Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
Just a quick catch up to say that I just returned from my beautiful Costa Rica two days ago and cannot wait to share pictures of my trip and to start writing lots of articles again. For now I will share this amazing picture of me kissing a wild parrot that was sitting on a horse. All in a normal day in Costa Rica:)
I get a little lazy in winter since generally the swimsuit is many months away however this year I am determined to not let the holidays and all the great food that comes with it leaving me with a mad dash before summer to get those winter pounds off. Here are some easy tips to help make fighting fat not so painful!
Metabolism, metabolism, metabolism. That one word has always been a mystery to me. Apparently I have a good metabolism (at least that is what my mother has always told me and I am not one to argue with her) and to tell you the truth I was never to sure what having a good metabolism entailed just was glad that I did (based upon serious looks my mother made when talking of metabolism ). One of my friends who is forever on a diet will tell you that she has a terrible metabolism and can never lose weight because of her metabolism (of course she always mentions this while eating several cookies at once). I decided to delve into the metabolism mystery and find some tips to help you speed up your metabolism whether you think you have a good one or a bad one.
When you have a high metabolic rate this increases the amount of calories, or energy, the body burns on a daily basis. Without optimal metabolism the body will store excess calories as fat for future use. The problem for many people is they don’t ever use these excess calories and as a result struggle with weight issues ( not fun). Vavavoom Your Metabolism
**Eat Spicy Foods- Have you ever noticed that when you swallow that really hot jalapeno that you start to sweat and feel a little hot (I have on many occasions)? Great news! You are speeding up your metabolism. Add some red pepper, or jalapenos to your favorite dish to get going. Mexican and Thai are great choices for this.
**Eat Breakfast-Believe it or not, it may be the most important meal of the day as far as metabolism (and weight loss) is concerned. People who eat breakfast lose more weight than breakfast skippers do, according to studies. Breakfast gives your metabolism a boost and provides a consistent energy supply throughout the day. Christopher, a New York City fitness expert and my online personal trainer is constantly stressing this to me!
- **Eat Lots Of Small Meals Throughout The Day-If you can eat 5-6 small meals (try not to go for more than 4 hours without eating) this will keep your metabolism running great. I have also found this to be helpful so that I do not overeat. I never really feel hungry.
**Drink Green Tea-Studies have found that green tea extract actually increases metabolism. The antioxidants in tea appear to improve concentration, gently boost energy, make people happier, lower cholesterol levels, improve cardiovascular health and help guard against some cancers too. Sounds like a win win idea to me.
- **Avoid Stress-Too much physical or emotional stress causes our bodies to release a steroid called cortisol that actually slows down our metabolism and can cause weight gain, especially around your stomach area. - **Eat Protein-You should make sure that 10 to 35 percent of your total daily calories come from protein. The amino acids in protein make it harder for your body to break down than carbs and fats so you burn more calories. This does not mean you have to eat a lot of meat (if you do eat meat I think the organic grass fed is best). I am a vegetarian and eat a lot of eggs (thank you Christopher),nuts, cheeses and other low fat dairy to get in my protein.
**Get Plenty Of Sleep-Studies show that people who don’t get seven to eight hours a night of sleep are more prone to weight gain. I have heard that the first 4 hours of sleep help with brain repair and the last 4 hours help with body repair (this is just a rumor but comes from a reliable source).
- **Stay Away From Sugar- Honestly, this has to be my least favorite as I love, love, love sweets! Unfortunately, sugar throws our metabolic rate into fat storage mode (that just sounds awful).
Isn't this terrific! These are really not tough tips to include in our daily lives (although I do struggle with the sugar one) so that we can burn calories more efficiently and speed up the ever mysterious metabolism (what does a metabolism look like? anything?).
One of my favorite posts for inspiration so reposting!
I remember many years ago when Nike came out with the Just Do It ad campaign and I was hooked and loved it! They had wonderful ads that motivated and spoke to me-they hit home because it seems we all in one way or another can relate. Here are a few of my favs! Enjoy some inspiration for the soul.....
“Sooner or later, you start taking yourself seriously. You know when you need a break. You know when you need a rest. You know what to get worked up about and what to get rid of. And you know when it's time to take care of yourself, for yourself. To do something that makes you stronger, faster, more complete. Because you know it's never too late to have a life. And never too late to change one.” Nike
"Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do.
Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut. Why?
After all,we do only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. So stop. Try something you've never tried.
Risk it. Enter a triathlon. Write a letter to the editor. Demand a raise. Call winners at the toughest court.
Throw away your television. Bicycle across the United States. Try bobsledding. Try anything. Speak out against the designated hitter.
Travel to a country where you don't speak the language.
Patent something. You have nothing to lose and everything everything everything to gain. JUST DO IT." -
1992: Barry Sanders
"All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you're not good enough or strong enough or talented enough, they'll say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no until all the no's become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. They will tell you no. And YOU WILL TELL THEM YES." - Unknown Nike
I have gotten really lazy lately at blogging but trying to get back into the swing of things! I found this incredible recipe at: http://goodveg.squidoo.com/recipes/sandwiches-salads/lime-and-chile-red-cabbage-salad that I actually for once made and followed their directions and not mine which usually end up with a complete kitchen disaster. I am no chef and so this was quite a feat for me even though it was so simple. I have been trying to come up with tasty ways to eat my vegetables healthy! So if you are looking for a simple, healthy and delicous way to change up your veggies I recommend the above recipe and site. I love her ideas!!!!!
And to think I never thought twice about red cabbage until now and cannot get enough and not only is it delicious but very nutritious just look at all the benefits of this beautiful vegetable (I mean who else has quite that color and design-she is the prom queen of veggies:).
Eat Your Red Cabbage and Lose Some Of That Baggage!
-Red cabbage is rich in vitamins A, C, and E which boosts immunity, helps in oxidation (which delays the aging process) and helps maintain clear eyesight as well as moisturization keeping your skin smooth and supple!
-Anthochyanins and Indoles have both been linked to helping protect your body from cancer and red cabbage has both!!
-No more icky ulcers-Red cabbage has for many years been used in the treatment of ulcers in the form of it's juice!!! It has a large concentration of the amino acid glutamine that is a helpful healing property.
I am never one to throw my religous or political beliefs out there but I was relieved that Obama was reelected. I feel in many way the tide is turning in this country towards acceptance and more openmindness and I think he is a big part of that. None of us are perfect but I believe he can lead us in the right direction. His acceptance speech was inspirational on many levels that I felt went beyond just politics. Below is my favorite part of his actual speech-it gave me goosebumps.
Congratulations Mr. President!
"I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.
I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try.
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America."
I’m not a doctor, therapist, nutritionist or anything of the like(would probably be nice but I'm not) . Anything I’ve written here is to tell you about my experiences and what has worked for me or general information. It isn’t advice. I’m not telling you to do any of these things. I just want to pass on what has helped me and hope that you enjoy this blog.