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    What I’ve Been Up To Lately

    Friday Mar 2, 2012
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    It has been a BUSY few months.

    I was away for most of the Fall.  If you read my blog regularly you’ll know all about my adventures at the muay thai training camp Sinbi in Phuket, Thailand, which were so helpful in improving my technique that I’m trying to figure out when I can head back this year.

    I also spent time in Israel (twice), Chicago, Cuba, throughout Canada and other parts of the US.  I had great meals, accomplished a lot at work, got promoted along the way and dealt with new faces, new challenges and new lessons.

    As 2012 hit, I went back to school part-time and am now studying at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.  This school is AMAZING.  The more I learn, the more I want to learn, and you’ll be seeing some tips and information crop up throughout future posts.  I warn you, though, I am always happy to discuss but I won’t post everything I learn.  It will be too overwhelming to absorb at once- and frankly, not everyone would be pleased to read about some of the things I’m discovering.  I’m happy to answer any questions you may have though; and if I don’t know the answer I will do the research and find out.  This is the same deal I presented to my family; they may not be able or interested in changing their eating habits so I only share information with big impact, but I’m happy to respond to any questions or curiosities they might have.

    We can talk about properties of food, supplements, diseases and how to treat them with holistic nutrition, why some diets work and others don’t, detoxing, what someone needs to eat at each life stage, etc.  Full disclosure:  I’m obviously not a certified nutritionist right now, but this is what my program is for and assuming all goes well, I will be once I’ve finished the program.

    I also started ramping up my muay thai training as I’m looking to fight competitively in the next few months.  I now train 15-20 hours per week.  Plus school part-time, work full-time, finishing my MA thesis and a few other assorted goodies.  I’m loving it.

    Chef school has been good to me recently as well although I’ve decided to put it on hold for a couple of months and likely won’t take another course until the summer.  I just finished Southern Italian.  YUM.

    I’ve been working on some delicious recipes for you, including a vegetarian chili chock-full of quinoa, lentils, millet, beans and veg.  You can alter the ingredients as you deem fit, of course.  I’m healthifying up some dessert recipes too; don’t worry, when the post goes up, you can trust the recipe is delicious AND good for you.

    I’ll keep you posted as life, school, work, training and of course, FOOD unfold.

    Happy Friday.

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    Cristina:

    Hi Mindy: You’ve been busy doing so many good, productive and self-growth things! Hope you have been well and taking care. Look forward to your sharing some of the Southern Italian things you’ve been working on. :)

    March 5th, 2012 | 1:27 pm
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