Healthy Fall Foods to Include in Your Client’s Meal Plan

As warm weather, summer cookouts, and spontaneous beach trips make way for the cool breeze, amber-red fallen leaves, and the irresistible smell of pumpkin spice lattes … there’s no denying our transition into the most charming season of the year: fall.


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Roasted Banana Milk with Cinnamon

A sweet banana milk mixed with cinnamon flavours throughout, you’ll love this Roasted Banana Milk with Cinnamon. Quickly caramelize your seasoned banana slices in the oven and blend it up to make this delicious sweet drink. Inspired by my recent homemade banana milk, this roasted banana milk is adapted from that. I’ve seen people cooking…

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Hiking Mummy Mountain On Halloween

I thought it was appropriate to hike Mummy mountain on Halloween so that’s what I did with some friends yesterday. This is a small mountain accessed from the trailhead at the Mendoza Ranch entrance of Harvey Bear County Park. A great way to work off some overindulgence from the party we had yesterday. We had a great day for it. It was very foggy when I first got up at 7 AM but had cleared by 9:15 when we started hiking. The air felt fresh and crisp like it should in autumn.

So foggy out that you can hardly see the trees lining the street, and can’t see El Toro at all. I think some mist from the fog got on my lens. It cleared up completely an hour later..

Here are beautiful views from the start at Mendoza Ranch:

Mummy Mountain is Right Ahead
Veronica and Violeta, my hiking buddies, at the start
Gorgeous views of Gilroy to the south. In the left foreground, you can see the hills are already turning green from our recent rain
Equally nice view looking north towards Morgan Hill.
Mama cows with their calves.
Coyote Lake to the Northeast. Still really low. More rain, please!
There is an active ranch across Roop Road from the former Mendoza ranch. This is a nice view of the valley and the ranch house across the road. Sorry I didn’t zoom in enough to see it clearly.

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“Baked” Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Made with a few simple ingredients, this foolproof Instant Pot Baked Potatoes recipe comes out fluffy and creamy every single time! Thanks to the pressure cooker, I get the perfect baked potatoes without having to wrap them in foil. There’s nothing I love more than a baked potato, especially when they’re loaded with alllll the…

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Your doctor may prescribe spending more time in nature instead of drugs – AHA

I’m glad to see a doctor prescribing this! I mentioned the health benefits of nature recently: “What’s Your NatureScore?”: https://wordpress.com/post/bionicoldguy.home.blog/6547

Health Secrets of a SuperAger

Dr. Robert Zarr loves to write prescriptions that you don’t have to take to the pharmacy.

Instead, he sends patients outside to soak in the healing powers of nature, combining the benefits of exercise with the therapeutic effects of fresh air and green space, according to the American Heart Association News.

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“Going back millions of years, we’ve evolved outdoors,” said Zarr, a pediatrician who recently relocated to Ottawa, Canada, from Washington, D.C. “Why should we exist indoors? We need to be outdoors. The health benefits of being in nature are obvious.”

The idea isn’t new. The 16th century Swiss physician Paracelsus declared that “the art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.” In Japan, public health experts promote shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, as a key to physical and psychological health.

The premise is backed up with science. A 2018 meta-analysis…

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Important Things to Remember When Working with Clients Who Have Autoimmune Disease

Every diagnosis brings on unique challenges. As an individual becomes aware of symptoms affecting their wellbeing, navigates the health system, receives a diagnosis, and then learns to manage the disease, the way they see their body and interact with their environment may change significantly.


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Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia

This easy roasted Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia bread is made in less than two hours. The perfect bread for beginners, this focaccia is so flavourful and garlicky thanks to the rosemary and garlic confit paired with it. You only need a handful of ingredients to make roasted garlic and herb focaccia. It is super beginner…

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Group Ride in the Hill Near San Juan Bautista

My group started out near San Juan Bautista, a town 25 miles South, so I carpooled with a friend with a van who could fit both of our bikes. We did an out and back, climbing San Juan Grade and dropping down onto the Monterey Bay Side, then out Old stage road which ends at the start of the De Anza trail, an off-road route back to San Juan Bautista. That would have been a good choice if it hadn’t rained so much this past weekend. I’ll go do that in the future. This was a great ride on a beautiful fall day. The only problem was the road was pretty bad, with lots of cracks and potholes, on the San Benito county side, though it got much better on the Monterey County side. This made for an adventurous ride on the descent of San Juan Grade on the way back. Fortunately, my bike is considered a gravel bike and has fat tires so handled it well. We had a great lunch in San Juan Bautista afterward.

Looking south from the top of the San Juan Grade
Looking Southweat from the top. Monterey is to the right, this side of the hazy lone of mountains in the distance. It wasn’t completely clear on this side because the morning for had just burned off.
The end of old Stage road, looking North, A friend is talking to the rancher who lives here. His family has been on this land since the 1880s. He said the combination of Old stage road and the De Anza trail was how his great-grandparents got to San Juan Bautista, by horse and buggy.
Sam spot, looking east towards the De Anza trail, which is definitely calling to me for a future adventure
Back in San Juan Bautista for lunch. That’s a historic old adobe building across the street which houses Dona Esther’s, a great Mexican restaurant. San Juan Bautista is a charming and very historic town dating back to 1797. It contains a mission and a nice historical park. Also, it is great for antique shopping.

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Air Fryer Meatballs

These homemade beef Air Fryer Meatballs are so moist and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Super easy to make, you’ll love how they only take a handful of ingredients. Made from scratch, it’s so easy to make meatballs in the air fryer. While I love my baked meatballs, the air fryer…

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In Between Rainstorms

The view from the top of Diana Road on the East side. I love how there’s so many tress it’s hard to tell there’s a town of population more than 40,000 between here and El Toro across the way

I’m glad to be able to say this for the first time in many months. Yesterday I went for a ride in between rainstorms. I love how clear the sky gets. The picture is my reward after a tough climb up Diana. Today the second storm hit hard, we’ve gotten almost 1 ½ inches of rain at my house with more still coming. Some north bay towns got over a foot! Unfortunately they went straight from famine (drought) to feast (flooding). After leaving us the storm will head to the Sierras where it will hopefully dump lots of snow, which will provide lots of water in the spring. It’s great getting this much rain this early, I hope it bodes well for a long wet season to help with our drought.

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