The six weirdest recent fitness trends

Some of these I have heard of.. but some of them I’m really not too sure about! What are your thoughts?

Prancercise

Millions watched on YouTube as ‘the Prancercise woman’, Joanna Rohrback, galloped and pranced around like a dancing show horse.  It’s regarded as exercise, and no greater authority than quasi-celeb Kelly Osbourne recently declared she is taking to it. It’s low intensity, and your elation is meant to dictate your exercise pattern. I’m laughing so hard, I’ve had my core workout for the day.

In the videos I’ve seen, not even the horses can stand to watch Prancercise.  I would gladly exhibit my un-rhythmic Zumba moves before I’d voluntarily look that idiotic.

Barefoot running

I still see people running barefoot through major cities.  And I don’t mean with the various minimalist shoes that are plentiful on the market.  What I mean is – no socks, no shoes – just barefoot on our cities’ pavements.  It looks odd, and it’s flat-out dangerous.

First of all, your running form had better be 100 per cent perfect, or the pounding on your feet and joints will result in severe pain.  Secondly, have you ever noticed all the shrapnel on a city street?  From needles to rocks, food to dog droppings … none of which I want my feet to land on or have squished between my toes.

Naked yoga

Articles keep popping up on my screen about yoga in the nude. (Or maybe that’s just to do with my web surfing habits.) Still, doesn’t it sound so wonderfully Zen, so close to nature?

Sure, I’m on board with it, right up until the bit where I’d cop an eyeful of someone’s dangly bits, and witness more exposed rolls than a German bakery. There’s also the potential to cop a whiff of body odours of all sorts and – dare I mention the unmentionable – the undertone of perverted arousal that must surely permeate each class

Gojjing

Want to go for a goj?  Yes, that’s ‘jog’ backwards.  People are running backwards because studies say it’s less harmful on the knees due to a softer stride, while more muscles are activated than a conventional run.

I don’t buy it. We drive forward, walk forward, ride bikes forward … because we were designed with eyes that look forward.

If you’re on a normal jog and trip over, you can usually avoid injury with a body roll, a stutter-step, or at least bracing yourself with your hands to save a face-plant. Running backwards, a fall means the back of your head will most likely bear the brunt. Hello, concussion.

Anti-gravity yoga

It’s yoga in the air. Performing yoga moves while suspended in silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling is a risky move.

I’ll have my yoga on the floor, thank you.  Let’s leave this to the professionals, such as Cirque de Soleil artists, Pink, and anti-G yoga founder, Broadway dancer and gymnastic specialist Christopher Harrison.

Oil pulling

Swishing a spoonful of coconut oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes is said to be a workout for your mouth, and it’s called oil pulling.

It’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice, and believers tout whiter teeth, better oral health, headache and skin irritation alleviation, weight loss, better kidney function, and so much more.

36 Super Foods That Burn Fat & Help You Lose Weight

Some of these you may already eat but start by introducing a few more foods that burn fat into your diet each week until you find that you’re eating much more of them than you used to! Summer is just around the corner!

Tomatoes

Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Who cares? All you need to know is that it’s got a ton of good things for your body for the long term, and in the short term it works to help you lose weight and help keep it off. They’re low on the calorie meter, but they help to give you that full feeling, and contain fiber that keeps things moving.

Like any bona fide superfood tomatoes bring more to the table than just weight loss. The lycopene brings antioxidants that studies are showing to be potentially helpful with a myriad of diseases and conditions. Be sure to add tomatoes to your cart next time.

Oranges

Healthy Vitamin C levels will help to keep you functioning at optimal levels, but if you’re looking to burn fat you might be concerned about the sugar in oranges. There’s no getting around it, oranges do contain sugar, which has the potential to turn to fat if it’s not burned up. But the calorie count is low, and the fiber actually helps to regulate your blood glucose levels.

In order for this to work out for you as a weight loss aid, eat it in moderation and to curb your sweet tooth when you’d otherwise be reaching for a candy bar or other sweet treat.

