Healthy Lifestyle Fitness, Nutrition and Overall Personal Wellness <![CDATA[Avocado Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:39:58 +0000 <![CDATA[Ice Hockey Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 16:43:11 +0000 <![CDATA[ It's That Near-Twinkie Goodness ... Without All The Bankruptcy!]]>

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, for the last time, I know! It isn't a Twinkie, but, since Hostess's unfortunate fiscal collapse, it's the closest we've been in a long time. I happened across an article in a business section of a newspaper that talked about how Little Debbie was going to use her 'street smarts' to launch what the writer was drubbing as 'The Near-Twinkie.' Two days later, I happened across a box at my corner Target stores, and, on an impulse, I picked 'em up.

For the record, no, it isn't the ill-fated Twinkie, but you know what? I'm no culinary expert, but it's a reasonable facsimile. No, the golden cake doesn't have quite the same level of moist sponginess that Hostess managed to squeeze into theirs, but what there is works just fine. I'll admit that, by the last bite, it may've all been a bit slow heading down the esophagus; still, that's a small price to pay (compared to the hefty $75-$100 a box of Twinkies will run you on eBay these days).

And, of course, there's a creamy center -- a white, sugary concoction that we were all brought up to love and crave so well. What Little Debbie pumps into the center of its golden delight isn't quite as sweet nor as creamy as I can recall from my days dining on Twinkies. It doesn't ooze around as well off the tongue as it should. I'll hold out hope that the formula gets a modest adjustment as the days wear on.

So, of course not. It ain't the Twinkie of our youth. Hostess has announced that it has several interested parties vying to take over that throne, so, until that fateful day, Little Debbie is just going to have to do, kids. It ain't a bad substitute, and it could be far worse. For now, Little Debbie has found a way back into my heart ... erm, I meant 'stomach.']]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:57:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Gardening Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 18:59:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Super Size Me Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> What can I say?  This is ridiculously stupid for the fact that Morgan Spurlock tries to point out how unhealthy McDonald's food is by eating it for a whole month.  Of course if you eat crap like that for a month, you're gonna get tons of health problems.  But really, if you eat too much of anything, even healthy foods (such as only eating fruit for a whole month), you're gonna get sick one way or another.  Moderation is the key for everything.

You don't need a movie like this telling you that fast food is unhealthy.  Just use common sense.

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<![CDATA[ Good Multi for Certain Buyers]]> Rainbow Light's Brain & Focus Multi is a food-base formula rather than something only concocted in the lab. This gives it better bio-availability and it is less harsh on you system. Many multis have given me an upset stomach if I don't eat food with them, but not these. That said, I'd still make sure I took these with a meal for better absorption. On that point, the daily dosage is broken down into 3 tablet a day, one with each main meal. This is another plus if you care about spreading out the nutrition over the course of a day rather than all at once.

Folks who just want a simple singe dose a day though may not like that. I suppose you could take 3 tablets at once, but I've not tried that and many of the vitamins could be consider mega-dosed at that point. And the Brain & Focus Multis are more expensive than your standard Centrum or generic multivitamin. Also, being food-based, they have a bit of a odor and slight flavor that may put some people off, though it was mild enough for me not to care. I didn't notice any special focus and concentration benefits after a month of taking these, nor any other improvement in health. Only the lack of any upset stomach. For that alone they are worth considering. If you don't want a large dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and you eat a healthy, varied diet, then you could take just one, maybe two, of these a day. Then I would say they are a very cost effective multivitamin.

~ Kort]]> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:10:08 +0000
<![CDATA[ One of the Better Powered Toothbrushes]]> Oral-B Smartseries 5000. In addition, I have a slim Oral-B Pulsonic that I use when traveling. I also have an Oral-B Professional Care 3000 that does a decent job of cleaning. Its brush head is smaller and less effective than the 5000's, and it has only 3 modes rather than 5 and doesn't come with a SmartGuide™. The 5000 is less bulky and seems to hold a charge longer as well, nearly 2 weeks. Aside from that, they are fairly similar. They both pause when it is time to move to a new brushing zone and have the pressure sensor that lights a red LED when you press too hard.

There are a few quibbles. The pause that lets me know I need to change where I'm brushing is a bit too long, esp. when it reaches 3 pulses. It is louder than Sonicare electric toothbrushes though not as noisy as the Pulsonic or 3000 model. The travel case is bulky and somewhat unnecessary if you don't plan to use it when traveling. I don't use the SmartGuide but I can see how it may be helpful to young children when brushing and may add a bit of fun to the process. Personally, I'd rather save a little money and just get the brush. Speaking of cost, replacement brush heads are rather expensive as well.

I find it easier to get a thorough brushing with a powered toothbrush. A standard manual brush can work too too, but it takes less effort when using a brush like the 5000. In the past I used a Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite R732 and I have to give the cleaning edge to the Sonicare. But the Smartseries 5000 is still an effective cleaning tool for someone willing to invest a bit in their oral hygiene.

~ Kort]]> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:31:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Fruit Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:26:05 +0000 <![CDATA[ Great Ideas For Someone Wanting to Add More Veggies and Fruit to their Lives ...]]> What you see is what you get in this cookbook. There isn't a breakdown of why to go vegan or what vegan looks like. Instead the book gets right to the recipes. And the ingredients in the recipes should be in most grocery stores.

I think this Is going to be a great resource for someone who knows the whys of going vegan but doesn't know where to start.

If you are looking for recipes to use your miso or make your own seitan you won't find them here. But if you want to eat Vegan and love salads and veggies and don't have a pantry full of unfamiliar ingredients you'll find some great recipes here. Also, if you have been a processed food Vegan who leans towards Oreos, Fritos, Soda but want to get more into veggies and make your own meals this would be a good transitioning cookbook. There is reliance on processed foods, but not as much as I expected. Most recipes use fresh produce as well. Of note, there are very few dessert recipes. Don't expect to find vegan cupcakes, cookies and oodles of treats. But the book doesn't promise that either.

