Submitted by admin on April 15, 2010 - 6:30 am
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Submitted by admin on April 13, 2010 - 10:30 am
Yesterday I was thinking about the tips and tricks that I used to stay fit and I thought that I’d share some of them with you.
- Burn more calories than you ingest. (In other words, workout! Cardio is the best way to burn your fat reserves. So kick up the cardio!)
- As a general rule, stick to eating lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Avoid processed and packaged foods.
- Drink lots of water. (You should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day, more so if you are doing a lot of exercise. For example: a 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces of water daily = about 9 glasses of water).
- Limit your alcohol intake. Cocktails are usually loaded with calories and have no nutritional value.
- Limit the snack food in your house. Fresh fruit, sliced veggies & salsa (not fatty dip), nuts, reduced fat cheese and things like this are better choices than packaged items that: #1 could live on a shelf for longer than you would like to know, #2 contain ingredients that your body cannot digest.
- Plan your meals and snacks for the week and make a weekly trip to the supermarket. (Don’t forget to do this! If you do, you’ll end up grabbing things, “on the go”. These are usually the items that are packed with sodium, sugar and fat).
- Before you eat anything ask yourself this question, “Will this food build me up or tear me down?”
- Your body is your temple. Treat it accordingly.
Submitted by admin on April 12, 2010 - 10:30 am
Submitted by admin on April 9, 2010 - 10:30 am
26 Million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions of others are at increased risk. The kidneys are vital organs, responsible not only for the removal of waste and fluid from our bodies but also so many other things such as: regulating blood and water levels in the body, removing drugs and toxins and releasing hormones into the body, which help with making red blood cells, promoting strong bones and regulating blood pressure. All that said, I am very excited to announce that I am now a Spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. I am looking forward to doing what I can to increase awareness and prevention of CKD and to stress the need for organ donations.
On Saturday, June 19th I will participate in the Orange County Kidney Walk at University of California, Irvine. Join me for the Kidney Walk “Warm Up” and then walk with hundreds of others, each doing their part to raise funds and attention to the prevention of kidney disease.
Submitted by admin on April 8, 2010 - 10:30 am
For your chance towin The Secret please leave a comment in the box below. (Please submit comments by Thursday, April15th, 2010 at 7:00AM PDT).
Submitted by admin on April 7, 2010 - 10:30 am
My poor son has all of the food allergies that you would never want to wish on a toddler. He’s allergic to dairy, soy, wheat, egg whites and nuts. What can he eat, you ask? Well, for a long time I resorted to grilling a piece of meat or fish and steaming some vegetables. Boring! It got to the point that even I was tired of making the same thing everyday. I was sure that Vincent was sick of seeing the same thing todos los días. So I broke down and bought a couple of cookbooks (para ninos) on Amazon.com. One was an “allergy” cookbook, however the other one wasn’t. It was Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious. (Yes, she’ Jerry Seinfeld’s wife). Since Vincent is allergic to wheat I had to find an alternative to traditional bread crumbs. Well, I did. I got them at Whole Foods and they are made from rice bread. I also used rice milk and I skipped the parmesan all together. (Although I am sure that I could have found rice parmesan, too). My point is that I was able to make a dinner that was something other than a piece of meat and some veggies and it was really good, good enough for my husband and I to enjoy, too!
Here are the ingredients:
- 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs (seasoned)
- 1/2 cup nonfat skim milk
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion , finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery , finely chopped
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup carrot puree
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup bottled tomato sauce
- 4 slices turkey bacon
Submitted by admin on April 6, 2010 - 2:30 pm
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
Submitted by admin on April 2, 2010 - 10:30 am
WIN DINNER WITH ME!
The evening before the race MORE/Fitness Magazines will be having a Pre-Race Pasta Dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. I am looking forward to attending and getting psyched for the race, the following morning. I’d like to invite ONE of you* to join me for the pre-race pasta dinner. If you’d like to have dinner with me on Saturday, April 24th, at the Hard Rock Café please leave a comment, with the reason why, below. ¡Buena Suerte!
