Eat Fibre, Weigh Less?

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Ramp up the fibre, tighten your belt” – Toronto Star, July 31, 2009

“Fibre makes you feel full longer and seems to inhibit saturated-fat absorption. High-fibre foods also offer health-giving phytochemicals, along with flavour, crunch and few fats.”

P.S. Good articles in the paper this morning!

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July 31, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Garlic is Good for Your Heart

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Study shows garlic is good for your heart” – Toronto Star, July 31, 2009

“Cutting and crushing the garlic causes a chemical reaction that releases hydrogen sulphide – a stinky gas that occurs naturally in hot springs and volcanoes and smells like rotten eggs – and relaxes the blood vessels in the heart.”

July 31, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles. Leave a comment.

What Your Tongue says About Your Health

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I was watching “You Are What You Eat” on the W Network today while walking on the treadmill.  If you’ve never seen this show, it’s a UK show where a doctor takes an overweight person, goes through what they eat in a week, checks them out physically and overhauls their diet.  She checks their tongue, eyes, skin, poop (Yep!) and blood. 

I was curious about what my tongue said about me.  Answer yes or no to the following and click here for the interpretation:

  1. Does your tongue have a line down the middle?
  2. Does you tongue have teeth marks round the side?
  3. Does you tongue have a bright red tip?
  4. Is your tongue sore?
  5. Does you tongue appear dotted all over?

I have teeth marks around the side which means a weak spleen.  I do feel tired but I thought because I’m so active.  I had mono a few years ago as well.  So what to eat? Aduki bean soup beetroot, celery, fennel, dill, chicken, garlic, kidney beans, parsley, pumpkins and turnips.  Click here for more on what your tongue says about your health.

Aduki Bean Stew, from Kake’s (Vegan) Cookery Site, serves 3

  • 125g (4oz) aduki beans, soaked and cooked (save the cooking liquid, 40-60min to cook)
  • soya margarine to saute
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 medium leek, washed, halved lengthways and sliced thickly
  • 1 large carrot, cut into long julienne strips
  • 250g (8oz) mushrooms, cut into chunks unless very small
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbsp wholemeal (wholewheat) flour
  • chilli sauce (eg Encona or Tabasco) to taste
  • 1 tsp dark vegetable stock powder
  • 1 Tbsp good soy sauce (eg Kikkoman)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree (paste)
  • 1 x 400g (14oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • To finish: freshly-ground black pepper and chopped fresh parsley to taste

Saute the onion in the margarine until softened and starting to brown. Add the garlic, leek, carrot and mushrooms, and cook for another 5 minutes, until starting to soften. Mix in the paprika and flour and stir for another minute or so. Add the remaining ingredients, including the cooked aduki beans, plus enough reserved bean cooking liquid to half-cover the ingredients.

Stir well, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more cooking liquid if it gets too dry. Season with black pepper and parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, crusty bread, rice or couscous.

July 31, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Interesting Articles, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips, WTF!?. 2 comments.

Dear Diary

July 30, 2009

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Dear Diary

I got up early enough to go for a run, and I ended up running almost the whole 4km.  I usually only do about 2 or 3km so I was impressed that I did the 4km.  I guess it paid off taking a 1.5 week break (I did do one run during the “break”).  I ate well, although I got to eat more than just protein bars during the day!

Breakfast: the usual, omega 3 capsule

Snack: The Zone bar

Pre-workout: The Zone bar

Post-workout: The Zone bar (yep, no lunch, gotta remedy that next week)

Snack: blueberries, chocolate milk

Dinner: ???

Thursday

July 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dear Diary, Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

101 Running Tips

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“Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.” –Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher

Really, read through these.  Great advice and motivation!

#1. Accept the challenge!

Check all 101 here, in categories such as Starting OutBasic TrainingAdvanced TrainingHill RunningSpeed Training and RacingMarathoning, and Finish Lines.

July 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Victoria Beckham Breast Quiz

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Not really anything to do with fitness, weight loss, or anything really, but I have big boobs and am fascinated to what lengths women will go to get them.  Mine are natural.  These are not!  Victoria has changed implants over the years.Take the quiz to see if you can guess her cup size here.

July 30, 2009. Tags: , , , . Celebrity, WTF!?. Leave a comment.

