Archive | September, 2008

Vitamins – Six foods that ward off aging!

29 Sep

Taken from www.dallasnews.com

■ Spinach: It’s loaded with Vitamin K, which can improve bone density and lower the risk of hip fracture. Plus, it’s the No. 1 source of zeaxanthin and lutein, nutrients that soak up harmful light before it can damage the retinas in your eyes, meaning spinach helps to prevent macular degeneration and blindness.

■ Strawberries: They are rich in polyphenols, which improve memory and communication by promoting signals between cells.

■ Curry powder: It’s full of the antioxidant curcumin, which wards off Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the growth of amyloid plaques, which are toxic to brain cells. In parts of India, where it is eaten daily, the Alzheimer’s rate is one-fourth that of the U.S.

■ Tomatoes: They’re packed with lycopene, which protects skin from the oxidation that results from sun damage and leads to wrinkles. Adding a little olive oil helps you absorb lycopene even better.

■ Almonds: They’re brimming with vitamin E, which neutralizes free radicals in your muscles and nervous system and enhances speed, coordination and balance.

■ Dark chocolate: It’s flowing with flavanols, which are plant chemicals that encourage blood vessels to relax. That results in lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus, it makes us happy.

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Count the Calories: 3 Top burger stops

29 Sep

Taken from ABC.com

Restaurant and Burger Name Calories
   
McDonald’s  
Hamburger 250
Cheeseburger 300
Double Cheeseburger 440
Quarter Pounder 410
Quarter Pounder with Cheese 510
Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese 740
Big Mac 540
Big N’ Tasty 460
Big N’ Tasty with Cheese 510
 
   
Burger King  
Whopper 670
Whopper w/o mayo 510
Whopper with cheese 760
Whopper with cheese w/o mayo 600
Double Whopper 900
Double Whopper w/o mayo 740
Double Whopper with cheese 990
Double Whopper with cheese w/o mayo 830
Triple Whopper 1,130
Triple Whopper w/o mayo 980
Triple Whopper with cheese 1,230
Triple Whopper with cheese w/o mayo 1,070
Whopper Jr. 370
Whopper Jr. w/o mayo 290
Whopper Jr. with cheese 410
Whopper Jr. with cheese w/o mayo 330
Hamburger 290
Cheeseburger 330
Double Hamburger 410
Double Cheeseburger 500
BK Double Stacker 610
BK Triple Stacker 800
BK Quad Stacker 1,000
The Angus Steak Burger 640
Wendy’s  
Jr. Hamburger 230
Jr. Cheeseburger 270
Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe 300
Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger 320
Stack Attack 380
Single w/Everything 430
Double w/Everything and Cheese 710
Triple w/Everything and Cheese 980
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Totally off topic – Sunday kisses

28 Sep

I finally had a weekend where I didn’t have to do any overtime at work. It was pretty chilled out, I mostly slept, took the dog for a walk and edited a few videos. It was so great!

Sometimes, I get overwhelmed with the real world and it’s this sick feeling that prevents me from doing what I’m supposed to be doing -writing.  I am, after all, on a mission: to write and publish my book. It’s almost there but not quite. I’m sure most first time writers have said this at least a million times but seriously it’s true. My professor at UofT requires at least 100 pages for presentation by January. I have completed 1000 pages but 700 of it will never see the light of day.

I posted a pic of my biggest fan…Lucca. Isn’t he the cutest?

Goal Setting for Weight Loss Success

23 Sep

Fibre – food for pooping

23 Sep

First off, there are two types of fibre: Insoluble and soluble.

Insoluble fibre helps prevent constipation. There types of foods are wheat bran, whole grain breads, flax seed and the skins of vegetables and fruits. Soluables help to lower blood cholesterol and helps slow down the rate that sugar goes into the blood. It is mostly found in oats, barley, psyllium, legumes and some vegetables and fruit.

* Choose whole grains like whole wheat bread instead of white bread
* Eat lots of veggies and fruits with the skin
* Eat legumes like chick peas, beans and lentils
* Have a high fibre cereal for breakfast and don’t forget to add fruit like blueberries or a banana
* High fibre snacks like ground flax seed on yogurt or nuts and seeds will keep you regular.

NOTE: Don’t forget to drink lots of water because it helps your body use the fibre properly.

Green-To-Go Tip of the day!

22 Sep

 

Before you throw it away think if it might be of use to someone else. A website such as Craigslist is an excellent opportunity to get rid of what you no longer need and give it a chance at a second life with someone else. It’s free to post and the people who visit the website are really cool. Last year I was selling off some books to make room for more. That summer I made $700, cleared out a few of my bookshelves but more importantly made a few new friends!

 

What you need to do:

1) Select the city you live in.

2) Create a profile using your email (don’t worry personal information is not given out)

3) Write a fun entry that describes what you’re selling.

4) Wait for the emails to start pouring in.

 

It’s that simple!

Win people to your way of thinking

22 Sep

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
Begin in a friendly way.
Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
Appeal to the nobler motives.
Dramatize your ideas.
Throw down a challenge.