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2ND TEAM CHALLENGEBeginning April 19th - April 30th, send one positive message to a team member--each time a different team member.
Each day post 1 message sent to ____ (the name of the team member)under the Challenge Thread.
The team member who post sending a message everyday will get the biggest goodie & 2nd April Challenge Winner.
Those who participate in this 2nd April Challenge, will get a goodie for each day they sent a message & will be Team Member for a Day.
Everyone is a winner...so come on & join in.
APRIL FUN CHALLENGEThis will be our first challenge. So let's make it a FUN CHALLENGE that will be from April 1st to April 14th.
You are being asked to Huddle on the Team Wall each day from April 1st to April 14th.
Each day that you huddle, you will receive one gold star goodie. And, if you huddle 4 more times per day, you will receive a golden key goodie.
The person with the most golden stars plus golden key goodies, will be named TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH.
So come on, let's have some fun.
Anti-Inflammatory Recipe - Black Bean SaladWhat You'll Need:
•1 can (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
•2 ears fresh cooked corn, kernels cut off the cob (or 2 15-ounce cans, rinsed and drained)
•1 red bell pepper, diced
•1 orange bell pepper, diced
•2 plum tomatoes, diced
•1 cloves garlic, minced
•2 tablespoons minced onions
•1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
•1 Hass avocado, chopped
•1 cup quinoa, cooked
•Optional: 1 jalapeno, chopped (for an extra kick!)
For the dressing:
•4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
•1 teaspoon lime zest
•3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
•Dash of salt
•Dash of pepper
1.Mix all dressing ingredients together.
2.Combine the rest of ingredients, except for avocados, in a large serving bowl.
3.Drizzle with homemade dressing and chill for at least thirty minutes.
4.When ready to eat, add chopped avocados. Enjoy!
7 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never EatRice Cakes
They may have been touted as the ultimate diet food during the low-fat/no-fat craze of the late 1980s and 1990s, but don’t be fooled. Rice cakes can have a glycemic index rating as high as 91 (pure glucose has a rating of 100), making it the kind of carbohydrate that will send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. This is bad for weight loss and for your health
Fat-free salad dressings are a perfect example of good food gone bad. Salad dressing is the perfect combination of vinegar (which helps control blood sugar) and plant oils (full of essential fatty acids and sometimes antioxidants). However, an irrational fear of dietary fats has forced food companies to mess around with this perfect blend. The resulting fat-free salad dressings have introduced sugar and high fructose corn syrup, un-pronounceable emulsifying agents, and other food science secrets used to make the unnatural seem natural.
Seitan, originally from Asia, is a common meat substitute for vegetarian dishes. Unlike many meat substitutes, seitan is not soy derived but made entirely of wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is a highly allergenic protein that is naturally found only in small amounts in wheat-based products. While there is no research linking seitan intake to increased prevalence of gluten allergies or intolerances, I’m wary that eating a lot of this allergenic protein may trigger development of a more severe gluten allergy or intolerance.
The risk/benefit ratio of eating fish (the benefits of omega-3 fats vs. the risk of mercury) typically falls in favor of the omega-3 fats and their incredible health effects. Shark is one of the exceptions. Despite having an omega-3 fat content similar to tuna, shark contains almost three times the amount of mercury. Tilefish is another high mercury/low omega-3 fish that should be avoided.
Salmon is your best bet for maximizing omega-3 fats while minimizing mercury levels.
Refined and Re-Fortified Grains
Unfortunately this rules out a majority of the carbohydrates found on supermarket shelves. Refined and re-fortified grains are grain-based foods like certain breakfast cereals, pastas, and rice products that have been refined such that the naturally occurring fiber, vitamins, and minerals have been removed. Companies then replace the fiber and synthetic versions of the vitamins and minerals that were initially removed. Sometimes (and this is really sneaky) they put everything back in naturally occurring ratios so that they can still claim the food contains ‘whole grains’. My suggestion: Just eat the real unfortified stuff in the first place.