I did find several recipes that sounded good. I did not make them as I borrowed the cookbook from my library and time was limited. However, I found several recipes I want to make so I'll be purchasing or borrowing this one again. Recipes like Maple Coleslaw, Hot and Sour Slaw, Tahini Brown Rice with Artichokes and Chickpeas, Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein, One Pot Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Cellophane Noodles with Scallions and Chow Sauce, Japanese-Style Soba Noodle and Red Cabbage Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Tuscan-Style Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes are a few of the ones that grabbed the attention of my tastebuds.]]> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:20:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ The Information Alone is Compelling, The Recipes Look Mouthwateringly Good...]]>
Brazier's why to go plant-based is very compellingly presented. He has done some serious homework. The first 100 or so pages of Thrive Foods is focused on the realities of nutrition and why the Standard American Diet is not a recipe for health. Brazier then tackles what animal products contribute to (or actually take from) the environment. He offers solutions. I.E. go plant-based, and he offers the how to do that. Finally, in an attempt to "boil down" foods to the most nutrient rich/best overall choice he's come up with a formula. Now. I'll be honest. Though I was intrigued with this formula and the end result, my inner math-phobe rebelled a bit and I went into my high school math class induced happy place. But, since I've matured and survived radiation math I pulled myself back out and decided I needed to learn what he was patiently teaching. It's fascinating and horrifying. His top Thrive food choices added a positive spin after the bad news, so I ended up feeling hopeful that one person, one choice at a time, does make a difference. I was also thrilled to see that many of his go-to power foods are ones we already incorporate into our lives. He introduced me to several more.

Finally, Brazier offers loads of recipes, some his own that are tried and true. Others from chefs and restaurants he respects. Most of them sounded delicious. Brazier makes his own sports drinks and bars. And his athletic abilities prove that his diet is indeed part of making him the machine that he is. Since my time with the book was short-lived I didn't actually make any. However, these are the recipes I want to try. His Lemon-Lime Sports Drink, Kombucha Mojito, Candied Grapefruit Salad, Cream of Asparagus Soup, Energy Bars and Gels, Roasted Garlic Quinoa, Rustic Sweet Onion Flat Bread, Bok Choy Couscous with Sacha Inchi, Live Falafels, Live Seasoned Cashew Cheese, Live Cashew Sour Cream, Pecan and Dill Pate...okay. I want to try a lot of the recipes, and I'll be buying the book.

Alas, now the library version of Thrive Foods has to go back to the library.

I recommend this book to those who really want to go the next step from whatever diet they eat into whole food veganism. Athletes or manly men who wonder if they can find enough protein in plant food to survive and thrive should also check into Brazier's books. Newbie or transitioning from standard Vegan to whole food Vegan would benefit from this book as well. It's also going to be a great resource on what foods are the richest Thrive foods and how to prepare them. Folks who just wonder if a Vegan lifestyle is realistic, contains what the body needs, or palatable might want to score a copy. Finally, if you are eager to green up your life and reduce your carbon footprint, you should find his calculations fascinating.]]> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:16:35 +0000
<![CDATA[ New to Vegan Very Helpful Basic Recipes and a Few Tasty Twists for Experienced Vegans...]]> I made the following recipes from The Happy Herbivore.

Oatmeal Cookies
Fruity Oatmeal Bars
Chicken Style Seitan -- (which required these as well: No-Chicken Broth Powder (which will be a nice addition to my pantry) and her Poultry Seasoning Mix)
Maple Cornbread Biscuits
Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos

My assessment of the book.

Lindsay Nixon's Happy Herbivore cookbook opens with an explanation of why and what Vegan looks like, what to have on hand to prepare Vegan meals and tips and hints. Had I been just starting out as a Vegan I would have very much devoured this section, and the very end of the book that is simply two pages that give details on what and how to make substitutions in standard recipes. After almost a year of the Vegan learning curve, this is less important to me.

As for the recipes. The Fruity Oatmeal bars are exactly as she said they'd be. Cereal bar taste and texture just like a Nutri-Grain type bar. Very tasty. I'll definitely make these again. There was no added fat as promised in the secondary title of the book either. Same scenario on the Oatmeal Cookies. Good texture, a soft cookie that is chewy and flavorful. Again, no added fat. One step in the directions caused me pause and I did not follow it. She suggested placing part of the batter/dough on parchment paper and laying it carefully upside down over the jam layer. I chose the lazy way out and allowed a few holes for the jam to peek through after plopping and spreading.

I love the No-Chicken Broth Powder. It makes quite a bit, a cup and a half or so (1 TBSP to 1 cup of water). It will work in other recipes and will be a nice staple for my kitchen. The poultry seasoning was a mix of several spices, and again, will be an addition to my pantry. The Chicken-Style Seitan was chicken-like. Nice flavor, and decent texture. It's still Seitan and has that texture so it won't fool most omnivores. It was a little time consuming so I'd make a double batch next time and try freezing it for the future or keep it on it's extra liquid/gravy in the fridge for a few days. The making was easy, but it required almost an hour to simmer and half hour to bake. Most homemade Seitan is involved, though, so this was not unexpected. There is a recipe on the web that I like slightly better that will be my go to "chicken" sub recipe but I believe I'll add the No-Chicken Broth Powder to it.

The Maple Cornbread Biscuits were very tasty and I loved her trick to keep them fat free! We also loved the Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos. I baked them a shorter amount of time and mashed the chickpeas. Very good flavor and a nice "meaty" feel.

