Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beauty In Our Backyard

Summer in New England! Just take a moment and think about how lucky we are to be healthy and live in such a stunning, tranquil, beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque place.

What a day!

images found - northeastlightphotography.com, google.com, boston.com, k43.pbase.com

Health Benefits Galore - "Omega-3's"

What are omega-3's? They are natural fatty acids that are only found in certain foods such as tuna, salmon, rainbow trout, sardines, Atlantic mackerel, herring, brussel sprouts, walnuts, flax seeds, eggs and a few others. Research indicates that omega-3s may be better absorbed from food than supplements.

What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high omega-3 foods?

  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Joint pain
*I can't even begin to tell you how important it is to make sure we are getting enough of these nutrients to stay healthy and live a longer life.

There is way too much information on omega-3's to fit on this post, so please read the following link to learn more about them and why you should start adding these heart healthy foods and/or supplements to your daily diet.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Millions Of Peaches, Peaches For Me!

When searching for some nice peach pictures for my post, I also found out that "Peaches" happens to be one of the top stripper names, since that was the majority of pictures that popped up. "Note to self" - don't let kids look up "Peaches" online.. ;)

*Ok, here we go! - Health benefits of eating peaches (This goes for nectarines as well):
  • good sources of carotenes, potassium, flavonoids and natural sugars.
  • good sources of lycopene and lutein (lutein gives the red, orange, and yellow colors to fruits & vegetables).
  • These phytochemicals are very beneficial in prevention of cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration.
Sweet, juicy, goodness... :)

image found - electrofreakz.com, ref -everynutrient.com

The Jedi Workout

Wacky workout trend #1: The Jedi Workout

Equipment needed: Lightsaber or household broom

What is it: Consists of one, two or multiple people battling it out, it strengthens your upper and lower body and provides an intense cardio workout.

Creator: Founded on a whim by a Star Wars enthusiast.

Classes are only available in N.Y. and L.A., but you can find past lesson plans on SaberWars.com and you can battle right at home.

May the force be with you!

images found - wordpress.com, neversaydiet.com, netharuka.com - ref Ivillage.com

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weekend Bliss

Hallelujah! The sun have finally showed it's scarce face. I'm so ready to get out there an enjoy this beautiful day. How about playing a game of sand volleyball, going to the park for a walk, jog, or bike ride? Bring your dog, he'd love to stretch his legs. Maybe swim at the beach or in a pool?
So many healthy outdoor options. Remember no excuses!
Want to stay young? Keep moving!
P.S. - Don't forget your sunscreen!
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Pack-A-Punch Friday!

"Cardio Kickboxing" - Is a tremendous endurance workout. The kicks and punches that are involved allow you to let loose of your inhibitions and loosen your nerves up from the long stressful day.

It is a high intensity calorie burning workout. It promotes flexibility, alertness, and harmony among your body parts and senses. Kickboxing is also a self defensive routine that features some martial art stints. We can't forget it provides us with skills in focus, agility and vigor.

Many of your local karate or martial art dojo's offer kickboxing classes or you can see if your health club provides classes as well.

Let's not forget the hot buns, legs, arms and abs this workout will furnish in time.

Try a class this weekend! Seize the day!

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My Sad Goodbye To "The King Of Pop".

Like many other teenage girls in the 80's, I was a huge Michael Jackson junky. I put this picture up because this exact poster was my prize possession for many years. I use to look at it every night and blow Michael a kiss before I went to bed. I had every magazine, poster, album and even a buffet of M.J. pins that I wore enamoringly on my jean jacket. He was my idol, a superstar to all.

I was at the gym yesterday riding the exercise bike and I could not hear the TV, I just saw on the news them post up his date of birth and death date. I was shocked, I started going around the gym sharing my sorrow and everyone was stunned as well---since the news had just come out.

Sad day not only for me, but for all the Michael Jackson fans that grew up like me, wishing they could just get a chance to meet this amazing dancer, singer, performer.

Although the later years weren't so good for Michael, allegations of child abuse and the many plastic surgery mistakes. We will never know the true Michael Jackson but I will never forget the Michael I want to believe he was.

Goodbye my forever friend Michael, you will hold a special place in my heart always.

If Michael is in heaven, I'm sure he's moon walking on the clouds... ;)

Thanks for the memories! Farewell!

*Sending out a special prayer to the families of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMann, whom had also passed away this week and will be missed dearly.

image found - michaeljacksonforsale.com

Thursday, June 25, 2009


AcaiBlast soft chews from the "Garden Greens Company" is powered with pure acai fruit. They are super concentrated with 300mg of acai juice powder in each scrumptous piece. These tasty morsels are sustainably harvested from the Amazon Rainforest. Did I mention they are great tasting and packed with antioxidents?

