The light at the end of the tunnel.

Wow.  Thank you guys so much for the response to my last post, i mainly posted the video to get my opinion and voice out there to support those who are going through a rough time, but i thought that it might fit well on my blog as well since this blog is themed around enjoying nature, fitness, food, and it should be implied that treating others goes along well with all of those.  I can’t stress enough that being “present” in your own everyday life is crucial to acceptance and happiness.  I find it hard to believe that those who walk through life aimlessly, never once stopping to think before they toss their hurtful words out at another individual can be truly happy with themselves or content with who they are.  Remember, no one is perfect.  In fact, not even close. I have been guilty of judging others before i had a chance to get to know them, and i have experienced the judgement of others almost everyday of my life.  The best that each of us can do every single day is to live life as a whole.  By this i mean: everyone, everything, every moment should be treated with the respect and kindness we all love to be treated with.  Whoever first said smiles and acts of selflessness are contagious was not only a philosophical genius, but he/she most likely had a wonderful life.  Be that person today!  If you are a guy who likes to wear purple, wear purple and be proud of it.  Who cares what others think?  If it makes you happy, do it.  If you are a gal who enjoys wearing rainbow colored knee socks with bright green cons and bright red lipstick; rock it!  And if you are afraid to show you who you truly are to a family member, a friend, or even your husband/wife, cut the act today and you will feel at least one hundred and sixty-one percent better, you are going to have to trust me on this one.  You know what else might make you feel better?  This guy:


[photo credit]

He knows how bullying feels.  No worries though, after being trapped in a net he is now safe and being nursed back to health in Pirapolis.
Dolphins are absolutely amazing.  There are no words for how intelligent these guys are.  Apparently they are one up on us in that they have the decency to treat other species with respect. (Something humans have to work on)

On a completely different note… Guess what?  No!  Why would you guess that?  Weirdo.

I am graduating in a month!  And i could not be more ready.  For the next six months, i will continue to wear my “can i really afford this” cap, saving as much $ as i can manage to scrounge up whilst paying off a few small loans.  Why must i be so cheap?  Well, so i can afford a bachelor pad on the West coast!  Why else?  Because i will be living within walking distance of some of the best food North America has to offer, attending school for another three years which is remarkably more expensive than my recent grocery bill, and oh yeah, i am thinking i should save a little something for a social life, right?  Looking ahead is pulling me through these next four weeks of tests, exams, reports, research papers, and long nights that consist of: kombucha, waking up to find everyone left you at the library, textbooks, and christmas movies on my laptop to remind me that it is also almost DECEMBER! 😀  Anyone else as excited for snow as i am?  I have a special project i am taking on this year called Elf Ink.  I will let you all know more about this as work progresses.  For now, please enjoy your Tuesday, and compliment someone on their wacky, unique style today…  Seriously, do it.  Remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Deane, Out!

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It Gets Better, And So Will My Posts! ;)

Hey everyone.  Quick check in.  I am alive and i will be starting a video fitness log very soon (upon camera retrieval).  Here is a little vid for now.  I am camera shy, bare with me, please.  

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…

FALL!  I love everything about the season.  Cooler weather, being able to open windows at night and wake up shivering in the morning, indian corn, pumpkins, kabocha squash, halloween, raking leaves, brightly colored road-trips… The list goes on.  I think what i may be most excited about though, is the appearance of these:


Yes, they are definitely my favorite.  They are such a versatile, nutrient rich vegetable!  I slice em’ in half, gut out the seeds (use them separately),  roast them for an hour at 330 degrees and then slice them up into little rectangles for ease of consumption.  No wonder why i may be a little bit orange come every October.  I guess i could die my hair green and dress as an oompa loompa for halloween?

In all seriousness, i have some pretty solid plans for halloween this year.  I am going to go all out and dress as one of my childhood heros, here is a little hint.

“The power is yours!”



How many watched this show in the early 90s?  It was definitely a pioneer of it’s own time.  Most of the morals are being stressed more than ever now.  I am actually competing in a little body strength challenge with a few others for the entire month of october so hopefully i will do my Captain Planet costume justice and put on a little muscle in the process 😉
I don’t think he had to worry as much about keeping weight on as he was more of a flyer than a runner… Though i am sure he was probably a vegan!


Oh, before i forget; here is my newest obsession.  A 1/2 pound bag of organic dill.  You read correctly.  I use it in mass quantities in wraps, stir-frys, and even eat it plain.  I was a rabbit in a past life and sometimes like to graze in my kitchen.  If you haven’t tried it , you must!  The flavor is intense and if you like pickles, you are going to love this herb!  The other bag is a few heirloom tomatoes; small ones due to the astronomical price.

