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Although the mercury has dipped to about -10°F as I write this, for the most part, we have been blessed in the northeast area of the USA with milder than usual winter temperatures. Fortunately, the warmer weather has not put a damper on the vast amount of soups, stews and chili’s eaten in this household at this time of year.

This Quinoa and Roasted Red Pepper Chili recipe, dispatched to my in-box from Cooking Light, caught my eye because it included zucchini and roasted red pepper, both of which I love. I made a few changes which included omitting the oil and incorporating the following substitutions:
– Mexican chili powder (for a little more bite) for the chili powder
– Fire-roasted tomatoes without the chipotles, I used 2 extra poblano peppers
– Dry pinto beans, (soak overnight and then cooked until tender), instead of the canned pinto beans
– Vegetable broth in lieu of the vegetable juice
– The Quinoa can also be substituted with any grain of your choosing.

This dish was a refreshing change from a standard chili. I doubled it and it was devoured within a couple of days.

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Think you have to slow down once you hit the grand ole age of 50? Think again, my fellow quinquagenarians!

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Fast After 50, How To Race Strong For The Rest Of Your Life, by Joel Friel, has been my recent read. Although the cover would have you believe it contains information geared toward the aging endurance athlete only, it certainly could benefit younger athletes and motivate the recreational athlete as well.

There have been several studies and research regarding the aging athlete in the last decade. While many believe that growing older is synonymous with growing slower, Friels examination of the available research suggests otherwise.

backcoverHis conclusions are best summed up from his publisher, Velopress:

Fast After 50 is for every endurance athlete who wants to stay fast for years to come.

For runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and cross-country skiers, getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower. Drawing from the most current research on aging and sports performance, Joe Friel–America’s leading endurance sports coach–shows how athletes can race strong and stay healthy well past age 50.

In his groundbreaking book Fast After 50, Friel offers a smart approach for athletes to ward off the effects of age. Friel shows athletes how to extend their racing careers for decades–and race to win.

Fast After 50 presents guidelines for high-intensity workouts, focused strength training, recovery, crosstraining, and nutrition for high performance:

  • How the body’s response to training changes with age, how to adapt your training plan, and how to avoid overtraining
  • How to shed body fat and regain muscle density
  • How to create a progressive plan for training, rest, recovery, and competition
  • Workout guidelines, field tests, and intensity measurement

In Fast After 50, Joe Friel shows athletes that age is just a number–and race results are the only numbers that count.

I have been following Joel Friel for a year and he never disappoints.  To get his biography, more information or subscribe to his blog, go to joefrielsblog.

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I’m a quiet person, a trait that took me years to not only accept but to embrace. In a world where extraversion is both ubiquitous and revered it can be a challenge to handle all the noise that exudes from it.

Meditation is my saving grace. Growing in popularity, this practice is no longer associated with the stereotypical hippyish, bohemian lifestyle.
Researchers have found that, through regular practice, meditation physically changes the brain resulting in better focus and self-control. A few of the other benefits include a reduction in stress and anxiety, lowering of blood pressure, slower aging and an increase in happiness and acceptance.

One site that the vegan husband and I regularly frequent, and that I highly recommend, is The Honest guys.

You can visit their home site here – thehonestguys or go directly to their free meditations on youtube.

I challenge you to a thirty-day meditation practice. You don’t need to set aside a large chunk of time to reap the rewards of meditation. In as little as five minutes a day, for one month, you may find that you emerge a healthier, happier you!

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