Archive for March, 2009

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Alcohol and Weight Loss

March 28, 2009

Okay, so I went out with friends to hear a band last night.  I had three beers.  And I gained four pounds?  That is ridiculous.  Back to drinking my Acai Berry Juice and taking all my great AdvoCare products.  And no more alcohol for me.

The Skinny on Fats

March 27, 2009

The Skinny on Fats

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[ Editor’s Note:  Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

Let’s get this one out in the open:

1. Fats do not make you gain bodyfat.

2. Fats do not put you on Heart Attack Row.

3. Fats are not the enemy.

We’ve been sold a bag of lies when it comes to fats.

Fats are essential for your body’s hormone production, skin health, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and even burning bodyfat. Yep… you need fats to burn fat.!

Studies have been conducted to attempt to elevate cholesterol levels using high-fat diets. Most all of them have failed miserably — in fact several “lowered” total cholesterol while raising the so-called “good” cholesterol (HDL).

That being said, you don’t need the following…

1. A lot of fats in your diet. Fats still contain over twice the calories per gram as carbs and protein.

2. Any kind of “fake fats” — margarine or processed oils of any kind are highly dangerous foods.

Here’s my simple dietary fats solution:

1. Eat fats as they occur in nature, but eat at least 80% as they “actually” occur in nature — meaning from grass-fed and free-range sources. The extra cost is worth it. It tastes better and your medical costs will well offset the few dollars more per pound you pay.

2. Cook with a combination of olive oil and coconut oil, but use both sparingly. If you are eating plenty of animal protein you do not need excessive fats… not because of ‘danger’ but because of needless calories. Not a good idea if you’re wanting to keep your abs. But a bit of raw butter or olive oil can make bland veggies taste wonderful, so feel freee.

Also, omega 3-rich fats like olive oil and fish (and especially fish oil) help lower inflammation. That’s the real culprit behind heart disease in most cases.

3. Avoid a lot of fats at night. The night-time meals should be high in lean protein (tuna, tofu, turkey breast) with very limited fats if you are wanting to really get lean. If you are just trying to shed bodyweight slowly, it’s okay to have some fats at night.

Just do me a favor: If you are on the “Fats make you gain bodyfat and have heart attacks” bandwagon, jump off. We have consumed fat for countless thousands of years. Just consume it the way we always HAVE (naturally, not stuffed with hormones and cooked up in a lab) and you’ll be fine.

If you want a diet-solution that actually uses dietary fats to help you take off the bodyfat, then use this one:

http://www.everyotherdaydiet.com/aff/shannan0  <— Eat Fats, Burn Bodyfat!

It’s a real-world plan that allows you to eat your favorite foods and still shed the bodyweight you want.

And yes — that includes fats.

Breakfast for Dinner

March 27, 2009

Breakfast for Dinner!

 

Every once in a while my mom would surprise us with breakfast for dinner.  My sister thought it was a “rip off.”  I loved the powdered sugar, syrup, applesauce, and peanut butter fixings that my mom set out for us.  Sometimes the dinner would be standard pancakes or waffles.  Other times it would be savory cornbread or muffins supplemented with breakfast sausage and fruit.  As an adult, I rely on breakfast for dinner when I want to shake up the routine a little bit or I’m short on time or ideas.

 

Breakfast can be inexpensive to prepare.  That is one reason it usually costs less to go out for breakfast than for other meals. That is good news in these economic times. Plus if you are looking for a few extra minutes in the evening, many breakfast meals can be prepared in a flash.  For other quick cooking ideas, check out www.dinnersinaflash.com. 

 

Scrambled eggs are an example of a healthy, versatile dinner choice.  Whether you use whole eggs or mostly egg whites, eggs mixed with Greek influences such as olives, feta, sundried tomatoes, and spinach make a great dinner.  Some might not even recognize its breakfast beginnings.  My husband tries not to go a meal without meat and potatoes so his scrambles will include diced red potatoes, sausage, and jalapenos. With a stocked pantry, a scramble can be made at the last minute with minimal effort.

 

Another favorite “breakfast for dinner” meal is an egg based meal called Dutch Babies. Savory ingredients can be sautéed and stirred into the mix, cooked on the bottom of the dish much like a pineapple upside down cake, or spooned over the top. For dinner, add ingredients such as salmon, celery, onion, and tomatoes to the basic Dutch Baby recipe.  A neat thing about the Dutch Baby recipe is that you can combine all of the dry ingredients ahead of time. Use powdered milk in the mix.  Store mix in a sealable baggie.  Write what ingredients need to be added on the baggy.  Then just add eggs and water and cook! We use this as an RVing staple because it uses so few dishes and is fast and delicious.

 

If you are stuck in rut of traditional thinking, be adventurous. Try one of the following recipes for dinner.  It is a painless way to introduce a vegetarian meal to the family which will benefit your health and the environment.

 

Basic Dutch Babies

4 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

Pinch salt

2 tablespoon butter

Powdered sugar to serve

Applesauce to serve

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in oven in pie plate or ovenproof skillet (10 inch well seasoned cast iron is my favorite). Mix remaining ingredients with mixer until no lumps exist. Pour batter into hot pan. Bake for 20 minutes until eggs are puffy and golden on top. Serve.

