March 30, 2011

Better Core, Better Life

Core exercises are really important to do! Having core strength and stability is necessary for any activity.
Most of us think that doing core exercises will give us 6-pack abs. And unfortunately this is wrong. But, don’t worry, it's not your fault if you did think that. Most pictures and advertising, glorify abs. Everyone then has an obsession with 6-pack abs...



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March 25, 2011

More On Quinoa

I’ve noticed that in the Post-Workout Dinner post, quinoa got a lot of attention. I thought it was a good idea to expand a little on this wonder food.
I'm gonna make full disclosure: I love quinoa. Texture, flavor and nutrition facts just makes it the perfect food for me. So my judgement it’s totally biased. I really think that you should give it a shot and I’m quite positive that at some point it will become part of your diet.




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March 24, 2011

A Big Problem: Food Coloring

Food coloring is any substance, liquid or powder, that is added to food and beverages to enhance color and flavor. Commercially produced food coloring is usually comes from either natural sources or synthetic materials. All food coloring is edible but some people may have a sensitivity to it.

Food manufacturers use food colors to create fantastic colors for candy, soda, and chips, but food coloring can also be added to fresh foods to give them a more "natural" look, or to give the consumer what they expect: like more orange oranges!
Today it is often used in some protein foods as tuna or meat to enhance the color, appearance and make the product look fresh.

Often, but unfortunately not always, food dyes are listed on food labels with a number next to them; these are commercially produced dyes approved by the FDA.


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Take Good Care of Your Cartilage

If you’re a runner, cyclist, skier, triathlete, yogi or else you have probably met, spoken or heard of somebody that had major cartilage problems...in the worst case scenario you might be the person experiencing this (though I hope not!)
Sometime such injury is so severe that people are forced to quit for good whatever sport they are practising.

Runners should especially be aware of the injuries that might occur to their cartilage and try their best to prevent it because once the damage is done there’s almost no way back.





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March 21, 2011

In Defense Of Carbs

After reading the article “Carbs: the ultimate enemy?” I feel compelled to step into the discussion and stand up in defense of carbohydrates.
Let’s start by saying that I do strongly believe that not all carbohydrates are bad for you, actually some (the complex ones) are good for you. We cannot rag this important macronutrient.
Truth is that following an hyperproteic diet can be very dangerous for your body and you’ll figure that out after some years.
Certainly in 4 weeks your body will be slim and tonic but what about your general health?
These are some of the side effects of an hyperproteic diet: kidney failure, concentration of high levels of free radicals, alteration of the gut flora, spike in cholesterol and last but not least what about all the toxins, antibiotics and hormones that you can find in the meat?



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March 19, 2011

How Many Calories Is A Pound Of Fat?

This question is one every person starting a diet thinks about.
Because if you start a diet the first thing that pops into your mind is: “How long will it take me to drop those extra pounds off?"
The simple answer to how many calories must be burned to lose a pound of weight is essentially the number of calories in a pound of fat.


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March 18, 2011

Carbs: the ultimate enemy?

In an article published on the March, 2011 issue of Details magazine entitled “Are Carbs More Addictive Than Cocaine”, journalist Paul John Scott claims that carbs should be treated as your ultimate enemy and that it’s actually carbs not fat that make food fattening.
I really enjoyed reading this article so I thought it would be interesting to go through it and then discuss the outcomes of it.



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March 17, 2011

Soy Milk: Good Or Bad?

This topic is a controversial one.
Every single person I've spoken to has a very different (and strong) opinion on soy milk. Some say it’s good for you others that it’s really bad and that you should be very careful, finally others do not care and just drink it because they like it (I kinda like those kind of persons). 
Personally, I discovered soy milk not a long time ago. Through my roomie Svet. She's obsessed with vanilla soy lattes. Whenever she goes out she comes back home holding a "tall one". So it was only a matter of time before she got me hooked on it. 
Next thing I know, I find myself buying a big carton of vanilla soy milk at Whole Foods. I literally love the taste. It's so good.
As I didn’t know much about milk soy I decided to do a little bit of research on it. That's when I found out that there is some controversy around this product.

Glass Of Soy Milk

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March 14, 2011

Balsamic Vinegar Unveiled

The traditional balsamic vinegar first appeared around 1000AD in Modena (Italy).
There is no documented history on how balsamic vinegar was born. According to some, it all started out randomly in a kitchen household, where a certain amount of grape cooked must, the so-called Saba (which was back then used as a sweetener) was forgot in a kitchen pot and found again only after some time when the acetification/fermentation process was already taking place.



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March 12, 2011

The Awesomeness of Bikram Yoga

Ok, I’ll admit it...I’m addicted to Bikram yoga. I started almost two years ago and since then I can’t get enough.
I remember the first time I walked in class. Being a triathlete, I tend to have the attitude that nothing can stop me so I thought: “This is going to be a piece of cake!
Well, I’ve never been more wrong in my life. The heat almost "killed" me and, on top of that, the lack of flexibility in my muscles and joints made my life miserable for the whole 90 minutes.
Fortunately I’m mad about challenges
so I told myself “This is not over Bikram Yoga, not by a long shot!”. I had to become good at it, no matter what.
After few weeks of practice I’ve noticed how the improved flexibility made my life easier in swimming and running (in particular, more powerful strokes and longer steps).
It was then settled, I would include Bikram Yoga in my triathlon training routine. The Awesomeness of Bikram Yoga


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