The other recipes I'd like to try are:

Mushroom Burgers
Torkey (Tofu Turkey)
Spicy Sausage
Baked Shells and Cheese (which requires the Cheddar Cheesy Sauce)
Veggie, Bean, & Quinoa Croquettes
Baked Beans
Baked Onion Rings
Chili-Lime Corn Chips
Ranch Dip
Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
Sour Cream
Nacho Cheese Sauce
Brown Rice Milk
Gravy (three different ones)
Cinnamon Buns
Gingerbread Mini-Loaves
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Most of these recipes are not unique to The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. Many are on blogs. However, I'm at the point where I'm looking for the perfect go-to recipes to replace family favorites and/or for holiday baking and entertaining. I am giving the cookbook a 4 star rating especially for new to Vegan cooks, and a 3 or 3 and 1/2 for unique recipes or for experienced Vegan eaters looking for unique or new ideas.

Depending on what you are looking for this could be THE cookbook for you. The recipes are basic and a chef's hat is not a required tool to use it in your kitchen. Vegan eaters who want to cut fat should look into it. An experienced Vegan who has been playing around with recipes for a long time may not find as many keepers as a new Vegan would.]]> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:11:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Horton's 10 MINUTE TRAINER 5 Workouts SET - Includes Resistance Band and Other Extras Quick Tip by Clay_Miller]]> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:45:17 +0000 <![CDATA[Eggplant Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 03:43:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Sleep Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
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<![CDATA[Pizza Hut Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 20:53:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ Not the Only Vegan Cookbook You'll Ever Need, But Will Add Nice Spice to Your Life...]]> I'm not a cookbook collector. Oh, I collect books and have a whole wall of bookshelves to prove it. But I need my cookbooks to be more than pretty decoration. If they don't work for me, I scavenge what I will use, put it in a three ring binder and the cookbook moves to a new home. Vegan with a Vengeance is moving in.


I've made nine recipes. One of them twice. All but one of them stellar. The following is a list of the items I've tried.

Seitan. Terrific and easy. Yum.
Sparkled Ginger Cookies. AMAZING. All thumbs, and big toes, up.
Fauxstess Cupcake. They taste freakishly like the original.
Chocolate Chip cookies. Good
Pumpkin Muffins. Really good.
Lemon Gem Cupcakes (I made a bundt version... very, very lemony delish)
Gingerbread Apple Pie (Good and got raves from non-Vegans.)
Cold Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Seitan (making that one for dinner tomorrow, the sauce and seitan are done, pretty sure it's going to be delish.)

Other recipes are marked with "gotta try this" strips of paper. Others won't be ones that tempt me. She has a pancake recipe that looks way too involved and I have a pancake recipe that I LOVE. Scrambled Tofu, tried it, didn't love it and I have another recipe I like better. Many of her recipes are comfort food makeovers or fun twists on standard ethnic dishes.

Moskowitz is clever, creative and funny. Her bodacious attitude peppers the book with comments and she shares her story, her kitchen tool list, and her ingredient must haves. Her cat, Fizzle, pops in with interesting facts throughout the book.

I don't think Vegan with a Vengeance could be the only Vegan cookbook you'll ever need, but it certainly can add a whole lot of interesting spice to your menu repertoire.]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:46:54 +0000
<![CDATA[ Vegan? Looking for Healthier/Meatless Recipes? Love Cookbooks? Check it Out.]]> When I get a cookbook, I look through the recipes and try a few that sound good to me. And if there are five or ten recipes I will add to my life recipe file, I consider the book a keeper. I'm pretty picky. If a recipe book has only two or three I want to try, I don't buy it. If I'm given the book with just a few keeper recipes I usually will copy down the recipe, put it in my file and get rid of the book. I just don't need a huge shelf of books that aren't being used.

Peas and Thank You is a keeper. A lifetime member of my recipe shelf. The recipes I've tried are delicious, they turn out when I follow the easy directions, and they don't taste like someone is trying real hard to make tasty food healthier. Everyone who has tried the recipes I've made from Peas and Thank You, whether Vegan or meat eater, cautious eater, or don't-give-a-rat's-rear-end-what they put in their mouth, rave about the food.

I have only tried nine of the recipes, but three of them I've made several times. These are the recipes I've tried and love. And they are SO worth the stinking sticker price. Heck. I'm tempted to send a check to someone.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Lemon Lentil Soup
Cutout  Sugar Cookies
Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
Almond Joy Cookie Bars
Peanut Butter Blondies with Ganache
Double Chocolate Single Chin Brownies
Grand Old Biscuits
Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chickpeas

I have about a dozen more that I must try. More recipes are marked than not.

Mama Pea (Sarah Matheny) is a talented and engaging writer as well and she shares charming and sweetly twisted stories about each recipe. I don't often laugh when reading a recipe book. I did with this one. She also shares pantry information, details about why they went vegan and most of her recipes are designed for busy folks and use convenience items. If you are newly Vegan, want to explore meatless, or love cookbooks, you need to add it to your list.

The only thing I did not love was the recipe title appeared at the beginning of each recipe, but not after the story and right before ingredients. So some recipes are a page or two after the introduction/story. So you have to do a little page flipping to make sure you are on the right recipe. Otherwise I LOVE it. Don't even ask to borrow it. This little sucker is part of me now.
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<![CDATA[ This makes perfect sense to me.]]> theories, opinions, books, pills, potions, gadgets, exercise regimens and fitness centers out there. Turn on your radio on a Saturday or Sunday morning or click on your TV late at night and you will find a whole array of hucksters vying for your attention and hard-earned money.  Indeed, weight loss is big business in this country and around the world and if you are the least bit vulnerable you are probably going to get sucked in.  Author Mike Schatzki believes he has discovered a safer and saner way to go about the businees of losing or maintaining weight and he has the research to back it up.  His findings are presented in a neat little book with an extremely long title.  "The Great Fat Fraud:  Why The 'Obesity Epidemic' Isn't,  How To Be Totally Healthy Without Losing Weight and If You Should Lose Some Pounds, How To Keep Them From Finding You Again" is the weight loss industry's worse nightmare because it makes a pretty compelling case that the key to better health is not how much you weight but how fit you are.  The case presented by Mike Schatzki makes perfect sense to me because as a result of trial and error I have been doing precisely what he recommends in this book for the past two decades.  And while I may not exactly be the perfect physical specimen I am pretty darn healthy.  During all of that time I have missed fewer than 10 days of work due to illness.   

