Cauliflower pizza for dinner. Steam the cauliflower, drain, and rice (I used a potato masher). Let cool then mix with one egg, mozzarella cheese. Lay out on pan and bake at 350 for 20-30 min. Allow crust to cool to room temperature, cover with sauce and cheese, and toppings. Then broil for 5-10 min (until cheese it melted to liking).
Broiled Egg-Stuffed Avocado
Serves two as a side dish, or one as a meal
1 avocado, cut in half and seeded
2 eggs, separated
Hot sauce (your preference)
1 ounce cheese
Place the top rack in your oven to the highest level. Turn broiler on “high”.
Choose a ripe avocado. (An avocado is ripe when the stem end yields under gentle pressure from your thumb. The skin will also be a dark brown, near-black.
Slice the avocado in half (through he poles and not around the equator) and remove the seed. The seed will be easily removed by chopping your knife partway into the seed and then giving it a twist.
Score the avocado through the meat but not through the skin, to allow the hot sauce to seep in.
Sprinkle the hot sauce on the avocado.
Fill the hole where the seed was with an egg yolk. If there is extra room, add some of the egg white.
Place on top rack under the broiler for 3 minutes.
Place cheese on top, and return to broiler until the cheese melts 1-2 minutes.
Nutritional data (for one piece):
Sat fat: 5.3g
Avocados are filled with Vitamins and Nutrients that are great for your health
Avocados are filled with wonderful vitamins and nutrients that are great for your health. These fruits contain vitamins A, C and E, all of which provide a wealth of health benefits. Furthermore, nutrients like potassium, lutein and folate are found in high amounts in avocados.
Antioxidants, which are great for preventing disease, are also found in large amounts in avocados, giving you just one more reason to enjoy this delicious fruit. As mentioned before, the fats in avocados may make some individuals wary of eating them. However, avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which can actually improve your health.
Here is a quick review of the vitamins and nutrients found in avocados:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Folate (Vitamin B9)
- Monounsaturated fat
Avocados also contribute to Preventing Disease and Sickness
Parts of the body that benefit from the consumption of avocados include:
- Blood pressure
Avocados can also help prevent or reduce:
- Heart disease
- Cancer (i.e. prostate cancer or breast cancer)
- Cataracts and macular degeneration
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants they talk about top 10 anti-inflammatory foods that prevent cancer. Among many other chronic diseases millions of people suffer from inflammation and digestive disorders. The main roots of digestive disorders are poor eating hobbits, consuming toxic foods, processed foods and foods that have artificial coloring and additives. Here are top 10 foods that help to improve inflammation and food digestion.
We sometimes eat junk food for a snack; so why not eating fruits instead of processed foods? Pineapple, mangoand papaya are the three main anti-inflammatory fruits that have proteolytic enzymes that have anti-ulcerative and anti-microbial properties. These fruits help with digestion and breaking down other foods.
Avocado is a rich superfood high in omega 3 fatty acids (which is good for you) and fiber. Avocados promote food digestion and healthy pancreas, liver and gall bladder. Avocados are one of the best anti-inflammatory fruits that are digestible by almost everyone.
Cinnamon, basil, cayenne and turmeric are among anti-inflammatory herbs. Cinnamonimproves triglyceride and cholesterol level and helps with better digestion of food. Basil also boosts immune system and is anti-inflammatory.Cayenne is a remarkable anti-inflammatory herbthat helps to prevent digestive disorders, cleans body, promote weight loss and fight allergies.Turmeric is a Middle Eastern spice that is commonly used in Persian, Asian and Indian dishes. Turmeric anti-inflammatory effects are even better than dugs like as Motrin and hydrocortisone without having their side effects.
Here in Northwest wild sockeye salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids that is anti-inflammatory. Wild sockeye salmon can also prevent heart disease and cancer. Fish oil is also a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids that promotes brain function, intellegance and eyesight.
Blueberries are incredible source of antioxidantsthat are anti-inflammatory. Blueberries improve immune system and prevent dementia and cancer.Raspberries, cranberries, blackberries andstrawberries also are high source of antioxidants.
Broccoli is a highly nutritious superfood that is anti-inflammatory can prevent breast cancer in women. The phytochemicals in broccoli called “sulforaphane” activates enzymes and throws carcinogen out of cells before cancer can do any harm. Kale is also anti-inflammatory that can clean body and prevent heart disease. Kale is also full of iron, calcium and fiber. Cauliflower also helps with detoxification of body.
