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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 

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

Categories: Exercise, Health & Fitness, Motivation

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December 2009 Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

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!

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

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.

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

Categories: Nutrition, Weight

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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

Categories: Health & Fitness, Motivation, Weight

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November 2009 Recipe


Honey-Mustard Turkey Burgers

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.

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

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.

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


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


Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

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.

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)

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.

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.”

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

Categories: Nutrition, Weight

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The Myth of Exercise?

Time Cover

(This was sent to Time Magazine regarding the cover article dated August 17th, 2009)

I am writing to address the Time magazine front cover article “The Myth about exercise” by John Cloud.

Many if not most of the people who exercise do so for the purpose weight loss or weight maintenance.  Therefore, my first issue is that the title of the article makes the suggestion that exercising is not well worth the effort. Since your article implies that exercise will not assist in the weight loss process it may preclude some people to participate in this healthy practice despite your caveat on the cover stating: “of course it’s good for you.”

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Monday, September 14, 2009

Categories: Exercise, Health & Fitness, Nutrition, Weight

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Trainer Struggles to lose weight

fattrainerThis post pertains to the news story regarding the personal trainer in Australia who put on 90 pounds in an attempt to identify with his clients. You can see the ABC report
on Youtube. Before you go looking for the video read this. I will provide a link at the end of this post.

First of all I must say that this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard in my life of 43 years. This man is an unbounded, confounded fool. First of all, to become obese so you can understand your clients is like a financial planner purposely going broke. Or maybe it’s like a dentist purposely letting his teeth rot. Or it could be like an oncologist purposely doing everything possible to contract cancer. All done for sake of understanding clients? Horse manure!
This is ridiculous, unscrupulous and outright unprofessional.

Next he’ll help the poverty stricken by becoming one of them. He states that he’s doing this for the purpose of empathizing with his clients. Well listen and hear me good.

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Categories: Health & Fitness, Weight

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