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Cheese

Cheese is awesome, but kind of bad for you. Here is the low down.

PROS
Cheese is great for your teeth.Cheese is a food that is rich in calcium. Calcium is something that you need if you are going to have good, strong, healthy teeth. Cheese has been shown to reduce plaque and to stimulate saliva which helps to keep the mouth clean. If you dread going to the dentist because you don’t want to hear that your teeth are getting bad then you might want to think about how cheese can help you out! (Of course, you do still have to brush and floss!!)

  • Cheese is even better for your bones. For the same reason that cheese is great for your teeth, it’s also great for your bones. Getting enough calcium means that you’ll have strong, healthy bones. It may prevent osteoporosis and other bone problems associated with aging.

Cheese helps pregnancy go more smoothly. Calcium-rich foods like cheese are great for pregnant women. One of the biggest benefits is that it can help stimulate contractions when it’s time for the baby to come. It also helps to create proper milk production in the body to help feed the baby once it is born.

  • Cheese can reduce problems associated with PMS. Women who aren’t pregnant may find that cheese is good for them when their time of month comes around. That’s because the calcium in cheese can prevent or reduce some of the symptoms associated with PMS.
  • Cheese may be good for your skin. Cheese is a product that contains B vitamins. B vitamins are good for maintaining supple, healthy, glowing skin. You won’t automatically get good skin because you eat cheese but it’s one benefit to consider when including cheese in your diet.
  • Cheese might prevent cancer. There are a lot of studies going on through which people are trying to determine how to prevent cancer. One thing that seems to be true is that CLA may be a product that prevents cancer. Cheese contains CLA. Also, cheese may specifically help to prevent colon cancer due to its high calcium content.
  • Cheese is good for people who suffer from migraine headaches. Getting enough calcium has been shown to reduce the problems that people have with migraines. Cheese, as has been noted here, is a terrific source of that calcium.
  • Cheese can boost your immune system. Eating certain types of cheese has been found to actually have a positive effect on the immune system. This prevents many forms of illness and disease.
  • Cheese is a leading product for people who need to gain weight. One of the reasons that cheese has a bad reputation as an unhealthy food is because it is a high-fat food and eating a lot of it can lead to weight gain. However, some people need to gain weight. Maybe you’re an athlete that needs to bulk up or perhaps you’re getting older and being too thin is starting to become dangerous for your health. Either way, cheese can be good for you. Of course, you need to eat in properly as part of a balanced diet and a lifestyle that includes exerciseCons :Can be full of fat and high in calories.
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Wild Strawberries and Proof that GMO Changes Things

This week I was on vacation and it was awesome. I took my dog for a lot of walks and this one in particular is special see all the plants?

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All of those flowers and all of those plants in that picture are wild strawberries. Strawberries that grow as nature sees fit without pesticides or GMO’s.

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So why am I bringing up GMO’s? Well because the natural wild strawberries were so small, not that it’s a bad thing but smaller than the ones in store.GMO’s are used to make the berries bigger, and at some point we have all fallen for bigger is better. With most fruits you pay by the pound do it doesn’t matter the size of the individual fruit.

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I hope that in seeing this you realize and share with people exactly what we have done to our produce over the years to make it suit the general populations greed for bigger. Sure this could be a dwarf variety but even still it doesn’t compare in size.
Since we’re on the topic of strawberries the best way to tell if your strawberry was ripened on the plant or picked long before it was ready is if you cut it in half and it’s still white on the inside it was picked before it was ripe. If the strawberry is mostly or all red on the inside than it was allowed to ripen on the plant.

Say no to GMO’s!!!

Your Chemical Outside

This morning I came across this picture, and it reminded me of how cautious we can be of what we put into our bodies but not as cautious on what we put on the outside.

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There are so many ways to be organic and cheap my grocery store offers 50% off organic product if it’s a few months from expiring or you can go to this website
http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.ca/
and make your own! It’s really cheap and the products you buy make a lot of items! Check it out and explore some alternate ways to pamper yourself!

Raspberry Ketones-The New Fad Diet

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English: Raspberries Français : Framboises Deutsch: Himbeeren Nederlands: Frambozen ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Bringebær Italiano: Lamponi Română: Zmeure Suomi: Vadelmia Svenska: Hallon Magyar: Málna Español: Frambuesas Azərbaycan: Moruq Português: Framboesa Tiếng Việt: Quả mâm xôi chín. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been hearing a lot about raspberry ketones lately and wanted to do some research and educate people. It must be good, DR Oz is recommending it right? Here is a link to his website. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/miracle-fat-burner-bottle 

What he doesn’t say though is what I found below from Wikipedia.