 

Apple Dutch Babies

2 cups apples, pealed and diced

2 tablespoons butter

4 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sauté apples in butter in 10 inch ovenproof skillet. Meanwhile mix eggs, milk, flour, and salt until no lumps exist. Pour over hot apples.  Bake 25-30 minutes until eggs are puffy and golden on top.

 

Salmon Dutch Babies

Basic Dutch Baby, cooked according to directions

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup zucchini, diced

½ cup celery, diced

¼ cup onion, diced

¼ cup water chestnuts, sliced

1 tomato, diced

1 can salmon

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Sauté zucchini, celery, and onion in oil.  Add water chestnuts, tomato, and salmon, tossing gently.  Heat to serving temperature.  Spoon over cooked Basic Dutch Baby and serve.

 

 

Summary

Breakfast for dinner can be good for your pocket book and good for your health.  Try using some savory ingredients to expand a traditional breakfast.

 

 

Julie Languille

Dinners In a Flash

http://www.dinnersinaflash.com

 

Sick and tired

March 27, 2009

Oh, I have the dreaded spring cold.  And boy is it killer on weight loss.  I have no appetite, so I try to think of something really good to eat so I will eat.  And by the time I try that for a couple of hours I’ve had 1 candy bar, 1 banana, 1 banana with peanut butter, a peanutbutter sandwich, and chicken noodle soup.

The problem with a cold is that it kills the taste buds, so you can’t taste anything, and if you are eating for comfort then flavorless food provides no comfort and you keep eating.

I dread getting back on the scales anytime soon.

Spark is Back

March 21, 2009

We spent a really wierd three weeks in my house, with no Spark.  I realize that most people would think just drink coffeeor soda insread.  Or even run to the store and supplement with a Red Bull or Ampr or 5 Hour Energy Shot to compensate.  But I am a purest and I just couldn’t get excited about an energy drink that didn’t taste good and had a hard crash.  So I had to settle for something else.  And that ended up being nothing.  Once my AdvoCare Spark and Slam ran out, I began running on empty.  I found that by the afternoon I was too tired to work or write.  Making dinner was like walking through fog.  And by the third week, I couldn’t wake up when my alarm went off.  Now maybe this just means that I was drinking an excewssive amount of AdvoCare product, but I was one tired and lazy puppy.  Thankfully my Spark and Jingle Slam arrived yesterday and once again I can function!  Yeah, AdvoCare!

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March 21, 2009
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Got Arm Flab?

March 21, 2009

Got arm flab?

Know someone who does?

Some women I know with a healthy sense of humor refer to it as “their wings” because their arm flab flaps when they walk or jog.

It’s time to get rid of your wings ladies…

… and guys, listen up:  You are not immune to arm flab. Even if your don’t have any, the tips I’m about to give will help you build stronger arms.

Before I go any further, I have to tell you about Marty Web.

Marty looked like … well, your typical 59-year-old housewife. Actually she looked a bit worse.

She was a good 80 pounds over her ideal bodyweight. And she had her wings…

… big time wings. Loads of arm flab.

That was at age 59.

At age 61… wow. Different story.

Marty transformed her body to such a degree that even I could have never guessed she was an OUNCE overweight!

Her story and 52 others just like her, male and female, are in my first book — and my best-seller Fit Over 40.

I’d like you to read more about it here —

http://www.fitover40.com/aff/shannan0 <— cure for arm flab

Marty replaced her “wings” with toned, beautiful arms. And you can too.

She has two pages in Fit Over 40… too much to cover in an email… but here’s the basics to get you started:

1. You have to get your nutrition down pat. Most people think that the flab on their arms (or anywhere for that matter) can be solved by “turning it into muscle.”

This is not true folks. Fat does not turn into “anything”. It is used for energy. Period.

Muscle is muscle. Fat is fat.

You must use low-insulin nutrition like I recommend in all my books, including Fit Over 40, to lower your bodyfat. For ladies, the back-of-the-arm bodyfat is often the last bit to go.

But I promise — it will go. I can go for anyone. Marty Web and dozens of other ladies in Fit Over 40 prove that in living color… and they share how they did it.

Low-insulin nutrition means eating more protein-rich foods, foods that are not processed, and plenty of tasty veggies. But it does not mean you cannot have your pizza and burgers here and there. I do every week and my bodyfat is low.

2. You must train your triceps. The back of the arm is made of three muscles called the “triceps”. You have a long head, a medial head and a lateral head that form the triceps muscle group.

If you cannot access a gym, you can do plain-old pushups to work all three heads of the triceps. Here’s a few tips. First, if you cannot do a pushup with your legs straight, start by doing them on your knees. Work up to straight-legged pushups.

Second, do one third of your reps with your hands facing away from your body, one third with your hands facing toward your body (fingers pointing toward you) and the final third with your hands in the “normal” pushup position, facing the same direction as your body. This will work the various heads nicely.

If you have access to a gym, see the exercises for the triceps found in my book Fit Over 40:

http://www.fitover40.com/aff/shannan0  <— say good-bye to arm flab

3. Finally, you have to have a role model. Find someone like Marty who has lost their wings and use their success to inspire you.

Put these three things together and you too will be “grounded” — wingless, but with a lovely pair of arms that never jiggle and look fantastic.