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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Monday, June 15, 2009

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Thatís especially true with unwanted pounds. But the traditional bacon, sausage, and eggs breakfast isnít the quickest route to weight loss. Here are some of my ideas for healthy, calorie-friendly breakfasts that also are quite appetizing.



Berry Roll-up
I take about a half cup of berries (i.e., mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries), add some calorie-free sweetener, and toss them in a skillet on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Add to some soft taco shells and for a nice touch, top with some chopped nuts.

Breakfast Burrito
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix some chopped potatoes, chopped onions, chopped green peppers, shredded carrots, and sliced mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir fry in a skillet on medium heat with a half tea spoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of water until potatoes are done. Add to your tortilla and wrap up tightly. Place in oven for about 10-15 minutes then serve.

Fruit Smoothie
In a blender, add your favorite fruits. This morning, I used kiwi, pineapple, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Add 4-5 packs of Equal or Splenda and about half dozen ice cubes, and let blend until ice is ground up and serve.

Pumpkin Surprise
This is one you can make ahead of time and it will last for a while. In a bowl, dump 2-3 15 oz cans of pumpkin. Add a tablespoon each of vanilla, allspice, and cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Spenda or Equal. Mix well together. You can heat it in the microwave or serve it cold. I like it both ways. As an added touch, cut up a banana on top when you serve it.

These are some of my favorite breakfast foods. With a little creativity and imagination, you can come up with some of your own. Eating a healthy breakfast doesnít need to be bland or boring.

Happy Eating!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

_VALEO_ 6/26/2009 8:44AM

    Your pumpkin surprise seems awesome. I shared a recipe with pumpkin & apricot on Sparkrecipe.
I like smoothies too (but I don't add ice cubes).


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SJ1320 6/24/2009 8:10PM

    These recipes sound wonderful and quick. Thank you for sharing them!

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DEECAFFEINATED 6/17/2009 6:43AM

    Yummy - can picture that pumpkin with some pecans thrown on top. Been making a fruit salad and keeping it over to next morning's breakfast.

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BAREADER 6/16/2009 9:17PM

    Cool breafast ideas. I think I want to try the smoothy right now!

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DEEANN8 6/16/2009 2:20PM

    Mmmmm.... the pumpkin one sounds especially good. I may have to try that.
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I usually just put a half cup of muesli in a 6 oz. container of Dannon all natural vanilla yogurt and let it set for 20-60 minutes, and eat it.

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GOLIONS 6/16/2009 10:04AM

    Thanks for the ideas, I especially like the berrie roll-up...and I could add some plain yogurt with honey or splenda to the wrap and get my dairy in as well!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/15/2009 8:51PM

    Thanks for the breakfast tips, Will.
It's nice to have something different for breakfast every now and then.

Jackie

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CONAN76 6/15/2009 6:55PM

    Will, whenever I need some quick motivation or a tip or two, I just read one of your blogs. You are the man.

Take care,
Jim

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The Many Benefits of Yoga

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I have been interested in learning yoga. I hesitated for a long time, because I always thought it was a whimpy activity. I began studying it recently, and boy was I wrong. Yoga is not only far from being whimpy, but it also has some very beneficial and long term health benefits.

Yoga was first used more than 26,000 years ago in India. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which essentially means to unite or bring together, referring to the joining of the physical body with the cosmic power of the universe. Yoga has dozens of benefits. Let me highlight my top three favorite benefits.

First, yoga has been effective at helping patients manage pain. Those patients who experienced pain who also practiced regular yoga sessions were less likely to suffer from pain. Since a key component of yoga is in your breathing, the act of inhaling and exhaling promotes relaxation, which in turn helps patients manage their pain more effectively.

Second, yoga has been found to strengthen the immune system. Practicing yoga regularly and consistently helps to reduce viruses and bacteria in the body and improve health over time.

