Sunday, March 25, 2012
Cottage cheese is rich in Calcium and full of protein, important for bone density, making cottage cheese a healthy addition to your diet. It also contains riboflavin, vitamins B-12 and B-6, folate and vitamin A. Cottage cheese is a source of other minerals such as zinc, potassium, and phosphorous.
Put them on your list. Mushrooms are good for the inside and out!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Bonus, they're only 70 calories per serving! So throw some frozen mango into your protein smoothie to add that extra yum. ;)
One avocado has 3.8 mg niacin – 27% of your daily need
Bonus: Avocado fats are a Monounsaturated Fatty Acids. Mono's are the good fats and are key when trying to lose weight.
Potatoes are a complex carb loaded with fiber, which means they break down slower and make you feel fuller longer. Long snubbed by the GI, research has shown that the GI label is incorrect. Preparation can change the GI level, such as baking. Just be aware of what you put on it!
Tip: Try replacing sour cream with greek yogurt.
This is clever marketing. Words like All Natural and even Organic get tossed around in the same context, to make you believe that you are making a better decision for your body. Oftentimes the opposite is true. Reduced or Fat Free products might lower the grams of fat, but if you read the labels carefully, it's usually the same amount of calories just redistributed into chemicals and or heavier carbs and sugars.
If you know how to read labels, you have everything you need to make healthy decisions in the foods you buy. Don't be fooled by the marketing hype on the front of the label. Look to the ingredients on the back. This is where the truth is (or at least what the FDA makes them own up to).
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The truth is, if you're Fueling Your Body Efficiently throughout the day, you should eat up until an hour before you go to bed in order to maintain Blood Sugar Stabilization. This will help your body to wake up refreshed and energized.
I teach all these things about eating at my Fuel Your Body to work Efficiently for you Workshops @ The Studio. Education is your strongest weapon in the battle to lose weight. You can check dates and register all online.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
What to do? Well Dr. Oz says to use the A-OK sign with your fingers as a measurement for uncooked pasta. I say it's going to be different for different people but if you have a cup of pasta and drop on top of it a beautiful piece of salmon or chicken and then put a little bit of pesto or even cooking juices (cooked in olive oil of course) over the top, you have quite a lovely & healthy dish.
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What to do? Eat every 3-4 hours a meal of nutrient rich whole foods containing protein, fats, and carbohydrates. This will stabilize your blood sugar, boost your metabolism and help you to burn burn burn. The more of that stored fat you burn away, the more your body will need additional calories to make up for the used storage.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
From the first time I used the Bio-Peptide creme from the Ormedic line at Image, I could SEE a difference in my skin. Literally see it.
I'm not just saying that because truth be told, I used the Vital C hydrating enzyme mask and though the scent was divine, after about 5 minutes it was burning my skin so I rinsed it off. I'm not sure what caused the reaction. I think my skin was a little overworked at the time. I tried it again a week later and it was fine, but our relationship is a little strained now.
However, the Bio-peptide creme and I have been smooth sailing since day 1. My skin feels better and it's evened out my skin tone, noticeably. It also doesn't hurt that it smells very good. I've gotten into a little routine using the BP creme at night and am extremely happy with the results. I have to say, I'm loving these products more and more. So what's in it? Let's go down the list:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Organic) - Aloe Vera leaf. We all know the benefits of Aloe, but for those who want to know specifically, used topically, it heals skin, protects against UV damage, helps with skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, is high in antioxidants, contains salicylic acid which has anti-aging benefits. I could go on but we know already. Aloe is great for your skin.
Olea Europaea Oil (Organic) - Olive Oil. Since it has high vitamin E content, olive oil acts as a powerful antioxidant for the skin. Its regular application helps in maintaining youthful, healthy, glowing skin. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer as well, and you can use it for balancing the moisture levels of the skin.
Apricot Oil - Plant Extract
Japanese Green Tea (Organic) Green tea is a potent anti-inflammatory agent thereby reducing inflammation in the skin, and most importantly having an inhibitory action on collagenase, which is a collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide - Matrixyl - Stimulate collagen production and encourage the production of inter-cellular matrix substances such as hyaluronic acids
Ubiquinone - also known as CoQ10. The latest research suggests that topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
Sodium Hyaluronate found naturally in the extra-cellular space within bodily tissues, especially in the face, this lovely little ingredient helps your skin bring and absorb more water more effectively helping to support and hydrate the skin.
Shea Butter - is a rich source of antioxidants
Grape Seed Extract - Rich with a number of very potent antioxidants that help for diminish the sun’s damaging effects and reduce free-radical damage
Cucumber Extract - There isn't a lot of basis for the theory that Cucumber helps soothe puffy eyes, however there is research showing the lutein component of cucumber can have an effect on suppressing melanogenesis, or the process that leads to skin discolorations. Additional in-vitro research has shown that the constituents in cucumber can help protect skin against carcinogenic substances that cause tumors.
Monday, March 5, 2012
It’s the 5th of March and I’m a week behind on Dr. Oz. I think I suffered from D.O. overload from the week before, Actually, I watched this episode yesterday and I thought, just in case you didn’t get to see it, I should recap these “Five Diet Myths Busted!”
There were 25 in total. He didn’t get to debunk them all. We’ll cover his 5 first, then see how far we get. No promises. So here’s number 1.
First up to bat. Diet Soda.
Have you ever watched his show? Then you know his format. He’s interactive. Pulling people up on stage with him, using them to demonstrate his points. Now I think Dr. Oz is downright sexy but I don’t believe that I would endure being wrapped in saran wrap sporting a red hard hat, getting lord knows what dumped all over me. Not even for him. Megan is a brave soul indeed. She’s one of the believers that if it has less calories, then artificial sweeteners be dammed, it’s gotta be good for you. He so sweetly asks her if its working for her. No, not really. He then leads her across the stage…The bottom line is artificial sweeteners have absolutely no nutritional or biological business in your body AND they keep you craving sugars because your feeding it something it can’t really use so it want’s more. Stabilize your blood sugar levels and you won’t need soda of any kind.
You really don’t need it, and most of you know it. No secret here.