*Please note: This contest is for residents of the Greater NYC area. (You must live within 25 miles from Manhattan to participate). The winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 17th, 2010.
Submitted by admin on April 1, 2010 - 10:30 am
I was just turned on to this book by La Buena Life Member, (and blogger), Carrie Writes. She actually blogged about positivity and this book yesterday. According to one review I read on Amazon.com, this book really is amazing and we should ALL read it. ADDING MORE ~ing TO YOUR LIFE has received 5 star review by almost all reviewers. Here’s what one woman had to say about it:
Exactly what I needed…,
This review is from: ADD MORE ing TO YOUR LIFE: A Hip Guide to Happiness (Paperback)
I am so grateful that I was guided to this book. “Add More ing” is unlike any other self help book I have read and I have read my fair share! Gabby presents the material in a way that is easy to understand and lovingly guides you on this amazing, life changing journey. I read the book straight through and now I am revisiting each chapter for about 30 days. I have already noticed positive changes in my life since starting my “ing journey”. If you commit to the work, you to can change your life and find that happiness and a sense of peace that you desire. Stop listening to the nasty stories your ego is telling you and “Add More ing to your Life”!
I’m going to trust Carrie Writes and Amazon.com and offer this book as my Tentacion Giveaway this week.
For your chance to win ADDING MORE ~ing TO YOUR LIFE: A Hip Guide to Happiness please leave a comment in the box below. (Please submit comment by Thursday, April 8th, 2010).
Submitted by admin on March 30, 2010 - 3:00 pm
As you all know, I usually feature a healthy, (and yummy), recipe on Wednesdays. This week, La Buena Life Member, CJ Arabia, sent me some information on this gourmet vegetarian food line, Life Foods. So I thought that I’d let you all know about it, too. These frozen meals are made with soy and wheat protein and have no cholesterol, trans fats, preservatives or msg. They are currently available at 9 Whole Foods Markets and all Famima Markets.
Here’s what CJ Has to say about Life Foods, (taken from one of her blogs),
“Since I wrote that article about being a vegetarian a few month’s ago a few things have changed. I have not gone vegetarian sadly enough… BUT I have been eating less meat. A lot less meat. I get vegetarian breakfast sausages, Morning Star Farms rocks. They make NOT eating meat really easy. I still eat meat but not every day. I get lots of protein too. One delicious thing I’ve discovered is these Life Foods gourmet vegetarian entrees. My sister brought me a couple to try because she knows the woman who created them and she loves them and she wanted to try them. She knows I’m trying to lose weight. These vegetarian frozen meals have been a life saver. They taste like meat and feel like meat in your mouth. The flavors are really good too. That Sauteed Sirloin is sweet and spicy and delicious. At about $5 a pop they are great to take to work and heat up in the microwave. You’re saving an animal’s life every time you eat one so even if you don’t want to go completely vegetarian but like me, try to eat less meat you’ll enjoy these healthy low calorie meals. I’ve been eating them as part of my diet and I’ve lost 10 lbs so I know they work…”
Submitted by admin on March 29, 2010 - 10:30 am
I can’t believe that there are only 4 more weeks until the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon that I am training for. I am feeling confident that I won’t totally collapse at the finish line, (and more importantly, that I will MAKE it to the finish line). Training for this race I have been more inspired to exercise than ever before. Each week I schedule my workouts right into my iPhone and in the past month I have only missed one workout, (last Monday when I was feeling run down). In general, I feel great, am getting in rock star shape and more importantly, I see that I have inspired some of you to kick your exercise up a notch. That’s fantastic!!!
If I’ve inspired you to workout please share, below.