You can pick up a bag at your local GNC store.

Benefits on the go!

image found - gnc.com

Let's Talk About Sex!

Did she say sex? Sacrilege! Yes I did!

There are many health benefits for having sex. Here are a few!

relieves stress
.....burns calories
boosts immunity
.....improves cardio health
boosts self-esteem
.....improves intimacy
reduces pain
.....lessens prostrate cancer risk
strengthens pelvic muscles
.....sleep better
keeps you feeling young

And many more! So the old cliche "you have a headache" is no longer an option.

Sex also makes you feel happier! So enjoy it with your partner, go ahead and "let's get physical"!

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Today's Yoga Pose

Tree Pose~

"Standing straight on the left leg, bend the right leg and place the right foot on the root of the left thigh. Stand thus like a tree on the ground. Breathe slowly, hold pose and slowly release. This is called "vriksha-asana."


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

white tea.

Black tea has been fully fermented during processing, and green has not been fermented at all.

So what is white tea? White tea is similar to green tea, in that it's undergone very little processing and no fermentation. However, there is a noticeable difference in taste. Most green teas have a distinctive 'grassy' taste to them, but not white tea. The flavor is described as mild, light, and sweet.

There is also considerably less caffeine in white tea than other varieties (15mg per serving, compared to 40mg for black tea, and 20mg for green). Some studies have shown that white tea contains more active cancer-fighting antioxidants than green tea.

There are many varieties of white tea, with poetic names such as: golden moon, white peony, silver needle and white cloud. White teas are produced mostly in China and Japan, but the Darjeeling region of India also produces some fine white teas.

Pour, Steep and Enjoy! :)

image found - wordpress.com, ref - about.com

Super Size Me!

If you want to watch a movie that will change the way you look at fast food forever, this is the one. Vegetarian Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating only McDonald's and every time the person waiting on him asks would you like this super sized he has to say yes. His body goes through many trials and tribulations adjusting to this new diet and you will be amazed at the health issues and weight gain that pops "OUT" in only 30 days.

Rent it, it will sure be a great motivator to stay away from fast food places and start eating healthier.

It's a must see! Trust me!

image found - celebritywonder.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mango Maniac!

Mango's are rich in vitamins A and C, and a good source of potassium and contain beta carotene.

mangos, mangoes, mango, mangoe, gift fruit, mango recipes. mangoe gift fruit, mangos for your health, mango gourmet fruit, mango tropical fruit ..Mango's are high in fiber, low in calories (110 per mango)

mangos, mangoes, mango, mangoe, gift fruit, mango recipes. mangoe gift fruit, mangos for your health, mango gourmet fruit, mango tropical fruit ..Mango's are a very good staple for your daily diet.

*If you don't like cutting Mango's I recommend buying Mango Juice instead!

Crazy For Mango's? Join the club!

image found - api.ning.com, ref - freshmangoes.com

Recharge The Batteries?

You feeling burnt out and need a pick-me-up? How about a day or weekend road trip. It's the perfect way to get your mind off the busy week you just had or the one that's just ahead.

Ask a friend, partner or family member if they need an escape as well....

Happy Trails!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Health Fact Of The Day

Fun Fact: A person will burn 7 percent more calories if they walk on hard dirt compared to pavement.

image found - flickr.com, ref-funfactz.com

What's For Dinner Tonight?

Looking for a tasty, healthy dinner recipe? Try a "Salsa Chicken Dinner". If you love Mexican food but don't want to consume a ton of calories, try this recipe from womenshealthmag.com.

Tip: You can serve the chicken with a side of frozen vegetables or rice and corn tortilla chips and you have a delicious meal in 10 minutes or less.

Salsa Chicken Recipe:

4 frozen chicken breast halves (6 ounces each), thawed, skinned, and boned

½ cup frozen defatted chicken stock, thawed

1 cup of frozen minced onions

1 cup frozen sliced carrots

1 large tomato, chopped

1 teaspoon minced garlic

¼ cup salsa

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of wax paper. With a meat mallet or the side of a cleaver, pound to 1/4" thickness.
Coat a 10" no-stick skillet with no-stick spray and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add the chicken. Cook for 2 minutes. Turn the pieces. Add the stock and bring to a boil.
Add the onions, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, salsa, and pepper. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Check by inserting the tip of a sharp knife into 1 piece. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. Cover and cook for 1 minute, or until the Parmesan starts to melt.

*Only 255.9 calories and 42.9 grams of protein. Sounds like a perfect dinner choice to me!

Invite some friends over and open a nice vino! :)

image found - womenshealthmag.com

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Father's Day Weekend!

I have a busy jam packed weekend full of birthday parties, barbecues, a poker night and a concert. Since I probably won't have time to post again until Monday I wanted to say Happy Father's Day to "MY" amazing dad who has always been there for me through thick and thin and still is. I love you very much!