Now if you find yourself a few pounds overweight like the vast majority of Americans are these days you might take comfort in knowing that in the studies cited in "The Great Fat Fraud" "heavy people who were fit had substantially lower all-cause mortality rates (and death rates for a number of specific disease entities) than thin people who were unfit."   To further illustrate this point BMI (Body Mass Index) research conducted by Dr. Ming Wei back in 1999 and cited in the book is quite conclusive and somewhat shocking.  Dr Wei discovered that "As long as you are fit it does not matter what you weigh!"  And so the next logical question would seem to be how does one go about getting himself or herself physically fit?  Given all of our sophistication and technological know-how the answer is surprisingly simple......walking.  The goal is 10,000 steps a day.    

That figure of 10000 steps cited in "The Great Fat Fraud" may seem intimidating to some particularly if you are out of shape.  Mike Schatzki offers up some useful suggestions to help you gradually increase the number of steps you take each day.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away at the mall parking lot and do as many errands as possible on footIt all adds up!  Perhaps a family member or a neighbor would like to take a walk.  And don't forget that you can listen to music or make phone calls while walking which can be a very efficient use of your time.  Personally, I find prefer to walk alone.  I find that I do my best thinking while on foot and ultimately make much better decisions.  And it goes without saying that you can do your walking inside on a treadmill.  But as Mike Schatzki points out "your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make getting fit and staying fit a requirement in your life."  I would wholeheartedly agree and as far as I am concerned walking 10,000 steps a day sure beats the hell out of doing sit-ups.  I count myself among the 80%-90% of Americans who hate to exercise. 

I think that it is safe to say that "The Great Fat Fraud: Why The 'Obesity Epidemic' Isn't, How To Be Totally Healthy Without Losing Weight and If You Should Lose Some Pounds, How To Keep Them From Finding You Again" will prove to be a real eye-opener for many Americans.  Mike Schatzki offers his readers a safer, cheaper, more common sense way to achieve physical fitness and good health.  You can devour this little book in just a few hours and as far as I am concerned it is well worth your time and effort.    Very highly recommended!]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:00:56 +0000
<![CDATA[ Favorite Flavor of a Great Soda Alternative]]> Sparkling ICE Spring Water, Pink Grapefruit
I was pleasantly surprised when a co-worker let me taste a new flavored water drink he had discovered. I expected it to be overly sweet with and artificial flavor and aftertaste. Instead, it tasted like the real thing, wasn't too sweet, had a mild carbonation, had mostly natural ingredients and vitamins, and no calories or carbs. There is even some green tea extract! Since then I've tried the other flavors, but go back to the Pink Grapefruit as my favorite.

Too good to be true? Almost. Ice includes Sucralose, an artificial sweetener with questionable effects on the body. If they could use an natural sweetener like Stevia and keep it from making the drink bitter, then I'd be totally sold. Another factor that leads me to take away a star is that they use artificial colors. Not a deal breaker, but I'd rather they didn't. However, if you want a healthier (and even slightly nutritious) alternative to sweet sodas and something a bit more flavorful that water, Sparking Ice might be the drink for you.

Comes in 17oz. and 33.8oz. bottles.

~ Kort]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:24:51 +0000
<![CDATA[ Good Spinner With A Design Issue]]> Leifheit 23200 Signature Salad Spinner. Sturdy design, attractive appearance, effective drying mechanism, a container that doubles as serving bowl, and a mesh cage that can also drain hot pasta. The primary feature is a lawnmower-like pull mechanism that takes a little practice to get the hang of. It isn't intuitive and both of my children (ages 7 and 11) were not able to make it work without overextending the cord. This forced me to rewind it manually by removing the inside lid cover over the pull mechanism; easy enough but a hassle.

The operation of the 23200 is not as idiot proof as OXO's salad spinners' push rotation mechanisms. Where the 23200 has an advantage over the OXO design: the cord is pulled to spin the mesh bowl and as it retracts, it immediately halts the bowl's rotation; dispensing more water from the lettuce. The next pull sends the inner bowl spinning in the opposite direction, and so on. This is a very effective way to dry lettuce, and ours comes out virtually free of water after several pull cycles. The rubber grips on the bottom of the smoke-tinted bowl help keep it in place during this operation, though a firm hand pressing down on the lid is a must. It would have been nice if some English directions were included on the box, but I was able to figure things out fairly easily.

The 23200 Signature Salad Spinner seems well made and comes with a 3 year warranty, but the jerking of the cord mechanism causes me to doubt whether it will last that long. The Leifheit is a German designed product, made in China.

3.6 stars.

~ Kort]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:35:20 +0000
<![CDATA[ Makes me say "Ahhhh"]]> Alphagel Sensitive Skin -- the 'Fragrance Free' feature is a bit misleading. I even enjoy the way it can make my eyes water if I use a lot of it, but that may not be for everyone. It also doesn't lather up as foamy as some competing products (which I like), but Remington uses this as a selling point.

I generally prefer to use an electric razor and dry shave. However, I occasionally use my wet-dry razor or a a regular blade in the shower. I really noticed the difference with the Alphagel -- no irritation or dryness after shaving with it. It worked well on face and neck. It produces a pleasant cooling sensation that lasts a good while depending on how long you let the gel remain on your skin before shaving or rinsing it off. I do have to use a large dab when applying it to my skin, but this is definitely a product I will purchase again.

~ Kort ]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:50:49 +0000
<![CDATA[ Quality Fish Oil]]> Schiff MegaRed and Coromega. The latter I enjoy sucking right out of the packet - it tastes that good. But if you prefer soft gels, then Wholemega is a good option. I like the fact that included in the formulation are herbs that benefit mood and alertness. I trust the New Chapter brand and appreciate their dedication to providing the purest and most wholesome ingredients they can.

