Don’t be afraid to experiment!

When I was young (and stupid) I would (and did) eat anything that I wanted. and it just so happens that most of those things I wanted were exactly the things that people were always telling me not to. Perhaps in rebellion, or perhaps I was thronged in a then-unknown pre-diabetic sugar addiction. Our reasons for eating poorly are too diverse to fully classify, and the excuses are world-class. Our ideas of nutrition are sometimes well-intended, but rarely do they paint a full picture, or give respect to long periods of time over which real transformations are made.  This is truly an area of your life in which little improvements, over long periods of time amount to major earnings as you experiment with a variety of foods in varying combinations and begin to figure out what your body needs!

Here’s a little something that started my day off right:Image

  1. Organic Ranier Fuji Apple – 1
  2. Organic Banana – 1
  3. Organic Blackberries – 10-15
  4. Organic chia seeds – 2tsp
  5. Organic Broccoli
  6. Organic Kale
  7. Ginger root
  8. Pressed Organic Coconut oil – 2 Fl Oz
  9. Organic non-flavored Coconut milk
  10. ice cubes – 1-3
  11. A sprinkle of sea salt, or a little blob of raw unfiltered local honey for extra tastiness

Throw everything in the blender!  I usually add the coconut oil last so it doesn’t stick to the sides of the blender. Blend until you can’t blend no more! This is a sure way to extract all of the good stuff, without having to chew up all the Kale!  You’ll end up with this:

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HA! I know. It looks not-so-great. But fear not! If you get the ratio of fruit : Vegg just right then it actually tastes pretty good! The apple and banana adds flavor, sweetness, and lots of fluid with relatively few calories, good vitamin C, and some quick carbs to get your brain going in the morning! The raw Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, with tons of vitamin A,K, and C. Kale is also a strong source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are special photoprotectant  antioxidants serving to protect my retinas from high frequncy blue spectrum light while I’m out surfing. Pretty cool right?! Kale also has an anti-inflammatory effect, folate to build DNA, and a slew of essential amino acids. The raw broccoli is high in just about every essential vitamin and mineral (except B and D) and amino acids. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, amino acids, Omega 3 fatty acids.

The real magic here is the Pressed, unrefined Coconut Oil. Although it does not pack the micronutrient punch like the rest of the ingredients, the saturated fat in Coconut oil can moderate the rate of carbohydrate metabolism, while simultaneously signaling the brain that it just got a substantial meal.

Like I said, I’m no expert… But I can sure tell when I feel great!

Feel full, stay focused longer, enjoy better health, Give it a try!

-Np

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Who am I? What am I doing here?

This is a question I’ve been obsessed with for as long as I can remember.. And the answer Well, lets just say: I’m working on it.

I’m not a writer. I’m not an expert on anything, except changing flat bicycle tires.  I can only attempt to share my perspective, and my ideas may come across incomplete, and possibly incomprehensible. I don’t wish to impress you, or anyone else. Infact, I’ll freely admit where I’ve struggled with school, work, addictive tendencies, and the standard social interactions. I only wish to share the things that I have found to be true, and what has worked for me to stay healthy and happy in a world of challenging circumstances. With a little bit of luck, a lot  of help, and a whole lot of quiet contemplation, I believe to have found what may be the path to perfect health, not only for us as individuals, but ultimately for our families, communities, and most importantly our mother: Planet Earth.

I’d be honored to have your ear, and a piece of your open mind, as I attempt to navigate the uncertain and tumultuous sea of life. I’ll share my experience, as I continue to learn and be inspired by those who bravely do the same.

Imagepicture: Above the Na Pali Coast on the Island of Kauai, HI. A wonderful, but grueling 90+ miles by mountain Bike with ~10,000+ feet of climbing. Fully self-supported, over the course of four days, with two good friends. Experiences like this are what make me come alive!