Friday, March 13, 2009

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Hi guys I have been hearing a lot about Omega 3 fatty acids and think that you should learn more also. I have included an AWESOME article giving more information and reasons to eat up your omega 3's. It is actually scarry to read it and think that you may not be getting them. An easy way to incorporate more Omega 3's into your diet is to eat tuna, salmon, and walnuts through out your week. I bought a bag of walnuts from Costco and keep them in my fridge for snacking. I give them to Dan in his lunch and to Reece as a snack during the day. I have also starting buying the fresh salmon at Fresh & Easy and we have it once a week. If you wait until the day before it expires (maybe day of) you can get it for half off and freeze it. It is so easy to cook. Wrap it in two layers of foil, add some dillweed if you'd like, some lemon juice, and grill it on high for 13 minutes. Serve it with brown rice or a baked potato and a salad and it is a great low fat, super nutritious meal. Reece even loves it...she thinks it is chicken.

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other marine life such as algae and krill, certain plants (including purslane), and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week. It is advised that pregnant women and mothers, nursing mothers, young children, and women who might become pregnant not eat several types of fish, including swordfish, shark, and king mackerel. These individuals should also limit consumption of other fish, including albacore tuna, salmon, and herring.

To read more about Omega Fatty Acids follow this link to the rest of the article from University of Maryland Medical Center. Sorry you are going to have to copy and paste I can not get the link to post. Still need to figure that out.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ragnar Relay!


RUN, RUN, & RUN...




And you will have the time of your life! This last weekend was our Ragnar Relay Del Sol from Prescott to Mesa. The Ragnar Relay's are a running race with 11 teammates. Each person runs 3 legs unless you run the ULTRA way with only 6 people on a team and each does 6 legs. Well we did it with 12 people. It was a 202.1 mile run. My sister Cari got us into this 2 years ago for the first Del Sol race and there were 75teams. This year, only 2 years later, there were 220 teams.

Each team has 2 vans of 6. While one van is running the other van is waiting, eating, and trying to sleep. Then when it is your vans time to run you are following each runner, giving them drink breaks, & cheering them on. It took us 33 hours of all day and all night running. A slap bracelet is the baton that is passed on to each runner at the exchange zones. Runner 1 also runs leg 13 & 25...and so on for all 12 runners. Each leg varied from 2.7 miles to 8.8 miles. So each person runs 3 different legs totally 13 miles - 22 miles depending on easy or difficult legs. Not to say anyone thought their legs were easy.