Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey — where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom — brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya.

Majestic, serene and spiritual scenes left me in awe for the entirety of the trip and ultimately fulfilled some of my profoundest, transcendental aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance I’ve earned a prestigious position for exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day which is a national holiday celebrated December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s attaining of independence. As you can imagine people were rejoicing with adulation across the country. [Read more…]

Travel Fitness in Music City!

I know I know, people visiting Nashville — whether it’s business or pleasure — may not have fitness engagement at the top of their list when there are numerous Honkey Tonks to visit along with the boatload of historic sites and museums. Yet, I always say there are no excuses when it comes to treating your body like a temple!

So fortunately for locals and visitors Nashville is ripe with fitness activities such as running areas like the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Cumberland River. Since I Always pack running shoes on business trips I popped up early and jogged from my downtown hotel to Nissan Stadium located on the east bank of the river. The roundtrip exercise was around four miles and gave me enough time to prepare for business meetings. On day two I was pleased to discover CYCLEBAR (The Gulch) which was close to where I was staying. The 7:30am class was packed and the vibe was energetic. I was feeling so refreshed afterwards. Trust me, there is no better way to start your day like an hour of cardio or HIIT.

Of course Nashville is also bustling with hip vegan restaurants so replenishing with organic vegan fuel was not a problem. Positive vibrations, happy people and various channels to release energy created a great equation for my health enhancement. I look forward to a return to Music City!

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Vegan Travel: Broccoli Revolution in Bangkok, Thailand

Oh wow. If you ever make it to Bangkok please go to the most amazing Vegan Restaurant I have ever visited. And I’ve eaten at more than 200 places globally. Not only is the food out of this world, organic and natural, but the eclectic vibe is energizing and features live new artists. After eating noodles all week in Vietnam I was telling my fellow Fit Father Horace Ward that when we get to Thailand I’m going searching for a burger! But a quinoa, broccoli burger on a black whole grain bun found me first. Yep, Broccoli Revolution should definitely go on your plant-based bucket list. [Read more…]

Vegetarian Diets Aid Fitness

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Vegetarian diets aid aerobic exercises, according to a study published in Nutrients. Researchers followed the diets of 70 participants and monitored strength and endurance patterns. Athletic performance from those who followed vegetarian diets matched or exceeded those who followed omnivorous diets despite no differences in protein intake as relative to body mass index. These data suggest vegetarian eating patterns provide sufficient cardiorespiratory and oxygen efficiency for athletic activity and may provide advantages over nonvegetarian diets.

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe by Neal Barnard

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe

These whole-grain pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup make for a delicious and hearty breakfast. Blueberries add a delicious and healthful touch.

Serves 2 to 4

  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup of rice milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons safflower oil, to brush the skillet
  • Warmed maple syrup, for drizzling

In a medium bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, whole-wheat pastry flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt. Whisk briefly to blend. Slowly stir in the rice milk and stir just until the lumps disappear. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Heat a cast-iron griddle or skillet over medium heat, then lightly brush with a little of the safflower oil. Add enough batter to form a 4-inch pancake and cook until the edges look dry and bubbly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Gently flip the pancake and cook on the other side until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot, with warmed maple syrup.

Per pancake: 82 calories, 2 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 13% calories from fat, 2 g fiber, 112 mg sodium

Meet Chef Babette Davis from Stuff I Eat

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Meet Vegan Pro and Chef Babette Davis! She’s 64 years of age, a mostly raw vegan, restaurant owner of Stuff I Eat in Inglewood, CA, and full of tantalizing life energy. Her goal is the continuation of healthful information to open the eyes of the masses while guiding them to Nutritional Freedom. Especially within inner city communities where the disconnect is the largest. One Love!

