT makes a burger they call PROTEIN STYLE? They sandwich the meat with leaves of lettuce and throw in two slices of tomatoes without the bun. I was surprised I liked the absence of the heavy bread being replaced by juicy greens. Five nights into the contest I was ordering my protein style burgers in lettuce when that little appetite red devil tapped on my brain and reminded me that THE DONUT MAN was just up the street in Glendora. Go back to my January 3, 2011 blog on a DOUGHY NEW YEAR and watch the video of the art of donut making.
I didn’t listen, at first. I got on the freeway and heading away. I made it by two off ramps when my stomach navigational system declared re-routing. It blared, please make a legal U turn. I watched a greasy, dripping, Tiger tail cinnamon donut come out of the vat and into my purchased bag. UMM. Yumm. Now, I definitely had lost the contest.
But there really IS something about what we eat and how we have to digest it that affects our physical, mental, and emotional performance. BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall is a well written tale of his search for the answers of how Tarahumara Indians in isolated Mexico can run hundreds and hundreds of injury free miles. Fast miles. The Denver Post says this book is “A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend. “I was thoroughly riveted in its fun read. Some Tarahumara were corralled by a promoter and taken to a grueling 100 mile race at 10,000 feet in Colorado to see if they would win. You have to read it to find out why some might be faster on earth than others. So interesting was his find on how their simple diet, free from all the ‘processed’ food, was idea for fueling bodies that could run. So read the book and join us in munching on Pinole and corn seeds.
I just finished the written exam for the USA TRACK & FIELD LEVEL 1 COACH’S certification. It was an exhaustive questionnaire on physics, biomechanics, physiology, ethics, training, and all the techniques of coaching track elements right down to enlightening upon proven nutrition. The test included questions to ensure that coaches knew how proper intake of the right kinds of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins would affect performance. They found that small servings of food and water throughout the day are best. Breakfast is extremely important and should include a protein. Highly processed and refined foods are not recognized by the body as foods and are hard to digest. Simply cooked meals or raw foods are nutritionally superior. The Tarahumara are unknowingly and naturally on this diet! !Hey. I learned that legumes and nuts do not have ALL the amino acids while meat and eggs do…so thus the ‘no legumes’ rely on the hunter/gatherer diet. I like answers. These answers are keeping the little appetite red devil pretty silent these days.

January 3, 2011

A doughy New Year!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 10:35 am

I was treated to the privilege of experiencing a Norwegian Christmas. Handed down over the generations and brought to California through Minnesota farmers of Norwegian descent…this family used that grand family arena called the kitchen to spend the holiday making memories around tradition. They made breads and put green and red cherries in it and called it something like Ulechacha. It was deliciously better than the sound of its name. While nibbling at the left overs of their pecan cinnamon buns, they brought out a heating skillet, fired it up to 500 degrees, and started rolling out potato rolls, making them into precise pancakes handled agilely with wooden paddles, whom the adult brothers playfully poked and orchestrated each other with. The potato tortilla didn’t have much flavor, but the atmosphere in the kitchen did and that cemented the already very good Christmas my kids had expressed. I was so very thankful and could only send true love and wishes for those that had to experience the holidays alone. The year prior was never so long ago that I would not feel that alone one the rest of my life. Hope and love to those of you on the rough road…alone. I know you don’t want to hear it, but there is grace and there is a God and there are massive amounts of potential for warm days found in simple moments, but maybe not just yet.

The baker


The Potato dough

The paddles

Must be nice to be skilled in making DOUGH!

Rich Dough

AND just as YUM. Check out the DONUT MAN, a 24 hour donut shop in Glendora.
Meet the Man who knows how to make DOUGH! Don’t we all want to have this skill?!!!

Would be nice to make more than ends meet in 2011. But heck, if we can’t we can always eat simple and simply well! I like finding people that hone their skills…that are bordering on best in their field. I was introduced to THE DONUT MAN on 915 E Route 66, Glendora, Ca. 91741. Watch this mouth watering display of doughy skill . This is your daily dose of vitamin ‘g’…grease that is. But no shortage of carbs here. They are open 24 hours a day. And the glass windows give you front row visuals of the doughy donut making process…start to finish. Now, I like that kind of a race.

September 28, 2010

I like the Karma of Karma

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 5:08 pm

Read back June 29,1020 ‘Don’t Pass up Pasadena” when I took the time to experience the The Tibetan House.  I meet Karma ,who convinced me that a trek into the Himalayas using running a marathon as the excuse was going to be rewarded with a culture of people worth exploring and a landscape like to other.  While in Pasadena for the Say No to Drugs Half Marathon I asked my daughter to join me for dinner at this small restaurant  that would be like flying into a tiny Tibetan village. It was nice to sit in the quiet spirited place in the cool of the afternoon after a morning of staging a race in 100 degree temperatures.  It was even nicer to say another hello to Karma after all these months and let him know I actually accomplished one marathon on a continent…the Australian Outback.  I like Tibetan and can feel him servicely professional, polite, and willing to tell us about each unique dish we tried.  There is a combination appetizer that was fabulously varied.  And we tried Yak dumplings.  He brought out his phone and showed us a  U-tube video of his village. It is an awing place he is from.  Type in Kimathangka on u-tube and watch the most captivating 6 minutes of people thriving in stone age style, crossing hanging bridges, and hauling sticks up countless rock steps to heights we can only invision from documentaries. This is Karman’s village.  I hope to go there some day.  And he hopes to get his precious family here some day.  I can feel him without saying it that the threat of the Chinese is a real one and his village borders a land that doesn’t want them to be Tibetan.  I think I want to find out more of what the real challenges are.  It takes as much guts for him to come to this very foreign continent  as I think it would take to climb Everest! I hope for a great finish in life for him as he sacrifices to establish himself here for his family .   He said ,since he taught me to say thank you last time…dhanyabad (in Nepalese)… that we should know something more important.

Namaste is a Nepalese word used to greet people, every day, everywhere.  He placed his two hands together in prayer form, did a slight bow and said,”Namaste” with a tilt of his head.  It felt warm and welcoming, just the way I feel when I am with Tibetan people. He said it is a sending of good feelings or good love to another person.  I like that.  Message sent.  He gave up large tables to wait on in order to tend to ours.  He helped us learn more about Tibetan food, Nepalense food, and the cultures.  And so in gentle nature of what Tibetans are about, I noticed my tip had been reversedly charged and not accepted.

By the way, SAY NO TO DRUGS HALF MARATHON & 5K was an excellent race. I have never seen a better fed crowd.  They had ‘Batter Matter’s” a pancake product serving pancakes, Jamba Juice serving juices, Seattle’s best coffee with vanilla lattes, bagels, donuts, oranges, bananas, coke products, sports drinks.  You name it.  The race commitee also stages a great race in December 5, 2010 at Universal Studios.  Our company knows them on first name basis…Ray and Ryan and Arias and a host more…because they are that kind of group with one great cause.  Talk about family!  Look up and be well fed, well expo-ed, and entertained by the backlot of Universal Studios.  Oh, and the Laker Girls were there.  I am twice their age!  Definitely, they are the ab queens!

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