Category Archives: Active Life

My Film debut, Awesome Ketchum Residents, and Powder Magazine.

My film Debut

As more requests for a better quality video on how to make the High Protein, Low and Slow Carb, “Bad Ass Orange Roughy” recipe have been rolling in, I was able to shoot this in my spare time.  Since this is filmed post workout, and my make up assistant is doing a bikini spread in Bora Bora this week, (not to mention my image consultant is probably a gassed that I would choose today to step on to the business end of a camera) this is the best I could do with my Giada impersonation.

Spectacular Encounters


With that video now going viral on You Tube now I wanted to talk a little about some remarkable things that have happened to me that are just great stories of humanity.

First, the Bone and I were driving into Silver Creek on a brisk but sunny November day to catch the tail end of the epic Thanksgiving helgramite hatch. Since our recently acquired Leanergetix energy levels were hitting all time highs, our already silly life of peregrination was taking us from epic adventure to epic adventure.  As we pulled across the ever-soothing wash-boarded Kilpatrick bridge we saw this dapper gentleman from Scotland enjoying a pipe between Native Idaho Kamloops runs.  Notice he is not wearing and gloves brrrrrrr.

Well, Lonnie (the only one in the picture) not seeming to be the type to complain, let us know the hatch was on and he had to step out of the arctic waters by virtue of the fact his hands were so cold.  I offered him some hand warmers and at that exact moment remembered I  had an extra mismatched pair of fingerless convertible mittens in my McGyver kit.  I gave them to him and we went on our merry way.  Lonnie had warm hands and I was gleaming with socially altruistic joy.  The fishing and time spent with The Bone on the Creek that day was awesome.
Fast forward to 2 weeks ago near the Silver Creek Conservatory building for my last CutBrown adventure of the season.  Coincidentally, (My first thought was to use ironically here but all of you self proclaimed Internet copywriters would be all over me like a hobo on a chopped brisket sandwich from Goodwood BBQ) I was feverishly tearing the F-250 up looking for everything I had misplaced earlier that week and most notably, my good set of matching fingerless mittens (for you slower readers that is my good pair ~ no Lonnie doesn’t have them). 
****Rabbit Trail Alert****** Fishing Hack – Wear latex gloves under your mittens for maximum warmth while preserving tippet feel.  It will change your life.
I am back on track now and to make a long story longer ~ I was chatting with this amazingly interesting Sun Valley resident that was in incredible health even with 88 youthful years under his belt.  He kind of appeared out of nowhere beside my pickup as I exited.  He just wanted to chat with someone I supposed. I noticed immediately this man was something special.  He  was genuine, caring, passed on some hunting access spots, and even some fishing secrets.  These types are few and far between.
But those pesky gloves.  While I continued to get dressed in my “Jack Hall, Day after tomorrow arctic fishing suit” ~~ notice the incredible resemblance, this seasoned outdoors man talked of nostalgic days gone by.   
The sportsman (let’s call him Otis as I am awaiting permission to disclose his identity and a cool photo) Otis, tells me of his impending near death experience some 20 years before.  Type 2 Diabetes.  “But wait Otis! You have incredible energy. You are out here hunting Chukars of all things. You look as healthy as they come.  To what do you attribute your comeback?”
“Well, to whom would be my wonderful wife and of course my doctor too. And to what?  My nutritional lifestyle my doctor insisted on”, he emphatically stated.  He excitedly went on and on about his diet (as I might  in rare circumstances).  “Christopher, I have been eating a High Protein, Slow Carbohydrate diet for 20 years now.  It has been simple and I like it.  No white refined carbohydrates a lot of Silver Creek Trout (author embellished paraphrase).
I am not shitting you, he sold the Leanergetix Program to me right there on the banks of The Creek.  It was surreal, a jaw-dropping moment for me.  But as always, that is not all.
As you remember I was rummaging through my truck trying to find my fingerless mittens.  Just about the time I had torn the bed liner out of my pickup looking, Otis appears with a battle worn pair of toasty wool fingerless mittens.  “Here you go.  You can return these to me when you come by the house in Sun Valley for a cocktail next time you are up”.  
photo.JPGAre you f**85ng joking me.  Chills ran across the hair on my back.  This Otis was unforgettable! He told great stories and jokes (that can’t be repeated in this family friendly forum), and he just had a sweet spirit.  I can’t wait to see him again.  If you don’t believe in paying it forward, I think you ought to sit in a semester with Kevin Spacey.  These things don’t happen in this day and age, do they?
Now, to this weekend in Sun Valley.  Not only the great family time and shared Swedish Saturday:

Not only the Keep Moving and everything is epic landscape;

But I met two more amazing Sun Valley residents that gave to me without expectation.  Boy I am really liking Ketchum, ID these days.  I rolled into the Starbuck’s after my morning adventures taking photos and the setting was so inviting. There was an artist playing indie music of some kind off in the corner and there were free unhealthy treats I avoided, neatly displayed on the bar top against the window.  Immediately I bumped into the most friendly gentleman.  A skiing enthusiast who was selling the Ketchum story as if he was trying to re-elect Randy Hall.

Powder Magazine

Now I chewed his ear off with why life was so great and he cheerfully gave me a gratis, extra smooth, Smith Optics Beanie to show Ketchum’s thanks for my patronage.  As if that wasn’t enough he then handed me a 30 year anniversary edition of “Powder Magazine”.   He then directed me to a “photo spectacular” article by, Jake Moe on the history of Powder Magazine.  This is Lodge coffee table material (if you would like to buy a massive lodge coffee table call me 208-724-3791).  The name on the article was familiar however, being I only ski March and Aprils’ in shorts, on top of hero snow, the name was only vaguely familiar.  I had skimmed through Powder and enjoyed over the years but I always thought is was more for the eyebrow deep, obsessive types.  Definitely not me.

I have been converted.  What a spectacular story and issue. Powder 40th Anniversary Issue Here.

What I came to find out is this energetic, extra awesome, powder hound, was Jake Moe himself. The author of that killer history of Powder.  Not only that, he is the founder of Powder Magazine.  And I thought he was a well meaning barista – completely mind blowing.

Nothing more could possibly happen on this epic early Sunday morning in Ketchum that had been so eventful thus far….. But it was only 8:30 AM (oh the energy).  So as your pastor used to say 30 minutes before the end of his sermon every Sunday, “IN CLOSING”:

I returned to my trusted GMC Denali only to find that I had left my lights on after photographing a herd of elk up the east fork of the Wood earlier that morning.  Hence a dead battery.  Only after standing on the intersection in Downtown Ketchum with my “will work for jump start” sign for a few short minutes, and nearly suffering the ill effects of a grand-maul seizure, I returned to the comfort and warmth of the Starbucks/Visitors Center.  (Apparently Sun Valley residents commuting through Ketchum are terrified of would be panhandlers. I me c’mon you think that I do not know where the best free continental breakfasts are in the valley).

Inside the Cafe I humbly requested the assistance of any would be mechanic. Once again as if it were fate a wonderfully kind fellow, clad in killer Patagonia puffer coat, came to my assistance.  We chatted a while and jumped the limping Denali back to health.  A firm handshake and off to the whacky shred fest on the mountain he went.  Another extra specially awesome human interaction in Ketchum.  Who was this stranger?  Well it was Don who boasts Sturtavants as his passion, and maybe owns some additional interests there.  Sturtavant’s is an outdoor enthusiasts shop in Hailey and Ketchum. I will go and shop there more than usual because of Don being such a great guy.

Wow there is something this town. Eating right. People always moving, staying active, being kind, and just overall common decency.  I would deem it especially rich (not $), and functional living.  I now declare Ketchum my third home.  Behind 1 Boise and 2 Hagerman as if you were interested.  It should be noted I will not be paying property taxes there however.  What a great life we can have if we only live a little each day!       Cheers.

