The Superfoods That Could Change the Way You Eat, Feel, and Live – Oprah’s O’s Editor in Chief Discovers Shakeology
I just purchased the newest copy of O Magazine and look what I found, an in depth article describing how the Editor In Chief Traveled with Shakeology creator Daren Olien in search of the Finest Ingredients of Shakeology (You can see more video on Where Shakeology comes from: From the Fields) I have been drinking Shakeology for the last year and a half and my personal results have been: Increased Energy, feeling Satiated, lowered Blood Pressure, Regulated Blood Sugar which lasts throughout my whole day, my Kids absolutely love it, since I had already lost the weight I needed to lose, weight loss has not been an issue. My friends have shared their personal experience with Shakeology which include: weight loss, gain of energy, significant drop in Cholesterol, regulation of Blood Sugar (Video: How Shakeology is Certified Low Glycemic), perfect for anyone, especially those suffering from High Cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes. So O Magazine featuring this article just makes sense.
Darren Olien: From the Fields
What is Shakeology Equivalent to: Nutrition Simplified
Want to know more about What Doctors Are Saying about it?
Why Nutrition is just as important as those Exercise Hours you are spending.
Ok, so I posted a while back how p90x has made an enormous difference in my Hockey Game. I would also post how a round of Insanity has made an enormous difference in my Hockey Game but the day before I was scheduled to do the entire 60 days, I blocked a Slapshot with my Kneecap. Guess my very heavily padded shinguards need to be replaced. So I attempted a couple weeks of Insanity until I realized it was doing me no good, considering I was competing in the Womens National Hockey Tournament in Green Bay, WI in a few weeks, I needed to heal my injury, so upperbody work was emphasized. I used P90x, P90x+, and some Insanity (skipping the deep knee moves). By the time Nationals came I was still in tip top shape, I could skate for days even with a bum knee.
Fast Forward to now and I am finally able to maintain deep flexion in my knee (oh didnt mention, that my knee that was hit with the puck fractured and healed but I overcompensated and injured my other knee 🙁 that has been my nemisis). Still cant kneel completely but I am able to do Insanity without any pain. So, the reason I am writing this post is because of the much anticipated TURBOFIRE, created by Chalene Johnson and Steve Edwards (one of the creators of P90x).
I am not a fitness “class” type person, I have always been “one of the guys” that is why I was turned onto p90x originally, great I can do it at home and not look like a goofball trying to get choreography down. So, when Turbofire was originally mentioned I didnt think anything of it. Until, I spoke with Steve Edwards at the 2010 Coaches Summit about the program. He basically said P90x is going to be a game changer. With this High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT you can burn calories 9 times faster, proven. Boy my ears perked up with that comment and thought of Insanity. Well Insanity is Interval Training as well and a killer cardio workout, where you are just dead. The Insanity program is 60 days straight. Here is the most exciting part of the upcoming TurboFire, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE IT WITH OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS P90x and Chalene Extreme. YES!! I can still do my muscle/weight resistance training and burn calories on these HIIT days. How cool is that.
HIIT workouts “will involve some bursts of “all-out” training followed by periods of lower intensity that allow for active recovery (this means your body can recover somewhat even though you haven’t completely stopped exercising).” from naturalphysiques.com . We all know that Hockey is exactly that sprint to the puck, then skate, sprint to the puck, then skate. So not only will the P90x help in strength but TURBOFIRE will help with endurance and you will be able to skate FOREVER.
Now for you MALE hockey players out there, don’t be afraid, really, and I will tell you why. Because I subscribe to Tony Horton‘s One on One workouts I received a free preview TURBOFIRE 15 min HIIT workout. The first time I plugged it in I did it by myself without my hockey playing Husband. Oh My gosh, my heart rate was through the roof and I was literally “burning up”. Chalene’s ALARM went off and it was go, go, go, then recover. I also had my BodyBugg on to really see what the calorie burn was like. Unbelievable, I burned 240 cals in 15 min, what????? I thought there is no way, so next time I was going to enlist (force) my husband to do it with me to see what his take was on it. Put it in and yes once again, over 200 cals burned in just 15 min most importantly, my husband loved it. His quote “I like this one because its short and you really feel like you are doing something”, which of course brought a smile on my face.