Oats

Although Paleo Diet followers would disagree, many others state that oats work as part of a weight loss strategy because the amount of fiber boosts your metabolism and helps you feel fuller longer. Everyone from The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper to the American Heart Association says to make a bowl of oatmeal for the best start to your day.

The antioxidants and other minerals oats contain make it a solid choice and not just a source of fiber. Cutting your cholesterol might also be on your list and this is a great way to get those levels down.

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Spices

There’s no need to eat bland and boring food when you’re trying to lose weight. This is a great time to experiment with seasonings from different cultures. Many of them have thermogenic properties that boost your metabolism, while making some so-so dishes taste like they’re from a restaurant.

Some examples: Mustard seed will spice up your entree and get your metabolism going, and ginger can help with your digestion. Ginseng can boost up your energy, and black pepper can help burn calories. Like Indian food? Turmeric can help break up fat.

Sweet Potatoes

Oprah likes sweet potatoes, and credits them as part of the reason she lost weight one time. But can you really slim down by swapping a baked potato with its sweet cousin? Turns out sweet potatoes are great for dieting because they have fewer calories and also help you stay satisfied between meals.

If you’re addicted to spuds this can be one way to take out a food that usually gets the no-no when dieting and replace it with a superfoods such as this that has good things for you like fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and Vitamin B6.

Apples

It’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that you are helping yourself to lose weight when you eat an apple. They are so sweet that they can help conquer sweet cravings, and it’s easy to see why they end up in a lot of desserts. But they are low in all of the things that you want them to be like calories, fat, and sodium. They have a good amount of fiber.

The fiber helps you feel full, and keeps you from going mad in between meals. It also helps keep things moving along digestively. Just be sure to chew your apple up real well before swallowing, and buy organic so you can leave the peel on.

Nuts

This is one food that almost every single diet plan in existence suggests you eat. Nuts are one food that unites the vegetarians and the Paleo followers, and we have yet to find a diet program that says not to eat them. They’re straight from the Earth and a small handful of raw organic almonds, walnuts or pecans can be a crunchy snack that leaves you feeling good for a few hours or more.

If you don’t like eating nuts for a snack, try chopping them up and sprinkling them on main dishes or side items. You’ll still get the good fats they bring and they help flavor up the meal.

Quinoa

This is been known for some time in the vegetarian realm but is now making the rounds to the mainstream. The weight loss benefits usually come in the form of switching out sides with quinoa instead of more calorie-dense foods like rice or potatoes. You’ll still get the benefit of rounding out the meal, with the added bonus of the vitamins that quinoa has.

If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? It helps you feel full, doesn’t have a lot of calories, and ranks low on the Glycemic Index. Score!

Beans

Beans are a staple item in The Four Hour Body’s Slow Carb Diet. They are lauded for their ability to help regulate blood sugar levels and help with digestion due to their fiber content. Try adding a can of organic black beans as a side to your next meal, especially if it can replace a more carb-laden item like bread or rice.

Many restaurants keep black beans on hand as a substitute for a side, so they’re a great go-to item when you’re out with friends and want to eat well without looking like you’re on a diet.

Egg Whites

The egg debate rages on with so many gurus saying the yolks are OK, and so many others saying for weight loss you should stick to egg whites. Why all the fuss? Eggs are a good source of protein, and the main argument is on whether the fat and cholesterol in the yolks is worth eating.

Play it safe and get the benefit of the protein without worrying about the yolks. When your weight is where you want it you can start adding them back into the equation.

grapefruit helps you lose weight

Grapefruit

No need to go on some whacky grapefruit diet to get the benefits of it, but for most people this is going to require a new purchase at the store. Grapefruit doesn’t tend to make it onto most people’s shopping lists, but it should. In regards to weight loss the long standing myth that they help you lose weight is being proven left and right by clinical studies.

