With views like this, who needs to sleep in?

panoLast week I visited my sister in Colorado. If I wasn’t a runner, my first day there I would have slept in, then happily sat her couch drinking coffee. Instead, I got up at 5:45am and spent an hour running up switchback trails with views like this. (I still did the couch and coffee thing post-run, I’m not totally insane.)

Running in a new place can be intimidating. My trick to solving that problem this time was to have a sister who, even at 6 months pregnant, runs a similar distance and pace as me who I can trick into being my tour guide.

mountain-lakeThe first indication that this was not the east coast was the view. The second was the nausea that hit at the top of the switchback trail. Hello altitude.

There’s something magical about running in a new place. I run the same routes over and over again at home. I know each crack in the pavement, each piece of graffiti, each tree by heart. Continue reading “With views like this, who needs to sleep in?” »

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CSA Summer: Week 9, featuring fresh tomato sauce, cucumber satay salad

In stark comparison to, say, Week 2 or Week 5, our CSA bounty from Goldfinch Farm is now busting at the seams and leans heavily… not-green:

Roughly clockwise from bottom left: Onions, cucumbers, sweet sun gold tomatoes, cilantro, green beans, spicy basil, tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes, squash, garlic, bell peppers, hot pepper, zucchini. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Roughly clockwise from bottom left: Onions, cucumbers, sweet sun gold tomatoes, cilantro, green beans, spicy basil, tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes, squash, garlic, bell peppers, hot pepper, zucchini. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Our new basil plant (RIP old basil, destroyed by Japanese beetles) is growing beautifully, so when I saw a New York Times recipe calling for tomatoes and basil, how could I resist?

Especially since it was a pasta recipe.

So, bucatini with fresh tomato sauce and basil:

Bucatini with fresh tomato sauce and basil. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Bucatini with fresh tomato sauce and basil. Photo by Chris Dunn.

We followed the Times‘ recipe to a T, although I used bucatini instead of spaghetti. (Bucatini is a thicker spaghetti noodle that’s also hollow.) The sauce is a little more involved than a more typical recipe wherein you chop up vegetables and toss them in a pot. And since I’d never blanched tomatoes before, I followed Better Homes and Gardens’ instructions for that first step of the Times‘ recipe.  Continue reading “CSA Summer: Week 9, featuring fresh tomato sauce, cucumber satay salad” »

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York County Area Agency on Aging: Age effects eating

By York County Area Agency on Aging

Last month’s article by the York County Area Agency on Aging was on the topic of exercise for the older adult. Today’s topic goes hand-in-hand with physical activity. How does increasing age affect eating? What’s important to know?

Older adults often do not have healthy meals, citing reasons being:

Food just doesn’t taste the same anymore. I can’t get out to go shopping. I’m just not that hungry. I can’t afford to eat right.

The National Institute on Aging and the USDA Food and Nutrition Information Centers provide reputable tips for these concerns as well as helpful guidelines for making smart food choices.

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Fit for a Cause benefits local non-profits

Fit for a Cause, hosted by Southern York County Business Association, will benefit American Cancer Society, Servants, H.O.P.E, Penn-Mar, Steam Into History and the southern branch YMCA. The event is presented by Stock and Leaders Attorneys at Law.

What: Timed 5K run or walk, or 10 mile bike ride

When: 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 (rain or shine)

Where: Marge Goodfellow Park 26 East Main Street in New Freedom

Registration includes: Walk, run, or ride your bike on the Heritage Rail Trail in New Freedom, dry-wic-shirt, 2 complimentary raffle tickets for your choice of prizes, free onsite massage by Time Out! Massage and team discounts.

For more information, visit www.sycba.com/events.

 

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Zumbathon to benefit the American Heart Association

What: A Zumbathon will be held on Saturday, August 15 to benefit the American Heart Association’s 2015 Heart Walk. The Zumbathon will include two hours of dancing led by certified Zumba instructors.

When/Where: The Zumbathon will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 15 on the parking lot of the former Hawk Lake Golf Course (future home of Memorial Hospital) at 1605 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.

Why: According to the American Heart Association, every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack. Physical activity, such as Zumba, can increase overall cardiovascular health and lower the risk of heart attack.

Cost: Tickets for the Zumbathon are on sale for $10 in advance and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.  Tickets are available the day of the Zumbathon for $15.

Proceeds from the Zumbathon will sponsor Memorial Hospital’s Heart Walk Team. Join us and help support the American Heart Association and the 2015 Heart Walk on Saturday, September 19.

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Don’t let injury set you back

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By Julie Stefanski, Clinical Dietitian at WellSpan Health, Twitter: @foodhelp123

It’s that time of night and once again he’s staring at me.

