Paleo Lifestyle - Pico de Gallo

Live Like You Give A Shit And A Pico de Gallo Recipe

jalapeno This past weekend Steve and I were out on a training ride and it was a great ride. Hot, humid, challenging and utterly essential as we taper in to Lake Placid. About 14 miles in to the ride I realized I was riding, I was having a nice time but I had totally lost focus of the purpose of the ride which was to push myself. It wasn’t intended for sight seeing, for a slow, leisurely spin; it was intended to train me for climbs, to push my limits, to quite frankly, kick my ass.

Somewhere between uphills and downs, curves and straight aways I lost focus on the purpose. I get a little spacey at times and also have a pretty stern inner dialogue with myself. When I made the realization that I had lost focus on the ride I called myself out, “Come on Cassia, ride like you give a shit!!! Make this count.”

Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for slow, leisurely rides. For taking it easy. There is purpose in this. But on this particular Sunday ride leisure was not the purpose, I lost focus of the task at hand. In a way I stopped giving a shit without even realizing it.

I’ve been accessing my actions a lot since then. The way I plate my food, the menus I plan, my job, the way I go in to auto pilot when I play with the kids at times… I’m not always fully present, fully committed, I’m not always really acting like I fully give a shit.

Well I do, I want to give it my all. I want to be fully conscious in my actions instead of sometimes going in to auto pilot. In this day and age with so many things coming at us from every direction it’s sometimes easier to check out. But in the end you’ll miss out on a lot.

How the heck does this all relate to pico de gallo you ask? When I made this pico instead of automatically pulling out the food processor and chucking all the ingredients in to it and letting it run I took a few extra minutes. I diced the tomatoes and onions and garlic and jalapeño by hand. I went outside and picked fresh cilantro. I took my time selecting my lemon and lovingly juiced it. I gave this salsa my full attention. I cared about making it. And you know what, I enjoyed the process more and it tasted better because of it.

paleo pico de gallo

Paleo Pico De Gallo

  • Dice the tomatoes
  • Dice the red onion
  • Dice the jalapeno(remove veins and seeds if you want it to be less spicy)
  • Mince the garlic
  • Chop the cilantro
  • Combine ingredients in bowl
  • Sprinkle with cumin
  • Squeeze with lemon/lime
  • Stir gently, lovingly, with great care

Or… If you just don’t have the time or patience throw it all in a food processor, but I promise, it just won’t taste the same.

I went out early for a ride today. I had an upper respiratory infection and my injury from a few weeks ago was flaring up. But… I rode hard, I rode with purpose, I gave a shit. And you know what, even though I went out feeling horrible and not even close to full capacity, I came back in feeling good for having done so, and my avg pace per mile showed it. Good things happen when you care…

Do you live with purpose, with focus, like you “give a shit” whenever you can?

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