Saturday, October 18, 2008


Ok, I really found this one interesting, but I am only going to include the link because it has several links from the article that will lead you to other articles that are helpful. Enjoy!


I found this on

Olive Oil for a Flat Belly

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That bagel? It could go right to your gut. Literally. But a bit of olive oil each day may help keep your middle little.

That's what researchers are saying after testing two diets -- one high in carbs and the other based on healthy fats from olive oil. The "fat" diet kept bellies flatter.

Why Belly Fat Is So Bad
Besides making you sad when you zip up your pants, excessive abdominal fat increases your risk for high blood sugar and many other health problems. But in a recent study of overweight people, a Mediterranean-style diet -- where approximately 30 percent to 40 percent of the calories came from unsaturated fats, like those in olive oil -- seemed to help prevent tummy-expanding over time. Another bonus: The fat-focused diet helped people maintain better insulin sensitivity, too. Not so with the high-carb diet, which seemed to encourage body fat to relocate to people’s bellies.


Ok, I found this recipe on a few years ago and we love to make this one. It is so easy and soooo tasty it is really worth a try.

Southwest Chicken Salad I SUBMITTED BY: Sandy

1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
4 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 small red onion, sliced into rings
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

6 ounces tortilla chips
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In a covered jar, mix the lime juice, olive oil, salt, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, and cumin. Cover, and shake until well blended.
Place the lettuce in a large bowl. Toss with the chicken, black beans, onion, and tomato. Just before serving, toss with the dressing mixture and Parmesan cheese. Serve with tortilla chips, either crushed over the top of the salad, or on the side.


Ok, so here is a recipe I saw on TV. I really get bored of the same thing over and over again and am constantly on the lookout for a good recipe. This was on Lidia's Kitchen on PBS.


6 oz. of bacon, cut into small pieces (still raw)
3 stalks of celery cut up
1/2 small onion in small strips
1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes (I prefer the petite diced)
1 box 16 oz. lasagna noodles
parmesan cheese


Break the lasagna noodles up into smaller bite size pieces. Boil some water and put the pieces in to cook. In a large frying pan start cooking up the pieces of bacon. When they are cooked through but still soft add the celery and onions and saute until bacon is crispy and the onions and celery are soft. Add the tomatoes and then put in roughly about 1 cup of water to the can to get the rest out and add it to the pan as well. Put the heat at medium and put the lid on and let it simmer down. When the noodles are well cooked strain out the water and put in a large bowl. Add the sauce to the bowl and mix together. You can either add the parmesan cheese here or let people add it at their own discretion. I actually like it without the cheese, but it does taste good with it as well. Enjoy!


I found this article online and thought it would be helpful and beneficial. It is amazing if you change your life just a little it can make a big difference!

10 Essential Health Tips
(The Basics to Practice Every Day)

"He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything." -Arabian Proverb

1. Move More
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of time. It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that's great when you're up to it. Meanwhile, move more. Thought for the day: Cha, Cha, Cha…. Then do it!

2. Cut Fat
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts. Most are available in lower fat versions such as substitute butter, fat free cheeses and mayonnaise. Thought for the day: Lean, mean, fat-burning machine…. Then be one!

3. Quit Smoking
The jury is definitely in on this verdict. Ever since 1960 when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful to your health, Americans have been reducing their use of tobacco products that kill. Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in adolescents and teens. Could it be the Hollywood influence? It seems the stars in every movie of late smoke cigarettes. Beware. Warn your children of the false romance or 'tough guy' stance of Hollywood smokers. Thought for the day: Give up just one cigarette…. the next one.

4. Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds….then float on them.

5. Protect Yourself from Pollution
If you can't live in a smog-free environment, at least avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It's a good pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day: 'Smoke gets in your eyes'…and your mouth, and your nose and your lungs as do pollutants….hum the tune daily.

6. Wear Your Seat Belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Thought for the day: Buckle down and buckle up.

7. Floss Your Teeth
Recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don't? Thought for the day: Floss and be your body's boss.

8. Avoid Excessive Drinking
While recent studies show a glass of wine or one drink a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease, more than that can cause other health problems such as liver and kidney disease and cancer. Thought for the day: A jug of wine should last a long time.

9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
There's a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the day: You can't be unhappy when you're smiling or singing.

10. Choose Your Parents Well
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. But just because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn't mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed you. Thought for the day: Follow these basic tips for healthy living and you can better control your own destiny.


Healthy eating is very important as well as exercising to losing weight and being healthy. Veggetables is something you should be eating in almost every meal. Every once in a while we like to eat salads for dinner. One of my favorite is Cobb Salad. This one I actually got off of Wikipedia:

Cobb salads are presented in a variety of ways. One common presentation uses a round bowl or plate, and places the ingredients in quadrants, arranged based on color and contrast.[5]

[edit] Original recipe
The original recipe contained:[6]

Lettuce (head lettuce, watercress, chicory, and romaine)
Crisp bacon
Chicken breast
Hard-cooked eggs
Roquefort cheese
Special Cobb salad vinaigrette

[edit] Salad dressing
Although there are many variations on the dressing used for a Cobb salad, this one is purported to be the one originally used at the Brown Derby.[6]

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dry English mustard
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup full-flavored olive oil
3/4 cup salad oil

For the salad dressing we have actually just used red wine vinaigrette because my husband wasn't a big fan of the dressing given.


Here is another article I got:

Aerobic Base Building
The first step to reaching progress in your fitness level is to create a base of aerobic fitness, known as Aerobic Base Building. Aerobic refers to the energy created using the oxygen system, and base building refers to building a base from which one can later advance from. To build an aerobic base, you must exercise in the aerobic range, gradually adding more duration to absorb the training effectively.

You should commit to an aerobic base building period for 6–12 weeks when you are just beginning an exercise program, returning after a break from training, or recovering from an injury or overtraining. The longer the lapse in exercise, the longer the base building period should be.

Aerobic base building workouts should be at a heart rate range of approximately 65%–75% maximum heart rate. Using a heart rate monitor is critical because it provides immediate, continuous, accurate feedback.

To calculate your aerobic heart rate range, you can use the age-predicted formula to estimate your maximum heart rate: 220 – age. Example: If you are 30 years old, your estimated max heart rate is 190 BPM. From there, multiply 190 x 65% and 80% to get a range of 123 to 152 BPM. For more information on heart rates, see the Target Heart Rate handout.
By using a heart rate monitor during all workouts and focusing on aerobic training, you’ll enjoy numerous benefits:
Increased fat metabolism: The body prefers fat for fuel when exercising at aerobic heart rates.
Better performance: Aerobic exercise improves VO2max (oxygen use during exercise), the chief predictor of endurance performance.
Stronger immune system: The immune system can be strengthened with exercise because it helps to increase the number of macrophages and T-cells. Research shows that by increasing these “fighter” cells in the immune system, you may have better protection against diseases like cancer.
Increased resistance to fatigue: The more effective the heart is as a pump, the better it is at providing oxygen to the body. Better oxygenation translates to improved energy.
Lowered risk of heart disease: Aerobic exercise has been found to have positive effects on all controllable risk factors of heart disease, including blood pressure and total serum cholesterol.
Decreased tension and aid in sleeping: Exercise creates and improves balance in the body. Hormones are in better balance and tension is reduced, creating a better environment for rest.
Increased general stamina: The stronger the heart is, the less work it has to do over time to produce the same cardiac output. With less work comes greater endurance.
Psychological benefits: It is well documented that 30 minutes of exercise per day improves mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.