Author: Brenda Sue

dr. Praeger’s Gametime Buffalo Chick’n Tenders Review

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WOW!

I was pleasantly surprised by this Vegan offering! I am a carnivore. I eat a lot of meat, chicken and fish and am not easily impressed by vegetarian foods that mimic meat. This one had me at first bite.

Preparation

You can either prepare these in the oven or in a skillet. The “Preferred Method” is the oven so I went with that, wanting to give this product the best chance of a good review. You preheat the oven to 450 F, place the tenders in an ungreased baking dish and allow then to bake for 7 minutes on each side. When they came out of the oven they were a golden brown and wonderfully aromatic. The smell made me hungry, but I was still quite skeptical.

Crunch Time!

As soon as the tenders were cool enough to taste, I gingerly took a nibble just around the edge. The crunch was fantastic,  just hard enough for that perfect crunch. The first flavor note was a bit salty like authentic buffalo flavors that always tend to be a bit salty to me. The saltiness immediately dissipated into a mild to medium heat. The heat is mild to begin with but as you continue crunching away, it intensifies a little. It never gets too hot. The heat is perfect. The flavor is typical buffalo, again, perfectly done.

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Texture

This is where it got really interesting. Being a hard core carnivore, I truly expected a weird, soft, slightly yucky texture. Was I ever wrong! If I had not known that this was a plant-based food, I would have easily thought that it was a regular chicken tender. It’s appearance is darker than chicken tenders but the taste and texture was excellent, much better than some popular chicken nuggets that you can buy in some fast food restaurants. While I ate these without sauce for the sake of this review, with any of the commonly used sauces that people add to buffalo chicken tenders, it will easily surpass many other processed chicken products. I simply could not find anything wrong with this product.

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Nutrition

A serving is 3 tenders for 210 calories, 14 Net Grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fat and 17 grams of protein. The label says there is NO ADDED SUGAR, which is excellent. Dextrose is listed in the ingredient list after salt, which means that there’s less dextrose than salt and since there’s 0 grams added sugars in the entire box, it’s not enough to measure. The only problem here is that as good as these things are, you might better plan on the nutrition for the whole box. You just might eat it. There’s 2 1/2 servings per box.

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Availability

I bought these for $4.00 at Publix Grocery which is a common grocery chain in the South. They are owned by Kroger like Ralph’s, Dillons, Smith’s, King Snooper’s, City Market, Fry’s, QFC and Harris Teeter. You should be able to find them almost anywhere in the U.S. ,¬† because these stores span 35 states. At $4.00 for 2 1/2 servings, you can also afford them. I think price is critical because no matter how good a food is, if you can’t afford it, it’s useless. dr. Praeger’s has produced a quality vegan offering at an affordable price.

Responsibility

It’s always fun to do a positive review, but we can’t always do that. We are as honest and as critical as we can be so that you can depend on us. You may find something wrong with these tenders, but I can’t. They are obviously a processed food and do not seem like a freshly prepared, home made chicken tender, but they are good. The taste, texture and price is great and that crunch is wonderful. dr. Praeger’s makes other products that I fully intend to investigate. If this is representative of their other products, I may get to do more positive reviews than I ever thought possible. ūüôā

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Losing “Friends” Because You Want To Be Healthy

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Bullied?

I think that we all know the drill by now. We seem to be getting along just fine with a group, or an individual, and then they offer you a food that you simply won’t eat and suddenly, you’re “that health freak”. Sometimes it comes when we have gone out to eat with them and they want to load up on alcohol or sugary desserts. Sometimes it’s doughnuts at the office, but when people who want everyone around them to be as unhealthy as they are,¬† they can be prone to target you as a problem. Guess what. I beat them to the punch and announce early on that “yes, I am a health freak”, and I’m proud of it. Over time, as they realize that I religiously stick to my guns with my nutritional habits, they back off. True, I’m not the one that they want to party with but then, that’s okay. I can assure you, they don’t want to party with me either at the bar that I patronize late at night. It’s heavy and I pick it up repeatedly. It makes me a royal badass and I love it. All their habits do is make them soft.

I have been ostracized from family groups, church groups and other small (minded) gatherings because of my healthy nutritional habits. I once worked for a large weight loss company and sadly remember how every week, members would often show up in tears talking about how they had lost a lifetime “friend” over their healthy habits. Trust me, no matter how long you have known these types who do not respect your healthy way of life,¬† you must realize they do not have your best interests in mind and they are probably not your¬† true “friends”.

