Monthly Archives: December 2014

A different kind of protein powder

Protein powders can have numerous ingredients, some good and some downright suspect. They can be chalky, gritty, too sweet and even give you a stomachache. I like this gelatin protein powder because it is high in protein at 18 grams for just three tablespoons, has no taste and is imperceptible in my smoothies. Collagen is […]

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ab exercise to tighten up those flabby sides

There seems to be a ton of upper and lower abdominal exercises on DVDs and in club classes but what’s less common are oblique exercises. We don’t want “love handles.” Here’s an abdominal exercise that Coach Nate had me do here that works the sides (obliques) and the lower abs with risers from a Reebok […]

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My favorite Vegan Winter Fruit Smoothie

This is my new favorite smoothie. It’s raw, vegan, has only two ingredients, is sweet without any sugar, and creamy without dairy or fat. Two Ingredient Vegan Persimmon Smoothie 2 ripe Japanese persimmons, peeled and chopped 1 1/4 cup unsweetened So Delicious vanilla coconut milk Freeze the chopped persimmons until frozen. (Freezing the fruit turns […]

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Why I won’t use coconut oil on my skin anymore

When my right triceps was having spasms, a therapist did a deep tissue massage with Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil. After about four of these weekly treatments I noticed that upper arm had itchy bumps and blisters. I suspected the culprit to be the coconut oil. Several weeks later these ugly blisters still remained so I […]

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Is Stevia safe? Probably not.

In Nutrition Action’s October article titled, “S-W-E-E-T Your guide to sugar substitutes”, various sweeteners are given ratings. Most of us know to avoid Equal, Splenda and Sweet ‘N Low, but I was surprised to see “Caution” for Monk fruit extract and “safe” for stevia. I emailed the newsletter’s contact and asked the following questions, “I […]

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Want some butter on that celery?

Nut butter that is! These are great gifts for people who love nuts. You can spread any one of them on toast, but I like to put the brazil nut butter on celery, add a tablespoon of the pecan butter in my smoothies, and add almond butter to my oatmeal.

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A quick way to improve grip strength

I know I need to work on my grip strength as my fingers tend to loosen up on the dumbbells around the 10th rep when I’m holding heavy weights during squats. A personal trainer asked me, “Have you tried cutting your nails?” My nails tends to grow like weeds and I do like to keep […]

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Flourless Chocolate Oat Cookies with Peanut-Honey Glaze

These low-fat cookies are healthy, made without flour, butter or dairy, are easy and fast to make, that you can eat for a snack or even grab a few for a quick guilt-free breakfast.   Flourless Chocolate Oat Cookies with Peanut-Honey Glaze Batter: ½ cup old fashioned oats 1 egg white 1 inch mashed ripe […]

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Dudes! Stop telling me what to do!

Whenever I tell a male that I am trying to add more muscle and am weight-training, frequently these men frantically urge me not to weight train because I’m going to get too big and muscular and become unattractive and manly. I am a tiny female with a small frame and there is no way I […]

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