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Working Out It's Never Too Late To Get Into Fitness

Hi All,

I recently had fun coaching my mother-in-law who is a Senior on how to use a treadmill and start working out regularly.  She recently lost about 20 pounds on the Weight Watchers program and is now open to fitness concepts, and ready to start adding exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and leave behind her sedentary ways.  She also likes the idea that she'll have a little more flexibility in her diet, and perhaps not hit a weight loss plateau by making fitness more of a part of her life

Besides being very proud of her, I am really pleased to see that she wants to add more activity.  So many people believe that getting older means that inevitably being less active comes with the territory, and in reality, it's the other way around.  Move it or lose it, is definitely true.  You don't lose the ability to work out because you're getting older, you're losing the ability to work out because you don't work out!

In my kick boxing class, there are two Seniors who are usually a bit off tempo because they move slower, but so what?  They're working out.  I applaud them for going to a packed class full of people of all ages with music they probably don't care for blasting, to get their work out in.

The other day at the gym, next to me on a treadmill was an older gentleman who was probably at a 2 miles per hour maximum pace, but the important thing was, he was getting in a work out on his own terms.  My mother-in-law is at about the same speed right now, but she is a willing participant, and that's the main thing. 

On the other hand, don't think that being a Senior necessarily means slowing down, or doing less for exercise.  When I lived in Colorado, I regularly saw a trim woman work out with her personal trainer that I guessed was maybe in her late 50's.  She religiously worked out with the personal trainer, and quite frankly, she could do better at ab exercises than I could.  Boy was I shocked when one day I overheard her telling her personal trainer that the next day was her birthday, and she was going to be 72!  I hope I can be just like her when I hit that age.

If you are a Senior, have Senior friends or family members, or just see a Senior trying hard to get some exercise in, absolutely encourage this behavior.  And if you're not a Senior, you need to get active now so that your golden years are spent like that 72 year old woman I mentioned above--doing what you want to do with no limitations.  Every little bit helps, and it's never too late to start (just get a doctor's approval first).

And now I'd like to invite you to check out the natural pain relief secret I personally use regularly to keep those aches and pains we all get from time to time from our workouts and other ailments at bay CLICK HERE.

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures http://www.YouCanMakeMoneyWithForeclosures.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Garlic A Good for You Food

Hi All,

The following is a guest post from Danielle Grilli, Content Director for www.rvita.com, where I will also be syndicating my content shortly.  Enjoy! 

Maybe there’s a reason why Italians are such a happy, healthy people.  Maybe it’s the wine, but then again, maybe it’s the garlic. 

 

Garlic, also known as allium sativum L., has been used medicinally for thousands of years.  In fact, garlic was so popular in ancient Egypt, that modern archaelogists discovered clay sculptures sand paintings of these pungent bulbs that date all the way back to 3200 B.C.  Ancient Greece and Rome have their own history: put to many uses, garlic was used for bladder infactions, asthma, and even dog bites at that time.  Of course, it goes without saying that garlic is the most effective method for warding off vampires  :).  So garlic is good, but how good is it really?

There have been many positive scientific claims made about garlic.  To begin, garlic has been found to be helpful in the regulation of blood sugar levels.  One study, published in the journal Experientia and performed by researchers in India, found that the active anti-oxidative compund isolated from garlic was almost as effective as prescription drugs and insulin in the treatment of diabetes.  In addition, according to trials performed by researchers at the Insitute of Indoor and Environmental Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine in Germany, garlic may have cancer-fighting properties.  In regards to the common cold, the results are promising. 

A study conducted at the Garlic Centre in East Sussex,  United Kingdom, showed that individuals who take a garlic supplement every day are far less likely to catch the common cold than those who do not.  Furthermore, the study found, participants who did catch a cold during the study recovered more quickly when taking garlic everyday.  Garlic is also used as a treatment for intestinal worms and other intestinal parasites, infections, digestive disorders, fungal infections, and vaginal infections. 

On the downside, despite the many scientific trials that have touted garlic as an effective treatment for high cholesterol, the latest results from the National Institute of Health claim just the opposite.  According to their findings, there is no significant difference between the use, or non-use, of garlic in the reduction of blood cholesterol levels. 

 

All that said, we can safely assume that incorporating garlic into one’s diet is more or less a good idea.  Keep in mind that, when used medicinally, garlic is best consumed raw, however, if it must be cooked, it is best to allow crushed or chopped garlic to sit for 15 minutes prior to cooking.

 

Please note that guest posts are provided for your convenience and may not reflect Melanie Jordan's views or the views of SunLover Publishing LLC.  Please be sure to check with your healthcare professional before utilizing any of the information presented to determine its fitness for your use.