Don’t Allow It

The fear of being ostracized, or left out, is such a strongly negative emotion for some people that they had rather remain stuck in mediocrity, never growing into their full potential, than risk being the odd man out. The question that I present to you is this. Do you really want to be a member of a group that specializes in mediocrity? If those people don’t want you to realize your maximum potential then they are attempting to control you on a micro-management level. The very fact that you might be successful in your weight management program and health initiative proves that it can be done, so, if it can be done, why aren’t they doing it? Your good habits shed light on the fact that they are just not that commited to their health, so they try to drag you down. Let’s face it. If everyone was morbidly obese and unhealthy then there would be no pressure to be anything else. That’s what they are after, a “dumbing down” of society as a whole where health is concerned. Resist this forced ignorance with all your heart.

Scared Stiff

While the fear of public speaking is sometimes feared more than death, many psychiatrists believe that this fear is based on the fear of ostracism. (1) This morbid fear of being an outcast can prevent you from seeking out answers to your problems. People fear being criticized so they tend to merely conform to their peers and environment. This causes us to live a life that is below what we have envisioned for ourselves. It causes us to resist change and accept the status quo. The problem is that when it comes to our health, the status quo is a life riddled with illness and disease that may have been prevented with a little backbone to stand up to these people who so desperately want to control us.

Conflict of The Ages

While we all want comfort, there is no comfort to be found when we are sick. We might always consider weight management as being strictly an issue of vanity, but vanity alone will not see you through the hard moments in your program. You must truly desire strength and health to be able to endure when the going gets tough. When your diabetic, alcoholic, obese “friends” try to pull you down into their pit of bad habits, remember what the outcome will be. If you live like them, you will become like them. If you are unhealthy now then remember, the definition of insanity has been considered to be doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you want change, you must change. Doing what appears to be easy does not give you an easy life. It causes you to fall short of your dreams and settle for mediocrity. Why would you allow people who you really don’t want to be like, to dictate the course of your life? Are they living the life of your dreams? If not, then why are you following their lead? I would guess that they are living at a level well below the desires of your heart.

Million Dollar Question

Is the life that you are living going to get you the life that you want? If not, then why are you living it? Analyze your behavior and see where you can make changes that are more in line with your goals. Notice that I said YOUR goals, not someone else’s.

How to Cope

If you find yourself in a restaurant with people who have different ideas about how to have a good time, instead of ordering the biggest, deep-fried entree on the menu, just look for simply prepared meats and vegetables. You can’t always ditch everyone that may have a negative influence on your behavior but you can take control of the situation. If they are ordering heavy appetizers, order simple salads and lean meats. Avoid cream sauces and fried entrees. Opt for broiled lean cuts of meat, chicken and un-breaded seafood. Don’t skimp on your protein. If you can order a larger portion of a good, clean and lean protein, do it. It will fill you up and make avoiding the tortilla chips, tortillas and bread basket all the easier. Many restaurants have fresh fruit on the menu. If you still want something after your main course, order fruit. Avoid alcohol. It will add empty calories and lower your inhibitions, it can easily steer you way off course, allowing you to fall back into old, destructive habits. Drink water or another zero calorie beverage such as unsweetened tea. Never resort to drinking your calories. Liquid calories don’t satisfy and go straight into your bloodstream to cause an imbalance in your blood sugar, which will send you into a vicious cycle of eating more and more before you feel satisfied.

If you find yourself with a group who want to sit endlessly, take the initiative to get up and go for a walk. As the rest of the group sits and goes brain dead in a high blood sugar fog, you can get outside and walk off some calories and refresh your mind and body with the invigorating effect of outside exercise. It will instantly lower stress and help you to refocus on your healthy initiatives.

On the job, always have healthy food with you. A co-worker actually left open bags of specialty pretzels around my computer. They went in the trash. I believe that they cost a lot of money so when she realized that I had trashed them, I was never bothered with that particular problem again. Stay full and energized and the doughnuts and cupcakes won’t be nearly as appealing. Let your lifestyle be known and stick to your guns. When people know that they can’t sway you, they are less likely to try, because they have to admit failure and nobody wants to do that. Accept that people will think you’re a bit crazy but when you look better than them and are not sick, they will rethink that issue.

