Famous magicians like David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Harry Houdini, and Criss Angel make the seemingly impossible a tangible reality. It’s Magic…and we love it! It’s spectral yet magnetically attractive. We never know exactly what will happen but we’re feverishly excited about what could. It charges our veins with adrenaline and our minds with fantastic fantasies, images, and possibilities. So what about you? What’s your magic? Come on now; we all have a bit of magic brewing inside us! Continue reading MAGIC…is about to change your life!
It seems like we’re all a little brighter when the suns out…right? You bet, and here’s why; its metabolic product, calcitriol, is a secosteroid that impacts over 2000 of our body’s genes! It’s a strong factor in the pathology of, and therefore may help ward off at least 17 types of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and…well that’s enough for me; yikes! It’s time to take notice folks; we NEED those summer rays! And for much more than a sexy tan! To compensate for lack of the “Big Yellow Guy” as in cases where we’re locked in cubicles all day or attempting to survive a winter like this one; we’d have to drink 50 glasses of milk per day or take up to 10 multi vitamins! Continue reading SUNNY SIDE UP!
Sodium Chloride (salt) through its adverse effect on our bodies PH can cause us to lose valuable net calcium contributing to the development of osteoporosis, renal stones, loss of skeletal muscle mass, and age related renal insufficiency (bladder control) later in life. Heavy salt intake inverts the potassium to sodium ratio effecting cardiovascular function adversely and contributes to hypertension and stroke as well. Excess sodium builds up in the body’s fluids (blood and lymph) causing the kidneys to work overtime to excrete it. This build up of fluid not only increases bodyweight but contributes to increased blood pressure. To avoid sodium chloride related issues simply restrict your salt levels to 1400-1800 milligrams per day. This means avoiding most processed foods, almost all fast foods, and of course; tossing the salt shaker. If it sounds worth it…it is, Morefit.
What is less understood are headaches that arise from more favorable environmental conditions. The above BJSM survey found that runners reported the highest incidence of head pain, with weight-lifters coming in at No. 2. Both of these activities can cause primary exertional headaches,where physical strain can affect blood pressure and cerebral blood flow,and effort-induced migraine headaches,triggered by any intensity of aerobic activity, especially in warm weather, according to a 2003 review in Current Sports Medicine Reports.
The current trend: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s no secret that EFA’s (essential fatty acids) are important to your body for health reasons but I’m not convinced that folks are giving them all the credit that they deserve so lets take a closer look by examining the current trend. Extra Virgin Coconut oil is not actually an EFA or omega 3 but it acts in much the same way. It’s a medium chain fatty acid which contains lauric and capric short and medium chain fatty acids. These have many benefits including good fuel for your body that reduces carb cravings much like other fatty acids (olive oil, nuts, and fish oil). Continue reading BURN Fat with Fat? Great News for Dieters!
From the bar to the scale; these work best!
Light beers: Amstel Light 95 cals., Bud Light 95 cals., Michelob Ultra 95 cals., Miller Light 96 cals., Yuengling Light Lager 96 cals., Yuengling Light 98 cals., Coor’s Light 102 cals. Lower cal beers ( 50 or less ) don’t always work. Their lower alcohol content leads to more beers.
Mixed Drinks: all calories reflect a jigger(1.5 oz. of liquor)
Bacardi light rum and diet coke 98 cals.
Jack Daniels & diet Coke 106 cals.
Jameson & Diet ginger ale 106 cals.
Bacardi Raz & Diet Sprite 102 cals.
Vodka & Diet tonic 106 cals.
Gin & Diet tonic 112 cals.
Tequila & Fresca (lime wedge) 106 cals.
Vodka Martini with olives 250 cals.
Gin Martini with olives 175 cals.
Whiskey sours are traditionally made with bourbon, but any kind of blended whiskey will work. Speaking personally, I’m a fan of Jack Daniels sours — yum!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) bourbon or other whiskey (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
- 1 jigger lemon juice (fresh-squeezed is best)
- 1 jigger water
- Artificial sweetener with the equivalent of 3 tablespoons sugar
- I assume a zero-carb sweetener such as liquid sucralose for the analysis
Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass (rocks glass, sour glass, Martini glass, or whatever glass you want!) Traditionally, whiskey sours are garnished with a Maraschino cherry, but they are two grams of carb each! I recommend garnishing with a small lemon wedge or curl of lemon peel.
Nutritional Information: Each serving has 3 grams effective carbohydrate and 106 calories.
Lynchburg Lemonade is a great summer drink. Unfortunately, it is also loaded with sugar (standard recipes have up to 40 grams of sugar, between the soda, the sweet and sour mix, and the orange liqueur). This recipe has three grams of carb from the lemon and lime juices. It also has fewer than half the calories of standard recipes.
- 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) Jack Daniels whiskey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- a few drops of orange extract
- 1 cup diet lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite or 7up)
Pour ingredients into a glass. Add ice, and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Nutritional Information: Each serving has 3 grams effective carbohydrate and 107 calories.
Have these on the rocks or “neat”……
Most 80 proof liquors: 64 cals/ fl. oz.
Same liquors 90 proof: 73 cals./ fl. oz
Same liquors 100 proof: 82 cals./ fl. oz
Always Drink Responsibly People. Cheers 🙂