Cooking with CultFit

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude-

Chili. Every blogger from hither and yon has a signature chili recipe, except us. Here’s the deal: Many of you will change the very underpinning of our White/Green Turkey Chile goodness. You’ll start gathering the ingredients at your local co-op and figure … “Hey, I could add this and take this out and do some other cool stuff with this recipe!”

So on that note, we offer up this recipe to you as a “suggestion” … You are going to do and add whatever you like anyways.

The Ingredient list-

  • 2 lbs. Ground Turkey Breast + 1/2 lb. Ground Turkey Thigh (thigh peeps, dark meat – the darker the better!)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (Yellow, not red, not white – Yellow!)  Chopped fine, like real fine.
  • A generous amount of olive oil (if you are going skimp on anything? Don’t skimp on the precious oil)
  • 2 green Bell Peppers, 1 Anaheim pepper, 1 Poblano pepper, a few Jalapenos, a handful of Pasillas …  (cored and chopped) If it’s green and a pepper/chili? Put them in there! *remove seeds if you’re a chump!
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin (add more if you like)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (add less if you like)
  • 3 cans tomatillos, drained and rinsed (give these guys a good rinse!)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cans Great Northern beans, drained

*  NOTE: We know Texans don’t care for beans in “their” chili. This is the part of the recipe where we take a moment to tell the Texans (reading in their pick up truck) to suck it! Oh, add a bottle of Shiner at this point to add some peculiar Texan flavor to our chili recipe.

  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish (do whatever you like with this?)
  • Grated fresh Free Range – Pasture Fed – Monterey Jack Cheese (It’s called a garnish, dude)
  • Sour Cream, for garnish (this is not optional)

The Sides-

  • Beer

Method to the madness-

Put a big blue Le Creuset pot on the stove top, medium heat. Pour in copious amounts of olive oil. When it’s hot, add the turkey and cook, stirring often, until browned. Transfer to a bowl and return pot to the oven. Add some more olive oil, the bell peppers and the onions, cook em’ up until softened and golden brown. Return our delicious turkey to the pot and add coriander, cumin and oregano. Stir well to combine. All the other peppers and stuff go into a food processor – blend them up and add to the mix, oh, don’t forget the broth, reduce heat, kiss your loved ones and simmer, 45 to 50 minutes. Gently stir in beans and cook for 40 minutes more.

Who knows when this chili is done and how many it serves, we don’t know. It does however taste better the next day, so quite being a bum and make it a few days before you want to enjoy it.


Chili, enjoy!

CultFit Twerk


Autumn Fog Lifts

Do not work self into a state of over-anxiety at the changes that will be found, or attempt to use up the strength and vitality … Forget not the sources of thine inspiration-

Thank you for joining us this lovely afternoon!  Feel free to pull up a chair and join in the conversation we are having with Laura Yochelson.

Laura is here to talk about her new book ” In the name of BEING WELL, I made MYSELF SICK.


The Completely Random Questions-

What about the title of your novel?

In The Name Of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick

I titled the book this because I always wanted to be healthy and had good intentions, but things somehow or other went awry. In the book, I show how I am very easily fooled by my mind in the sense that I believe I am doing something good for myself, when really, I’m just using “healthy” as an excuse to keep myself suffering. As I describe in the book, I feel that if I am not the ideal healthy, people won’t love me and I’m a bad person.

Do you ever wish that you had an entirely uncreative job, like data entry or working in a factory?

Oh no! I’ve had uncreative jobs like those already. For me, actually, the problem is that I am so creative I don’t acknowledge the importance of the more boring (but necessary) processes that one needs to do in order to allow creativity to truly flourish.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

This is such a good question. Unfortunately, I do not know! I think I’d need a couple different actresses, especially since my personality changes so much as I started to get sicker. However, I have seen myself as a character in a movie, which I talk about in the next question.

Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?

I’ve watched many different movies on eating disorders and, sadly, never felt as though I could truly relate to the main girl—the sick girl—being featured. There are usually parts of a character that I can relate to but definitely not all of her.  As for non-eating disorders media, I really looked up to Hilary Duff in the television show Lizzie McGuire. I wouldn’t say I actually saw myself as Lizzie; it was more like I tried to emulate Lizzie.

About a month ago I watched some of the beginning episodes of Dawson’s Creek and really found myself being able to relate to the character of Joey, played by Katie Holmes. She’s a lot taller than I am in real life, but I saw myself undergoing similar feelings as the ones she had for her friend Dawson.

