Eat Like A Grown Up – Dining Out Ep 1

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Are you on the go quite a bit?  Do you find yourself having to eat out or eat on the run?  I totally relate.  A few years ago, I was working for MTV Networks and the company had me on the road for three months and I still managed to lose weight.   I was living out of my suitcase and in a different hotel every week.

When we dine out, we often make excuses.   I said we.  That includes me.   More than likely something healthy exists on a menu.  Usually, it doesn’t fit with our unhealthy cravings.  Each week, I will try to pick a restaurant and point out your low cal/low point food and drink options.

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Eat Like A Grown Up- Entry 1

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This is me slurping down one of my last decadent green matcha fraps for a while.   Why? Because on Weight Watchers smart points, this one drink accounts about half of my day’s allowance of what to eat.   The picture was taken a few weeks before I decided to commit to eating like a grown up.

I’ve been thinking about it for awhile.  But the moment came when I saw the photo, the mother of all photo which I hated because of my arms.  I’ve never taken a photo where I could not bare to see my arms.  I knew was bulking up while pressing through grief and losing a job a dedicated  to which I’ve dedicated much of the last few year of my life.  I’ve eaten more chips, crackers and fast food.  All the while I thought, “I need to eat like a grown up.”

 

Nutritious Food that Helps Body Injuries

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Healing from an injury can take weeks or even months (healing time can vary from person to person), but you can dramatically accelerate the healing process by getting adequate nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Healing is largely dependent on blood supply, and the stronger the blood supply, the faster you can heal because blood supplies the injured area with important oxygen and nutrients which help the injury heal.

Certain foods can promote inflammation within the body, while others have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Avoid inflammation-promoting foods such as fried foods, processed white flour, eggplant, cayenne, tomatoes,potatoes, and hot peppers, and eat more foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Be sure to drink plenty of fresh juices made from fresh, organic, raw veggies, because raw veggies are high in important enzymes and vitamins that can speed up the healing process.

Garlic, radishes, and beets are especially helpful. You can also mix in a bit of fresh ginger; ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain and soreness.

To create an optimal healing environment and get back on your feet quicker, be sure to eat 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

Important nutrients that aid recovery:

  • Multivitamin: Very important. Helps prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Aids tissue repair.
  • Zinc: Important in tissue repair.
  • Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids: An important antioxidant which helps tissue repair and growth.
  • Manganese: Strengthens wounded tendons and ligaments.
  • BCAA’s: Help promote the healing of muscle tissue, bones, and skin.
  • EFA’s (essential fatty acids): Speed up recovery and promotes cellular health.
  • Vitamin B Complex: Helps reduce injury related stress.
  • Glucosamine Sulfate: Helps strengthen and form tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and joint fluid.
  • Calcium: Helps repair connective tissue.
  • Silica: Important for calcium absorption and connective tissue repair.

Edible Folk Remedies for Burns and Scarring

While in the kitchen with some friends,  I witnessed her get burned.  She immediately went into the refrigerator and slathered mustard on the burned area of her arm.  Her son immediately testified to healing power of mustard in his life to experiencing burns while working in a kitchen.

Folk- info from Health911.com

Aloe Cover the burned area with aloe vera gel.

Honey has antibacterial properties and will promote healing. After applying honey cover the area with some gauze.

Milk For a minor (first degree) burn, soak the burned area in whole milk for 15 minutes or so. You may also apply a cloth soaked in milk to the area. Repeat every few hours to relieve pain. Be sure to wash out the cloth after use, as it will smell badly.

Mustard For minor burns rub some mustard (hot dog style) on the burned area. It may sting a little, but it takes away the pain and reduces blisters and scarring. This remedy was provided by James R., CA.

  • Another variation of this remedy was provided by Joe Brinkley: Apply a thick coating of table mustard (preferably cool) to the burn and wrap loosely with a bandage. Do not remove for several hours (12 hours seems to work the best), then gently wash away the excess mustard. Don’t worry about your yellowed skin! For the next few days treat as you would typically treat a burn. Using this remedy immediately after getting burned will minimize discomfort. This method should also prevent scarring.

Vitamin E Puncture a capsule and squeeze onto the burn. This will promote quick healing and prevent scarring.

Willard water This modified water can be found in health food stores. Anecdotes tell of its ability to promote healing and prevent scars.

Review of Zumba Lover’s Cookbook

I managed to get my hands on the Zumba Lover’s Cookbook, impressive from cover to the end.  It is a colorful book filled withZumba pictures of almost all of the recipes. Many of the recipes express Latin flare but it is not definitely not limited to that style of cooking.   The cookbook is a collection of recipes from lovers of the Zumba dance work-out classes.

The cookbooks is filled with recipes for soup, appetizers, smoothies, salad and more, eating light never looked so good.  Among some of the recipes to be found are the matcha green tea smoothie, Greek barley salad, vegetarian posole, Lebanese cucumber salad, and mean bean tacos(filled with avocodo, blackbean, corn and more wrapped in lettuce).

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Review by Crystal Johnson

ABC Elixer Recipe

Beets are an incredible blood tonic and natural cleanser for the liver. This combo is rich in vitamins beta carotene, zinc, vitaminElixer C, and chromium, excellent for boosting carbohydrate metabolism.

Makes approx. 14 ounces

  • 1 green or golden apple cut into slices
  • 1/2 small uncooked beet
  • 5 celery stalks, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2- to 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled

In a juicer, push through apple, beet, celery, lemon, and ginger. Stir the juice and pour into a glass. Serve at room temperature or chilled, as desired.

 

Sweetwater’s Tropical Summer Salad Recipe

Chicken Tips: Bake or boil a whole chicken or get a rotisserie chicken.  Extract the meat removing the skin and bones.  CubeSalad the Chicken.

 

  • 1 and 1/2 cup Combination of resh or bottled tropical fruits such as papaya, mango or pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of raisin.
  • half of a small red onion.
  • Suggested Lettuce Romaine or Spinach.

Directions:  Use 1/3 of the tropical fruits for tossing the salad and the rest top the tossed salad. Toss the all the ingredients