No bicycling for the cycling gal this week. I did get some great workouts though. Two one hour workouts on the cross trainer at the gym, a spin class another night and two great cross country skiing workouts this weekend. My husband and I went out to western MA for a family get together and stopped at Notchview Reservation on the way. Notchview is our favorite cross country skiing spot. We drove home this morning and skied at the nearby Wachusett Reservior, which is surrounded by protected land with many woods roads and trails that are perfect for this winter sport. A friend recently commented that cross country skiing “looks exhausting”. She’d been watching the Olympic Nordic skiers which is a different style of cross country skiing referred to as skating. We don’t do that. I agree it looks exhausting. We chug along in the classic style which is much slower. The movement is very close to using a cross trainer or elliptical machine at the gym. Either way, cross country skiing is a great workout. However, I can’t wait to ride my bicycle regularly!
I wonder how many of my readers bring their lunch to work? Or do you get take out? Maybe you have a cafeteria that offers an array of items for sale? I bring my lunch to work. It’s cheaper and I eat healthier. I make a batch of something healthy on Sunday night and bring it to work every day. I don’t mind eating the same thing every day. Today I made broccoli cole slaw. I’ll also bring an apple, some mixed fruits and a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup.
Among other nutrients, this cole slaw is high in potassium. Did you know a diet rich in potassium can lower systolic blood pressure (the upper number) by up to 8 points? You don’t need to take potassium pills to get enough to lower your blood pressure. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will give you all you need of this mighty mineral along with a myriad of other health benefits ranging from lowering the risk of cancer to avoiding constipation. Taking potassium isn’t known to reduce the risk of heart attacks. But by making sure you’re taking in enough potassium, you’ll probably end up eating more fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet high in fruits and veggies and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can help cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. If your blood pressure is bordering on high and your doctor is talking to you about taking medication, you might think of upping your potassium intake and lowering your blood pressure naturally.
Some foods high in Potassium:
- Beans and peas
- Dried fruits (raisins, prunes, etc)
My Broccoli Cole Slaw Recipe
4 Cups Broccoli florets
1 medium carrot shredded
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 small onion chopped
Cole Slaw Dressing
1/2 cup fat free milk
1 Tbls white vinegar
1 Tbls dill pickle juice
1/2 cup low fat or fat free mayonaise
black pepper to taste
Place all veggies in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk dressing ingredients together then add to veggies. Mix to coat. Enjoy!
Would you consider sponsoring me for the 35th Pan Massachusetts Challenge? On August 2nd & 3rd over 5,000 riders will bicycle up to 192 miles raising much needed funds for cancer research and care at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute. One hundred percent of rider raised funds go straight to Dana Farber’s Jimmy Fund. This will be my 11th year riding the Pan Mass Challenge and I’m looking to make this year my best and have set a goal of $10,000. If you’d like to learn more about the Pan Mass Challenge click here http://www.pmc.org. If you’d be so generous as to sponsor me click here https://www.pmc.org/egifts and my ID is JS0126. Checks can also be accepted and if you’d like to mail a check send me a message and I’ll supply my address.
Thanks for reading my blog and have a great week!