My Grandma Used To Say...

October 15, 2012

When I was at my grandma’s place as a little kid, and I would ask her for something to eat - outside of mealtimes - she would say: “You’re hungry? Eat an apple!” When I would refuse her offer, she would then reply: “You don’t want an apple? You must not be hungry!

In her way, she was right in challenging my request for food, because, 99% of the times it was driven only by craving, not real hunger.
Today, I hold to that lesson close, and every time I feel like I want to eat something I stop and think about it for a moment : “Am I really hungry? Or am I just craving something?
What about you: are you able to distinguish between cravings and hunger?

The Iron You

Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Brownies

October 14, 2012

We love pumpkin, we love chocolate, we love brownies, and we love treats that are high in protein. That is why this recipe is just perfect.
I won’t hide it. It took me a long time, and several attempts to get the right balance of flavors and texture. In the end I got it right.
In a way pumpkin and chocolate are not exactly meant to be together. It is a sort of weird combination.
So when I first saw the original recipe at my mum’s place in one of her cookbook, I was like: “This doesn’t sound right...” Nevertheless, I gave it a go, and it was quite delicious. Filled with sugar and fats but delicious. I knew I had to tweak it quite a lot to make more IronYou compliant. Some dramatic changes were involved, but ended up with those rad dudes.

Ironman: The Masters Of Water, Air and Earth

October 13, 2012

I seldom talk about triathlons and Ironman on this blog, but today is different.
Today, October 13 2012, in Kona, Hawaii the Ironman World Championship will take place, and I’m just too excited not to talk about Ironman. Let me do it, I promise it will be for this one time only.
Have you ever thought about what it takes to be an Ironman? And more specifically, who are those guys? A bunch of individuals that push their bodies beyond human limits, becoming part of an elite group that goes where no athlete has gone before and that masters of 3 out of the 4 elements: water, air and earth.

It Never Gets Easier, You Just Get Better

October 10, 2012

With running, as with any other sport, the more you do it, the better you become at it.
You may run faster and for longer distances, but it never feel like it’s easy.
6 miles are still 6 miles at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter how slow or fast you go, it’s always challenging.
The more trained you are, the easier it will be to run them, but you still have to run them.
As a matter of fact: it never gets easier, you just get better!
It Never Gets Easier, You Just Get Better

The Amazing Properties Of Pumpkin: October's Superfood!

October 9, 2012

There’s much more to pumpkins than just that Jack-O-Lantern or filling a pie for Thanksgiving dinner. This vegetable is an amazing source of Vitamin A, antioxidants and fiber, but very low in calories. That’s only if you consider the orange flesh, because if you take into account the seeds then there’s an additional array of health benefits you'll get from this veggie.
In other words, there’s never 'too much' when using pumpkin in your kitchen!

Do You Need A Personal Trainer?

October 8, 2012

Not everybody needs a personal trainer, but most do. The main reasons being that a lot of people don’t have a clue of what to do at the gym, while others lack the necessary motivation to get to the gym in the first place.
Having a personal trainer comes in handy: providing the necessary motivation, instructions, feedback and, moreover, accountability to exercise.
Personal trainers can be expensive, but you might need to hire one for just a couple of sessions to get you started and, afterwards, from time to time, touch base with him to revise your training routine.
First thing is to figure out whether you need one or not.

Saffron Brown Rice Risotto With Ginger and Turmeric

October 6, 2012

Brown Rice Risotto with Saffron, Turmeric and Ginger

Risotto with saffron, is also known as “Risotto alla milanese”, being the staple food of the city of Milan in Italy.
Legends about this risotto date back to the Middle Ages, when it is told that Sicilian merchants would travel all the way north to Milan, bringing spices along for trade. They would cook steamed rice adding saffron for color and flavor.
It was not until the 17th century that the real Risotto alla milanese is cooked in the kitchens of affluent families in Milan. The rice would be prepared with butter, saffron, cinnamon and 6 egg yolks “to give the rice a nice yellow color” (yes, no kidding, 6 egg yolks).
That recipe evolved over the centuries to become the current version we all know: rice cooked with onion, white wine, stock and saffron.
Today, keeping the original recipe in mind, we’re going to tweak it, and make an healthier version of this risotto.
Brown Rice Risotto with Saffron, Turmeric and Ginger

Are You Getting Enough Zinc?

October 5, 2012

Zinc is an essential micronutrient necessary to maintain a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. If this is not enough, zinc also helps cells in the body communicating, as it’s used by the body as a neurotransmitter.
Notwithstanding its importance, it has been reported that as many as 2 billion people around the world have diets that are deficient in this important mineral, and even in affluent countries, such as the US, about 12% of the population is probably at risk of zinc deficiency. This figure raises to almost 40% if we take into consideration the elderly.
A new research has unveiled, for the first time, a biological mechanism by which zinc deficiency can develop with age, leading to a decline of the immune system and increased inflammation associated with many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes.
In other words, we should give zinc more credit, especially as we age!

Suggested Reading: Seeds Of Deception

October 4, 2012

There’s a lot of talking going on about GMOs these days. Part of it is due to California Proposition 37 that, if passed, will require proper labeling on food containing GMO. Part of it is due to a recently published French research suggesting that genetically modified foods may cause cancer overtime. Part of it is due to the total lack of knowledge on GMOs by most of the population.
I used to know very little about GMOs and I’m currently trying to fill this gap. I somehow assumed that GMOs were bad but didn’t know what they actually are, where you can find them, and so on...
During my research I stumbled upon a book “Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey Smith: the world's bestselling and #1 rated book on GMO. It provided for a great reading experience and plenty of information on GMOs. I strongly suggest you give it a go!

Vegan Protein Zucchini Bread

October 2, 2012

Vegan Protein Zucchini Bread

Some recipes are just meant to be. They are perfect in all respect. This is one of them
Easy to make, tastes awesome and - last but not least - has a great nutritional value.
I could brag for hours about how good this protein zucchini bread is, but instead I’m just gonna point out the few awesome things about it.