Happy Father's Day to all the great dad's in the world! You know who you are.

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Baby Steps!

Let's all start taking the stairs instead of the elevator from this point on. Even the little things you do daily can have long term results on your health and what shape you will be in later in life.

Every bit helps! ;)

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When Should I Stretch?

I was watching a TV show on ESPN last week and they were interviewing a professional runner. The interviewer asked him if he stretches before he starts running and to my surprise he said no. He told her that we should never stretch cold muscles. He stated that we should either walk or jog first to warm up the muscles, then we can stretch, and after that start running or begin our workout routine. What he said made so much sense to me since it would be very easy to pull or tear the muscles if they are not warmed up first.
Here are some smart stretching tips I found from essortment.com.

- Do not bounce – bouncing could also result in a torn or pulled muscle. Instead, hold each stretch for 30 – 40 seconds. In doing this, you may note that the muscle begins to relax and you can go further into the stretch. It is important, however, not "over-stretch" to the point where you feel muscle resistance or pain.

- If you feel discomfort or pain, stop. – If you stretch to the point of feeling pain, you could be hurting your muscle and be causing an injury that will keep you from running.

- Do stretch slowly – Move into all stretches in a slow and controlled manner. If you stretch too quickly, the muscle will contract and you will find yourself to be unable to relax the muscle and increase flexibility.

- Do stretch, but do not stretch too much – Remember to stretch, but do not forget that your reason for stretching is to get on the road or trail for your run! Runners need to stretch, but do not let this part of your workout become your entire workout.

Stretching is important, but proper technique is key!

image found - williamwoods.edu

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Smile Like You Mean It

Smiling is my favorite exercise. :)

image found - hitech-dolphin.com

Jump Around, Jump Around!

Jump roping is a fun, muscle strengthening, heart pumping cardiovascular exercise. If done properly it is actually relatively easy on the knees. With a little practice you will gain momentum and coordination. It also costs very little or nothing at all if you pretend you are using a jump rope and just do the arm movement and jump high enough like you would naturally with an actual jump rope.

Go your own pace and start slowly. You will build stamina before you know it.

Jump, jump, jump! Now you got it!

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Why Is Fiber Important?

Fiber is a very important part of our daily diet. On average, most people only eat about 12g of fiber daily, we should be aiming to consume between 20-30g a day. Fiber is only found in foods that come from plants. You won't find any fiber in other types of food such as meat, fish or dairy products.

Good sources of fiber include:
  • fruit,
  • vegetables,
  • seeds,
  • nuts,
  • lentils,
  • beans,
  • oats,
  • whole grain rice, pasta and bread,
  • whole grain breakfast cereals.
Benefits of a high fiber diet: fiber keeps you fuller longer, helps other foods to move through your digestive system more easily, may help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

*Tip: It is important to increase it gradually. A sudden increase can make you produce more gas, leave you feeling bloated and cause stomach cramps. Also, drink plenty of water, between 6-8 glasses a day.

image found - mycoloncleansereviews.com, ref- wiki.answers.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Past=Present -"Not A Chance!"

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Pay It Forward

I was in traffic this morning and I was trying to get over into another lane. There was this woman who certainly had plenty of room to let me in. Instead, she sped up and decided to race me and not let me in. I got so frustrated and angry inside thinking why do people act like that. What did she have to gain by not letting me in? I then took a deep breath and let it go, because I know that the traffic and she certainly didn't care that I was angry, so why bother feeling that way?! I have made a vow right now to let other people in on the highway and not make someone else feel the way I did this morning.

How about we all "Pay It Forward" today and hopefully it will start a chain reaction and everyone will do something nice for someone else and faithfully keep it up everyday. Wouldn't this world be a nicer, happier, kinder place?

Let's exude love not hate!

image found - singapore21.org

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Just Do-odle It!

Have a Friday afternoon conference call in five minutes and your mind has already wondered into weekend mode? Grab your favorite writing device and draw squiggly shapes on your notebook or nearest scrap paper. Doodling provides just enough brain stimulation to help you stop daydreaming and get you focused back on the task at hand.

*This is according to a study in the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, this tactic showed it can improve alertness by 29 percent.

Doodle to your hearts content, maybe you will even create a personal masterpiece... ;)

image found - emoclear.com, references first magazine

We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Green Tea Ice Cream, a perfect June sweet. It is still a little high in calories, approximately 250 calories in a 1/2 cup, but it does have health benefits since it contains green tea powder.

If you're going to have some ice cream anyways, why not choose a healthier option?!

*Limited Edition..get it now...or it may be gone like the Cadbury Bunny! Oh no!

Everything in moderation. Save me some! :)

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