Encouraging Health and Happiness

Diet

Many Ways to Build Fitness

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Check yourself out in the mirror! Are you proud of what you see?! If you don’t love what you see and you want to change your physique read on! Drop pounds and see a more tone reflection. To get there you must give your body challenging work and burn more calories. Exercise is obviously a great way to do this. When you exercise regularly, you build stronger muscles, especially if you work out with weights. Muscles use more calories than fat throughout the day, even while you are resting. This contributes to a faster metabolism.

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Calorie Counting for Cinco de Mayo? Try these Mushroom, Corn and Poblano Tacos

CincoDeMayoCinco de Mayo is just around the corner. Celebrating with traditional Mexican food can be delicious but also a real diet-buster.  If you are counting calories, these Mushroom, Corn and Poblano Tacos can keep your meal festive but still under calorie control. (more…)


4 Oatmeal Nutrition Facts You Need to Know

By Matthew Kayser

 

In your continuous effort to eat healthy and provide a good diet for your family, you have probably considered making oatmeal an essential part of your daily diet. You should now commit to the food that is often considered one of the healthiest choices available.

The oatmeal nutrition facts reveal even more benefits than previously thought.

The facts are these: if you are looking for a delicious way to eat healthy, and you want to entice your children into eating well by offering them something that is quick and tasty, you need to consider oatmeal. (more…)


Skier’s Diet: Surprising Muscle Building Foods

Super foods that will make you super fit this ski season. Garlic anyone?

By Kellee Katagi

posted: 09/05/2012

 

As you coax your muscles back into ski shape, fueling them well can add heft to your training. Your instinct is likely to reach for a steak (and rightly so: A 2009 study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that eating four ounces of steak after a workout built muscle 50 percent better than a placebo), but these other strength-building foods may surprise you.


Superhero’s for your Gut

I recently saw the new Batman Movie ” The Dark Knight Rises”   Christian Bale once again struggles to keep Gotham City safe from Crime and Harm to citizens.

  • Did you know that certain foods you eat, destroy your gut and it’s ability to fight off infections, weight gain and zapp your energy and moods?

Get  some Superhero’s in there to kick some bad guy booty and clean up your gut!

They’re called Pro-Biotics ( they mean  literally “for life”)

The best and most powerful enzymes – are found in fermented foods

EAT FERMENTED  VEGETABLES!

Get  thinner, gain energy,  reduce bloat and digestive issues, and boost your immune system! (more…)


Olympic Foods – What world class athletes need

I decided to celebrate the Olmpics this year with an Opening Party!

My husband and I had some friends over and watched the Opening Ceremonies from London with some amazing foods!

OLYMPIC FOODS!  – stay tuned this week for recipes!

1.  Jicama Watercress salad with citrus vinagrette

2.  Black rice and mango salad

3.  Cinnamon beef

4.  Fish

5.  guacomole (avocado)

6.  corn on the cob

7.  pickled onions

8.  corn tortillas

Foods world class athletes eat.  Why?

 

These foods increase

  • circulation
  • energy
  • heart health
  • cellular metabolism
  • immune system
  • mineral absorption
  • bone density
  • digestion

they also decrease

  • inflammation (overtraining induced)
  • weight gain
  • oxidation (from bad foods and pollution)

Jicama Watercress salad with citrus vinagrette 

Why athletes eat it:

Jicama Anti-inflammatory, high in B vitamins, potassium, iron, magnesium, increases cellular metabolism (a must for endurance athletes)

Why you eat it:

it’s loaded with all sorts of healthy benefits including vitamin C, lots of iron, and a dietary fiber called inulin that speeds up your digestive system!  The best thing about eating it?  Virtually no calories!

Watercress 

A study published in the British Journal of  Nutrition reports that eating a small amount of this leafy green each day raised  levels of key antioxidants that fend of damage caused by exercise. – Overtraining causes stress on the body and inflammation

Why you eat it :

Decreases inflammation and oxidants from bad foods and environments.

This salad is chock full of nutrients and deliciousness – Read on for recipe!

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Breakfast Club, Final Meeting!

Are you eating breakfast?  Could it be better?

Last week I posted options for rushed days, to keep your sanity, energy and pant size (or DROP ONE!)

This is the last of the breakfast club!   I have given you two more options.
For more relaxed days and in-between days.    Get on the breakfast train!

All Olympic Athletes eat breakfast!  Be awesome and beautiful, join the club!   Read on

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