Ever wonder how i eat so much yet spend less than most on groceries every week?  I buy enough bulk items at my second home once a month to last for quite awhile.  Pictured, a pound each of:  Mung beans, quinoa, oat groats, cous cous (for my family), and last but certainly not least, muesli (my staple for quick morning sustenance).


Ever heard of this stuff?  I hadn’t either.  But it boasts such wonderful nutritionals that i had to scrape some change together and buy some.  Not only is it sugarless, but it is prebiotic, probiotic, organic, low-glycemic, and has 10g of fiber per tablespoon.  Sign me up.  Not to mention it tastes like vanilla agave because it is grown on agave.  Add a tablespoon to some beet burgers, now.

Deane’s Beet Burgers
(SUPER SIMPLE)

  • 2 cups freshly grated beatroot
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup steamed brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of Viv-Agave
  • 1 steamed/mashed sweet potato

Combine 2 cups freshly steamed and grated beetroots with a half cup each of fresh peas, chopped spinach, finely chopped celery, and 1 cup of steamed brown rice.  Stir vigorously while incorporating 3 heaping tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of Viv-Agave or other binding agent, and 1 steamed/mashed sweet potato.  The color will turn out beautifully and you will not be disappointed with the results!  The ingredients may sound a bit weird together, but it more than works!

Anyone interested in a strength challenge for the month of October?   If you want to build some serious muscle or see a noticeable increase in strength and tone in only 31 days message me to get involved.  Tutorial videos are to come…
Deane, Out!

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Here We Go Again…

‘Oh oh i want some more’!  This song gets me up, out of bed and running out the door every morning with a smile on my face… I LOVE IT!  As soon as it pops on my ipod alarm i rocket out of my sheets (90% of the time), quickly make the mess of pillows that is my bed and knock out some push-ups before the song is over.  The song, btw, is Animal by Neon Trees.  If you are looking for some pump up music, look no further than the following list of my ultimate sweat breakin’, heart pumpin’ new + older  tunes:

  • Hanson – Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’
  • Bruno Mars – Just  The Way You Are
  • Florence And The Machine – (Her entire album!)
  • Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls (classic)
  • Death Cab For Cutie – We Looked Like Giants
  • Sparta – Air
  • Jimmy Eat World – Pain

Other than waking up to those lyrics this morning, i also had a special delivery that left me wanting more as well… ALOT more!

How cute is that?  This would be a little hand-drawn note from one of my favorite bloggin’ Mama’s daughters.  Or at least i assume  that it was Gigi or Lulu who drew this beautiful pic, maybe it was Mama Pea herself?  Either way, i was smiling all day long… She sent me a few of her top secret cookies w/ a crazy ingredient that works so well and brings out every taste in the cookie perfectly!  Don’t take my word for it though, go out and grab her cookbook when it comes out in the Fall of 2011.  I know, long time to wait… Especially once you have tried one of her recipes straight from the source, oh my god.  Thanks MP!

Other than consuming my mail, i was pretty productive today in that i began work on a few assignments, was the perfect student in ALL of my classes (of course), had a bangin’ workout before i left this morning (recaps and vids soon), and i was even able to make it to the grocery store before i headed home for the day!  All in all, i would call that a decent day.  I also had time to sing my heart out on the hour drive to Michigan.  I love it when i pull up to stoplights with the top down and people watch me rock out to whatever.  I pulled up next to a custom’s officer near the border and him (a 50-something black man) and i were having a little dance off to Single Ladies.  His passenger was crying from laughter.  I love seeing people enjoy themselves… No matter if you were blessed with amazing vocals or not!

Guess what i found at Plum Market in West Bloomfield, MI?



Score!  New varieties of Pastas from Explore Asia… These rock.  The only ingredients are beans and water and they pack a freakish amount of protein per serving… 20 grams!  Find this stuff, now.

I made some beet burgers for dinner, had whatever was left of the cookies from this morning (crumbs), read for a few, spent entirely too much money on music, hit up some strength-yoga and called it a night.  Deane, Out!

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To Whom It May Concern:

I was thinking quite a bit about what i would like to see happen in the next few months, so for those of you who have connections up at the top, get on this asap:

