For those of you who don’t know this, I live in the South Side of Pittsburgh. The South Side tends to have a reputation for being a loud, rambunctious, and “party hard” neighborhood. When it comes to the nightlife, it most certainly is all of the above. However, during the day it is a lot more calm and collective. Every Tuesday from May through October, you will be delighted to find a Farmers Market bringing local, organic produce, meat, and dairy products straight to the neighborhood. Just stop on by 18th Street and Carson to find some serious primal finds. Check out everything I found below!
I ended up buying the Kohlrabi for $3.00 a bunch, some beets that were on special for $2.00 a bunch, local strawberries at $3.00 a pint, and 2lbs of beef plus free range pork sausages. I got a deal on the beef that came to about $17.50 and the pork sausages were $8.00. Ok, so I spent $33.50. I should note that Last weekend I spent $30 on some produce (basically a whole bunch of spinach and tomatoes) and eggs to hold me over until this pay day for when I actually go grocery shopping again. Remember that shopping spree I went to at Robinson Townships Market District? (if not, read about it here). Well, looks like I was spot on with that purchase lasting me roughly 3 ish weeks. I do eat a lot after all. I have some grocery shopping ot get ready for so I figured, why not start now with all the local farms coming into my neighborhood? So right now I am up to a total of $63.50 for food shopping. I should note, the meat products I purchased were immediately frozen when I walked home as were the strawberries. I will be whipping up something awesome with the other produce items and will more than likely freeze the left overs (note: freezer bags are your friends. I find that freezing left overs makes things so much easier when you are pressed for time/ exhausted form work and need to just reheat food. Huge time saver!).
I would like to make a special shout out here to Clarion River Organics. These wonderful people were nice enough to shoot a YouTube video with me to promote their products on this blog. Also, they were nice enough to listen to me rant about Amasi and why it may be better than their own milk products (hey, healthy competition is a good thing right? haha!) Seriously though guys, check them out and take a look at the awesome food this company is producing! Watch the video below!
After walking about a mile home with all my foodie finds, I decided to complete my RKC prep training that I had set aside for today. I should note that this was one of the more brutal workouts I have completed yet and it really did test my endurance. Check out this monster routine below.
Lift Till You Can’t Lift No Mo’!
16kg rows, 6 per arm.
12 kg single Leg Dead lifts, 6 reps per leg.
16 kg cleans, 3 reps per arm.
completed this as a circuit taking rest only as needed. Did this circuit for 30 minutes.
Total work accomplished: 16 circuits in 30 minutes. That’s a total of 96, 16 kg rows per arm (192, 16 kg rows total), 96, 12 kg single leg dead lifts per leg (192, 12 kg single leg dead lifts), and 48, 16 kg cleans per arm (96, 16 kg cleans total). If that wasn’t enough, after one minut of rest it all ended with an added bonus round of 10, 12 kg snatches per arm and 50 16 kg swings. Lord…Have…MERCY!
After feeling quite exhausted after this workout, I decided that it was in my best interest to make myself some sort of recovery meal so I didn’t collapse in the middle of my living room. I used up the last of my coconut milk (1/3 cup of organic Thai Kitchen, full fat cocounut milk to be exact), a cup of the organic strawberries I got form the market today, a crap load of ice and two scoops of protein powder. I am happy to report that midway through this shake, I felt rejuvenated enough to head outside and write this blog post you are all reading right now.
Well everyone, that about sums it up for me! I hope you all found this informative and entertaining. Be on the look out for more foodie and fitness fun with your’s truly coming up this week. I have some ideas running around my brain with the left over Beyond Organic Hot Dogs, but more on that later. I promise!
Until next time, remember to eat smart, train hard, and enjoy your life!