Rebounding Along

Instead of going to the mall yesterday, I spent an hour or so reading in Borders. I read Natalia Rose’s newer book called Detox For Women – it’s another raw food book, but it’s focused on detoxing and going raw specifically regarding women and women’s health. I will probably buy it; just a few pages in I was nodding in agreement as she began to elaborate on symptoms and conditions that some women experience.

One of the things I took away from reading yesterday was a new exercise – rebounding. Rebounding is jumping on one of those mini-trampolines. It has a slew of benefits, including (but not limited to):

  1. It’s good for your lymphatic system. The lymph system carries nutrients to cells and carts waste away… and, unlike the heart pumping blood throughout the body, the lymph system is completely dependent on movement and exercise.
  2. Great for detox and the immune system. Rebounding massages your internal organs and helps the intestines work better. Peristalsis (the way your intestines squeeze continually to move food through them) is even improved.
  3. It’s an anti-depressant!
  4. It lowers cholesterol and stimulates metabolism.
  5. Rebounding helps you relax and sleep better.
  6. It slows down aging.
  7. Helps with girly cramps 🙂

This morning I went over to the rec room and did 30 minutes of rebounding while I watched The View and an infomercial on Wen haircare products. The time flew by and I felt energized when I finished. I did about 15 minutes of yoga (on my own) afterwards, just to stretch and chill.

I have a bunch of raw salads to share, so here’s the first. It’s from a few days ago.

15 raw salad

  • base: weird lettuce from han kook (labeled as “kale”, but NOT kale! i was curious)
  • toppings: raw corn, cluster tomatoes, bean sprouts, cilantro, enoki mushrooms
  • dressings: raw peanut dressing, salsa!

It was pretty awesome. I’m actually going to try to stay away from peanuts and peanut butter for a while, because…

17 almond butter celery

This almond butter rocks!

Words of the day:

  • rebound: first recorded around 1300AD, it meant “to spring, leap,” OR “return to afflict” (1412). Break it down: re- = “back”; bound = “leap, bound” (from French).
  • stomach: this actually comes from a Greek word meaning “mouth” (stoma) – like the opening of an organ. It’s rather a misnomer, and some kooky 16th century anatomists actually tried to change the name to ventricle instead (to be more accurate; they wanted to call the esophagus the stomach instead), but it didn’t stick. So we call these pouches that hold our digesting food mouths.

P.S. Don’t go away… I’m back to my kabocha-loving ways and I have a lovely recipe to post tomorrow.

Raw-kin’ Exercise

Instead of chatting about more raw-kin’ salads (I’ll get back to them tomorrow), I want to talk about fun exercise that I’ve been doing lately.

I’ve been doing yoga – mostly on my own, but yesterday I did Podcast #23 (30 minutes) from Hillary Rubin. You can search for her name in the iTunes store or go to her site; she has free podcasts. This routine was okay. It was a level 2/3 and some of the parts were hard to follow… I tend to start doing my own thing if I don’t like what the podcast is doing, and I only followed with her for maybe 10-15 minutes and then finished up on my own. I’m looking forward to trying some of her other podcasts though.

I’ve also been using OnDemand’s Exercise TV (Comcast) – did you know they have free videos to watch online? Here are two that I’ve done recently:

Here is a list of all the free workout videos that you can watch online with Exercise TV.

If you’re ever curious about what I did for exercise in a day, check out my Workout page… I usually update it every day. I could probably be more helpful with linking to workouts, so I will try to do that more often.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet today. I’m thinking Kendell Hogan’s dance routine (30 minutes), followed by some yoga, and then some retail cardio (aka shopping at Gap).

Some more word origins for you…

  • exercise – first used as we use it today (“condition of being in active operation”) in 1340. It came through Latin and Old French (“keep busy, drive on, remove restraint”). If you break it down: ex– = “off” + arcere = “keep away, prevent, enclose”. The oldest it’s traced is back to Proto-Indo-European, *ark- = “to hold, contain, guard”. It might have originally been talking about driving animals to a field to plow (which is how I feel sometimes about exercising). Some more recent variations include dancercise (1967), jazzercise (1977), and boxercise (1985).
  • gadget – recorded first in 1886, gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s). It was a sailors’ slang word for any small mechanical thing or part of a ship for which they lacked/forgot, a name. It might be from the French word gâchette (“catchpiece of a mechanism”) which is a form of gâche (“staple of a lock”).

I apologize for the lack of pictures today, but I hope this post helps next time you’re in need of a new workout idea. Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe the week is half over. I can’t believe August is more than half over. This week/month/year has been flying by for me.

Salads Raw-k My World

As the name of my blog might suggest, I love salads. If you want to make me happy, give me salads, oat bran, and kabocha (I actually haven’t had kabocha in over a month). I’ll do anything you like.

