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It’s been a cold one, huh?
As you guys know, I live in Atlanta and this week, schools closed due to nothing more than the temps. We had no precipitation, no icy roads … it was just too cold to send the wee ones out to their bus stops. (Wind chills were below zero.)
My kids actually did go to school on the Great Frozen Tuesday of 2014, but they were among the precious few who did. They came home utterly and completely wrecked. After seventeen days off, a day’s worth of school and extracurriculars wiped them out.
In light of the low sun exposure, I am being very vigilant about their fermented cod liver oil / butter oil blend consumption. As a reminder, it’s a real, whole food supplement that offers the fat-soluble vitamins (including Vitamin D) in a balanced form. My kids swallow down the chocolate version. I won’t lie – they don’t beg for it. But they do take it and that’s enough for me.
Did you know Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, is making a run for the Georgia Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss? Why is this relevant, you ask? Because about a decade ago, I attended a brunch meeting where Michelle’s mother served candied grapefruit peel. I thought it was the most fantastic, fun, delightful little treat I had ever had. I queried her on the recipe and decided that it was too complex and too sugary for me to make at home. But Urban Poser’s recipe for Honey Candied Citrus Peel takes my mouth right back there. I wish I were more precise and trusted my candy making skills more to give it a go!
Speaking of brunch, Danielle Walker posted this yummy to her Facebook page lately: Baked Eggs with Greens and Hollandaise. Yum.
Buttergrog. I mean, that just sounds like something amazing, right?
Speaking of amazing, my vegan friend, D, held a lovely afternoon gathering for moms to recover post-holidays. She put out quite a spread, including this beautiful Orange Chocolate Hazelnut Torte.
Has anyone bought Nom Nom Paleo’s new Food For Humans ? What’s the verdict on it? Speaking of verdicts, if loving chocolate is a crime I am guilty, guilty, guilty and Nom Nom’s truffles speak to me in a big way!
One of my new fave blogs, Authority Nutrition, pokes holes in the conventional diet wisdom here, but unlike other blogs, we get multiple scientific citations for each assertion. So for you folks who like to cite journals, this is the post you will want to read.
On the other end of the spectrum, I love this sentiment from Seth Godin:
As creators, our pursuit of perfection might be misguided, particularly if it comes at the expense of the things that matter.
We don’t see posters on walls touting the virtues of doing things “well enough,” but how many times have you been stymied by the need to do things perfectly, when well enough would suffice? (Read the whole, very short post and you will see what I mean.)
I’m a huge advocate of play. Play-based learning. Playful movement for kids and adults. Play-based therapy. Free play in lieu of structured movement. Play, play, play. So I love this short but very informative review of some theories on why play is so effective. It’s Play, Variability and Motor Learning from the folks at Better Movement and here’s a snippet from it:
Play theorists have also speculated that play may teach adaptability and resourcefulness by exposing us to a wide variety of novel circumstances. Again, to use the skiing down the mountain analogy, someone who is motivated to explore the whole mountain will expose themselves to many different pathways and terrains. This will promote a creativity and responsiveness that is useful in the real world, which always involves novel challenges.
Did you read this article about the raw food vegans who ran a marathon daily for a year? Lawdy, lawdy, I thought when I read about what they ate. I’d be having runs of a different sort, that’s for sure.
And finally, here’s some alignment for you to close things out: a test for your femur position and a great explanation as to why your femur position matters from Alignment Monkey. Get out those Sharpies!