Have you only ever thought about pineapple cut up and cold? Well here’s a new idea.
Cut up some pineapple and put 1 inch chunks on a skewer. You are creating a pineapple kabob. Then lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Bake in the oven (or try on a BBQ) for about 5 minutes, on low. You will be absolutely amazed. So delicious.
These are PERFECT for a healthy dessert on a hot sunny day.
Here is a great list to keep with, especially on those days you just don’t want to work out! After reading this list, I can definitely agree with pretty much all of these reasons! I think I may just have to frame this list because reading it alone makes me want to get up right now and start working out!
- Because it makes you feel confident
- Because it helps you get stronger
- Because exercise helps combat depression
- Because you’ll feel proud of yourself
- Because you have goals you want to reach
- Because you’ll feel bad if you don’t
- Because you want to move forward, not backward
- Because it burns more calories than not working out
- Because it improves your heart health
- Because you want a great butt
- Because it prevents diabetes
- Because you want to be a good example to your kids
- Because you want to feel good in your clothes
- Because it reduces your risk of cancer
- Because your body was made to move
- Because you want to be an athlete
- Because you want to look better
- Because it lifts your mood
- Because you want to stand taller
- Because it reduces back pain
- Because it feels good
- Because it makes you feel accomplished
- Because you spend most of your day on your butt
- Because swimsuit season is always coming
- Because strong is the new skinny
- Because dieting only works so much
- Because it strengthens your bones, too
- Because it helps you lose weight
- Because it allows you to eat more food
- Because it’s the best way to spend “me” time
- Because it helps you de-stress
- Because it’s cheaper than therapy
- Because you want a strong core
- Because you want to take care for yourself
- Because you take pride in your body
- Because it strengthens your legs
- Because it helps your clothes fit better
- Because you want to push yourself
- Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
- Because moving your body feels good
- Because it keeps your mind sharp
- Because it helps you beat belly bloat
- Because it helps you sleep better at night
- Because it gives you energy
- Because you want to stay healthy as you age
- Because you want to look younger
- Because you want toned arms
- Because it improves your balance
- Because it burns off last night’s dessert
- Because it boosts your immune system
- Because sweat is sexy
- Because you want to live longer
- Because you want to get better at your game
- Because you want to catch someone’s eye
- Because exercisers earn more money
- Because you’re more likely to eat better when you exercise
- Because you want to shave time off your running pace
- Because you want to breathe easier
- Because you want to see the scale drop
- Because exercise improves your sex life
- Because you are worth it
- Because being fit makes everything in life better
- Because you promised yourself that you would
- Because you deserve a better life
- Because it’ll help you drink more water
- Because you want to do real push-ups
- Because it reduces your health care costs
- Because you’ll miss fewer days of work
- Because you want to create a new future for yourself
- Because it’ll help you like what you see in the mirror
- Because it makes clothing shopping more fun
- Because you want to look and feel incredible
- Because exercising can be fun
- Because it’ll give your skin a glow
- Because it’s a good way to spend time with your friends
- Because it’ll help you prevent the middle-age spread
- Because it reduces your blood pressure
- Because you don’t want to let yourself go
- Because you don’t want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
- Because it strengthens your spirit
- Because it’s a cheap way to entertain yourself
- Because you’ll be able to reward yourself
- Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
- Because you’re tired of being tired
- Because not working out is not going to get you very far
- Because it’s a great way to spend time outside
- Because you made a commitment to yourself
- Because you’re tired of starting over
- Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
- Because you’re not a quitter
- Because it improves your cholesterol
- Because it boosts your metabolism
- Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
- Because if you can do this, you can do anything
- Because a fit body is a healthy body
- Because it beats sitting on the couch
- Because everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
- Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
- Because not working out isn’t working out for you
- Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip
Besides feeling (most of the time) unbelieveably amazing, massages can actually be great for your overall health. It is suggested that massages come from the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, roughly 4000 years ago.
Not only is massage a stress reliever, but it can also work wonders for your skin. According to www.health.howstuffworks.com if you “have a skin condition like rosacea that flares up due to stress, it can help keep you relaxed and free of flare-ups.”
Massages can be completed in various ways – your first massage is typically a full body massage and then after that you and your masseuse decide if there is a specific region that should be massaged more regularly.
Kristyn Kusek Lewis, who writes for health.com also notes the benefits of indulging on massages. She believes that “massage causes changes that slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors.” All good things. Interestingly enough, she also points out that famous MD Mehmet Oz admitted to having a guilty pleasure for massage and has one at least once a week.
Massages by a Registered Massage Therapist may seen expensive at first glance, but most often they provide a service that will leave a lasting impression on you both mentally and physically. RMT fees may also be covered under private insurance companies, so be sure to look into that.
If you are like me, there are some days you just crave the bad food. And it can be hard to not give in! But last night I read an article online (Canadian Living) and it gave 4 simple tips to fight cravings.
1. Eat a piece of fruit. Grab an apple or an orange and when you are done, you probably won’t even remember the craving you just had! Plus you just consumed one of your 5-7 servings of fruit and veggies a day!
2. Drink a glass of water. Sometimes your cravings aren’t really about food, but instead about hydration. Drink a glass of water before you give in and reach for that cupcake. To make that glass of water more appealing, throw in lemon slices or cucumber slices.
3. Try a cup of tea. Try a fancy cup of tea to fill that sweet craving of yours. You may be surprised how well this works to eliminate your craving.
4. Wean yourself off the source of your craving. For some this sounds like it is impossible to do, but it works! Put in the effort to restrict yourself when the craving strikes and you will find yourself craving it less and less.
Try this simple and delicious recipe for your next dinner party! It is a healthy meal that is low glycemic.
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
1 bunch baby bok choy
2 tsp peanut or vegetable oil
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp red chili, chopped
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
Bring 2 1/4 cups of water to a boil in a large, tightly covered saucepan. Stir in the rice and quickly replace the lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, still covered for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the bok choy in half to separate the leaves from the stems. Cut the leaves into wide shreds and finely slice the stems.
Heat the oil in a wok and add the onion. Stir-fry over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, until just tender. Add the pepper and bok choy and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and chili, and stir-fry for 3 minutes, until the mushrooms are just soft. Drizzle with soy sauce and toss to combine. Serve immediately with the rice. Serves 4.