Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Thanksgiving arrives next week and not only signals the beginning of the holiday season but also the season of treats at the office, snacks at the school, dinners with the extended family and parties with your friends.  In other words, plenty of opportunities to overindulge.
During the next few weeks, you’ll find many hints and tips at the Fitness Friday blog for getting through the holidays healthy and happy.

Let’s start with Thanksgiving; some estimate that each of us will eat…

Need a new pair of shoes?

9th November 2012

What I typically hear from runners and other fitness enthusiasts: “I must be doing something wrong lately because my (pick one) knees, feet, ankles, shins, hips, lower back, are starting to hurt.”  While my eyes look down to observe their footwear, I ask, how old are your shoes?  The typical response, “Oh, my shoes are pretty new—I’ve only been wearing them about a year.”

Most athletic shoes have a life of about 300 to 500 miles or a few months.  If you also use them as…

Some herbs are seasonal, even in the mild climate of central Texas, and I miss cooking with basil too much to part with it altogether in the winter months. Basil loses its flavor as a dried herb, so freezing if the method I prefer to use to preserve it.

Other herbs which die back seasonally are dill, cilantro, chervil and parsley. They can be difficult to keep alive in the summer months so are worth freezing since they don’t dry very well. Lemon balm, lemon verbena and Mexican…