My continuing search for fitness on the bike is always leading me down new paths. All are appealing, but some entail dredging up baggage I’d just as soon not have to bother with. This happened just a few weeks ago when Graeme Street sent me his new Cyclo-FUEL program. What could be better? Three different nutrition regimes: weight-loss, maintenance and performance; DVD lectures on the basics of nutrition; and demos by Graeme himself in the kitchen….cooking.
My downfall is cooking. And there’s a good reason for that. I think you “inherit” your cooking nous from your mom. The only time I ever saw my mom in the kitchen was when she was passing through it on her way to another part of the house. My idea of fancy cuisine is serving the finished product in a dish rather than eating it straight out of the pan. Still, I can’t say I feel deprived. Simplicity is elegant. Wiliams Sonoma would make a fortune if I ever took a shine to this kitchen routine.
Back to Graeme’s nutrition program. It was clear to me this might fit my lifestyle when I watched the DVD of Graeme in the kitchen preparing a salad. Here’s a handful of arugula; put it in a bowl. Grab a tomato, hack away at it, plop it in the bowl. Want some seasoning? Here’s a block of cheese, chop a little off with a knife. Salad in 30 seconds. Was that hard? Music to the ears of one who looks forward to spending time in the kitchen about as much as I do swabbing the bathroom floor.
Don’t get me wrong. Despite my reluctance to cook, I do eat healthy meals. There’s just not much variety to my repertoire. But with Graeme’s take-no-prisoners style in the kitchen, I think I can overcome this. Besides, he’s big on leftovers. Cook once, eat for weeks. And juicing. Imagine this: oranges, lemons, pineapple and……..kale! Bet that caught you off guard, didn’t it? Try it — it’s invigorating! Now if I could just figure out how to use that juicer without having to wash it each time…..