Holiday Schedule

Mon 24th – Last Class is 12:30pm Tues 25th – Closed Wed 26th – 7am, 9, 12:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 (on-ramp) Thur 27th – Normal Schedule Fri 28th – 7am, 9, 12:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 (on-ramp) Sat 29th – 9:30am Mon 31st – Last Class is 4:30pm Tues 1st – 10am Class Only

Sometimes people ask, “what are you allowed to eat?”  I have always struggled with rules, not a quality I’m proud of but it’s the truth.  If I have to ask myself “am I allowed to do this?” it almost immediately becomes 92.4% more intriguing to me. So if I was looking at a buffet and contemplating whether I’m “allowed” to eat this or that I would be in real trouble. I think grown-ups should eat what they want. That being said, I think most adults of sound mind would say they want to eat food that:
A) Tastes good B) Doesn’t make them sick C) Helps them look good naked D) Helps their body perform better. That is probably a way oversimplification of how people feel about what they eat, but simple can be nice. When I am choosing food, I more often than not choose foods that don’t have grains, dairy, soy, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. Because for me that style of eating fits the criteria above.
There are scientific explanations about why cutting these things out of your diet may or may not benefit  you. You won’t find them here, but they are out there just waiting for you to devote 37 hours into researching them.
Anywho, my standard answer to the aforementioned questions…that is a long word…oversimplification and aforementioned took me 7 solid minutes to type…look at this word… floccinaucinihilipilification…wow impressive.
Ahem, my standard answer is “I usually don’t eat a lot of grains, dairy, or sugar but If I want to eat a cupcake I do.” You’re a human being and life should not have unnecessary rules and restrictions in my opinion, especially with regard to eating which is supposed to be something enjoyable. If you feel like your “not allowed” to eat something because your trying to conform to a particular diet try thinking about your goals, long and short-term. The conversation I have in my head goes something like this… “Will eating this give me enough energy for the next few hours? Does this feed my muscles? Because, I want to lift heavier. Will this cause inflammation in my body? Will this get me closer to or further from that elusive six-pack? Will this make me a better athlete?” Sometimes the convo is much shorter… “will this cupcake/martini/pizza be worth how bad I will feel after?” sometimes the answer is yes, and I enjoy every second of the intake. You should not have to feel inhibited by your food choices, that’s why they are called “choices”. Choose to eat in a way that fits your goals and you won’t be passing up on something because you feel your “not allowed” to eat it, but rather because you’d prefer to eat something that benefits you.
Sweet potato bread benefits me because it makes me happy. This recipe is so easy and if I could remember where I got it I would praise that person publicly because I love it.

1 ½ cups Almond Flour
2 TBLS cocnut flour
1/3 cup of flax meal
1 ½ tsp baking soda
5 Eggs
3 TBLS coconut oil (plus a little to grease pan)
2 TBLS Raw Honey
2 Small sweet potatoes or 1 very large
1 TBLS apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven  to 350. Grease a loaf pan with some coconut oil. Poke holes in your sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave for five minutes, check them and determine how much longer they need. Microwaves are weird, each one cooks differently. You could definitely bake the potato in the oven or peel and cube and boil it but for convenience and speed I like to microwave em. Put your cooked potatoes (without skin…duh) in a large bowl, add the rest of your ingredients and blend with a hand mixer. Or, add all ingredients to a food processor and mix that way. Once combined, pour into your greased loaf pan and bake for 30-35 min. or until cooked through. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before removing and slicing. Soooooooo good warm.