Two minor things keep me from wholeheartedly (I know, another pun) recommending this product. The first is that one needs to take 3 softgels per serving or over the course of the day. This leaves you with only 20 servings per container -- not quite the value of the other two products I mentioned. They only require one pill or one packet respectively. Also, even when taken as directed, I would occasionally get mild fish-burp. Not as severe as other companies' formulations and not every time, but it does happen. I never get it with MegaRed or Coromega.

Those are not necessarily deal-breakers and Wholemega is still a good product, but after I finish this jar, I think I'll stick with my other brands. If you prefer softgels and/or want to spread your dosage out over the course of the day, then Wholemega may be right for you.

~ Kort ]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:50:22 +0000
<![CDATA[ The amateur footrace & how I narrowly missed (legitimately) getting first place]]>
A Little Background
After having fallen into some bad eating habits and having fallen off my going to the gym wagon for a few months, it was time to make some changes in my life.  I typically run every time I go to the gym just to get a little cardio in -- about 10 minutes or so on the treadmill at a fairly low speed, and that was it.  It wasn't until my friend Lyta suggested that I go for a run first thing every morning that I really got into this running thing and decided to take it more seriously.  This was in March and I remembered how my first several runs around my mostly flat neighborhood knocked the wind out of me within about 5 minutes.  It was the saddest thing.

How I Got Talked Into It...
Fast forward to July, when I had built up my endurance and could survive 20-30 minute runs.  I took up to running three mile outdoor runs several times a week, plus pre-workout runs on the treadmill at the gym, at which point, my run-a-holic friend Jenny suggested that I sign up for races.  Then a Living Social deal for the Run in the Parks Series popped up and Jenny told me that she would run it with me, so I had to sign up.  I was tempted to do the 5K since the thought of a 10K freaked me out, but Jenny pushed me to sign up for the 10K anyways, saying that I could do it.  So it was settled.

I should note that I had never ran anywhere close to 10K before.  I only started doing three mile runs in July, and I ran my very first four mile run the week before the race.  I had meant to run at least 10K once or twice by the time the race rolled around, but didn't get the chance to.

Race Day
Come race day, I told Jenny that I’d probably see her half an hour after she had passed the finish line as I wasn’t expecting myself to run at a fast speed all the way.  My goal was simply to finish and to keep moving the entire way, even if it was at a slow pace.

The setup of the race was a little funky.  The parking lot was pretty far from the registration tables and it looked like they were giving everyone their swag bags before the race.  This meant that we had to make three trips back and forth to pick up the swag bag and get our race number, put the swag bag in the car, and walk back to the race.  I guess that was a nice warm up.  If you're curious about what's in the swag bag, it included a t-shirt, some snack samples and a Chinook coupon book.

The Actual Race
The race started promptly at 8 AM and this race wasn't sophisticated enough to give everyone a chip to keep track of time, so you definitely had to be on time there at 8 on the dot.  Even though it was freezing that morning, Point Pinole was surprisingly nice and it was great to have a nice view to enjoy while running.  Something else that surprised me -- I never once felt like stopping and actually followed Jenny and a couple other runners most of the way.

Eventually, I somehow ended up making it way ahead of her and everyone else.  But then s*** hit the fan when I reached a marker at mile five.  I got confused by the arrows and there was no one around me to follow, so I ended up running the wrong way, praying the whole time that I was running in the right direction.  The praying didn't work and I did make it to the finish line eventually. ...But in the opposite direction. 


RunKeeper Saves the Day
Thank goodness though, that I had RunKeeper running (will have to review them soon)!  I actually do a lot of my outdoor runs with RunKeeper because it's such a neat app.  I was afraid that I wouldn't get to submit an official time, but the race officials worked with me.  They also seemed fascinated by my app as I showed them the path that I ran on a map, the calories I burned, and my average pace, among other things. 

With the help of the app, they concluded that I had ran about a quarter mile off course, so half a mile total since I had to run back.  They decided to just multiply my average pace by 6.2 and decide on a time that way.  Unfortunately, that only shaved a measly 56 seconds off my overall time (I ran an extra half mile!), but it did place me second in my age group, about 20 seconds slower than the person who got first place.  I didn't feel like making a case of it though.  It was a fun, lighthearted race, and honestly, I was proud of myself for merely being able to run the entire distance.

Oh, and guess who won first place -- Jenny :)

There were bananas, oranges, bagels, water, cider and coffee for everyone to nosh on.  When the race was over, winners in each age group were announced, medals were passed out, and that was the end of that. 

Final Word
For my first race ever as well as my longest distance ever, that was pretty darn fun, and I would totally do it again!  I'd also recommend it to friends who are just starting to get into running.  For those who run on a regular basis, but don't think that you can run 3-6 miles, I bet you can!  I went into this having never ran over 4 miles before and not thinking that I could run the entire 6.2 miles, to somehow accidentally running nearly 7 miles straight.  Don't underestimate your body's capabilities.

Funny thing, on the way back to the car, Jenny said, "It's okay, Dev, you can say it -- you got first place".  Without missing a beat, I said back with the biggest grin, "Don't worry; I'm already thinking it"


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<![CDATA[Grapes Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:43:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Almond Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:32:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Lemon Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:49:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Pineapple Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:19:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Blueberry Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:36:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> Mango rules!]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:34:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Pineapple Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:25:44 +0000 <![CDATA[Coconut Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:23:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Breakfast Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:09:17 +0000 <![CDATA[Breakfast Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
I'll never ever pay some $25 for a hotel breakfast. They might as well go break the bank! Brunch is another story altogether!]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:51:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Spinach Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:41:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Osteoporosis Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
It seems to be prevalent in the Chinese society. I suspect it may be due to their dislike for milk, cheese and other dairy products. 

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<![CDATA[Hiking Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>

I love hiking with a camera and especially if I'm not rushing to finish a trail! Hiking alone does pose some degree of dangers, especially for woman and older people.

Having said that, hiking in national parks is one of the best experiences of life! Just so long as you're not caught in the rain ;-)]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:28:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Exercise Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:19:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Fourth of July Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>

So, anyone knows when is Lunch's birthday?!?!?!

