Muscles on the Brain at Mealtime

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Men’s Health has great articles that cross genders!  This article, 11 New Mealtime Muscle Boosters: Because you just can’t eat another boneless, skinless chicken breast with brown rice is one!

Click on the link to see their reasons!

  1. Shrimp
  2. Oysters, clams, mussels
  3. Quinoa
  4. Couscous
  5. Sloppy Joes (???)
  6. Baked beans
  7. Portobello mushrooms
  8. Prunes
  9. “Fried” chicken (use wheat germ rather than corn flakes!)
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September 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

Transform Your Body ’09

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…and win five-night stay for two in French St. Martin at the new Radisson St. Martin Resort, Marina & Spa along with $800 to use for airfare or as spending money on your vacation!  Click here for the contest from Women’s Health Magazine!

September 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Debt-Proof Living

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If you haven’t checked out Mary Hunt’s Debt Proof Living website, do so!  Money stress can add unwanted pounds (remember this post?). Sign up for her daily newsletter and you’ll get tips on how to avoid debt, get out of debt, do things cheaply etc etc.  Today’s was cheap healthy food and here is a recipe of hers:

Garbanzo Bean Soup 

 
  •  1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced

In a blender or food processor, blend 3/4 cup chicken broth, garbanzo beans, tahini, mustard, garlic, and red bell pepper until smooth. Transfer the blended mixture to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining chicken broth and cook until heated through. Serves: 4.

September 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Recipes. Leave a comment.

Dear Diary

Hello!

I met with my nutritionist/personal trainer for the first time yesterday.  I enjoyed it…gave me some motivation.

Found out I weight about 153lbs, 36% body fat, goal weight in a year!  Maybe 135lbs-125lbs.

So, biggest changes? Eat less carbs as the day goes on, and incorporate more real food (Zone bars are for emergencies only), and eat more veggies!

We’ve also incorporated sports nutrition…eating before, during and after a workout.  BCAA, here I come!  (BCAA is branch chain amino acids)

So…how am I doing?  4 treats a week, and I used them up all on the first night.  Some classmates and I went out for pool and drinks. 

Today:

Breakfast – salmon

Lunch: Zone bar

Dinner: salmon, butternut squash/califlower with light mozz cheese, milk, peach

Snack: butternut squash/califlower with light mozz cheese, milk, some pcs of chicken breast

I haven’t been working out as much – trying to get into the gym grove.  Next week!

September 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dear Diary, Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

Negative Calories?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: Are there any negative-calorie foods? I heard that you can eat endless amounts of carrots and celery because it takes more calories to eat them than they contain. Is this true? Are there other foods like these?

A: The phrase “negative-calorie food” has been coined recently to refer to foods that use up more calories in digestion than they provide. All foods have calories, but some have very few. Carrots and celery certainly do have very few calories, as do lettuce, cucumbers, and other green vegetables. What these foods can help do is fill your stomach and relieve some hunger pangs while you are on a weight-loss diet. I would not focus a lot of attention on whether foods are “negative-calorie foods,” however. The point is that if you limit your intake only to these foods, you could become malnourished. You need to eat protein, carbohydrates, and fat to survive. Still, eating lots of raw vegetables can fill you up because they are relatively high in volume and fiber and low in calories. In summary, while they have a role to play in a weight-loss diet, they shouldn’t be the central focus of such a diet.

 

September 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

This Is The Life!

Just for interest!  Rich man, biggest personal yacht, owns soccer (oops, football) teams, helicopters in for games…sigh!

September 23, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Oxygen Covergirl

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Meet Vanda Hadaran.  She’s a two-time Ms. Fitness World champ and an Olympic silver medalist in gymnastics at the 1992 Olympics. Click here to find out:

  • Her weekly workout plan
  • Her daily diet
  • Her music playlist at the gym

September 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Hey Americans! Tax Break for Fitness?

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PHIT stands for the Personal Health Investment Today Act and, if passed into legislation, could allow for a $1 000 deduction for individuals and a $2 000 deduction for couples who file jointly.

For more information, click here!

September 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Good Tip! (I do this too)

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“Instead of piling up food in my fridge that says ‘Come eat me!’ I keep enough for only a couple of days,” she told the magazine. “And I rarely have treats around that might tempt me late at night, which is when I usually crave something really fattening.”

Jennifer Love Hewitt

September 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Portion Control Tips

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Hello!

Tomorrow is the day I meet with my personal trainer/nutritionist for the first time.  I am excited!

I know he’s going to say my weakness is portion control…so to celebrate getting a trainer, here are some portion control tips!

Also, a question from EverydayHealth.com regarding portion control:

Q: I keep hearing that the key to good dieting is portion control. Do you have any tips on how to put that into action?

A: I sure do! Many times we eat out of boredom, loneliness, or just because the food is in front of us. Until you have developed stronger discipline (and you will, but it takes some time), you might have to outsmart yourself to keep your portion sizes under control. Here are some ways you can do that:Try using a smaller plate. If you use paper, avoid the really large sizes and go for the medium and small plates. This way you’ll be controlling your portions without even realizing it. If you’re using regular plates, take out the salad plates and use them for your main dish.

When you’re cooking, go heavy on the veggies. Vegetables can fill you up — with good stuff — and make you less hungry for that second bowl of carbs or fatty food. This is a calorie-safe method to satisfy your appetite.

Ever notice how full you are after eating something hot? If you begin your meal with soup, you’ll find that you’re a lot less hungry for what follows. Soup is also a fantastic way to get vitamins into your meal — and it can last for a long time in the freezer.

Go easy on the helpings. If you know you’re likely to eat whatever you take, try to limit your first serving. You’ll probably find that once you attune yourself to gauging how hungry you really are, you’ll no longer need a heaping first serving, let alone a second.

September 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

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