And you don’t have to buy the fruit, you can also simply buy grapefruit juice and start drinking that instead. Tim Ferriss of The Four Hour Body says he uses grapefruit juice on his “free days” in an effort to avoid the food he’s eating from causing weight gain.

Chicken Breast

While not an option if you’re going vegetarian or vegan, this is often used by dieters and bodybuilders alike because of its high protein value and low amount of fat. Dark pieces of chicken just don’t measure up when it comes to quality protein. Most Americans have no trouble adding chicken to the diet, since it’s one of the most popular meats in the country.

Just remember that it should be skinless. Try using different spices like the ones mentioned above to make it more interesting. Combined with strength training this can help tone your muscles leading to a higher metabolism.

Bananas

Perhaps it’s because it takes us back to our simian ancestry that makes eating a banana seem natural. The more studies they do on the effects of bananas in humans, the more attention they get as a definite way to help keep us at our ideal weights. They’re super easy to incorporate into the day, since they’re so versatile.

Cut some up and add it to oatmeal, keep a bunch around as a quick grab when you need something sweet or on-the-go. Just stick to one a day since they are a source of sugar as well.

Pears

Pears often get overlooked as the long lost cousin to apples, but they bring their own unique flavor and host of benefits, including weight loss properties. They help you feel full when you eat them, and they’ve got a different consistency to apples and other fruits, making their fiber even more effective.

They’re also used in plenty of recipes that yield delicious results. If you didn’t use pears in your cooking before, or as a fruit to just have around, now’s the time to start.

Pine Nuts

These contain a phytonutrient that actually helps suppress your appetite. This means you don’t have to resort to expensive diet pills with nasty chemicals that are meant to do the same thing. All you have to do is keep a supply of pine nuts available.

Since they’re tiny and crunchy you get to eat a lot of them without having to worry about ruining your efforts. It let’s the body have it binge time while still helping you lose weight by keeping you away from more offensive foods.

Mushrooms

Opting for mushrooms instead of pepperoni or sausage on your next pizza may do little to help drop the pounds, but increasing your intake of mushrooms along with other healthy foods should yield better results due to their low calories and high vitamin content.

Be sure to branch out when it comes to mushrooms, trying the ones that may look a little strange instead of always opting for the button mushroom used everywhere. They all have their own unique characteristics, but all share the common bond of helping you to lose weight.

Lentils

Lentils are gaining more popularity has a healthy food, and one that can help you lose the weight. The fiber they contain will help keep you feeling good between meals, and will help your blood sugar levels from spiking.

If you’re going vegetarian you can use lentil as a good protein source, or you can use them to compliment a protein and act as a side dish. It helps keep your cholesterol in check and help you process carbs more effectively.

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Hot Peppers

If you like your food hot, there may be some good news for you. Hot peppers like habaneros, jalapenos, and chipotles can actually help you to lose weight, while also adding a kick to most any dish. They contain capsaicin which provides several benefits that relate to losing weight.

And if you were worried that eating these hot peppers would make you burn a hole in your stomach, recent research is showing that they may actually help to prevent stomach problems like ulcers by killing the bacteria responsible. Fire away!

Broccoli

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include broccoli on this list, even though you’re probably sick of everyone telling you about it. Turns out your mom and your grandma were right, these are really good for you, but aside from that they can also help you shed some fat.

How? Broccoli fills you up, but it’s not just a filler. It has tons of nutrients per pound, and it’s also packed with fiber so it keeps you regular, which keeps you feeling good. Spice it up with spices or peppers, but just skip the broccoli cheese soup, as that doesn’t work for weight loss.

Organic Lean Meats

Lean meats are full of protein without all of the fat, but you want to make sure that you opt for organic if you’re trying to lose weight. With conventional meets they’re pumping the cows, pigs, and other animals full of so many antibiotics and growth hormones which ends up in the meat you’re eating. This can thwart your weight loss efforts.

Organic meats aren’t going to contain more nutrients in them than ordinary meats, but it’s what they don’t have in them that makes the difference. If you can’t find organic, go with grass fed or all-natural.

