It's Friday. The end of the work week. The beginning of the holiday weekend. And the perfect time to catch up on insightful blogs on diet and fitness here at the weekly Diet Blog Carnival.
We won't be selling you corn dogs or sausage 'n peppers subs, but we will serve up some great food for thought.
This week's hot topics include the benefits of coffee, High Intensity Interval Training workouts, and eating on the go. So sit back, kick off your shoes and drink in a big gulp of the good stuff!
Lowering my intake of carbohydrates has been one of the biggest struggles of my life. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth - if you told me I could never have cake or pie again, I'd be bummed, but I'd get over it. But giving up bread? Pasta? Rice noodles? Now THAT makes me want to weep.
There are lots of reasons why someone may want to cut carbs from their diet. Whether you're diabetic, trying to lower your blood sugar, or simply trying to lose a few pounds, limiting the number of carbohydrates that you take in on a daily basis can be a smart move.
However, it's really hard to cut back on carbohydrates, because carbohydrates power your brain.
Coffee is Not Your Average Joe
While it may be too early to start heralding coffee as a "super food," research is pouring in praising the benefits of the much-loved beverage. Although researchers caution that results are not scientifically proven, the initial evidence is surprisingly positive.
Researchers at Harvard studied 126,000 people for up to 18 years. Among the results are following tentative benefits:
•Cancer: Coffee appears to reduce the risk of cancer. Researchers recently found that coffee drinkers are 50% less likely to develop liver cancer
•Diabetes: Coffee may contain chemicals that lower blood sugar which means regular consumers are half as likely to get diabetes.
•Parkinson's disease: Coffee reduces the risk in men, not women, against Parkinson's disease due to hormonal reactions between estrogen and caffeine.
It never fails that you finally get everyone in the car and someone is hungry. Then again maybe you're going to be out all day and don't want to spend a fortune on fast food, even the healthy choices. And maybe you're going on a road trip and are wondering just how to stay out of the fast food lane.
No one says you have to eat lunch in a restaurant if you're on the road. Just get out your cooler!
Create wrap sandwiches using a whole grain tortilla, layering sandwich items like lettuce, meat, tomatoes and roll 'er up! Wrap inside of aluminum foil or plastic wrap leaving the top easy to open, creating a pocket of sorts. Let kids make their own wraps using peanut or almond butter and jelly. They can spread it themselves, wrap them up and you might need to help them put it in the foil or plastic wrap.
Spring is most definitely my favorite time of year. One of the reasons I celebrate spring is because it is officially garden season.
Last week, as I gathered some fresh radishes, green onions and lettuce to make the first garden salad of spring, I started to think about the disconnect that many people have with their food. In other words, it's not about fueling (feeding) yourself, it's simply about filling the tummy. My guess is years and years of fast-food and processed food has contributed to the disconnect. Additionally, people no longer pay attention to the importance (mentally and physically) that fresh, whole food provides for the body and soul.
I can't tell you the number of people that have said, "Healthy eating means bland food and no taste." Not so. The fact is that so many processed foods and fast-foods are loaded with salt and saturated fats, that people have forgotten what "real" food tastes like.
We are sharing our killer cardio workout -- High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) -- that will promise to break your fitness plateau by burning more fat and increase your endurance! HITT has become a popular way to lose weight, tone up, and overall improvement of speed, endurance, and fitness. HITT workouts consist of burst of high intensity activity combined with a short period of lower intensity when you allow your energy systems to regenerate so you can continue with the high intensity activity.
This is a very demanding workout, but great for producing results! HIIT also produces EPOC, Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This is increased oxygen consumption and increase in metabolism after strenuous activity. The body continues to require oxygen at a level that exceeds oxygen requirements when the exercise began in order to reoxygenate the blood, restore the body's pre workout temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
There you have it for this week. The show is over and the tent is coming down. But be sure to come back next Friday and every Friday for the best dieting blogs out there.
Please submit your favorite blogs -- written by you or maybe even ones you've read on your personal journey to wellness.
Author: Justin Smith