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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies...there is a God!
By now, you pretty much know how I feel about chocolate. Then again, is there a person alive who doesn’t love it?  I suppose there is but seriously, what’s wrong with them?
You can also add homemade chocolate chip cookies to my list of obsessions-and probably yours too. But, they have to be homemade or I wouldn’t waste the calories/sugar poisoning/carb overload-it just wouldn’t be worth it.  So imagine my happiness when I came across this recipe for Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies-even the chocolate chips are gluten free!  Now, I know that doesn’t address the calories/sugar poisoning/carb overload issue but it does address the gluten-free issue.  So, if you’re adhering to a gluten-free diet (and it really would behoove you to do so), here is a little slice of heaven.  Stick with the 3 polite bite rule and your indulgence will result in little damage.  Thank you Paleo Plan for creating this awesome cookie makeover.

Friday, March 22, 2013

10 Stupid Things That Are Keeping You from Having the Body You Want

Tired of spinning your wheels in the gym?
1)  Stupid Cardio-Are you still hanging all over the Stairmaster with your arms “rolled in” for 45? 60? minutes or more?  Even Shape magazine doesn’t still promote that kind of cardio. In case you haven’t noticed “we” don’t do cardio like that anymore. It’s a waste of time and may even be detrimental to your   fitness efforts (it raises stress hormones and breaks down muscle.) Moderate intensity, long-duration cardio is a thing of the past.  Frequent, short bursts of very high intensity cardio done either as a rest-based workout or, integrated with your resistance workout is the only way to go.  It builds muscle, boosts immune function, and burns more calories at rest. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Best of the Natural Products Expo

After eating my way through another trip to Anaheim and the Natural Products Expo, I finally got wise and took only a select few “healthy” food samples home with me. More than that, I’ve learned, and I just continue the binge indefinitely.  Healthy food samples are relatively few and far between as this show caters to every kind of manufacturer that wants to call him/herself “healthy" or "natural.”  Be that as it may, the show is a blast and new products are sprinkled throughout the expo hall-which is really saying something because there are upwards of 2,400 exhibitors at the show. Needless to say, I only saw a small portion of the total number of exhibitors that were present. Oh well. 

Here is a recap of my favorites:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Plank Power

Who needs crunches!?
The practice of yoga is 5,000 years old.  I knew that!  And as Wikipedia and the other internet info centers mentions, no one knows who created yoga because 5,000 years ago because human beings weren’t putting pen to paper quite yet to record that.  The traditional purpose of Yoga, I’ve found out, has always been to bring about a profound transformation in the person through the transcendence of the ego.

Hmm…then explain to me why, in recent months, I’ve noticed that

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Conscious Capitalism

A kinder, gentler, capitalism
“Capitalism is unquestionably the greatest system for innovation and social cooperation that has ever existed.” Those words, written by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia are powerful, thought provoking and incredibly important. It’s hard to believe they came from that long-haired, long-bearded hippie from the 70’s, John Mackey.  Or should I say former long-haired, long-bearded hippie since it's been about 40 years and Mackey's hair and clean shaven face were transformed a time long ago.

In their book, Conscious Capitalism, Mackey explains how he sold-out and abandoned his liberal progressive roots and became just another Bourgeois capitalist pig (shake head in shame.) The End. Well, that’s not exactly the way it happened nor is it the end by any stretch.