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Aug 30 10

Quote of the Week

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If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins

Aug 27 10

The Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts [Cooking Light]

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Next time you’re in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. By: Karen Ansel, RD

The Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts –

Aug 25 10

How many calories should you count? [Fox News]

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Aug 6 10

Seven Myths about Veggies [Article Link: YahooGreen!]

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Originally posted on YahooGreen! on June 1, 2010. For access to the other interesting “myths” associated with vegetables, read Lori Bongiorno’s full post on YahooGreen!

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Myth: Fresh vegetables are more nutritious than frozen

Fact: Studies show that sometimes you can get more nutrients from frozen veggies, depending on variety and how old the vegetables at your supermarket are. That’s because produce starts losing nutrient quality as soon as it’s picked.

Frozen vegetables are flash-frozen right after harvest so they are preserved at their peak of freshness when they are most nutritious. Your best bet in terms of taste, nutrition, and the environment is still local in-season produce.  When that’s not an option frozen can be a better choice (from a nutrient standpoint) than spinach that takes two weeks to reach your table.

Myth: Cooked veggies are less nutritious than raw

Fact: It depends on the vegetable. “Cooking destroys some nutrients, but it releases others,” says Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat. It destroys vitamin C and folic acid, according to Nestle, which is why it’s not a great idea to cook oranges.

On the other hand, she says, cooking releases vitamin A and the nutrients in fiber and makes them easier to digest. It’s also easier for your body to absorb more lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant, in cooked tomato sauce than from raw tomatoes.

Steam or roast veggies instead of boiling, which leaches out water-soluble vitamins into the cooking water.

Aug 4 10

Sugar’s Connection to Heart Disease [video: ABC News]

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Jul 22 10

Event: Talk and Tour, July 24th at Castle Hill Fitness

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Learn about the Aviva program and tour Castle Hill’s incredible fitness facility.
Join us for an an afternoon of information, inspiration and fun!

We are so excited to be able to join Castle Hill Fitness for this event.  Their award-winning facility, voted three-years running as the best gym by Austin FIT readers, is amazing! They have all the latest in high-tech equipment with none of the intimidation you might experience at a superchain fitness center.

Meet us at the Castle Hill Fitness on Saturday afternoon and take a tour of the facility. Then, we’ll provide a brief overview of the Aviva program and answer any your questions. As an added bonus, Food 4 Fitness Café will provide treats so yummy you won’t believe they’re healthy!

Come out and visit us for an informative and fun afternoon!

Saturday, July 24th
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Castle Hill Fitness
1112 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
Phone: (512) 478-4567

Space is limited.  Call (512-377-2500) or email us to reserve your spot today!!
Jul 21 10

Sugar and Heart Attacks, Diabetes and Stroke Risks [Article Link:]

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Did you know…

According to the Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes about 156 pounds of added sugar each year per capita?

Take a look at US medical study results and ABC News medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard’s report on the effects of sugar consumption on long term wellness.

Jul 19 10

Quote of the Week: 7/19/10

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Ability is what you are capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.

– Lou Holtz

Jul 16 10

Food Facts: High Calorie Drinks (Pt. 2)

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Orange Julius’ Strawberry Banana Shake (32-ounce)
600 calories, 14 grams fat (11 saturated), 87 grams sugar, 130 milligrams sodium

For the record a Snickers bar contains 280 calories, 5 grams saturated fat, and 30 grams of sugar.

A better bet: A 20-ounce Orange Julius has only 160 calories and 5 grams fat, none of them saturated

7-Eleven Double Gulp Soda (64-ounce)
600 calories

A better bet: Can of soda (150 calories) or a diet soda.

Bottled Juice
300–400 calories for 20 ounces

Fruit juice isn’t always bad for you, but keep in mind many store bought juices have added sugars, and most come in a 2.5 serving or larger container.

A better bet: Stick to 8-ounce containers or kid’s containers; look for 100 percent juices; juice your own.

Pina Colada:
644 calories (approximately)

At around seven hundred calories, this drink, made with rum, coconut milk, and pineapples has more calories than a Big Mac. Other calorically heavy-hitting cocktails are Long Island Iced Teas, Margaritas, and White Russians.

A better bet: Vodka and soda with lime; glass of red wine; a beer

Jul 14 10

8 Healthy Office Snacks [Article Link:]

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Looking for a healthy alternative to sugary snacks when those 3pm hunger pangs begin?

Follow these great ideas from Cooking Light to keep filled and fueled until it’s time to call it a day.