Cantaloupe

Some say that you burn more calories eating cantaloupe than what it contains. Whether or not that’s the case is up for debate, but this is still a great food to add to your repertoire for weight loss. It’s sweet, but it’s not high in calories the way most sweet things are. It also has fiber in it, even though it doesn’t taste like it does.

It goes great in a fruit salad with other diet-assisting fruits like honeydew, strawberries, or simply by itself as a quick snack or sweet pick-me-up. Added bonus: it helps to make your skin look great.

Spinach

Spinach is often a vegetable left on the plate of children, but adults are coming around to it since it really does contain a lot of good things in it for losing weight and general well-being. You can eat it in several different ways, fresh as a salad, in a can, and it also comes frozen. It works for weight loss by adding bulk to your stomach without tacking on the calories.

This is a good vegetable to buy organic if you can, since conventional spinach picks up a lot of chemicals from the fields.

Green Tea

Perhaps you knew that green tea is packed with antioxidants, but did you also know that it can help you shed the fat? It’s the catechins! These are a part of green tea that get your body to switch over to burning more calories, as well as fat.

Unfortunately for the other teas, green tea comes out the winner on many fronts because it’s not as processed as the others, and therefore retains much of its goodness, like antioxidants and phytonutrients that make it a superstar among superfoods.

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Cinnamon

Don’t underestimate the power of cinnamon, it’s not just for baking anymore. You can get weight loss benefits simply by adding more cinnamon to your diet, with teaspoon a day showing positive results. What causes the magic? It’s the way that cinnamon helps to regulate your blood glucose levels. These play a major part in how you feel throughout the day, how energetic you are, or how sluggish you can get.

Maintaining good blood sugar levels also helps you resist cravings. Just make sure that you’re not counting that cinnamon on your cinnamon roll!

Asparagus

Asparagus has plenty of positive effects in the body, and each of them seems to play a particular role in helping you lose weight. The first is that it assists your body in expelling toxins and other wastes. It also helps with digestion and keeps good bacteria in your gut. Not to mention that it’s a superfood, so it has a ton of vitamins and minerals that help you all-around.

A lot of dieters also like the way asparagus tastes, and it’s very easy to prepare, and accepts seasonings and spices very well making it an good addition to your regular menu.

Avocado

Even though the fast food chains have jumped on this trend and are sticking guacamole in everything, eating avocados is a great idea for slimming down. For years they were avoided by dieters because of their fat content, when everything that had fat in it was labeled as evil. Then we got smart and realized that not all fat is created equally and good fats actually help you lose the fat you have.

Try adding avocado slices to sandwiches, or mash them up to make your own guac. Try to avoid the guacamole you see in restaurants because you won’t have quality control over the ingredients.

Peanut Butter

This gets special mention for weight loss because it’s a good fat that can be used to help lose fat. It tastes great and can satisfy cravings and even keep them from coming at all. In The Abs Diet peanut butter is recommended for use in smoothies and is labeled a superfood.

Almond butter is also a good fat to have that can provide a lot of creamy goodness, but it’s generally more expensive than peanut butter. In any instance opt for the organic varieties so you’re only getting peanuts and potentially sea salt.

salmon

Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 and some diets are built around it. At first glance you might think it’s too fatty to be a weight loss super food, but it doesn’t rank high in saturated fat, the kind that you find in a fast food hamburger, and the omega-3 content trumps any other concerns.

This is something that you want to try adding to your diet to see how your body responds to it. If you are getting good results from it you can consider having it more times per week. Luckily there are plenty of good salmon recipes that will keep the fat content low but make it taste great.

Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

The enzymes in apple cider vinegar help the digestive system and have been shown to promote gradual weight loss. The recommended way to take it is adding it to distilled water and drinking it before a meal. It will help your food get digested properly so your body can use the nutrients the food contains.