How do you feel about being interviewed?

I feel good. I feel excited. I would like to do as many different interviews as possible and answer as many unique questions as possible. Hopefully, it’s a good way to spread the message of my book.

Why should we read your book?

You should read my book because it is authentic…and because I worked really, really hard on it! My book is suitable for health and wellness professionals, doctors, therapists, parents, teachers, college-age women and more. I hope people will read my book and see what it’s really like to be diagnosed with an eating disorder instead of just believing the stereotypes. I want to make a difference in the world, and in order to do so I’m asking that people please read what I have to say.

The Plan-

The Holidays are here and frankly: In The Name Of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick … Would make a great gift.

Balboa Press

Barnes & Noble

CultFit Fog


Long time readers know intimately that we do not use the platform we have here to tout Swag or Products.  Laura’s new book hits on two points we are passionate about:  Being AuthenticBeing You.  ‘Nuff said.

CultFit This

Travels With Melissa …

Travel Tribulations

What do you do when you are out of your comfort zone?  Do you stress out and worry about falling off the wagon?

It can be really difficult and frustrating, after getting comfortable with your food ways at home, when you have to navigate new surroundings to figure out the healthiest choices.  Sometimes it is so overwhelming I find myself on the brink of giving up and looking for the easiest most unhealthy food around.  However, I have learned from my experiences and want to share some of the ways  I minimize stress and appreciate the journey!

I encourage you to embrace what you are able to do and enjoy the adventure of being somewhere new!

1. Make some travel foods to fill in the blanks.  Granola bars are great!  They last for a long time, don’t need to be refrigerated and can be individually wrapped.  Check out: Ina Garten- Homemade Granola Bars Recipe for an awesome recipe! Another good travel food is hummus if you have a cooler. If kept cool it can last for about a week and you can pre-cut veggies ahead of time.  My favorite travel food is quinoa salad!  It can be eaten cold or hot and if you have a cooler it will stay good for up to a week.  Quinoa salad is full of protein and other awesome vitamins and minerals!

2. Don’t be afraid to stop along your route for local fresh foods.  Check it out and see what they are offering in that area.  If its local it is obviously fresh with bonus points for supporting local farmers!

3. If you go to a supermarket take your time, look at all your options, read the ingredients, keep it simple and ask questions.  Some of the “freshly” made products might not have been made right away and sometimes a marinated meat in the prepared foods section is a bottled marinade with all kinds of crazy ingredients.

4. Don’t stress out.  Make the best decision possible and enjoy your vacation!  A couple sub par meals will not ruin everything you have worked for!

Being happy will always be a part of being healthy! Trust in yourself to make the best choices and don’t obsess too much over bad options. Enjoy and appreciate everything you do have!

Happy traveling 🙂

**Melissa stops over from time to time to share some really pure and honest information.  To learn more and to introduce yourself stop by Sweet Wholesome Health and have a look around.**

The Plan-

The Workout-

A funny thing happened the other day while sorting through countless emails from our dear readers.  A trend started to emerge from the rubble.  Nearly 80% percent or so emails were asking when Melissa would stop back over to save yourself from reading our tired and exhaustive posts daily.  The remainder of the emails primarily focused on one question/topic:  How do I perform a Perfect Pull Up?

The invidious Uncle Mo opines: Do more Pull Ups, duh!”  Ah, if it was that simple … Ladies? We are throwing you all under the bus so be prepared!

Pop Quiz Hot Shot:  What are the steps involved before an infant takes his or her first steps?  Lie on tummy, roll over, reaching for an object, crawling, supported stand, falling, falling, falling some more and finally one day?  A first step … So what happened from puberty on when you magically surmised that by simply grabbing a pull up bar you should be able to do one?  Life is about patterns, pattering and progressions.  There was and is a reason why we perform Fractal programs from time to time around these parts.  You can not measure the importance of this program today in traditional ways:  Form, Flow, Grace …

Happy Hips Warm Up followed by:

30 Second Natural Dead Hang From Pull Up Bar (Neutral Grip- Thumbs around top of bar.  Open your pits/axilla and lengthen.  Neutral spine and eyes forward, gently look through your grip …) Followed by:

30 Second Handstand Hold (Absolutely no flopping around!  Actively press through the floor while pointing your toes to the sky.  Neutral spine, take a moment to look through your hands … The exact opposite of your hang!  Feel your breath and under control return to standing) Followed by:

5-10 Perfect Push Ups (Thumbs centered on nipples.  Pinkies pointing at 3 and 9 o’clock.  Elbows tucked in at your sides in the bottom position.  Three points of contact at the bottom:  Hands, Feet, Chin.  Allow your breath to control and initiate movement throughout.  Load on the way down slowly- Anakin squeeze!  And initiate the upward movement through your stinky pits!)

