Archive for July, 2013

Spirulina Superfood

July 30, 2013 |  by  |  Nutrition, Wellness  |  No Comments  |  Share

What Is It?

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).

Benefits: (Not medically proven)

• Encouraging weight loss
• Counteracting toxins in the body
• Helping purify the liver
• Increasing mental alertness
• Lowering blood cholesterol and excess triglycerides
• Helping fight viral infections
• Treating radiation sickness
• Enhancing ability to generate new blood cells
• Improving blood sugar problems
• Strengthening the nervous system
• Strengthening the immune system
• Removing toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body
• Improving healing of wounds

How Do I Eat It?

Spirulina is available in pill or powder form, or as flakes. Most of the spirulina consumed in the United States is grown in a laboratory. There are many different spirulina species, only some of which are identified on labels of commercially available products. Spirulina maxima (cultivated in Mexico) and Spirulina platensis (cultivated in California) are the most popular.

Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.


Source: Spirulina | University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Maryland Medical Center

Aloe Vera – What Can I Use It For?

July 25, 2013 |  by  |  Nutrition  |  No Comments  |  Share
I was at a health food store recently and decided to try an Aloe Vera Juice.  Like coconut water, it seems to be ‘trending’ lately in the health and fitness worlds, so I gave it a whirl. Before I drank it though I decided to look up the benefits of Aloe Vera to understand WHY I should be drinking this, rather than just because it was popular.  Here’s some info I gathered:
Possible Benefits: (Not medically proven)
  • Fights weight gain. That gorgeous natural drink helps stimulate the metabolism and burn calories faster.
  • It is believed that aloe juice activates the immune system. It can be effective as an immune-stimulating agent in AIDS and certain types of cancer (e.g. Leukemia).
  • Lowers blood sugar. Read More

Garlic & Lemon Chicken with Red Potatoes & Green Beans

July 15, 2013 |  by  |  Favorite Foods  |  1 Comment  |  Share

Gluten free, Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly and simple to make!

6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts (bones left in, with skin, about 3 1/4 pounds)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the chicken, green beans and potatoes and toss to coat. Pour this mix into the pan and spread around evenly.
Roast for 50 minutes or until cooked through. Serve warm.


5 Grocery Store Mistakes

July 14, 2013 |  by  |  Nutrition, Wellness  |  2 Comments  |  Share

Don’t make these mistakes on your next visit to the grocery store! 

Mistake #1- Going to the grocery store after your workout.

You just finished a grueling workout and stop at the store on your way home. Chances are you depleted your glycogen stores during your workout and hunger has set in. Admit it, when you’re hungry, everything looks more appealing. You ‘splurge’ and buy foods that aren’t exactly healthy.

The Fix- Have an after workout protein shake to refuel and simply avoid the grocery store after a workout or anytime you are hungry.


Mistake #2- You buy food just because it is organic.

Just because something is organic doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. Organic ice cream is still ice cream folks.

The Fix- Be smart with your food choices- read the food label or buy fresh produce.  Read More

Dancing with Sjogren’s Disease – An Inspiring Story of Perseverance

July 2, 2013 |  by  |  Inspiring Stories  |  2 Comments  |  Share

Jacqueline Valdez, 40 years old and residing in Gainesville, Florida owns and runs a one of a kind studio “Elegant Body Pilates”. Jacqueline’s studio is an elite and all women’s fitness studio that focuses on fun and unique ways of working out. Jacqueline offers Pilates, Yoga, Pilates fusion, Zumba toning,  Piloxing, Zumba, Burlesque dance and Ariel fitness.

Jacqueline was recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Disease.  Sadly, not many are aware of what this disease entails. Due to the lack of public awareness about this disease, Jacqueline has decided to speak out on her condition to help educate others about the disease and how it has affected her as a dancer and athlete. Read More