Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baby Carrots

Baby Cocktail Carrots

The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages
carrots for the large supermarket chains, IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc

The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made
using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a
machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots - most people
probably know this already.

What you may not know and should know is the following:

Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are
dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them.
(this is the same chlorine used in your pool).

Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they
give them a higher dose of chlorine.

You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator
for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the
chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to
have esthetically pleasing vegetables?

Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer.. I
thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as
possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and
how they are processed.

I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. Not any more...

Confirmed by Snopes <


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Caribbean Workout!!!

Ok, so I am going to share a secret...I love CARIBBEAN WORKOUT! My gym started playing it on the big screen and I cant help but pull out my bosu ball and get to it!!!

Its only 1/2 hour and I love it! I actually am thinking how fun it would be to have my very own caribbean workout video....oh...guess that means moving away for the awesome backdrop!! One day!!! A girl can dream eh??


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sweet Cottage Cheese

Sweet Cottage Cheese

One of my favorite snacks....

1/2 cup of 1% Low Fat cottage Cheese
1 Tablespoon of Low Sugar Natural Berry Jam
1 Tablespoon each of slivered almonds and dried cranberries

Mix together and mmmmmmmmmmmm enjoy!

Oh, and looks like my little Harley got in the picture too!!! Hehehe, love my little Harley!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I love Rhinestones!

Otomix 3040Wing Angel Wings Thermal
I just ordered my free catalogue from OTOMIX for their sexy Rhinestone Shirts and tanks! I am excited! I was looking for some great clothes for the gym, its time to freshen up my gym clothes, but I really wasnt having much luck outside of my usual lululemon shopping. I mean, dont get me wrong, lululemon is fab, but I am looking for something new and different. So anyways, I got side tracked and now I want a whole NEW wardrobe! Must be the spring fever!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sprouted Flax

I use ground flax in almost everything, until I discovered SPROUTED FLAX. The shelf life is much longer, doesn't require refrigeration, and  has many more digestive benefits than regular flax or ground flax. Make the switch if you can!! I found this at a local health food store. Its not always easy to find, but when you do...stock up! You can add this to yogurt, cereal, and baked goods, salad, smoothies and pasta.


Sprouting flaxseed results in the increase of vitamins and minerals, changes in fibre ratios, reduction in phytic acid, stability of essential fatty acids, and enhanced factors and conditions for conversion of EPA and DHA, however; as amazing as all this is, it is the enhanced bioavailability that is the most important benefit. No matter how good the product, if your body cannot absorb and utilize the nutrients, it is of little use.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

I am a huge fan of oatmeal, and any way I can re-create my favorite dish! This is amazing and will be a new favorite in our house!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Much Protein do you NEED?


This is a common question and the answer varies, depending on your goals!
For myself, I average 1 gram of protein/ 1 lb. This works great for me, as I eat clean and train with a mix of power & speed. I find that in order for my muscles to recover I need the protein right after training.

The below chart is a guideline for both men and women that I got from (link is below the chart)Recommended grams of protein per lb. of bodyweight for each training.

(The Personal Protein Calculator uses the same numbers.)

Lifestyle/Training GoalDaily Protein NeedsLifestyle/Training GoalDaily Protein Needs
Bodybuilding1.0 - 1.6g/lb bodyweightEndurance0.7 - 0.9g/lb bodyweight
Power & Speed0.9 - 1.1g/lb bodyweightTrauma Recovery0.9 - 1.4g/lb bodyweight
Dieting0.35 - 1.0g/lb bodyweightStressed0.45 - 0.7g/lb bodyweight

For example, a person who weighs 200 pounds with 15% body fat needs at least 170 grams of protein. 200 pounds  15% equals 30 pounds of fat weight. 30 minus 200 equals 170 pounds of muscle

Meals should be spaced out every 2 and a half to 3 hours throughout the day. To get the most out of your training and after eat a protein meal one hour before training!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Honey and Cinnamon

I love Honey and Cinnamon, now I have even more reasons to enjoy the combo! I wanted to share this article that my Mama sent me!!


Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey.. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing". When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. 

Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey. 

Cinnamon and Honey 

~ Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.~ 

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: 

It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. 

Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. 

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. 

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists: 

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins. 

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University , it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain. 

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder. 

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. I'm going to start using a tub of Cinnamon Honey Butter a week. 

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses. 

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. 

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. 

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. 

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals. 

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu. 

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root. 

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections. 

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. 

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day. 

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.. 

BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day. 

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it