‘ The chocolate bar calls my name. No, really – I can’t NOT eat it if it’s in the house.’ Many people I talk to lament that they can’t control themselves when it comes to sugar or junk food – that they don’t have the willpower to say ‘no’ despite their best efforts. This implies […]
Freshly back from vacation and excited to share a new salad I discovered at Mod Market, a local fresh food eatery. This is a great side dish or main dish with a twist.
Goat Cheese and Date Salad
4 cups fresh greens (mix of kale, spinach, green and red lettuce)
1 cup dates, pitted and sliced
1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
1 cup pecan pieces
1 red onion, sliced thinly (optional)
2 cups fingerling potatoes*, cooked, sliced and chilled
Herbed Balsamic Vinegar (or any flavored vinegar)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic Vinegar and chill until ready to serve. Serving size 2 handfuls.
* cooking potatoes: place fingerling potatoes in 2 cups of boiling water with a pinch of sea salt. Boil gently until soft and cooked through. Rinse with cold water in strainer and chill until cool to the touch. Slice and top with sea salt and pepper.
In my last post I shared a butternut squash kibbeh, and I casually stated how I threw together my kibbeh mixture and that I used roasted butternut squash. I thought I’d clarify something about that point: I usually have a ready stock of roasted butternut squash to hand, hence how it was easy enough to […]
This week, new research was published linking lactic acid levels in the body to cancer growth. Inigo San Millan, an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Director of the Sports Performance Program at the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado published this study. The twitter headline read: “Lactate May Be Key For Cancer Development.” The full article is here: https://academic.oup.com/carcin/article/38/2/119/2709442/Reexamining-cancer-metabolism-lactate-production
My first thought, being an athlete, was is the lactic acid that my body produces when I exercise hard going to encourage cancer to grow in my body? This is NOT the case. This research specifically measures the amount of lactic acid surrounding cancer cells. Here are some important points to consider:
- Based on what we know today, when you participate in regular vigorous exercise, your muscles produce lactic acid as a by product of glucose breakdown used to fuel your body. When lactic acid is present, your body is very efficient at breaking down and removing from the blood stream. These are short term bursts of lactic acid and are usually broken down quickly as well. The more active you are regularly, the more efficiently your body rids itself of all lactic acid. Exercise is a protective measure to rid your body of lactate.
- Cancer cells encourage an acidic environment around them to most likely protect them from immune system attacks and to keep the area around them conducive to growth. This lactic acid is different from the byproduct of glycolysis breakdown when exercising because research suggests this type of lactic acid may be produced by a cancer cell.
- Cancer cells are complicated. Science is constantly finding new ways to help us battle them. We all carry abnormal cells in our bodies. The key is, a healthy immune system is excellent at singling these cells out and eliminating them. We just need to nurture our immune systems with good health and regular exercise to give it as much strength and resilience as possible. A good first step to good health and cancer prevention.
Thought this little diagram would bring this message home. Why in the world should you drink 100+ oz. of water a day? So many reasons, so go grab a glass of water and read on….
1. It keeps your body functioning the way it should. Our bodies are composed of about 60% water – over HALF of your body weight. Essential bodily functions such as digestion, circulation, absorption of nutrients, and the maintenance of body temperature are all affected by your hydration level. Without the proper intake, your body has to determine which function to perform poorly. Don’t make your body choose.
2. Water keeps your muscles from fatiguing too quickly. Your muscles are made up of millions of cells, which when deprived, can result in performance loss and electrolyte imbalance. We eat for the training we do so why not hydrate for it as well? Hydrating while working up a sweat will keep you in the game for longer and with more strength.
3. Water improves elasticity EVERYWHERE. That’s right! In case you didn’t catch that, improved elasticity all over your body. If you want your skin to look supple and bright, drink more water. Dehydration causes your skin to look dry and wrinkled – WHO WANTS THAT?! Not us. Drink up and you will start to look fresh.
4. Water keeps things…..moving down there. It keeps your kidneys and gastrointestinal tract functioning as they should. These organs are critical to our health and when they aren’t given the proper amounts of fiber and hydration, they start to shut down. You’ve heard of kidney stones and constipation. Yeah. Although nothing will trump your genetics (some people are just prone to digestion issues, no matter their H2O intake), drinking enough water will definitely lower your risk for both.
5. The BEST reason to drink water?! It aids in fat loss. It’s not new news that drinking enough water keeps us full and satisfied between meals. When you THINK you’re hungry, you might actually be dehydrated. Drink a glass of water to find out. If you are still hungry after those 8oz of clear goodness, then go for the snack. I find I’m almost ALWAYS thirsty when my belly says time for something sweet. Your body knows best but our brains trick us into thinking we should eat more.
Cheers to peeing clear all day!
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Love the simplicity of this dish not to mention the taste!! It’s on my table tonight for dinner.
Yep, Cauliflower rice is the “new” rice. No need to add a cheesy sauce to cauliflower any longer, just substitute it in for rice in your favorite dishes.
Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice:
recipe by: cleanfoodcrush.com modified by eatlivefit.net
Makes about 3 servings
- 1 lb. shrimp
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil, or olive oil + an extra tsp.
- 1 head cauliflower, grated (can buy this already prepped for you in most stores now)
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- 3 cups fresh chopped kale
- Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, add the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and set aside on a plate.
- In the same skillet and a drizzle of olive oil, garlic, kale and sauté until softened. Add the cauliflower rice, chili flakes and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then add the shrimp back to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes until reheated.
Brought these to class last week to share after our workout. Many of you asked for the recipe. Easy snack that tastes like banana bread. Gluten and dairy free.
Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack
3 large dates, pitted
3/4 cup walnuts
1 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or extract
1 VERY ripe banana
Optional – cacao or cocoa powder or dried unsweetened coconut flakes (to roll at end)
Pop all ingredients in a food processor and combine until a dough forms. If too sticky, add a tsp of water or almond milk to soften into dough. The mixture should not be so dry that it crumbles when you try to roll into small ball sizes. However, not so wet that if is too sticky to form into ball shape, if so, add a tsp more flour.
Use a tsp to measure out small balls of dough. Using hands, roll each into a small ball shape. Optional and recommended, roll each ball in coconut flakes or powder to add flavor and keep them from sticking to each other.
Place in freezer in small container to harden up completely, aprox. 30 minutes. Store in air tight container in refrigerator until ready to eat. Will stay fresh up to 2 weeks.
These are great for bike ride snacks. If planning to take them along, keep them in the freezer rather than moving to fridge. Pack them in plastic bag and they will be cool when ready to eat.
Serving size: 2 balls
recipe by: that sugar film modified by eatlivefit.net