Celebrity Slimming Secrets

Ever wonder how your favorite A-list celebrities maintain their million-dollar bodies? Or snap back into silver screen shape so quickly post-pregnancy? Here are some of Hollywood’s favorite health strategies that really work and a few that you should avoid.

1. Invest in Sweat Equity:  Many celebs like Pilates, yoga and running to get fit, flexible and firm. To lose fat fast though, your choice of physical activity needs to be sustained at a level of intensity that’s appropriate for you. Long leisurely walks around the block or on the beach are great for de-stressing and innervating muscles, but won’t knock off 10 to 20 pounds anytime soon. To boost fat burning, you have to raise your heart rate for at least 20 to 30 minutes daily where you’re exercising at your ‘training heart rate’.  To determine this level of intensity, have a certified fitness trainer calculate your rate for you.   Continue reading “Celebrity Slimming Secrets”

Healthy Highway Snacks

Economical day trips to area attractions or longer road trips across state lines are fun ways to see the world, but they also mean having to sit for some periods of time. To keep your waistline from expanding in the process, plan ahead with some healthy road trip snacks. They may involve some preparation, but you’ll reach your destination feeling energetic and adventurous rather than lethargic and bloated.

1. The Essentials: Be sure to take a cooler for food and drinks that need to be kept cool then pack another bag for your non-refrigerated snacks. Also, carry some wet wipes, napkins, paper towels for possible spills, a couple bags for trash, and a few utensils.   Continue reading “Healthy Highway Snacks”

Staying Hydrated

Water not only quenches the thirst, it’s vital for organs to function.  It’s needed for digestion, to carry nutrients and oxygen, control blood pressure, and to even lubricate joints.  Without enough water, skin, the largest organ in the body, can become dry and wrinkled. Do you drink enough water every day?

Blood thickens without water and the circulatory system has to work harder.

Up to 75% of a person’s body weight is water.   Water is lost during breathing when humidified air leaves the body as well as through daily urination, sweat and stool.

In a day’s work, the body loses about eight to twelve cups of water and all of that fluid needs to go back in.  When you become dehydrated, your blood loses volume and your heart cannot circulate blood effectively. The eventual result is heart failure.

A loss of just 2% of body weight can impair exercise performance by decreasing your sweat rate and increasing your core temperature (causing exhaustion from heat strain) and by decreasing maximal cardiac output (i.e., the highest pumping capacity of the heart that can be achieved during exercise). Continue reading “Staying Hydrated”

Cajun Coconut Curried Shrimp

Here’s an easy meal that’s bursting with taste and texture.  This dish blends the signature flavors of Louisiana, Thailand, and India into a single pot filled with colorful veggies and shrimp.  The light coconut milk adds rich and creamy goodness to this flavorful curry while the Cajun seasoning adds a nice subtle ‘zing’.

Shrimp is high in protein and very low in fat
Shrimp is high in protein and very low in fat

Shrimp is a good source of protein and iron.  It’s very low in saturated fat although high in cholesterol content (200 mg.* in 3.5 oz, or about 12 large shrimp).  However, scientific research dismisses the link between high cholesterol and shellfish and may, in fact, raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol).  Shrimp also contains good-for-the-skin selenium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids which can counteract the effects of premature aging.

*The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a maximum intake of 300 mg. of cholesterol per day.

NOTE: Vegetarians can substitute shrimp with tofu for a flavorful, satisfying main dish. Continue reading “Cajun Coconut Curried Shrimp”

Hawaiian Tofu Salmon 7-Layer Salad

tofuHere’s the perfect summer salad that’s as colorful as nutritious. This Hawaiian-style seven-layer salad is a meal in itself and easy to make. The light tangy Asian dressing blends the silky texture of the tofu with the crunchy veggie layers.

Made with fresh chopped vegetables (local grown is best!) and salmon that’s packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Tofu is a high-quality source of vegetable protein, contains no cholesterol, and is rich in healthy isoflavones.

NOTE: Vegetarians can omit the salmon layer.

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