Avoid the drive-thru. It’s not quicker than cooking at home. Get yourself some gadgets to assist your efforts in the kitchen and learn to use them. I recently bought a great griddle to make a huge batch of protein pancakes in a flash. Invest your money in your health program, not in fast food. When others try to influence you to stop at the drive-thru just keep going. Tell them that in the time that you sit in line, you can cook a healthy meal at home for a fraction of the cost.

When those people who try to ostracize you are planning a night out, begin to make your own plans. When they are planning a night at the buffet or the Tex-Mex restaurant, just start planning what you can eat there, if you want to go. A buffet has limitless healthy options. Skip the tortillas on the fajitas at the Tex-Mex place.

Plan your work and work your plan and be an example to the whole bunch. Before you know it, they will be asking you for pointers.

 

 

(1) https://medium.com/the-mission/the-fear-of-ostracism-keeps-people-stuck-in-mediocrity-20d26a1855f0

Enlightened Keto Collection Mint Chocolate Chip

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Good Product!

I love to find a product that will enable me to do a positive review. This was a joy! I simply can’t find anything wrong with this product. From the first taste, it was a winner.

Availability

I purchased these bars at Publix Grocery for $5.99. There’s four in the box so the price is good. I believe that you can find these wherever Enlightened products are sold because Enlightened products have been around for a while. I used to buy them at a Winn Dixie nearby that didn’t carry nearly as much variety as Publix.

Taste and Texture

The moment that I popped that bar in my mouth, I said “Oh, my goodness!” You instantly get a delicate rush of creamy mint. The bar is thick and satisfying. It feels like a sinful indulgence rather than something that you can work into a weight management program. The no sugar added chocolate chips are just present enough to give you a contrast of textures that’s sure to delight your senses. The chocolate chips do taste sweet and chocolaty, unlike some “chocolate” offerings in some “diet” products. They are very small and crunchy unless you let the bar melt a lot, and then they will begin to soften along with the ice cream.

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Notice the creaminess of the bar!

No Lost Ice Cream!

I loved the fact that I opened this bar in a hot car and took a few minutes to eat it and it still didn’t fall off of the stick. I don’t know how they managed that, but it enables you to make your treat last as long as you want, lingering over each creamy, sweet, cold lick. That quality alone turns these bars into a sensual experience. They appeal to every desire that we tend to associate with ice cream, flavor, texture and lingering moments of sheer bliss.

Fun Time

Ice cream is almost always associated with fun. Memories of childhood moments of abandon, before we became so conscious of every bite that went into our mouths and memories of escape from daily stress are frequently associated with this magical concoction. Enlightened builds on this idea with amusing messages written on the wrapper of each bar. While this may seem frivolous to some people, it is definitely in the spirit of ice cream! It sets the tone for eating the bar and helps you to realize that this is purely a treat, intended for joy without any guilt.

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Check out their happy messages. This alone will make this treat a child-friendly experience, teaching them that eating healthy can be fun and tasty.

Nutrition

Regardless of the quality of the product, if the nutrition was off, I would not recommend it. At 180 calories, 1 Net Gram of carbohydrates (Total Carbs-Fiber-Sugar Alcohols=Net Carbs) and 2 grams of protein, I see this as an acceptable treat. The sweeteners, erythritol and monk fruit extract are not known to cause gastric distress like some other sweeteners. The protein is low, but for a treat, that is just fine. I believe that Enlightened set out to create foods that will give us a sweet indulgence that won’t blow our program and I believe that they have done just that.

Are You Skinny-Fat?

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The Illusion

If you are one of those people who have never had to worry about the number on the scale and could almost always rock a swimsuit, you may consider your self very lucky indeed! The problem is, if you have never had to concern yourself with your weight, then you just might be skinny-fat, a condition that can make you as unhealthy as an obese person.

What?!?

This condition is sometimes called “normal-weight obesity” and it may affect up to 25% of normal weight individuals. These people look healthy but have bad health habits and when they were checked in a 2008 study, they were found to have high levels of body fat and inflammation. (1) These people are at high risk for diabetes and heart disease. We all know at least one or two of these people. They look good, but as time wears on, they become sick more often than others and just can’t seem to get well and stay well. In the South, we describe them as “sickly”. I have known many of these people and they are the most difficult to educate concerning good health habits because they don’t have that motivation of vanity. They look good.

