Friday, December 25, 2009
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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
That Darn Pina Colada
It's ok to indulge if you like the occasional drink, but drinks pack on the calories, lower your bodies immunity, and lower your inhibitions so that you eat the "whole darn thing" of pizza, tray of fried stuff, or whatever is left over. Ohh, and that pina colada packs on 245 calories!If you must indulge, make sure to pick lighter on the waistline options:
-Merlot - 5 ounces equals 123 calories
-Champagne - 4 ounces equals 88 calories
-Vodka mixed with diet tonic - 100 calories
Your Early Morning Workout
"What's wrong with that?" - you ask. Well, if you are skipping some zzz's for a run with the treadmill then medical studies state that you may be doing more harm than good. Less sleep (less than 7 hours per night) is linked to increased weight gain
Drinking Enough Water, But Not Enough Veggies and Fruits
No matter how many trips to the water cooler, you still should strive for more water coming from the food you eat instead of your glass. Shoot for water filled veggies such as cucumbers and leafy lettuce or fruits such as grapes or watermelon. Of course there are more items that can help you drop the pounds, but these are a great start!! To learn more, join our bellydance classes and enjoy our "Five Minute Bellydance Diet Presentation!"
Saturday, July 18, 2009
What's The Benefit Of Knowing Your Body Fat Percentage?
It will help you understand if your weight loss goals are reasonable. For example, if your body fat percentage is less than 20% and you want to loose 20lbs, this may not be the best approach because you would loose muscle. It also keeps you from "jumping off of a cliff" when the number on the scale begins to rise. Since most body fat scales also measure the percentage of water in your body, it will help you understand when the increased weight on the scale is due to water weight gain instead of fat.
Ideal Body Fat Percentages
For women, the average body fat percentage is no higher than 25% although some would say 31%. Men have an average of 5% less body fat than women. See body fat chart.
Next Step: Buy A Body Fat Monitor Scale
Body fat monitor scales range in price from $40 - $200, but even the cheapest body fat monitor scale is better than no scale at all. Weigh yourself daily for at least 3 weeks when you first bring your scale home. The best time to weigh is in the morning after your first bowel movement, immediately after exiting the shower. Because your feet will be moist at this time, the electrodes on the scale will provide a more accurate reading.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Feel free to leave comments below!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
To execute the belly roll, it is best if you attempt this laying down. Imagine that your stomach is divided into two sections. The first section is above the belly button, and the latter section is below the belly button. Next, try to suck in only the top section (the section above your belly button) ONLY. Next, try to suck in the bottom section - ONLY. Then alternate each section, top, bottom, top, bottom, and top, bottom.
Finally, try to "roll" the belly from top to bottom. It takes a moment to get the "hang" of it, but this is very helpful to reducing your belly size because it works the main muscle that most people blame for their "budda belly" - exclusively.
For best results, try belly rolls, 30 times a day, 3 times a week for results.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Below are a few interesting plants and their healing properties. If you know anyone that suffers from these aliments feel free to share this information.
Kills cancer cells, kills viruses, kills bacteria, prevents tumors and more. Since it is bitter in taste and flavor, local people add the fruit to soups. To kill some of the bitterness, locals may flavor it with salt. Bitter melon has many more properties and traits then listed here. CLICK HERE to read more about this great fruit!
Kills cancer cells, kills tumor growth, kills bacteria (the cause of colds), and reduces fever. Natives usually eat the pulp and although it has a slightly sour taste, a lot of natives still eat the pulp straight. For more details - CLICK HERE
Kills cancer, stimulates the immune system and reduces inflamation. Natives boil the root to extract the medicine. For more details - CLICK HERE
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Unless you like math, don't count calories. Why? Because there are a lot of ways to consume 2,000 calories a day - not all of them good. A 2,000 calorie a day goal can be reached with great things such as salads, fresh fish, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, and tea, but it can also be reached with 3 cans of soda, slices of pizza, and trips to the "greasy spoon" for lunch. Point is, it's the food quality that counts - not the calories.
Put the diet soda down. It's not helping you win the battle against fat. Clinical studies show that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame cause other harmful health problems - and weight gain.
Rule #3: Snacks Are Good!
There's nothing wrong with a small (healthy) snack in between meals. It allows you to think more clearly and keeps you from devouring the first thing you get your hands on when you get home.
The original article that was the source of our inspiration - CLICK HERE.
Many thanks again to our Twitter buddy, EnzymaticThrpy for "Tweeting" this article!
Thanks for taking time to read this blog posting. Feel free to comment or ask any questions below.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- And more!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
- Clean blood off of a highway
- Dissolve a T-Bone steak in 2 days
- Clean your toilet
Saturday, April 18, 2009
So here's the "how to".... Stand with your feet together underneath you and your knees slightly bent. Shuffle your feet across the floor allowing the hips to go along for the ride. Your weight should be placed equally on both feet.
Special Note: If you want to really work your waistline - then you will want to add a "twist" by twisting your hips from side to side periodically while choo choo shimmying from one side to the other.
Need help learning more about the choo choo shimmy? Feel free to come to class and we'll show you how! For class locations - CLICK HERE!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Vacuum & Shimmy
You know how to vacuum, and you know how to shimmy so why not combine the two? Vacuum and Shimmy for 25 minutes to your favorite song and you'll burn 100 calories
Ironing Clothes & Shimmying
Add a shimmy while ironing your clothes for 25 minutes and you will see 100 calories melt away!
Belly dancing For 20 Minutes
Have a minute alone? Great! Turn on the music and give yourself a show for 25 minutes! Not alone? Have kids? Get them involved, have them shimmy with you! Grab your significant other - you never know - they may "out shimmy" you!
