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Fitness Model: Jennifer Nicole Lee Fun Fit Foodie Berry Delicious Dessert Recipe

2 Aug

Jennifer Nicole Lee is breaking the rules of healthy cooking with her Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook! She shows you that eating more not less will help you shed those stubborn pounds and that eating healthy goes way beyond the boring grilled chicken and broccoli dish! She shows you how you can create exotic, gourmet, delicious antioxidant meals in a flash, that your entire family will love-and which will help you shed pounds while still satisfying your taste buds! View vids now to see JNL in action in her Fun Fit Foodie kitchen!

Jennifer Nicole Lee is an Author, Fitness Expert, Lifestyle Consultant, FITNESS MODEL™ and most importantly a devoted wife and mother.

Her motivational weight loss success story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The CBS Early Morning Show, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, & The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, thus inspiring millions.

She continues to share and shine her light to help others realize and achieve their lifestyle goals, believing that everyone deserves to increase the quality of their life. Jennifer Nicole Lee’s mission is “to help increase the quality of everyone’s life.”

www.TheFunFitFoodie.tv

Karena Dawn And Katrina Hodgson Tone It Up Protein Pancakes

29 Jun

Protein Pancakes!

Low carb, low fat & delicious! (This recipe is part of the Tone It Up Nutrition System!)

A lot of you have been asking about our secret weapon in the morning and how we get our day started. We make our Tone It Up Protein Pancakes!!

They are easy to make and all you need is about 5 minutes!

Protein Pancake Ingredients:

* 1/4 cup egg whites

* 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (organic brown rice protein or whey)- visit your local nutrition store or wholefoods!

* 2 tbs vanilla almond milk or skim

* 1 tsp cinnamon

* 1 tbs flax-seed

* After above ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 banana (mashed)- mash first, then add!!

* Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Pour into a pan that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray- heat on medium. Cook one side until you see the little bubbles… just like cooking any pancake! Flip over (careful!) and cook on the other size until the middle is done (peek inside with a fork).

Top with two sliced strawberries and optional powdered stevia. ENJOY your protein pancakes! :)If you need more carbohydrates, you may add 1-tbs agave or organic maple syrup on top.

Tone It Up Online Website

 

Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson show you how to make the ToneItUp Protein Pancakes. Subscribe to their channel to get free workouts and also go to http://www.toneitup.com. Protein Pancakes with Karena and Katrina. Tone up at home using Karena and Katrina’s recipes and workouts.

I came across it from their actual you tube channel so please tune into it if you haven’t already! Very informative and free! Been following them for over a year now! I received great results!

Declare Independence From Food Cravings With Strategies And Expert Tips

27 Jun

 

You’re entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of cheesecake—as long as you’re the one in charge of the food, and not the other way around. If you find yourself constantly surrendering to every delicious morsel that comes your way, it’s time to stage a revolution.

Unfortunately, cravings are hard to crack. Research has shown that everything from hormones, fluctuations in blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies, and emotional and psychological reasons can make you yearn for food, whether you’re hungry or not. But whatever the cause of your cravings, there are ways you can fight back. Make these strategies your first line of defense in every battle against chocolate, buttered popcorn, and any other tasty temptation.

 

Banish Blah Meals

A humdrum diet of unseasoned chicken breast and brown rice is a breeding ground for cravings—not because healthy foods are unsatisfying, but because your meal planning lacks variety (and your taste buds are snoring). A study published in the journal Physiological Behavior found that a nutritionally adequate but otherwise boring and restrictive diet leads to a large increase in the frequency of food cravings. Following a week of normal eating, the study participants were fed a monotonous diet consisting only of a nutritionally complete, vanilla-flavored liquid that was calorically equivalent to each participant’s normal diet. During the four days of the bland eating plan, participants experienced greater food cravings—especially for sweets and entrees, with 76 percent of cravings falling into those two categories.

No matter how delicious, the same three meals in rotation will get old really quickly. Plus, when you feel like a food is a punishment or unpleasant, you may be more susceptible to cravings because you’ll want to reward yourself for enduring it, says Bethany Thayer, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and manager of wellness programs and strategies for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Make your healthy meals pop by sprinkling chicken with tasty herbs like rosemary and tarragon, trying exotic fruits and veggies like lychee and bok choy, and experimenting with new recipes. A little creativity in the kitchen will make your foods tastier and your diet seem less loathsome.

 

Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.

 

Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.

