Weekend Food Prep–Chewy Raisin Walnut Granola Bars

I’m thrilled with these granola bars! I’ve been experimenting for years to make bars that stick together without being excessively crunchy and crumbly, have a reasonable nutrition profile that I can work into my balanced meals and stay fresh and tempting for at least a week. And here they are–voila! Summer means travel, road tripsContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Chewy Raisin Walnut Granola Bars”

Weekend Food Prep–Reduced Fat Banana Walnut Muffins

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to send the internet back to the ’80’s or early 90’s. There’s nothing wrong with eating fat, of course, but I find reduced-fat muffins and other baked goods easier to work with to create balanced meals than higher fat versions. Given my own devices, my meals would tend to higherContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Reduced Fat Banana Walnut Muffins”

Sexism and the Right to Autonomy

Despair and overwhelm. As symptoms of my PTSD, I experience these emotions frequently. Despair connects with the part of myself that wants to fall into the collapse defense; overwhelm is a symptom of my primal desire for flight or to freeze. With known triggers and sometimes seemingly randomly, I am flooded with a sense toContinue reading “Sexism and the Right to Autonomy”

Weekend Food Prep–Roasted Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

My spouse brought home some Hatch chilis from New Mexico, and this is what I made of them. They turned out so delicious, I went in search of an alternative pepper from closer to home. Anaheim chilis are larger and a bit hotter, but they make an acceptable alternative. Roasted Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas ForContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Roasted Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas”

The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs

Eat when you’re hungry. Dieting teaches us that we should ignore our hunger, that it is a personality deficit we should overcome and overpower, that it will “adjust” and we will “get used to it.” No. I can trust my hunger. My body is telling me that I need more energy. It’s not a trickContinue reading “The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs”

Weekend Food Prep–Bring on the Summer!

I love this time of year. We’re fortunate here in Oregon with an astounding variety of fresh, local produce. I don’t mind eating frozen veggies through the winter, and I’m grateful for the apples and berries I’ve put up or frozen to give me a hint of warm-weather wonderfulness in the darkest parts of theContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Bring on the Summer!”

It’s the 1-year Blogiversary for Progressive Strength!

One year ago today, I posted my first article here at Progressive Strength, and today we’re gonna celebrate it! My first post was this one, breaking down an episode of the Iron Culture Podcast. Looking back on it, it’s not surprising to see that my style as a blogger has shifted over time. I hadContinue reading “It’s the 1-year Blogiversary for Progressive Strength!”

Weekend Food Prep–Muesli

Muesli I like this oatmeal variation in the warmer months or when I need to pack breakfast somewhere where the extra liquid would be unwelcome. (Note that TSA might give you a side eye on this one, so I don’t recommend it for breakfast on a morning flight in the US.) Multiply the basic recipeContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Muesli”

Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness

The folks at Stronger By Science, with support from lots of other evidence-based folks I admire and trust (Danny Lennon and Jeff Nippard amongst them), released their food tracking app Macrofactor last week. With a free 2 week trial, I have given it a whirl, not because I’m likely to start tracking my food regularly,Continue reading “Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness”