Posted by terrepruitt on March 23, 2013
Whether you do Nia, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, country western dance, motor-cycle race, play tennis, or just about anything there are the “Gods” or celebrities of the practice/dance/sport. Often the “Gods” or gurus are the masters or the top teachers, but sometimes it is the CREATOR himself/herself. That is when the event is really rockin’. That is when the events sell out or get so crowded it is crazy. Well, Nia is going through a lot of changes and they have been working for a couple of years training the top instructors to move up even further to become top trainers. The male of the male-female combo that created Nia, Carlos AyaRosas (FKA Carlos Rosas) retired a bit ago, so that left the female creator to continue on. She is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area . . . . . which is a rather large area. She is going to be in the North Bay, the East Bay, and the Peninsula. And it is going to be rockin’. She and a top trainer are going to be here.
Debbie Rosas is the (co-)creator of Nia. Kevin VerEecke is a Nia Trainer. They are going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area in the beginning of April (2013). They are going to have seven classes. It is going to be incredible. Every thing has its superstars, its celebrities and these are ours. It is really exciting.
I took my Nia White Belt Intensive at the Nia Headquarters in Portland. The trainers doing the intensive were Debbie and Carlos. Plus they were here for a “Spirit of Nia” tour within the last four years. So I have met them both. I have never met Kevin.
I am excited that Debbie and Kevin will be here sharing the Nia experience. The classes that they are going to be doing are 52 Moves classes. While we have a basic set of 52 Moves we don’t typically do all 52 in every Nia Routine. We do many, but not usually all. In these classes they are going to lead us through all 52 Moves. There are going to be seven chances to check it out.
The first class that will be held will be with Keven VerEecke only in San Rafael. Then Friday’s classes, Saturday’s Classes, and Sunday’s Classes will be both Debbie and Kevin.
The flyer indicates that all classes will have a different playlist. I guess for some people that is important. I know Nia enough to know that all seven classes could be the same EXACT playlist yet all seven classes could be totally different. That is the beauty of Nia. And with two masters leading the dance it wouldn’t matter. BUT . . . the flyer does indicate all classes will have different play lists.
I hope you will take this opportunity. Nia is always fun, but when you have the creator up in front of a room full of people who are there to dance, move, and have fun there is no way you can experience anything but MAGIC.
Posted in Nia | Tagged: 52 Nia Moves, Bay Area, Carlos AyaRosas, Carlos Rosas, celebrities, country western dance, dance, Debbie Rosas, Kevin VerEecke, master teachers, motor-cycle race, Nia, Nia Dance, Nia Headquarters, Nia instructors, Nia Intensives, Nia routines, Nia San Jose, Nia teachers, Pilates, play tennis, Practice, San Francisco Bay Area, sport, Yoga, Zumba | 2 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on August 26, 2010
As you know from my first post on water, the body is made up of a huge percentage of water. As you probably also know, sweating is a process that the body utilizes to cool off. I must always be hot. Here in the California Bay Area we had record temperatures. San Jose reached 102 and San Francisco reached 94. For me, when it is that hot, it is easy for me to drink water. I drank a bottle of water right after teaching Nia class today.
It is much easier to become dehydrated in the heat because your body might be sweating more in order to stay cool. Also, because air conditioning takes the moisture out of the air, drinking water even if you are not in the heat is a good thing to do. Often times when the temperatures get high outside the air conditioner goes on or stays on longer, which seems like it would dry the air out more. So even in the air conditioned office or home or mall, drink the water.
I often been told that by the time you are thirsty you are already mildly dehydrated. I like the idea of drinking water throughout the day, but it is really important on the hotter days. There are different stages of dehydration so when you get thirsty drink don’t wait for until you are lightheaded, or get muscles cramps.
Of course there are other more serious reasons people become dehydrated. There are also other treatments when the dehydration is severe. I am just addressing the normal everyday don’t-let-yourself-get-dehydrated-in-the-excessive-heat kind of thing. Funny because my last post regarding water was because it was nice and cool and sometimes a challenge to drink water. In the heat please remember to hydrate!
Posted in Water | Tagged: Bay Area, Bay Area Nia, bottle of water, dehydrated, dehydration, mild dehydration, Nia Bay Area, Nia class, Nia San Jose, San Jose Nia, Water | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on June 22, 2010
Someone pointed me in the direction of this great map that indicates what fruits and vegetables are at the peak of the season in a particular state in a particular month. I need assistance with that because I have never learned that.
This month it is June. I’m in California. Not only am I in California, I am in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Area. In the South Bay. I have said before that we are very fortunate here in the San Jose Area because we have great weather. The map does not give specific locations as to what grows where, but I was able to get some plums and apricots off of a friend’s tree(s) (They didn’t come off of the same tree).
I ate only one apricot. I will save the rest for my hubby because he likes them more than I do. It was very good. Very sweet and rich. The plums are in varying stages of ripeness. But so far all of the ones I have had are sweet and delicious. I had a couple for breakfast before my Nia class this morning.
I am thinking of different ways we can eat the plums. Besides just popping the entire thing in our mouths. Since even the ones that aren’t that ripe are sweet I was thinking I could cut some up and throw them in a green salad. No matter the ripeness I could put them in an aluminum foil package of chicken or pork and cook that. Mmmm. I think that I am going to do a lot more cooking with fruit this summer, just to try new things.
Do you cook with fruit? What fruits and vegetables are in peak season right now in your state?