PARTING SHOTS

Red Skies and Pizza Pies

I like to call these Lentilscapes because without that nutrient rich little beast I might have missed this! @lentilchef

Ok here we go, we are moving to what would be called the True Master’s Program (not ProgramPlus).  The previous Program we were slightly ketegentic and having have completed this has prepared your body for actual ketosis. However in both cases we carb cycle out with Swedish Saturdays, and in both cases we use the GOOD,BETTER, BEST (GBB) approach.  The difference is stricter adherence to calorie restriction and tracking of intake, yields more flexible eating on the weekend.  What does that mean for us?  How about carb night on Fridays now too!!!!!  WOOOHOOOO – sticking the theme of more digestive fat, why not eat a little pizza and let’s shed a little more body fat!  Stay tuned.

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Now here is a link that explains very well why explosive exercise is so awesome.  I do not want you to do the workout or do I suggest you body art or you jumping ship for BB.COM.  I just think this is an applicable resource for Master’s Program students. SPRINT don’t JOG

She Sprints, She Eats, She Recovers
AHHH Recovery is Bliss

You have 8.5 Minutes For Cardio?

If you have 8.5 minutes for Cardio and you are doing long slow distance now, I may have just what the doctor ordered.  I have been researching explosive exercise for Cardiovascular Health, Training, Speed, Fat Loss, Endurance (yes I said endurance), and in some cases help for early onset Alzheimer’s.  Moreover, high intensity training has shown to provide a better quality of life for Parkinson’s sufferers.  I am not trying to start an argument here check it out for yourself Forced exercise and Parkinson’s .


Now just a suggestion as always.  Try walking briskly for 1 Minute to warm up and then:
Sprinting for 45 sec, brisk walk for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.  Your done.  If you can do this twice a day wow.

See excerpt in this article from the NY Times:

Dr. Gaesser, however, asked his volunteers to walk briskly at an intensity equaling about 75 percent of each volunteer’s maximum heart rate for 10 minutes three times during the day. The sessions took place at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

On a separate day, the volunteers completed one 30-minute supervised session of brisk walking in midafternoon, while on a final day, they did not exercise at all.

All of them wore cuffs that monitored blood pressure continuously for 24 hours at a time.
As it turned out, exercise was helpful in controlling blood pressure, but breaking up the workout into three short sessions was significantly more effective than the single half-hour session. “The fractionized exercise led to lower average 24-hour blood pressure readings,” Dr. Gaesser says.

It also resulted in lower blood pressure “load,” or the number of incidences during the day when a volunteer’s blood pressure spiked above 140/90. Lowering blood pressure load is important, he points out, because a relatively high load “seems to be an indicator that someone with prehypertension is likely to progress” to full-blown, clinically high blood pressure.  Read Full Story

All the kids are doing it.  It works.  We have made huge fat loss and energy gains with only this type of cardio.  My health numbers are so improved. You will have to wait for the book for these numbers.

If you can’t run the sprints run the stairs.  If you are unable to run stairs skip every step or walk them briskly.  If you can only walk to the mailbox, do it twice.  A little more each time.  We just want you to get moving so you can see and do more things in life!  Life will get better I assure you.

Exploring Metabolic Adaptation

The title of this blog post will have readers clamoring to get a spot in line to read it first, I know.

 And all though I tested this post first by getting insomniacs to fall asleep, it is really a key component to my assumptions about glycogen and increased energy and endurance.  How muscle growth and fat burning are a result of well executed nutrient delivery and timing.  So if you can’t sleep anyway, give it a read.  I will always be looking for ways to source more endurance and personal energy.

Great news our metabolism adapts to changing conditions, the bad news is it is typically working against us.  Weeeeeheeeeeee another hurdle to overcome in our quest for that six pack.

As we get closer to our leaner goals, our metabolism slows.  What’s interesting is most people have been led to believe the opposite is true.  Many people eat more as they become leaner because they believe their metabolism is up.  Not the case.   From a purely caloric perspective, the lower in body fat% you go, the more calories you must restrict and the harder you must exercise.

