My Weight Loss Adventure Day 39

Who doesn’t love Lucy? In the 20 odd years that Lucille Ball remained on TV doing a new show every week she rarely lost ratings and I think that most Americans felt that she was not only a TV star, but a part of their family. I know I felt that way. Before I started going to school, and I was the youngest of four, my mom would do her house work in the mornings I would sit in front of our little black and white set and watch the re-runs of I Love Lucy and The Jack Benny show. I think Lucy and Jack were my first baby sitters.… Full Story

People Drink Beer Faster When it Comes in This…

(PCM) Got a beer gut? If you’re trying to cut back on the beer, you may want to pay special attention to the type of glass you’re drinking out of, particularly curved glasses.

A new study from the University of Bristol, in England, found that people drink beer more rapidly from curved “beer flutes” compared to straight-sided glasses. In fact, they drink it twice as fast! Researchers asked 160 social drinkers aged 18 to 40 to drink either lager or soda from a straight-sides glass or a curved beer glass. The beer drinkers drank twice as slow from the straight-sided glass as when they drank from the beer glass.… Full Story

Jessica Simpson Opens Up: "I didn't realize [the weight] didn't all come off with the baby"

(PCM) Jessica Simpson is finally opening up about her struggle to lose the weight she gained while pregnant with her first daughter Maxwell Drew.

“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it,” she tells USA Today. “I wanted to be happy and eat what I wanted.”

But, she admits she had no idea how difficult it would be to take back off, and now the new Weight Watchers spokeswoman is having trouble getting back on track.

“I didn’t realize [the weight] didn’t all come off with the baby.… Full Story

Garlic and Onions for Joint Pain

(PCM) Garlic lovers rejoice! Here’s another reason to the love the flavorful kitchen staple: it can help prevent joint pain and even reduce your chances of developing osteoarthritis by 25 percent.

Garlic, onions, scallions, shallots and other members of the allium family offer the joint health benefits, so if you’re not a big garlic fan, there are plenty of other ways to reap the benefits. According to RealAge, garlic and other alliums contain diallyl disulphide, which acts as a buffer to keep cartilage-damaging enzymes out of your body. It’s also what gives them their pungent, earthy aromas.

Start adding more garlic and onions to all your meals – whether it’s soup and salads or meat and potatoes – both taste good in just about everything!… Full Story

A Simple Way to Lose Twice as Much Weight

(PCM) People who keep track of their calories lose twice as much weight as those who don’t, according to Men’s Health.

That’s a significant difference! Studies have shown that writing down your daily food intake helps people lose more weight than those who don’t, and helps them keep it off, too. It could be the act of physically writing everything down and holding yourself accountable for every morsel; it’s easy to forget about that handful of cereal, or those Jolly Ranchers you ate at the office. Recording what you eat throughout the day can take care of this.

If you don’t want to carry a food journal around all day, there are plenty of discrete smart phone apps that work just as good, if not better!… Full Story

My Weight Loss Adventure Day 38

Yesterday we talked about keeping our dreams alive, putting spurs to them and making them happen. We discussed the idea that life doesn’t kill dreams, but we do. And we looked at what Walt Disney Said, “All dream can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Today I want to take us to a new place. It’s connected to dreams in many ways and I believe it is the fuel that powers our dreams. That fuel is passion.

Passion has been turned into a word that seems to have more connection to sex these days than dreams, but that is not the case.… Full Story

Jillian Michaels Returning to Biggest Loser

(PCM) Jillian Michaels is returning to the show that made her a star – NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser.’ Michaels left the hit show a few seasons back, asserting fans that she would not be returning in order to focus on a new chapter in her life. So, why the sudden change of heart?

The weight loss show is switching things up, this time focusing on a touchy, controversial issue: childhood obesity.

“The show has chosen to take on something very controversial. They are going to go after childhood obesity,” Michaels said. “It’s something that I’m really passionate about, and I want to be involved with.”

NBC released a statement saying that Season 14 of ‘Biggest Loser’ will feature overweight teenagers between the age of 13 and 17, as well adult contestants.… Full Story

My Weight Loss Adventure Day 37

I have had a recent fascination for the song, “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical Les Miserable. The song tells of the frustration of dreams not coming true and is sung by a character who will die shortly after the song is finished. The last line of the song is “Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”

The song is haunting and hard to get out of your head once you’ve heard it, and it feels so true. There is also a line from the play “You Can’t Take it With You” that asks, “All those dreams we had when we were young, what happened to them?” Life can kill the dreams we dream, but the problem isn’t so much life, as us.… Full Story

Why Runners Shouldn't Run Away from Fats

(PCM) Everyone needs fat in their diet (the healthy kind, not the stuff found in fried foods and baked goods), but it’s especially important for runners and athletes.

Monounsaturated fat, like that found in avocados, can help keep your body strong and injury-free. Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that competitive female runners with less than 20 percent fat in their diet were more likely to suffer injuries than those who consumed at least 31 percent.

Extreme low-fat diets can weaken muscles and joints, making runners more prone to injury and muscle soreness. Plus, monounsaturated fats have been linked to lower abdominal fat!… Full Story

Is Organic Food More Nutritious Than Non-Organic?

(PCM) Not when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

“People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived health benefits,” said leader researcher Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler. “Our patients, our families ask about, ‘Well, are there health reasons to choose organic food in terms of nutritional content or human health outcomes?’”

Smith-Spangler and her colleagues reviewed over 200 studies that looked at the health of people who ate organic compared to those who ate conventional foods, as well as the nutrient and contaminant levels in the foods themselves.… Full Story

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