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<![CDATA[ A great app to keep your health in check]]>
Since diet accounts a lot for your overall fitness, even moreso than physical activity, I felt like a food diary of sorts would be helpful for that.  Knowing me, I'd never realistically keep up with keeping an old school paper journal, so I hit up my trusty app store and downloaded the highest rated free food diary app there was -- MyNetDiary -- and it did not disappoint!  I've been updating it with my diet and exercise daily/religiously since.  Note: this is a review for the free version of the app.  There's also a pro version with even more features.

You start off entering your basic info, like age, height, weight, weight goals, when you want reach your goal weight by, etc.  My personal goal isn't to necessarily to shift my weight in any drastic direction, but to get fit and toned by making sure I'm putting the right foods and nutrients, and the right amount of it, into my body (I am, afterall, training for Tough Mudder!).  I'm looking to shed some fat, gain some muscle, and become overall stronger and healthier.  MyNetDiary is marketed as a calorie-counting weight-loss app and doesn't exactly have an option for my goal, but I still find their daily analysis of my diet and exercise really helpful and insightful.

Based on the data that you enter, it gives you tips on how to achieve your goals.  For instance, if you're trying to lose 10 pounds by the end of summer, it will calculate how many calories you should consume a day versus the daily recommended average of 2000 calories.  Also, after you've entered in at least 400 calories into your food diary in a day, it will give you a more in depth analysis on how much weight you'll lose or gain in a week and a month based on what you've consumed and the calories you've done.  It also points out pros and cons of your diet, like too much fat, or too little calcium, and gives tips on how to improve your diet, like eat more fiber in the morning.

Entering in your grub.  Below are the ingredients for a salad

Exercise entries

An overview of the day's caloric intake

An analysis of the day's diet and exercise

Highlights of your day's diet and exercise

Nutrients consumed

FYI, there are a few more features of this app that didn't particularly pique my interest, but might be of interest to others -- you can take before and after photos, take measurements, and there's actually a community behind this app so you can share tips and feedback with other people who may be on the same heath track as yourself.  There's also a website that syncs up to this app.  I visited it once recently and it wasn't impressive.  It was actually kind of messy compared to the app, so I'll just stick to the app.

There's one other pitfall to the app -- the amount of calories burned and the nutritional value of the food that you consume are only loosely approximate.  For counting calories burned, I suggest a calorie counting device of sorts, that takes your weight, age, gender, body fat percentage, heart rate, etc, all into account, because the app can't do that.  In terms of food, it's already hard enough to measure as it is, but then there's also contributed content, which are food data contributed by members and aren't always accurate.  I myself have mistakenly entered in wrong serving sizes for contributed content and had not know how to fix it.  So don't use this app as the rule; just use it to eyeball and gauge your exercise and diet.

Despite the few flubs, I still think that this is a great app for anyone who wants to gain or lose weight, or simply just gain insight into their diet.  If you have a smartphone, you're likely addicted to it and are on it pretty often, so you have no excuse not to update it.  I have to add though, that for optimal fitness results, an app alone is not enough.  I suggest reading about exercises and diets that will work in your favor, and even consulting a personal trainer and nutritionist if you can.  Having all the knowledge, support and resources behind you will work better for you than blindly going about.

Now I'm on my way to getting getting toned and mud-swimmin' fit ;)]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:56:43 +0000
<![CDATA[ Rockin'!]]> Fellowes' Foot Rocker is a nice addition to my office set-up, though perhaps not a must have item. I'd been wanting to improve my workstation ergonomics with a foot rest for some time and this rocking model seem just the thing. I like that you can flip it over to increase or decrease the height. My wife and I found this a must have feature since our legs are different lengths. The rocking motion is soothing and does keep my lower body a bit more energized and less stiff when sitting at my desk for extended periods.

The Foot Rocker might not be for everyone however. It arrived disassembled and the instructions for assembly on the box are not overly clear (see Customer Photos). Still, there are only five pieces and I had it together in 5-10 minutes. They fit well and weren't warped, but that's not to say it was easy though. Locking and sliding the rollers onto the footrest takes quite a bit of elbow grease. I had to bodily push it down on the floor to snap them into place because I wasn't able to muscle them in by hand. Once together it is very secure, though the plastic parts flex slightly and can cause some creaking noises when in use. Unless you are in a very quiet environment, it shouldn't be annoying. I can't hear it over the music I usually have playing. People who use plastic chair mats might want to consider buying a non-mobile footrest instead, as the side rollers slide around on them. I just ditched my old one though and on the carpet under my desk it is fine.

If you need a very quiet, easy to assemble foot rest that doesn't slide around doesn't slide around on slick chair mats, then the Fellowes Foot Rocker isn't for you. If those aren't concerns and you don't mind the slightly premium price for this plastic yet sturdy foot rocker, then you should at least consider it.

~ Kort]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:52:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Strawberry Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Wed, 8 Jun 2011 19:42:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Banana Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Sat, 28 May 2011 15:15:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Corn on the Cob Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Sat, 28 May 2011 15:12:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Carrots Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Fri, 27 May 2011 23:12:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Pumpkin Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Fri, 27 May 2011 23:08:19 +0000 <![CDATA[ Walk On]]>
At first thought, walking would seem to be ideal for quite a bit of the average joe's average day. It certainly has its uses, but how much you can feasibly depend on walking is pretty circumstantial.

If you walk for exercise, there is a certain way you have to do it. That certain way is to place one foot in front of the other very rapidly, or else you're not burning many calories, and you certainly won't be building muscle. You will only be taking a light stroll, and the only way that can really benefit your body is if you happen to live in an area with a lot of steep slants and inclines so the feeling of walking up and down a lot of stairs can be at least somewhat simulated.

