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Posts Tagged ‘Bay Area’

Relief From Too Hot To Sleep

Posted by terrepruitt on July 2, 2013

I am so grateful that all of the Nia classes I teach are in air conditioning because it is has been really hot the last few days and the weather predictions for the next few days are just as hot if not hotter.  I know that a lot of areas get hotter than us, but we usually don’t have such hot weather.  Since the San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t always get into the triple digits it is not uncommon for people to NOT have air conditioning.  We don’t have air conditioning.  Usually with the few days of heat that we do get it is ok.  Our traditional — and wonderful, I might add — weather patterns consist of cooled off nights even when the days are blistering.  But sometimes or when the days of heat drag onto six or seven days in a row, it just doesn’t seem to cool off and it makes sleeping difficult.  I often see posts on Facebook and tweets on Twitter about how people can’t sleep because it is too hot.  When it has been too hot for me to sleep it is usually immediately.  As in when I go to bed it is too hot for me to fall asleep.  I have a little method of cooling down that at least allows me to sleep.  I wanted to share it in hopes that it might allow you, if you are too hot, a few hours of sleep.

Even if this is not new to you or sounds elementary, it might help someone.  I know when I mentioned it to someone once they said, “Oh, I never thought of that.”  So — hey, it might help.

So what you do before you go to bed is take a cold shower.  As cold as you can stand.  Now I don’t know what it is about showers, but the other day I got into take a shower and even though the weather was really hot I started taking a warm shower, then I realized that it was really hot and I should try a cool shower at least.  So when I say take a cold shower, I really mean COLD.  As in jump-in-the-pool-stop-your-breathe type of cold.  Now if you are actually taking a shower than I supposed that would be long enough, but if you are just in there to cool down stay as long as you can to actually get cool maybe even chilled.  Once you are done don’t dry off all the way.  Yeah, that is the big part of this.  First cool your body down.  Drop your temperature as low as you can in cool/cold water then don’t dry off.  Then set a fan up to blow on you while you are in bed.  Then go to bed, wet hair, damp body, and all.

Part of the sleep process is lowering your body temperature so when it is hot outside and your body can’t cool down it makes it difficult to sleep.  But if you HELP your body’s natural sleep process by cooling your body down you are a step closer to sleep.  The fan is an added bonus to help keep you cool.  Of course have the air blowing on you however you prefer.  I don’t like it on my face and I don’t care for it on my back so often I just have it on my feet, either in a constant rush or the breezy kind.

So this is a simple procedure that might assist you in getting to sleep.  For many people once they are asleep they can stay asleep, but if you wake up because it is too hot at least you got a few hours (hopefully) in.  You could always repeat the process if you’d like.  Usually it helps me get through the night.

What do you think?

Sweet dreams.

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Celebrity Visits

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.

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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.

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Don’t Get Dehydrated

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!

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Twitter Can Give You the Warm Fuzzies

Posted by terrepruitt on July 29, 2010

I often find myself defending Twitter when I meet new people.  In this world of multiple social media networks, the subject of FaceBook, Twitter, and Yelp often come up.  We start talking then usually someone says, “I’ve never gotten into Twitter.  I mean, really (!?!?) who wants to know what I had for lunch?  And I certainly don’t care about what others had for lunch?!?!”  That is not the only thing Twitter is about.

First of all, that is a Twitter stereo-type.  Not ALL tweeple tweet about what they had for lunch.  But those that do often get a lot of responses.  If you are in a circle of people that are foodies they LOVE tweets about food!  ANY MEAL AT ALL.  My hubby (@JohnPruitt) used to tweet and Facebook pictures of his lunch every day.  Now he actually takes lunch from home and people miss his pictures.  They ask him if he is on a diet, if he is sick, they miss it.  EVERYONE eats.  Not everyone has the opportunity to eat what is available to us in San Jose and the Bay Area and they enjoy seeing all the different things.  Food really brings people together.

What I was thinking about the other day was when someone tweets me out of the blue and says, “I thought about you . . . .”  WOW!  People I know only through Twitter THINK about ME!  How cool is that?  I love that someone out there is thinking about me.  I love it when it is silly, “I was thinking about you because I was wearing blue.”  I love it when it is related to healthy eating, “I was thinking about you as I ate my salad.”  I love when it is about kitties, “I saw a cat and thought about you and your cat.”  I love when it is about Nia, “I went to a Nia class today and I thought about you.”

Yes, I started using Twitter to promote Nia and my business.  I have made business connections and friends.  I have actually made some connections.  Funny enough, with this post half written (up to this very point – no lie!) I had a DM* conversation with a friend today.  She was asking if I thought it were possible to have “real” friends on Twitter.  Ones that you only knew through Twitter.  My thinking on that is “you betcha!”

Maybe the definition of “real” is different, I don’t know.  But I know that I know more about a lot of my friends on Twitter than I know about my friends I have in person.  I talk more to some of my Twitter friends than I do my “in person friends”.  So . . . . . to me, as I always say . . . Twitter is what you make it.  Connections are out there to be made.  Either you know because you are on it, or you will see when you get there.  It is soooooo AWESOME (inspiring, and humbling) to have someone tweet, “I was thinking about you today!”  Gives me the warm fuzzies.

*DM = Direct Message

(Oh, and puleeeaase!  You think I am going to write a post about Twitter warm fuzzies and not put this most excellent tweet that I received one day in my post.  Ha! That would be unacceptable.  Thanks, Dani!)

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Apricots and Plums – Peaking

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?

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Fruit Not Fat

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.

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Asparagus Not Roasted

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?

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Summer Salad “Recipe”

Posted by terrepruitt on May 26, 2009

Dance Exercise, Nia San Jose, Nia Campbell, San Jose Nia, Campbell Nia, San Jose Dance Workout, Campbell Dance WorkoutOh, 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.

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