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Steve’s Club Summer Leadership Camp 2013

Last Saturday I traveled to Philadelphia for my latest Culinary Adventure. I was asked to help with cooking for 26 athletes and 20 staff members for the 2013 Steve’s Club Summer Leadership Camp.

As I’ve experienced before, in an attempt to teach and help others, I ended up learning and growing more than I thought possible. I gave a presentation about cooking, leadership, and life and the kids taught me lessons that I’ll take with me forever.

There were many unknowns going into the experience, which made it more fun and eventful. I got my first taste of what it might be like to live on a military base and, furthermore, what it would be like to be a military cook! The kitchen was outfitted with a tilt skillet, one of my favorite pieces of equimpent, which we used for every meal.

A new group of kids was assigned to kitchen duty for each meal, which provided a fresh challenge three times daily. When it was my turn to speak, I shared a bit of my history and shared several quotes that have helped me throughout my life. These are they:

“When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.”

“Hard work will always beat talent when talent refuses to work hard.”

“Your greatest success is one step beyond your greatest failure.”

“Quality is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

“Well done is better than well said.”

“Keep It Paleo!”

I spoke a second time about the Zone Diet and making informed decisions. I taught about the macronutrient composition of foods and compared the terms “nutrient dense” and “calorie dense.” For the final exercise, I handed out the nutritional facts for McDonald’s (where many of these kids find many of their meals) and assigned a menu item to each of five groups. They had time to calculate the macronutrient blocks and then reported them to the group. We also looked at the the MN composition of the Paleokit, which is balanced according to the Zone Diet.

There are several other highlights from my trip including a trip to Benjamin Franklin’s Grave. I’ll do a second post on this experience once I complete the video.

On Tuesday, I got a haircut from a “high and tight” wizard for $10, which was worth the trip in iteself 😉

“Keep It Paleo!” My friends.

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Seen here with my teammates, Eddy and Jonah, negotiating an obstacle)

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