Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises Suggested by Helen Mirren

helen mirren-hot body-figure-workout exercise regime-blue Mirren, at just over 70, is in great shape which she attributes to Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises. These were devised in the 1950s by Dr. Bill Orban to be followed when space and time are limited. The 5BX  range of exercises for men can be completed in eleven minutes. The ladies XBX plan is shown here

I also found a web site that has suggested yoga poses to start the day with.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Foods to Combat Flu

I read something recently that listed foods to combat flu. These are all foods we should be eating anyway for a healthy lifestyle.

Sweet potatoes
Wild salmon
Green tea
Chicken soup

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Best Choice is to Buy Local Honey

I hadn't really thought much about honey and the location it comes from until I started watching the "Rotten" series on Netflix.
Apparently it is big business and very competitive. Unless you are purchasing honey collected and distributed by local farms you may be purchasing honey that is a combination of honey from different countries. I noticed on the label on the honey I bought recently it says Internationally Sourced. One of the problems shown in the series is that China, while wanting to undercut the U.S. prices, began to add rice syrup. After complaints by U.S. honey producers and packers, large tariffs were added to honey coming from China. China then shipped it's honey to other Asian countries before being shipped to the U.S. which avoided the high tariffs. Labs are constantly coming up with new tests for the imported honey but cannot guarantee the honey is not adulterated. Also, some overseas honey producers use antibiotics on the bees!
It's probably best to buy local.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jillian Michaels DVDs for $1

Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser fame, has a large collection of exercise DVDs and there are currently many of them on sale for $1 at Dollartree.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Diet Plans Review

I've followed many diet plans in my time so here's a review of my thoughts:

LA Weight Loss - I liked the exchange type program and being able to talk to a counselor one on one, but I found that most of the time was taken up by the counselor taking phone calls and receiving deliveries. Also, there was a lot of turnover so you didn't get the same counselor each time. They want to push the sale of both supplements and their snack bars which don't seem to have much nutritional value. It was also expensive.

Weight Watchers - I've joined Weight Watchers many times over the years and although I've lost a few pounds I have been frustrated with not getting individual help. I followed the plan faithfully but was not losing any weight. When I asked the leader for help and tried to show her my journal she said I must not be following the program. I don't think this is a one size fits all program and some people can't lose weight with the amount of "free" food and added weekly points. I do know people who have lost a lot of weight on this program so like anything else, it depends on what works for you.

Whole30 - This is advertised as a a healthy lifestyle and not a diet. I did lose weight on it, but found there was too much meat in the recipes and the vegan recipes didn't look appetizing.

Calorie Counting - I've found this plan works best for me and I use the My Fitness Pal app. to keep track of calories. It can also be linked to a Fit Bit to keep track of steps. This doesn't mean that you should make bad food choices. I noticed on one blog that the blogger, although keeping track of calories, ate a brownie at every meal! That's another good thing about My Fitness Pal, you can look at the nutrition value of what you have eaten and make sure you get enough protein, fiber and keep track of sugar etc. You can get plenty of information with the free app and I haven't upgraded. If you don't want to use an app. get a book you can use to journal what you eat and either look calories up online or get a pocket calorie book.

Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Diet - This is a healthy quick start diet and I highly recommend it.

One thing I am trying this year is to add vegetables and/or fruit at every meal. For example if I make scrambled eggs, I add some frozen spinach. I have an apple or orange after lunch and instead of buying fruit yogurt I buy plain, Greek yogurt (Fage is my favorite), eat half with added fruit such as strawberries or bananas otherwise you're paying for sugar-added fruit and not a whole container of yogurt. I'm also incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods.

If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Favorite Breakfast

The one thing I've never liked about cooked oatmeal is the consistency. I think it might have been from salt laden porridge that my grandmother served in Scotland. But lately I've noticed recipes for eating uncooked oats (original not quick oats).

So, my new favorite breakfast is 1/4 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup almond milk (left to soak for about 30 minutes or overnight) add a sprinkle of cinnamon and 1/2 banana.

Great breakfast!!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Rapid Weight Loss Diet

Here we are January 1 and we're all trying to get rid of the extra Holiday pounds.


The Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Diet is a healthy way to start

The Rapid Weight Loss diet on the Dr. Oz program eliminates wheat, sugar, alcohol, coffee, sweeteners and dairy products which is what my nutritionist had recommended at the end of last year. One thing I found from eliminating dairy is I no longer have aches and pains (especially my knees). People in the audience who had tried this diet for two weeks had dramatic weight loss and reduced their waist size.

Start the morning with hot water and lemon followed by a smoothie: 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened), 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp. rice protein, 2 tbsp flax seed.

Throughout the day you can eat 1 cup Greek yogurt, 6 oz protein, 1/2 cup brown rice, oil and avocado. Snack on nuts, humus and pickles and drink green tea (preferably organic).

For lunch and dinner eat protein (6oz per day) and veggies from the low glycemic list.

You can eat as many low glycemic vegetables as you like.

Take a probiotic every morning.

Detox broth recipe here

More details here.


Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.