Location is also the key to how useful walking can be as a form of transportation. It's just fine if you live within a short radius of the sources of your living necessities - say a mile or so. Walking from one place to another is slow going, and it can take hours to go relatively short distances that a car or a bus or a bicycle can cover within a matter of minutes. Walking for long distance travel is out of the question is out of the question unless there is literally nothing else on your agenda. But it's not impossible - there are a lot of proponents of long-distance walking who use this simple means to go from one place to another, and they turn the walk itself into an opportunity to sightsee. Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog is among these proponents - he once walked from Brazil to California.

People like that are exceptional cases, though, and if you're trying to walk for practical purposes while living in a rich, far-off suburb or whathaveyou, you can forget having a ton of free time. If you live rurally, it's impossible. Practical walking is best suited to urban environments or speed walking for exercise.]]> Wed, 25 May 2011 15:29:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Rachael Ray Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Tue, 17 May 2011 01:42:33 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Cruel Truth About Fat and Diets]]> The Cruel Truth About Fat

It may not be what you want to hear, but you need to learn this.  By the time you are 3 or 4 years old, your body has developed all of the fat cells it will ever have.  Partly, this is due to genetics and partly to how you are fed when very young.  Fat babies and children may have weight problems all of their lives.  There can also be other effects such as early onset of puberty*.  Fat cells can grow larger or smaller, but they are always there.  They may not become evident until after age 40, but are like a little fat bomb ticking away.  
* Journal Pediatric, Feb 2007

So is there nothing you can do if you have a lot of fat cells?  Are you doomed to be overweight no matter what you do?  Fortunately, the answer is a resounding NO!  Weight loss is a very simple mathematical problem.  If you take in more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.  Your body is programmed to store the excess as fat against a possible famine.  For most of us, that famine never arrives before heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and organ failure kill us.  

One of the unfortunate facts about fat is that we tend to put it on in certain areas first.  But when we take it off, it comes off more or less evenly over the entire body.  That’s why it seems to be “first on, last off.”  That’s also why “spot reducing” is a fraud.

If you consume fewer calories than you use, your body is again programmed to make up the difference by converting your fats to fuel and burning that.  You can see that this is not complicated.  Eat less, move more, and everything gets better.  Eat more, move less, you die sooner and need a larger coffin.  That may sound harsh, but would you rather have facts or fantasies?  Very few people have “glandular problems” other than salivary glands.  If someone has a true medical condition making them overweight, they should be under close medical care in the first place.  

Speaking of that, the usual disclaimers apply here about starting any exercise program.  Consult a physician to be certain you have no heart or other condition that would prevent you from performing mild exercise for 20 minutes a day.  Because many people are put on similar programs after heart attacks and strokes; very few will not be able to do this.  In fact, the main reason for not doing anything is many people simply don’t care enough to be bothered.  Excuses are easier than effort.

Diets Do Not Work

Read the topic header several times.  Diets do not work.  None of them work, ever.  There is one simple reason.  Do you want to live on watercress and toothpicks the rest of your life?  Me neither, so forget about whatever diet plan you were contemplating.  You may lose weight, often dramatically.  But when you return to your normal eating habits, and you will, the weight comes back.  The following articles confirm that diets can even be counter-productive and dangerous to your health.

Many Dieters 'Finish Up Heavier' *

Dieting is unlikely to lead to long-term weight loss and may put a person's health at risk, a study says.
US researchers found people typically lose between 5% and 10% of their weight during the first six months of a diet.

But the review of 31 previous studies, by the University of California, said within five years, up to two-thirds put more weight on than they had lost.

Losing and gaining weight is linked to heart disease and stroke, the American Psychologist journal reported.

 “Keeping weight off is a life-long challenge.”  Dr Ian Campbell, of Weight Concern

Lead researcher Traci Mann said: “We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more.”

“Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.  We concluded most of them would have been better off not going on the diet at all.  Their weight would have been pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear of losing weight and gaining it all back.”

And she added some diet studies relied on participants to report their weight rather than having it measured by an impartial source while others had low follow-up rates which made their results unrepresentative.


She said this might make diets seem more effective than they really were as those who gained weight might be less likely to take part in the follow-ups.

In one study, 50% of dieters weighed more than 4.99kg (11 lbs) over their starting weight five years after the diet.

The study did not name any diets in particular, but looked at a broad spectrum of approaches.
Professor Mann said in her opinion eating in moderation was a good idea for everybody as was regular exercise.

Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of Weight Concern, said too many people approached dieting as a short-term measure.

“Keeping weight off is a life-long challenge. It is just like heart disease or mental health problems, if you stop taking your medicine you can get worse.  People who are overweight often don't have a balanced lifestyle and after losing weight too many stop keeping active or eating healthily.”" 10 Apr 2007"Eat To Live: Yo-Yo Dieting a Health Gamble

Published: April 11, 2007 at 1:11 AM
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 (UPI) --

How many of us who are overweight or just looking to fit into some favorite clothes have endured a miserable diet only to find, several months later, that we are heavier than we were when we began?
Inside of five years, two-thirds of dieters will gain back more weight than they had carried when they started dieting, a University of California review of 31 studies found. The diets initially worked: In the first six months of a long-term regimen, the average person will generally lose somewhere between 5 percent and 10 percent of his or her weight.

But such yo-yo dieting can do damage to your health, experts say. The study in American Psychologist has linked this behavior to heart disease and stroke, brought on by the stress dieting this way can cause to the body.

In one of the studies the researchers reviewed, half of the dieters had put back more than 11 pounds on top of their original pre-diet weight five years after completing a regimen.

It just confirms further the best way to keep a good weight is to eat moderate amounts of fresh foods, avoiding processed and ready meals as much as possible and exercise regularly. But that seems to be our least favorite advice.

No particular diets are mentioned in the research. But you may remember the "grapefruit diet," when people believed eating the citrus fruit before meals would somehow burn up your fat.

Another study published this week reveals the serious benefit of grapefruit and other fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C may be nullified by fat in the stomach.