Finally, yoga can help to decrease blood pressure. Proper yoga form improves circulation, which in turn increases oxygenation of the body. In addition, yoga helps to reduce stress, a big contributor to high blood pressure. Get rid of the stress, you are on your way to tackling the blood pressure problem.

There are dozens of other benefits of yoga. I ran across one article, ď77 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga,Ē which truly had some surprising things, such as improving glucose levels, self-esteem, and sexual functioning. Yoga is an amazing remedy for many things. Give it a try. I think youíll be glad you did.

yoga.org.nz/benefits/physiological_b
enefits/yoga_pain_management.htm


yogajournal.com/health/118

www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.
asp?articlekey=51974


www.medindia.net/yoga-lifesty
le/yoga-orgin.htm


  
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_VALEO_ 6/11/2009 5:46PM

    I'm glad you gave yoga a try, and like it.
I discovered it along with Tai Chi when I was at University (I sometimes think it should be taught at school to release all the tensions and all the peer pressure), and it has been a major discovery in my life.

Namaste.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/10/2009 9:55PM

    Glad you decided to give yoga a try, Will.

I like yoga as well. I haven't done it in a while, even though I know I would feel much more relaxed and less stressed if I did. It's just hard right now to fit another activity in. I may try to get back to doing it.

Great blog!

Jackie

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RENA1965 6/9/2009 1:32PM

    Nice to see you found a home page from my home land New Zealand. I guess I am a all or nothing kinda gal.. . I like yoga and pilates, but found it frustrating having to hop over some exercises at annoy my back.. Would love to learn the morning exercise the chinese people do regardless of age, it seems more gentle but I would think just as hard as these people have been doing it for years lol..


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DEEANN8 6/9/2009 11:56AM

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What Is Cell Phone Elbow?

Friday, June 05, 2009


Cell Phone Elbow

Did you hear about this? Apparently it's something new. Probably it's been around for a while but didn't have a name before. Recently Iíve been reading about a condition that has been labeled as cell phone elbow. My first thought was why now? People have been using the telephone for more than a century. Anyhow, the ease of use and accessibility makes the cell phone responsible for a number of life troubles, and cell phone elbow is one of them.

Cell phone elbow, or by itís medical term, cubital tunnel syndrome, is brought on by the repeated flexing and bending of the elbow for extended periods of times, such as when holding the phone against the ear. This causes the flow of blood to be blocked and can adversely affect the functioning of your arm. Imagine bending a water hose to stop the flow of water. It is same result with your arm. Pressure on the ulnar what causes the discomfort or pain.



If you use your phone for long periods of time throughout the day (whether cell phone, house phone, or office phone) you may be at risk. Some of the common symptoms include tingling and numbness in your arm or fingers, reduced muscle strength, limited mobility, and pain. In more severe cases, people lose their ability to write or otherwise use their hand or arm, and in the most chronic cases, incidence of clubbed and clawed fingers has been reported.

The best way to reduce your risk is cut down on your telephone use; however, some people use their phone for business purposes. Try switching up your hands rather then use your strong, dominant hand. In addition, the use of a head set or other hands-free device is also a good idea.

Read more about this here:

www.scientificamerican.com/article.c
fm?id=what-is-cell-phone-elbow


health.usnews.com/articles/health/pa
in/2009/05/13/high-tech-elbow-pain-com
puters-cellphones-and-cubital-tunnel-s
yndrome.html

  
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_VALEO_ 6/11/2009 5:58PM

    Well, as their brain cells will be soon damaged, suffering from a "cell phone elbow" might be the least of their worries.

I don't like cell phones at all -we only have 1 cell phone for 2, and I was against the purchase. But my husband convinced me we could use one, in case we have to drive on a long distance... and when it happens, most of the time, we can't even take it as we've forgotten to recharge the battery... What an investment! Lol

It seems that elbow issue is a new problem (after the famous tennis elbow in vogue during the 70s-80s). I read sometimes about Wii-elbow injuries.
I have more chances to get a "Wii-elbow" than a "cell phone elbow" or a "tennis-elbow", mind you.



