Digestable #6: Up Your Culinary Game at Home, Killer Family Photos, Fix Your Shoulders, and Be at Your Best When You are at Your Worst

Welcome to another edition of Digestable, the short, weekly email where I share information, ideas, and what’s new with me. 

Let’s go!

  • Chartreuse, Cardamom, & Plume: The world just got a whole lot tastier. My good friend and the #1 foodie I know, Julie Harvey, is now sharing her unique and delicious recipes on her new food blog here. Julie honed her adventurous palette at Cafe Haven, an award-winning cafe she and her husband Michael built from scratch. If you ever get an invite to a dinner party at Julie & Michael’s house, you don’t say no. Subscribe to her website and go on a culinary adventure!
  • Live, Virtual Cooking Classes: Now that you have worked up an appetite checking out the recipes on Julie’s website, take your cooking skills up a notch with live, online cooking classes with Chef Steven Brochu. Steven is the owner and chef at MilkCrate, a local (Edmonton) cafe, catering, and food consulting company. These online cooking classes are a brilliant response to the pandemic’s effect on his cafe business. This is the perfect, at-home date night activity for you and your partner or your kid. Find out more here and contact Chef Steven to book yours.
  • Edmonton Family Photographer: My friend Elijah Stauth is a brilliant photographer now making his gift available to the rest of us. Check out Little Wolf Picture Co. for examples of how beautiful your next family photo could be. You can also get a taste of his skills out in the wild with these stunning photos from an ice climbing trip Eli and I went on last winter.
  • Fix your shoulder pain at home: Crossover Symmetry is a tool Amanda I and use at home 4-5 days per week for shoulder rehab and prehab. The “maintenance” routine only takes 5-7 minutes per day, or you can use it for a full shoulder workout. If you ever go to a physiotherapist for shoulder pain, chances are they will be prescribing you many of these same exercises. More than ever, we all know the value of investing in at-home fitness equipment and this is a valuable tool to have in your inventory.
  • Quote I’m Pondering: “The grit that matters most is learning to be your best when you’re at your worst. This is really the difference between elite-level performers and everyone else.”. – Chess Champion and Martial Artist, Josh Waitzken.

    This quote was Josh’s answer when being interviewed by Steven Kotler for Steven’s new book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer. In this book Steven identifies 6 types of “grit”, and how they can be trained. Grit type #4, The Grit to Be at Your Best When You are at Your Worst, is the one that jumped out to me. Next time you are beat-up and exhausted, but still need to be the best version of yourself for the people around you, try thinking about it as an opportunity to practise this skill.

Thanks again for following along. Should you come across something noteworthy this week, please send it my way! If you are enjoying this newsletter, I’d love it if you shared it with a friend or two.

Yours truly,
Jeff

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