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The Top Five Common Eating Mistakes…

Posted by Saito on July 6, 2009

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There are five common mistakes people think actually help them lose weight and stay healthy…they couldn’t have made a worse “mistake”; this completely effects “us teens” and our life style, we have to let our parents know what they are mistakenly doing:

1. Truthfully, we can’t tell the good fats from the bad fats.

Alice Lichtenstein, DSc, an American Heart Association spokesperson says, “Most people still don’t get that some fats are actually good for you, You want to avoid saturated and trans fats, but you need more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Good sources are fish, nuts, avocados, and soybean and canola oils.”I know, half of that seems to be just a bunch of “yadyada” but still it’s a great source of info all the same.

2. To save money…most adults stoop down to take out.

Now I know it’s just necessary to have take out from a fast restaurant, it’s so convenient. But truthfully, calorie-wise, this fattening-pricey mistake can cost you more then you realize. Karen Weber Cullen, DPH, RD, research nutritionist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston *pant* says, “People think that supersizing a restaurant meal is a money saver, but it’s not a health bargain if it has way too many calories.” My suggesting…rethink fast-food restaurant strategies =D.

3. Lol some people “imagine” that anything liquid doesn’t have any calories whatsoever…ooo that’s one BIG mistake.

You have to realize (or rather adults realize) that most liquid products DO have some kind of sugar within them…
Judith Stern, ScD, RD, professor of nutrition and internal medicine at the University of California, Davis *GASP* says, “What freaks me out is the amount of sugared soda and juice we drink. I’d like to see all the sugared drinks sent out into space, where they could orbit the Earth forever.” …yeah I know, she is “enthusiastic” about her work LOL. BUT I have to agree with her, ’cause it’s true…sugary soda and juice is not the right choice for any of us =)

4. K THIS is scary…we can’t really tell if were hungry…or not.

Elisabetta Politi, RD, nutrition manager of the Duke University Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, NC says, “If you don’t know when you’re hungry, you don’t know when you’re full, so you won’t know when to stop eating.” Too true, most of us really don’t know what “truly hungry” is…but as teens of course I’m sure we can decipher whether were hungry or just eating for pleasure…=P. Consult your doctor if you have though, a problem, deciphering whether your hungry or not.

5. Most American’s have what is called “Microwave Addiction”…

It means we rely heavily on processed microwavable goods…Jo Ann Hattner, RD, clinical dietitian at Stanford University Medical Center says, “Eating too many heavily processed foods can leave you short on fiber and antioxidants such as vitamin C.” You don’t want to be “missing something” like vitamin C in your diet, especially since we are still just teens and need all the help we can get <.<.

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Helping your parents correct these "mistakes" will not only help you now, but obviously, later on in your life =D.

Well guys that's it for now, stay tuned for the next update =D.

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How To Eat At A Fast Food Resaurant And Lose Weight: Part 1, The Drive-Thru…

Posted by Saito on June 19, 2009

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Okay guys guess what?! There are ways of losing weight at a fast food restaurant, it’s just what you eat that causes the fat-gaining problem. Were going to start from breakfast to desert at different fast food restaurants and let’s see what we can find:

1. Drive thru fast food breakfast menu at Mcdonalds

What you shouldn’t eat on Mcdonalds Breakfast menu:

McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast (large-sized biscuit) with syrup and margarine:

Calories: 1,370

Grams of Fat: 64.5-21.5 saturated

MG Sodium: 2,335

Carbohydrates: 161

What you SHOULD eat on Mcdonald’s Breakfast menu:

Egg McMuffin

Calories: 300

Grams of Fat: 12-5 saturated

MG Sodium: 820

Carbohydrates: 30

2. Drive thru fast food lunch menu at Hardee

What you shouldn’t eat on Hardee’s lunch menu:

Hardee’s 2/3-lb Monster Thickburger

Calories: 1,420

Grams of Fat: 108-43 saturated

MG Sodium: 2,770

Carbohydrates: 46

What you SHOULD eat at Hardee’s lunch menu:

1/3-lb Low Carb Thickburger

Calories: 420

Grams of Fat: 32-12 saturated

MG Sodium: 1,010

3.Drive thru fast food desert menu at Dosi’s

What you shouldn’t eat on Dosi’s dessert menu:

Così Double Trouble Brownie Sundae

Calories: 1,594

Grams of Fat: 95

MG Sodium: 1,039

Grams of Fat: 163

(Yeah I guess they want to keep the sugar content a secret)

What you SHOULD eat on Dosi’s desert menu:

S’Mores

Calories: 361

Grams of Fat: 10

MG Sodium: 234

Carbohydrates: 61

4. Drive thru fast food chicken menu at Dairy Queen

What you shouldn’t eat on Dairy Queen’s chicken menu:

Dairy Queen 6-Piece Chicken Strip Basket with Country Gravy

Calories: 1,640

Grams of Fat: 74-12 saturated-1 trans fat

MG Sodium: 3,690

Carbohydrates: 121

What you SHOULD eat on Dairy Queen’s chicken menu:

Grilled Flamethrower Chicken Sandwich

Calories: 590

Grams of Fat: 36-9 saturated

MG Sodium: 1,480

Carbohydrates: 34

5. Drive Thru fast food sandwich menu at Quizno’s

What you shouldn’t eat on Quizno’s sandwich menu:

Quizno’s Tuna Melt (large)

Calories: 1,760

Grams of Fat: 133-25 saturated-1.5 trans fat

MG Sodium: 2,190

Carbohydrates: 92

6. Drive thru fast food milk shake menu at Baskin-Robbins

What you shouldn’t eat on Baskin-Robbins milk shake menu

Baskin-Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake:

Calories: 2,600

Grams of Fat: 135

Grams of sugars: 263

MG Sodium: 1,700

What you SHOULD eat on Baskin-Robbins milk shake menu:

Peach Passion Fruit Blast (small)

Calories: 270

Grams of Fat: 0

Grams of Sugars: 65

MG Sodium: 10

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This just shows how much research can help in a pinch, hope this helps everyone 😀

Well that’s it for now, stay tuned for the next update =D.

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The Top Six Restaurants To Watch Out For

Posted by Saito on June 11, 2009

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K guys this topic is important, popular restaurants with bad food makes a bad combination. But they have their good sides…you just have to know exactly what’s crap and what’s good to eat. Let’s mark The Top 6 Restaurants To Watch Out For:

1. Applebees

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Your typical “Grilled Steak Caesar Salad with toast” may appear light and friendly to your waste line at first…but note that this is a Caesar Salad! (Seen my other posts? Caesar Salad had become toxic!! They have ruined a great salad…stay away unless it’s your own creation of the tasty salad.) Now for the statics…the Caesar salad at Applebees has about 1,296 calories, 83 grams and worst of all 2,200 milligrams of sodium.

Conclusion: Avoid if all possible.

2. Cheese Factory

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“Stuffed Chicken Tortillas” are one of those killers that seriously pack on the pounds, statistics: 1,097 calories, 43 grams of fat and last but not in any way the least 2,647 milligrams of sodium…

Conclusion:
*Appetite has been ruined*

3. Chili’s

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They have a meal that can really make your waste line fill in, their “Onion String Crispy Jalapeno Stack” appetizer is an incredible waste product for your body, statistics: 2,130 calories, 213 grams of fat and 1,320 milligrams of sodium.

Conclusion: Are we talking about normal food here?! Why ruin so much good food 😦

4. T.G.I. Friday’s

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Yuck already as we look at the “Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad”…this little number has about 750 calories and 10 pats of butter!!

