Archive for Nutrition

My Morning Coffee

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How many of you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and feel like a bear that has just woken from his winter hibernation?

Many believe coffee’s main benefit is just the caffeine that gets you moving in the morning.

Well, not so!  My good friend Helen, at Health Ambition, wrote a great article about 11 Amazing Benefits of Coffee.

Enjoy.

Love, Live, and Ride!

Dean

 

 

Tip of the Day – Food Journal

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I have read and been told by several people that one of the best ways to eat better is to log everything you eat for a week.  This practice gives you a better idea of what you are eating when and will help you to better understand exactly how much you are eating.  Once you see the list I can almost guarantee you will start eating somewhat better in a hurry.

More details here.

Dean

Tip of the Day – Drink Water, Lose Weight

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Study shows that drinking 2-8 oz. glasses of water before meals can help in weight loss.  See the full story here.

Also, if you need a snack during the day try celery or carrots.  The only down side here is that they are not as quiet as eating a donut but will sure help you get up that hill faster.

Lose Weight With Green Coffee Extract?

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So I have been trying to get my exercise / nutrition life back in balance and have been unable to do so for various reasons.  I am not normally one to jump on all of the latest fad diets but I have been reading about the latest miracle in weight loss: Green Coffee Extract.

According to Dr. Oz this little bean is making quite the noise all over the web.  It is able to help one lose weight without the need for additional exercise, etc.

I know, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  Be that as it may, my wife and I are going to give it a whirl.  She doesn’t really need it; she is just being supportive.

I’ll report back with our results in about a month….

Wish us luck!

Love, live, and ride.

Dean

 

There’s a New Potato in Town

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They’re not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

As I was growing up one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving feast was sweet potatoes with butter and syrup, or brown sugar.  Recently I have run across several articles that have told about the health benefits of sweet potatoes.

It turns out that sweet potatoes are one of the most healthy vegetables available.

Here are some of the biggest benefits:

1. Lots of vitamins – A medium sweet potatoes contains almost 70% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C.  They are also high in calcium, potassium and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which converts to Vitamin A in the body: one serving of sweet potatoes can provide you with as much as 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A.

2. Good for your skin – The high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene are good for your skin.  Beta-carotene actually helps to prevent skin aging.

3. Eliminate cramping – The high potassium content helps alleviate muscle cramps which are often caused by potassium deficiency, especially during times of stress when the body uses more potassium.

4. Easy to grow at home – Sweet potatoes are easy to grow only requiring about 100 days in order to grow and require little in the way of water or fertilizer.

Enjoy!

Love, live, and ride.

Get Skinny — Eat Fat!

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Looking for a six-pack?

I think that most people assume the only way to lose your love handles, and belly, is to avoid eating foods with fat.  That coud not be farther from the truth.  The trick is eating the right fats.

Good Fats v. Bad Fats – The are essentially four types of fats that can be broken down into the the good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and the bad fats (saturated and trans).

Eating the right fats will help you lose weight, by burning fat, and maintain good heart health.

See a great article here.

Love, live, and ride.

 

Move Over Mr. Peanut!!

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Peanuts have long been known for being a great source of protein and antioxidants as well as containing the good fat, monounsaturated fat.  But, unfortunately,  peanuts are not for everyone. Read more

Is the Fitbit a Fit For Me?

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If you have been following me, or know anything about me, you know that I am a technology and gadget junkie.  Staying true to my love for cool stuff and my desire to lead, or at least not follow, the pack I decided to run out and get a Fitbit.  Actually, I ordered it online and it arrived on Saturday afternoon.

A Fitbit?  What exactly is that you ask?  Well, a Fitbit would be classified as a personal fitness tracker.  According to the manufacturer, Fitbit, it is capable of tracking a ton of information:

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Tip of the Day – Eat Your Breakfast!

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You have probably heard it said a million times that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day”.  It’s true but do you know why?

Not only does it give you the energy you need to start the day, but it is also linked to many health benefits, including weight control and performance gains.  Meanwhile, skipping breakfast tends to cause people to eat more at lunch, and other times, which often aid in weight gain.  Finally, eating lean protein, such as eggs, tends to help you feel full longer, therefore, tiding you over until lunchtime where you can eat a more balanced meal.

If you do need to eat something between breakfast and lunch yogurt or cottage cheese are a couple of good high-protein choices.

For the full details see the story here.

Love, ride, and live.

The Polka Dot Jersey

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Alpe d’Huez, pictured on the left, is usually the stage of the Tour de France that separates the contenders from the pretenders.  It is 8.6 miles long and averages a 7.9 degree incline.

The polka dot jersey is awarded to the cyclist that earns the most points on the hill stages of the Tour.

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