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Happiness destination syndrome

Do you suffer from happiness destination syndrome?

You struggle to commit to something just in case something better comes your way. You believe that when you reach your goal, you'll be happy. You are always rushed and in a hurry. You can't let yourself slow down. You are always anxious and overwhelmed about what's next on your to-do list. You never let yourself relax. You are constantly counting down the days until ___. You want to live in the future instead of accepting where you are now. You are always thinking about the next big thing in your life. You'll feel more at ease when you get ____ done. Your mind is always wandering. 
If you suffer from this type of destination thinking, you may believe that success is a destination - and only in the future is when or where you can be happy. Life quickly passes by as all of your focus is somewhere else - in the future.

Think about how you go about your week. Are you constantly on the go, wishing for the weekend or waiting…

Slow Cooker Whiskey Barbecue Beef

Slow Cooker Whiskey Barbecue Beef
By Joey Mock, RD, LD, CLT
Are you ready for the Big Game? If you are a football fan, you may be planning to watch the Rams take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. With any good Super Bowl viewing party (whether it’s for the game, commercials, or half time show), good food is a must. This Slow Cooker Whiskey Barbecue Beef makes a tasty option for your party that won’t require a lot of cooking and cleaning up during the game. Prep everything in the morning and let the slow cooker do the rest of the work (well, most of it). Serve on your favorite rolls/buns or tortillas.
Ingredients

For the Whiskey Barbecue Sauce: (can be made ahead of time and refrigerated if desired-yields about 2 ½ cups so you will have leftovers to use on chicken or wherever you enjoy barbecue sauce)

½ medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup bourbon whiskey (blended Canadian whiskey works great too)
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups ketchup
¼ cup tomato pa…

Athletes - be careful of trending diets

It seems like fasting is all the rage these days. Although not a new concept for athletes (fasted workouts have been studied by researchers for several decades), not eating has grown in popularity over the years as a way to enhance and optimize fat burning and to promote weight loss. There's also the claim that fasted training can improve athletic performance in endurance athletes - although according to consistent research, that doesn't appear to be the case.

One of the major reasons for a massive shift in how athletes eat is an overwhelming obsession with energy, performance and body image. Athletes are also hungry for direction, guidance and quick fixes.

In addition to fasted training and intermittent fasting, there is a wide spectrum of diet ideologies these days - ketogenic, vegan, clean eating, Gluten free and Paleo to name a few. What's interesting is the culture around these diets and their "communities."

The dieting behaviors embraced by followers is wo…

Information overload: 10 Tips for Triathletes

When starting a new athletic journey or wanting to live a healthier, more active life, it's normal to try to find as much information as possible on a given topic. Information overload is common in today's society. Although it's easy to get information from the internet, it can easily prevent athletes and fitness enthusiasts from taking action or making sensible decisions due to too much information to consume. And more so, so much of the information available provides conflicting advice.

Given all the advice, tips, hacks and plans that are available, many people fail to start (or stay in) a sport, exercise regime or a more healthy style of eating because they are afraid of doing something wrong. For example, the simple task of finding the right pair of running shoes, warm-up routine, swim goggles or pre-workout snack can feel overwhelming.

Most of the time, the best way to minimize information overload is to focus on the most simple path to get you started, keep you hea…

Triathlon Night - helping to grow the sport

In late December I told Karel that I wanted to put on an event to help grow the sport of triathlon in our Greenville community. It was a large undertaking but at the conclusion of the event last night, I feel like it was a great success. We had over 100 people attend from all over the area. The focus of the event was to put all types of triathlon experts and resources together in one room, combined with new, future and experience triathletes. All in an effort to help new, future and experienced triathletes get more out of their personal triathlon journey.

Although I've only been in the sport for a little over twelve years, I've seen a lot of changes over the years. Triathlon is a fast growing sport - in 2017 there were ~4 million participants in triathlons in the U.S! However, triathletes make up a very small community compared to runners. Because the sport of triathlon is still evolving, there's a lot of confusion with the best practices for training, nutrition, racing an…