Sunday Funday Run

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We ate a banana each and ran 6 miles with our fellow Fit Fathers running group at Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, MD this morning.  The life enhancement was refreshing & energizing! ‪#‎RunFree‬ ‪#‎FitFathers‬ ‪#‎DadLife‬

Ecopolitan: Raw Foods Gem

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Experienced by Kimatni Rawlins

Since I was staying at The Commons Hotel on the University of Minnesota Campus I decided to run 4.5 miles to this organic, vegan, and raw sanctuary. Serving both full meals and shakes and juices, the host instantly popped open a fresh coconut so I could replenish my electrolytes. The menu selections were creative, plentiful, and mouth watering. Have you ever had a Sausage Deluxe Pizza with walnut mushroom protein? I haven’t.

Fit_Fathers_Ecopolitan_HummusThen there is the Falafel Wrap in a collard leaf, the Marinara Pasta, Flaxseed Tostadas, Rawvioli, or the Surprise Entree where the chef creates a special selection with no input form guests. I selected the savory Hummus and Flax Chips for a starter and the earthly Marinara Pasta served over Kale instead of spinach since raw spinach has oxalic acid (I eat it steamed) which interferes with calcium absorption. Both meals were spectacular. Ecopolitan is a bit pricey and serves smaller portions, but this is expected at raw spots. They also sell raw healing foods, juicers, books, and blenders and offer raw cooking classes. As Arnold would say, I’ll be back!

Mi Vida Café: For the Living

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Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

Our flight to Jamaica was diverted to Miami so only Mi Vida Cafe could have mellowed our mood. The organic foods are prepared to order and the Bohemian vibe is chill and positively elevates your temperament. Serving juices, smoothies, breakfast (who doesn’t love whole grain waffles?) raw foods, homemade foods, and natural desserts, Vida is a safe haven for vegans and vegetarians. We started with the Black Bean Soup and Hummus dish and the Twin Tacos and Canelones de Verdura for the main courses. The Canelones is one of the finest dishes I have ever tasted and certainly didn’t want it to be over. We treated ourselves to the Apple & Chocolate Sweet Crepes for a happy ending to a spectacular meal. Enjoy!

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Vegan in Fukuoka: Evah Dining Macrobiotic Café

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This quaint and classy vegan cafe is only a 7-minute walk from the Akasaka train station. Of course it’s embedded within the neighborhood scene of Fukuoka so pay attention to where you are heading. The macrobiotic dining is pretty contemporary in comparison to traditional Japanese eateries. Open daily until 10 pm, each day the menu changes with unique and divergent options. My wife Misa and I arrived on a Friday evening and chose a random 5-course set for two replete with:

  •  Chilled tomatoes dipped in a pear and basil purée
  • A soft whole grain roll and a white slice of bread which we turned down
  • Zucchini soup
  • Herb rich Tofu dumplings topped with Bok Choy and radishes smothered in a light tomato     sauce. Amazing!
  • Miso soup and mushroom ginger brown rice
  • Palate cleansing melon sorbet

English is rare at this establishment (at least when we went) and both the menu and website are communicated in Japanese. So expect to be “lost in translation” unless you speak the native tongue like Misa. Our waiter addressed some English but not enough to fully explain the program. Evah’s ambience is set around chill, lounge and jazz music, candle lit decor and a miniature library with travel and culinary books for enjoyment while  patiently awaiting your vegan experience.

Evah charges $30 a person for the 5-set course. There are also some $20 sets with a few less options. However, pricing is based on two so we couldn’t order unique dinners for our $60 meal which was odd. Yes, this is Japanese vegan dining at its finest.

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Keep in mind Evah has takeout locations which serve a variety of “Bento Boxes” for roughly $8 to $10. Yet, these meals are well-prepared foods and not the typical fast foods you would expect elsewhere. The location I explored was on floor B2 of the Iwataya Honten department store at Fukuoka station. The other location is nestled at Hakata station. We picked up four meals and chowed down for lunch, dinner and breakfast during our first two days in Fukuoka.

Itadakimasu!

Con- Small portions, pricey

Pros – Pure, delicious, date night environment