Raspberry ketone is a natural phenolic compound that is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries. It is used in perfumery, in cosmetics, and as a food additive to impart a fruity odor. It is one of the most expensive natural flavor components used in the food industry. The natural compound can cost as much as $20,000 per kg.[3] In 1965, the Food and Drug Administration placed raspberry ketone on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status.[4]

In plants, raspberry ketone is synthesized from coumaroyl-CoA.[5] Extraction of pure raspberry ketone is usually 1-4 mg per kg of raspberries.[3]

Since the natural abundance of raspberry ketone is very low, it is prepared industrially by a variety of methods from chemical intermediates.[6] One of the ways this can be done is through a crossed aldol-catalytic hydrogenation. In acetone and sodium hydroxide, 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde can form the α,β-unsaturated ketone. This then goes through catalytic hydrogenation to produce raspberry ketone. This method produces a 99% yield.[7]

When given to mice in very high doses (up to 2% of body weight), raspberry ketone has been shown to prevent high-fat-diet-induced elevations in body weight.[8] However, no effects on body weight were observed with doses up to 200 times greater than the estimated intake in humans.[9] The high dose effect is reported to stem from the alteration of lipid metabolism, increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis. Although products containing this compound are marketed for weight loss, there is no clinical evidence for this effect in humans.

So in a nutshell, it’s not natural unless you pay out the wazoo, as the natural yield of ketones from raspberries is really low. So it is processed to produce more. hmm not natural….Also in MICE,not Humans it resulted in only a 2% reduction in body weight so if you weighed 200 pounds you would only lose 4 pounds. Not bad for $49.99 a bottle.  The average woman who feels they need to lose weight is around the 165 pound range so 3.3 pounds. This is another example of people jumping on another fad diet because it sounds great and guess what it is too good to be true. It is supposed to work by  affecting the metabolism by increasing the levels of two hormones, norepinerphrine and adiponectin. Spikes in norepinephrine cause the body’s temperature to rise, causing the body to burn more fat. you know what else does? jalapeno, cinnamon and anything else with capsicum. Or a 200 pound person can burn 4 pounds (14,000 calories) by walking at 5 mph for 30 minutes a day for 2 months for FREE or 34 hour-long walks with the bonus of increasing circulation,muscle tone and lung function.

No More Fad DIETS!!!!!!

Time to get Educated

It’s tough love time!! As a trainer I get to hear all the excuses. My favorite is more of a lack of education which I see as an excuse and maybe it’s not their fault it’s the advertising giants fault.
I get this one a lot. ” I’m eating all the right foods and the weights not coming off it has to be genetic” first of all the genetics thing is bull crap. I’m genetically disposed to be a heavy-set girl like the rest of my family but I’m not. You might be programmed by the bearers of your genetics into thinking certain foods are healthy but aren’t.
Whenever a client says this I ask to see the cupboards and recycling boxes. “Really your eating healthy? Than how did this bag of McCain oven fries get in your freezer”
“well there oven baked so it’s ok”
Not……did you know most frozen oven ready fries are pre fried in order to give you the quick crisp convience you love so much about those fries?
Ok so not really her fault right? She thought it was fine.
“why do you have Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars?” remember this post?
http://fitnessandhealthylivingtips.com/2012/05/04/kelloggs-is-tricky/
Being healthy and fit is all about the choices you make, so make informed ones! There’s no regulation really on food marketing so do your research. Yes special k bars are low in calories but are void of nutrients and loaded with sugar! Do your research and find out what’s killing you in your cupboards. Everytime I watch t.v. (which isn’t much) I am hounded by advertisements for get skinny quick scams, it’s all a scam! There is no pill,no special diet that will give you what you want,hang in there and use google!!!

May 24 weekend

Well the first long weekend in Canada has come and gone and the weather has been fantastic!! How did you celebrate? The culture in Canada is to go to a cottage or go camping and drink ALOT of beer! But I’m getting a little old for that and I spent most of it hate ing and working on my tan(very slowly as I’m using an SPF)
Today I got to see my new nephew Logan and afterwards went to brunch at a place called Cora’s its a healthy Canadian brunch type place. The food is fresh and healthy! I think I blogged about my experience at a place in the U.S. called Perkins and how disgustingly greasy it was. That place gave me a huge appreciation for Canadian food quality and my first visit to Cora’s after Perkins was a fantastic treat.
Here is a picture of my summer berry french toast! With whole wheat bread, feah wild blueberries, fresh strawberries, cinnamon, clove and creme freshe. So unbelievably fantastic!!
Of you live in Canada and haven’t been I highly recommend it, if your visiting Canada you have to attend. It’s a large chain and there is at least one in every major city!!

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Home made mozzarella cheese

As that age old saying goes “you can take the girl put of Italy but you can’t take the Italian out of the girl” . Ok not quite but what I mean is that like every Italian out there I love bread, cheese, and dried meats.
Almost all Italian food is high in calories well because it’s bread, cheese and dried meat. I love mozzarella and had found a recipe to make my own cheese.
Here it is
http://www.instructables.com/id/Great-Mozzarella-Cheese/step1/Equipment-you-will-need/?f=m
While the recipe turned out great, I think because I used skimmed milk instead of whole the steps took twice as long. TO used skim milk( think its called fat free in other countries) and the recipe called for 2 teaspoons of salt(I found my cheese saltier than my liking so of your going to try it I suggest using 1 teaspoon. The recipe made exactly one pound of cheese. Here’s a pic of my cheesy masterpiece!!

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