Nutrition Nosh One. Wisdom.
Back in 2015, I really got into listening to podcasts and I stumbled upon a podcast Tim Ferris had with Derek Sivers. I knew nothing about Derek, but there was much of their conversation I resonated with. What really smacked me upside the head and make me have a moment of clarity was this: if someone asks something of you or if you ask something of yourself, if you cannot say hell yeah with excitement and enthusiasm, then the answer is no.
I can say no.
I can say no and I do not have to feel bad or sorry or in any way obligated to do something I do not want to do. If doing it does not mean something significant to me, my life and my future, I am not going to do it anymore. This has been the best gift I have ever given myself because now I am saying hell yeah to a bunch of cool shit I would not have in the past, like my hell yeah trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
You deserve a hell yeah kind of life, stop putting it off and start living it today.
Nutrition Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation.
My conversation today is with Registered Dietitian Rachel Wall.
Rachel and I had a great conversation today. Rachel radiates passion for being a Registered Dietitian and is flourishing as a Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. I didn’t not get a lot of experience with Extension when I was in my internship and I think it is very important for many of us to look more into this career opportunity. Rachel and I share many similar interests when it comes to food, cooking and our favorite fruit, cherries. She enjoys and excels as an expert in media by doing a monthly live TV segment and you must follow her Instagram feed for beautiful food photos of recipes she is recreating at home. Another fun and amazing tidbit about Rachel is she has been training and doing triathlons this summer.
Please click here to enjoy my conversation with Rachel
Please click here to enjoy my conversation with Rachel
Nutrition Nosh Three. Week in Review.
My music loving soul has always longed to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When I am scheduling my time off throughout the year, Cleveland hasn't quite made the cut. I had this crazy opportunity to head to Ohio and I said hell yeah to a quick trip of rock and roll, food and a little adventure.
I stayed at the Westin Cleveland Downtown which turned out to be a great deal on a last minute whim and is within walking distance to almost everything downtown you could ask for, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I needed some fuel before I started my rock and roll adventure and luckily there was an amazing restaurant in the Westin, Urban Farmer. The menu focuses on Midwest food traditions and local, organic sourcing of their food. I of course looked at the entire menu outside of breakfast and I love the different twist they take on traditional food. Breakfast had so many choices and I couldn't resist the Honey Biscuit which was a fried egg, sausage gravy, crispy chicken leg and lemon marmalade. What you couldn't see is the flaky puff pastry style biscuit and a pickled slaw underneath the egg. I also got a side of the homemade chicken cherry sausage, hello cherries! It was all so delicious and perfectly cooked. If you ever go to Cleveland, I highly recommend breakfast here, but do not shy away from other times of the day. The lunch, Happy Hour and dinner menu look pretty amazing too.
I headed down the street toward the lake with a snazzy little skip to my step. I was so excited!
As I approached the museum, there is music playing outside to get me pumped up for this experience. I was getting there exactly as it was opening and I got in line for my ticket. I wasn't the only one with the same idea of being there when it opened. I started looking through the all the different exhibits and I knew it was going to be a fun full day.
As you walk in there is pictures of legends everywhere. Legends I knew of and legends I did know anything about. The 2017 Inductees have a tribute area with instruments, clothing and informational tidbits about each musician/band. I learned all about ELO and Yes, which I had heard their songs before but had no idea who they were and I reminisced of when Pearl Jam was a new band in my high school years.
There are stations of headphones to learn about the history of music and the different artists who created the roots of rock and roll. Each step I took took me through a different decade of rock and roll. There were artists I remember my Dad having old 45s of and listening to them on his recorded tapes of "Bob's Favorites" like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.
In each of the decades, many different artists were featured and videos were played to present the history of music during that time. The cases were filled with clothing, instruments, music and lyrics, posters, awards and just cool shit. For example, I had no idea Jimi Hendrix liked to draw! They had a few of his drawings on display.
I have recently got into the history of Sun Records and at the museum, they have a section where the studio was recreated with some of the original equipment. I am enthralled with how they recorded then. I have now added a trip to Sun Records to my bucket list because of this exhibit. Around the same area, they have the stages of what we have listened to music with and how music was recorded over the years. It was great seeing original record players, speakers, tape players, boom boxes and portable CD players.
The next section I loved and spent a lot of time in was the clothing of artists. My favorite was the gorgeous dresses of The Supremes. Pink, feathers and sequence. Gorgeous!
And of course, Michael Jackson. I remember getting the Thriller album for my birthday and I could stop kissing the inside cover of the record because I loved him so much. It was the first record I ever owned and I still have it. It is really cool to see the personal items of different artists in person, it is very different from how I envisioned them in my head if I met them in person.
John Mellencamp had a great feature area of all his records, history and memorabilia. I enjoyed his exhibit a lot too because we listened to his music all the time in small town Panama, Iowa. I forgot how many hit records and songs he has.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was great and I will have to go back because they change their exhibits all the time. If you are a music junkie like me, you will really enjoy the history of the museum. This is only a glimpse into my time spent, so if you want to see more pictures or chat about all the cool shit I saw, lets get together.
After a few hours in the museum (8 hrs), I worked up an appetite and wanted to spend the few hours I had left in Cleveland by exploring the rest of the city. I hit the pavement back to the hotel and headed to East 4th Street. This is a fun area to go to in Cleveland with a variety of restaurants and places to have cocktails. I stopped into Zocalo because it was the perfect time for Happy Hour. Tequila, chips and salsa and a Dos XX to start off my food and cocktail adventure. Everything was made fresh and they have a nice selection of tequila. Great way to start the night.
I then wandered off to my favorite place of the quick evening adventure, The Greenhouse Tavern. This place was awesome.
I loved the vibe of the restaurant. The lighting was cozy and calm with the rustic decor of dark walls. All the food was trendy, like the warm cauliflower salad with golden raisins, pistachios and sheep's milk cheese or their Boudin which is a mushroom leek tart (yum). Great adventure food and far from burgers and fries.
My FAVORITE item on the menu was the handcrafted GH-Tea. It was the one of the most delicious cocktails I have ever had. Tito's Vodka, Organic honey, lemon and Gunpowder Matcha. If you ever make it to Cleveland, add this place to the list and do not be scared of the Gunpowder Matcha.
Before I headed back to the hotel, I walked past the Chocolate Bar. How could I pass up a chocolate nightcap? They have quite the menu of desserts, late night eats and what caught my eye: Liquid Desserts. I fell for the Hot Chocolates with a Kick and chose the Spiked Caramel Sea Salt. Delicious dark chocolate, caramel and white chocolate liquor with whipped cream and a dash of sea salt. It was the only way to end my rock and roll day.
Nutrition Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week.
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Nutrition Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.
I am very excited to share with you one of my food loves, Nicks Sticks. Nick Sticks have been a staple in life for a healthy protein-packed snack when I am working and traveling.
ALL THE GOODNESS. NONE OF THE GARBAGE.
And the best thing, actually there are two best things, is they taste great and they are made right here in Iowa! I am a huge fan of the spicy turkey sticks. I love sharing them with my podcast guest and everyone else I know! If you want to give them a try, get 20% off your order by using this link: http://www.nicks-sticks.
com/affiliate/anne-elizabeth- rd-ldfandnutritionally-noshes/. I will have more to come about Nicks Sticks and hopefully a podcast with the owner and creator of these tasty snacks, Nick Wallace.