If you stop eating only one thing on this list, it should be sugar-sweetened beverages. The empty calories help pad your waistline without offering any sense of satiety or fullness. Plus, simple sugars do an excellent job of lowering your good cholesterol and increasing your triglyceride levels (two risk factors for heart disease). Drinking sugary beverages also promotes disturbances in your body’s inflammatory balance, making it harder to recover from exercise and increasing your risk of numerous chronic diseases.
Instead reaching for a can of soda or sweetened tea, opt for water or a calorie-free infused drink like HINT (watermelon is my favorite).
Another hyper-refined carbohydrate, grits are the small leftover pieces from corn processing. Nutritionally speaking, grits lack significant amounts of vitamins or minerals. They contain a minute amount of fiber and no essential fats. Their flavor is lacking and thus butter or heavy cream is used to make them palatable, bringing together the blood-vessel-destroying, unholy marriage of simple carbohydrates and saturated fat.
Anti-Inflammation Food ListAnti Inflammatory & Cancer Fighting Foods List: (from William Li, MD)
Inflammation in the body has been linked to a number of serious medical conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and asthma, according to the University of Wisconsin. While serious medical conditions require medical treatments, choosing the right foods may help reduce inflammation in your body. Not only do anti-inflammatory foods help reduce inflammation, they are tasty and healthy for you in other ways.
LIST OF ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS:
Apple Blackberries Blueberries Cherries Clementines Cranberries Grapefruit Lemon Nectarines Orange Peach Pomegranate Raspberries Red grapes Strawberries Tomato
HERBS & SPICES:
Basil Black pepper Cilantro Cinnamon Cloves Cocoa powder Flaxseed Garlic Ginger Ginseng Lavendar Licorice root Nutmeg Oregano Parsley Rosemary Tarragon Thyme Turmeric
Artichokes Beets Bok choy Broccoli Brussel sprouts Cabbage (red, savoy, white) Carrots Cauliflower Chard Collard greens Endives Fennel Garlic Kale Mustard greens Olives Onions Peas Parsnips Peppers Pumpkin Radishes Salsify Scallions Shallots Soybean sprouts Spinach String beans Sweet potatoes Thistle Tomatoes Turnip and their tops Watercress Winter squashes (acorn, butternut)
OILS & SAUCES & CONDIMENTS:
Honey Maple syrup Olive Oil Soy Sauce
Enoki mushrooms King oyster mushrooms Maitake mushrooms Matsutake mushrooms Oyster mushrooms Reishi mushrooms Shiitake mushrooms
Cuttlefish Flounder Haddock Halibut Herring Mackerel Oysters Salmon Sardines Sea Cucumber Seaweed (Arame, Dulse, Hijiki, Kombu, Mozuku, Nori, Wakame) Shrimp Sole Squid Squid ink Tuna
Poultry dark meat (chicken, goose, turkey)
LEGUMES & NUTS & BEANS:
Almonds Cashews Chestnut Edamame Lentils Lima beans Pine nuts Sword jackbean Tofu (soft, firm, dried)
Hard Cheese (Gouda, Jarlsberg, Emmenthal, Edam) Yoghurt Eggs
BEVERAGES & SOUPS:
Apple Cider Cocoa Powder Coffee Green tea Miso Red wine Soy milk White wine
Chocolate Honey Maple syrup
Be picky. Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples have twice as many anti-inflammatory fighters as Fuji or Golden Delicious apples. The San Marzano tomato contains more cancer fighters than any other variety.
Wine grapes grown in cooler climates have more anti-inflammatory fighters than grapes grown in warmer climates.
Eat Your Sprouts. Broccoli sprouts can contain more anti-inflammatory fighting properties than regular broccoli.
Dunk Your Teabag. Dunking a tea bag up and down releases more anti-inflammatory fighting molecules than letting the bag just sit in the cup.
Cook Your Vegetables. Raw tomatoes are good, but cooking them in olive oil is better.
Chew Your Greens. Chewing leafy greens helps to release enzymes that activate anti-inflammatory fighting molecules embedded deep in the leaves.
Go Soy. Fermented soy, like the kind used in miso soup, contains four times more anti-inflammatory fighters than regular soybeans.