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures http://www.YouCanMakeMoneyWithForeclosures.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Healthy Food Review Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese

Hi All,

I adore swiss cheese.  Maybe it's because the holes make it a little different from most other cheese types, and I've always been one to march to the beat of a different drummer as they say.  Or maybe it's because I fondly remember being in charge of making my Dad's lunch when he worked the midnight shift at the post office years ago, and his favorite sandwich was a swiss cheese sandwich.  Isn't it amazing the emotional connection we make with food?

As a flexitarian (someone who goes meatless most of the time), I am always conscious of getting enough healthy protein into my diet.  And since my husband swears I am part "mouse" due to my love of all cheeses, I needed to find ways to give the cheese in my diet a healthy food makeover.

Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese does a primo job of allowing me to have my swiss cheese with half the fat (2.5 grams) and 30% fewer calories (50 calories per slice) than its regular Jarlsberg swiss cheese.  It also compares quite favorably in nutrition to Sargento reduced fat cheese which is a respectable, yet distant runner-up with 60 calories, but quite a bit more fat--4 grams per slice.  Plus, Jarlsberg Lite swiss cheese has a nice light, delicious taste that I prefer; Sargento is a bit potent.

Some people also like Alpine Lace reduced fat swiss cheese, but it's actually more fattening than either Jarlsberg Lite swiss cheese, or Sargento reduced fat swiss cheese, at basically regular swiss cheese nutritional stats (70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per slice).  I also think it tastes a bit plastic-y.  So why go for more calories, fat and less taste in your lite swiss cheese?

You should be able to find Jarlsberg Lite swiss cheese at major supermarkets either at their deli counter or pre-packaged.  In Las Vegas, I am fortunate that a new breed of grocery store called Fresh And Easy carries Jarlsberg Lite pre-packaged just for them, and it's the cheapest price for a half pound you'll find.  The only exception is Costco--but there, in true Costco fashion, you must buy 2 pounds at a time!  www.Jarlsberg.com

TIP:  Jarlsberg Lite swiss cheese is great as a cheese sandwich on it's own, or as a burger (make mine a Boca Burger) or sandwich topping.    

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures CLICK HERE

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Fitness Tips Taking The Boredom Out Of Treadmill Walking And Running

Hi All,

Hot Summer temperatures and/or high humidity may mean that instead of doing your walking workouts and running workouts outdoors like you might at other times of the year, you need to take your walking workout and running workout indoors. 

I personally never, ever went on a treadmill when I lived in Southern CA because of the wonderful temperate climate.  However, living in Colorado I had to learn to adapt my walking workouts to the winter weather which seemed to start Labor Day practically :) and now that I am in Las Vegas, I have to adapt to the hellish 100+ temperatures every day.  Either way, that means a treadmill instead of the great outdoors.

While there are pluses to walking or running on a treadmill, like the fact you control when you go up an incline, the speed you walk or run, or that you can pick a pre-programmed pattern, to me, that does not make up for the BOREDOM of being in one spot with the same stuff to look at over and over!

So what are my fitness tips for taking the boredom out of treadmill walking (and can be used for runners too)?

1.  Great Music That Makes You Want To Move Makes All The Difference

You can't count on the music in your gym being a match with your taste and tempo.  I always maintain a playlist on my iPod of upbeat tracks for working out at a variety of tempos.  If I play the song outside of the gym and it makes me want to move around to it, it qualifies.

My taste is pretty eclectic, so I have everything from classic 70's disco hits to 80's new wave and Pop Metal, to Rock, to upbeat New County, and my favorite Rocky Story soundtrack (nothing like the War and Training Montage segments besides your standard Eye Of The Tiger to make you work it)!  Whatever has a steady beat that you can keep up with on the treadmill will do.

If you set your iPod to "shuffle" then you will never have the songs play in the same order twice.  It's like a new workout every time!

2.  Mix Up The Speed And Incline Yourself

Yes you can use pre-programmed workouts on the treadmill, but I like to keep it interactive and custom to avoid treadmill boredom.  I adjust the speed for every song that pops up on my iPod walking playlist at the beginning of the song, and especially if it has a faster or slower chorus or bridge, I'll do it within the song as well.

You can also continuously change the incline before, and during each song.  I personally will usually create a segment about 15 minutes into my workout when I am good and warmed up to increase the incline with every song, or every couple of songs, depending on what comes up, and how I feel until I am maxed out, then bring it down every song or two. 

On a 45-minute treadmill walking workout, I might do the incline/decline segment for 15-20 minutes.  On a 60-minute treadmill walking workout, I might do the incline/decline portion for 20-25.  Also a factor is suggestion 3 below.

