Michelle and I successfully completed our first eight week cycle of E2M and are now halfway into our second round. We both continue to be very happy with the results. And not just the weight loss. We both feel fitter, stronger, and more healthy overall. It’s been a great way to jolt us out of a pandemic rut and implement some positive new lifestyle habits.
For this second round, we recruited some curious friends to join us. They had a lot of questions. We didn’t have all the answers (trust the process!) but we did have some tip from our first round experience about how you can best set yourself up for E2M success.
I’m ten years late, but I have a new favorite obsession: the Yonanna soft serve dessert maker and creamy banana ice cream.
It’s a toss up between a warm chocolate chip cookie and a bowl of ice cream as my favorite dessert. But if our current fitness challenge provides any evidence, I might be leaning toward ice cream. But maybe that’s just because it’s the summer. But I wouldn’t be alone in loving ice cream. The average American eats almost five gallons a year! That’s…a lot of heavy cream.
Enter the Yonanna soft serve dessert maker to save me from myself.
If you’ve participated in a spring or early summer CSA recently, you’ve likely gotten some early season (or late season) greens that look vaguely like bok choy. Welcome to the world of tatsoi. What is tatsoi? It’s a hearty Asian green that is quick and easy to use in a variety of dishes.
I’m coming to end of week three in my first round of the E2M fitness challenge and I’ve never eaten this much avocado. I’m not complaining. I really like avocado but I was also interested in just what health and wellness benefits I am getting from eating so much of these versatile fruits.
Here are the four best reasons I found for eating more avocados:
Michelle and I recently signed up for the E2M fitness challenge. E2M (Eager to Motivate) is an 8-week online diet and fitness program that pushes you to make sustainable changes to your eating and exercising habits. Michelle and I weren’t unhealthy. We were both working out regularly and eating a mostly pescatarian diet. But the pandemic left us feeling in a bit of a rut and this looked like a great opportunity to get out of our comfort zones. With Addison’s, long term, even low dose, steroid use can lead to weak bones. I wanted to do E2M to get stronger. I can stick with cardio training but have never stuck with strength training for any serious amount of time.
A lot of the program is somewhat secretive and information is a little scarce prior to signing up. I’m not sure why. There is nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering about E2M and that is part of the reason it is likely so successfully with so many. I won’t be giving away the meal plans or workouts here. You need to sign up for that, but after two weeks, here are my initial thoughts on E2M.
Why should the kids get all the home baked treats? With all the dog food recalls recently, it’s easy to forget that making simple, nutritious homemade dog biscuits for your furry friend is easy and usually involves just five or six pantry ingredients.
Why pay six, seven, eight dollars or more for organic, natural dog biscuits when you can make a batch of your own in less than a half hour that easily avoids preservatives, strange ingredients, fillers, and harmful chemicals?
These homemade dog biscuits are incredibly easy to make. If you have peanut butter and flour, you are mostly there. If not, it’s pretty adaptable.
Fall is my favorite season and apples might be my favorite fruit. Like many people, I’ve come to really like the Honeycrisp. Slightly tart, mildly sweet, and very juicy, it was like a strange cross between a watermelon, a Macoun, and a Golden Delicious. When they are in season, I will drive miles out my way to search them out. While they dull in flavor through the winter, they still keep remarkably well and much better than other varieties.