In the last few years fermented foods have been disappearing from our diets. Fermented foods are probiotics and have beneficial bacteria that help with food digestion. For example modern pickles are no longer made by lacto-fermentation using salt and are made by vinegar. Most dairy products like cheese and yogurt and alcoholic beverages like wine and beer are being pasteurized by killing most of the good bacteria in them. Since most juices and beverages are pasteurized there are less live enzymes and beneficial bacteria in them to help digest our foods. Some of fermented foods include yogurt, organic raw apple cider vinegar, kimchi, kefir, kombucha and other fermented veggies.
Health starts with a healthy mind, that includes conquering and making Friends with our fear.
Ready, set, uh oh. A not so friendly visitor is back again. Fear finds us all every once in a while, but there is no reason to remain frozen by it. The easiest way to face it head on is to put yourself in its shoes. By uncovering the roots, you can ensure that you nurture the kind of mental garden you covet – with weeds a thing of the past.
Put a name on that which scares you. Identify what’s getting you down – whether it’s a real challenge or a perceived slight. A target is much easier to hit when you know what it looks like.
Stop the self-chatter. For two minutes. Hopefully for ten. When the mind’s worked up it will start firing off negativity on all cylinders. Quiet everything up there. All that radio frequency is getting in the way. After a few minutes of a true mental break…
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Headache disorders are extraordinarily common, yet very few population-based studies exist in spite of the high rates of occurrence in developing countries. This lack of statistics is due to limited funding and large, often rural populations. Fortunately, headaches can be significantly reduced through improved lifestyle factors like diet, exercise and stress reduction.
In developed countries, Tension Type Headache (TTH) can affect up to two-thirds of adult males and more than 80 percent of females. Statistics show about 3,000 migraine attacks occur every day per million people and as many as 1 in 20 adults has a headache nearly every day.
What are the types of headaches?
The most frequent types of headaches are migraines, tension and sinus. The symptoms of the headaches differ based on the individual and the unique causative triggers. The goal should not be limited to treating headaches but preventing them through a proactive approach.
Migraines are common in adults and teenagers. Symptoms include severe pain either on one or both sides of the head which moves from one area of the skull to another. Migraines are commonly grouped with a series of other symptoms as well. One can experience an upset stomach, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound and moodiness.
The most common form of headache is the Tension Type Headache. Pain associated with this type of headache commonly extends into the neck, shoulders and the middle of the back. Poor posture, abnormal sleeping positions, past/current injuries and significant stress levels can all contribute to tension headaches.
Sinus headaches commonly affect individuals during weather changes and seasonal allergen exposure. Sinus headaches are caused by pressure in the nasal passages that can cause fever, eye strain and coughing. The pain is continuous and is commonly mistaken for a migraine type headache.
A cluster headache is the least common – but most severe – type of primary headache. The intensity of this headache is very high and can be described as a burning or piercing pain. This constant pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region. Cluster headaches usually occur at a specific time of day and recur one to three times in a predictable pattern.
Associated Risk Factors Found
Hormonal changes are a common cause of headaches in women. The physical, chemical and emotional stress of puberty, monthly menstrual cycles, pregnancies and menopause require constant hormonal fluctuations throughout life. Even minor imbalances can be a cause of headaches.
Headaches can also be triggered by specific environmental factors such as exposure to secondhand smoke, fumes from household cleaners, perfumes, exposure to certain allergens and even eating certain foods. Stress, pollution, noise and certain types of lighting are other environmental factors that can trigger headaches.
What Causes Headaches?
Most of the causes of headaches are part of our everyday lives. The secret to treatment and prevention is to improve how your body is able to respond to the onslaught of triggers. This improved response can be achieved through dietary factors, quality exercise, stress reduction, proper sleep and adequate hydration levels.
Exercise has been deemed one of the best ways to improve how your body responds to stress. Engaging in an exercise programme will improve neurology and circulation while reducing the damaging effects of stress. Exercise helps balance hormones, encourage weight loss and aide in detoxification.
Chiropractic care provides a safe, proven method to help naturally relieve all types of headaches. A study conducted by the Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center evaluated the effects of different types of treatments (medicinal drugs, acupuncture, deep-tissue massage, chiropractic care, etc.) on headaches. The researchers found that cervical spinal manipulation—chiropractic neck adjustment—immediately improved the severity of headaches. Even more telling, continual adjustments were the best option for reducing headaches over an extended period of time.