Signs That You May Be Skinny-Fat

Muffin Top- I noticed many years ago that some of the women that I knew who had never had a weight problem had started wearing those loose, long tops with fitted pants or leggings. I have noticed that those tops quite often can cover a multitude of sins. If you are cleverly attempting to hide your muffin top, you just might be skinny fat. Fat around the middle is unhealthier than fat anywhere else. It is associated with earlier death, insulin resistance and inflammation. Inflammation is believed to be the source of most of the disease process in the human body.

Lack of physical strength- You can’t do a single push-up. Since these people have never had the incentive to work out that over weight people have, they tend to avoid it. As a result, over time, they begin to lose muscle mass earlier than others. As muscle declines, so does physical strength. Regular strength training of some type that is approved by your medical doctor can help to reverse this trend. Aerobic activity is necessary to maintain a healthy heart and lungs.

Family History- If you have family members who have developed diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease regardless of their size, you may be predisposed to these conditions. While a normal weight is to be desired, good nutrition and regular exercise can help you ward off what seems like a “generational curse”. You might want to read the article, The “Generational Curse”, What Is It? if you actually believe that you are doomed to get a disease or disorder just because someone in your family has it.

You Eat Poorly- Just because you can consume enough empty calories to fuel New York City, it does not mean that they are not hurting you. When you fill up on junk food you are robbing your body of the nutritionally dense foods that you need. You are also ingesting sugars that increase inflammation. Don’t think for a minute that just because the scale does not bear witness to your nutritional offences that you are getting away with it. I know a beautiful 40 year old woman, who is obviously skinny fat, who has had multiple brushes with death as she lay in a coma with her blood sugar around 1000, yes one thousand. There’s no explanation as to how she survived, and one day, she won’t. She is one of the sickliest people that I know and she is very attractive, at a lovely weight for her frame.

You are in an “at-risk” population- Older adults tend to pay less attention to their BMI’s. Because we lose muscle as we age, unless we actively do something to retain and build muscle, body fat percentages tend to be higher in older adults. We need to build muscle to offset this tendency. A 2011 study also revealed that those of South Asian descent are more likely to store fat around their internal organs, compared to Caucasian people who had the same BMI. (2)

What To Do?

The same thing that works for others, will work for you if you find yourself in this category. Eat a nutritionally sound diet, choosing foods that are nutritionally dense. Avoid empty calories, including added sugars. Talk to your physician about how you should get active. Get your rest. Sleep decreases cortisol levels in your body which lead to excessive belly fat. “Make your world small.” (David Yochim) by cutting out the negative influences in your life to decrease your stress. Stress will always raise cortisol levels, even if it comes from someone that you have known your whole life. Don’t be fooled by your good fortune of never having to weigh yourself or be concerned about how you look. If your inside gets unhealthy, it will show everywhere, including in the doctor’s office. Begin to reverse this trend today with your doctor’s help. You are never too young or too old to improve your health. All it takes is a desire and a bit of study. Make yourself a priority and begin to discover life in a healthier body.

(1) (2) https://www.health.com/condition/obesity/5-signs-you-might-be-skinny-fat

daiya (plant based) TEX-MEX BURRITO Review

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Convenience!

While we strongly encourage you to eat whole foods that you prepare at home, we are realistic in that we know that in our busy world, sometimes you might want to reach for a convenience food. With a renewed interest in plant-based foods, this burrito appears to fit the bill. There are a few details about this Tex-Mex offering that you need to know, however.

Preparation

You heat this burrito on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds in your microwave and then flip it over and do it again, anywhere from 1 minute, 15 seconds to 1 minute, 45 seconds and then crisp it on a griddle or in a frying pan. I heated it for 1 minute, 30 seconds on the second side and then sprayed a cast iron skillet with olive oil and crisped it up. It took a few minutes and it was nice and crispy, somewhat convenient and easy to prepare.

