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Fitness Over 40 – Men

What the HECK are FODMAPs?! The acronym FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. (Aren’t you glad you asked?) These short-chain carbohydrates are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and can be easily fermented by gut bacteria. These sugars also exert an osmotic effect, increasing fluid movement into the large bowel. The fermentation […]

This is an article sent to me from my brother, Mark, Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, Upper Chesapeake Health System Vegans are less able to process the chemical, study says April 08, 2013 Saturated fats and cholesterol may not be the sole cause of cardiac problems in steak aficionados—researchers have identified a chemical […]

This past weekend was the Small Appliances Event at the Culver City Best Buy . My food buddy and blogger Cathy Arkle went down to cover the event and to meet the pastry chefs behind the great fonuts we made in last week’s blog. Not only did these girls bake like demons, they had a […]

It’s been taken for granted that as we age, we shrink. But, in one of the biggest projects to date, coming from the University of California, Harvard and Peking University found that certain lifestyle choices had a large impact on height loss. Shrinkage mainly occurs in the spine. Bone density decreases as we age, as […]

We all know fruits and vegetables are good for us. They have vitamins and minerals, fiber and not a lot of calories. But there are some little details about these super foods that might surprise you. Here are a few examples: Carrots: I see so many people, parents, especially, do the grab-and-go with the mini […]

A condition like high blood pressure is sneaky. You don’t feel it, and it generally doesn’t cause any outward signs or symptoms. Yet it silently damages blood vessels, the heart, kidneys, and other organs. High blood pressure — also known as hypertension — isn’t a disease. It is a sign that something is wrong in […]

When you eat starchy carbs and refined sugar, are you aware of what happens inside your body? These foods enter the bloodstream quickly, causing a sugar spike. Your body then produces the hormone insulin to drive that sugar from your bloodstream into cells. But over time, high levels of insulin can make your muscle cells […]

Yes, it’s true! My brother, Mark, just sent me an article from one of his hospital periodicals and I want to share the information with you. For years, you’ve been hearing how fish oil (specifically Omega 3s) is great for your heart. According to a study that was just published in the May 9th edition […]

Why do some people get fat even when they eat relatively little? What creates that irresistible urge for a bag of potato chips or a hunk of chocolate cake, as opposed to a nice crisp apple? Can food urges be irresistible? Physiologists are unraveling the role that your hormones and brain play in urging you […]

When I was in New York a few months ago, I stopped by a wonderful store that sold 3 main things-flavored olive oils, flavored vinegars and salts. There are many different types of salts that are available to buy. Most are, indeed, flavored (or infused) with various spices and herbs or have different minerals in […]

With the plethora of different methods available claiming to be able to help you lose weight, its no wonder that people are generally confused as to which is the best method for them. It’s also no wonder that so many people throw away so much money on so called revolutionary programs only to find that […]

The botanical name Capsaicin is derived from the Greek kapto, which means “I bite.” Aptly named, don’t you think? Chilis contain a compound called capsaicin, which makes them “sting” or “burn” when you bite into them. It’s also in Tabasco and any of the hot sauces. For centuries, chilis have been used by healers to […]

You can start a fitness program, or continue being active, without spending a lot of money. These budget-friendly approaches will help you increase your physical activity, build strength and burn calories for little or no cost: 1. Trade the gym for your home or workplace. By moving activity to your everyday environment, you gain time […]

Overeating isn’t just a holiday season worry. Although there are an abundance of occasions for eating celebratory meals and treats from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, many of us face the same dietary pitfalls all year long. It’s helpful to know that you can take charge of the social and environmental influences that may lead you […]

Many people look upon massage as an indulgence that is simply not necessary, I have to admit that I enjoy getting a massage every few weeks and I feel it when I don’t. Most massage styles have miraculous healing powers and a good massage can have a plethora of benefits for the body-relaxation not withstanding. […]

A new study published by the National Institute of Health that gathered info from numerous studies, makes it clear that the over 40 crowd should be doing anaerobic exercise – high-intensity running, cycling or swimming rather than standard, long, slow cardio. Granted, those over 65 might not be able to do heavy duty sprinting or […]

Fat, although systematically proven useful to the human body, is not only gotten through an excess of food, you need to be incredibly non-moving, too! If you’re overly fat, you’re obese, no bones about it (pun intended) and you do indeed have a disease. It can sneak right up on you like a homicidal maniac. […]

Exercising after meals can help promote weight loss by boosting hormones that suppress appetite, say scientists from the UK. Thanks to these hormones, active people feel less hungry immediately after exercise, and this carries through to their next meal, experiments suggest. Even when their meals were bigger, athletic people gained fewer calories overall because they […]

By Rona Lewis Photos by Cathy Arkle Now this week’s focus was my kind of food! With last week’s arterial clutter finally out of my veins (dairy and eggs), I was really excited for these next two weeks of class time. Fruits, vegetables and herbs! Being a large portion of my daily diet, I was […]

I was asked about soy vs almond milk by a dear friend of mine the other day.  (Hey Paola, is it OK if I use your name?)  She asked me which was better to use as a substitute for regular “dairy” milk.   After all, milk from cows has calcium and all that, but it causes […]

Well…aerobic activity does.  I’ve been reading up on how exercise affects the body.  Besides the obvious changes in muscle density and fat ratio, it seems that high intensity aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the muscles and more importantly, helps to create new neurons and connections in the brain! A recent study done at the […]

I got back from San Francisco last night.  Bobby drove both ways, the sweetheart, so I could relax, make sure I knew what points I wanted to make and just take in the scenery.  It was Route 5, so there wasn’t much to see besides the occasional cow, oil pump and fast food joint.  BUT, […]

It’s Monday morning, August 24th and I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog.  My boyfriend, Bobby, moved in over the weekend and I’ve been “nesting” in prep for his arrival. You’re asking what the HECK this has to do with the title of the blog, aren’t you?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Bobby’s in the restaurant […]

I don’t have the knees I did 20 years ago.  I used to be able to run 6 miles almost every day and be fine.  Years of playing tennis, weight lifting and wearing heels have had its affect on my joints.  I have to be really careful and work smarter at my cardio. I went […]