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BAREADER 6/9/2009 7:09AM

    Yet another reason to hang up the phone and drive!

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KIPRUSS3 6/8/2009 10:46AM

    My husband, who complains that I never answer my cell phone, cent me this article with big words "One illness you'll never have to worry about".

;-)

Thanks for keeping us up on the latest.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/5/2009 10:33PM

    Who knew?

I guess there is a price to pay for the convenience of technology.

Thanks for the info Will.

Jackie

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LINZISHANDS 6/5/2009 3:08PM

    with todays technology everyone should be able to use bluetooth. or go get a massage.

i think massage is the best way. i have clients with tennis elbow and it helps so i dont see why it wouldnt work here. emoticon

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Silent Killers Are Taking Us Out

Friday, May 29, 2009


There are silent killers out there taking the lives of lots of people. Many diseases and illnesses fit into this category and are called as such because they slowly diminish health and consume lives with few to no outward symptoms.

Examples of silent killers include heart disease, diabetes, Hepatitis, cancer, and HIV. Many people cut down their risks by adjusting their lifestyle through diet, exercise, and maintaining a pattern of healthy living. While many silent killers are tied to obesity, even those who are within a healthy weight range can be at risk. The only way to know for sure is through the proper screening.

So, talk to your healthcare provider and be sure to get screened. A proactive physician should already be screening you, but as you may know, you sometimes have to take control of your own health. You may need to tell your doctor you want or need to be tested.

Tackling these silent killers is essential for enhanced health. Most diseases are either curable or treatable if caught early enough. Do want until it is too late. Take action now.

  
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_VALEO_ 6/1/2009 5:15AM

    Great blog as usual!
Preventive actions and information are keys to a healthy life -although it might not prevent us from being sick.

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RENA1965 5/29/2009 10:41PM

    Again a superblog willboy! You rock my friend emoticon I lost a thin fat dad to heart disease and my hubby to many years of diabetes type 1. Lossing the weight has given me a whole new life, sometimes words can't describe.. One has to try my journey to appreciate the small blessings of just doing it without regrets..
Showing the two GP doctors I was serious opens the doors to finding help.. We have to show them we are willing to do the haul.. My doctor found paragraphs to get me free plastic surgery becaus my situation was more serious efter lossing weight!! Would not have happened if I just demanded it!! I had to have a huge open heart to talk with specialists and they agreed with my GP's opinions..
The next step is my TVT operation, the first doctor told me to loss weight and it would get better. The head doctor took my case 4 years later and was in disagreement with the doctor under her, a bad midwife wrecked my abilities to hold myself and nothing to do with overweight. If a muscle is cut it doesn't function good enough.. She has also given me a help to other problems..

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MISS_VIV 5/29/2009 8:00PM

    My doctors are very helpful and understanding of what I need/want to stay healthy.
They work with me to stay off of medications and do things in a natural way if possible.
Prevention is key and the more we can do to stay healthy the better off we will be. Maybe we won't have to see the major illnesses.

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KIPRUSS3 5/29/2009 7:15PM

    Good post, i reced it so others might see it.

my only gripe is that it's so expensive to go to teh doctor to be healthy. I've insurance that covers major things (5K deductable) but not minor things. So i'm very negligent in what could prevent the major things.

seems the insurance would save money if they just paid for me to NOT get diabeties, or heart disease, then pay for the heart transplant, or surgeries associated with full blown illness.

oh well. It *will* change some day.

and keep up the good adivce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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The Hump Day Weight Loss Tip

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

From time to time, people ask me for tips on living a healthier life and losing weight. Fairly frequently, I get asked about my number ONE strategy. It's hard to pick just one strategy; however if I had to pick just one, my answer would always be exercise. I think exercise is more important than anything else that you could do to promote healthy living and to lose weight.