Vitamin C, an antioxidant, is valuable for good general health. But it is also thought to have an effect in preventing stomach cancer.

The nitrate in our saliva and our diet may be responsible for activating gastric cancer. Apparently, Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) can render benign the cancer-causing compounds that are produced when food and saliva get churned up with stomach acid.

Not, however, if there is a lot of fat in the stomach, researchers at the University of Glasgow said.
People regularly eating fatty meals not only gain weight, but they are having an effect upon the environment inside their stomachs.

Again, the message is, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables -- the prime source for vitamin C -- exercise well and keep off fatty foods.

Exercise Alone Does Not Work!

Another sad fact is that no amount of exercise by itself will make you lose weight.  If you spend hours a day exercising, you will become more fit.  But you will not lose weight if you continue to consume more calories than you burn.  So you must adjust your eating habits to match your activity level.  If you burn 10,000 calories a day, but eat 12,000 calories, you will continue to gain weight.  It's that easy, it doesn't even require long division, does it?  Fortunately, this plan shows you how to make this adjustment, easily and painlessly without resorting to special foods or trick diets.

So What Can I Do?

The solution is to change how much you eat.  This is not to say that healthy eating habits should be ignored.  But remember what was said before.  “Eat less, move more, and everything gets better.”  So how do you do this?  Very easily; simply by outsmarting your food.  A truism among entertainers for centuries has been “Always leave them wanting more.”  Apply this same principle to eating.  It is not necessary or desirable to eat until you are satiated.  Start by taking a little less food on your plate than you normally would.  If you finish your meal thinking “I could stand to have a little more,” you’re on the right track.  With time, you will become used to the smaller amount and you can reduce your intake a little more.  Gradually, you will be eating the proper amount for yourself.  

Eating Less, Little Exercise Can Work*

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May. 11 (UPI) -- University of Alabama researchers found reducing calories is an effective way to keep weight off, especially if it is difficult to find time to exercise.

In the study, published in the May issue of Obesity, the researchers report that 80 percent of EatRight participants -- a University of Alabama at Birmingham program to lose weight -- maintain their weight loss after two years. Most do it primarily by sticking to a low-calorie, low-energy-density diet, according to Tiffany Cox, program coordinator for the EatRight follow-up study.

Researchers followed 89 former EatRight participants for two years. The 80 percent who had successfully maintained their weight loss consumed fewer calories than those who gained weight and tended to eat a diet consisting of low-energy-density foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A low-energy-density diet means an individual can eat more yet take in fewer calories than with high-energy-density foods, according to Cox.

"This calorie control led to successful weight maintenance despite the fact that these individuals did not meet recommended exercise levels," Dr. Jamy Ard, director of EatRight Weight Management Services, said in a statement.


Make no exceptions to this.  No, “It’s the holidays” or “just this once”.  People that urge you to eat extra food are not helping.  A polite but firm, “No thank you,” is all that is needed.  If someone is so rude as to actually place food on your plate without your permission, you are entitled to throw it on the floor.  In their face is justified, but that could result in assault charges.  

Taking this approach means you can eat some of everything you like.  This doesn’t mean that you should exist on steaks and cakes.  A rational, healthy diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables in a greater proportion than meats.  The human body has a digestive system more like that of the omnivorous pig than that of the great apes or other members of the primate family.  None of these are strict vegetarians in any case.  It is a fact that they do not eat very much meat because they are not equipped to get it.  Humans evolved in much the same manner but have been more successful as hunters.  Even so, most people did not eat as much meat, especially red meat, as the average person does today.  Fish and poultry were a much more common item because they were easier to obtain.  If you had to catch and kill your own food, would you rather tackle a cow or a carp?

Vegetarians often do very well but they are careful to include proper items in their diet to ensure that they receive all the nutrition they need.  This obviously works for some but requires more thought, effort, and trouble than most people want to expend.  Nor do most care to give up a nice steak or pork chop now and then.  You don’t have to do that; just don’t make them the center of every meal.  Far less self-discipline is required to think “I won’t eat this right now,” than to decide, “I’ll never eat this again.”  It also makes the steak that much better when you do have one, even if it is a small one.

This has been said in many diet plans, but it is so important it’s worth repeating here.  You are eating less, so eat more slowly, take smaller bites, chew thoroughly, and enjoy what you eat.  Isn’t that better than living on grapefruit the rest of your life?  Be happy, eat well, and love it.  Most people can live with that, so can you.  

Cut back on sugars.  Diet sodas are really very good and, after you drink them for a short time; sugared drinks do not taste right.  Similarly, diabetic (non- or low-sugared) foods are nearly indistinguishable from other cakes, candies, and desserts.  Remember, refined sugar is simply empty calories that do your body no good at all.  Forget about the “quick energy” hype.  Your body cannot use refined sugar but must convert it to natural sugars.  It first must become fat.  Is this what you want?

But I Get Hungry!

Hunger is a natural reaction of your body to signal an empty stomach.  That doesn’t mean the signal has to be obeyed immediately.  Think of it like this.  It’s a sign of success.  If you feel a little bit hungry between meals, it means your plan of eating less is working.  You can quiet that signal by drinking some water or juice.  Many people do not drink enough water in a day anyway, so here’s a chance to fill two gaps at the same time.  

Another great natural snack is a few seedless grapes.  A few means six, not sixty.  Those are quick, delicious, and no trouble to prepare.  In hot weather, you can freeze them to make a cool snack.  It’s almost like grape sherbet without the mixing and mess.  

Cheating on your eating plan with snacks is easy and comforting to do.  As long as food is in the reward category for you, cutting back will be very difficult.  It is also guaranteed to cause your plan to fail.  Be honest with yourself.  Think about everything you want to eat and consider whether it is helping or hurting your plan.

A complete fitness and eating plan is available in my book Fit for Free Forever of which this is a small part.

Nothing is so perfect that someone, somewhere, won’t hate it.]]> Sun, 15 May 2011 15:26:51 +0000
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