An Introduction to Jackson Hole Foodie

Jackson Hole foodieWhen I spoke with Stacy Fisher of Fisher Fitness I asked her if she knew anyone in Jackson who specialized in local food.  She immediately set me up with Annie Fenn, a retired OBGYN from Jackson who currently spends her time focusing on her loves; family, food and photography.

Annie writes for her own blog,  Jackson Hole Foodie where she covers the growing, foraging and cooking of food. She is doing a lot of amazing things with her writing, in addition to her own blog she also writes feature articles for Teton Family Magazine, her current online column is 5:00 in the Tetons, a guide to inspired drinks, both with and without alcohol (pick your poison!).  She also created a column titled In The Kitchen  for the print magazine Teton Home and Living where she pares her adventures with creative seasonal menus.

One of the topics that I find most interesting is her Loving Your Lunchbox column on Dishingjh.com.  She provides great menus for various lunches to even include a tasty traveling menu idea, something that totally piqued my interest.

A complete list of her published works can be found at the following link on her website, http://www.jacksonholefoodie.com/published-work.html

You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram @ jacksonholefoodie.

Annie graciously took the time to answer the following questions for me:

Q. If you were going on a road trip what would you pack in your cooler?

A. I get sleepy when I drive long distances, so I always keep bottles of ice tea (black) in case I need a caffeine boost!  But mostly I pack lots of water, some sparkling water, and snacks I can eat without too much mess–black seedless grapes, whole wheat crackers and hummus, strawberries, blueberries, etc.  If I have time before I leave, I’ll bring a jar of homemade watermelon juice with mint and a squeeze of lime–it is really refreshing and just sweet enough to conquer a sweet craving.  If I am going through a town with a Whole Foods Market, I always grab a box of sushi and fresh salad rolls for an on-the-road lunch.

Q. What is your favorite quick healthy snack?

A. My favorite snack is a crisp apple, sliced into wedges and dipped in almond butter.  In fact, I eat this in the car almost every day when I drive my kids to the school bus or around town after school.

Q. What is your favorite healthy recipe?

A. My Nutter Butter Smoothie is fast and really satisfying.  1 frozen banana + 1/2 cup almond butter + 2 pitted dates + almond milk to cover. Whir in the blender.  I make lots of variations on this recipe for my family–my teenagers add cinnamon and honey, I sometimes skip the dates to make it less caloric–and we make it all the time as a pre- or post-workout snack, or for breakfast on the run.

Q. Do you have a favorite season for cooking?

A. Fall is my favorite time to cook. Our summers in Jackson Hole are short, so we spend as much time outside as we can.  When the weather starts to turn colder, I love spending chilly afternoons in the kitchen, baking oatmeal cookies and huge batches of granola, turning wild game that my husband hunts into curries and stews, and cooking Italian food. My favorite fall meal would started with a green salad with toasted pecans and cubes of butternut squash tossed in a maple balsamic vinaigrette, followed by an Italian porcini pot roast made from a bison or venison roast, with polenta and a side of braised Swiss chard. For dessert, I’d make an olive oil cake with almond flour, lemon, and orange rind.

Annie Jackson Hole Foodie

An Introduction to Stacy Fisher of Fisher Fitness

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I was lucky enough to connect with Stacy Fisher of Fisher Fitness (http://www.fisherfitness.com) for one of her Melt Method classes (http://www.meltmethod.com) while in Jackson, Wyoming.  I had never heard of Melt Method and was eager to experience something new.  I arrived to the studio to find people sitting on the floor on their yoga mats and a long body roller beside them.  As is my usual reaction I started getting anxious.

When I was working out with my trainer David he had us roll ourselves on foam rollers, something that I always thought looked awkward and difficult, I always opted for the Tiger Tail Massage stick.  I let those other people roll around on the ground while I quickly rolled myself out while standing. Looks like I was going to finally have to get down and dirty and actually foam roller.

Stacy started the class with a warm welcome and instructed us to do a self assessment of our bodies.  This involved us getting a sense of how our feet were grounded as well as laying down and getting an idea of how our bodies pressed against the floor.  She then asked us to grab two small rubber balls, one about the size of a bouncy ball and hard, the other essentially a softer tennis ball.  We ran through various pressure points with the balls underneath our feet, many people had extreme discomfort, I actually tolerated the pressure quite well.  I have struggled with Plantar Fascitis in the past and felt for those who were feeling the pain.  We then moved on to our hands and retested our connection and flexibility, it was amazing how much difference those simple movements made in my stance and finger flexibility.

