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An Apple (Juice) A Day…

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor. In actuality you should probably eat a few apples a day. That’s pretty impossible for me because although I like the little red and green creatures, I just don’t like them enough to be eating them all damn day. Solution: Juice Them. Now I know what you’re thinking…when you juice them, most (if not All) of the fiber is removed. Tis true and if your are consuming apples for dietary fiber content, your should certainly EAT them. However there are many many other benefits that accompanies the digestion of fresh pressed (non-processed) apple juice. Check it out:

1-Apples contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system.

2-Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid.

3-Low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories.

4-Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers.

5-Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

6-Prevent tooth decay. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away!

7-Protects your brain from brain disease. This is something many people don’t know, and when you consider that your brain makes the person you are, it gives a whole new perspective..

8-Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

Drink up!
Dietary info above (and more info) is courtesy of this blog

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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Juicing

 

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Who Says You Have to EAT Your Veggies?

If you grew up anything like me, your parents forced you to eat your veggies or made you sit there all through the night until you finished. This of course was before kids were putting the Department of Social Services on speed dial.

Fast forward to the new millennium where they have appliances for everything under the sun: pancake makers, rice cookers, vegetable steamers and of course juicers. Juicing is a way to get many nutrients from high volumes of veggies in a single serving…and the best part, if you use the right mixture of fruits and veggies in your juice, it taste good enough so that your kid won’t have to sit at the dining room table all through the night playing face-off with their spinach and broccoli. LOL

I always put some sort of dark leafy greens in my “green juices”. Here’s a little background on kale. Turns out there’s quite a bit of science behind this super food – Kale is rich in many different things. The cruciferous veggie is an excellent, potent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Research shows that kale contains 4 different flavonoids with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. So Drink up but shhhh don’t let the kiddies know that its anything more than “green apple juice”. 🙂

Green Machine
▶Kale
▶Spinach
▶2-3 Small Oranges
▶1 Gala Apple
▶Couple Stalks of Celery

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Food

 

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i❤Running

I have my 10th half-marathon coming up in 2 weeks. This is the second one I will have run with absolutely no training. Honestly I don’t suggest this kind of foolishness to anyone and not even sure why I subscribe to it; but it’s Central Park, Manhattan, in the Spring with a stay at the Trump SoHo Hotel…HELLO I’d be a complete idiot to turn all that down. Right? I’m fully aware that this is going to hurt…bad! What I also know is that you can’t call yourself a “for real runner” if you haven’t put foot to the pavement in at least one of the 5 boroughs. Miss Liberty I’m coming to see you girl🗽

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Running

 

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R.I.P Oatmeal :-(

Growing up, I ate oatmeal like it was going out of style. In the 80s it was old fashion oats. Nothing fancy ya know cause my mom worked fifty-eleven jobs and had no time for breakfast that took much time to create. Then we discovered the instant stuff in the box with all the cool flavors (ie apple cinnamon spice). Along with the cool stuff also came the processed “stuff”. I mean how long could REAL apples last on a shelf inside oatmeal if it wasn’t processed in some way? something to think about. Anywho traditional oatmeal is clearly not Paleo (which makes me sad on occasion…but I digress). Im currently reading a book called Wheat Belly by Dr.William Davis and it does a boring but exceptional job of explaining why processed cereals (especially those containing gluten) are very toxic to the digestive system. With that being said, I had to come up with some alternative for my dearly beloved oatmeal.

Disclaimer: there is store bought almond/coconut milk in this recipe which begs to differ if this recipe is indeed 100% Paleo. Rule of thumb, I try to be 100% Paleo, 80% of the time…shall we pause to digest that fancy mathematic equation? 🙂 Basically this recipe has the potential to be 100% approved by the Paleo gods but for now what we have below here is ummmm lets say 93% Paleo. Considering from where I came, I think that’s pretty darn good. If you are so inclined to make your own non processed almond milk (see link below), then this would give you your other 7%.

Recipe: “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats
This recipe for oatmeal Tastes ok but think I will experiment with the addition of other fruit (i.e apples puree leftover from juicing) next time

Ingredients:
▶1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
▶1/4 cup chopped almonds
▶1 tbsp ground flaxseed
▶1 tsp ground cinnamon (or 1 tsp apple pie spice)
▶1 banana, mashed
▶3/4 cup liquid egg whites (or 3 egg whites)
▶1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if desired)
▶1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
⏩Blend pecan/almonds in blender or food processor (just enough to crumble them all together).
⏩Whisk together egg whites and almond milk and then stir in nuts, ground flax, mashed banana, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; blend well.
⏩In a medium saucepan, warm the mixture on the stove, stirring frequently, until the “oatmeal” reaches the desired consistency; this should only take a few minutes.
🆗Top with berries, nut butter, seeds, or whatever else your little heart desires.

Also here’s a good link to a discussion on whether or not almond milk is Paleo:
Is Almond Milk Paleo?

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Food

 

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The thing about me and food…

This thing with me, food and health is quite entertaining…well no not really. It’s actually quite sad. You ever heard that saying, “when you know better you do better”? Ok well I know better but for some reason I refuse to do better. What is that? I read somewhere that the food we eat is designed to be addictive so I’m going to blame my lack of doing better on that for now LOL. Im thinking though, this blog may help me realize that it’s not the food as much as it is me.

So anyways this blog is a runners journey to stop with the antics, excuses and destructive behavior that has brought where I am now. Along the way, I invite you to Eat, Love & Paleorize (I made that word up) 🙂 your food along with me Because when you eat better, you not only look better but you feel better.

This should be fun…or maybe not; but at least it will be healthy. LETS GO!

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Food

 

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