Archive for March 2012

Why is bacon bad for you?

Why is bacon bad for you?
I am not the biggest fan of bacon, but my brothers and husband really love it.  I will admit I have tried the candied bacon at Honky Tonk (served on a beer no less) and Vosage Mo’s Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar.  It tastes good, I’m just not one of those people that thinks ‘bacon makes everything taste better.’   I am certainly not trying to ruin anyone’s personal love affair with bacon, but I have decided to respond to my husband’s repetitive inquiry, ‘com’on, bacon isn’t that bad for you?’  So I guess in some ways this is a letter to my husband...

Do you cook with grape seed oil? You should.

Do you cook with grape seed oil?  You should.
Grape seed oil has many healthy benefits.  It is a simple and tasty substitute for vegetable oils, butter or canola.  It is low in saturated fat, yet high in poly-saturated fat like omega 6.   It is also high in linoleic acid, which is not manufactured by the body.  Since this important acid must be ingested,... Read more »

New Breast Implant Deters Breast Cancer Cell Re-Growth

New Breast Implant Deters Breast Cancer Cell Re-Growth
I realize that many women receive scrutiny for under-going breast augmentation.  I’ll admit I am a bit of a neutralist on this topic along with many other issues.  I think most grown women are fully capable of deciding what changes they want to make to their body.  But if you consider that 1 out of... Read more »
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Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.

Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.
I have the pleasure of meeting so many different people in the fitness industry.  The great thing is that they all contribute to the industry in different ways.  I recently met the guys over at KoreFit.  They are located at 2023 W. Carroll Ave in the Kinzie Industrial Quarter of Chicago.  They were kind enough to drop off  a KoreFit apparatus at my gym POW! .  Whenever I have new toys, I ask students that work in the fitness industry to play with them and give feedback.  One of my students Deanna Bellamy, who also owns her own training business, Body Revolution was the perfect student to have test out the KoreFit.  She is a personal trainer who conducts training sessions often outside, using the elements of her surroundings as a means to build strength and unique fitness exercises.  Because of the adaptability of KoreFit, I thought she would love to take it on the go and give a try.   Here is her review. KoreFit has impressed me with the rebound and balance training capacity on this innovative fitness apparatus.   The combination is very exciting because of it’s variety in preventive, rehabilitating, and dynamic exercise opportunity.  Both cardiovascular and strengthening, numerous body needs can be accomplished on this piece. ...

Does running on a treadmil place less stress on your knees than the pavement?

Does running on a treadmil place less stress on your knees than the pavement?
I have to admit that this does sound like a truthful statement.  But if you think about the physics behind force which is mass x acceleration, you can see how this is a myth.  The amount of force on the joints (the knees and ankles in particular)  is the same whether you are running on... Read more »

10 Trader Joe's Picks that total under $30.00

10 Trader Joe's Picks that total under $30.00
I have a new intern at POW! from the University of Illinois, Department of Kinesiology.  Her name is Christy Ghiselli. We both really love to cook and enjoy vegetables.   I cook for 6 and she is a college student, so budget is a concern for us both.  We also try to do organic as... Read more »
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Packed School Lunches: My Healthy Picks

I have to make 2 packed lunches every morning.  Most moms do.  My circumstances are not too bad.  Although there are children in both my kid’s classrooms that have nut allergies, we are allowed to send nut-based foods for our kids.  The teachers monitor all the kids closely enough and keep those with allergies at... Read more »

What exactly is one serving of fruits and vegetables?

What exactly is one serving of fruits and vegetables?
I recently read a history of how it came to be known that 5  servings of fruits and vegetables are required for optimum health.  Where exactly did the number 5 actually come from?  A woman named Linia Patel, a Sports Nutritionist also pondered this – she recently investigated this claim. What she determined is that  5... Read more »

Are frozen bananas as healthy as fresh?

Are frozen bananas as healthy as fresh?
Bananas are known for their high potassium.  In fact, a large bananas has over 450 mg of potassium.  Fresh bananas are a bit different than buying bananas frozen in the store.  Because commercially frozen bananas are usually blanched before they are frozen, you lose a little bit of the potassium.  Blanching is a process that... Read more »
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