  • It seems as though our withdrawal plan from the fragile countries we have set up camp in hasn’t panned out as of yet.  We all need to accept the fact that terrorism and terrorists are ALWAYS going to be a steady and present variable in the equation, so we need to get past this and come up with a solution at home rather than abroad.  Don’t get me wrong, i am all for security and development, but i would like to see it happen on our doorstep rather than down the street at the abandoned house on the corner…  I am fairly certain that if i can instantly read about the extent of a thirteen-year-olds stubbed toe in Southwestern Russia, than the technology is clearly available to handle radical situations from a distance.  I know a lot of you have strong opinions and views in both directions, but i think we can all agree, this world would be a far better place if violent and hostile situations could somehow be averted and settled in a different way or better yet if counter-terrorism was internationally funded, supported, and executed in a collaborative manner.  Let’s face it, our past “wars”  have been about much more than terrorism alone.
  • On a similar note:  If someone is on our country’s “No Fly List”, he/she should not make it past the ticket counter at their departing airport.  I am 100% sure i am not the only one who is extensively searched and violated (for reasons i respect) as i have seen families with toddlers who have had to take shoes and socks off as well as all provide evidence that they are indeed a family.  How is it conceivably possible that on Christmas day last year, a young-man not much older than myself made it through THREE international airports en route to end many lives with his name being on the “Potential Risk List”?  Someone GET ON THIS.
  • Form an International Bill to pass a law in every country containing mines that a proper inspection needs not only to be standard but enforced.  This inspection would include both the physical safety of the mine itself, and the willingness of the mining company to provide assistance to it’s OWN workers should an emergency ever arise.  GET ON THIS.
  • Bus drivers need to be thoroughly educated as to why they need to follow PLANNED routes.  This is much easier than raising every highway overpass in North America.
  • Campers:  PUT OUT YOUR FIRES.  How simple is that?  You could be saving an entire national park.  Smoky was not kidding people.  He may be a bear but apparently he is a lot brighter than some of you.
  • To Rev. Terry Jones:  Burning another religion’s bible is neither productive nor conducive to your own safety.  You probably should have thought that one out, and people might also take you more seriously without the mutton chops… Just a tip.
  • To FDA:  Approving genetically engineered salmon and ignoring conditions in farming facilities across the USA slightly contradicts your own slogan.  You are neither “Protecting or Promoting our health”…
  • To those pressuring our countries oil producers more than ever right now:  Know that pressure leads to oil slicks, dead animals, and international embarrassment, don’t make the same mistake three times.

    This is just the tip of the ice burg but it feels good to blow a few things off of my tongue.  Now that i have all of that off of my chest, i can move on to something tasty tomorrow 🙂  Thanks.  Opinions? I Know You Have Them.  I Love Any And All Input.  Comment!  Deane, Out.

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Peru: Part 3!

First, i would like to start by throwing some good vibes and wishes out to all Boulder residents.  Your families are in my prayers…

And i hope everyone else has a wonderful weekend, do something exciting and new!   Do it!   Enjoy the rest of the highlights from a life-changing 2 weeks in South America.



Dead Woman’s Pass (approx 13,000 feet)



Majestic.

Inca Trail Cloud Forest.  If there weren’t palm-sized spiders searching for their dinner plate-sized mamas i could easily call this place home 😉


Me and the pops made it to Macchu Picchu (after 4 days).



Stunning architecture.



Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce the 55lb pack i carried for four days.  (This pic was taken in the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Macchu Picchu)  LOVE this town!

My pack weighed more then this little dude, but i liked his shoes.





Our Hotel outside of Aguas Calientes.  Serene.



Grower’s Market!




Cutest little chica i have ever seen 🙂



Please go and support this country.  It is a trip you will never forget.  Do it.  🙂

Deane, Out!

P.S.  Recipe Page In The Works, Fitness How-To Vids Coming!

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An Apple A Day…

It is no secret that i love apples.
Those of you who read my previous blog know that i have an undeniable love for the heart shaped wonder fruit.
I don’t keep track, but i have estimated (while sitting through Microbio slides) that in the past three years i have consumed over one-thousand apples.
I have tried over 20 different varieties.
I am moving to Washington in a few months, and other than the fact that i will be doing what i love for a living, studying/researching what i am passionate about and hiking/biking/kayaking my way around Puget Sound w/ dog, Washington apples are my fourth secret benefit of moving cross country 😉
Here are a few Facts about apples that i find pretty darn interesting:

The average person eats 65 apples/year.  [Apparently i am WAY above average, story of my life 😉 ]

Apples float.

The largest apple ever picked weighed in at three pounds, two ounces.  [I am smiling.]

The apple is the official state fruit of 4 states!

There are over 7500 varieties of apples grown world-wide [Life goal]

Apple trees don’t bear their fruit until the ripe age of 4-5.

Archaeologists have evidence of apple-eating guys and gals dating as far back as 6500 BC.  [Obviously my ancestors]

Tonight, i intend on eating a fresh Cortland before i hit the pillow… Cortland’s are one of my all-time favorite.  Hands down, they are just the right amount of sour, crunchy and not too dry.  I have a huge report due at the end of the semester and i intend on writing all about the different cultural viewpoints surrounding the apple all around the globe… Intriguing, i know!  Trust me, it will be one of the best papers i have ever put together because there is nothing i look forward to researching more.  It is for a global sustainability course.  What are your favorite apples?  If you don’t like them, don’t bother commenting.  Actually, don’t bother reading 😉  (Side note: Recipe and Fitness pages coming soon!  Peru Part 3 next!)



Cool, huh?

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