It also works to suppress your appetite, so if you find that you become ravenous between meals and are looking for a way to calm your urges until the next meal time, this may be a solution for you.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has been getting attention as a healthier form of yogurt. This is because it packs a bigger protein punch, with less sugar than ordinary yogurt. But you don’t have to give up regular yogurt altogether, and there are other foods that Greek yogurt can fill in for.

For example you can use it as a reasonable substitute for sour cream and shave off plenty of calories and fat grams. You can also use it in your baking to replace other fats and oils, but this might take some trial and error.

Olive Oil

The reason olive oil helps you to lose weight is because it can take the place of other things like salad dressing and other oils that are considered bad fats. Even you change nothing else in your diet or lifestyle and just start using olive oil you should still benefit by losing weight. But most people find that if they start to embrace more of a Mediterranean diet the results are accentuated.

Almost any diet that replaced the Standard American Diet is going to be better for you and cause the pounds to drop, and using more olive oil in your life can bring many positive benefits.

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Blueberries

The wonderful thing about blueberries and weight loss is that it’s not just general weight that you lose, but specifically the fat. They might be responsible for helping the body break down fats and sugars, plus they taste amazing and can flavor up otherwise tame meals. They also play well with other fruits in a fruit salad. Just be sure to eat them without adding sugar to them.

We singled out blueberries for their fat busting properties, but many other berries can help on your weight loss quest, so broaden your horizons and have a berry nice day.

Turkey Breast

Turkey breast is a great food to keep on hand because it’s so convenient to eat in moments of weakness, and because it provides a lean protein source. Those on a no-carb or low-carb diet will be going through plenty of turkey breast and other meats, and those that are on a diet where you balance carbs with proteins will also find it useful.

The protein it contains can also help if you’re strength training or trying to build muscle in an attempt to rev up your metabolism. This works by increasing the number of calories your body burns 24 hours a day.

Flax Seeds

You can sprinkle flax seeds on most anything, and it would be a better option than many of those sprinkle diet programs that keep popping up. This is because it contains things that help your body, like omega-3s, and it contains fiber, which will help you feel full.

It’s the essential fatty acids that also work to give your metabolism a boost. As a side bonus it also lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your body, and made it onto our list of superfoods for its many healthy benefits and ease of use.

 Keep It Fresh!

It’s best to use fresh ingredients whenever possible, especially with the super foods listed here. They lose a lot of their antioxidant value and weight loss power the more they’re processed. Keep things as close to nature as possible.

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Gluten Free Broccoli Feta Fritters

With the Christchurch Gluten Free and Allergy Show just around the corner I thought it would be appropriate to post up a GF recipe today! This one is super delicious and with only a few ingredients is really easy to make and reheat too!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups broccoli, steamed & finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Directions:

  • Make sure to dry the broccoli with paper towel as best you can, without mashing it. Using your hands, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Heat a non-stick pan on medium high. When it gets hot, use an ice cream scooper (or whatever spoon you have) to place mixture on the pan. Slightly flatten each fritter with the spatula. Cook on LOW HEAT for 5 minutes on each side (like pancakes). You can also bake them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 400 F. for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Recipe yields 9 fritters.

Remember to visit the CHCH Gluten Free and Allergy Show (Details Below)!

CHRISTCHURCH 1-2 November 2014,
Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton St, Spreydon

Vegan Blueberry Chia Muffins

It has been a busy few days at Eaden Project this weekend but here is todays recipe! Super delicious Vegan Muffins! I haven’t posted a vegan recipe yet, so for all you Veganites out there- get baking!