Conclusion:
That’s way too much butter how can people choke it down…

5. Outback Steakhouse

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“Aussie-tizers Kookaburra Wings with Sauce” are not the best appetizers out there…you eat this mini-meal and you’ll be getting 1,160 calories and 75 grams of fat!!

Conclusion: I like my main meal, the appetizer’s really aren’t necessary unless you want to fatten up!

6. Ruby Tuesdays

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“Ruby Minis” are the killers in this restaurant, they pack on 1,122 calories and about 14 pats!!

Conclusion: STAY AWAY FROM APPETIZERS IN GENERAL…unless it’s fruit (lol) or just veggies.

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Well guys, if ever you go to these restaurants or any restaurant for that matter…ask around. Find the info for the food your eating, be sure your not eating crap. Try to find the right food’s 😉

Well guys that’s it for now, stay tuned for the next update =D.

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Amazing: Food portions have literally exploded in size…

Posted by Saito on May 21, 2009

Yahoo.com gave out an interesting article, the size of today’s food portions compared to the food portions from twenty years ago…is quite disturbing:

The evolution of the cheeseburger
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Cheeseburger of yesterday: Average cheeseburger had about 333 calories.

Cheeseburger of today: Average cheeseburger has about 590 calories!!!!

Conclusion: No wonder America has major obesity issues….

Evolution of the bagel:
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Bagel of yesterday: Average bagel contained about 140 calories and had a diameter of three inches.

Bagel of today: Average bagel now contains about 350 calories and a diameter of six inches!!

Conclusion: STAY AWAY FROM BAGELS!!

Evolution of French Fries:

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French Fries of yesterday:
The average French Fries of yesterday weighed about 2.4 ounces per serving and contained about 210 calories.

French Fries of today: The average French Fries of today weigh about 6.9 ounces with calories worth up to 610 calories!!

Conclusion: It’s obvious the restaurants aren’t looking out for your health, keep that in mind when you have your next meal…

The evolution of the turkey sandwich:

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Turkey sandwich of yesterday: An average turkey sandwich back twenty years ago contained 320 calories as an AVERAGE.

Turkey sandwich of today: An average turkey sandwich of today is about ten inches long and contains about 820 calories!!!

Conclusion: Are you full yet??

The evolution of your standard spaghetti and meatballs:

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Spaghetti and meatballs of yesterday: The average serving portion of spaghetti and meatballs used to have about 500 calories.

Spaghetti and meatballs of today: The average serving portion for this pasta meal today would contain about 1,025 calories!!! That includes the meatballs and three cups of tomato sauce…

Conclusion: Mamma mia…

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I’m amazed that we are all used to this amount of food, no wonder so many are having obesity problems. They have been eating to much for their bodies actual needs! Well guys I guess we should start to try and eat smaller portions…that’s gonna be hard. 😦

Stay tuned for the next update :D.

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Weight Lifting: Protein Powder

Posted by Saito on March 27, 2009

I have been taking this protein powder for about four months now and I am seeing some surprising results, it really works!!

Q & A

Really? It works? How does it work?

The protein powder I have been taking for the past four months is called “Night Trainer”. It’s a special chocolate flavored drink your only supposed to take before bed time. Its supposed to help you regain energy after a work out, you don’t tire as easy when you lift weights.

Alright I’ll take your word on that, how do I take it?

It comes with a special scooper already, you take a single heaping amount of Night Trainer into your cup. Add some milk stir it in and drink it. Its a really sticky mixture and can freeze like cement on your spoon, so just be aware =D.

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It has great flavor, I have not been disappointed with it the benefits have been great!! You may start to see better results after about two weeks (and a bit more definition with your muscles)

You can get it here: Night Trainer

Well that’s it for now, stay tuned for the next update =D.

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The Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables: Part 1

Posted by Saito on March 24, 2009

I’m dedicating this post to the benefits of fruits and vegetables, since there are so many different types of fruits and vegetables I will only be discussing about the most common fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and Veggies

Q & A

What do you mean by benefits exactly?

