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Right Thinking


The Challenge with many people looking to implement fitness and healthy living into to their lifestyle is improper thinking. It is always easy to be fascinated with what is trendy, gimicky or popular. It is vitally important to bring empowering thinking into your exercise choices, relationships and your life. Take this tid bit and run with. You will yield improved results which will bring about even greater levels of motivation. For more information visit: The Body House.com 


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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Categories: Exercise, Health & Fitness, Motivation

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The Real Double Down!

My wife has referred to me as “Conspiracy Brother” on more than one occasion. This may be because I instinctively see through the surface features of things. Here seems to be another instance that has sparked my curiosity. So answer this for me. What is the deal with the latest KFC Item: “The Double Down”

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The Double Down

Here is the description: The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!

I decided to take a look at the nutrition facts. (You can always find this information on the web site) Here is what I found. One Sandwich contains:

  • Calories 540
  • Fat (g) 32
  • Sodium (mg) 1380

If we take a closer look it will reveal that based on a 2,000 calorie diet this sandwich will contain more than

25% of daily calories

50% of daily fat intake

50% of daily sodium intake

This thing is basically a cardiac event waiting to happen. In other words it’s a heart attack wrapped in wax paper. How could someone sell this in good conscience?

A recent news report on ABC may have the answer:

“Companies providing life and health insurance owned $1.9 billion worth of stock in the fast-food industry as of June 11, 2009, researchers reported online in the American Journal of Public Health. “

So how could it be that companies seemingly concerned about public health would make considerable investments in things that have been shown to be detrimental to that end?

The answer is JOB SECURITY. The more ailments that people acquire from poor lifestyle choices the greater medical billing occurs. The result is more money in the pockets of the insurance companies. The real double down is these companies acquiring wealth from both ends.

If I am “Conspiracy Brother” then maybe I am looking into this too deeply. What do you think?

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

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February 2010 Recipe

Baked cod caseroleBaked Cod Casserole

Serves
4
Prep Time
20 min.
Total Time
40 min.

Dry white wine and Gruyère cheese give this fish casserole a rich flavor that hides its virtue. Before baking, we top the dish with seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs, which add a wholesome, nutty flavor and dietary fiber. For variety, you can substitute almost any mild white fish.


INGREDIENTS


2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 medium onions, very thinly sliced

1 cup dry white wine

1 1/4 pounds cod, cut into 4 pieces

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 cups finely chopped whole-wheat country bread, (about 2 slices)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup finely shredded Gruyere, or Swiss cheese



COOKING DIRECTIONS


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until just starting to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add wine, increase heat to high and cook, stirring often, until the wine is slightly reduced, 2 to 4 minutes.

Step 3
Place cod on the onions and sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper. Cover the pan tightly with foil; transfer to the oven and bake for 12 minutes.

Step 4
Toss bread with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, paprika and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Spread the bread mixture over the fish and top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, until the fish is opaque in the center, about 10 minutes more.




RECIPE TIPS


Ingredient note: Overfishing and trawling have drastically reduced the number of cod in the Atlantic Ocean and destroyed its sea floor. A better choice is Pacific cod (a.k.a. Alaska cod); it is more sustainably fished and has a larger, more stable population, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp).

NUTRITION INFO
Per serving


Calories: 328


Carbohydrates: 17g


Fat: 13g


Protein: 29g


Dietary Fiber: 4g


Saturated Fat: 4g


Monounsaturated Fat: 7g


Cholesterol: 69mg


Potassium: 384mg


Sodium: 474mg


Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat


Carbohydrate Servings: 1

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Monday, February 1, 2010

Categories: Health & Fitness, Nutrition, Weight

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January 2010 Recipe

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Baja-Battered Fish
Serves                                       Prep Time
8                                                 40 min.

Total Time
40 min.
Nutrition Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Healthy Weight Heart Healthy Low Calorie Low Carb Low Sat Fat Low Sodium

You may not think of fish as a taco ingredient, but the Mexican-inspired fish-taco craze is beginning to spread. Once you’ve had one, you’ll understand. This recipe is a healthful version of the battered, deep-fried and crispy fish at Rossy’s Tacos in Baja California.


INGREDIENTS


3/4 cup beer, preferably lager or pilsner

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1-1 1 pounds tilapia, or other firm white fish, sliced into 1/2-inch-by-2-inch strips

3 tablespoon canola oil, divided



COOKING DIRECTIONS


Step 1
Place beer, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, salt, oregano, mustard, cayenne and pepper in a blender; blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Transfer the batter to a shallow baking dish. Add fish, turning to coat all sides.

Step 2
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer one-third of the battered fish to the pan, placing each piece into a little oil. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer cooked fish to a plate; keep warm. Add 1 tablespoon oil and half the remaining fish to the pan; cook as directed above, reducing the heat if necessary. Cook the remaining fish with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Serve immediately.


MAKE AHEAD TIP


The fish is best when served immediately, but will keep, wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. To reheat, place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375°F.

NUTRITION INFO
Per serving


Calories: 120


Carbohydrates: 4g


Fat: 6g


Protein: 11g


Dietary Fiber: 0g


Saturated Fat: 0g


Monounsaturated Fat: 3g


Cholesterol: 33mg


Potassium: 180mg


Sodium: 112mg


Exchanges: 2 lean meat


Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010

Categories: Health & Fitness, Nutrition, Weight

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December 2009 Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Serves
4 Prep Time
35 min. Total Time
35 min.
Nutrition Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Healthy Weight Heart Healthy Low Calorie Low Sat Fat

Moms and Dads like wraps because they’re neat and compact–so beware: ours is messy and spicy. This fiery combination of buffalo chicken in a modern wrap is guaranteed to drip. Get out the big napkins and have a ball!

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot

3 tablespoon white vinegar, divided

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound chicken tenders

2 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise

2 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

4 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas

1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

1 cup sliced celery

1 large tomato, diced

COOKING DIRECTIONS
Step 1
Whisk hot pepper sauce, 2 tablespoons vinegar and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl.

Step 2
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken tenders; cook until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add to the bowl with the hot sauce; toss to coat well.

Step 3
Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, pepper and the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar in a small bowl. Stir in blue cheese.

Step 4
To assemble wraps: Lay a tortilla on a work surface or plate. Spread with 1 tablespoon blue cheese sauce and top with one-fourth of the chicken, lettuce, celery and tomato. Drizzle with some of the hot sauce remaining in the bowl and roll into a wrap sandwich. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

NUTRITION INFO
Per serving
Calories: 275
Carbohydrates: 29g
Fat: 8g
Protein: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 55mg
Potassium: 266mg
Sodium: 756mg
Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 very lean meat, 1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings: 2

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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November Motivational Moment – Quick Fixes


This Month’s motivational moment talks about quick fixes. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009

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November 2009 Recipe

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Honey-Mustard Turkey Burgers

Serves
4 Prep Time
25 min. Total Time
25 min.
Nutrition Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Healthy Weight Heart Healthy High Calcium High Fiber Low Calorie Low Cholesterol Low Sat Fat

Burgers made with ground turkey are a lean alternative to beef burgers, providing you choose turkey ground from the breast. Regular ground turkey, which is a mixture of light and dark meat and some skin, contains almost as much fat as lean ground beef. A honey-mustard mixture keeps these low-fat patties moist and succulent.

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup coarse-grained mustard
2 tablespoon honey
1 pound ground turkey breast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
4 whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split and toasted
Lettuce, tomato slices and red onion slices, for garnish

COOKING DIRECTIONS
Step 1
Prepare a grill.

Step 2
Whisk mustard and honey in a small bowl until smooth.

Step 3
Combine turkey, 3 tablespoons of the mustard mixture, salt and pepper in a bowl; mix well. Form into four 1-inch-thick burgers.

Step 4
Lightly brush the burgers on both sides with oil. Grill until no pink remains in center, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Brush the burgers with the remaining mustard mixture. Serve on rolls with lettuce, tomato and onion slices.

NUTRITION INFO
Per serving
Calories: 313
Carbohydrates: 39g
Fat: 6g
Protein: 32g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Potassium: 6mg
Sodium: 526mg
Exchanges: 2 starch, 4 lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings: 2

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Sunday, November 1, 2009

Categories: Nutrition, Weight

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Holiday Pounds

A recent study showed that the average American puts on 8 lbs during the holiday season.

It makes sense. When Halloween arrives must of us begin with eating candy. This rolls right into Thanksgiving and slides into Christmas season and of course New Years.

Here’s some ways to beat those holiday pounds.

  1. Keep a commitment to an exercise program
  2. Join a boot camp program
  3. Start keeping a journal of what you eat
  4. Plan your eating to accommodate your social commitments
  5. Find an accountability partner
  6. Set a weight goal and put it in writing
  7. Purchase a great outfit that you have to get into shape for
  8. Empty all the junk food from your refrigerator and cabinets
  9. Hire a qualified trainer to assist you in creating you exercise plan
  10. Decide not to go shopping when you are hungry
  11. Create a collection of motivational music
  12. Pick a great a motivational book to read
  13. Choose some great motivational movies to watch (Rocky, Rudy, Men of honor, GI Jane, Forrest Gump etc)
  14. Choose to believe
  15. Get started
  16. Never Give up

Maybe Boot Camp can help you. Check out StatenIslandBootCamp

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Monday, October 19, 2009

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Prevent Swine Flu

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There is so much talk about swine flu. The media will make you think that you’d better not leave your house or else swine will jump on you in some cold dark alley.

I’m no medical expert so I will limit my comments. However, I do believe that the media’s job is to keep us (the public) off-balance, afraid and unfocused on our goals. In any event, the swine flu is a real threat. In recognition of this fact I want to share some great information for you and your family on how you can stay safe and away from swine flu.

To get this vital information click here

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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October 2009 Recipe

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Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

Serves
4 Prep Time
20 min. Total Time
40 min.
Nutrition Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Healthy Weight Heart Healthy Low Calorie Low Carb Low Sat Fat Low Sodium

Instead of batter-dipped, deep-fried nuggets, we coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them to perfection. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can enjoy to your (healthy) heart’s content.

INGREDIENTS
Canola oil cooking spray
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large egg whites
1 pound chicken tenders, (see Ingredient Note)

COOKING DIRECTIONS
Step 1
Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.

Step 2
Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

Step 3
Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.

Step 4
Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

RECIPE TIPS
Ingredient note: Chicken tenders, virtually fat-free, are a strip of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of the chicken breast, but they can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay or kid-friendly breaded “chicken fingers.”

NUTRITION INFO
Per serving
Calories: 174
Carbohydrates: 4g
Fat: 4g
Protein: 27g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 66mg
Potassium: 76mg
Sodium: 254mg
Exchanges: 3 very lean meat, 1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

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