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Ingredients:

Chia Egg:

1 TBSP of Chia Seeds

3-4 TBSP of Water

Mixture:

1 ½ Cups of Wholemeal Flour (Any flour will work i.e. Tapioca Flour or Coconut Flour)

2 tsp of baking powder

¼ Tsp of Cinnamon

¾ Cup of maple syrup or agave nectar

1 tsp of Vanilla

1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup of Almond milk

½ TBSP of Chia Seeds

1 ¼ Cup of fresh blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a muffin pan or grease with coconut oil.
  2. First make the chia egg. Mix one tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of water and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Mixture should be thick and egg like. If it is too think add another tablespoon of water
  3. Combine flour with the baking powder in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the Maple syrup and vanilla. DO NOT MIX.
  4. Place 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil into a 1 cup measuring cup- add the chia egg a d then enough almond milk to fill the cup.
  5. Pour in the center of the flour mixture and mix well.
  6. Fold in the blueberries and ½ tablespoon of chia seeds.
  7. Let rest for a couple of minutes.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean!
  9. ENJOY

Clean Satay Chicken

YUM! Try this healthy Satay Chicken recipe- super easy to make and taste even better!

CSCIngredients:

2-3 Chicken Breasts, sliced

1 x small head Broccoli cut into small florets

1/2-1 zucchini, sliced

1 x large carrot, sliced

1 x teaspoon Crushed Chilli

1 x teaspoon Ground Cumin

2 x teaspoons Crushed Garlic

1 x teaspoon Ground Coriander

1/2 Onion (red or yellow), finely chopped

1.5 x tablespoons Coconut Oil

Juice of half a fresh Lime

3 x tablespoons Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter

2 x tablespoons Coconut Sugar or Natvia

3 x tablespoons Shredded Coconut

I – 2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. Heat fry pan, add the coconut oil, coriander, cumin, garlic and red onion and fry for about 30seconds. Add the peanut butter, chilli, lime juice, Natvia (or coconut sugar), coconut and Tamari sauce and stir. This will form a paste. Gradually add the water, about 1/2 cup at a time till you get the sauce to a consistency that you like. (more water = runnier sauce)
  2.  Simmer for a few minutes and turn heat off and set aside.
  3.  In another heated pan, place a little coconut oil and a little garlic.
  4.  Add the chicken and brown it up. Add the vegetables and stir fry for a few minutes.
  5.  Pour over the sauce and heat for about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve this in a bowl with a serving with some brown rice or quinoa! ENJOY!!

Does reheating pasta make it healthier?

Very interesting article on stuff today about cooking, cooling and reheating things like pasta and potatoes. Have a read!

10642217It’s enough to give you an added taste for leftovers.

A test on BBC’sTrust Me, I’m a Doctor has found that reheating cold pasta makes it healthier than the original meal.

The show’s doctors conducted an experiment and concluded that cooking, cooling and reheating a bowl of pasta turned it into “resistant starch” and reduced the rise in volunteers’ blood glucose by 50 per cent.

Pasta and potatoes titillate our taste buds, but they have become outcasts in a low-carb, low-GI worshipping world.

It’s not just the fact they pair so perfectly with kilojoule-laden toppings. The problem with potatoes and white pasta, for many health and weight-conscious people  – not to mention those with diabetes – is that the starch (a form of carbohydrate) they contain quickly converts into simple sugars.

This spikes our blood sugar. To bring it back into balance, our bodies respond by releasing the hormone insulin.

The fast rise and fall can make us hungry again soon after eating and the sugars, if not burnt off, are likely to be stored as fat.

But, in perhaps the most unlikely nutrition news of the year, researchers reckon they’ve found a way around the pasta-potato predicament.

A nutrition scientist from the University of Surrey has said that if you cook and cool pasta, it changes the structure of the food and your body digests it more like a fibre, which results in less of a blood sugar spike to feed the good bacteria that reside in your gut and absorb fewer calories.

But half the pleasure of such foods is are that they are eaten piping hot. If pasta, for instance, was reheated, would it revert to its original structure?

British journalist, doctor and author of the best-selling 5:2 diet,  MIchael Mosley along with co-presenter on Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, Chris van Tulleken from University College, London asked around.

The doctors they approached believed it would, but no one had tested the theory.

So, they decided to find out. They recruited volunteers who, over three days,  ate either hot, cold or reheated pasta. Each pasta had the same tomato and garlic sauce.