After securing a profusion of new vegetables on Saturday, I started creating complex salads filled with fresh veggies and fresh ideas. I made this fine specimen that very night…

10 raw salad

  • base: organic iceberg and red leaf lettuce
  • organic cluster tomato (whole foods)
  • watercress (han kook)
  • enoki mushrooms (han kook)
  • corn (han kook)
  • dressing: raw peanut butter dressing

I topped it off with my raw peanut dressing and it was heavenly.

While I was at Han Kook (Korean grocery) I happened upon these…

12 korean chips

I’m not sure what they’re called. They are slightly sweet, fried, chip-like Korean snacks. They have black sesame seeds in them. They are undeniably addicting, and probably quite dangerous in large amounts. They come in a smallish bag though (probably only 3 servings) so I was able to buy them without fear… and now they are gone (tragic).

I used to eat these at my friend J’s house in high school. I loved going to her house not only for the good company, but for the amazing food. Her mom was a wonderful cook and introduced me to all sorts of exotic Korean dishes. I think that’s where my love of food was cultivated. They thought I was so funny because I didn’t like rice, even back then.

I actually have more things that I want to post about (salads, exercise, yoga, books, and more!) but I’m going to hold off so that maybe I can start posting once a day again. Here are some more words for you!

  • blog – from 1998. short for weblog (from as early as 1994 – but not meaning online journal), which is (world wide) web + log. this one’s pretty self-explanatory 🙂
  • bagel – comes from Yiddish beygel, which is from Middle High German boug– = ring, bracelet. bagel = small ring/bracelet. cool!

Raw Peanut Dressing

Remember how I ate all the creamy out of the chunky peanut butter? I found a use for those peanut bits – and there was even some creamyness that I had missed. I made a raw salad dressing – well, raw except for the cooked peanut butter – but you could easily sub in raw nut butter instead..

Raw Peanut Dressing

08 peanut butter dressing raw

Ingredients

  • ~1/2 cup (raw) (pea)nut butter (you could use a different nut butter of course)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1.5 tablespoons each of rice vinegar and apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 3 cloves of grated garlic
  • stevia, to taste
  • 1/4 cup water (or more)

Directions

  1. Blend everything but the water in your food processor. Then add the water and use more if needed; adjust to your desired thickness. It will thicken more in the fridge.
  2. Serve over raw salads or use as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, sushi, etc…

This used up just about all of the crunchies that were left, so I used the near-empty jar for my morning protein oat bran (soy protein powder).

14 pb oat bran

Word origins:

  • peanut – the word was first used in 1807. Before then it was called ground nut, ground pea (1769). Originally from South America, the peanut plant was traded into Africa and Peru (1502) and made its way to China by 1573. The term peanut butter was first seen in 1903.
  • raw – comes from various words in Old English, Old Norse, German, and Proto-Indo-European; the various meanings were uncooked, raw, congealed, bloody, raw flesh, hard, flesh, not cooked, thick blood, thick fluid, serum. Not exactly the pure and healthy meaning it’s taken on recently, huh?

Salads, Raw, Fun, Words

Today I made this massaged kale salad

06 massaged kale celery

I added celery, which I sliced with my mandolin. It was a really good addition. I topped it with salsa and I actually added some stevia when I was massaging it.

07 massaged kale celery

I have a brand new dressing recipe that I’ll post either tomorrow or Monday. I made a fantastic wonderful dinner tonight (raw salad, raw dressing, teryaki tofu, kimchi, basmati rice for Bobby).

05 massaged kale celery

I find that when I shop at Whole Foods I start to limit the amount of produce that I buy. It’s so expensive that I try not to get a lot. Today I went to Han Kook (Korean grocery) instead.

What do you think? Do you scrimp to buy organic? Does it really matter? Would you rather have an abundance of fresh non-organic produce and variety OR pick a few choice items that are organic?

As for books… I finished The Time Traveler’s Wife on Thursday. Ah. So amazing. If you haven’t read it, you really must. I want to see the movie soon.

I read When the Emperor Was Divine yesterday (Friday). This book is about a Japanese American family who is interned during World War II. It was a quick read, but so raw and touching. I’d highly recommend it – especially if you don’t know much about this part of our history.

I’m currently reading 2 books now – King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett and The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine by Sherwin B. Nuland (he also wrote The Art of Aging and How We Die). These are going slower than the others. King Hereafter is long, and so far slightly tedious. I think it has potential so I’ll keep reading – I’ve been trying to get into it for about a week. I just cracked The Uncertain Art today, and so far the writing is pretentious and verbose. I doubt I’ll finish it.

Here are some words

  • pretentious – comes from French through Latin from a word meaning “to pretend”… which originally came from roots meaning “before” (pre) + “to stretch” (tendere).
  • verbose – comes from the Latin “full of words, wordy”… the Latin word for, um, word = verbum.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