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As I was reading the Clean Eating magazine (great by the way!) I came across a two-week eating plan for which you have to cook every recipes. Since I have a lot of time on my hands for the next couple weeks and I like a good challenge, I decided to tackle it. They even gave me a grocery list: how awesome is that?

I’ll be sharing with you  the good recipes and the plan specifics.

Later today: Salmon & Artichoke Quesadillas .

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I was reading an article that Kelly posted and it made me want to share this with you. I don’t know if it’s ethically correct, but I’m still gonna do it!

Remember when I asked the QUESTION whether or not you believe in the childhood obesity epidemic? All of you answered positively and truly believed that something must be done and supported the programs already in movement.

Well, I asked a similar question (what do you think of the whole obesity talk) but on a different blog, with a very different demographic and I got some very SHOCKING answers.

  • ” I think the media tends to make a big deal out of things just to make good stories. Recent case in point – the H1N1 scare, just for one example.”
  • “Most of that is just garbage. Americans, and others, are easily fooled by the fat scam. People judge health on looks and companies cash-in on this fact. It really is NOT about BEING healthy, it is about LOOKING healthy.”
  • “There is no epidemic, however there are BILLIONS of dollars working hard to scare you into their waiting arms”

Then I posted the speech Michelle Obama gave in support to the cause… Here are the reactions:

  • “How do you give working parents more time? How do you make healthier food more affordable? Build more health food stores (with what money?) and allow them to accept food stamps for the poor?”
  • “I think the studies that link general obesity with disease are skewed in many ways”
  • “I think there are 100 other things that this administration should be worried about other than childhood obesity. I’m sick of the government stepping in and trying to parent our kids.”

So I was very surprised when I read those comments, because I thought EVERYONE would support this cause 100%. But that’s the reality of things. And if we want to change anything (childhood Obesity?) we need to understand both sides of the issue.

Does that surprise you? What do you think? Knowing that, do you think different strategies should be put in place to counter the “obesity epidemic”?

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Quick reminder that today is your LAST CHANCE to complete your challenge, so good luck to all, me included!

– Check your score here!

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Woah, so last night I did my first Plyo workout for the Challenge, and let me tell you they are CHALLENGING! so if you haven’t had a chance to look over the New Challenge, here’s an overview:

THE CORE + PLYO CHALLENGE
See details Here

The Rules:

  • 1000 crunches & 200 Plyometric B****
  • You have until next Thursday (February 4th 11:59PM) to turn in your numbers.
  • Update me as often as you can by leaving a comment on the wall
  • Bring in as many people as you can, to help me and the world to be a FITTER and HEALTHIER place!
  • There’s a reason why I called it the Plyometric B****. If you REALLY can’t do it, just omit the push-up and stay in plank position.
  • JUST DO IT!

How Do You Get In? Just leave a message saying “I’m in” and I’ll put your name up on the board!

– Kloé

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RACE/CHALLENGE DAY IS BACK AGAIN! You can check out the results from last week’s Challenge Here. Due to high demand (three people, oh yeah ;-)) the Core Challenge: Crunch 1000 will be back for a third consecutive week. I encourage everybody to join, guys & girls, newbies & vets, athletes & couch lovers, etc. The scores will be updated everyday. To see the Scoreboard Click the Green Apple!

Click Here!

So having a strong core is great, but there’s more to being fit than abs. Last Tuesday, I introduced one of my favorite moves:
It incorporates cardio, biceps, triceps, chest, back, core, glutes, legs, and basically every single muscles in your body. It uses your own body weight, and is in my opinion one of the hardest greatest move out there. Since I forgot its actual name, we’ll just call it the Plyometric B****.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start in standing position, feet shoulder-width apart. You must execute this move as quickly as you can while maintaining a good form!
  2. Bring your hands to the floor in front of your feet, and jump into push-up position.
  3. Do a Push-up: Keep back as straight as possible, core tight and lower so your chin is two inches from the ground, and come back up.
  4. Quickly bring your feet to your hands, and jump as high as you can. This is ONE

The Rules:

  • 1000 crunches & 200 Plyometric B****
  • You have until next Thursday (February 4th 11:59PM) to turn in your numbers.
  • Update me as often as you can by leaving a comment on the wall
  • Bring in as many people as you can, to help me and the world to be FITTER and HEALTHIER!
  • There’s a reason why I called it the Plyometric B****. If you REALLY can’t do it, just omit the push-up and stay in plank position.
  • JUST DO IT!

How Do You Get In? Just leave a message saying “I’m in” and I’ll put your name up on the board!

How to incorporate Plyo in your already existing workout routine:

  1. Use the Plyo as a hard-core warm-up to your runs
  2. Finish hard with the Plyo and the Abs
  3. Do an interval workout: Weights-Plyo-Weights-Plyo or Cardio-Plyo-cardio… you get the point!
  4. Be Creative!

Join The Challenge for the second/third week, and all you have to do is your best! It is a friendly competition, and YOU are your biggest competitor! So get on the mat and prove to yourself that you can do it!

I know there are a lot more moves out there then just crunches, so use common sense to count it
Update me as frequently as you can by leaving a comment on the wall!