15 Times Through Today!  1-5: Focus on length.  6-10:  Focus on control.  11-15:  Let your breathing take over … Form , Flow, Grace!

How about a nice little wager ladies of CultFit?  Perform this program twice a week for one month?  And we will guarantee that you will be able to do a Perfect Pull Up.  Without one of those lame ass bands!?!

To accept our challenge and to decry to the blog-o-sphere that you are giving our challenge a go:  Leave a comment and keep all of us updated on your progress!

When you are successful in your new task, and you will be successful!  We will send you a nice shirt to wear out in public!!!


Sister Hazel did our program last month and needless to say she cursed out her blue pull up band, it was rather unseemly for a woman.  But damn was it hot!!!  Dudes?  Feel free to join us as well!  The choice is yours … ENJOY!!!

**If you need some more clarification on the movements?  Please feel free to ask for some help, that’s what we are here for.**

Friday 27 April 2012

Anything that can feel pain should not be put to pain-

What are the chances of you keeping a secret?  Cool…We are so excited to announce that on Monday a dear friend will be stopping by to pay a visit.  Which reminds us to clean up a bit over the weekend and maybe shave?  Anyways, Melissa with Sweet Wholesome Health is kind and gracious enough to share her expertise in all things that can bring us closer to a healthy and happier life.  If ever there was a time where we were lost for words this would be that time.  Melissa passionately provides pure and thoughtful information that we can all use in our daily lives.  Not since when the Boston Bruins were eliminated from the NHL playoffs have we been this excited about something.

Well it’s happened once again.  You have wasted precious seconds from your life reading the musings here at CultFit all week.  We tossed a fair amount of  stuff out into the abysses and we sincerely hope it “clicked” with some of you.  Today’s post was going to go over Factual Fitness and Contextual Fitness.  But who really cares?  We’ll save it for sometime next week…Sound like a plan?

Speaking of which.  One way to look at CultFit would be as a conversation amongst all of us (followers, friends and lurkers).  If there is something you are passionate about and would like to share please pipe up and send it in.  No kidding, Uncle Frank here has a whole weeks worth or writing dedicated to the best hot dogs on earth:  Hofmann Hot Dogs!!!   You NYC types can take your Sabretts, Nathan’s and well?  You know what to do with them!?!

The Plan-

And your excuse today is?!?

The Workout-

Thank you Sister Margret for sending in this little gem of a program before the weekend begins!!!

Warm Up as you see fit…We choose to do a Pulse Trail Run (basically a nice flowing run with pulses/bursts up the steep bits…Followed by:

**You did remember to bring a kettle bell or dumbbell with you to the trail this morning, right?  Hmm Farmers Walk to the trail head…?!?**

At this point in our relationship its fair to say that you don’t leave home without some sort of technology strapped to your delicate body every morning.  Good because we need something to keep time today or you could be like Uncle Pliny and watch the sun rise above the horizon…15 degrees = 15 minutes or so?

Find a tree and…

Hand Stand Hold (Actively press away from the ground beneath you.  Toes point to the sky.)  Please do not flop down…Flow and Grace…Followed by:

15 One Legged Dead Lifts (Weight is held opposite of standing leg.  Your chin and tail bone are mortal enemy’s…Focus and pull them away from one another!)

Hand Stand Hold

15 One Legged Dead Lifts (Following along so far?  Good…)

Hand Stand Hold

15 One Legged Dead Lifts and 15 Perfect One Arm Press (Hinge, DL, Hammer Curl to Rack Hold and Press)

Hand Stand Hold

15 One Legged Dead Lifts and 15 Perfect One Arm Press

At this point you hate life.  This program is not a battle or a struggle against humanity!  The tree really dislikes you because you slam into it every time for a hold and the ground really does not like having weight dropped on its head.  Form, Flow and Grace for at least 30 minutes or so.  If you can only do one DL or Press?  That’s awesome!!!  One perfect rep is better than 15 disastrous ones (think about that for a moment…)!!!


If we were to ask one thing of you it would be this:  Our sense of community at CultFit revolves around you and our ability share our thoughts openly.  What say you?!?  Have a great weekend and most importantly, ENJOY!!!