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Rings of Power by Mike GIllette

Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)

What do you eat when you're really busy?

"Just perusing your blog (again) and looking at your cooking section.
Made me wonder... What does Girya Girl do for chow when she's REALLY
busy? In other words, do you have a handful of standby "side dishes"
that you prefer?


Good question - I do a lot of make-ahead stuff (pyrex containers with lids are your friends).

Yesterday would be a good example:

(late) Breakfast - 2 boiled ahead hardboiled eggs, espresso. chocolate egg shake(snack),  Lunch - 2 pre-cooked (by me, 1/4lb each) grassfed beef patties in a couple savoy cabbage leaves with tomato slices, pickles, mustard. 72% local chocolate bar with whole almonds... and giant unsweet green tea snaaaaaaaaack :) Dinner - large portion of pre-cooked wickedly hot chicken coconut curry (crock potted over the weekend) in a bowl over a whole avocado. "dessert" was coconut milk chai and the last of the almond butter... with a spoon (very common for me to do - it's funny)

Some days are labeled as "aggressive snacking" - and I'll either eat stuff I always have on hand: walnuts, almonds, goat cheese, goat yogurt, various protein items like the egg drink as well as sometimes stuff from Greens+ (I like a couple of their bars and the greens+whey is good), pre-cooked meats I've made ahead - taco meat on top of lettuce with other things makes a salad in 2 minutes - or tacos in lettuce or cabbage shells.  Pre-cooked Chinese lettuce wrap meat (recipe forthcoming - its stupidly easy and inexpensive as I use organic ground pork for this) in lettuce or cabbage leaves again, I have also been known to eat these pork sausage patties made ahead right out of the fridge (2 ingredients to make them, btw) because they are that good.    Other times I have a stash of primal blueprint pumpkin muffins, or extremely calorie dense nut/fat/etc based snacks as go-tos.

Other days its like... ok... what's left and how can I make it into a meal?  OH right - 3 omelets in 1 day - but all different...   I eat a LOT of "breakfast foods" as a general rule.   most of these start with 2 strips of bacon, then a green vegetable and/or a "starchy" veg like parsnips, hard squash etc (often I will shred it ahead of time and have it in a container in the fridge - similar to those bags of pre-cut potatoes people use for hashbrowns)   Need to buy some eggs, now that I think of it it - THANK YOU.

I will admit an EXTREME advantage by working close to or at home essentially - though when traveling I tend to pretty much eat the same - fajitas with extra veg instead of the sides, bunless burgers are standards, as are almonds and espresso from Starbucks, Greens+ bars I pack, big bags of mixed nuts from whole foods, several bars of dark chocolate etc...

Here's an "ingredient list" I had saved from a different typical day taking advantage of having bought 1lb of tilapia for $6:
1 greens plus protein bar, 2 small onions, 1/2 bunch organic dandelion greens, 1 can black beans (normally I don't eat a lot of beans, this was an experiment), 1 bar 87% Dagoba chocolate, 2 liters of home made Tazo mint green tea, 4 shots espresso, little bottle of Odwalla mango juice, Kind brand fruit and nut bar, 1 pound tilapia, 1 lemon, 1 egg, 1 cup raw pecan pieces, 1/8th cup coconut flour, 4 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp capers

To answer the question you HAVEN'T asked - I am currently working on a cookbook for busy people - students, trainers, entrepreneurs etc who are either single or live with one other person - make-aheads will feature, as will related strategies for travel, for packed meals etc.  One of my big "secrets" of success is to have things on hand that can be quickly thrown together into good meals.  The cookbook will also feature a bunch of weird stuff that's good eating and less expensive.


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