Crossfit. The Good The Bad and The Ugly

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  As some of you may know I have criticized crossfit in the past. From the outside looking in it looks unsafe.  The powerlifting/gymnastics moves that I have seen pictures of look like the people are going to snap a shoulder, knee, or back.  The gory photos of shins split wide open and barbells slamming people in the head are enough to scare off the most brave at heart.  I envisioned ego centered competitors swinging around enormous amounts of weight with no regard to form or safety. We have all seen the pictures like this one, and the one below, where it looks like stupid people doing stupid things. It is just a fad anyway, right? Wait, wait, no. It is a CULT! So when my … [Read more...]

The Power of Breath

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"When we are born the first action we take on this earth is to inhale, and when we die, the last action we take is to exhale.  Life, from beginning to end, is one immense breath." Dennis Lewis Breathing provides energy and healing to our body. There is an abundance of research that shows how powerful breathing is to healing and improving the quality of our health. Unfortunately, few of us breath fully and experience full health. Breathing actually cleanses the body. Before you try to detox your body with a disgusting cleansing drink or a strict detox diet, you may want to consider simply taking a deep breath.  About 70% of the toxins in our body are removed through the lungs during … [Read more...]

Paleo Bumper Sticker

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                          Tell The World You Speak Paleo                   Choose Your Characters and Order Here. I dislike labels. They are confining.  When a label is attached to a person, place or thing it becomes too restrictive and close minded.  With nutrition it is no different.  Especially with the onslaught of nutrition research that is coming at us at lightning speed, with the advent of computers, in the new millennium. For those reasons I don't like to label my approach to nutrition as "Paleo", but for many other reasons it is the only label I embrace.  It has transformed my health and the health of hundreds of my clients.  I have … [Read more...]

A Video Tour of Hydroponic Heaven

What exactly is hydroponics?  I have been pondering this ever since visiting my friend's restaurant, Windhorse in Eustis, FL, where they have hydroponic towers in the outdoor dining area.  They use these towers to grow food for their salads.  It is an amazing site and a culinary delight.  When I stumbled upon Innovative Hydroponics in Alcoa, TN I was determined to finally get to the root of it (pun intended!).  So, with video camera in hand and my inquisitive husband in tow, we swooped in on Andrea Rzad to pick her brain and her plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.  The Latin derivative hydro, is 'water', and … [Read more...]

My Raw Milk Farm Video Trip

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about raw milk so I drove to Blaine, TN to video what I thought would be a farm run by mild mannered agrarians with long skirts.  You know...cows, goats, pigs, chickens, a garden, and homeschooling.  Boy, was I wrong!  It was a real backwoods farm, but Sherry Byington, the captain of this amazing operation, runs a tight ship.  She is a walking organic farming encyclopedia, and she is anything but mild mannered.  I thought I was doing well buying my fresh produce and grass fed meats, but this added a whole new dimension to eating REAL food.  Sherry runs circles around all of us, "whining because we have to drive 5 minutes to the store", city … [Read more...]

You’re Invited to a Hosting of Fresh The Movie

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  This is the beginning of a New Year and a New You!  Have you made your New Year resolutions yet?  In 2012 one of my goals is to present the community with health conscious movies every 8 weeks.  Please join us for the the first presentation! Health Coach Penny and The Market in Maryville invite you to a showing of Fresh The Movie on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm.  Relax in the comfort of the beautiful Bount County Library's movie room, enjoy an informative post movie discussion with local Fresh food providers, then join us at The Market in Maryville, TN for a tasting of some of  this area's finest local feastings!  The event is free and open to the … [Read more...]

Oxygen Magazine Comes to Life!

Come by Quick Fitness 24/7 in Maryville, TN to see the Dec. Oxygen Magazine "Sexy Tricep" workout come to life.  I will be demonstrating the workout Thursday, Dec. 8th at 7pm and Saturday, Dec. 10th at 10am.  Email me ppm@HealthCoachPenny.com to confirm your spot. I would love for you to see all my videos.  A lot more on the way! … [Read more...]

A Day in The Life of Joe Black

    It is not an easy task to to follow Joe Black around on one of his typical days. Beginning at the gym at 5:30am, heading to work, shooting some hoops or hitting the road on his bike, then Maryville High School football pre-game meal and athlete taping. Finishing off with a win for the Maryville Rebels! Who knows where he was flying off too...hopefully a well deserved vacation! I know I need one after trying to keep up with "Your Not So Average Joe"! … [Read more...]

Get Out & Play!

Who needs a gym! Just head outside, get some vitamin D, and PLAY! Watch this full body workout in beautiful Maryville, TN. … [Read more...]