On each day the doctors took blood samples every 15 minutes for two hours, to see what happened to volunteers’ blood glucose levels as they digested the pasta.

“Just as expected, eating cold pasta led to a smaller spike in blood glucose and insulin than eating freshly boiled pasta had,” Mosley said.

“But then we found something that we really didn’t expect – cooking, cooling and then reheating the pasta had an even more dramatic effect. Or, to be precise, an even smaller effect on blood glucose.

“In fact, it reduced the rise in blood glucose by 50 per cent.”

Dr Chris van Tulleken said the discovery was a way to “simply and easily” improve our health.

“We can convert a carb-loaded meal into a more healthy fibre-loaded one instead without changing a single ingredient, just the temperature,” he said. “In other words our leftovers could be healthier for us than the original meal.”

Sports nutritionist Susie Burrell says it’s not news that cooled pasta, potatoes and even unripened bananas have higher levels of resistant starch

“Yes there are some benefits but in the overall scheme of the diet as long as pasta serving sizes are small it won’t make that big a difference,” she says.

“For the average busy person it may not be practical either and  you can get an equal benefit from eating less pasta and more vegies in any one meal.”

Dietitian Melanie McGrice says the discovery isn’t too good to be true, necessarily.

“It’s not really going to mean we’re going to lose more weight,” she says.

“There’s a lot more to losing weight than eating resistant starch.

“But, most of my clients are time-poor and pasta freezes really well. Cooking and reheating can provide double the benefits – it saves you time and increases the amount of resistant starch you eat, so it’s a win, really.”

Curiosity of Stuff.co.nz- http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/62568819/Does-reheating-pasta-make-it-healthier

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

A cool spin off the amazingly delicious “Reese Peanut Butter Cups”. If you love Reese’s you will love this healthy version!

CaptureIngredients:

2-3 Tbsp. Cacao Powder (or Cocoa)

1/3 Cup Coconut Butter- Melted

2 Tbsp. Natvia

1/3 Cup Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp. Natural Peanut Butter

Mix 1 scoop of Chocolate protein powder with 2-3 Tbsp. of water or almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Mix the chocolate ingredients into a bowl and then pour it into 2 silicon muffin moulds- place into freezer for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from freezer and spread the peanut butter evenly in each mould then freeze for another 15-20 minutes.
  3. Store them in the freezer- ENJOY!
  4. Make 2 normal sized or 4 mini cups- if you want to add chocolate on top double the amount of chocolate made at the beginning.

Low Carb Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Recipe

Todays recipe is something that we at EP are dying to try out! This Low Carb Caramel Pecan Cheesecake sounds delicious! If you need a something to satisfy your sweet tooth- try this one out!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese (lite) , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon caramel flavouring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/16 teaspoon white stevia powder or other sweetener to taste (2 packets)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. With the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and caramel until well blended.
  2. Switch to the whips and add the cream.
  3. Whip until the consistency is thick, dense, and creamy.
  4. Add the stevia or other sweetener and adjust until it’s the way you like it.
  5. Melt the butter.
  6. Mix the pecans and the salt, then add the butter. Mix until well blended.
  7. Reserve a tablespoon or two for the topping.
  8. Press 1 tablespoonful of the nut mixture in the bottom of each of 4 custard cups or 6 small wide mouth jelly jars.
  9. Spoon the cheese mixture into each cup.
  10. Smooth the top and sprinkle with the reserved nut mixture.
  11. Chill for at least 4 hours-6 hours

Why People Don’t Lose Weight: 5 Common Mistakes

Really interesting post by MindBodyGreen, have a read if you are struggling with loosing the extra weight!