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Taste and Texture

If you don’t crisp this burrito, it will be very different from this one that I crisped. It had a very nice crunch and then a chewy, satisfying filling of pinto beans, brown rice, salsa with green onions, red bell peppers and jalapeno peppers along with “daiya Cutting Board Cheddar Style Shreds”. It is Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Soy Free and NON GMO Verified. While it has a nice heat, just a touch, it is a bit bland otherwise. It does fill that craving for a burrito, if you get those, but it could use an extra bit of seasoning for my liking. I also had my 26 year old son try this burrito and he also said that it “really didn’t taste like anything.” If it were not for the heat, I might not have finished it. I did eat the whole thing because I was hungry and the satiety factor of the burrito is actually pretty good, while you’re eating it. It gives you the illusion that it will fill you up.

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Nutrition

Ah, now here’s where I parted company with the burrito. It contains 410 calories, only 8 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat and a whopping 62 Net Grams of Carbohydrates (67 grams -5 grams of fiber). Oh, my goodness! I normally get my carbs from oats and sweet or white potatoes, or apples. Oats, apples and potatoes are good whole foods that nourish and fuel my body for a long time. This burrito is a processed food that actually left me a bit hungry and I had just “spent” 62 Net Grams of Carbs. I will never buy this again. For 480 calories and only 23 Net Grams of Carbs and a nourishing 46 grams of protein, I could have a half pound, lean ground beef steak and a 5 ounce baked potato and be satisfied and prepped for a good workout. Processed foods are almost never a good nutritional bargain and this one is no exception.

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Price

I bought this at Publix grocery store for $3.59. Again, for that price I could have fixed a hamburger steak dinner at home in a flash. There’s nothing much quicker than searing a hamburger steak and popping a potato in the microwave. Since I had to crisp this burrito for it to be palatable, the prep time would be about the same. We think that a “convenience” food is always quicker to prepare but that is sometimes an illusion. The price is acceptable until you consider the extra prep time of crisping and the glaring lack of protein. If I can buy 46 grams of protein for about the same price, I always will. When you consider that you probably won’t be satisfied after eating this thing, then the price goes up again as you plunder around, looking for some real food.

Overall

While this burrito is palatable, it’s not really good. It requires extra prep time to even be palatable. The lack of adequate protein and exorbitantly high carbs are a real problem for some of us and is not a good idea for almost anyone. You may like this Tex-Mex offering, I don’t. If you choose to eat it, you might want to add an additional protein source, especially if you are athletic. If you dressed it up with some extra salsa, it might help the taste, but for a review, I tried it as it comes, plain and lacking in the nutrition that I need on a daily basis. I can’t recommend this to anyone.

Raspberry Souffles for Two

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Nutritional  Info

Serving  Size 1

Serves 2

Calories 330

Net Carbs 4 grams

Fat 28 grams

Protein 10 grams

Ingredients

1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries

2 large eggs, separated, room temp

1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons Swerve Granular

2 Tablespoons Swerve Confectioner’s

3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

2 Tablespoons almond flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Natural red food coloring (optional)

Additional sweetener for garnish

Chocolate Sauce

3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoons Swerve Confectioner’s

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F and grease two 8 ounce ramekins with butter and lightly coat the bottom and sides with Swerve Granular. Place on a cookie sheet.

Pulverize the raspberries til they are a powder. You may use a grinder or food processor.

Beat the egg whites with cream of tarter and salt til frothy. Slowly add both sweeteners til the whites are glossy and hold stiff peaks.

Whisk together the egg yolks, cream, almond flour, raspberry extract and vanilla extract. Add food coloring as desired.

Gently fold in the yolk mixture into the whites til no streaks remain. Divide the mixture between the two ramekins and place on cookie sheet in the center of oven. Bake 18-25 minutes til puffed above edge of ramekin and golden brown around the edges. The center should still be a little jiggly when shaken.

Remove from oven and dust with Swerve Confectioner’s, if desired. Serve immediately with chocolate sauce.

Sauce

Heat the cream til bubbling in the microwave, watching closely that it doesn’t boil over.

Remove and add the chocolate and let it sit to melt.

Add the sweetener and whisk smooth.