However there are ways to turn this adaptation into a benefit if we understand the delivery of fuel to the muscle cells and the delivery of Glycogen (a group of glucose ((sugar cells)) to the muscles.  And the fact our endurance can also adapt to changing conditions will enable us to achieve our goals when the chips are down, when we are in that overtime period of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Now for more of the technical physiology we defer Dr. Mike Davis of Oklahoma Sate University.

…samples taken immediately after they(iditirod dogs) finished racing and samples taken many hours afterwards. The muscle tissue was tested for muscle glycogen levels. The researchers found that during the first day of racing, the sled dogs used a significant portion of their stored glycogen. On the last day of racing, though, the sled dogs had used only a small portion of their stored glycogen, even though they had completed the same amount of exercise. Based on this experiment, Dr. Davis concluded that the sled dogs must adapt to such strenuous levels of exercise so that they no longer rely on their stored glycogen.

In a previous set of experiments, he and his team took blood samples of dogs before, during, and after racing five consecutive days. The blood samples were tested for many components, including two important markers of tissue damage: creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and cardiac troponin. When tissue cells die, their components are released into the blood stream, so high levels of these components indicate tissue damage. CPK is a marker for skeletal muscle cell damage and cardiac troponin indicates cardiac muscle cell damage. Dr. Davis found that CPK and cardiac troponin levels in the sled dogs were high after the first day of exercise, indicating significant tissue damage which would be expected from such strenuous exercise. After several days, though, these levels started to decrease as the dogs adapted to the high levels of exercise.
Fatigue, and Then No Fatigue
The experiments on muscle glycogen levels supported Dr. Davis’s previous findings on CPK and cardiac troponin. After the first day of exercise, the dogs exhibited all the symptoms of strenuous exercise: fatigue, decreased glycogen reserves, and increased tissue damage. By the last days of the race, though, these symptoms had dissipated and the dogs were not experiencing fatigue. In fact, their glycogen reserves had increased, and the CPK and cardiac troponin levels were lower. With these changes the sled dogs were the same metabolically on the last day of racing as the first, except for the fact that they were burning 8,000 calories per day. “The sled dogs’ ability to adapt is absolutely astonishing,” remarked Dr. Davis. “We now know what they’re doing. What we want to know is how.” 
My assumption is that the dogs are either being administered high levels of protein, high levels of fat and low levels of slow burning carbohydrates, they are being administered external source of glycogen, or both.  I think it is both.  Any mushers out thee that confirm my assumptions?

Bad news, if we train hard we our body will adapt, and then we will have to train harder to get leaner.

Good news, with are new found nutrient intake, we will have the energy!

If so this would be in line of what we are trying to achieve with Leanergetix.    Of course we can not administer external glycogen today but we can control what we eat and when.
So we will continue to eat a high Protein, med fat, and low slow carbohydrate diet as we continue to lean up.  Further, we will need endurance with the declining number of calories we will be ingesting as we get leaner so nutrient delivery and timing will become more paramount here.
Is my assumption ludicrous or could it make sense?

If this is interesting to you. 

I was Beyond Hope Last Night!

I really was.  I went on an impromptu trip to the Northern Idaho – I received a call Wednesday proposing an adventure to North Idaho. After that phone conversation with a remarkable friend, I found myself at the crossroads in Hope, ID 400 miles from home.

I finally made it to my newly adopted second home, to my ultimate destination. It should be noted, I made a right turn at this sign and not a left.  Why?

Not long ago, I was in fact myself, beyond hope (I thought).  Think about this word: hopeless (without hope).  I had talked myself into the fact there was nothing I could do to change things.  Sad isn’t it?

This sign moved me to reminisce of my not so happy days.  I was a bit broken, a lot heavier, and I lacked energy and drive.  Life sucked pretty bad. 

Things have changed, haven’t they?  Yes they have, dramatically.

How? Just a little decision and subsequent action. A small behavior change or two has brought me to the place I am today! WOW.  Small changes can make a profound impact on were you are today, and most certainly where you end up.

