Dec 30, 2013

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Mz Everythang! Robin Roberts

Mz Everythang! Robin Roberts

Incomparable. Brilliant. Stunning. Fighter. Role model. Advocate. Cancer Survivor.

Mz. Everything Robin Roberts.

I, like everyone who has grown up in this country knows who Robin Roberts is. Whatever her parents did needs to be bottled and immediately sold in Costco sized quantities. Robin Roberts fought sexism and racism throughout her career beginning in sports and later into the morning news. Funny how waking up would be unimaginable without her on Good Morning America.

The New Year is fast approaching and regardless of what your fitness goals are, like loosing those last stubborn 10 lb.s are really insignificant when you think of what Robin Roberts has come against. As superficial as it may seem to just highlight Ms. Roberts fitness regimen I thought if we all could have an understanding of how dedicated to health and fitness this woman is that this could serve as some sort of inspiration. Looking at this example to better our lives inside and out. Realizing how her healthy lifestyle mentally and physically has helped her fight cancer, her career, and anything else this lady touches.

Her nutrition intake consists of foods high in nutrient density. The key is eating foods low in calories while being high in nutrients (vitamins & minerals). Great nutrient dense foods are kale, spinach, Greek yogurt, and a wide variety of fruits, grains, and healthy fats. Remember that fiber and omega-3’s are a large factor as well. Instead of spending money on supplements your nutrient dense food intake should be your supplementation. By taking in fiber and omega-3’s your body will fight off hunger while also allowing you to eat as much as you please since there is little to no calories in nutrient dense food sources.

And… REMEMBER TO EXERCISE!!! It’s a no brainer. Eating Clean + Exercise = a Healthier YOU

 

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Jul 15, 2013

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Obesity in Children Becoming an Epidemic Problem

Obesity in Children Becoming an Epidemic Problem

Obesity in children, specifically in the United States, is out of control and continuing to soar. One in three children in America are obese with numbers still on the rise.

Factor’s that constitute extreme weight problems in our kids are lack of physical exercise, genetics, unhealthy foods or practices. A child that is at risk of developing diabetes and heart disease’s activities have a direct link to their families’ food and activity levels. While the caloric intake of children have increased dramatically their energy levels have completely faltered.

In order to decrease these numbers in children we need to increase our families’ involvement in the child’s activities and diet. It’s more than likely that a child who is overweight comes from a family who is over weight. If families or parental figures take back control and limit television, video game, and computer use by being an example themselves that alone will help decrease these numbers.

If you are concerned with your child’s health the best way to know if your child is obese is to consult a doctor. Remember to be positive and there for your child. Most importantly be a LIVING EXAMPLE to your little ones. What power do we have if we’re trying to make our kids live a healthy lifestyle if we don’t practice what we preach.

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Jul 10, 2013

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What 200 Calories Looks Like

What 200 Calories Looks Like

Have you ever wanted to know what 200 calories looks like? Well, here’s a video that gives you a good visual on how you should use your calories wisely 😀

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Jul 9, 2013

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Don’t Cook Your Greens to Death Eat Them Raw

Don’t Cook Your Greens to Death Eat Them Raw

Greens are known worldwide for their vitamins, high fiber, and multitude of nutrients. But, did you know that your cooking all of these components of these Superfoods every time you boil/steam/bake,or dehydrate them. You are literally killing them every time you raise the temp on them. For real.

The best way to insure optimal health by getting everything and then some out of your greens is to EAT THEM RAW. Don’t worry I’m not here to try to sway you towards the raw food movement ;-D I’m just here to tell you if you don’t own a good blender (notice I said “good” blender/juicer….quality does help!) it’s about time you do.

Your probably asking yourself so how do I eat them raw? The obvious answer it salads and my all time fave smoothies. Just grab a handful of greens, preferably kale or spinach since them blend beautifully with anything else you combine it with(similar to Tofu), and add water/soy/milk, and your choice of fruit or protein powder. It’s fast and easy with a lot less clean up involved with the added bonus that your getting the best out of all of your greens. BTW be a little leery of the collards they can get pretty spicy in a smoothie. Believe me…. the dog won’t even get near it. Honestly, I tried and she didn’t.

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Jul 8, 2013

Posted by in Nutrition, Overall Well-being, Product Reviews | Comments Off on Fabulous Find! GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread

Fabulous Find! GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread

Fabulous Find! GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread

I’m always on the hunt for something that’s delicious and most importantly HARMLESS when it comes to your diet. Night time can be the hardest time if your having cravings and trying to be committed to a diet plan or just plain good. I have found the answer to late night hunger! GG Bran Crispbread helps with the cravings, makes you feel satiated, and is ideal for those who are diabetic. Low in carbohydrates (so it’s perfect for night time so your body doesn’t store added carbohydrates during sleep and end up as an added love handle :-( …), high in fiber, 12 calories per slice, only 3 digestible carbs, low insulin = weight loss euphoria!!!

I haven’t gotten a chance to look for it at my Whole Foods yet but you can order it from Netrition.com !