So, come June 18th when the TurboFire program will be on Sale Officially, I will be first in line. I can’t wait to use the workouts with my p90x and Skate circles around those men I play with on Thursday nights. Hello Turbo Fire!!
By Joe Wilkes
Beachbody Newsletter #207
For a lot of us, an elegant sit-down family dinner means serving the chicken without the bucket. Having to work until 5:00 or 6:00 at night and then having to come home and whip up something your children will eat and won’t get you reported to Protective Services can be a challenge for anyone. Then after the cooking, the serving, and potentially the force-feeding, you get to spend the rest of the evening doing the dishes and cleaning your kitchen so you can do it all again tomorrow. They never show that part on Martha Stewart. No wonder you have the pizza place on speed-dial. But it’s possible to eat both quickly and healthily. Here are a few ideas for getting something nutritious on the table in a hurry, and the best part? Only one pot to clean!
(And for single people, invest in some airtight containers, freeze your leftovers, and be a slave to Lean Cuisine® no more!)
- Get to wok. Instead of summoning the deliverymen with the greasy white boxes, try making your own stir-fry feast. You can cut out most of the extra fat, corn syrup, and sodium your takeout place so kindly provides, and if you can enlist some prep help with the chopping, it takes only minutes to cook, and even less time to clean!
- Heat enough olive, peanut, or sesame oil to keep food from sticking to the wok.
- When the oil’s hot, add sliced meat or tofu with some crushed ginger and/or garlic.
- When the meat is cooked through, add your favorite chopped veggies, like carrots, celery, cabbage, onions, snow peas, or scallions (you can chop the veggies while the meat’s cooking).
- Add a dash of low-sodium soy sauce or tamari or a little orange juice to make a sauce and serve!
If you’re not watching your carbs and don’t want to get another pot dirty, follow the microwaveable rice directions in the “Lazy Chef” article earlier in this newsletter. Same rule applies: Go for brown or wild rice. You can also make extra rice and make Quick Rice Surprise the next day, or stir-fry the extra rice with any leftover meat and vegetables. And if you scramble an egg into the mix, you’ve got healthy fried rice—increasing your meal output impressively for virtually the same amount of effort.Shortcut: Many grocery stores sell mixes of stir-fry vegetables already chopped and combined in their produce section or frozen. They won’t be quite as delicious as freshly chopped, but as long as they don’t have any extra ingredients (frozen mixes especially might add some sauce or salt you don’t want), they’re just as healthy.
- Loafing after work. The humble meatloaf. Most of us remember this classic treat from our childhood. It was usually an alchemic combination of ground beef, bread crumbs, ketchup, and whole eggs. Delicious? Yes. Nutritious? Not so much. Much of the deliciousness came from the beef fat soaking the bread crumbs and combining with the egg yolks to give us a couple of days’ worth of saturated fat in one serving. Then there’s all the extra salt and corn syrup the ketchup brings to the party. But it doesn’t have to be this way—a healthy ‘loaf can be made, still be flavorful without the fat, and still maintain enough structural integrity to be repurposed as a sandwich filling the next day.
Shortcut: Take a look a little later on in this newsletter for a terrific reduced-fat meatloaf recipe that follows the principles we’ve just laid out for you. It’s delish!
- Use extra-lean ground beef, or either ground turkey breast or extra-lean ground turkey. Check the label to be sure it’s extra-lean—if it just says “ground turkey,” it can have 15 percent or more fat, and what’s the point of that?
- Next, add some vegetables to the mix. You can add chopped or grated carrots, celery, onions, bell peppers, parsnips—whatever you like. Just watch the amounts of juicier veggies like tomatoes, which can turn your loaf into less appetizing soup. The amount of vegetables should be proportional to the meat. (This is also a great way of slipping veggies to the picky eaters in your family.)
- Instead of adding bread crumbs, try a handful of rolled oats. You’ll get more fiber and they won’t absorb fat the way that bread crumbs will (not that there’s all that much to absorb with this revamped approach to the ‘loaf).
