So, I found out this morning that my magazine shoot will be moved up to January 17, so I just lost that 2 weeks cushion that would have allowed me to have the occasional cheat meal or day off. As always, when I get ready for an event, I start surfing online for motivation videos and stories from athletes that are working hard towards their goals. One of my fitness idols is Pauline Nordin, a very hard-core athlete that manages to stay in competition shape throughout the year without seeming to lose any muscle mass at all. She’s only a little bit more weight than me, (she has about 6 lbs on me, and we’re the same height), but her muscle definition and size are beyond belief. She is uber-strict about her diet, something I would never be except when preparing for an event, but her discipline is something admire and turn to for motivation when I am dialing in.
I was reading through one of her blog entries, and was re-inspired to cook up some green cabbage to have on hand if I get the munchies late at night, (2 cups has only 13 g of Carbohydrates, and packs in a lot of healthy fiber, helps with the removal of bile acids from the digestive tract which lowers serum cholesterol, helps prevent bladder, colon and prostate cancer, and is especially high in Vitamin K – necessary for bone health – and Vitamin C as well. I had mine par-boiled and served up with some super-spicy mango pickle, (a favorite indian condiment that will burn your mouth off, lol). As you know, when I get into competition shape, I switch to a high animal protein, high saturated fat diet, so the benefits of boiled cabbage are especially applicable to me!
How to prepare:
Take a whole green cabbage and slice it into 1/2″ strips, then cut across again into roughly 1/2″ squares. Get a large pot of salted water up to a rolling boil, and add the cabbage. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes, then strain immediately into a colander. Toss a few times to distribute cooling evenly. Portion into 2-cup containers and enjoy later with mustard, mango pickle, soy-sesame dressing, or whatever your favorite condiment might be. Just keep the fats and sugars low as the whole point of using cabbage for filler is to fill you up without added unwanted fats and carbs to you daily totals.