On Wednesday I mentioned on my Facebook page that I have family here visiting from the east coast and as I type I’m looking out over the St. Helena mountains from Calistoga. Chico has been a heat and smoke basin, thanks to the multiple fires that have been burning in northern CA so to get some reprieve from the nastiness, we snuck off to wine country for the weekend.
*Note from Sarah: This latest post comes from Dana; our Director of Operations who is also a Baseball Mom Extraordinaire! Dana has food prep for her family down to a science and this summer she’s been traveling on the weekends to baseball tournaments for her two boys; which means preparing and planning ahead! In this post Dana explains how her quick and easy food prep is not only setting her family up for healthy meals while away on the weekends, but also saves big money while they travel. May this post help and inspire your family!
Busy Family Life, Summer Days, and Packing Paleo for Sports Tournaments!
Here I am, sipping coffee while grilling burgers and flank steak at 9am on a Saturday morning, as well as packing the cooler as we head out to yet another baseball tournament! While it’s possible to eat out successfully as a Paleo family, it’s certainly not something we want to do 2-3 times a day while traveling. Why? Not only is restaurant food inundated with unhealthy oils and hidden, unwanted ingredients; it’s just plain expensive. So here are some ways we feed our busy family daily and also how we pack our cooler for baseball tournaments. [Read more…]
One of our favorite summer time activities as a family is to spend the day under a giant oak tree at one of our local parks with a giant paleo picnic. It get’s really darn hot here in Chico but we have tons of trees and shade so often the best reprieve from the Chico heat is to find the coolest spot in the grass with some yummy paleo eats.
*Note from Sarah: Our very own Jason Seib is back with an awesome article on the importance of getting your snooze on. Thanks Jason!
We have talked about sleep here before, but it bears repeating. There is no factor necessary for health and fitness more underestimated than sleep. For the vast majority of our time on this planet there were very few reasons to stay up late at night. Productivity was not really an option after the sun went down. It was also not an option to frivolously burn up all your firewood until you clear-cut the forest for miles so you can stay up late and… well, I can’t imagine what we might have done after dark before Facebook and American Idol. The average hunter gatherer probably got more than nine hours of sleep per night. Indigenous people in equatorial regions, where our species got started, experience roughly the same day and night length throughout the year, and while they may not remain asleep for the entire 12 hours of night, they tend to accumulate more nighttime sleep than we do. Napping is also a much more common practice, with a bit of dozing off during the hottest hours of the day as usual practice.
The kids are on spring break this week and it’s been nice to avoid the usual hectic morning rush and sleep in a little bit! This morning, after John left for work, it was only Jaden and I who were awake so he created this frittata to share with his brothers and with all of you! [Read more…]
We are in the middle of packing up and moving. Not out of Chico, just across town; but holy cow it’s a lot of work. I’ve been trying not to buy a lot of food this week and just eat what we have so that I don’t have to pack and move an entire fridge of food and this morning we were down to the bare bones but somehow I made a breakfast worth sharing with all of you!!