In his little doggie brain, I hear my pet Bagel’s voice repeating “Why, oh why are you not walking me you cruel lady??”

Our nightly walks, which Bagel demands with a vengeance, is truly one of my favorite stress relievers. Unfortunately to both mine and Bagel’s distress they have been temporarily put on hold. I can actually picture the moment my yoga instructor Greta offered a warning a few weeks ago that made me think “well, I can do this pose, I don’t have problems with my feet.”

Four days later I’m in an air cast. Thankfully it’s probably the most minor injury that actually requires a boot that definitely resembles Storm trooper chic.

Setbacks are unfortunately a part of every person’s life. We can’t control that problems interfere in our plans. What we can control is our attitude about these challenges and how we can try to work within our stumbling blocks to counteract the effects such a change can bring to our health.

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Part ways with that last cigarette

By Suly Mattos, registered nurse at East Side Health Center

If you knew smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers, would you stop lighting up?

Every day, cigarette smoking is responsible for about 1,300 deaths in the U.S. It causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary

Suly Mattos, registered nurse at East Side Health Center

Suly Mattos, registered nurse at East Side Health Center

disease (COPD), and increases risks for many other health problems.

Sadly in York County, we’ve seen the number of regular smokers increase from 2011 to 2014, from 22 percent to 24 percent.

We, at East Side Health Center of The Family Practice and Counseling Network, get it: Smoking is a habit and once you start, it’s hard to quit.

The good news is that nearly 7 in 10 adult cigarette smokers in the U.S. wanted to stop smoking in 2011, the most recent year with data available.

We’re here to help you if you’re ready.

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Disconnected and it feels so good

Sunset fishing.

Sunset fishing.

Last week I went camping in the Adirondacks. I shut my phone off, shut my brain off, and disconnected completely.

I fished, swam, went tubing, leisurely biked, ate, and drank to my heart’s content.

It was awesome.

I only had one little nagging voice in my head, and that was the voice that makes me train. Everything else in my life I could shut out for a week. But marathon training will not be shut out. Marathon training demands to be heard.

“Those 800 repeats aren’t going to run themselves!”
“You want sausage? Finish your pace run!”
“Oh poor you, too much fun last night? Too bad do a lap around the lake.” Continue reading “Disconnected and it feels so good” »

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Meatout Mondays: Vegan barbecue riblet quesadilla

Vegan barbecue riblet is a quick lunch or dinner option.

Vegan barbecue riblet is a quick lunch or dinner option.

I am once again taking on the label of vegan. Due to some not-so-pretty flareups of my IBS, I felt that a vegan diet is in my best interest.

But who said vegans don’t eat well and have fun?

I had a box of MorningStar barbecue riblets in the freezer, so I veganized this recipe of a tasty summer recipe. I also decided to do it the quick way, a la microwave, and it turned out just fine.

I hope you enjoy this no-fuss dinner idea for the hot days of summer!

Vegan barbecue riblet quesadilla

Serves: 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat one riblet according to directions.
  2. Place tortilla on a plate. Add 1/2 of the riblet pouch to tortilla, then cover with cheese and corn.
  3. Place in microwave and heat for a minute to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave, just to melt Daiya cheese.
  4. Remove from microwave and spread food out with a knife. Fold over tortilla to form a quesadilla.
  5. Using a knife, cut tortilla in half. Enjoy!

Have a recipe to share? Email bfehlinger@ydr.com.

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CSA Summer: Week 8, featuring Thai-inspired coleslaw, roasted cod with tomatoes

Not long ago, Jeff and I compared this year’s CSA from Goldfinch Farm to last year’s CSA from Miller Plant Farm. By this time last summer, we were getting inundated with squash, melons and sweet corn, whereas we’ve had nary a fruit from Goldfinch. It’s a nice change from last year, and I’m enjoying having more vegetables than fruit.

Here’s last week’s bounty, full of tomatoes:

Roughly clockwise, from bottom left: A ton of tomatoes, green bell peppers, green beans, cilantro, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, garlic, hot pepper, squash. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Roughly clockwise, from bottom left: A ton of tomatoes, green bell peppers, green beans, cilantro, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, garlic, hot pepper, squash. Photo by Chris Dunn.

First, Jeff found a Bon Appétit recipe that used copious tomatoes and cilantro, so he turned up the oven and made roasted cod with tomatoes and red chermoula:

Roasted cod with tomatoes and red chermoula. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Roasted cod with tomatoes and red chermoula. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

You can find the full recipe here.

The only alterations Jeff made were to use just the cilantro leaves — saving the stems for our next recipe.  Continue reading “CSA Summer: Week 8, featuring Thai-inspired coleslaw, roasted cod with tomatoes” »

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