I had the privilege of being invited to a private event with only about 15 guests that allowed me to attend a Workout and Cookout with Bob Harper. The event took place yesterday in Santa Monica at the beautiful Hotel Casa Del Mar. The event was hosted by Anthem/Blue Cross in order to raise awareness about preventative health. I have to give mad props to Anthem for doing something like this. Most folks don't have a very positive opinion on health insurance companies. Normally, we think they just want our money and don't really care about our health. I guess I was wrong. The President of Anthem was there and she truly poured her heart out about how important it is for this company to really spread the word on taking care of oneself to avoid crazy medical costs. It was very exciting to hear and see, and that was one of the reasons they decided to team up with The Biggest Loser's, Bob Harper. They encouraged everyone to find out their Health Footprint Score, which you can do right here.
|Bob Harper and Me|
I enjoyed it but I think my
husband felt different. ;-)
Then Ben had a really fun time putting his foot on my upper back as I was doing a plank. I think he leaned on me extra hard to try and tell me something, of course I wouldn't budge for anything! Bob encouraged Ben to not go easy on me either!
If that wasn't enough of a thrill, after our workout we went back inside the hotel and partnered up at cooking stations to make the most delicious stir fry that I have ever had. I'm not kidding you! This was Bob's recipe and we did it all together. I gotta hand it to him. He's got some good skills. Bob had the option for those who wanted chicken or tempeh. I was able to have a beautiful vegan stir fry. Bob was vegan for 4 years, but recently had cravings for eggs. He decided to act on what his body was telling him to do, which I don't see anything wrong with. Unfortunately many vegan purists gave him a lot of anguish for eating eggs. To come to his defense, I don't agree with those that feel the need to be negative or so stuck on labels. As a person who ate vegan for 5 months, not that long in the scheme of things, I just added back in some eggs since my body told me, I don't feel that I need to hide that. I am all for animal rights, but a person who has been classified as a vegan, who chooses to one day eat a piece of fish or an egg, should not be looked down upon. It's a personal preference and you have to respect everyones choices and needs. Here is the recipe. I plan on making this again very soon!
|Cooking away! I love being in control of my own food.|
Bob Harper's Healthy Stir Fry recipe (Serves 3-4)
At least 1 lb of vegetables: (broccoli, fresh mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, asparagus, snow peas, jicama or water chestnuts, bean sprouts)
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 package tempeh or optional 1lb skinless chicken breast (I will probably not use either or add seeds)
6-10 shitake mushrooms
3 garlic cloves
2 Tbs diced jalapenos
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbs fresh lime juice (incredible)
1 Tbs Bragg liquid aminos (I will use wheat free Tamari)
|Stir Fry plus a bonus of Kale and Eggplant|
|I had a quick opportunity to chat with Bob about kettlebells. He was telling me in this picture how much he LOVES Pavel. I asked him if he'd consider coming to the RKC to get certified. He seemed very excited and told me that he was all for it!|
With Bob being on one of the most watched TV shows in the nation, it is good to know that he uses the influence he has on people in a positive way. He really just wants to help people change their lives to become healthier. Despite all the commercials for cereals such as Fiber One or products that are filled with artificial sweeteners it's comforting to know that he doesn't seem to believe in any of them. He doesn't even like soy, however, his one vice is a Soy Cappuccino. Coffee and a touch of soy milk is the one thing he can't give up! I can understand that. He said Jillian Michaels has her chocolate stash and would kill anyone who touches it. We are all human and need little treats from time to time, especially when giving up so many other things. All in all it was a very fun day. I look forward to many more adventures!
Gabby, Thank you!! Time will only tell. Hopefully he will take some time after he finishes filming the Biggest Loser season and does the RKC.
Zorbs, We didn't have much time for that, otherwise would have loved too!
Emily, Yes I explored and now I have added eggs back in from time to time.
One question: What's the problem with soy? I've heard many doctors advise it for heart health, especially for women. Please respond.