Have a few more ideas? Feel free to share!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
By now, you are familiar with the term or have heard it around - somewhere. Maybe you tried it and just didn't get this "Twitter Thing." Well, I'm here to help you connect the dots - from a health perspective.
Twitter is a mini - blog. The key is to post your post (also known as a "Tweet") in less than 140 words.
The key is to find your "niche." If you are into health - or interested in health, then you will want to use the "Search" function at the bottom of Twitter's page. This is different than the "Find People" tab.
Once you are on the search page, type in "health" or "bellydance" or whatever moves you.
When you find someone that you like (or who's posts you would like to know more about), you will want to "Follow" that person by hitting the "Follow" button under the person's profile photo. To see the person's whole Twitter profile in the search results, just click on the person's name and read their posts/Tweets.
But How Can This Help Me With My Health?
By "Following" people with like interests, this creates a virtual "support group" for where you are in life. If your goal is to loose weight or stay in the know about healthy "stuff", then "Follow" someone that posts great information pertaining to this subject. Converse with that person via Twitter to learn new "cool stuff"
You can always follow us (we'd like to think we are "cool" enough to follow): JadeBellydancer is Jade Fitness & Entertainment's Twitter ID
Other Cool People To Follow:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
There is a difference between a breast shimmy and a shoulder shimmy although they look rather similar. The main difference is that the shoulder shimmy is executed by pushing one shoulder forward while pulling the other shoulder back. In class, we also call it "punching". Punch the right shoulder, then punch the left shoulder. Alternate your "shoulder punching". There is no way to keep the "girls" from coming along for the ride, since they are connected to the upper part of your body. However, you don't want to lead with your chest.
****Note, highly recommend you start out practicing with a supportive bra on when you do this move. The first time we did it without a supportive bra, our "girls" were moving a lot!!! (laughing)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
To do a camel roll you should start with the rib cage and the tuck and release of the pelvis. Let's start with the rib cage by pushing the ribs forward, up, back and center. Then round it out till it's smooth (This is what your torso will be doing also). Next we'll work on the pelvis. Start with your feet parallel and facing forward with your knees slightly bent. Now tuck the tail bone under causing your hips to go forward. Now, release it back to center and the push it slightly back and then back to center. Keep your spine supple.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
In last week's class on Thursday January, 22nd, I talked about how the disease cancer has been linked to consuming foods that are acidic. Plenty of clinical studies and books have been released over the years speaking to this point, but I would like to share a few source articles here.
What is pH and Why Is It Important?
The body keeps everything in a certain balance to ensure optimal health. It really is a marvelous masterpiece! One of the most crucial things the human body uses to keep "the balance" is through your body's pH. Your body's pH can range from acidic to alkaline or neutral. Overall, your body strives to keep your pH at a mildly alkaline level (7.3 pH) for optimal health. Keeping it at this state increases the oxygen levels that are absorbed into the body, reduces fatigue, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and prevents illness.
Cancer and an Alkaline Body
According to "The Magic Bullet? The Calcium Factor" this article is one of many articles that elaborates on how calcium (an alkalizing agent of the body) plays a major role in preventing cancer growth. The article even mentions how the excessive consumption of red meat (page 5 of link) lessens the absorption of calcium which can contribute to cancer. The article cites an example of "The Hopi of Arizona are also virtually cancer free, perhaps partly because of sunlight exposure, and partly because of related alkaline minerals in their water, rubidium and potassium. Rubidium and potassium are highly alkaline minerals that are caustically active, helping a cell’s pH to rise to a very alkaline 8.5, a pH observed to kill cancer cells, either because of the abundance of oxygen or the change in pH that accompanies it."
Foods that promote a more alkaline blood pH and minerals that help alkalize the body are best. The body's design is so unique, that even if we don't consume the proper nutrients, it will pull alkalizing minerals (calcium, potassium, and magnesium) from the bones. But, over time, this predisposes your body to brittle bones and Osteoporosis. Although this is not an exhaustive list, this is a good start:
-Curry and Tumeric
-Green Juices & Wheat Grass Juice
For more information, feel free to read the following articles:
Understanding the pH Balance and the ACID Cycle
List of Acid Vs Alkaline Food
Case Study: How Someone Used Alkaline Foods To Affect Cancer
Did this article help you better understand how your body works? Feel free to comment below!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We are proud to present the "Instant Bellydancer Series" for those that would love to make it to a class but their schedule doesn't mesh with the classes offered for 6 weeks.
Using our "Two in Twenty" technique, we'll show you how to bellydance, talk about nutrition and how to help you with your goals
Tone your body
Keep youthful skin
And we will wrap it up with a great performance to show you how everything looks "live". There will be food, and exotic teas, and lots of fun!
For more details. CLICK HERE
The first 10 people that register will also get a free gift!
Monday, January 5, 2009
O.K. I admit I have a problem with this darn "portion control" thing.
I open my e-mail to review at least one of 20 health, science, tea, and news articles that I read per day and find the annoying little (but helpful) article "portion control" from HeartHealthyOnline.com.
According to this article, one of the suggested ways to loose 5 pounds is through watching the size of what we eat. At first I think "big newsflash there", but wait! There is a helpful guide the breaks down how much we really SHOULD be eating. CLICK HERE
So, imagine - to my surprise - that the love of my food eating existence (cheese) shows that one serving is the equivalent of 3 stacked dominoes. OK, in the back of my mind, I kinda knew that my love of cheese went way over the 3 stacked dominoes (even if the dominoes were super sized) but seeing is believing. A picture really is worth a thousand words.
What to do now? Well, I'm not sure. For the sake of argument here, I'm thinking about reducing my portion sizes, but the thought of missing my beloved cheese is giving me the shakes.
So what about you? After seeing the truth of what we really should be eating (click the link if you dare), how many of you are considering reducing your portion sizes? Talk to me... :)