CSA Summer: Week 10, featuring all of the melons

Jeff and I were out of town last week (I bought my wedding dress!), but we’re back now. Which means it’s once again time to figure out how to eat this week’s CSA bounty from Miller Plant Farm:

Clockwise, from top left: Peaches, a sprite melon, two sugar cube melons, a spaghetti squash, corn (2 of 4), green bell peppers and onions. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Clockwise, from top left: Peaches, a sprite melon, two sugar cube melons, a spaghetti squash, corn (2 of 4), green bell peppers and onions. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Jeff was actually able to pick up our CSA share last week; we just knew we wouldn’t have the time or energy to use the veg creatively. But last week’s share included a small watermelon… and now, this week, we have three. more. melons.

Furthermore, Jeff happened to buy 10 pounds of Adams County peaches over the weekend (don’t ask me why), so we are basically drowning in peaches and melons. I think we’re down to about a dozen peaches (originally, we had more than 30…), so there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

I think the produce I’m most excited about this week are the green bell peppers and the spaghetti squash. I really love crispy, crunchy, fresh, raw green pepper, and would like to avoid cooking it into a slime if possible. Do you have any recipe ideas for peaches, melons and bell peppers? (No need to use all of those in one recipe, please!)

Be sure to check back later to find out what we did/plan to do with all this amazing produce. And if you have any ideas or suggestions (we’re always open to new recipes!), feel free to contact me at cdunn@ydr.com.

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Make healthy choices when eating out at restaurants

Do you worry about making healthy food choices when dining out? Try these ideas. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - FILE

Do you worry about making healthy food choices when dining out? Try these ideas. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – FILE

By Amanda Nossel, Family Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Nossel, Family Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Nossel, Family Nurse Practitioner

Many of my patients, family and friends have a goal to eat more healthfully, and to keep this effort going even when dining out. Sticking to a healthier diet while eating at restaurants can be challenging: normally healthy items get bathed in the deep fryer; salads and pastas swim in creamy dressings and sauces; and rich, sugar-loaded desserts get the last laugh over a fresh fruit salad. But even in this calorie-dense environment, it is possible to eat a healthy meal when eating out!

Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to make healthy choices as you review your next menu:

• Choose water or unsweetened tea for your beverage (ditch the soda!) Continue reading “Make healthy choices when eating out at restaurants” »

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Is running 5 minutes really going to cut it?

Would you run just five minutes a day if it could add years to your life? (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Would you run just five minutes a day if it could add years to your life? (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

You might have heard about the study released recently claiming that running just 5 minutes a day can limit your chances of sudden death.

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology released the findings of a database kept at Cooper Clinic and Cooper Institute in Dallas.

“From this database, the researchers chose the records of 55,137 healthy men and women ages 18 to 100 who had visited the clinic at least 15 years before the start of the study,” according to the New York Times. “Of this group, 24 percent identified themselves as runners, although their typical mileage and pace varied widely.” Continue reading “Is running 5 minutes really going to cut it?” »

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Why getting enough sleep really makes a difference

Finding it tough to get enough sleep? Research shows it's a good idea to make the time. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - FILE

Finding it tough to get enough sleep? Research shows it’s a good idea to make the time. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – FILE

Last week left me counting down the hours to when I could go to bed again. My work schedule was on a bit of a roller coaster and it was alarming how just a few hours difference in my schedule left me feeling messed up.

It went like this:

Sunday I worked until midnight but had to get up early so I could get to work early and drive an hour across town for my sister’s wedding rehearsal on Monday evening. That was about five hours of sleep.

I got a nice, normal eight hours Monday into Tuesday, but it was warped yet again when I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to cover a day cops shift. Whew. Continue reading “Why getting enough sleep really makes a difference” »

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The worst parts of running

Running is a great form of exercise, but what about the runny nose, red face or sunburn? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Running is a great form of exercise, but what about the runny nose, red face or sunburn? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

I recently started training for my second 5K and was reminded after a few runs around the neighborhood about the things that bug me the most.

The flushed look

I get bright red in the face when I run. It doesn’t matter if it’s one mile or five, I look like a cherry tomato. I’ve gotten a few comments from strangers when I pass by. Someone slowed at a four-way stop, hung out the window and asked if I was OK. Did I really like that bad?

The flushed look lasts for at least an hour, even after a cold shower. Make up doesn’t even begin to cover it up. I have to wait until my skin decides to chill out before I can begin to make it look somewhat acceptable. Continue reading “The worst parts of running” »

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Video: 20-Minute Fat Burning Metabolic Workout


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Short on time? Personal trainer Heidi Parr says no problem, you can get in a great fat burning metabolic workout in 20 minutes right in your home. Metabolic, also known as interval training, takes your heart rate up and down, burning fat along the way. Parr says the workout is quick, but you’ll be working hard. Repeating the four exercises she demonstrates in the video with a short break in between gives you a great workout even on days you’re short on time.

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Preparing for my next 5K: Springettsbury’s Saturday in the Park

intheparkI’m finally going to kick myself in the behind and get moving again.

I ran my first 5K earlier this year during the York YWCA‘s Race Against Racism. My workouts have gone from good to OK to convincing myself to keep going. I said a long time ago that I’d sign up for another 5K to keep myself running. Well, here we are.

Springettsbury Township’s Saturday in the Park is an annual community get together that kicks off with a 1-mile fun run and a timed 5K.

The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. 5K kick off on Sept. 27.

Register for $15 by Sept. 12 to guarantee a spot and snag a t-shirt. Want to participate? Get started here.

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Not as young as I used to be

Don't feel like you can keep up? It's normal to have to adjust as you age. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij)

Don’t feel like you can keep up? It’s normal to have to adjust as you age. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij)

The truth is, I’m not as young as I used to be. I know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, right buddy, what are you complaining about. How old are you?”

Well, I’m turning 31 in a few weeks, but I’m not complaining at all. All I’m saying is that there are certain times in life when you realize that you are getting older and your body does not have the ability to do what it used to do. That realization hit me this summer as I played Ultimate in the Stewartstown Frisbee League, and had a harder time than usual keeping up with the energy and stamina of the younger players. Plus, my body just felt more beat up each week after the games.

The truth is, whether you’re turning 30, 40, 50, 60 or whatever age, you have to continually evaluate what your current fitness level is, what the limitations of your body are, and how your body responds to physical activity and stress. Here are some tips that will help you continue to be physically active and injury free, no matter what age you are turning. Continue reading “Not as young as I used to be” »

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Training Ebb and Flow

How is it August already? Seriously, I’m pretty sure it was just a few weeks ago I had a rock-hard butt from clenching it while running on icy roads so much.

I’ve been training for one event or another all summer, and right now I’m in full-on marathon mode. While I managed to keep my training runs mostly on track throughout vacations, wacky schedule changes, and the heat, a few other things got neglected in the process.

First to get blown up was my diet. Summer means cookouts, ice cream, and beers outside, and I took full advantage of each of these. I could make excuses for how difficult it is to stay on track this time of year and blah blah blah but really I just didn’t care. I regret nothing. It was worth it.

My sorely neglected workout equipment corner.

My sorely neglected workout equipment corner.

Next to go was my strength training. Throughout the spring I was spot on with strength training. Four days a week after running I was religious about lifting and getting in abs, arms, and legs to compliment my running. Then I stopped a week before my spring marathon as part of my taper. I had all intentions to get back on it once I was recovered from the marathon, but then sprint-tri training started, and life happened and the weights, no joke, became covered in cobwebs. (I might also have been slacking on the dusting.) Continue reading “Training Ebb and Flow” »

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