Good Foam Roller – where to find

Foam Roller

I found a really good, firm foam roller at Frog’s Fitness for $29.99 plus tax. I thought that was a good price and wanted to share this with you.

Giada de Laurentis Chocolate-Avocado Mousse review

Usually Giada’s recipes have cheese and a whole bunch of other fattening ingredients, but when I saw this fairly healthy dessert she made on TV, I wanted to try it. She uses chocolate chips, agave, almond milk, avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and tops it off with fresh raspberries. Here’s the recipe from her website: http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/recipes/997/chocolate-avocado-mousse 

I expected to love this pudding, but didn’t really like it. I hate wasting food so I decided to use it in a smoothie and it turned out delicious. This is what I did. Make recipe as instructed from above link, but don’t add the raspberries. Put in a medium sized bowl. Put two heaping tablespoons of pudding, 3/4 cup frozen raspberries, 3 frozen strawberries, 3/4 scoop protein powder, and 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk in blender and mix. Pour into a large glass. This makes a thick, delicious raspberry-chocolate smoothie. Yum!

Diabetes and Exercise

If you have diabetes and are on insulin or taking pills to squeeze out more insulin from your pancreas, you may be afraid to exercise. Exercise will cause your blood sugar to drop. It can be scary and downright dangerous. You should still exercise, but with close monitoring of your blood sugar levels.

First thing to do is to check your blood sugar BEFORE you work out. This will give you a baseline to start out with. If your blood sugar is high, your exercise will lower it and you may be able to skip taking medication until your next meal. If your blood sugar is low, you’ll need to eat some fruit or drink some juice before you even start your workout. You’ll also need extra juice during your workout.

Each person burns a different amount of carbs, even if they are doing the same exercise with the same intensity. A person who rarely exercises, may have their blood sugar plummet with a walk, while someone else who exercises regularly, will have their blood sugar just dip a little bit on that same walk.

For instance, I will burn 30 grams of carbs for each hour of cardio. If I do an easy yoga class, I may only burn 7-10 grams of carbs. The level of difficulty is the key.

Regardless of whether or not you are a diabetic, take note of how you feel during your workouts. Even those with a fully-functioning pancreas will need carbs during a workout to keep from crashing.

Cardio – too much?

In the media and practically everywhere else, you hear: if you want to lose weight, do cardio. Cardiovascular workouts do burn fat, but they can only do so much. I wanted to lose those extra pounds and was doing 30 minutes of cardio every day. Nothing. Then I did 1 hour of cardio a day. Nothing. Then I amped it up to two to three hours, depending on how much time I had to spare. Nothing! I cut back on cardio to 30 minutes a day and added 1 hour of weight-lifting, and not those little fives, four times a week. Guess what? Weight loss!

Review of Dari-Free Milk Alertnative

For those who miss dairy milk and chocolate milk, this gluten, casein, fat and cholesterol free milk alternative called DariFree by Vance Foods promises you’ll miss dairy milk no more. The one that is supposed to taste like dairy milk just tastes weird. Soy milk and hazelnut milk are much tastier. The chocolate milk they make is pretty good, but with 20 grams of carbs and zero protein, I’ll make my own.

Why do people stop weight-loss programs that work?

I have a friend who was on Jenny Craig and lost a lot of weight, but she stopped eating their meals and gained the weight back. She’s been saying she’s going back to Jenny Craig, but hasn’t done so in months. Why don’t people stick to plans like these if they work? I like cooking so I was never interested in meals for purchase. Are they not tasty?

Dairy-Free Protein Powder

I’ve been enjoying MRM’s Vanilla Egg-White protein powder for years, but felt sick for roughly six hours after having it with a fruit smoothie. I called the company and they use it on shared equipment with their whey protein powder and said the product may contain trace amounts of dairy. I told them there wasn’t a trace, there was a ton, otherwise I wouldn’t have felt terrible for six hours! MRM picked up the full canister and said they will have it tested by a third party and will let me know the results. I’ll keep you posted.

Trainer Fit Tip

Before any type of exercise, drink 16 ounces of water. You’ll have more flexibility and mobility

Get Recall Notices

You can go to the FDA website and get emailed notifications when products are recalled due contamination or unlisted allergens. Every week it seems products are being recalled due to salmonella or milk being in the products but not listed on the label. Scary stuff!

Sweating not required

I’ve read and heard that if you’re not sweating hard enough, then you’re not working hard enough. That’s not true. Not everyone sweats the same amount. The employee at the carpet store had drips of sweat down his face, while my husband and I were quite comfortable.

At a hot yoga class, my towel will be soaking, but I’ll burn more calories and be super exhausted by just 30 minutes of squats, lunges with weights and jumps…and I’m not sweaty during weight-training.

Some people cannot sweat because of a condition called anhidrosis aka hypohidrosis. You can read more about this from the Mayo clinic from the following link: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anhidrosis/DS01050 

So, now you know. If someone tells you work harder, show them that karate kick you’ve been practicing!

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