Great Celebrity Body – Carmen Diaz

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I noticed that Carmen Diaz got way more defined after her breakup with Justin Timberlake a few years ago.  How did she do it?  On top of snowboarding and surfing, she goes to the gym like every day.  I read somewhere that she eats a broccoli and steak omelete in the morning, yum!  What does she do in the gym?  Lots of cardio and resistance training.

Training:

  • Lunges
  • Piles
  • Squats
  • Dips
  • Press ups
  • Curls
  • Punching
  • Pull ups / Pull downs
  • Medicine ball work
  • Reverse flies
  • Triceps kickback
  • Tricep curls

Cardio:

  • At least 3 to 5 times a week
  • Treadmill running
  • Cycling
  • Cross trainer
  • Martial arts trainer she developed in Charlie’s Angels and Charlies Angels 2

July 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrity, Diet, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Embarassing Running Problems

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Oh no, I can’t wait now to get more into running!  This came to my inbox this morning via MapMyRun.com: Embarassing running problems, what they are, what causes them and how to prevent them!  Here is what the article covers:

  1. Black toenails
  2. Leaky bladdder
  3. Runner’s Trots (Diarrhea)
  4. Acne on face, chest and back
  5. Itchy legs
  6. Rashes or hives
  7. Sore or bloody nipples (WFT??)
  8. Excessive sweating
  9. Uncomfortable underwear
  10. Menstrual concerns

July 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Interesting Articles, WTF!?. 1 comment.

Dear Diary

July 29, 2009

Dear Diary,

I’ve been feeling my workouts for the last 2 days (should be, I’ve changed them up!) so decided to run at lunch on the treadmill.  Went for over 40 minutes, a combo of running and a bit of walking.  Feltstrong_woman great!  Didn’t bike to work.  Ate well.  Feeling very strong, noticeably when I am walking up stairs.  Strong, lighter, quicker, not out of breath.  My bf worries that I’ll get skinny while he is away at teacher’s college.  I’m still working on the 100 push ups.  I can do a set of 50.  I haven’t been practising as much lately.  Gotta give that a go tonight!

Breakfast: the usual

Snack: The Zone bar, turkey, blueberries, coffee

Lunch: The Zone bar, turkey, blueberries

Snack: mixed berries, 2 pc of havarti

Dinner: steak, asparagus

Could be a dessert night!  The bf has been asking…or maybe popcorn with a movie.

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Easy, Quick, Healthy Recipes from Kraft

Giving these a try on the BBQ from www.Kraft.com – Caramelized Beef Skewers and Easy “Baked” Tomatoes.  The tomatoe recipe should come in handy when the garden is ready to be picked!

Caramelized Beef Skewers        beef

1 lb. (450 g) beef sirloin steak, thinly sliced

1/4 cup  KRAFT SIGNATURE Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, divided

1/4 cup KRAFT BarBQ Sauce

1 tsp.  Dijon mustard

  1. TOSS steak with 2 Tbsp. of the dressing; let stand 10 min. to marinate. Meanwhile, combine remaining 2 Tbsp. dressing, the barbecue sauce and mustard; set aside.
  2. PREHEAT barbecue to medium-high heat. Thread steak onto eight long metal or soaked wooden skewers.
  3. GRILL skewers 6 min. or until steak is cooked through, turning after 3 min. and brushing generously with the barbecue sauce mixture.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with hot cooked rice and a tossed green salad.

Make Ahead: Toss steak with dressing as directed; cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours before grilling as directed.

 How to Prevent Wooden Skewers from Burning: Soak skewers in water for 30 min. before threading on meat.

Easy “Baked” Tomatoes

4 large tomatoes, cut crosswise in halftom1/4 cup  KRAFT SIGNATURE Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 cup KRAFT 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese

  1. HEAT barbecue to medium heat. Place tomatoes, cut-sides up, in disposable foil pan. Top with dressing and cheese.
  2. PLACE pan on barbecue grate; close lid.
  3. GRILL 15 min. or until tomatoes are soft and cheese is lightly browned.

Substitute: For a flavour twist, prepare as directed using Kraft Signature Sundried Tomato and Oregano Dressing or Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing.

Special Extra: Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil or parsley just before serving.

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