Chiropractic can lessen pain right now and reduce the frequency of headaches over an extended period of time.
If you’re currently suffering from chronic headaches, don’t worry. There are plenty of all-natural steps you can take to relieve the pain. Need help now or is someone close to you hampered by headaches? Contact your nearest Maximized Living doctor. They are certified in all-natural wellness techniques to train your body to overcome and resist all types of chronic pain, including headaches.
Green Green Smoothie II
Makes 2 Servings
1 1/4 cups cold filtered water
2 handfuls organic spinach
1 organic cucumber, chopped
3 stalks organic celery, chopped
2 organic Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
Small handful fresh cilantro
Small handful fresh parsley
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
20-30 drops pure stevia liquid (optional)
2 Tbsp flax seed oil (optional)
2 tsp probiotic powder (optional)
2 scoops plain or vanilla protein powder (optional) (I use Natural flavor Vega O.N.E)
Add spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, cilantro and parsley to blender. Pour water over top. Starting the blender on Low speed, blend until smooth, gradually moving to High speed (that’s the trick for getting a smooth blend). Add lime juice, cayenne, stevia, flax oil, probiotic powder, and protein powder. Combine briefly on Low until all the protein powder is just dissolved. Serve immediately.
Heirloom tomato tart (makes one 10 or 11inch tart) (inspired by this tomato and mascarpone tart)
- 1 cup plus 3 Tbs. all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 Tbs. good butter (European style cultured butter will give you the best results), cold, cut into pieces
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- about 2 Tbs. ice cold water
- In a smallish mixing bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Working quickly, rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until you have a mixture with pea-sized butter lumps. Make a well and add in the egg and water. Stir together until it forms a messy dough in a bunch of clumps, adding a tiny bit more water if it seems too dry. Scoop the clumps together and press it into a ball. Flatten into a thick disk, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough out into a circle about 1 inch larger in diameter than your tart pan. Gently transfer the crust to the tart pan and press it in. Either trim the excess crust or fold any overhanging edges back inward and press them into the crust, reinforcing it and making it thicker. Put the tart shell back into the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Prick the tart shell all over with a fork, then line it with foil or parchment paper or aluminum foil (cover the sides and edges too) and fill the bottom with beans or other weights to weight it down. Place it on a rimmed baking sheet to prevent drips, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven, remove the weights and lining and return the crust to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, until nicely golden brown. Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- 4 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
- 8 oz. chevre or other soft goat cheese, at room temperature
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 1 packed cup of fresh basil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- a large pinch of salt
- 1 small garlic clove
- about 2 heirloom tomatoes cut into slices
- Blend together the mascarpone, chevre, lemon juice, and lemon zest (either in a blender or by hand with a wooden spoon). Set aside.
- In a blender or food processor, whir together the basil, olive oil, garlic, and a large pinch of salt until blended.
- When the tart crust has cooled to room temperature, spread the cheese mixture in the bottom. Layer tomato slices over it, then drizzle with the basil oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature with a nice green salad. I would recommend that you do not serve the tart chilled. If you refrigerate the tart, be sure to let it come back to room temperature before serving.
Although fun and life-giving and joyful and love-filled right now, if I had to choose a single word to describe life these past two weeks (and thank goodness I don’t have to choose just one word – a world where you use only one word when you could spout off a string of five to ten would be a sad world indeed, far too Hemingway-ian for the verbose among us), it would be chaotic.
Totally chaotic. Connecting with old friends and nabbing as much quality time with family as possible on top of working on a dissertation on top of that ultimate relaxing free time activity of, ahem, starting a business, turns out not to be a recipe for order and quiet. We did expect this, but you never fully appreciate these things until you’re in the middle of them.
But I love it! We love it! We love everyone…
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The Benefits of Flaxseed
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This Will Make You Change Your Mind About
Not Buying Organic Every Time.
The Bottom Line
While many feel the recent meta-analysis fuels the ongoing debate about organic foods, the fact is that organics have far more benefits than the strictly nutritional. Nutrition is extremely important, and organic foods are packed with the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes you need for good health.