One day while laying around feeling a smidgen of self-pity,  I just thought if I can just start eating right, take care of my body, and do a little more exercise each day, I can see myself in control of my life again (hope).  I know this is cliche’ but I have not turned back since.

Many people when moving at the speed of life these days, can feel overwhelmed by many things. They do not want to think about health and wellness.  They do not have time to prepare meals.  They don’t know what to eat nor when to eat it. Exercise or focus on diet; what should I do they ask.  These unfortunate people just have no hope in this part of their lives.  They default to the simple, the quick, and the convenient.  This can be devastating.  It also can be quite sad.

I am here to report it does not have to be this way.  The only call to action here I am suggesting is, to make a little change for the better and your life.  It will get better, a whole lot better.  If you are beyond hope just give it whirl and let me know how things improve.

“Most people paralyzed by fear. Overcome it &; you take charge of your life & your world.” ~Steve Case~ @stevecase

Yes I am Happy in this picture I just have a mouthful  of  food in this amazing Lentilscape!

This is a climb I could not have made 2 years before, and notice no sweat on my hat like there is on my buddy’s. Oh, and a similar climb slightly before two years ago sent me to the doctor for an EKG, a stress test,and a couple simple changes.  What do you think?
“I’ve decided I must live THIS life for some time to come.The liberty and majesty is too remarkable to pass up.” ~The Lentilchef~

Taming the Cravings

I know it can be tough when it comes to the cravings especially for potato chips, chocolate, pasta, rice,and anything crunchy or sweet.  How bout eating really bad ass tasty food that satisfy your body’s needs, hence the physical cravings slow? 

You notice I do not say they stop absolutely? I haven’t been able to get to that level, yet. But slowing them can be achieved with larger portions of cruciferous vegetables and healthy fats. See this article in the Journal of Nutrition – It is a fascinating read.  You can take a ton away from the outcomes of this study and apply them to your program,  What I have found is that there is a correlation between the healthy fats (comfort component of food) and craving suppression.  What did you take from it?

There is a quote that Chris McCandless said to Ron Franz in the book “Into the Wild” that has had a profound impact on my life.  I know this book is not generally viewed as an inspirational book, but I read it cover to cover and was deeply inspired.  I often refer back to it.  It really helped me get started with my weight loss journey which really was the genesis for my new lifestyle. Here it is as relayed by John Krakuaer:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

So the Minnesota starvation experiment is not something I am recommending, but learning about nutrient and delivery is what I am.  Once learned the practicing of nutrient delivery and timing everyday, and using things like nut butter, avocados, and tons o’ veggies to curb cravings,  gaining healthy muscle is so much more attainable.

As for the McCandless quote,  the latest “passion for the future” what I am embarking on is the creation of  a video library of my most delicious “Leanergetix Program” recipes.  The adventure is discovering how to make them quick, inexpensive, and extra-specially tasty. And of course find the time to prepare them so I can share them with others.

Also, people often ask me about the cool handmade Salt and Pepper ramekins grandpa made me for cooking that would allow easy access to seasoning. Almost everything I cook gets it so it is invaluable asset.  So I have decided to sell them on the inter webs.
If you would like one let me know and I will have trapper Bill whip you one up- cclaunch@leanergetix.com 208-615-LEAN.  You know I had to eventually sell something, as cooking and writing all day is not particularly profitable. 8.95 + shipping unless you buy 5 than shipping is free.

Oh, make sure you give these as gifts before 12/21/2012 as you will want your friends and family to have a chance to use them before Armageddon is upon us.

I would love to hear some comments about your thoughts on the inspiration.

Chixs are for Kids

People ask me all of the time, will children eat the meals you prepare for the Leanergetic lifestyle?  Indeed they will. As a matter of fact they eat it up!

If you have to say “no pun intended” it wasn’t all that clever in the first place (CHICKPEAS).

Digression ensues; back to the point.  If you make it they will come.  My sweet little niece Abigale loves our Leanergetix meals and snacks!  Granted she is 3 so she likes her treats too! I took a photo of this plate of lemon cordon blue, sauteed’ mini bellos, broccoli chips, and CHICKPEAS because we knew she would like it!