– Kloé

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Triglycerides, glycerol, phospholipids, sterols… what? We hear so many different things concerning “fats” (take this, not that, limit this and eat more of that…) making it really tricky to understand, even more to apply in real life situations.

Rule #1: As tempting as it may seem, DO NOT eliminate lipids (fats) from your diet!

The reason for this (rule #1) is that lipids provide energy, insulates and protect your body and organs like kidneys from injuries, and transports the fat-soluble vitamins in the blood stream. A deficiency in fats not only would jeopardize these functions, but would also cause unhealthy skin and diarrhea. Also by eliminating fats from your diet, you will find yourself constantly unsatisfied. Lipids are vital!

So just to clear that out, here’s a quick review on the main Lipid Families:

  1. The “Bad” Fats
    • Saturated fats:
      red meat, whole-milk products, cheeses, coconut milk and oil, palm oil, cocoa butter…
    • Cholesterol:
      meats, egg yolks, cheese, mayonnaise, liver, etc.
    • Trans fats (partially hydrogenated fats):
      shortening, baked goods, cakes, doughnuts, deep fried foods, etc.
  2. The “Good” fats
    • Unsaturated fats (monosaturated fats):
      olive oil, canola oil,
    • Polysaturated fats (including omegas):
      salmon, sardines, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, corn oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, etc.

Now that’s great, but how do I incorporate this (and how much of) in my diet?

  1. The suggested daily consumption of all fats should not exceed 20% to 35% of your calories intake. Since all kinds of lipids are very high in calories (9kcal/gram) you should monitor your intake regardless of the kind of fat, in order to maintain a healthy weight.
  2. For the “Bad” fats you should have no more than (*based on 2000 cal. diet):
    • 7% of total energy intake from Saturated fats
      1 Tbsp of butter = 3,3%*
    • 1% of total energy intake from trans fats
      – 1 doughnut = 1.75%*
    • 300mg per day of Cholesterol
      – 1 egg yolk=210 mg and 3 oz of turkey=70 mg
  3. For the “Good” fats, you should aim at 5% of omega fats a day, and make the majority of fat consumption Polyunsaturated and Unsaturated fats.
  4. Considering all this info, when you are at the store, look at the food label and the ingredient list. If a high-lipid content food is listed at the top of the list, it means it is in high quantity. The ingredient lists are always in decreasing order from the most abundant to the least.

Finally, it is a well known fact that lipids can cause cardiovascular diseases, but can also help prevent them. Here’s how to:

  • Consume overall healthy diet (including recommended amounts of lipids)
  • Consume fish, especially oily fish, at least twice a week
  • Aim for healthy body weight
  • Be physically active
  • Avoid use/exposure of tobacco products
  • Choose and prepare your food with minimum or no salt
  • Alcohol in moderation

So as usual, everything goes, but in moderation… Like chocolate 🙂 What’s your guilty pleasure?

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So here it is, the taboo subject of self-respecting exercisers and gym goers, runners and cyclists (wanting more than toned legs), or simply those wanting to lose some weight. At least in my case, I hope no one ever sees me breaking a sweat in my living room, doing lunges, hops and squats to the rhythms of cheap techno beats. Oh I’m not talking about the wiiiiii and all those new high-tech things, just the old DVD! I mean seriously: the roads, hills, mountains, 100miles bike ride, marathon, ultra, triathlon, you name it, will give you a deserved sweat and amazing feeling of accomplishment (and it’s just so Bad Ass), but a DVD? The truth is that yes, it can give you quite a good deal for your time. Oh, and remember that article On Running and Injuries? Well THIS is the perfect prevention/healing plan!

I like to think that I’m in pretty good cardiovascular shape and quite strong.. but these always challenge me:

  1. Rock Hard Total Body by Marco Reed (ExerciseTv)
    It’s a 40 min (no stretching included) of full body and cardio blast. And I mean the Cardio blast! The design is 45sec. intense all-out on one move, then 15sec. rest, then onto the next move, etc. So it’s always alternating 45 work 15 rest.
    My Favorite move:
    (as fast as you can with most power in the jump while keeping a good form)

    ***the stick figures are an original idea of Marie (told you I liked it!)

    For this workout all you’ll need is a set of dumbbells. I use the 5lbs and my boyfriend uses the 10lbs, and it kills both of us!
    Pro: great cardio, and weight workout
    Con: could use a bit more abs

  2. No More Trouble Zones by Jillian Michaels
    It’s a 40 min. circuit training targeting arms, but, hips, tummy, and all those little imperfections. I don’t get much of a cardio workout, but my muscles are certainly working. It’s HARD! Use 3lbs-8 lbs (I use 3lbs and 5lbs depending on the move). Overall, that’s one of my favorite full-body sculpting DVD.
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  3. Perfect Abs by  Bodywisdom Media
    It’s divided in two categories: Beginner and Advanced. Each have three sections and they are all are very challenging. What I like about it, is that it’s STRAIGHT TO THE POINT and it really works you out (the burning feeling in your abs!). The one thing I don’t like is her voice, but that’s why Mute exists 🙂 (Ok, that wasn’t very nice)!

So what’s your (honest) opinion on workout DVDs, and which ones are your favorites?

– Kloé

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