Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Skora FORM Review #RunReal


Recently Activewear USA sent me a pair of FORM running shoes by Skora Running for review. I was excited to test out the FORM as I've been working my way down to more minimal running shoes and these seemed perfect for me. I really feel like the more minimal I go with shoes the better my hip does.


A little info on the Skora FORM from ActivewearUSA.com

1. SKORA Running Women's Shoes have Zero Drop. In order to maintain natural, bio-mechanically correct movement, the SKORA women's running shoes feature a zero-drop midsole. This means that the heel and forefoot are on the same plane. 

2. Minimal Cushioning.By offering minimal cushioning, the SKORA women's running shoes allow for great ground feel while still providing appropriate protection. This allows for greater proprioception, or mind-body feedback, letting your feet do their job. 

3. Asymmetric Lacing. If you haven't noticed, your feet are actually asymmetrical! Strange then that most footwear on the market ignores this. SKORA running shoes are different. Their lacing system is asymmetric to match the foot's natural shape and remove laces from high pressure areas of the foot, eliminating pressure on sensitive nerves. 

4. Stitch Down Construction. The SKORA women's running shoes are constructed using a stitch-down method. This eliminates stitching under the foot inside the shoe for improved fit and comfort with or without socks. 

5. Anatomical Last. The last is what the shoe is built around. The shape of the last that SKORA uses mimics the many features of the foot by providing a curved bottom profile, wider toe area and a larger ball-of-the-foot width to provide a much more natural, comfortable, and anatomically-correct fit. 

6. Curved Out-sole Forefoot. SKORA women's running shoes have a curved outsole in the forefoot. This mimics the shape of the foot and encourage natural medial to lateral roll. 

7. Curved Out-sole Heel. SKORA running shoes have a curved heel shape. This mimics the shape of the natural heel, allowing for natural heel movement (medial to lateral) in running and heel role in walking. 

8. Concave Outsole Forefoot.Mimics the natural shape of the foot and allows for greater ground feel. 

9. No heel Counter.The SKORA running women's shoes do not have a heel counter. The counter is the reinforcement you find in the back of most running shoes. The lack of the counter in the SKORA shoes, allows for a much better fit and higher comfort levels in all degrees of motion. 

10. Elastic heel strap. 
The SKORA running comes with a small elastic heel strap that will allow you to personalize the fit of the shoe. This ability to customize the fit, not only feels more comfortable, but will allow you to perform better.

My thoughts
I'm a wear-socks kind of girl. Even in minimal shoes. You?
All of the great features discussed above translate into one thing for me: the FORM just feel good onI've heard people say 'fit like a glove' in regards to running shoes and always sort of pictured it meaning tight or uncomfortable somehow. But these really do fit like a glove and it's a wonderful feeling. They flex and move with my foot yet have plenty of room to spread my toes.

I don't know that I'll ever be into 'toe shoes', I still like my shoes to look like shoes, but I definitely prefer a very minimal shoe. For me the Skora FORM seems to be in the perfect sweet spot of where I'm at with minimal shoes. They're light, flexible, zero drop, and with just enough cushioning/sole. Perfect.

In comparison, on the spectrum of minimal shoes I've had experience with, I'd say these are more minimal than my Brooks Pure Cadence and very close to my Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail (but obviously without a trail tread).

Overall, the Skora FORM felt great to run in and I have to say I love these shoes. They are incredibly light, very well made, comfortable, and I love the color. Absolutely recommend them to anyone looking for a well-made minimal shoe.

Any questions I didn't answer in my review? Hit me up in the comments!


Disclaimer: As stated above these shoes were sent to me for review. I receive no compensation for this post.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Easy Paleo Recipe - Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

I'm just going to say it: this recipe is the BOMB. The pics don't do it justice. I've GOT to get a better camera! We love, love, love this. My little boys even love it. Hubby requested that I make it every day. I suggested at least backing that off to every other.


Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables
3 to 4 lb whole chicken
1 large yellow onion
1 large sweet potato
2 parsnips
1 rutabaga
poultry seasoning
sea salt
black pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 375.
Remove giblets from thawed chicken. Rinse entire chicken inside and out. 
Use a cake pan or roasting pan. Chop onion and place half of it under the chicken, place chicken in pan, then put the rest of the onion around it. 
Chop root vegetables and place around the chicken in the pan.
Drizzle the chicken and the vegetables with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper. Season the chicken only with the poultry seasoning blend. (I get mine from the bulk foods section at Natural Grocers. I don't like other store blends as well.)
Roast about an hour and a half (depending on size); until your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. ALWAYS use a meat thermometer to check chicken. 


This recipe is super easy. Promise! It does take a while to cook, but very little prep time. Plus, your kitchen will smell amazing.

Friday, August 24, 2012

100th Video Celebration!

I'm celebrating my 100th You Tube Video with a My Favorite Things Giveaway!

Check it out:


Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

DA Active T-Shirt in color of choice

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Set
Gaiam - As Seen on TV

Thank you to all of my blog readers and You Tube viewers for sticking with me and being so dang awesome! And a huge thank you to DA Active and Gaiam for sponsoring giveaway items to help me celebrate. 

Here's to a 100 more!

Comments on this blog post do not count as entries. You must comment on You Tube in the comments section of the video above to enter. Full rules, entry deadlines, and entry options are in the information box of the above video.

Disclaimer: DA Active T-Shirt provided by DA Active. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Set provided by Gaiam. I receive no compensation for this giveaway. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Paleo Recipe - Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli

Since today is our first day back to homeschool I thought it appropriate to share a slow cooker recipe! When our homeschool year starts up my slow cooker becomes my best friend. Things get busy busy around here and dinner being done and ready at dinner time is an amazing thing. 

I try not to do the same recipes over and over. Boredom is definitely the enemy of eating healthy. This is a recipe that I came up with recently that is definitely a new favorite.



Slow Cooker Beef With Broccoli
2 lbs stew meat
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1 cup less sodium beef stock
2 heads fresh broccoli
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Add all ingredients except the broccoli to your slow cooker and cook on low for about 6 hours. Slow cookers can vary greatly, so you may have to play with times and liquid amounts.
Break the broccoli into florets and add on top. Cook an addition 1 to 2 hours on low.

I like to double this recipe so we have plenty of leftovers for quick easy lunches. 

Do you love your slow cooker as much as I do?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

#FitFunFamCO -- Get Thee to the Zoo!

OK, I know it's supposed to be fit, fun, family Colorado Friday, but I couldn't wait! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo had a baby gorilla and it's just about the cutest thing ever:



It’s a boy…Or a girl?

-Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes baby gorilla-

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is happy to announce the addition of a baby western lowland gorilla to its troop.  The baby, whose gender has yet to be determined, was born to mom Asha (19 years old) and dad Rafiki (28 years old) early Tuesday morning.  Both mom and baby are doing well, says Animal Care Manager Dina Bredahl.  The baby is Asha’s second offspring, and will be a little brother or sister for Tumani, who is five years old.  This will be an excellent opportunity for Tumani to learn mothering skills from Asha, who is a great mom, says Bredahl.  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo policy dictates that primate babies would not be removed from their mothers unless a serious medical condition demanded it, so no neo-natal veterinary exam will be conducted at this time. 


The baby, who brings the Zoo’s gorilla troop to a total of seven, will be named in 30 days, following Zoo tradition.  Because the baby was born in the gorilla exhibit, both mom and baby are currently on view for the public to see.

Asha’s pregnancy was a happy surprise for Zoo staff, who were concerned that, because of an appendix-related surgery that forced surgeons to remove one of her ovaries, she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant again.  Currently, Asha and Rafiki have a breeding recommendation through the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, which helps to ensure strong genetic integrity within species.  Western lowland gorillas are classified as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List.

Plans for the weekend yet? Go! See! The! Cuteness!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going back strict paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half & half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee.

I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. 



1 can coconut milk (the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Saigon Vietnamese cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
1 teaspoon raw local honey (optional)



Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to settle so you need to stir before use). I use 1 to 3 tablespoons per cup. Depending on cup size.


Note: this won't whiten as much as half & half or regular creamer you may be used to.

