Archive for April, 2012
It has been almost four months since Beyoncé gave birth to her little girl Blue Ivy (born January 7, 2012), and Beyoncé has lost almost all of the 50 pounds that she had gained during her pregnancy. In her latest interview with People, Beyoncé shares her strategy for losing the first 40 pounds.
The best part about Beyoncé’s weight loss strategy is that there isn’t a specific company she is representing and trying to promote. That’s right! She’s not promoting Slim•Fast, Weight Watchers, NutraSlim, HCG, or any other “diet” out there. Basically, Beyoncé is promoting a healthy lifestyle that anyone can do! How refreshing is that?!
In the first ten weeks after Beyoncé had her daughter Blue Ivy, she lost the initial weight from breastfeeding. More specifically, she lost the first 14 pounds in just the first month after giving birth!
I’m not surprised hearing this, considering that on average, women will burn about 300 calories a day from breastfeeding. If you eat healthy and don’t overdo it, it’s reasonable to expect weight loss from breastfeeding alone.
The first ten weeks after giving birth, Beyoncé didn’t exercise, which is expected and ideal to allow the body time to heal.
After 10 weeks, Beyoncé was able to start up an exercise routine. She exercises three times a week for 90 minutes each session. The exercise routine consists of running, dancing (of course…it’s Beyoncé!) and abdominal exercises.
It’s all about eating healthy and portion control when you are trying to lose weight and keep it off! Thankfully, Beyoncé isn’t promoting a specific product and has shared an example of what she is eating throughout the day.
Breakfast: Egg Whites
Lunch: Shake or Turkey Slices
Beyoncé didn’t share too much detail about her meal plan, such as portion sizes, but it’s safe to say that she has eliminated junk food and sweets! Beyoncé can easily be eating 10 egg whites with lots of veggies to make a healthy and filling breakfast, but one can only assume. Considering her 90 minute workout routine three times a week, she will need enough food to fuel her body to lose weight, which she has done quite well with in the last four months.
If you want to lose weight like Beyoncé did, it’s all about eating healthy and exercise. There’s no magic “diet” or diet pill…it’s just good ‘ol fashioned hard work that will pay off in the end.
Image Credits: starpulse.com
I love to cook, and because of this, I naturally will check out the ingredients on food labels to see what types of ingredients will make the yummy food I love to eat. I would like to think I’m a pretty smart shopper, so it’s quite annoying to come across so many ingredients that I can’t quite understand what the heck they really are.
So the question comes up, “What are we REALLY eating?”. Ever thought of that yourself? Here’s some common ingredients you will find in your grocery store, with surprising reality checks. Oh, and when I say “surprising”, it’s not in a good way! *gag*
Such a simple word, we’d hardly realize that gelatin is just a nice word for collagen – which is a protein that usually comes from animal skins! Yes, animal skins! The collagen source will vary, depending on the type of food it is used for, but desserts that use gelatin primarily will use collage from pig skin. All I’m thinking about is how that Strawberry Jell-O isn’t as appealing as it was five minutes ago.
You won’t see this ingredient specifically listed on food labels since it’s commonly listed as “natural flavoring”. So what is it really? Castoreum is extracted from the castor sac scent glands of a beaver. What’s more gross is that the castor sac scent glands are located near the anus. The FDA considered this ingredient generally safe, but all I can think about is how I have found another reason to cook from scratch with known ingredients.
Mechanically Separated Meat
There’s a little bit of meat that clings to the bones of pork or chicken after it has been forced through a sieve-like machine using high pressure. That leftover meat is mixed in with crushed bits of bone and cartilage (among other things) that becomes a paste and later used for cheap meats like hot dogs. Overall, this kind of meat is pretty gross. It would be best to avoid it completely!
Very similar to Mechanically Separated Meat, the leftover meat that clings to fat and separated is called Pink Slime. This meat paste is commonly used as a filler in ground beef. You are probably wondering how common this Pink Slime is. How about 10 billion pounds sold per year? That’s 10 billion pounds too many for my standards.
If ingredients were spelled-out for what they really are, nobody would eat anything with shellac in it. Shellac is a sticky substance that comes from secretions of a female insect called Kerria lacca. So what has shellac in it? Sorry candy lovers, but shellac is to blame for the shiny coat that covers treats like candy corn, jelly beans, and just about any other hard-coated candy that looks shiny.
