Fitness Blog / Archives for August, 2010

Healthy Cooking

Graces Greek Salad

August 31

This meal makes a great side with any lunch, healthy snack or as a complement to your main meal. Add with pita bread and hummus for a complete meal even picky eaters can enjoy. This recipe serves 4 to 6.

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 Women’s Health

Oh My Aching Back

August 27

Simple strains are the most common cause of back pain, especially lower back pain. Muscle strain is often caused by overuse of a muscle or overloading a muscle. When a muscle is stressed beyond its limits, injury occurs.

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Healthy Cooking

Fresh and Fruity Spinach Salad

August 26

A great treat anytime of the day. I enjoy it for snack or lunch, you can pair it with a half sandwich of your choice if you desire meat with your meal.

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Diet

Oregano – Theres More To It Than Just The Taste

August 25

If you want to fight infection and help to prevent or prolong the onset of disease in your body, make sure you get plenty of oregano. Often thought of as just an herb to season tomato sauces or other Italian dishes, fresh oregano is a wonderful source of fiber when eaten in larger quantities. The fragrant smell attracts the olfactory glands and causes that mouth-watering sensation of a hungry appetite.

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 Women’s Fitness

When Exercise Becomes A Pain In The Back

August 23

It used to be, if you wanted fab abs, the formula was simple. Do a hundred sit ups and leg lifts. Only problem was that theory resulted in an aching back for some flat ab seekers.

Recent studies have found exercises that build the core muscles help to alleviate back pain and will even help to strengthen you back muscles. They tone the muscles without damaging the spinal disks which as ever so fragile. Plus, core exercises give you a lean, long, appearance like that of a dancer’s body.

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 Motivation

Stay Motivated By Looking Good

August 20

If you are looking for a way to stay motivated to exercise, some new workout clothes might just put the groove back in your move. A new sports bra, new shorts, a pretty new top or some great new shoes, are all smart purchases that you can reward yourself with. These are smart buys because you need extra clothes, especially when you work out six days a week and by the way, it is always smart to have at least two pair of tennis shoes, if you run you may want a pair of shoes that are specifically for running.

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Healthy Cooking

Banana Strawberry Shake

August 19

Love to have a shake but hate feeling guilty? Try this healthy alternative and enjoy it until your straw sucks up the last drop. This recipe makes 4 servings. Remember portion control is key to watching your weight, even with healthy food.

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Journaling

Advice and Your Fitness Journal

August 18

Contrary to what some may believe, becoming healthy is not a one-person job. There are many ways of reaching out to others for help, such as hiring a fitness coach or joining a group of people to help keep you on track. There’s no denying that having a supporter or someone to whom you’re accountable can be truly helpful in keeping you on the road to success. There’s no reason, then, that you can’t apply this same principal to your fitness journal.

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Healthy Cooking

Aunt Tillies Tortellini Salad

August 17

This recipe is a shortcut of the original that Aunt Tillie used to make. She amended her recipe several years ago, when she found the refrigerated tortellini in the grocery store tasted so good. She used to make her own when she first started cooking and because she never threw anything away, she would use the leftovers to make salads and other meals. However, with the prepackaged varieties available today, you don’t have to wait for leftovers to enjoy this tasty treat.

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 Inspiration

Weight Gain After The Wedding How To Love The Pounds Away

August 16

Ever notice when you find a new love interest how your appetite seems to disappear? The feelings of nervousness and excitement curb our eating habits and many times leads to a little bit of weight loss. However, when we finally capture our new lover, that old appetite comes back to stay.

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Exercise

The Sure Fire Way To Burn Body Fat

August 13

What if I told you there were proven ways to burn body fat that don’t require heavy equipment or a gym membership? You can easily boost the power of basic moves to see significant results.

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Healthy Cooking

Cheesy Baked Snapper

August 12

This wonderful dish makes 4 nice healthy servings. I like to serve it with rice and broccoli or asparagus. Small potatoes, cut into small chunks and cooked go nicely with this dish, too.

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Affirmations

Affirmations Are More Than Just Words

August 11

Daily affirmations are much more than words. With the power to bring about success in your life, these positive declarations train your brain to react. Since your mind is the catalyst for bringing about change in your life, these active phrases can train your brain to seek out success.

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Healthy Cooking

Janelle’s Garlic Pork Loin

August 10

A friend of mine, Janelle makes a great pork loin that will melt in your mouth. She gave me her recipe and it turns out succulent every time I cook it. If I have a large gathering, I prepare two loins and there is never any left over.

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Glycemic Index Is It Really Important?

August 9

Lately it seems, I’ve been hearing a lot about the glycemic index of certain foods and how it is a measurement that we need to be concerned with. While I pay close attention to any added sugars in my diet, I do love to eat fruit.

I figured I needed to research this area and determine what the glycemic index is all about. There is evidence that as a society we are eating way too much sugar. No wonder there is all this talk about measuring the sugar content of the foods we eat. Many foods have hidden sugars, so reading food labels is an absolute must. However learning how the glycemic index is determined was something I wanted to know.

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Healthy Cooking

Apple of My Eye Blueberry Crisp

August 5

You can enjoy dessert and still control your weight. It’s important to reward yourself from time to time with a sweet treat. This low fat/low sugar recipe is sure to please everyone who is fortunate enough to get a taste of this delightful dish.

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 Women’s Health

Keeping Your Breasts Healthy

August 4

You don’t have to wait until National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to think about caring for your breasts. Breast cancer is a disease that has affected many people either directly or to someone close. Getting regular checkups by your physician and performing regular breast checks will catch any problems before they become any bigger. Seriously ladies, early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives.

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Healthy Cooking

Chicken and Spinach Salad

August 3

This salad has both warm and cool components. If your chicken is still warm, it will wilt the spinach which is very tasty, or chill all the ingredients for a refreshing taste. No need to use dressing, the juicy fruit makes it quite moist and delectable.

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Diet

Plotting to Plummet Instead of Plateau

August 2

Do you ever feel like you go to the gym day after day, exercise like crazy, eat very little, but you are still not losing the weight that you did when you first started working out? It’s at this stage that many ladies lose their motivation.

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