Thursday, July 31, 2008

more from Denise Austin:

Drink Your Daily Water!
If you're not a water drinker — well, tough luck! I know that may sound harsh, but drinking water every day is key to good health. Plus, your body is made up mostly of water — doesn't it make sense to replenish the good old H2O instead of filling up on soda pop or sugary fruit juices? Here's another doozy: Did you know that the brain often mistakes thirst for hunger? Before running to the nearest snack machine, try drinking a few glasses of water first.
So how much water do you really need? Well, a general rule of thumb is about eight ounces of water eight times a day, but there's no scientific evidence to support that recommendation. In fact, some experts actually recommend 13 glasses of H2O for men and nine for women! That may seem like a lot of water, but your body loses about ten glasses of water in the course of a day! And if you're exercising, pregnant, or breastfeeding, or you live in a hot or humid climate, your water loss is increased, so your intake should be upped!

So drink up — it's H2Ohhhh so good for you! Here's a tip: If you're having a hard time getting used to the taste of water, try adding a lemon wedge for a hint of sweetness.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SB Recipe

Green Bean and Squash Salad
Looking for a tasty salad that says summer? Try this quick recipe — perfect for a picnic or a dinner at home!

Green Bean and Squash Salad (Phase 1)

Serves 1

1/2 cup fresh green beans
3 fresh plum tomatoes, sliced
4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Pinch of coarse black pepper
1/4 cup Newman's Own® Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing
1/2 cup yellow squash, cut into slices
1 1/2 ounces fresh basil, chopped

Combine all the ingredients in a large salad bowl. Cover. Place in refrigerator to cool for at least 1 hour.

Nutritional Information
300 calories
19 g total fat (5 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
12 g carbohydrate
16 g protein
3 g fiber
840 mg sodium

Monday, July 28, 2008

A fun activity to add to your exercise routine.

Dance Away the Pounds
Dr. Agatston recommends getting at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity most days of the week. The good news? You can work up to it if you're not there yet — or do it in smaller sessions (say, ten minutes each). He's also a fan of finding something you enjoy doing so that you look forward to your workout. Simply put, your fitness routine should become a part of your lifestyle, just like the South Beach Diet. That's why dancing is such a great activity — it gets your heart pumping while you have fun with your family and friends.

Dancing has come a long way since the days of discos. Dance studios across the country now offer classes suitable for adults, from swing to salsa to tap. Plus, many community and religious centers sponsor weekly dances where people gather to socialize and participate in a joyful release of stress.

Here are some suggestions for incorporating this enjoyable activity into your exercise routine:

Take your spouse or a friend to a swing club or community dance. A lot of clubs offer free 30-minute lessons.
Try a class at a local dance studio. Ballet can be great for increasing your flexibility and improving your balance. Tap requires an investment in shoes but offers an intense cardio workout.
Go out for a night of line dancing. Line dancing is most popular with country-music fans.
Afraid to dance in public? Put on your favorite album, turn up the volume, and take a spin around your house! Get your kids and spouse to join in for a fun family activity.
It's worth repeating that exercise shouldn't be a chore. One of the keys to creating a fitness routine you can maintain is to find things you actually enjoy doing.

Friday, July 25, 2008

SB Daily dish:

Plateau Problems?
While it may be frustrating, it is not uncommon to reach a plateau in Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet, especially as you get closer to your target weight. Weight loss in this Phase of the South Beach Diet is much slower than in Phase 1, but that's fine in the long run since slow and steady weight loss is best for long-term success. That said, if you'd like to jump-start your weight loss, here are some strategies to try:

Try eating different foods. Sometimes people get into a food rut, eating the same things day in and day out, which may lead to overeating as a result of feeling unsatisfied with your routine. Add more variety and different veggies to your meal plan to combat boredom. This may be just what you need to get over a weight-loss stall.

Get adequate exercise. Enjoy a fitness program based on interval training, where you alternate between short bursts of intensive effort and easier recovery periods. When you work at a higher intensity for part of the time, you end up burning far more calories and fat in less time than you would if you were working out at a steady pace. This type of exercise will help you develop more lean muscle mass, which helps boost metabolism, in turn allowing you to shed unwanted pounds.

Keep track of what you eat. In general, the South Beach Diet does not require you to count calories or portion sizes. But you may be eating too much of certain foods to keep losing weight at the same pace.'s registered dietitians recommend taking a close look at the amount of nuts and low-fat cheese you're consuming and cutting back on these items if you're eating too much.
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Return to Phase 1. If you have plateaued for several weeks and still have a fair amount of weight to lose, it's fine to return to Phase 1 for a kick-start.
Finally, it's possible that your weight loss has stalled because you've already reached your healthiest weight — even if it's not your desired weight. If your cholesterol and blood-sugar levels have normalized, your desire to lose weight may be a matter of cosmetics. In this case, rather than focusing on the number on your scale, focus on how much better you feel and how much healthier you are.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stick With It says Denise Austin

Getting in shape isn't always easy — we all have lapses in motivation! So on those days when you want to throw in the towel, try a few of these tips from Fit Forever! members:

Set your eyes on the prize! Take a few minutes to visualize where you'll be in three months if you stick with it — and where you'll be if you don't!
Buy some smiley-face stickers and put one on your calendar each day you stay on the Fit Forever! Plan. As they build up, you'll see how far you've come and be less tempted to quit!
Shake up your routine — go for a walk in the woods instead of your usual route, or try a new workout tape!
If you're having a hard time staying motivated to work out solo, join a class or start walking with a friend! Knowing they're expecting you helps keep you going on days you'd rather not be there.
Find a recent photo of yourself at your current weight. Make a collage of photos cut out from magazines of how you'll look when you reach your target weight.
Remember: Each day you're on the program brings you one step closer to your goals. You can do it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Recipe from the Kraft Kitchen

Grilled chicken and veggies

Prep Time:
10 minTotal Time:
30 minMakes:
4 servings4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 lb.) 1/4 cup KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing, divided 1 zucchini, cut into chunks 1 red pepper, cut into chunks 1 cup chopped asparagus 1/2 of a red onion, cut into chunks PREHEAT grill to medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 2 Tbsp. of the dressing. Let stand 10 min.

MEANWHILE, poke holes in bottom of disposable aluminum foil pan. Toss vegetables with remaining 2 Tbsp. dressing. Place in prepared pan.

GRILL 20 min. or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are crisp-tender.
Kraft Kitchens TipsUse Your Grill BasketOmit foil pan. Place vegetable mixture in grill basket. Grill as directed, shaking basket often. Creative LeftoversToss leftovers with hot cooked pasta for a quick Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Pasta.

See All Ratings and Comments BBQ Scalloped Potatoes Rated by visitors Nutritional InformationCalories 200 Total fat 6 g Saturated fat 1 g Cholesterol 75 mg Sodium 240 mg Carbohydrate 8 g Dietary fiber 2 g Sugars 5 g Protein 29 g Vitamin A 25 %DV Vitamin C 60 %DV Calcium 4 %DV Iron 10 %DV Healthy Living InformationLow FatLow CalorieGood source of vitamin A or CLow sodiumDiet Exchange1 Vegetable,4 Meat (VL),1 Fat

Nutrition BonusFire up the grill and enjoy this low calorie, low-fat dish. It's rich in vitamin C from the red pepper and the asparagus and red pepper team up to provide vitamin A.

Want to look your best this summer?

Get Your Beauty Rest!
The summer months can be packed with activities, visitors, vacations, and outdoor fun! But are you remembering to get your beauty rest? You need it to look and feel your best!

Be sure to slow down every so often this summer. Need some ideas? Try these:

Put a hammock up in your yard and watch the world go by
Take a stroll along the beach or river at sunset
Build a sandcastle
Relax in a lawn chair at twilight. Use all your senses to experience the magic of summer!
Catch a summer open-air concert at a local park
Take in a small-town parade
Take a nature hike and stop to admire the wildflowers
Walk barefoot in the sand
Go for a run through the sprinkler
Play a game of croquet
Host a barbecue with healthy grilled and low-fat treats

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New recipe from SB

Greet-the-Sun Breakfast Pizzas
Prep time: 10 minutes | Start to finish: 20 minutes | Serves: 4
Pizza for breakfast? Why not? It's especially tasty when topped with a sunny-side-up egg and veggies. Quarter or halve the recipe for just one or two pizzas, and try shredded part-skim mozzarella instead of feta, if you like.
5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 ounces packed spinach (4 cups)
2 (6-inch) whole-grain pitas, halved horizontally
2 large plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 large eggs
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled (1⁄3 cup)
Enlarge Image Nutritional Information:
250 calories
13 g total fat (3.5 g sat)
21 g carbohydrate
13 g protein
3 g fiber
500 mg sodium

Preheat oven to 450°F.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of oil over medium heat. Add spinach, in batches if necessary, and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
Brush inside of each pita round with 1 teaspoon oil. Place pita rounds, oiled side up, on a large baking sheet and bake until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Divide tomatoes and spinach evenly among pita halves, leaving an empty space in the center of each for an egg. Crack 1 egg into the center of each pita. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, return to the oven, and bake until yolks are lightly set, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until cheese has softened, about 2 minutes more. Serve warm.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Vacation is over

Now that my vacation is over, (I put on 7 pounds while I was away for the 5 weeks) it is time to get back on track. June and July have been tough for me. My cousin died. We grew up together and she is only two years older than me. My best friend from NY lost her husband to bladder cancer last month. Another friend is facing prostrate cancer. I am feeling a little scared now that people my age are beginning to die. I just turned 60 this year. I realize that life is short. We don't know the number of days we will have, but if I can prolong my own life by taking better care of myself, then that is what I plan to do. I joined a fitness gym last week. I met with the trainer and have a program planned out. I had my first real work out on Friday. Whoa! am I feeling it this weekend. I saw a lot of pictures of myself and have taken a really good look in the mirror and I have really got to work on this weight thing. I am carrying around way too much weight and I don't like what I see. I am going to be checking on Tami and I hope she will be checking on me. I am going to the gym that a friend of mine goes to, so I have someone expecting me to be there.I will keep you posted on how I am doing and I will continue to share the things I find on line as I try to get myself in shape.

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