1. They’re not getting enough sleep.

Our society rewards productivity, often at the expense of our personal health. I’ve had clients who sleep less so that they can squeeze in a morning workout before heading to the office. While I applaud their work ethic, just one night of tossing and turning can drown your energy levels, leaving you cranky and reaching for a low-fat muffin with your morning latte just to keep your eyes open.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your hormones get knocked out of whack, sabotage fat loss. One study even showed that just a single night’s sleep could make you insulin resistant, paving the way for obesity. About an hour before bed, power down electronics and meditate, breathe deeply, or just take a hot bath to prepare for sleep. Aim to get seven to nine hours of quality, uninterrupted shut-eye every night.

2. They’re not drinking enough water.

I encourage clients to aim to drink half their body weight (in pounds) in water ounces daily. Bit gulping large glasses during meals dilutes stomach acid and impairs digestion, so it’s best to fill up in between meals. Start with 16 ounces upon rising. Thirst often masquerades as hunger or a craving.

3. They skip breakfast.

You’re not really hungry anyway, so skipping breakfast for a skinny latte saves calories, right? Wrong. Breakfast sets your day’s metabolic tone, gives you steady sustained energy, and increases fat loss. But don’t think those sugary, processed muffins and cereals that inevitably crash your energy about 10:30am are doing you any favors, either.

Instead, make breakfast a fast, filling protein shake. Studies show that protein reduces your hunger hormone ghrelin so you stay full for longer. Blend non-soy, non-dairy plant-based or defatted beef protein powder with flax or chia seeds, avocado, frozen berries, kale (you won’t taste it), and unsweetened coconut or almond milk for a shake that takes minutes to create but keeps you full for hours.

4. They’re snacking too much.

You hear your coworker opening a 100-calorie pack, so you decide it’s time for a mid-afternoon snack too. Every time you nosh, you raise insulin, which stores fat. Plus, let’s face it. You’re probably not snacking on kale chips and hummus. Make sure that your meals consist of lean protein, healthy fats, high-fiber starches, and lots of non-starchy veggies so you can go four to six hours between meals. And if you do need a snack, kale chips and hummus actually do make a great one!

5. They’re working out the wrong way.

In the past, I’ve argued that an hour or more of moderate-intensity exercise can lower testosterone, increase aging, and depress your immune system. One thing we’re learning is that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is extremely effective when it comes to weight loss. One study with young overweight women found that HIIT, also called burst training, helped burn more fat than moderate-intensity training.

Burst training is an optimal form of exercise that takes just minutes, but that makes your body an all-day fat-burning machine. I combine burst training with weight resistance in my intense, fat-blasting four-by-four Workouts that require just 15 minutes, three times a week. You can grab a free workout here.

Beyond what I’ve mentioned, what culprits – food-related or otherwise – have you found stall fast, lasting fat loss? Share your thoughts below.

Curiosity of: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14836/why-people-dont-lose-weight-5-common-mistakes.html

Chipotle Baked Popcorn Chicken

A spin on the popular Popcorn chicken you get from KFC! Trying this one out tonight for dinner- can’t wait! chicken

Ingredients:

2lbs of Boneless Chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces

2 eggs

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard (or grain mustard)

¼ Cup of Arrowroot flour or Tapioca flour

1 tbsp. seasoning (of your choice- calls for chipotle)

½ to 1 tsp. sea salt (to taste)

Oil olive to drizzle

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and spray or wipe a large baking sheet with non-fat cooking spray
  2. Pat Chicken dry with paper towels. Cut the chicken into approx. 1-inch cubes
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the egg, mustard, and salt with the seasoning – mix well
  4. Add chicken into the egg mixture
  5. After chicken is coated lightly, dust all chicken with arrowroot/tapioca flour
  6. Transfer the chicken cubs to the prepared baking sheet. Arrange them close together, but not touching. When all the chicken cubes are on the baking sheet, lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  7. NOTE: the key to the oven-frying technique as the misting of the oil helps get the perfect golden crunch. Bake for a total of approx. 15 to 20 minutes. Half way through run over the chicken with a spatula or tongs. Continue baking until golden brown.
  8. Remove from heat and season again with seasoning of your choice
  9. Enjoy while hot!