Announcing: Suitcase Kitchen!

I was sitting at a bar and oddly enough, the conversation I was having turned the corner down the dark alley of healthy lifestyles and related meals/nutrition.  Yes, I was at a bar.  Drinking.  Without going totally off the rails, I’ll say this:  If you can’t strike a balance between healthy living and everything else, your healthy lifestyle will fail.  

So, why Suitcase Kitchen?  Having “healthy” choices available is the cornerstone of EVERY LIFESTYLE CHANGE YOU MAKE and, shocker, feeling like a boss.  No matter which Temple of Nutrition (paleo, veg, vegan etc) you attend OR which “diet” you recently failed, you know this is true.  The problem: people don’t know/like/enjoy cooking, so the wheels fall off the wagon fast.

The solution:  become independently wealthy and hire a chef.  Or, SACK UP AND MAKE FOOD YOU LIKE.

My goal is to give you “The Why” and “The How”, so you can tackle any healthy lifestyle.  I’ll talk about WHY I’m making a particular dish for the purposes of efficiency and health science.  Does me being a pharmacist make me the authority on diets?  No, but I do understand diets and have/continue to experiment with them.  At that time, I was a line cook at a place called Charcoal Steaks n’ Things.  I still don’t know what “n’ Things” are, but I do know I learned the basics about cooking there and that’s been my biggest weapon against feeling like trash.  Kitchen skills, like nunchuck skills, is “The How” of this equation.  The basic tips I share will aim to make it easier to be that Monday to Friday, Weekday Warrior.  For me, the weekends are for cheating on my healthy choices with other slutty food choices.  Just to keep the mind right when the week rolls around.

The other part is trying to capture some kitchen energy and get a little weird.

And, I want to get weird with you.  So, if you’re having fun, send me some video and I’ll incorporate you into my next post.  If you have requests, send those too (  Together, we can create critical mass that can help others.

I know this is cheesey, but F$%^ it:  I feel good every day and this feeling influences everything I do.  A healthy lifestyle is the first step to getting on track and changing your outlook.  I’ve come in peace and I’m here to help.

Up next: beef jerky, stay tuned!


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We are busy. We are overbooked. We are traveling. We are unmotivated. We are tired. We are agitated. We are unproductive. We are overweight. We are unhappy. We are why. I'm a pharmacist, I travel regionally for work and have been all of these things. What elevates me from these emotional ditches? Good health. My nearly 100 year-old Italian grandmother "Nana" said a long time ago: "If you don't have your health, you don't have nothing." Considering she still rakes leaves and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she's pretty damn sharp and fit. On the other end of the spectrum: My dad died at 65 from a heart attack. He was a diabetic, a previous smoker, a recovered drug addict, a food addict, hypertensive, arthritic, immobile nearing amputation and, simply, wasn't living. For all intensive purposes, I'm fit and healthy. Armed with degrees in biology and pharmacy (read: loans) and these two family stories, you'd think staying on track is easy. Newsflash: it's not. Traveling / Working / Fathering / Mothering / fill-in-the-blanking are obstacles we all have to overcome. So, how do we do it? Suitcase Fitness was born from the hope that by sharing my small health and fitness victories while traveling, others may be inspired to find new ways to stay engaged with their health. My vision is that others will use this venue to share their "baggage" and small steps taken to overcome health challenges. I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beetles The things that last, never happen overnight. - Slaves

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