 

Confront Your Cravings

The next time you feel a hankering for something chocolate, don’t ignore the impulse altogether. Paying attention to the sensation could help you fight off cravings in the future, according to the findings of a recent study published in the journal Appetite. The research showed that participants who were taught to accept their cravings by acknowledging thoughts of food without judgment and without acting on those impulses reported significantly lower cravings overall. Among other exercises, study participants were instructed to perform a “body scan,” a technique where attention is brought to each area of the body, starting with the toes and moving up to the top of the head. The body scan was meant to increase awareness and acceptance of bodily sensations including hunger, satiety, and craving. Researchers concluded that by taking a step back and observing a food craving, participants were able to recognize cravings’ fleeting nature and learn that they eventually fade.

One of the best ways to become of aware of cravings is to keep a food journal, suggests Thayer. “I encourage people to be very conscious of what they’re craving, as well as what’s driving that behavior. Do you feel physical hunger? Was there an experience that triggered the craving? If you keep track of all these things, you can identify patterns in your eating,” she says. Once you realize that your impulse is due to low energy or hunger, you can satisfy your body with a cup of coffee or a bowl of high-fiber cereal rather than reaching for a doughnut. You can also use a journal to monitor timing of meals and snacks—it’s best to eat every 4 hours to keep hunger (and snack attacks) at bay.

 

Say So Long to Stress

When the going gets tough, even the tough get snacking. A study published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin found a strong correlation between the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released during stress, and changes in food choice and increased caloric intake. Study participants ate 350 calories more on average and consumed greater amounts of saturated fatty acids and carbohydrates during stressful situations than they did during the baseline period.

Why do we carbo-load in times of distress? Foods with high energy density can temporarily boost levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. So after a bad day at the office or a big fight with a loved one, we reach for something sugary and carb-heavy to cope, according to a paper published in the journal Physiology and Behavior. “There could have been a time when you were feeling low or stressed—you ate something sweet, experienced that boost of serotonin, and then it became a conditioned response: Feel sad, eat sweets,” says Thayer.

Unfortunately, it’s a calorically expensive pattern to get into. While a simple carbohydrate such as sugar does boost serotonin, the feeling is fleeting, and you’ll have to reach into the candy bowl more times than you’d like to maintain it, says Thayer. One sweet snack turns into another to keep your energy up. A better way to fight sugar cravings long-term is to consume complex carbohydrates like whole grains rather than blood-sugar spiking white varieties, she says. And to stave off cravings in the moment, take a brisk walk or head to the gym for a full-blown workout if time permits. Studies show that people report a higher tendency to eat in order to distract themselves from stress; sidetrack yourself with a sweat session to curb cravings and get fit in the process.

 

Take a Lap

Studies show that chocolate is the most commonly (and intensely) craved food item. (It’s so prevalent that one Journal of Proteome Research study even links the type of bacteria living in the human digestive system to a desire for the sweet stuff.) While antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is a perfectly good snack in moderation, a relentless cocoa craving makes sticking to a single serving nearly impossible. But you can fight back. A study published in the journal Appetite found that a brisk 15-minute walk significantly reduces chocolates urges in regular chocolate eaters during and for at least 10 minutes following the completion of exercise. “Taking a walk provides distraction from your craving and reminds you of your long-term fitness goals,” says Thayer. “There’s also the mental component. If you’ve done something good for yourself—like taking a walk for exercise—it precipitates doing even more good for yourself. You’re less likely to eat the chocolate after the walk because it would undo the healthy practice you just performed.”

Can’t take a lap? Clench a muscle. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that firming muscles—whether in your hand, finger, calf, or biceps—can improve self-control, including overcoming the call of tempting foods when a craving hits.

 

 

Perfect Snack Treat: Lyzabeth’s Ultimate Trailmix BODYFEL

5 May

Lyzabeth Lopez

Overall Goal:  To stay healthy and fit as a lifestyle and to motivate others to do the same through my video blogs http://www.youtube.com/lyzabethlopez & my workout http://www.hourglassworkout.com xoxo

Personal Info And Background:

Real Name:
Lyzabeth Lopez
Sex:
Female
Age:
Location:
Toronto, Ont, Canada
Occupation:
Active Living Coordinator, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Dance Teacher, Model, Producer
Personal Website:
Primary Gym:
College:
High School:
When I Started:
How I Started:
Began lifting weights at 12 years old:))) Been hooked ever since….
Why I Love It:
….there’s nothing like it… it’s my morning coffee….and it keeps me fitting in my skinny jeans, lol:)
How I Stay Motivated:
…it’s second nature…
BB Accomplishments:
Magazine Features in: Oxygen Planet Muscle Muscle Mag Muscle News FAME (Cover) Inside Fitness FAME PRO Card in: Fitness and Fitness Model Fitness and Bodybuilding Judge for: FAME FUP Canadian Classic CFMC (in ass with IFBB)
Forum Signature:
The only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves. http://www.LyzabethLopez.com

Health And Wellness: Change Your Life With The Flat Belly Diet

18 Apr

Belly fat is not only unsightly, it’s deadly; it has been linked to a long list of adverse health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer. Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet, a revolutionary plan that’s already helped more than one million people lose weight around their middles, may help target dangerous belly fat with monounsaturated fats (better known as MUFAs)—found in delicious foods like nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, olives, avocados, and dark chocolate.

