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Monday, January 31, 2011

Gina's Skinny Recipes

 I recently ran across a great blog for every dieter! Gina's Skinny Recipes has scads of tasty ideas for recipes that won't derail your diet.  Check it out! Here are two recipes that called out to my taste buds and that I will be trying soon.

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The Skinny Taco Dip calls for the low-fat versions of sour cream, cream cheese and cheddar cheese and toppings that are typical in most weight loss diets.  I'm thinking I'll serve with low-fat tortilla chips or oven-baked low-carb tortillas.  It would probably even taste good with pork rinds if you are being strict with your carb count.

Another recipe that caught my eye was Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken.  Doesn't it look tasty?

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Yum!  I think I'll try this one tonight and serve with Basmati Brown Rice! Go check out this blog right now...but be sure to load up your printer with paper, because you'll be printing out recipes right and left! :)

Happy eating without the guilt!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Blueberries: An Antioxidant-Rich Fruit

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 Eating Blackberries Can Help Fight Cancer, Heart Disease and Stroke

Every healthy diet will include a daily dose of vegetables and fruits. A smart fruit choice when in season is Blackberries because of their high antioxidant properties.

What are Blackberries and Where do They Grow?

Blackberries are also known as black raspberries, and they are not a true berry. Their actual botanical classification is an aggregate fruit, whereby the fruit forms from single flowers with multiple individual carpels.

Blackberry plants are perennial and are abundant in Eastern North America, the Pacific coast, Western Europe and the British Isles. The fruit grows on either plants with erect arching canes or on trailing plants. They bloom mid-to-late June and are usually ready to be picked in July or August, depending on the region. If picked too early they will be sour, but when fully ripe they are juicy and sweet.

Understanding Your Cholesterol Levels

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Plus Lifestyle Changes that Can Make a Difference

Most annual physicals for adults include a blood test, called a lipid panel, to check cholesterol levels. If the results indicate high cholesterol numbers, lifestyle changes may be required to reduce health risks, and

if those changes don't work a lipid-lowering statin drug may be necessary.

Cholesterol Blood Test Results

If your cholesterol numbers aren't where they should be, your doctor will want to discuss the results of your blood test with you and make recommendations for lifestyle changes. A report of high cholesterol should not be ignored, because maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in your blood is critical for good health and longevity. Unhealthy cholesterol levels can lead to atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaques in your arteries.
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How to Lose Weight and Save Money at the Same Time

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4 Changes that Can Positively Impact Your Health and Wallet

Today the world is filled with people who are overweight, broke and cranky. If you are one of them, here are four changes you can make that might help you lose weight, save money and put a smile back on your face!

Money Saving, Fat Burning Change #1 - Eat Meals Slower. Alexander Kokkinos, MD, PhD, of Laiko General Hospital in Athens Greece lead a study that observed the effect of slam-dunking a meal. The article, "New Scientific Study Indicates that Eating Quickly is Associated with Overeating" published on the website provided evidence for why eating slowly helps our brains understand that our stomachs are full. They explain that speed eating, "curtails the release of hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full. The decreased release of these hormones, can often lead to overeating."

How: By eating slower, you will feel fuller faster and stop eating sooner. If you can leave 100 calories off your plate every day, by the end of the year you will have reduced calorie consumption by 36,500 calories and stretched your budget too. Since you need to cut 3500 calories to lose one pound, this small change could make your number on the scale 10 pounds lighter!

If you are used to eating a McDonald's hamburger with an order of small fries twice a week, start ordering your hamburger without the fries, and eat that fast food burger slowly! By eating slower you won't need those fries, saving 230 calories each fast food meal which adds up to almost 24,000 each year!

Results: While the cost savings may only be $100, you'll reduce the fat around your middle by 7 - 10 pounds!

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