A Swan Dive Down the Rabbit Hole of MTHFR Mutation Discovery and Treatments

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – It’s a really common saying – not just in CrossFit, but in life – “Don’t compare yourself to others.” It’s incredibly sound advice, given the vastly differing histories and context that go into each person’s development. Comparing your training to someone else’s will rarely leave you feeling more confident about your progress, in large part because it’s easier to spot someone else’s biggest successes and harder to perceive their struggles, their setbacks, and the other countless inputs that they brought to … Read more

An Impromptu Interview on CrossFit, In My Dermatologist’s Exam Room

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – This afternoon, I sat on the exam table at my regular skin cancer check, with my new dermatologist.  She ran her fingertips over my arms and then arrived at the palm of my hands, startled.”Oh, my! Why do you have such hard callouses on your hands?””I’m a weightlifter. I do CrossFit.”  “Oh! I have heard of that! I attended a wedding over New Year’s where the bride and groom and everyone at the reception were CrossFitters. That’s how the bride and groom got together, in fact. What makes it diff… Read more

Why Would Women Want to Lift Heavy?

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – I posted this super-dazzling record-setting deadlift to a CrossFit friend’s Facebook timeline. The lady doing the lift in the video – Ms. Kimberly Walford – deadlifted 562 lb. at 152 lb. body weight – just an enormous, almost inconceivable strength to body weight ratio.My CrossFit friend and I both LOVE to deadlift, so it was a shared moment of geekery. One of her friends asked, in all sincerity, “Why would women want to lift 500 lb.?” I think she was not asking about the figure specifically, but trying to … Read more

Constructing Real Plans To Avoid Excuses – Contingency Plan Edition

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – Welcome to 2015, folks.I think it’s completely normal to start the year with idealistic statements about how you will do better. You could set specific goals about your new daily routine, even.How many of us have been there?”I’m totally eating a salad every day for lunch.””I’m going to work out 5 days a week.””I’m going to drink 100 ounces of water each day.”…et cetera. I’ve definitely been in that planning zone many times over the years. Everything sounds so synergistic and awesome and foolproof. How har… Read more

Primal Kitchen Does Disney, Including Gluten Free Dairy Free Dining and a Trip to CrossFit MouseTrap

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – This past summer’s trip to Disney World was my brother’s idea, and at first I thought, can we really do this? I had major doubts. The Disney website has a lot of information readily available about the nature of their dietary accommodations. About 3 months ahead, my husband made reservations for our group at restaurants where (because of researching the Disney website) we knew there to be options for those with restrictions.Then, it was suddenly DISNEY WEEK, and we went from theory to practice. This is… Read more

The Back to School Platespinning Merry-Go-Round

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – The summer activities pulled me under like a rip tide. Thanks to my brother, we took our family’s first trip to Disney World. WOW, what a learning experience! I hope to share some of those experiences with readers who may be wondering if they can pull it off in terms of dietary restrictions. This summer we also had swim lessons, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and then…there were the glasses. My 4.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with convergence excess, and prescribed corrective lens glasses and v… Read more

Throwback Thursday, a Love Letter to the CrossFit Coach

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – I recently stumbled across this picture taken of me in June 2011, about 3 months before I started doing CrossFit. I am probably sitting somewhere around 40%+ body fat.I had two gorgeous daughters, but physically, life was not fun. I remember feeling winded from the slightest activities, like tall flights of stairs. Clothes never fit right, and dressing rooms were a nemesis. I simply wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.I had never been athletically gifted; even though I did swim team and soccer in high school … Read more

Boring Consistency Leading to My FIRST Dead Hang Pull Up

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – Soccer snacks, kicking itold-skool.Good people! What. Is. UP?! Over the last two weeks, the weather broke into deliriously uplifting springtime temperatures. I heard the collective sigh of my fellow midAtlantic parents, “Ahhhhhhhhhh!!” as the children regained school and activity routines.Among our routines that kicked back off was spring soccer season. I love my 7 year old daughter’s coach because he goes through the effort every season to ask parents to bring healthy snacks. While he does not get overly s… Read more

Snow-Airbrushing, the Endless Cavalcade of Snow Days, and a Stomach Bug that Wouldn’t Quit

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – Greetings, fellow captives of Winter 2014.If you live anywhere in the mid-Atlantic all the way down through Florida, you are all too aware of the…*ahem*…variant weather patterns we are experiencing this season. Since the start of 2014, our county has had exactly one intact week of school – by which I mean one week without cancellations due to snow, ice, extreme cold, and so on.I’d love to direct you to the pictures on the right – of travel-sized spray bottles filled with food-coloring-tinted water…. Read more

Spiced Paleo Raisinets – Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Paleo and Primal Challenge Friendly

Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary
Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary – Last fall, when I was doing the Whole Life Challenge with my CrossFit box, my good friend was suffering some major chocolate cravings about halfway through the 8 week long challenge. We were permitted unsweetened chocolate at our chosen level (intermediate) of the challenge, so as a “hang in there” gesture, I came up with these.These are paleo-friendly raisinets, and if you are involved in a challenge that permits their ingredients, they are little tasty nuggets of, “Phew, OK, I can do this.”Here’s the deal… Read more