By benefits I mean as what they can actually do, how do they effect your body?

Lets start with a few common veggies:

Celery

Celery targets your bones, notice they appear to look like your bones inside and out already. It sends nutrients to your bones to keep them healthy and strong. When your body is running low on sodium it takes sodium from your bones, making them weak. So celery and other vegetables like bok choy and rhubarb revive your bones keeping them strong.

Carrot

If you look on the inside of a carrot (after you take a bite) you will notice the odd rings on the inside, almost transforming into the shape of an eye. As a matter of fact it greatly effects the human eye, it greatly enhances blood flow and funtions of the human eye.

Tomato

The tomato has four chambers on the inside, the tomato is red. That is exactly what our hearts look like inside and out! All research says that the tomato is pure heart and blood food.

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Okay, we have seen the benefits of some vegetables, now lets take a look at the fruit section:

Grapes

Grapes hang in a cluster in the shape of the human heart, every grape appears to look like a blood cell. Research shows that grapes are food for the heart and our blood. (grapes are also a great source of Resveratrol)

Bananas

Bananas are a great source of potassium, it helps to regulate your blood pressure. The potassium in the bananas can also help your muscles contract properly while doing exercises and it reduces cramping. bananas can also help lower sugar cravings.

Oranges

Oranges are extremely beneficial, they help you fight asthma, it helps with proper brain development, it also brings Betacarotene into your body which protects your cells from damage and viruses.

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These are just a few fruits and vegetables, imagine the benefits of ALL fruits and vegetables! I think everyone should try to maintain a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, the benefits are worth it :D.

Well that’s it for now, stay tuned for the next update :D.

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Balanced Diet: How To Start A Balanced Diet…

Posted by Saito on March 3, 2009

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I’m sure most of you have heard about the Food Pyramid, it shows you the best way to start a balanced diet and keep a balanced for the rest of your life.

Q & A

Okay then, what do I do first?

By starting a balanced diet you are taking a big step in life, you have to break some bad habits. Like eating unhealthy snacks when your hungry, or having multiple deserts (I’m sure you can think up some unusual eating habits on your own). Give your self time to make the transition, have your parents start buying you healthy natural foods. That is what you do to start…


Do you have a schedule I can use? What should I eat at what times?

Okay I’ll start:

Breakfast:

Start your breakfast with energizing food, full of protein and Vitamin C. I suggest eggs (protein) you can make them anyway you like, for bread I suggest Toast and last but not least for a drink try milk (calcium)/orange juice(Vitamin C) (you probably have more then one glass of orange juice/milk, try them both; have one glass of milk and one glass of orange juice)

Time between Breakfast and Lunch:

Sometimes most people have a snack before lunchtime, try munching on some cheerios (your daily grains) or have vegetable/fruit something healthy.

Lunchtime:

For lunch were all normally at school, so I suggest when you pack your lunch you should take food items that will last through the entire school day. I normally have a tuna sandwich, with a banana (protein again). For a drink I have water, cool and refreshing…try something balanced and nutritional like that (I’m sure you can think of something).

Time between lunch and dinner:

If you’ve just come home from school and want another snack, try crackers with peanut butter (or cheese, you know something edible like that =D). For a drink to go with it try having some more milk.

Dinner:

Normally as teens were not in charge of dinner (mom or dad takes care of that), why not ask them to make a balanced meal? I would suggest you ask them to make a pasta dish, or a rice dish; something with plenty of grains. You could also suggest a meat/poultry dish (chicken, beef or ham). On the side you would want a vegetable group, try broccoli or cauliflower. For desert try dark chocolate (just plain dark chocolate, its good a very good for you), or try a fruit dish.

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That’s the schedule I recommend, of course its normally you can’t keep a perfect schedule this is just an example. Try making up your own balanced meal schedule, stick to the Food Pyramid rules and you’ll be fine :D.

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