She didn’t just like it she said she loved it!  If you don’t believe me,  just ask me.

She ate every bite and enthusiastically showed me the final product.

Nuff said

Not that a 3-year-old needs a program or  personal trainer, however it is a great foundation for functional active living later in life.  All they need is their own body weight and some space.  We do not feed Abby the program every meal. We simply put most of the items on her plate, possibly a few others when we are having a family meal together.  She usually gravitates towards the healthy whole foods. She is no dummy.  Believe it or not she had a shrimp appetizer, she asked for it, it was in the ice box……what a supper.

As I continue to cross weak excuses off my own list of why I can’t do the program, i.e.; “I have 2 small children and I only have time to cook one meal”, seeing the previous example of Abby, it kind of throws some excuses out the window, doesn’t it?  I think I may write a book of top 100 reasons I can’t change my eating habits?  What do you think?  (For all you readers I have offended it couldn’t hurt to try – email me at cclaunch@leanergetix.com and I will shoot you the recipe).

Whip this little daisy up and see how it goes.  Today was another REMARKABLE day on the Program.

Getting Lean and Fishing Silver Creek


“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

Hemingway and Purdy on Silver Creek

This is an inspirational saying for only some people.  As a matter of fact many struggle with it especially when they are facing big challenges or trying times. We often fabricate worrisome outcomes in our minds and convince ourselves why we can’t do something.  So we just stop trying, or never start in the first place.  This is why many start ups, life changes, or diets often fail. People do not believe they can start exactly where they are today with exactly what they have today.  Things seem impossible, overwhelming, or  too complex to learn. Well when I first heard of hypothalamic obesity and insulin sensitivity, it sounded like Chinese to me.  I just didn’t think I could get my head around it. Today I am leaner than I have ever been, and I am doing things I never thought I would do.

I think of Earnest Hemingway and Bud Purdy every time I fish (what is arguably the best spring creek fishery in the world), Silver Creek.  Since I have learned to deliver the right nutrients to my body and mind, time it properly, I have become much improved in many areas of my life.  Areas like hockey and cooking. Most recently, I have become a skilled fly fisherman (still just a fly rod owner by Silver Creek’s terms).

If I would have given up after the first 15 years that I fished Silver Creek, I would never have seen moon rises like this!  Definitely wouldn’t have been around to winter fish with the mama and baby moose.

My energy levels are through the roof and my mind is so crisp lately that I am able to explore and try more things and different approaches to activities.  Way more than I ever would have in the past. Most times I wouldn’t even get started because I would just convince myself that I couldn’t do some things.

Not to jump all over the map, but it is my nature.

This another quote that is from a movie that has stuck with me for many years – I think it applies to this post.

Liddle: :“I think a man only needs one thing in life. He just needs someone to love. If you can’t give him that, then give him something to hope for. And if you can’t give him that, just give him something to do!”  Flight of the Phoenix. As many of you know I am the perennial optimist.  Without this optimism I would have not experienced so many of the EPIC days in my life for which I am so grateful. And if I do not know what to do, I just DO something.  Some things good, some better. And now, I do some things best.  Further, if I add look for guidance and support, I do it right the first time. Then I simply gain momentum and leverage that momentum to my advantage.  That is exactly how I got to where I am today.  I just started moving toward my goal of a healthy, functional, active life and I find myself there today.  Can I improve, I believe I can, I know deep down in my know-er, I will!

It is my wish that through prompting and teaching people how I have become “Leanergetic”, they can and will come to achieve their own hopes dreams for active functional living.  I digress again.

I finally landed a big one at Silver Creek in Idaho by not giving up hope! Many thanks to Chase and the rest of the team at Lost River Outfitters for answering my completely annoying questions, and listening to my skillfully embellished fishing tales over the years.  I am still going to catch a huge Cutbrown one day!
If you have a question about how to fish Silver Creek or Leanergetix, ask in the comment section below.  By just asking the question, by joining a community, this action just may be the first step.