The Benefits of Resveratrol

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Magic Potion

Ah, resveratrol…the magic bullet that was touted as having the ability to cure about anything just a few years ago. It’s a naturally occuring phytochemical that several plants produce in response to an injury, a chemical band-aid for the plants that make it. It’s present in grapes, wines, apples, raspberries, blueberries, pistachios, plums, peanuts and many other plants that are considered medicinal. It is believed to have properties that can protect the heart, prevent certain cancers and even extend the lifespan of some of the lower organisms. It is a potent free radical scavenger which means that it can destroy “bad” cells in the human body. It’s been discussed as having the ability to protect nerve cells and prevent diabetes. There was even some publicity that indicated that it could mitigate the negative effects of the unhealthy lifestyle that results from high caloric intake. The problem with all this is simply that most of it has never been proven to be true. There are not proper clinical trials to substantiate most of these claims. (1) All of this¬† theorizing has resulted in a culture of increased alcohol consumption, which carries it’s own significant health risks including the obvious increased caloric intake. With increased calories comes an abundance of health problems and mobility issues that can negatively impact your life.

How Much?

The proposed therapeutic dose of resveratrol is 1 gram per day. A whopping 31.7 Liters of red wine is equal to 0.2 milligrams per day uptake. So you can see here that if resveratrol is the cure-all that some believe it to be, it would take much more than anyone could possibly consume in red wine to supply the therepeutic dosage. The amount that you can absorb from this large amount of red wine is 5000 times less than the amount believed to be medicinal. (2) It is not possible to get the amount that is considered therapeutic from food and drink. While the foods that contain resveratrol can be a part of a healthy diet, you will never get those magic bullet benefits from what you eat and drink.

So, What’s The Hype?

Resveratrol has been rumored to protect against the negative effects of drug-induced cardio toxicity. It’s believed to be good for your heart. While there are some small studies that may indicate that it can positively influence the outcome in a breast cancer diagnosis, increased weight is a risk factor in this insidious disease, so where do the benefits of the added calories from wine consumption overtake the risks? There have been reports of resveratrol positively impacting bone loss and osteoarthritis. If you choose to get your resveratrol from a non-calorie source such as a supplement prescribed by your doctor then you won’t have to be concerned about those extra calories just giving you more heft to carry around that can cause certain mobility problems. Extra weight will always aggravate arthritis. A positive influence on the pancreas was noted to improve glucose homeostasis and decrease insulin resistance. Again, these effects are observed from a therapeutic dosage, not the amount that you can get in your diet. There is some evidence that therapeutic doses of resveratrol have the ability to protect the kidneys from fibrosis and drug toxicity. Resveratrol has been reported to protect the eyes from the damage that can be caused from diabetes. It has even been reported to be good for the reproductive system in both men and women. It has been observed to have suppressed the growth of lung tumors in mice. It is believed to protect the nervous system, your brain, against damage such as the loss of the myelin sheath. While the list of possible benefits of a therapeutic dose of resveratrol is quite impressive, it’s very hard to ingest this amount of resveratrol any way except through a good supplement and these claims are not adequately substantiated to warrant supplementation in everyone. This is an issue to be considered with your doctor. Random supplementation of poor quality supplements can be dangerous.

Benefits of Alcohol?

The American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute don’t recommend that you start drinking alcohol just to prevent heart disease. (3) The negative risks outweigh any possible benefits for most people. If you already drink red wine, or some other form of alcohol, only one drink per day for women, or men over 65, should be allowed. Men aged 65 and younger can usually safely drink up to two drinks per day. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. We never advocate drinking alcohol due to the empty calories and the addictive potential of this sneaky substance. If you do drink, these should be your guidelines.

Fluff

In many weight control programs, alcohol is categorized with desserts due to the fact that these calories are considered a mere indulgence. Since the serving size and recommendations for the number of drinks allowed in a day are as sparse as they are, there is very little beneficial nutrition to be derived from most alcoholic drinks. Occasionally healthy mixers are incorporated, but for the most part, alcohol is more of a drug than a food, relatively void of good nutrition in the recommended serving allowances. If you have extra calories to use then you might possibly get away with a bit of alcohol on occasion but if you are a serious athlete, intent on increasing your fitness and muscle mass, you would be wise to spend your calories on foods that will build and nourish your body.

Bottom Line

While resveratrol is deemed to have health benefits, adequate clinical trials have not been performed to prove all of the claims that have been made. It’s impossible to get what is considered a therapeutic dose through food and drink. While a small amount of alcohol can be safely consumed by some people, there is always the possibility of addiction when you ingest any addictive substance. At it’s best, it’s still empty calories. If you are interested in the benefits of resveratrol, consult your doctor about the possibility of supplementation. Even then, it’s still very difficult to get therapeutic doses that you can absorb and utilize in most supplements. As always, your most direct route to good health is nutritionally dense foods that are low on the glycemic index. They will nourish you for the long run and support your fitness goals and after all, the long run is what counts. How long will it take to get fit? The rest of your life. Get going, with your doctor’s permission, of course.

