Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So What Exactly is This Acai Berry?

Posted by Kay at 8:44 PM 1 comments


Have you heard about acai berry juice before? If you are not aware about acai berry juice, you need to understand its health benefits. The juice of acai berries is vital for your health. Well, here is why it is considered vital for your health.
  • It Is Natural And Effective
The biggest advantage of the juice of acai berry is that it is completely natural in nature. The acai juice is derived from the acai berries. The berries are plucked from the acai palm which is found deep in the confines of the Amazonian Rain Forests of Brazil. If you are using an ordinary health, you are risking yourself to numerous harmful preservatives.

  • It Is The # 1 Super Food
The wonder berries from the acai palm are considered to be the #1 super food of the world. In simple terms, if you are making use of this food supplement, you need to understand that they are an effective source of providing the missing nutrients to your body. The acai juice is therefore a complete food in itself and it can also serve as a staple diet.
  • A Fat Burner
The juice of the acai berries are also considered to be effective fat burners. If you are obese and are hoping to lose weight at warp speed, there is no better weight loss supplement than the acai berries supplement. It not only burns body fat, it also helps you retain your lost weight. The acai berry juice is vital for your health. It is natural, effective and the #1 'fat burner' in the entire world. Grab your Free Trial packs of Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse TODAY. These Free Trial packs have been used successfully by millions of weight loss enthusiasts. They have also been recommended by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

How to recover from a cold: Easy Steps!

Posted by Kay at 10:19 PM 2 comments

Hey everyone! I'm back! Some of you might have been wondering where I've been lately- at home sick! I think I caught a cold after going to the pool late at night. I had a high fever, sore throat, stuffy nose, and whooping cough! But thank goodness I'm doing better now! I will be posting more throughout the week ;) I've decided to give you guys some tips on how to recover from a cold quickly and easily!

Credits: “Frederic Patenaude, is the author of the best-selling e-book "The Raw Secrets"


Sleep It Off



The main problem people have when they get a cold is that it interferes with their already busy life. How are you supposed to work if you feel really bummed? So you take drugs or even just herbal medicines to alleviate the symptoms, and you continue working like crazing, staying up late, going out, eating out, and never giving your body the chance to heal!


When you get a cold, you should do this opposite. Think to yourself, “Great! A cold! That's my opportunity to catch up on the rest I desperately need, and my chance to let my body heal itself!”

What you'll need to do is start spending long hours in bed. Rest as much as possible. Cancel those appointments that are not urgent, those nights out, and other activities. Stop your exercise program for a few days, and rest as much as possible.

If that's not possible, at least take it really easy, and go to bed super-early. Give your body a chance to heal and it will do an amazing job at it, I promise.

Eat Properly

95% of people I've met still think that there's some kind of food they should eat that could “increase their immunity” or “boost their metabolism” and help them “fight” the cold better.

They still haven't realized that the common cold isn't something that should be fought or stopped!

Here is however a few recommendations that will definitely help you recover from a cold in the shortest time possible.

  • Eat only fruits and vegetables. Those are the easiest foods to digest. Avoid protein foods or fat, or starch.
  • Drink plenty of warm water.
  • Eat a very simple diet. Smoothies, fresh juices, raw fruits in vegetables. No cooked foods except at the most, steamed vegetables.
  • Eat according to hunger and if not hungry skip a few meals. There's no harm and only good in doing that.


Eating a simple raw food diet when you have a cold will help you recover in the shortest time possible, without doing any harm to the body.

Combine that with plenty of rest, and you'll have a winning formula to getting rid of that nasty cold.

By learning proper nutrition habits, you'll also make sure that you stay healthy all the time and never have to go through that again!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken! (Yum!)

Posted by Kay at 11:20 PM 5 comments


Delizioso!

Ingredients

    For the Chicken:
    2 boneless, and skinless chicken breasts 3 tablespoons of fat-free Italian dressing

    For the dressing:
    1 & 1/2 tablespoons of fat free mayonnaise
    1/4 teaspoon of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
    1/2 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
    1/2 of a clove garlic, minced
    1 & 1/2 teaspoons of water
    Freshly ground black pepper; for taste

    For the Salad:
    4 cups romaine lettuce
    1/2 ounce (about 3 tablespoons) Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
    1/2 cup whole-wheat croutons

Directions

1. Add the chicken and Italian dressing in a fresh sealed plastic bag.

2. Put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, and turn the chicken over after 15 minutes.

3. Prepare a hot fire on a charcoal grill, gas grill, or broiler.

4. Stand about 1 foot away from the fire and lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.

5. Grill or broil the chicken breasts until browned and cooked through on eash side.

6. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing into strips.