You would think that ammonia would only be used for household cleaning purposes, right? For some unknown reason, ammonia was approved by the FDA to be used as a gas to kill germs in beef during processing.
Some foods just aren’t as red as they appear to be. To add some red color to foods, carmine is added! Carmine comes from cochineal bugs (yup, insects again!) that are boiled and made to create red food-coloring. The FDA requires carmine to be clearly listed on food labels since some people have had life-threatening reactions to it. If you would like to avoid this ingredient (don’t blame you!), be sure to check the labels for Ice Cream, lemonade, grapefruit juice, Skittles, and Good n’ Plenty.
I bet a lot of Vegans didn’t realize how many animal products they were still consuming! If you are a Vegetarian or a Vegan, now you know what to avoid and I’m sure you’ll do an even better job of checking those ingredient labels out!
For all of us who aren’t Vegans but are still creeped out by the ick-factor of all of these common ingredients, we all now know what to try and avoid.
PS – I’m still sick thinking about the beaver and those insects… : /
Image Credit: gelatin
Price Look-up (PLU) Code
Did you know that the numbers on produce stickers can help you identify whether or not you are buying organic, conventionally-grown, or genetically modified produce? Now you can learn how to decipher the code!
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to determine what type of produce you are getting now that you know the code! I suggest you take a look at those little numbers next time you go grocery shopping so you can make sure you are buying the premium quality produce you are looking for!
Goldenseal was one of the first herbs (along with Echinacea) that I was introduced to when I was a young kid. My Mom educated herself throughout her adult life in the medicinal benefits of herbs, and I was truly blessed to be able to see the amazing benefits of herbs first hand.
I’m not going to get into the drugs versus herbs debate, but I will say that each has it’s place. I personally have found that more often than not, herbs are all that I needed to get the job done.
• Goldenseal may help boost white blood cells, which helps the body build up the immune system and fight against infections.
• A 2002 study done at the University of Illinois to see whether Goldenseal was effective in oral hygiene products. The study did show that Goldenseal contains antimicrobial alkaloids active against oral pathogens.
• Goldenseal has been shown to be Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-Diabetic, and an Anti-Inflammatory.
• Goldenseal helps stimulates the appetite and aids digestion. Goldenseal is commonly used to help sooth an upset stomach (which is something I remember using Goldenseal for).
• Goldenseal helps with constipation by promoting muscular tone of the stomach and intestines, which causes bile secretion.
• Goldenseal has been shown to have Antiseptic properties, and has been used for disinfecting cuts and scrapes.
• Tonifies the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, the bladder, and the skin.
• In conjunction with other herbs, has been known to be used to help treat Cancer.
Dried – Goldenseal can be found dried to be used in teas or in capsule form.
Extract – The liquid dose can be used before meals to enhance appetite or as an eyewash to help with infections like conjunctivitis (more commonly known as “pink eye”).
Goldenseal is often combined with other herbs to help boost the medicinal effects of other herbs.
Generally, a two week maximum dosage is suggested. Meaning, this isn’t an herb you should digest every day, long term. Only use when needed, and not for longer than the two week time frame. From personal experience, I don’t think I ever felt like I needed it for two weeks since my symptoms quickly subsided.
If you are pregnant or nursing, Goldenseal should be avoided.
As always, I would suggest consulting with a qualified professional before using Goldenseal or any other herb.
Image Credits: en.wikipedia.org; starwest-botanicals.com
I absolutely love deviled eggs, but I don’t make them all too often for a number of reasons. To make deviled eggs healthier, I suggest using less yolks and/or a healthy mayo replacement.
12 eggs, hard boiled and shells removed
1/4 cup Grapeseed Vegenaise
1 tbsp Mustard
Step 1) Cut eggs in half, lengthwise, with a sharp knife. Remove yolks and place in bowl.
Step 2) Mash yolks and mix in the Vegenaise and Mustard.
Step 3) Spoon yolk mixture onto egg white halves and sprinkle Paprika on top.
Tip: For a smooth and creamy egg yolk texture, mix ingredients in a blender or with egg beaters. Also, if you would like the finished product to look more fancy than your average deviled egg, use the creamy mixture with cake decorating supplies and use that to place onto the egg whites.
Image Credit: Jan Leasure (I’m using her pic while my camera is being fixed…)