 

 

 

(1), (2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4942868/

(3) https://www.drugs.com/mca/red-wine-and-resveratrol-good-for-your-heart

Trillionaire’s Bacon

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Nutritional Info

Serving Size: 1 slice

Serves 12

Calories 120

Fat 11 grams

Net Carbs 1 gram

Ingredients

1 12-oz. package of bacon

1/4 cup Brown Swerve

2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay bacon across pan.

Mix the spices together and sprinkle evenly over your bacon.

Generously sprinkle Brown Swerve over the top of the bacon.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until cooked to your desired level.

Mediterranean Salmon Avocado Salad

Here’s a delicious summer salad based on two of our favorite¬† ingredients, salmon and avocado.

Nutritional Info

Calories 411

Net Carbs 6 grams

Fat 27

Protein 28 grams

Ingredients

Dressing

3 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

Black pepper to taste

Salad

1 pound skinless salmon fillets

4 cups Romaine

4 small cucumbers, diced

2 Roma tomatoes

1 red onion, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 cup feta cheese,  crumbled

1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced

Lemon wedges

Instructions

Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour half into a large, shallow dish. Refrigerate  remaining marinade to use as dressing later.

Coat the salmon with marinade. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Sear the salmon on both sides til crispy.

While the salmon is cooking, mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl.

Slice salmon and arrange over salad. Drizzle with remaining dressing and serve with lemon wedges.

Harbinger Ab Carver Pro Review

 

 

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Keep It Simple

I’m a purist when it comes to my exercise equipment. I don’t buy into the latest fads that seem to be sold to make getting a great body easy because that can’t happen. If any product is touted as a quick and easy, painless way to get ripped and sculpted, buyer beware! I bought this gadget about 1 1/2 years ago and I have been well-pleased with the contribution¬† that I believe that it has made to my overall fitness.

Convenience

One of the best features of this little dynamo, for me, is the fact that it is almost a total body workout. If I am traveling with one piece of equipment, this gadget would compete with my kettle bell. Since I am a weight trainer, I do like some heavy weight but the kettle bell is heavy to transport. This ab trainer is lightweight and travels easily. The handles are removable,u so you can fit it in almost anywhere. If you have a short trip, you can carry this wheel with you and add a little walking for a pretty thorough workout. As you stretch out to extend your reach, you will feel almost every muscle in your body working. As you ascend, I almost guarantee that you will either feel all of them working, or you will swear that you did. It’s a great workout.

New and Improved!

There are more narrow versions around but this newer design enables better side-to-side motion. I believe that this feature has helped me sculpt better oblique muscles in my abdomen. I do a bit of work directed towards my obliques and this wheel is an integral piece of that puzzle.

Spring Assist?

When I first bought this particular model, there was some question about the spring assist function possibly helping too much. Ha. That spring assist enables you to put in more time under tension which is integral to sculpting the abdomen. You can use the old, narrow wheel if you like, but you won’t put in as much time or get the extended range -of-motion that you get with the Harbinger Ab Carver Pro. I have used one of the original wheels but I would never go back to that narrow path of travel or the shorter duration that is inevitable with those wheels.

Ease of Use

The handles are shaped and mounted in an ergonomically-friendly fashion that enables you to focus on your workout, instead of constantly having to reposition your hands and start over. I really like the smooth action that these handles provide. Along with the spring-assist, they smooth out the bumps and allow you to focus on the business at hand instead of the gadget itself. You will only be thinking about getting back up, not fighting with your equipment all the way down and back up. It works with you.

Availability and Price

You can but this wheel at Dick’s Sporting Goods for only $34.99 which is much cheaper than many rip-off gadgets that don’t do what they’re sold to do. This little wheel will do what it says. You can also buy it on their website. You must remember, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” No workout or gadget is going to give you 6-pack abs if they are covered with a layer of fat. If you mind your nutrition and utilize this wheel into your regular workouts, I believe that you will be pleased with your purchase. It’s incredibly durable so I believe that if you make this small investment,¬† this is something that you will use for years to come with good results. I know that this has been my experience.

Happy rolling!