Jul 19, 2013

Dancing is the Best Workout and It's Good For the Soul

People always want to know what the best workout is to lose weight, or the diet pill that's going to help them lose weight. I have said many times on this site that there is no magic diet pill, and most weight loss workout DVDs are a waste of money. Want the best tip anyone can give you? Dance like no body is in the room. Dance your heart out. Sweat, feel good, and don't stop.

Just so you know you can burn more calories dancing than you can swimming, biking, or even running. Of course this all depends on what dance your doing and just how hard you're doing it. Many people don't like to dance because they feel embarrassed. If you are one of those people then dance at home. Watch YouTube instructional videos, whatever will make you feel comfortable. Maybe once you feel more comfortable dancing alone, and dancing right you won't feel so embarrassed dancing in public. Also remember that just because dancing is the best workout it doesn't mean you should go drink 6 cranberry and vodkas and go dancing at your favorite bar. That kind of defeats the purpose and after all drinking alcohol while you are trying to burn calories is probably a bad idea. Take it one step at a time, do some research and most of all have fun. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to do it on a daily basis. Learn new dances, try different genres of music, and see what gets you sweating the most. Dancing also increases strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility plus so much more.

Dancing has been done by mankind since ancient times. There is something very primal about it and somehow when you stomp your feet on the ground to the rhythm of the music it connects you to the Earth. This can stir up feelings of happiness, gratitude and even sexuality with your dance partner. These things are definitely something you want to keep in mind. Don't be one of those people that sits in the corner while everyone is having fun by simply saying "I don't know how to dance". This is mostly your fault. There are no rules, hell you don't even need instruction. Go out there and let the music move you. The more movement the better. It doesn't matter if you look crazy, you can only get better from here. Have fun and let loose. Dancing is also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Also when you are done with your night of dancing it's also a great sleep aid. Now go out and let the music move you! Have fun!

Jul 18, 2013

Frozen TV Dinners Healthier Than Most Home Cooked Meals

Many co-workers of mine are always quick to brag about "eating good" and having a nice healthy home cooked meal. Turns out that most home cooked meals are worse for you than a frozen tv dinner. A study coming out of the UK has found that most recipes in popular cookbooks including: "Ministry of Food" and "30 Minute Meals" by Jamie Oliver, "Kitchen" by Nigella Lawson, and "River Cottage Everyday" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have 3 or 4 times more calories, fat, and sodium than your average frozen tv dinner.

This study actually was pretty indepth. It looked at nutritional content such as sugars, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and total calories. Most of the recipes you find in these recipe books and almost every popular recipe book around the world revolve around 1 thing, how good it tastes. Sure they may be loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and other essentials we need on a daily basis, but its also loaded with too much of what the World Health Organization or WHO has set daily limits for in their daily dietary guidelines. The recipes that I have put together on this site not only revolve around great tasting food, but also adheres to these guidelines to help my loyal subscribers adhere to a healthy lifestyle. That is not true for all recipe sources. Just because your "home cooked meal" is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, does not mean it adheres to the dietary guidelines of the WHO and the USDA. This doesn't mean that all home cooked meals are the same, it just means that you have to keep these guidelines in mind if you want to prevent obesity or other major health complications in the future.

So what does this mean for you? Should you stop cooking at home all together and just eat TV dinners for the rest of your days? Absolutely not. Keep a watchful eye on your daily sodium and calorie intake. TV dinners may adhere to the daily limits, however they won't have as many vitamins and minerals as a home cooked meal, and our body needs that too. So just remember before you follow your favorite chef on the Food Network, make sure you keep in mind just how much sodium and fat you are adding to the recipe. Its always best to use your better judgement and use substitutes where possible. Experiment and stay healthy the recipe your following is not scripture. Stay healthy my friends.

How to Make Food Taste Even Better - What Kind of Silverware Do You Use?

So you just got off of work and your fixing to eat dinner...Do you use plastic utensils such as a plastic fork, knife, or a spoon? New research studies have found that the type of silverware you use could actually be effecting your taste buds. Plastic forks and spoons are great to use because you won't have to do the dishes, and many people have used them on a daily basis so that they can keep their silverware clean for when they have company. This might just be a bad idea. Now that I think about it, it makes a lot of sense too. For example have you ever noticed that sodas taste better out of an actual glass bottle instead of a plastic bottle or a can? Is this why wine connoisseurs always prefer crystal glasses? 

What is it about glass, silver and crystal that makes our taste buds work better? Scientists are trying to figure it out. The study in many ways still being conducted by "Flavour Journal" and the University of Oxford. It is not just the materials that we consume with though, it is also has to do with weight, color, and the actual type of the utensil. It also has to do with what you are eating off of.  Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that eating popcorn from a blue colored bowl makes it taste saltier and more buttery, then popcorn eaten from a white bowl. Even though its the same popcorn from the same batch. They have also found that the saltiness is stronger on a piece of cheese when eaten straight off of a plastic knife, instead of a toothpick or fork.

Now you have a new experiment to try on your next snack break, or before your next big home cooked meal. Change it up a little bit, your taste buds just might thank you. Enjoy!

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