Submitted by admin on March 26, 2010 - 10:30 am
Submitted by admin on March 25, 2010 - 10:30 am
This week I had the pleasure of tasting Talking Rain Twist natural, certified organic juice water. A natural blend with a twist of juice. I love the combination of flavors in this non-carbonated, lightly sweetened water, made from artesian well water.* I just finished a bottle of the Pomegranate Blueberry flavor, which was delicious! It only had a hint of natural sweetness, produced by agave nectar. It’s the perfect drink for the person that thinks water is boring. I like that it’s refreshing but not overly sweet, as most flavored waters tend to be. And the best part is that it has only 9 calories per serving. So drink up! Organic flavors include: Mango Açaí, West Indies Lime, Mandarin White Tea, Pomegranate Blueberry, Wild Strawberry and Lemon. As I type I am enjoying the Mango Açaí flavor. (I think that I like this one even more than the Pomegranate Blueberry. The best part? A portion of the proceeds go to find a cure for breast cancer). 🙂
ONE Lucky La Buena Life Member will win samples of Twist Naturals Certified Organic Juice Water. For your chance to win visit DrinkTwist.com to check out all of the flavors and more. Report back to LaBuenaLife.com and tell us which flavor speaks most to you and why, in the comment box below. If you’re lucky I’ll choose YOU as the lucky winner. (Please submit comments by Thursday, 4/1/10 at 7:00AM PDT).
*Artesian well water comes from a confined “artesian” aquifier whose water is pressurized and therefore flows out of the well, without pumping.
Submitted by admin on March 24, 2010 - 10:30 am
Aside from my dad’s homemade waffles, covered with fresh strawberry pureé (yes, I eat waffles), my favorite breakfast is huevos rancheros-healthy style. I eat eggs almost every day, but my favorite way is Mexican style. The ingredients are:
Submitted by admin on March 23, 2010 - 10:30 am
As most of you know, running is new for me. (I shouldn’t even call it running, it’s jogging, really). Anyway, the idea of jogging for long periods of time is not really my idea of a good time. But I have committed to participating in the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon on April 25th, so I’d better get used to jogging.
- Having a goal and a workout routine. (I have NEVER been so diligent about my training routine as I have been over the past 3 weeks).
- Skin Glowing (no breakouts since I started training for the half marathon)
- Favorite Jeans Fitting Better
- Endorphin-induced good mood
- Sexy, Shapely Legs
Submitted by admin on March 19, 2010 - 10:30 am
A friend of mine returned from Haiti, two nights ago, where he was providing his medical assistance (he’s an E.R. doctor in NYC). Next week my best friend (also an E.R. doctor) will head to Haiti for the same purpose. So as you can imagine, doing my part, (to help those less fortunate), has been heavy on my mind this week. Although, we are not all trained to assist at that level, nor able to travel to Haiti, for most of us donating something (albeit $10) to relief efforts of the Haitian disaster, or any other great disaster is quite manageable.
The World Vision organization has a staff of 800 in Haiti, doing tremendous work. But that’s not all that this organization does. World Vision helps children worldwide, everyday. And you can also. For about $1 a day you can sponsor a child most any where. (Why, most people spend more than that on a coffee each day). And I love that you can even choose to the child you sponsor by country, gender and/or their birth date.
If you are interested in learning more about World Vision please Click Here.
Submitted by admin on March 18, 2010 - 10:30 am
Do you love American Idol? Well now you can download music performed by the top 12 contestants on iTunes. Heck, you can download whatever you want, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Beatles, Dizzy Gillespie or even TV and movies! Gotta love shopping at your fingertips. That being said, this week I thought that I’d give away something that everyone would enjoy, a $15 iTunes gift card.
ONE (1) Lucky La Buena Life Member will win this gift card. For your chance to jam to your favorite tunes or watch your favorite TV show or movie leave your comment below. (Please submit comment by 7:00AM PDT Thursday, 3/25/10.
Submitted by admin on March 17, 2010 - 3:30 pm
4 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups raw whole grain quinoa
1 cucumber, sliced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup lightly steamed broccoli florets
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
dash salt and pepper, to taste (sea salt tastes best)
For Cooking Instructions
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