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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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Do you ever feel those last two days/weeks/months have been everything BUT healthy? no exercise, a lot of “specials”… And at this point, getting back on track seems almost impossible – especially that first step, right?

Well, I’ve got news (or just a reminder) for you: not only is it “possible”, but it’s actually very doable!

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Step #1:
Acknowledge that it starts Here and Now. Not tomorrow after that business trip of yours.

Step #2: Identify that barrier between you and your exercise: is it physical, psychological or a hibrid of both?

  • Ex: It’s been three days  I have not exercised at all and have not been eating well to say the least – I STILL feel full and bloated, etc. Even my daily gigantic water intake was out the window!
    Needless to explain how I feel… but it’d be pretty close to an old, dried-up, very slow… something!
    Just the thought of going on a 5 miles run seems to be straight out of a Fairy Tale/Fantasy book… Heck, I’m not even sure I could do a mile right now!
    As sad and pathetic as this is, I KNOW I don’t have a choice: the more I wait, the harder it’s gonna be, and quite frankly, I can’t bare the thought of anything harder than that, so onto phase #3!

Step #3: Fix it, step by step!

Here’s what I’m gonna do:

  1. Pick up my dear bottle of water and never let it leave my side… ever again! (OK – maybe just for the next couple of days)
  2. Go for a walk with my new BFF Aquafina. That will make me realize my legs are still capable of moving (thank god!) and well it’s a great way to fill that lunch hour!
  3. Finally, I feel almost ready to tackle the monster: I lace-up my running shoes, do 10-20 push-ups to get the blood flowing (really it just makes me feel really BAD-ASS!!) and head-out the door… Without giving a chance to my mind to convince me otherwise! I’m not going all out, just a nice and short run is enough to get my motivation back on track so tomorrow I’ll have a great souvenir of it and will want to do it all-over again!

OK: I talk the talk, now onto walking the walk! – Literally 😉

What are your “Back on Track” stories and tricks?

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I’m very excited to be back! This summer announces to be great and filled with many many fun things. Among others, I’m going to an Elementary-school reunion – that’s right! – but more on that later… Also doing a bike tour of the state of New-York (6 days & 70 miles each day) for which I’m a bit apprehensive but very excited and of course my marathon training. But most important of all, I will be posting again 🙂

Mainly it’s the same concept as it was:

  • Monday: Healthy Recipe
  • Tuesday: Sports and exercise related articles
  • Wednesday: Nutrition topics
  • Thursday: Something new
  • Friday: Challenges and articles involving the blogging community 🙂

I hope you will forgive me for abandoning you all so abruptly, and let me know if there are things you would like to see on Three Green Leaves!

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Hello Everyone!

Disclaimer: I’m not coming back yet, but I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

I’m writing an extensive research paper on childhood obesity and I want to know what YOU think!!

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1) Do you believe in a National Obesity “Epidemic”? and why?

2) If the answer is yes, what do YOU think should be done to reverse it?

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Ask as many people as you can/want and let me know 🙂

Thank you so much, I really hope to hear your thoughts!

– Kloé

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So maybe I haven’t talked much about it, but stretching as you all know is SO important. It may prevent injuries, warm your body up and cool it down after a good exercise session. More than that, it is so relaxing when we actually take the time to do it well, and it gives a very positive ending to whatever activity you were doing.
So let’s take a little break from the crunches and all, and focus on warm-ups and cool-downs.

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Goal: a total of 60 minutes of stretching for the coming week

That means only 10 minutes a day for 6 days, but do it well!

Enjoy that little break from boot camp!

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Unless you are one of those who cannot tolerate lactose, you probably never gave much thought about your dearies. I mean, why would you right? Well did you know that lactose intolerance can developed at any age? Yep, that’s right. Because you don’t have a problem with your milk now, doesn’t mean it’ll stay this way. I don’t mean to scare you off, I just think that the more you know the better!

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There are some important distinction to make between Lactose Intolerance and Lactose Maldigestion. The latter is a normal pattern of physiology that often begins that often begins to develop at about 3 to 5 years old. This primary form is estimated to affect 75% of the world population and consists of abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea after consuming LARGE amounts of lactose although not everybody will experience symptoms. When significant symptoms are developed after any lactose intake, it is called Lactose Intolerance. All this is caused by a decreased lactase production which is needed in order to properly digest lactose.

Here’s what you can do that will help:

  1. Most people can tolerate 1/2 to 1 cup of milk with meals.
  2. Combine your lactose-product with other foods to slow the digestive process and give more time for Lactasa action.
  3. Combine with higher content fat food, slowing even more the digestion.
  4. Hard cheese is usually easier to digest, due to the loss of most lactose in its production.
  5. Yogurt is also easier to digest because of the bacteria cultures.
  6. Try low-lactose milk
  7. Lactase pills are available if needed (consult your dietitian first)

I also wanted to talk about the many alternatives to Cow milk, because they are super tasty and are the perfect substitute.

Soy Milk:

  • one of the more cost-effective milk alternatives;
  • high in protein
  • strong, distinctive taste

Almond Milk:

  • high in protein
  • high in “good fats” and Vitamin E
  • blends well in coffee, baking, etc.
  • Here’s a home-made recipe by a fellow blogger!

Rice Milk:

  • very sweet (esp. vanilla)
  • low in protein
  • very watery texture

Hemp Milk:

  • decent amount of protein
  • watery texture

Oat Milk:

  • similar to Hemp Milk (protein and texture)
  • mild nutty taste

So I hope this was helpful, and have fun experimenting with all those different milk varieties!

Do you have a favorite cow milk alternative?

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