A diet program that works

You’ve probably purchased several products that you’ve seen on TV that promise the world, but then they don’t deliver. This one does. It’s pretty easy and the audio CDs are really motivating. The smoothie/drink recipes are really weird tasting and the recipes I tried weren’t very good. The exercise video is great for someone at any fitness level, but they are corney. To make it more difficult, add heavier weights, or just add one of the workouts to your typical exercise routine. What makes this so good is the audios. He’s really inspiring and motivates you. You get to eat more often and lose weight. Pretty much nothing seems to work for me, but this one did so it should work for you too. It’s called Food Lovers. You can buy it online at Foodlovers.com.

Joint Pain – How to Get Rid of It

I had terrible pain in my knees and thought it was from ballet classes. Ice packs helped a little, but not enough. Even after I quit the ballet lessons, my knees still hurt whenever I did jumping lunges or any type of high-impact exercises. After I removed the majority of items that contained sugar from the cupboards and the refrigerator, I noticed that my knees stopped hurting. Apparently this is more common than I thought. Sugar causes joint pain! Now that’s another good reason to stop eating sugar. Sweet!

Tuna and Pasta with Red Wine Vinaigrette

tuna and pasta

I’m not a fan of tuna; it just doesn’t taste great, but I found this recipe that I make again and again because it’s super tasty. Rachel Ray’s dishes are typically unhealthy and fattening, but this one is all good. I use cilantro since I don’t like parsley. I also add chopped red bell pepper for crunch. Four torn kalmata olives per person makes this dish awesome. Here’s the link: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/healthy-good-for-you-recipes/tuna-pasta-salad

The vinaigrette is 2 T olive oil, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 T honey. This vinaigrette is enough for two people.

Antiperspirant – is it harmful?

antisperspirant warningDid you know that in order to stop perspiration, products use aluminum? Rubbing a metal into your skin so it absorbs and plugs up sweat glands just doesn’t seem like a safe thing to do. Grab your antiperspirant and read the warning label. I bet you’ll see a warning not to use if you have kidney disease. Heavy metals are toxic and can damage kidneys and liver. That’s scary stuff.

If you want to smell clean, but don’t want aluminum in your deodorant, there are some out there. Just look for deodorant and make sure “antiperspirant” is not listed anywhere on the label. If you plan to switch, you may want to start in the winter time, when it’s cooler, and when you’re sweating less. You may find when you stop using antiperspirant you’re sweating more than normal, because you’re no longer plugging up your skin and your skin can finally breathe. Be patient, the excessing sweating will calm down.

On a hot day, you’re still going to sweat, but at least you won’t be stinky and won’t be sweating over metal toxicity anymore!

Chai-Chocolate Smoothie

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I just tried this smoothie this morning. If you like Chai tea, you’ll like this. I omitted the dates and used 3/4 scoop sweetened vanilla protein powder. I added 3/4 cup crushed ice. I didn’t have the kale, but I’ll try it with kale next time. It’s too bitter with cacao nibs so if you don’t have those, you’re good. Here’s the link:http://anunrefinedvegan.com/2013/06/11/chai-chocolate-green-smoothie/

Pilates – ouch!

Many people have told me they hurt their backs from Pilates. I take Pilates classes fairly regularly, and think they’re fun and a great workout for the abs and legs. If your abs aren’t strong enough, your back will end up hurting. My tip is to go MUCH lighter on the resistance. You’ll still get a great workout.

I’ve never hurt my back with any Pilates workout, but I did hurt my toe. Is that weird? The woman on the reformer next to me left her weights in the middle of the isle and I stubbed my toe on them. Ugh!

Pilates instructions, would you tell everyone to put their weights under their reformer whenever they aren’t holding them? Thank you!

Want muscles?

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If you want muscles, sometimes weights aren’t enough. It’s safe to supplement with creatine. The only thing is, creatine won’t work at all without insulin. So if you are diabetic, take creatine after a weight-training workout with some carbs and insulin. You’ll be pumping more iron in no time

4th of July Lie to Save Your Diet

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, but you don’t want to ruin your diet or upset your family and friends by not eating the high fat foods they made. This is what I do. Before I leave to go to the BBQ, I eat a little something so I’m not starved by the time I get there. I pick out the healthy foods and eat those. When people come up to me and say, “why don’t you have the ribs or the fried chicken on your plate?” I reply, “Oh I did! They were so good I scarfed them down. I’m such a little piggy. I’d have more but I’m already stuffed!” It’s a lie, but you stick to your diet plan and everyone’s happy. Happy 4th of July!

Organic Dairy Free Chocolate Bar

Organic Dairy Free Chocolate Bar
Cliff makes a dairy free, sugar free, gluten free chocolate bar that’s certified organic. Look for the name Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bar. Most healthy, dairy and sugar free bars are on the bitter side and taste funky, but this one is really good. It has just 6 ingredients: dates, almonds, unsweetened chocolate, coconut, coconut oil and salt. A treat without the guilt, now that’s sweet!

Do Carbs Make You Fat?

Sunday’s LA Times article on page A13, titled “Carbs can leave you craving…” summarizes two studies of 12 overweight males who were hungrier after eating pancakes, white pasta, or other high carb foods, than if they had eaten a meal “…with more protein and fiber and fewer carbohydrates…” What the article doesn’t say is that any time you eat carbs, you should eat protein which slows down blood sugar spikes. In every meal, the right combination is protein, carbs that contain fiber, with a little bit of fat. This combination is great for losing weight too! If you have a high carb meal or snack, such as candy, your blood sugar will soar, and then plummet, which makes sense that the men were much hungrier after eating high carb/lower fiber foods. The researches hypothesized that if you eat carbs high on the glycemic chart often, the more likely you will crave them, and the more apt you will be at pigging out.