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Jul 8, 2013

Posted by in Miscellaneous, Nutrition, Overall Well-being, Top 3 | Comments Off on Golden Corral Employee Outs Disgusting Food Practices

Golden Corral Employee Outs Disgusting Food Practices

Golden Corral Employee Outs Disgusting Food Practices

A Golden Corral Employee disgusted by his companies practices has decided to out the restaurant by showing how sick and careless this business is. Disgusting images of a filthy kitchen were released as well as a video showcasing the restaurants extra storage station as no other than their garbage area outside.YUCK.

A Reddit user with the user id  GCWhistlebower posted four pictures of a kitchen abundant with garbage right by food that is overflowing. The GCWhistleblower described the photo as;

 “Just an average day for a Golden Corral Employee, best working conditions ever!”

See for yourself…

 

http://youtu.be/semGYHeYhNY

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Jul 3, 2013

Posted by in Fitness, Nutrition, Overall Well-being, Top 3 | Comments Off on Run Tarahumara Style w/ Chia & Pinole

Run Tarahumara Style w/ Chia & Pinole

Run Tarahumara Style w/ Chia & Pinole

If you’ve ever ran before than you’ve probably heard of the book Born to Run about the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico who are know to run bare feet for hundred’s of miles nonstop for pure enjoyment. Their diet is primarily made up of two things Pinole and Chia Seeds. These two sources are known to have great energy boosts and are a huge help to the Tarahumara people and other runners (newbies and athletes alike).

I tried for myself a few recipes that were noted in Born to Run and found them very helpful with my running with ample energy throughout the rest of my day. Pinole is most commonly known as Cornmeal/Maize and is toasted in a skillet on low to medium heat. They most commonly make it into a paste or even put into a drink.

Here’s the paste lowdown/recipe;

1/2 cup cornmeal, ground as fine as possible (Whole Foods Grain section peeps ;-D)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp brown sugar, honey, or agave nectar

Chia seeds (optional but I do recommend it)

Toast the Cornmeal on low to medium heat, and be careful because it toasts FAST! If you burn it the “toastyness” will over power the flavor of the paste….believe me I should know it was not cute the first time :-( Then take the toasted Cornmeal and transfer it into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. After the remaining ingredients are added then add your water. Be careful with the “water” step you control how much water you put into. Remember that the key is to add enough water until it becomes a paste.  After you’ve done all of these steps you can either put the paste into Tupperware or bake it at 350 * till’ it has a brownie consistency. I usually just put it in Tupperware and eat a tablespoon of the paste before a run on my way out the house first thing in the morning.

Here’s the drank lowdown/recipe;

10 oz of water or a bottled water (easier to grab and go if your a busy body like me)

1 Tbsp dry chia seeds

a few teaspoons lemon or lime juice

honey or agave nectar, to taste (optional I usually don’t add this but you can do your own thing :-D)

Add all of your ingredients to your water and let it sit for a couple minutes. Chia Seeds are like a gel consistency that absorb water. The texture might be odd to you at first but after a couple of times you won’t care. Chia also has a slimey consistency as well, so there might be a lil’ to overcome but you’ll get over it. Et VOILA! You have your Chia Fresca/a.k.a Tarahumara Drank to kick butt and take names on your next run.

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Jun 23, 2013

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Green Protein Shake

Green Protein Shake

This is a great recipe if your on the go, for breakfast, or need a complete meal (protein + complex carbohydrates). Enjoy!

1 Handful of green either Kale or Spinach

half a banana

1/4 cup of berries

Ziplock bags

Put all of the ingredients in a Ziplock bag and freeze. When your ready to use your greens and fruits grab a baggy from the freezer and throw greens and fruits in a blender. Then add what you usually use in your protein shakes (milk,water, soy milk, almond milk) and your protein powder. Then blend all of the ingredients together. Voila! A healthy shake consisting of healthy complex carbohydrates and protein! Enjoy!

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Jun 21, 2013

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Smoking’s Side Effects

Smoking’s Side Effects

If your currently smoking here’s a list of why you should quit. You owe it to yourself and loved ones to put yourself and your health first. Be a hero, save your own life, and quit smoking! Peace & <3

Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking from the CDC

Smoking causes death.

  • The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.2,3
  • More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.2,4
  • Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.
  • An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.

Smoking and Cancer

Smoking causes the following cancers:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
  • Stomach cancer

Smoking and Other Health Effects

Smoking has many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects, including increased risk for—

  • infertility,
  • preterm delivery,
  • stillbirth,
  • low birth weight, and
  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

 

Smoking is associated with the following adverse health effects:

  • Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoked.
  • Women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than women who never smoked.

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Jun 19, 2013

Posted by in Miscellaneous, Overall Well-being | Comments Off on Share the LOVE; Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds from “B is for Bob”

Share the LOVE; Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds from “B is for Bob”

My kids adore Bob Marley the embodiment of One Love, unity, and peace. So please share the love with your kids and loved ones;-D

One Love!

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