Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Outsourcing Part of My Life to India for a Month

One of my favorite books from last year was The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. The book focuses on lifestyle design and leveraging tips & methodologies to escape the 9 to 5 (or in my case, 8 to 6) rat race to ultimately develop a self-sustaining source of income. Tim runs through a number of steps and case studies but the one chapter that really intrigued me was outsourcing tasks to a virtual assistant overseas.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Delicious, Diet Friendly Norcal Margarita

(Norcal Margarita shown with Southwest Bean Omelet & Turkey Sausage)
The hardest part of trying to stick to a sensible diet is cutting out traditional alcoholic drinks we love like the margarita. A margarita at Chili’s is close to 300 calories per glass with a ton of sugar from the margarita mix. It isn’t rocket science to see that a few of theses will get you close to your calories allowance for an ENTIRE DAY.
There are better options for margaritas such as having one made without the syrup and even better, the Skinny Girl Margarita made famous by Bethany of The Real Housewives of New York fame. Recently, I came across another margarita recipe that comes highly recommended from Crossfitters who like to have a drink or two when they are not crushing it in the gym. This one is called the Norcal Margarita and the recipe is pretty simple:
  • 2–3 shots of 100% agave tequila.
  • Juice and pulp from one lime.
  • Shake it all up with some ice.
  • Add soda water to taste.
That’s it! No sugars, low carb and low calories. Here’s a few reasons to really like the Norcal Margarita (source):
  • Tequila is fermented agave juice, which makes it gluten- or and starch-free. Gluten, as nutrition geeks know, is a gut irritant and just generally bad stuff, and starches are way too dense with unnecessary carbs. Rum could likewise work well here.
  • Lime juice blunts the insulin response of the alcohol, maintaining your precious and hard-earned insulin sensitivity.
  • The lime juice also provides a net alkaline load when it gets to the blood stream, which is a good thing. Most other foods provide a net acid load, and it’s nice to balance that out.
  • The carbon dioxide bubbles in the soda water help get the ethanol into your blood more quickly. This has the practical effect of allowing you to drink a bit less for the same effect.
I tried it out today and have to say that it is the real deal and a perfect way to have a drink after a great workout without feeling guilty. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Eating an Entire Value Menu from Wendy’s in 20 Minutes

At the peak of training for the Ironman Arizona, I had a pretty ridiculous appetite due to the volume of training going on. Although I never had the opportunity to try to take down the Ultimate Cheesesteak Challenge at Tony Luke’s, I did get the chance to try a few eating stunts and pretend I was trying to qualify for Wing Bowl.
During a lunch break a couple of months ago, a few co-workers and I headed out to Wendy’s for lunch. I had always wanted to see what it was like to eat an entire value menu from a fast food restaurant and this was the perfect time to give it a shot. Unfortunately, times are tough so the value menus have shrunk considerably compared to a few years ago.
From the menu above, you can see that there isn’t that much food on the value menu for Wendy’s. When I told the cashier I wanted everything on the value menu, he seemed more confused on how to type it all in rather than the motivation behind eating an entire value menu for lunch. It turned out Wendy’s was out of the baked potato so I subbed in a Chili and a Chicken Go Wrap to make it equal.
The order consisted of:
  • Regular Size Chili
  • Chicken Go Wrap
  • Double Stack Cheeseburger
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • 5-pc Chicken Nuggets
  • Value Sized Fries
  • Medium Frosty
  • Medium Diet Coke
Here’s how it went down:
The full order
5 minutes in: Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Go Wrap, Chicken Nuggets, and some fries done
10 minutes in: Half of Chili, half of doublestack, and most fries done
13 minutes in: Everything done but Frosty and Drink
20 minutes: All Finished!
So there it it, eating an entire Value Menu in 20 minutes. Again, I’ll admit it was not that much food but it was cool to say I’ve done it and cross it off the list.