“The food…tastes so good, and there’s so much of it!” On the Flat Belly Diet, it’s important to enjoy these foods, in the right amounts, with every meal. The Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook makes that easy. All of the recipes were carefully developed to ma… full descriptionke sure every meal includes just the right amount of MUFAs and meets the plan’s 400-calorie guideline, so readers can mix and match meals to suit their taste. And there’s no need to count calories. All the work has already been done!

“I had to get over all those years of denying myself…. I’m so excited by this diet.” Packed with 200 dishes that feature these scrumptious fat-fighting MUFA-rich foods, as well as more than 50 lush photographs, this book gives readers plenty to whet their appetites: -Great-to-wake-up-to dishes like Banana Pancakes with Walnut Honey and Eggs Florentine with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto -International favorites like Thai Corn and Crab Soup and Caribbean Chicken Salad -Cozy comfort food like Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower and Olives and Turkey Meat Loaf with Walnuts and Sage -Quick, satisfying snacks like Tex-Mex Snack Mix, Peanut Butter Spirals, and Nutty Chicken Nuggets -Sweet treats like Super-Rich Chocolate Cake with Maple Frosting and Peach and Blueberry Tart with Pecan Crust (less description)

Author: Liz Vaccariello, Cynthia Sass

Flat Belly Diet Online Website

(Amazon, Target, Treebeardbooks, Borders, Barnes And Nobles)

Food Network: Casey’s Cupcakes Partners With Bloomingdale’s

15 Mar

 

Casey’s Cupcakes, the Southern California confection boutique and recent winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network, has announced a new partnership with Bloomingdale’s under which America’s only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store will sell Casey’s Cupcakes in select locations.

Casey’s Cupcakes are now available at Bloomingdale’s at Santa Monica Place, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Century City and will soon be available at the store in Sherman Oaks, California.

The partnership with Bloomingdale’s and the national recognition on Cupcake Wars caps off a busy and hugely successful month for Casey’s Cupcakes. On February 14, Valentine’s Day, Casey’s Cupcakes opened its second location in Laguna Beach, Calif. The original Casey’s Cupcakes is located at The Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif.

Casey Reinhardt, the daughter of Kelly and Duane Roberts, owners of The Historic Mission Inn, was inspired by her great-grandmother’s homemade cupcakes and now brings the delicious flavors of her childhood to several key markets in Los Angeles and Orange counties. She grew up in Laguna Beach and spent many memorable days and nights at The Historic Mission Inn with her parents.

“I’ve been shopping at Bloomingdale’s since I was a kid, so I am so excited to partner with one of the most recognizable department store brands anywhere,” said Reinhardt. “This success has gone well beyond my expectations and I could not be happier.”

Casey’s Cupcakes takes design inspiration from a classic Parisian cafe with a glamorous Hollywood twist. Incorporating bright splashes of pink with classy black accents and whimsical accessories, Casey’s has become a preferred spot to relax and enjoy a delightful cupcake, and the perfect place to pick up treats for the next birthday or office party, bridal and baby showers, meetings, celebrations and other quaint gatherings.

Casey’s Cupcakes come in 12 delicious flavors, from the popular Rockin’ Red Velvet and Sassy Strawberry to Decadent Dark Chocolate and Luscious Lemon. Each month a different “Cupcake of the Month” is featured, inspired by seasonal holidays. In addition to cupcakes baked fresh daily, the shops offer fun and flirty cupcake-themed merchandise. Casey’s Cupcakes also offers signature “cupcake wedding cakes.”

Reinhardt has always been passionate about business, charitable causes, and her modeling and acting career. In 2002 she founded The C.A.S.E.Y Foundation, Children’s Alliance for the Success and Education of Youth in need. She has also made significant accomplishments in her acting career starring on one of MTV’s highest-rated shows, “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.”

WHERE TO FIND CASEY’S CUPCAKES INFORMATION:

Bloomingdale’s at Santa Monica Place is located at 315 Colorado Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401 and the phone number is 310-985-6400.

Casey’s Cupcakes Laguna Beach is located at 303 Broadway Street on Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 and the phone number is 949-715-8245.

The address for Casey’s Cupcakes at The Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 and the phone number is 951-328-6908.

For more information on Casey’s Cupcakes

www.caseyscupcake.com

www.caseyreinhardt.com

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