I've been playing around with this basic recipe. Sometimes adding an extra teaspoon of cinnamon or vanilla. Or leaving out the honey. Once I tried nutmeg as well. It's not half bad! Much better than other coconut creamers I've tried. I think I've found my replacement for half & half!

What do you put in your coffee??

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

30 Days to a Faster 5k

One of my life goals is to always be in the shape to run a 5k. I want to always be able to just jump into a race, or at least run the distance, at any time. You know, until I get old...like 100.


One of my 2012 goals was to run a sub 30 minute 5k. While I'd like to say I've been working hard towards that, the fact is I haven't. In fact, I haven't focused much on my running at all.


Time to change that.

While I may not be able to get that sub 30 this year, I can still improve. My fastest ever 5k was in 2010 at 32:50. The last 5k I ran was last fall at 38:24. Yikes!

I'm running a 5k September 15th. I want to KILL it.

My goal is to obliterate last year's time for the same 5k which was the 38:24. I'd like to come as close to my fastest time as possible. With only 30 days to prepare, how close can I come? We'll see!

Lately I've been running 3 to 4 miles, so a 5k is not a stretch by any means. Running it faster however will take some work. Here's my plan:

Hills. Sundays I will run 3 to 4 miles of a hilly route. I hate hills, but they help, so hills I will run. 

Weights. Tuesdays and Thursdays I will do a total body weights workout.

Intervals. Wednesdays I will do speed intervals. These I like. I like brief bursts of speed. Sprints are just plain fun to me. I started last week with one minute run fast (I try to really push it), one minute jog slow. I'm going to work on upping my speed on the run portions and working my way to lengthening them to two minutes.


Tempo Runs. Fridays I will do a tempo run. I hate these almost as much as hills. I'm kind of a lazy runner, I really do prefer to run at an easy pace that I can belt out Adele to. But again, they help, so I'll do them.

That's pretty much it. I tend to over-train and battle an old hip injury (I keep meaning to look into some good joint supplements). I rarely run more than 3 times a week. I may work in a day of HIIT cardio if I'm feeling good. Otherwise I'll take two full rest days.

What do you think? Can I improve my 5k time in 30 days? Is there another running workout I should have added?



Monday, August 13, 2012

Paleo Energy Bar Recipe

Just 4 ingredients!
Paleo Energy Bars
1 cup whole natural almonds
12 to 14 Medjool dates, de-pitted
1/2 of a 88% dark chocolate bar
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Pulse the almonds in food processor until you get small bits, but not paste. Empty into mixing bowl.
Do the same with the dark chocolate.
Process the dates in the food processor until smooth. They will tend to come together in a ball. Add to nut/chocolate mixture. Add the pumpkin seeds whole.
Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Mix the ingredients in the bowl. I usually just smoosh all of the ingredients together well with my hands. Then smoosh the mixture firmly into the pan. 

Cut into bars.

Not going to lie, these are fantastic! My kids love them. Plus, they're so simple to make.

Just a note for my fellow paleo runners: If I train for a distance race again, a half marathon or marathon, I will try these (or similar recipes) and coconut water for fueling instead of the sugary drinks and gels that I've used before.



Onnit Trilogy Butters

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Back to Basics Paleo

I need a re-set.

The last month and a half more and more non-paleo things have been sneaking into my face. A little more whey protein than usual. A little fake sugar here and there. Some raw cheese. More Starbucks indulgences than usual. Oh yes, and there was ice cream. Funny how that happens when we're not paying attention. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Easy Gluten Free, Grain Free Lasagna Recipe

Around here we have mad love for the Hasta La Vista Pasta Lasagna recipe from the Everyday Paleo cookbook. It's a family favorite. Every once in a while however it's nice to have something a little more pasta-ish. Especially if we're having guests over or taking a dish somewhere. 

I was delighted to find Cappello's!

Cappello's is a local Colorado company that makes gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and soy free pasta. They make: Lasagna Sheets, Gnocchi, and Fettuccine. You can find Cappello's on their site, twitter, and facebook.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hype or Help Genetix HD - Final Results and Review


Wow, that month really flew by! I can't believe I'm down to my final Genetix HD review already. 

First, I'll get right to the numbers...