Monthly Archives: October 2013

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apple Recipe

By Jen Delgado I love brussels sprouts, but you don’t know how to enhance their flavors. Check out theses wonderful recipes. I eat them a lot during the fall and winter time since I’m not dieting too strictly, but still want to stay healthy. This vegetable has a reputation for bitterness, but when properly cooked, sprouts offer complex flavor with a subtle crunch.   INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 cup diced apple • 8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered • 2 tablespoons apple cider • 2 teaspoons olive oil • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375°. Combine apple and Brussels sprouts in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish. Add apple cider, olive oil, minced fresh thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; toss well. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until sprouts are tender.


Cardio Doesn’t Work for Me

By Charlotte Snow Alright, so be honest…how many of you drive to the gym, do 30 minutes or maybe an hour of the SAME cardio, every day, maybe a few crunches, leave, get a smoothie and call it a day? If this is you, and you’re not seeing results…there is a good reason. So first of all, CHANGE it up!!! Folks, you cannot do the SAME thing day in and day out and expect results. Why? Well…let’s think about it. When you began your workout routine six months ago, you were feeling a burn. You were tired, sore and felt a good burn. If you haven’t made any changes to your daily gym session, you’re most likely getting through that 30 minutes of steady state cardio, walking, jogging or even climbing the stairs without too much effort. See our bodies adapt to our workouts. After a few weeks, you start to get used to doing the same ole, and it just becomes a normal part of the day. In essence, your body will benefit as much from the same old routine as it does from walking through the mall or to get the mail. It is so important to change up what you’re doing! Listen…if you LOVE the stairs, okay, I’m not insisting that you avoid them like the plague, BUT change the resistance. If you’re always doing the fat burn cycle on level 8, push it up!! Try it at level 10! Better yet, switch it to interval training, or do a manual cycle. Set it to level 8 without the intervals and see how it feels to climb those stairs at a steady pace for 30 minutes. I bet you’ll feel a huge difference and you might just be quite shocked to see how exhausting this change is for you! You want to switch up your workouts because you want to shock your body….give your body something new, that it’s not expecting! This forces your body to work harder to adapt to the new workout and it will raise your heart rate AND burn even more fat!! The key is to have effective cardio sessions that will keep your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) soaring through the day so you continue to burn those calories when you’re at work, cooking, watching TV and sleeping! Push yourself! If you feel like the sessions are becoming easy, they probably are!!! So listen to your body and amp it up! How about a cardio circuit a couple of times a week? Do 15 minutes on the Stairs, 15 minutes on the Elliptical and 15 minutes walking on a high incline at a good steady pace. But move quickly from one to the other! Don’t take time to chat between! Keep the heart rate up! Making changes are not only good for your body, but they’re good for your mind too! “I love doing cardio” said almost no one ever, so make it fun! By changing it up it can make the dreaded 30-minute prison sentence fly by! Have you ever heard the saying, “work smarter, not harder”? Well, work smarter and harder! If you’re putting the time in, make every minute count!!! Have a blessed and healthy week!!! Until next time…xoxox


Achieving Your Polished Body with Tone Fx

By, Charlotte Snow THE CLAIMS: “Transdermal Defining Complex” “Designed to Accelerate and Stimulate Fat Lipolysis Within Adipocytes via the “Unloading” of the Lipids of the Fat Tissue” “The finishing touch for the body you’ve worked so hard on…” REVIEW: Tone FX, from Muscle Foods USA’s Body FX line, is a topical cream that helps to accelerate the fat burning process in those stubborn areas we ALL have. Let me start by saying, I have tried many other brands of these creams over the years. While some of them may have helped a bit here or there, I often felt that I would have been better off spending that money on an oral fat burner. BUT Tone FX brings something totally different to the table! You can actually FEEL the cream working…yes…that is what I said! You can feel it! Before you workout, whether it’s a cardio session or a weight training session, you rub this cream on those hard to loose areas. You can use it pretty much everywhere!! That’s the cool thing! You can put it on your glutes, hips, abs, triceps and thighs! So how do you feel it working?? Well, after you rub it in and you begin your work out, you will feel your skin heating up. Literally, the areas you rub the cream on get hot! That is the product seeping into those fat cells and breaking them up. It will continue to heat up throughout the workout and I find the more intense the workout, the hotter it gets! The other really awesome thing about this product is your skin will actually turn red where you have more body fat to loose!! Pretty cool huh? I’ve never seen a product do this. I love seeing this because it shows you exactly where you have excess body fat and need to focus a little more energy on during your training sessions. I don’t know about you, but anytime I can feel or see something happening on my body, I am a happy camper! I like to know my efforts and money are well used… I love that I can visibly see my skin smoothing out after using this product. When I work out with my Tone FX on, my skin feels much tighter then a day I would work out without applying it. After continuous use in just a few weeks, I have seen a change in my body, especially right below my glutes…the area most of us women are always trying to tone up! I especially love using it close to show time. To tighten the skin as much as possible before I hit the stage. Anyone competing….I STRONGLY recommend you try this! Listen, Tone FX is not a miracle. You cannot rub this cream all over you, eat a bag of Doritos and sit on your butt all day and expect to achieve the body you’ve always wanted. But nowhere does the product claim to aid the lazy… This product is designed to help those who maintain a healthy lifestyle comprised of both good diet and exercise reach that next level. Kick your training up a notch and get that fire started!! Try Tone FX…and “Achieve that polished body you’ve been waiting for!”


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