Spinach The Superfood

Spinach! From Chatelaine

  1. Spinach is an excellent source of calcium: By supplying 100mg of calcium in every 100g serving, spinach is an excellent alternative to dairy for its ability to support healthy bone growth and prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
  2. Spinach can help you relax: Spinach is one of the highest sources of dietary magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for smooth muscle relaxation of the arteries, as well as for hormone development in our adrenal glands to cope with high stress levels.
  3. Spinach is high in folate: Folate is important for everyone, but necessary for expectant mothers to ensure proper neurological development of the fetus in early stages of growth. So stock up on spinach to nourish your baby’s nervous system!
  4. Spinach is a great source of protein: There may have been some truth to the old Popeye cartoons. Spinach is one of the only vegetarian sources of protein that contains a complete amino acid profile to rebuild muscle tissue and support collagen growth, which helps to maintain healthy skin and mobile joints. 
  5. Spinach can help protect your eyesight: Spinach is high in lutein, a phytonutrient in the carotenoid family. Lutein specifically targets the eyes to avoid the macular degeneration associated with aging. It’s an antioxidant for the eyes that maintains healthy vision.

There are many ways to cook with spinach.  My fav way is just wilting it in a pan with a bit of spray or olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice.  Try it with garlic, mushrooms or with a peanut sauce.  Google “spinach recipes” and you come up with lots of ideas.  Also, add tore up pieces of spinach to pastas, soups and omelettes.

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The World’s Most Powerful Eating Strategies

Men’s Health asked international nutrition experts, cooks and international Men’s Health editors for tips on healthy eating from their homeland.  Click here for the tips!

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Why Your Abs Aren’t Toned From Crunches

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I do crunches religiously, but I don’t seem to get more toned in my abdominal region. What’s my problem?

A:  You may need to spend less time doing crunches and more time on the treadmill, stair climber, or stationary bike. Contrary to popular belief, abdominal tone doesn’t come from doing a million crunches. In fact, you may already have abs of steel — they simply may be covered by a layer of insulation. So, instead of doing 10 or 15 minutes of crunches, try doing three to five minutes of exercises targeting different abdominal muscles as well as your lower back; focus on using good form and really tightening those muscles. Then spend the extra five to seven minutes burning fat with a cardio activity such as running or cycling.

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Smart Weight Loss Solutions

Sonoma Diet author Connie Guttersen answers the following weight loss questions on EverydayHealth.com:

We all make New Year’s resolutions, and often these resolutions involve weight loss or fitness goals. But many of us quickly lose traction and don’t achieve our goals. What are the psychological and emotional reasons behind these failures?

What is the biggest mistake people make when making a resolution? Are you setting yourself up for failure when you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get fit?

What are three things you can do to improve your chances of success before you make a healthy lifestyle change?

Why is it so hard to keep the weight off after a diet, and what can you do to maintain weight loss?

How can you rearrange your life to make it easier to avoid diet temptations?

What advice do you have for people who just don’t like to exercise or who avoid it for other reasons?

It’s easy to make excuses when you’re juggling work and family responsibilities. How can you make time for your resolutions in a hectic schedule?

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Making Resolutions Realistic

  



Make New Year’s fitness resolutions specific but realistic: experts

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New Years Resolution

Most people’s new year’s resolution includes getting into shape, or at least losing the few pounds put on during the holidays.  I’ve put together some helpful links to aid you in reaching your goal.  All links open in separate windows!

What kind of dieter are you? – Find out what diet method suits you best given your answers to the questions.

Diets A to Z – A summary of all the popular diets.  Find one that suits you.

Join a weight loss challenge – Dr. Oz is lauching such a tool, read about it here.

Weight Loss Tips – Check these out and remember them.

Pick a fitness goal – My resolution is to run another 5Km race.  Pick a goal.  It can be a Try-a-Triathalon (a shorter version of a triathlon, you can “try it”), a 5Km walk/run, a bike, a hike up a (small) mountain, or to fit into a bikini for a trip!

Recipes and Meal Plans – I use the Eat Clean diet workout books, recipes and guide because it’s so simple and not expensive.  You use real whole foods and work out.  No gimicks.

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7 Upgrades for the New Year

I was just reading this on my own but thought it would be helpul here too.  It’s from Men’s Health and they also mention another fav of mine, Mary Hunt of Debt Proof Living.  Here are MH’s 7 upgrades for the new year:

  1. Go back to the gym (or wherever you work out)
  2. Manage your money (go to debtproofliving.com)
  3. Declutter (trash, donate, sell – just get rid of it if  you haven’t used it in 3 months)
  4. Experiment with spices (and update your rack – spices are good for only about 6 months)
  5. Help out with kids (your own or in the community – be a role model)
  6. Donate to charities
  7. Drink some champagne – it’s recession cheap along with most wines!

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Low Down on Popular Diets

‘Tis the season for new year’s resolutions and the ever-so popular dieting.  Hell, I’m still working on the one I made last year…or the year before…anyway, it’s slowly working and my fitness is improving.

Here’s the low down on the most popular diets from EverydayHealth.com.  Check it out if you are on one or thinking about choosing one.

Click here!

January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

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