3.  Use Light Hand Weights Especially Designed For Walkers/Runners

Since I love lifting weights, I figured why not combine weight lifting with walking?  Yet when I used regular free weights, it was clumsy and messed up my walking.  I recently found in Wal-Mart a set of 1 1/2 pound hand weights specifically designed for walkers or runners made by a company called GoWalking.  They were $3.86 each.

The GoWalking hand weights are straight, fully foam-covered sticks that have an outer strap that fit nicely around the back of your hand.  They are comfortable and easy to hold for long periods of time, and for different movements without fear of dropping.

I have a ball doing bicep curls, hammer curls, deltoid raises, punches and just adding a little oompf to my regular arm swinging.  I keep the treadmill speed slower when I walk with the weights and, for now, I am using lower inclines with them. 

You might think by slowing down my speed a little I am not burning as much, and how much could three pounds of hand weights matter?  Let me tell you that it really does, I am burning more calories, and anecdotally, working up more of a sweat than ever for the same distance at slower speeds and lower inclines.  Plus it's fun!  Just watch your balance, and ignore the odd looks you might get from those around you.

Have a great walking workout or running workout!

And now I'd like to invite you to check out the natural pain relief secret I personally use regularly to keep those aches and pains we all get from time to time from our workouts and other ailments at bay CLICK HERE.

Please note: check with your healthcare professional about the appropriateness of the above fitness tips for taking the boredom out of treadmill walking and running for your particular situation.

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures http://www.YouCanMakeMoneyWithForeclosures.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Fourth Of July Healthy Food Makeovers

Hi All,

When it comes to healthy eating this Fourth Of July, I know a lot of people out there must be thinking--healthy eating on the Fourth of July?  Why don't you chill a little?

I can't chill because in Las Vegas it's 110 degrees just about every day now.  On the news, they just list the weather as "hell" everyday, no numeric temperatures needed :)  And the genius stores are clearing out summer clothes!  Anyway...

I like to celebrate the Fourth Of July with favorite comfort foods just like anyone else, but since these comfort foods are so easily made over to their healthiest forms--no need to over indulge.  I'll save that for a meal that is truly a treat like for my birthday.

Just like Memorial Day weekend, Fourth Of July food means hot dogs and hamburgers.  If you missed my Memorial Day Healthy Food Makeovers, here's the "replay" CLICK HERE and use these healthy eating tips to makeover your Fourth of July favorite foods.

Last night I found a post on another Fourth of July food tradition.  Apparently in the New England area, traditional Fourth of July fare is salmon with peas and new potatoes.  If I was a New Englander, I would do the following with my Fourth of July salmon (which I hated as a child and love now):

HEALTHY EATING TIPS:  I especially like salmon grilled with Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic spices on my George Foreman grill. Plus, a great healthy summer dish is to take that salmon and use it with a light caesar salad packaged kit for salmon caesar salad like you might have in a restaurant, but made over to a healthier form.

This post tells the story of Fourth of July and Salmon, as well as the latest with what's going on with farmed vs. wild salmon, possible pesticides, etc.  And yes, I wrote a comment on this post you might like to see:

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/greenblog/2008/07/salmon_on_the_fourth_when_a_ho.html

Have A Happy And Healthy Fourth Of July!

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures http://www.YouCanMakeMoneyWithForeclosures.com

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Healthy Food Review Brainy Bagels From Natural Ovens Bakery

Hi All,

Brainy Bagels from Natural Ovens Bakery are an intriguing healthy food offering.  They look like the typical supermarket bagel, but that's where the common bond ends.

Brainy Bagels are made with whole wheat flour and pack not only 8 grams of healthy fiber into a bagel, they also are a good source of protein with 11 grams.  The calorie content, at 230 calories is also well below that of the typical bagel, without being something that looks like a bagel bite instead of a bagel.

Besides tasting delicious, the Brainy Bagel is also sturdy, so it travels well to the gym, or as a much-needed healthy food choice when traveling aboard any of the "what else could we possibly charge for nickel and dime" major airlines.  My health conscious husband has been packing a powerhouse of a healthy snack by taking a Brainy Bagel with natural peanut butter on it as his in flight meal--no $5 airline junk snack pack for him!

The only downside to Brainy Bagels is that they are not yet nationally distributed--those of you in the Midwest and a couple of other states are quite lucky.  However, the rest of us can receive this healthy bagel product by ordering online and having it shipped to you like I did at http://www.naturalovens.com.

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blogs:

Make Money In Foreclosures CLICK HERE

Vegas Inside Scoop for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008