Of extreme importance, organic foods respect the environment, have fewer toxicity-related health risks, and support local economies. I for one, firmly stand behind the decision to choose organic. I believe you vote with your purchases, and when you choose organic you choose to support a healthy, clean earth, and put healthy, clean produce into you and your family’s bodies.
Understanding the Good Bacteria in Our Skin
One of my favourite things this time of year is getting back to my regular routine. Up with the kids at 6: 30 a.m., out the door by 7: 45 and at my studio or teaching in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor by 8: 30 a.m.
My clients are just like me. Many wander from their regular routines over the summer and are now getting back on track.
A great way to adopt an exercise routine is to book three or four regular appointments for yourself. Exercise is like many other things: If you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen. Having a regular time to exercise also helps you mentally get into the routine while scheduling other things around the workout.
Most busy adults I know need to take a step further and schedule this appointment with a trainer or group exercise instructor who will keep…
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Quick Sets Exercises Give You More for Less
Keeping healthy includes exercising 3-7 times a week 5 – 60 minutes a day. Check out the Straight Leg Dead Lift Exercise. Why exercise? It is one of the best natural treatments for Depression, Anxiety, weight loss, Osteoporosis, Mental Health, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Cell Oxygenization to aid in Cancer Treatment and other diseases.
Quick Sets Give You More for Less
Quick Sets are the ultimate way to perform resistance training. These routines can be as simple and as short as you need them to be in order to fit them into your schedule or level of motivation on any given day or week. This is the ideal way to add more weight training to your MaxT3 program, take advantage of the T3 principles, and leverage science to radically cut the amount of time spent working out. This program can also be performed more or fewer times per week, dependent on how quickly you desire to make changes to your muscles.
Due to the type of adaptation the body must make while performing Quick Sets, you are able to create significant changes in the strength, fitness, and composition (fat percentage vs. muscle) of a body part within three minutes. Elite athletes to busy moms, overworked businessmen and businesswomen, or students on a tight time schedule can still be extremely effective in their lives and get in shape all at the same time.
These routines can be used to increase the intensity of your workouts, shorten your workout times, and very safely speed up your results. They are designed so anyone can perform them and make great changes on any level. Whether you are a retired grandma or an aspiring Olympian, there is a plan for you.
For the purpose of fitness, there are only eight body parts to consider: chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders, abdominals, back/lats, legs (which include quads, hams, glutes, inner/ outer thighs), and calves. By exercising with squats or lunges, you can actually hit your hamstrings, quads, the glutes (butt), and inner and outer thighs (typical trouble spots for women) all with one exercise.
Hit each body part once per week, and you’ll only invest about twenty-four minutes to get in great shape! You can add additional lifting to MaxT3, be ridiculously fit, and have done it all in like an hour and a half. The same or even less time then some people spend in the gym for 1 workout!
Types of Resistance Exercise
|Upper Body Exercises
• Fly press
• Dumbbell curl
• Inclined dumbbell flye press
• Hammer curl
• Dumbbell fly
• Inclined dumbbell curl
• Triceps pushdown
• One-arm standing triceps extension
• One-arm bent triceps extension
• Dumbbell shoulder press
• Reverse-grip pulldown
• Lateral fly
• Front-grip pulldown
• One-legged squat
• Straight-leg dead lift
• Dumbbell hamstring curl
• Calf raise
Performing Quick Sets
|Decline Quick Set1. Pick one exercise and do it for eight to twelve repetitions until failure.
2. Rest for five to six seconds.
3. Lower the weight five to twenty pounds and do the same exercise again for six to eight repetitions until failure.
4. Rest five to six seconds.
5. Lower the weight five to twenty pounds again and do another six to eight repetitions until failure
|Pause Quick Set 1. Pick one exercise and do it for eight to twelve repetitions until failure.
2. Rest five to six seconds.
3. Using the same weight, do it again until failure.
4. Rest five to six seconds
5. Repeat this process until you cannot do the exercise for more than one to two repetitions.
A Monster Set is when, after performing an exercise on one body part, instead of resting, you immediately perform an exercise on another body part. The other body part should be one that was not used while exercising the first body part. For example, combine chest and biceps, or quadriceps and hamstrings.
Monster Sets are combined with Decline or Pause Sets so you can get a tremendously effective workout done in a very short amount of time. For example, after you perform a Pause Set with the incline fly press for your chest, you can immediately begin performing a Decline Set with hammer curls for your biceps.
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