August 31, 2017

Timing is everything

Author: Guest Blogger

If I’ve learned anything as an endurance athlete, it is that timing is everything. As a team captain for the Corporate 5k, I had the opportunity to tour Second Harvest Food Bank earlier this year. I was impressed by its low administrative costs and almost brought to tears by its mission to inspire and engage the community to end hunger. I decided that evening that this was an organization I could advocate for through my athletic pursuits.

It took some coordination, but I gained permission to use a Cannondale Hooligan Urban bike in an Ironman event. With the support of Wieland and Don King’s Concrete, I entered two endurance races in Switzerland, the Swiss Alpine Marathon and the Swiss Ironman. And I secured an experienced coach, Sean Hendryx. In addition to physical and mental training to prepare for these two back-to-back races, I also contacted Defeet socks to create a special Woolie Boolie with my official logo on it. None of these was a simple task to complete, but the convergence made a perfect combination to raise awareness and funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Read More …

March 29, 2016

Savor the Flavor on a Budget

Author: Guest Blogger

Nutrition blog flavor on a budget

A strong misconception is that eating flavorful and nutritious food will break the bank. That doesn’t have to be true. Below you will find a few tips that can help you savor the flavor of nutritious food, while eating healthy on a budget.

1) Planning is a very important step in eating healthy on a budget. Start planning your meals for the week on a Sunday or Monday. Check local ads for weekly promotions like buy one get one free items. Also look for coupons for your favorite pantry staples. Consider using these items to create a plan or calendar of meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack(s).

2) Buy fresh fruits and vegetables while they are in season or on sale. If you don’t eat them right away, freeze them. Fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables can be used in a variety of ways—the more you consume, the better! When selecting canned fruit, choose fruit that is canned in its own juice or light syrup. When choosing canned vegetables, choose vegetables that are canned with no added salt or low-sodium.

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May 21, 2014

Guest Blogger: Dining in the Dark

Author: Guest Blogger

Guest Post by Kelly Green, aka SeaWorld Mommy

Kelly Green SeaWorldMommy & Emily Ellyn Dining in the Dark Orlando

I’m not going to lie. It was a strange sensation, to say the least. “Dining in the Dark,” while sounding mysterious and exciting from a culinary point of view, sounded intimidating and, OK I’ll say it, scary from an emotional standpoint. Second Harvest invited the community to join them May 8, 2014 for a unique evening of fine dining to support not only their efforts feeding the hungry in Central Florida, but Lighthouse, an organization that assists the blind and visually impaired in our area.

The event began with a cocktail reception in the Second Harvest warehouse. In the middle of racks piled sky-high and refrigeration cases bloated with healthy goodness to be shared, we were serenaded by Asli Goncer, a local performer, while we enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres. During this time we got a chance to meet our servers, the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team who let the “civilians” check out their night vision headsets. Some of us tried on the apparatus, while others just checked it out from afar. As the meet and greet hour grew to a close, so too grew my apprehension. Read More …