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Olive OylMaybe the magic bullet for health and weight loss was cleverly hidden in a cartoon strip:  spinach and olive oil.

With evidence mounting that fat is indeed our friend, perhaps it’s time to chug-a-lug some fatty goodness in the name of health … and weight loss.

Experiment for yourself with this recommendation for taking a dose of olive oil from Lance over at LiveStrong:

  • add a teaspoon of EVOO to your morning juice (which assumes juice is a good choice, and probably not if you have a weight problem);
  • add a teaspoon to a glass of lemon water before lunch;
  • take a teaspoon in the afternoon to stave off snack attacks.

Since I like the tast of olive oil and don’t mind taking a spoonful now and then, I think I will try this as an alternative to a fat snack like nuts.  I will venture forth, do some scouting, and report back.  You do the same and let me know your results!

To your health ~
Puff

Cave Girl Raquel WelchSorry to have dropped out of sight for the month of November, but Huff and Puff are busy little bees and we’ve been remiss in our posts, but doing double time in other parts of life!  One of those parts (for Puff, at least) is getting to the bottom of all this eating business, and yes, a big part of it is Big Business.  Ever hear of Monsanto?  I’ve gone into research mode (again) and have been culling the credible from the crap so Read the rest of this entry »

I sort of hate to talk about it, but the past couple of weeks I have ditched my diet.  A very good and able friend in the mental health profession calls this The F*ckits, as in when you get to the point that you just say “f*ck it, I’m having Haagen Dazs.”  Or name the Naughty Food of your choice.  I would not say that I actually have The F*ckits.  I would say that, at this point, I have the Over Busies.  As in, I am overly busy and the first thing that gets ditched is shopping, chopping, planning and portioning.  Of course I know this is a recipe for failure, but I also know that it’s symptomatic of the stress cycle that many of us fall prey to.  You know, not Read the rest of this entry »

 

Drink up, Buttercup!

Drink up, Buttercup!

Believe it or not, “Hydrate or Die” is the callout used by one of the beverage vendors at the Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark.  When Buff and I heard him calling this out over the stands, hawking cold beer, sodas, and water, we just cracked up.  But he made his point!

So how important is hydration and does any liquid qualify or must it be water?

Water transports nutrients and carries waste away from body cells, and it helps regulate body temperature by distributing heat and cooling the body through perspiration.  We are made up mostly of water — blood is about 83% water, muscles are about 76% water and even bones are Read the rest of this entry »

We all know that managing what goes in your face is (at least) one-third of the triumvirate of health, but it’s easy to lose track and skip a meal and then get take-out because you’re too tired to cook and — WHAM — hello weight gain.

Don’t think we haven’t struggled with this, because we have.  Huff and Puff are mere mortals, after all, and have very busy professional and family lives that demand attention … just like YOU!  So how do you conquer the meal Read the rest of this entry »

Beans & RiceI was raised by a great Southern cook who never met a carb she didn’t like.  One of the Texas style meals that Mother would prepare for us was red beans and rice.  This Southern staple is elevated to an art form by our neighbors to the east in Louisiana, where bits of andouille sausage and ham hocks make it a real Cajun meal.  Naturally, this comfort food is too carb-y and fatty for a fitness program, so I’ve revamped it and I think you’ll find that it hits the spot when you need a tasty reminder of NOLA. Read the rest of this entry »

Puff's Inner Child

Puff's inner child reigns triumphant over all fitness obstacles!

Back in April, Huff and I talked about Next Year’s Goals in glowing, yes-we-can terms.  Knowing how much of a backslider I am, I decided to actually (gasp) go back and review those goals and see how I’m doing.  Here we go.

1.    Continue with my low carb weight loss eating plan through December (or until goal is reached), no matter how much I want chips and salsa, brownies, or wine and cheese.  (After that, it’s on to my low carb maintenance eating plan!)
Okay, honestly, I have failed miserably at this goal.  And now I must revise this goal to reflect the realities of life and the more urgent body need in light of increasingly Read the rest of this entry »

Quinoa
Here’s a crazy good and super simple recipe from the Center for Personalized Medicine that is easily modifiable to use local, in-season fruit.

Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey or agave
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup pineapple diced
1/2 cup chopped nuts, pecans

How to make it:
Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, honey or agave (GenoType dependent), and salt. Stir until well mixed.
Add the pineapple and pecans. Toss gently to coat with dressing.
Stir in the quinoa and toss to mix well.
Serve warm or refrigerate for at least several hours to serve cold.

Puff’s Kitchen Notes:  I used a 20 oz. can of Dole pineapple chunks (no sugar added), drained and it seemed like the right amount of pineapple.  Also, I didn’t have pecans in the cupboard so I used raw slivered almonds.  To kick it up a notch, I topped it with a couple of teaspoons of CocoChia right before serving.  This was surprisingly good, with just the right amount of sweet, tangy, salty, and crunchy.

Find out more about the amazing little seed known as quinoa here, at the Nutrition Data site. Enjoy!

Cooking for health ~ Puff

Detox ControversyAs you know if you’ve been following along, Huff and I have been decluttering our homes, our offices, our thoughts, and our bodies.  It makes sense that as we Shed That Which No Longer Serves Us, we would eventually bump up against the idea of cleansing the physical body from the inside out.

I’m sure that this will piss off a few people, alienate a few more, and give inspiration and (dare I say it) hope to a few others.  So be it.  If you don’t like the detox idea, you don’t have to try it, that’s all!  It’s sort of like lima beans.  Some love them, some don’t, neither are wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Many moons ago, I worked for a publishing company and one of our specialty areas were materials geared to professionals who work with special needs kids with feeding problems.  At that time, one of the people we worked with — and a recognized expert in the field — was (and is) Ellyn Satter

Fast forward 15 years and I was reading the New York Times  (she’s a frequent contributor, it turns out) when I saw her name associated with the “Well” section talking about food.  I was delighted to see an old “friend” in print and we connected once again.  Now that I’m blogging on a regular basis, it’s fun to read other people’s blogs and to share the vast stores of wisdom that is available to us through friends, colleagues, and long-ago acquaintances.

Ellyn’s is one of those sites that is rich with information and inspiration for eating well and I encourage you to visit and poke around.  I’ll be talking about what I’m learning from Ellyn in future posts and I hope we can have a good chat about what we all find there.

And to you, Ellyn, thank you for continuing your life’s work — not only for all those kids in the world with feeding difficulties but for the rest of us, looking for a healthy relationship with what’s on the plate.

Eating towards health ~ Puff