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Elliptical Machine

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Fitness, Weight Loss | 3 comments

I first started using the Elliptical Machine after I was recovering from hurting my knees while running (soft and uneven ground- don’t recommend it). As you might have guessed, the Elliptical Machine is low impact, and easy on your knees. I thought of this machine as a temporary step while my knees were recovering, and found that I loved this machine and the workout I was getting. Purpose If you are looking for a great cardio workout, this is the machine for you. Within 3 minutes of using this machine, you can get up to your cardiovascular heart rate level and stay there for the duration of your workout. This machine will get your heart rate pumping, so it’s best if you slowly work your way up to either a more intense level and/or a longer workout. when I...

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Spinach Pancakes by Dr. Praeger’s

Posted by on Apr 26, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

These aren’t just any pancakes…these are perfect for Lunch and Dinner for someone who wants something fast and easy, healthy, and tastes good. Nutrition There are very few ingredients to this wonderful pancake, which is Spinach (of course!), Potatoes, Onions, Egg Whites, Oat Bran, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Arrowroot, Salt, All Natural Vegetable  Gum, Garlic, and Black Pepper. So what are these pancakes missing? They are “missing” all of the bad stuff! These pancakes are not only low calorie, but they don’t have Saturated Fat,  Cholesterol, Trans Fats, processed Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners. Taste I have good news, and possibly bad news. Good news…if you don’t like the taste of Spinach, you will love these pancakes because they really don’t taste like Spinach. Bad news…if you were hoping these Spinach Pancakes actually tasted like Spinach. They don’t taste like Spinach,...

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Health Benefits of Honey

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Honey is very good for you, but you must know that not all Honey is created equal. Before I go into the many Health Benefits of Honey, I want to first share with you several different types of Honey, so you can be sure you are only getting the best out there. Different Types of Honey Honey Just because you are buying “Honey”, doesn’t mean it is truly “All Natural”. Most honey on today’s market is processed, leaving out all of the good stuff, which is the reason why you would want honey in the first place! Commercial Honey (the typical Honey bear you see on store shelves) is treated with an intensive heating process that destroys the nutrients of Honey. Don’t always trust your Local Honey either, since many of them will use very little local honey, and...

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Hand Sanitizing Spray – Organic Eucalyptus by EO Products

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

My hands are so sensitive to the average hand sanitizer, and my hands would usually come out with dry, cracked, and sometimes even bleeding hands. Hmm…that can’t be good. Naturally, I went out looking for another (safer) alternative. At 62% Alcoholic (non-GMO), this Hand Sanitizing Spray is plant based, and is a great alternative to the chemically drenched competition out there. I bought this Hand Sanitizing Spray, and to my luck, haven’t had a problem with sanitizing my hands since! It’s conveniently small and I usually carry this spray in my purse. If I need to clean my hands but don’t have soap and water nearby, I can spray this on and feel good that not only are my hands cleaner, but I am not going to hurt my hands either. Nice. Where to buy: Health Food Stores, or...

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Just because it’s “Free”…

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Health, Twinkie | 0 comments

When “free” can be a bad thing Just because something may be given to you for “free”, it doesn’t mean you should have it! Every week I am offered doughnuts, muffins, pizza, Chinese food – the works! And yes, it is all “free’ to me. At first, I would eat all the “free” food I could get, because it was “free”, and I just couldn’t say “No” to it! Since someone already bought the food, I didnt want it to go to waste, so why not just eat it…it’s a free meal! Save on groceries, perhaps? Then it all finally hit me.  I was eating unhealthy. Actually, I was eating really unhealthy on a regular basis, and I was gaining unnecessary weight. The cost of “Free” I finally realized that the cost of “free” wasn’t always worth it.  Just because...

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Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles (Organic) by Nature’s Path

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Gluten Free | 0 comments

I wasn’t the biggest fan of pre-made waffles, until I came across Nature Path’s Organic Buckwheat Waffles! With other waffles,  they are cheap tasting (bland) and unhealthy. Mainly it is the unhealthy part that concerns me. I first got the Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles by Nature’s Path for my husband, who prefers gluten-free products. I decided I would try it one morning, and it wasn’t so bad. It was actually pretty good- Good enough you can eat it plain, which is the true test if it tastes good! What’s great about these waffles is that they not only taste good plain, but they are Gluten-Free, Wheat Free, Vegetarian, and has No Trans Fat. For those of you who understand and know the value of Organic, this is also a USDA Organic product. As far as preparation goes, you can add...

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Maximum Living Nutrition Bites

Posted by on Apr 8, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Nutrition These Nutrition Bites are made with GMO Free soy protein that is fortified with fat-reducing enzymes and essential fatty acids. They are packed with protein, which make them an ideal snack in between meals if you don’t have raw fruit or vegetables available to you. The Nutrition Bites are sweetened mostly with honey, and secondly with brown rice syrup. No processed sugars or sweeteners have been added! The Nutrition Bites come in three flavors; Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla Nut, and Peanut Butter. After trying all of them, my favorite flavor is the Vanilla Nut! Why Nutrition Bites? I like to have two of these before my workouts in the morning, that way I am not exercising on an empty stomach or having to create a meal that may be too heavy right before exercise. I also try to carry a...

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An Apple a day…

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Nutrition, Weight Loss | 1 comment

We have all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away”, but why is that? Apples are good for you- known Fact. Just how good are they for you, and what are some of the Health Benefits? Nutrition Apples have lots of Vitamin C, they are High in Fiber, and have Boron and Phloridzin, which helps with the strengthening of bones. Apples are known to reduce or prevent the risk of Heart Disease,  Diabetes, several types of Cancers, Alzheimers disease, and help lower cholesterol. Caffeine Replacement Need to stay awake for an afternoon meeting? Rather than having some bad-for-you energy drink with loads of sugar, artifical sweeteners, and loaded with calories…why not have an apple? That’s right, Apples are known to help you stay awake, a healthier wake up call compared to your other caffeinated options....

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