We then moved to the floor to do the body work.  When I did my self assessment the weight of my left side against the floor in comparison to my right was the most notable.  Stacy instructed us to sit on the foam roller and to be honest my first concern was I was going to squash my roller flat, thankfully that didn’t happen and my anxiety lessened. We started rolling ourselves every which way on this roller, closing our eyes and focusing on our movement.  I was surprised that I wasn’t embarrassed about rolling around on the floor and I actually found it quite relaxing.  Once we were done rolling ourselves we reassessed our bodies and it was a remarkable improvement, my body laid more evenly, more natural.

The entire class was an hour and I enjoyed every moment in the room.  I look forward to learning more about Melt Method and I hope to incorporate this into my own routine.

Stacy offers both private training as well as group Melt Method and Belly up to the Barre.

Stacy Fisher, Founder
120 West Pearl Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
(1st/2nd Floor- South Side)

Mobile: 307.690.8906
Email: fisherfit@gmail.com
Web: http://www.fisherfitness.com

Stacy was kind enough to answer my personal trainer questionnaire:

Q. Why did you become a strength coach?

A. I was actually on the career path to becoming a Physical Therapist. I went to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and majored in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. As our final Senior semester, we were assigned real clients to train three times a week. I immediately fell in love with personal training, although I did not like getting up early in the morning! It also helped that my first client was a total gem…an overweight yet flexible, positive and strong willed man. He did whatever I asked and he actually became healthier and I became confident in my abilities as a trainer. I was amazed that I could have that positively affect another human’s life. That was 2004 and I have continued to evolve as a trainer, always keeping in mind the excitement I felt working with him.

Q. How do you customize your program to adapt to different fitness levels?

A. Every session is customized to my clients, every day. I adjust not only for different fitness levels, but also based on how they are feeling that day, what activities they did in the days prior, etc. There are many factors that go into creating a workout. People are dynamic and therefore it is impossible to plan a workout too far in advance. Living in a very healthy, active community like Jackson I usually have to work around my clients’ outdoor pursuits. This means I spend more time trying to correct dysfunctions caused by their sports. I feel fortunate that I can focus on corrective exercise and less on motivating my clients to stay healthy on the days I am not working with them. Mostly I pick a theme…say posterior chain strength and length or scapular stabilization, etc. I work in little a different manner than most personal trainers. I share space with Excel Physical Therapy and therefore I work in a rehabilitative manner, but also incorporating more functional full-body movements than physical therapy allows.

Q. What do you do in your community to stay in shape outside of the gym?

A. Run, bike, hike, walk my doggie, MELT, Yoga and downhill skiing

Q. Do you have a success story you are most proud of?

A. No. I feel that I have little mini-successes each day, either with my own professional development or when a client achieves a small or large goal. The last four years I have dedicated a majority of my work toward getting my clients to “Restore More”. We exercise a lot in Jackson, some people bordering on exercise addiction. I strive to get people to focus on restoring and hydrating their bodies through a new self-care technique called The Melt Method. I first discovered it at a fitness conference and it completely changed my outlook on the human body. It created profound changes not only in my body, but in my clients as well. I became the first Melt Method Instructor in Wyoming in 2009, so I guess that is one title I hold with pride.

Q. What is your favorite workout soundtrack or song?

A. I have a Spotify account, which is fantastic, albeit a bit overwhelming with all the choices out there. I make countless playlists for my classes…my clients say they like my music. I hope they are not just being nice! I try to incorporate all genres, because my clients range from 25-80 years old. I cannot play Beyonce all day as my older crowd gets tired of that pretty quickly! We had our first live DJ Belly up to the Barre Party recently. Working out with a live DJ was unbelievably motivating! I know I was working harder than ever before because I was SORE the next day! I am already looking forward to our next party in a few weeks.

Q. What is your most embarrassing gym moment?

A. I am truly a clutz. I hit my head on everything. I am not sure how I can be so balanced while working out and yet have terrible spatial awareness. They say that most accidents in the gym happen when you are not actually doing an exercise. I can confirm that is true. I have almost knocked myself out on the squat rack (a few times) by bending over to pick something up and whack! stood up right into the side bars. I have also been hit in the head by a medicine ball (my client threw it at me when I was not looking).  I cannot say I was embarrassed because I was too busy seeing stars.

Heather Erson Jackson Hole Photography

Heather Erson Jackson Hole Photography