Posted in Food, Fruit | Tagged: apricots, Bay Area, Bay Area Nia, california, cooking with fruit, foil cooking, Nia, Nia class, Nia in San Jose, peak season, plums, San Francisco Nia, San Jose Area, San Jose Nia class, South Bay, the San Francisco Bay Area | 17 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on June 19, 2010
Fruit not fat promotes swapping fruit for fat, like applesauce in place of butter or oil. Well, they have organized a swap. They will swap your food that is unhealthy for healthier options. Cool. That is definitely one way to eat better, yes? For 90 days Saturday, June 19, 2010 Fruit Not Fat will trade you better-for-you-food for your greasy chips, sodas, oil. Whatever weight you bring in, they will give you that amount back —- in other products! Send it to them or bring it to them.**
Here are some examples:
Bring: Cooking Oil leave with: applesauce
Bring: greasy potato chips or other greasy snack items leave with: Popchips
Bring: any granola with oil in the ingredient list (like Bear Naked granola) leave with: Galaxy Granola (which is cooked with applesauce)
Bring: soft drinks leave with: 100% juice
Bring: sugar snacks leave with: fruit mashups
Bring: candy bars, snack mix and cheese puff bags leave with: fresh, tasty fruit
They are also giving away three gift certificates for $250 (each) to Whole Foods. One on Saturday 06/19/10) to the person who BRINGS the biggest net weight of fat products to swap, one to the person who mails in the biggest net weight of fat products within the 90 days, and one to the person who swaps the most fat from their diet. (see their website for details)
Yes, it is somewhat of a marketing project. I think that the people that started Fruit Not Fat are out to help people swap fruit for fat and they had this great idea and they got sponsored. That is a great thing. So the sponsors want you to try their products. But so what . . . . it seems pretty win-win to me. You get to eat healthy and try new things. Sounds like a good project to me.
**San Francisco Bay Area: They will be swapping Saturday, June 19, 2010, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Whole Foods in Palo Alto.
Posted in Food, Fruit | Tagged: 90 days, applesauce instead of oil, Bay Area, Bear Naked, fruit not fat, Galaxy Gronola, Palo Alto, San Francisco Bay Area, Whole Foods | 7 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on December 3, 2009
Yup, AGAIN with the asparagus, but this time it is NOT roasted. You see, my hubby gets just as tired of me cooking roasted asparagus just as you probably get tired of me blogging about it. Well, we recently went to Coscto (is that a Bay Area thing? There are a few just in San Jose.) and bought a few bags of asparagus. I could eat just roast it and eat it that way, but I like to make food that my hubby will enjoy too, so I decided to try cooking it another way.
Trying to come up with something new is a little exercise in creativity. It is funny how it works out when I am just throwing stuff together and when I am just trying something out to be different it turns out that my husband LOVES it. I never know how it is going to work out.
I put some garlic infused olive oil in a pan with some onions then cooked the ground turkey. I decided to be totally daring and so I used some balsamic vinegar (hubby is not a fan, but Ithought I would try it). Then I added the asparagus and I also used some smoky garlic sea salt a friend of ours brought us from Hawaii.
I cooked it all up and served it over rice. Now, I have to honest, I really liked it, but my hubby LOVED it and it COULD be because I plated his rice, then I took two slices of Havarti and put it over the rice, THEN I put the turkey asparagus combination over that. So the cheese melted in between thehot rice and the hot turkey. I had a taste, his tasted pretty much like cheese. And anything is better with Havarti because it is like butter. I didn’t have the cheese and I felt it was great and not overpowered by cheese.
I used a package of turkey (I guess it is a pound or a little over) and probably a one and a half pounds of asparagus.
So . . . how else can I cook asparagus?
Posted in Food | Tagged: Asparagus, Bay Area, Bay Area Exercise, Bay Area Workout, Cheese, Costco, garlic olive oil, ground turkey, Havarti cheese, roasted asparagus, San Jose, San Jose Costco, San Jose exercise, San Jose Workout, turkey | 3 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 26, 2009
Oh, with the Memorial Day weekend behind us we are thinking forward to more barbeques, right? Especially since we had such spectacular weather in the San Jose Bay Area. Well, I honestly don’t know where this recipe came from. I will credit the person that I got it from about 10 years ago. I worked with this woman named Diana and she brought this salad to a potluck. I have been making it ever since.
Now, it is an exercise in imagination calling this a recipe, this really isn’t a recipe per se, because I don’t have amounts of ingredients. You need to decide that for yourself. I am just sharing the idea and giving you a ball park.
So basically you get some mangos peel then cube them. Then you cube or slice a peeled cucumber. Throw it all in a bowl, then you add lemon juice and salt. So easy. And so good. But you have to decide how much mango you want or how much cucumber. And the lemon and the salt again, all to taste. What I usually do is I bring a lemon and salt to the event so that people can add more if they like.
I usually start out with three mangos to an English cucumber. And I chop everything up in tiny little cubes because I like to get a bites of both mango and cucumber. I am a firm believer in eating the edible skin of my fruits and vegetables, so I don’t always cleanly peel the cucumber, but without the cucumber skin you can taste the mangos better, I think.
Mangos contain the antioxidants C and A. They also contain fiber. Even peeled cucumbers have vitamins and minerals that most could benefit from.
This salad is one of those super easy, yet packs-a-tasteful-punch kind of summer salad that I bet you will have on all of your barbeque tables from now on.
“Recipe” for Mango and Cucumber salad
- Peeled and cubed mangos and cucumbers, salt and lemon juice to taste.
Posted in "Recipes", Food | Tagged: barbeques, Bay Area, Bay Area Exercise. summer salad, bbq, cucumbers, fruit salad, lemon, lemon juice, mangos, punch, Recipe, salad, San Jose Bay Area, San Jose exercise | 7 Comments »