First, exercise increases your heart rate, raises your metabolism, and consequently, burns fatty tissue. Regular exercise (and by regular I mean 3-5 days per week) prepares your body to burn fat even after you stop exercising. Second, exercise helps to ward off many life threatening illnesses. Among other things, it strengthens your heart and lungs; and helps prevent heart disease; fights cancers; reduces risk for diabetes; and over time will leave you with a feeling of strength and vitality. No matter how you look at it, exercise rocks!

If youíre one of those people who doesnít like exercise, donít think of it as a formal regimented activity. Thinking of exercise as a chore makes you less likely to do it consistently. Anything that gets you mobile, works your joints, and pumps your heart is exercise. It doesnít need to be formal. You can develop a pattern of walking; taking the stairs rather than using the elevator or escalator; swimming; cycling; or jumping rope. One of my favorite exercises is dancing. You can do it at home. Put on your workout clothes, turn on some disco or house music, and dance your heart away.

The most integral part to remember is not to exercise just once or twice then stop because you donít see immediate results. Exercise is like watering a seed in your garden. You wonít see it blossom overnight. Likewise, you wonít see an instant outcome when you exercise; however you will see (and feel) a huge difference in just a short time if you stick with it. The average person notices significant changes in just 2-3 weeks of consistent regular exercise.

To see examples of different types of exercises, especially if you donít want to pay for a gym membership, do a search on Google. I happen to be partial to the exercises on Sparkpeople.com. Check them out here:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
e_demos.asp?exercise_type=core

  
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ALB@ATIME 6/2/2009 9:01AM

    Hey Will,

Awesome blog and oh so true, when anyone asks me about strategy I always comment on the food tracker (with food scale) and exercise. Both of these go hand in hand, there isn't just one thing but a combination of everything that makes it a success.

Keep up the awesome work!

I'm not sure I'll throw away my before pic, I'll play that one by ear...

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JUSTYNA7 5/30/2009 8:20AM

    Will, you are a wise man. I love the image of the seed growning. My daughter has depression and has started exercising regularly. Chicken or the egg, I don't know but when she is exercising she is in a much better place and when she stops she goes down hill quickly. I notice for me how stiff I get when I stop exercising regularly. Thanks for sharing.

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MYTURN817 5/28/2009 9:31AM

    Hey Will,

I am in total agreement with you about exercise! It has been my lifesaver and even when I fall off the "food wagon" I keep the exercise up until I get back on! I like going to the gym ( I go 6 days a week) because I have a network of friends who are always there and they are into their workouts like me. While we do have some conversation and catch up on news, we are there to work and get a good sweat!. I take spin, do strength training, some pilates and yoga, and all the cardio machines to balance my schedule out. On weekends I often ride my bike with friends and round trip we cover about 25 miles. So exercise has never been a problem . My issue is PORTION CONTROL!! I love good healthy food but I often eat too much of it so I have to watch it. If I can just keep my mouth closed, I could drop these last 20 pounds!!! p.s. Thanks for adding me as a Spark Friend!!

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_VALEO_ 5/28/2009 2:01AM

    Like the seed analogy too!
I like to pratice Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Yoga Trance Dance in my living-room -it might be less physical than a run, but it makes me feel good.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/27/2009 10:20PM

    Love the planting the seed analogy.
Another great post, Will

Thanks!

Jackie

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PLATINUM755 5/27/2009 3:50PM

    emoticonfor the tip and the analogy to a seed is right on point!...I'd just started to alternate different dances into my routine when I hurt my foot, but after my foot recovers a bit more I plan on making it a bigger part. Nothing like having fun when working out!

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GABIRUSZCZAK 5/27/2009 2:30PM

    AMEN! After working out consistently for 9-1/2 months I was recently sidelined with both pneumonia and a surgery...7 weeks total...and during that time I was only able to go back to the YMCA (my refuge and exercise place!) for a space of 2 weeks between disabilites...even so, I noticed that I could still "do my thing"...WAY beyond what I could do when I first began...
Even my recoveries have been quicker...not to mention that I am down just a hair under 40 pounds since I began last June...and I really don't think I would be HERE without having added exercise to my fitness plan... Gabi

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