7. To make the Caesar dressing, add mayonnaise, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic and water. Whip together until smooth. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

8. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, croutons and the Caesar dressing. Toss thoroughly until the lettuce is coated with the dressing. Transfer the salad to individual plates.

7. Top each salad with the grilled chicken and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

8. Serve immediately.

Buono appetito! :D


Friday, August 7, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Low Fat Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted by Kay at 9:38 PM 2 comments


Only 45 Calories!

Ingredients:

1 can (preferably 14 oz.) of low fat sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup of reduced fat peanut butter

1/4 cup of fat free egg substitute

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups of reduced fat biscuit mix

1/4 cup of sugar


Directions:

1. Prepare a large bowl to mix in ingredients

2. Mix the milk, peanut butter, egg substitute and vanilla with a mixer on a low setting until smooth.

3. Add the biscuit mix and blend well.

4. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

5. Preheat your oven to 350.

6. Drop the dough by teaspoonful 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick spray.

7. Sprinkle with sugar and bake the cookies until lightly browned about 6-8 minutes.

Enjoy the cookies! :D

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Energy Bars!

Posted by Kay at 10:42 PM 1 comments


Servings: About 24 Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups of uncooked Quaker Multi-Grain cereal (Or any healthy whole grain cereal- your choice)

1/2 cup of raisins

1/2 cup of snipped small pitted prunes

1/2 cup of coarsely chopped (unblanched) almonds

1/2 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds

1/ 1/4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2/3 cup of brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup of unsweetened applesauce

2 teaspoons of vanilla


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Lightly grease a 9x 13 (nine by thirteen)-inch baking pan.

3. In a large bowl, mix the cereal, raisins, prunes, almonds, sunflower seeds, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the vegetable oil, brown sugar and egg until it is blended.

4. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla. Add the (previous) dry ingredients, and stir until well blended

5. Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool until lukewarm on a rack before cutting into bars.

7. Serves 24 bars.


Bon Appetit! :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Potato Soup

Posted by Kay at 10:19 PM 0 comments



Ingredients

    1 teaspoon of olive oil
    1 large fennel bulb, chopped
    1 cup of chopped red onion
    2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
    3 cups of chicken broth (Try to get one low on sodium)
    1 cup of fat-free milk (Yes! Fat Free!) ;)
    2 teaspoons of lemon juice
    2 teaspoons of toasted fennel seeds

Directions

1. Prepare a large soup pot

2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.

3. Add the fennel and onion to the pot.

4. Saute the vegetables until they are soft, it will likely take about 5 minutes.

5. Stir in the potatoes, chicken broth, milk and lemon juice. Cover the pot, reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are nice and tender, probably about 15 minutes.

6. If you own a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth. Pour the soup into the pot and heat until warmed.

7. Ladle into individual bowls and garnish with toasted fennel seeds.

8. Serve immediately!


Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's Summertime! Get Outside!

Posted by Kay at 2:05 PM 3 comments


It's a gorgeous day out here in New York, warm 89 degree weather and the sun has been shining all day long. And how did I spend this beautiful day you ask?
Staying on this computer all day! My neck and shoulders are killing me! I'm planning on going to the beach in an hour to get some relaxation. Here are some tips for posture while using your computer.


Posture & Positioning

  1. The first step to better posture at a desk is to alter your chair to the right height for computer work. Your feet should be flat on the floor, your thighs parallel to the ground, knees forming a 90 degree angle.
  2. Second, adjust your computer to level your eyes with the top of your monitor. Tilt the monitor at an angle of approximately 15 degrees for an optimal neck position that will not strain your spine. For the sake of your eyes, be positive that you are sitting far enough from the screen so that there is at least 20 inches of space between your face and the monitor.
  3. Pull the keyboard tray out towards you, level with the height of your elbows when your arms hang loose at your side. In order to protect your elbows and shoulders, make certain never to reach forward to type. Maintain a right angle in the elbow joint.



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For The Back

  • If you are presumable to lower back pain, you may find that a durable cushion positioned in the small of the back gives you the support you need.
  • Try putting a wedge-shaped block under your feet to raise your toes slightly upwards.

For The Wrists

  • While using the mouse, move from the shoulder instead of the wrist.
  • Avoid wrist pads that create a bend in the wrist.
  • Keep wrists flat, forearms stiff and parallel to the floor.
  • Use reinforced wrist braces if it is needed.

Movement

Remember to take breaks and get moving. Instead of going straight from sitting at your desk to sitting in the break room, take time to stretch your limbs, rotating each joint slowly, several times different directions. Don't ignore your sore spots!


 

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