- Add a couple of egg whites, which, along with the oats’ gluten, will provide enough “glue” to hold the ‘loaf together. Also add any fresh herbs, garlic, or other seasonings you enjoy. Mush it all together and shape into the familiar ‘loaf form beloved throughout history..
- Most meatloaf recipes bake in a 350ish-degree oven for an hour or so and call for the ‘loaf to sit for at least 15 minutes to cool, letting the ingredients take time to cohere and giving the flavors time to marry fully.
Also, not good at separating eggs? Most grocery stores sell cartons of egg whites on their own. Or you can use egg substitutes, like Egg Beaters®. In addition to being healthier, they’re also more convenient. No cracking, scrambling, or getting hands and bowls dirty. It may only save a couple of minutes, but those are minutes better devoted to serious ‘loafing!
- Stew in your own juices. Stew. Or as I like to call it, my vegetables’ last stop before Garbagetown. You’re cooking and cleaning out your refrigerator—now that’s multitasking! You can call it stew, goulash, gumbo, cassoulet, ratatouille, cioppino, or ragout, but most importantly, you can call it dinner.
Shortcut: Most supermarkets’ meat departments sell pre-cut cubes of meat or fish, all wrapped up and ready to go. Also, it’s always good to have a couple of favorite staple vegetables in the freezer or a can or two of beans on hand to throw into the pot.
- Put a big pot on the stove. Put a little olive or canola oil in the bottom, and when it heats, brown some raw meat, poultry, fish (best if it’s not too flaky or delicate), or tofu. (If you’re using leftover or precooked meat, just throw it in with the vegetables, and ignore this and the next step.)
- Put the cooked protein aside, drain the fat, and then deglaze the pot with a little red or white wine.
- Next pay a visit to the vegetable morgue, also known as the crisper drawer, and add to the pot whatever looks like it won’t make it through the night (some garlic and onions are always good, too—even if they’re not at death’s door). Root vegetables are traditional favorites here: carrots, turnips, parsnips, and potatoes are all great ingredients for a hearty stew. Smaller ones can be scrubbed, trimmed, and cooked whole; otherwise cut them in one- or two-inch chunks.
- Once the veggies have softened and relinquished their juices, add the meat back in, add some low-sodium chicken, vegetable, or beef broth and/or some no-salt tomato sauce, and cook on low heat until it reaches the desired consistency (about 15 to 20 minutes).
- If you’re short on time after work, this could be thrown together in a Crock-Pot® or slow cooker in the morning, and when you return home, dinner’s ready!
- The casserole—a pan and a plan. How would the cream-of-anything soup industry stay in business without casseroles? Not to mention the canned-french-fried onion companies. Casseroles, in and of themselves, don’t have to be bad for you. They start out with meat and vegetables, which are usually pretty healthy. It’s the improvisations that usually get our diets in trouble.
Shortcut: Most casseroles can be assembled a day ahead of time, so if you’re anticipating a late day at the office, you can make the casserole the night before, and just pop it into the oven the next day. That overnight bonding time you give your ingredients will make the casserole that much tastier.
- To begin with, choose lean meats. Sausage-and-whatever casseroles are usually yummy because the other ingredients soak up all the artery-clogging fat from the sausage. Using lean meat or poultry will help keep it healthy from the get-go.
- Also, keep the vegetable-to-meat ratio fairly high. Imagine what a serving of a casserole would look like spread out on a plate in its component parts. You probably wouldn’t consider a pound of meat and a brussels sprout a well-balanced meal. Try to keep the meat to about 4 ounces per serving and fill the rest of the pan with fiber-rich, filling, healthy vegetables (not just potatoes, either).
- For sauces, try to avoid cheese and anything that begins with “cream of,” as well as actual cream itself. Canned soups, a casserole staple, usually rely heavily on sodium for flavor. You can do much better by using a low-sodium broth, which you can whisk together with some nonfat powdered milk and corn starch to make a faux cream sauce.
- If you like pasta in your casserole, try using a whole-grain variety.
- And instead of adding french-fried onions, how about thinly sliced almonds to provide a little crunch?