May 052014

I was blessed with good glutes as a teenager, most likely from years as a sprinter. As I got older, though, maintaining a perky, upside-down heart-shaped rear view became more challenging. Conventoinal advice said that squats and lunges were all I needed to build and maintain great glutes but the problem was that I was already squatting and lunging and it just wasn’t enough. Over time, I came up with this list of best glute exercises. Do them once or twice a week and see what you think. Single-Leg Hyperextension – If you’re just starting out, you may find it [...]

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May 012014
A Creature of Habit

I eat the same thing for breakfast every day. A protein shake made with Jarrow chocolate protein powder, 1/2 a frozen banana, a teaspoon of modified citrus pectin, unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia, ice, and water. Once these ingredients are blended in my Vitamix, I have a creamy, chocolat-y breakfast drink. I also have a “side” of several vitamins and minerals. This is a low-calorie, high protein breakfast: 207 calories, 35 grams carbohydrates, 21 grams protein, and 3 grams of fat. Occasionally, I make it with almond milk, which adds another 60 calories or so. But the reason I eat this [...]

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Apr 292014
Three Cheers for Olive Oil

I’ve often said that I consume so much extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) I probably bleed the stuff. As far as I’m concerned, EVOO might as well be a needed food group, occupying the biggest section of myplate. In fact, much has been written about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, which include improved heart health, lower cholesterol, improved insulin levels, and reduced blood sugar. A recent study published in the Annals of Neurology reveals that a diet high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, like EVOO, is protective against congnitive decline. Specifically, researchers looked at older, female participants in the Women’s [...]

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Apr 242014
Greek Yogurt + Stevia = Many Options

I love Greek yogurt. High in protein, low in fat, and so creamy you feel like you’re eating something you shouldn’t be. What’s not to like? If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to do so. In addition to being able to make some delicious desserts, you can also use Greek yogurt to substitute for some less-healthy options like mayonnaise and sour cream. Buy the plain variety. Not only will you avoid all the sugar that’s loaded into the flavored varieties, but it’s far more versatile. There are several sweeteners you can use. Some people like agave and others [...]

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Apr 142014

I don’t know about you, but cancer is probably the scariest word in the English dictionary as far as I’m concerned. Frighteningly little is known about cancer and, indeed, it seems that some of the treatments for it are superfluous. Researchers acknowledge, for instance, that many women with breast cancer would do just fine with surgery alone but, since they can’t determine who, if anyone, actually needs chemotherapy and/or radiation, one or both of these treatments is regularly prescribed for all who are diagnosed. This perpetuates the perception that it was the therapy that effected the cure, when perhaps this [...]

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