Sunday, July 31, 2011

Getting Juiced! Day 2

I have to admit that my hunger center was working overtime last night as I headed to bed.  I dismissed these feelings, however, in hopes of waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Day 2

Today started off fantastic!  I awoke without the dreaded starvation feelings that I thought I would have.  I wasn't not hungry but definitely not salivating at the thought of eating anything available whether it was edible or inedible.  I count that as a small victory for my second day on the job.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Getting Juiced! Day 1

No, I'm not talking about the latest Major League Baseball players getting caught shooting up with anabolic steroids if that's what first came to mind.  This is a whole different kind of juicing.  One that promises better health and lots of energy to go with it.  After being inspired by the documentary Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead  I decided to take the 7 day juicing challenge!

I won't be juicing 100% of the time for the seven day period but I will be on a liquid fast for the full 7 days.  I will be juicing as much as possible and throwing in a smoothie every once in a while for a treat.  I know what you're probably thinking.... "Seven days and not a single bite of food to eat!  That's crazy!"  Well, it may sound crazy but it actually gives your digestive tract a break and helps clean out any crap (literally!) that you've been shoving down the old hatch.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Plant Based Odyssey

I grew up in the Central Valley of California in the 60's and 70's, and had a Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer sort of a childhood, filled with adventures in an area of the country known at that time as "The Fruit Basket of America." Thousands of acres of peach, almond, walnut, and olive groves stretched for miles in all directions, and I and my best friend often hiked out along the railroad tracks or canal banks into the country to catch lizards, snakes, and frogs or just explore and play in and around the orchards on the blistering hot, summer days we often had.

The son of a small business owner and an 8th grade English teacher, my early diet was filled with economically conservative-type meals like tuna casserole, hot dogs, burgers, chicken, pork chops, and other generally meat heavy bills of fare, some of which I resisted like it was deadly poison, much to my mother's aggravation. In retrospect, perhaps I wasn't too far off in my early assessment of this kind of food.

One good habit that I can really thank my mom for was that she always insisted that I eat some fruit every day, and was always happy to cut up an apple or an orange for me as an afternoon or evening snack, as well as making sure she sent me to school with something packed in my lunch pail or brown bag. Of all the dietary advice I received in my early years, that has been one that has stuck with me, and one that I have tried to pass along to my kids as well.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cinnamon Walnut Oatmeal

There's nothing better than starting your day off with a delicious, healthy breakfast!  And there's nothing more delicious or healthy than a good old fashion bowl of oatmeal.  It's nature's cholesterol fighting food and it can help lower yours too.

To get all the health benefits without sacrificing taste you've got to get back to the basics when it comes to all those rolled oats.  That means no ripping open a paper packet of sugar laden, processed oats that resemble more of a chemistry experiment than actual food.  But don't worry because the following recipe takes just as little effort and tastes much better than that packet of pseudo oatmeal from old man Quaker.

1/2 cup old fashion oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
fresh blueberries
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg (optional)
dash of stevia (optional)

Place oats in bowl and add water.  Cover with paper towel and let sit overnight.  The next morning drain remaining water out of bowl.  Crush walnuts and add to oats.  Add dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia and mix.  Top with fresh blueberries and a fresh strawberry.  Enjoy until your hearts content!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

P90x - The Ultimate Body Workout

If you're looking for a new workout challenge or just want to get into better overall shape then look no further - P90x does just that!  This program will transform your body over a 90 day period and leave you feeling great and full of energy.

What Is P90x?

P90x is a home fitness program coupled with a nutritional program to help get you into phenomenal shape in just 13 weeks.  Before you start the program it's always best to seek a thorough strength, balance, and flexibility assessment from a qualified professional  so you can avoid any unwanted injuries.  Once you're cleared let the good times begin!

Fitness Program

The workouts are approximately 45-60 minutes long and you do them 6 days per week.  Three days a week you add in 15 minutes of abdominal exercises after you workout which really helps transform your stomach into that 6 pack that you always wanted.

There are various workout regimens that you'll rotate between so you can rest assured that you won't get bored.  You'll go between the following as you work your way through the program:

1)  Strength/Resistance Training
2)  Cardio
3)  Yoga
4)  Plyometrics - "Jump training"
5)  Stretching
6)  Abdominal exercises
7)  Martial Arts

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beans, Beans, The Musical Fruit

Beans, beans, the musical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
So let's eat beans with every meal!

I'm sure that short, little tune takes you back to your playground days like it does me.  I remember growing up and having a few laughs over one of nature's most smelly culprits.  As goofy and childlike as the song may be it has a lot of truth beneath the verses within it.

Beans are part of the legume family which also include lentils, peas, soy, and peanuts.  While beans may be the butt of many flatulent jokes they have some incredible health benefits and should be included in one's diet if you're looking to lose weight and feel great.