What a difference a “Body Bug” can make.

This is the first video I’ve seen if which someone talks about wearing/using a “body bug.” I’ve also been thinking about getting one and was wondering if anyone else has used one?


Chalene Johnson: ‘I want you to let it go.”

Sugar Shockers! How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

Do you know how much added sugar is hiding in your favorite foods? Find out in this short video! From SparkPeople.com

*”Shakeology: Nutrition Simplified.” You can watch it here.

7 tips to control your hunger!

I found these 7 tips posted online by Rustom Warden. I indicated what I thought were some really interesting points in bold:

1. Eat small frequent meals.

Want to lose weight? Eat more — frequently, that is.

Your body needs food to provide energy, repair damaged muscle tissue, and to carry out various other functions.

But there are only so many nutrients it can draw from each meal. Large meals mean more nutrients than your body can handle, thus causing an ‘overflow effect’.

Thus, go for smaller, more frequent meals. They provide just the right amount of nutrients every few hours, without causing that overflow effect. They also maintain blood sugar levels, thus keeping your appetite and energy levels in control.

2. Don’t skip meals!

Skipping meals and going too long without food can turn hunger pangs into irresistible cravings.

To start with, don’t skip breakfast!

It is amazing how so many people skip this meal. If you are one of those, change that nasty food habit. NOW!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your first meal of the day helps replenish all those nutrients lost during that all-night fast. It raises those early morning low blood sugar levels.

Missing out on this meal means setting you up for low blood sugar levels and, thus, low energy levels and irresistible hunger pangs and cravings at lunchtime.

3. Eat your veggies!

Vegetables are healthy. They are chock-full with nutrients that can boost your health.

They are also rich in fiber, the dieters’ secret weapon to control hunger.

While all vegetables are beneficial as far as good health and hunger control go, certain veggies, like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and mushrooms, are super-high in fiber and have a negligible amount of calories.

They can fill your stomach and control your hunger while filling you with a small amount of calories.

4. Eat more whole grains and less refined carbohydrates.

Whole grains, besides being healthier than their ‘nutrient-stripped’ refined counterparts, are also higher in fiber.

Thus they are more filling and satisfying.

While refined carbs — like idlis, dosas, white bread, white rice — may be low in fat, they are higher in fiber. You may run the risk of over-consuming calories.

5. Eat slowly!

Give it a shot. It actually works.

The brain actually takes ten minutes longer than the stomach to receive the message that it is full. Thus, eating too fast might cause you to eat beyond the point of fullness without even realizing.

6Sleep and shed those pounds!

Studies have found that people who sleep only five hours every night were 50 per cent more likely to be obese than those who sleep seven to nine hours.

Researchers believe lack of sleep affects hormones related to appetite, causing you to gain pounds.

7. Drink more water!

Water is the healthiest, cheapest and most easily available appetite suppressant around.

Thirst is often mistaken as hunger. Also, foods with high water content can fill you up easily. They naturally pack fewer calories for their volume.

Toss together a salad of lettuce, cucumbers, celery and tomatoes, or a fruit cup with watermelon, strawberries and orange slices for a watery hunger-satisfying snack.


“In order to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition everyday, you should try Shakeology’s “Bottom-of-the-Bag” guarantee. You can watch a short video about “Shakeoolgy: Nutrition Simplifed” here.

How to Beat Hunger Pangs

I thought I might do a series of posts on “how to beat hunger pangs.” I found this online. I thought the comment about high fiber foods was very interesting and have included it in bold type:

Eat More High Fiber Foods

High fiber foods can help you to feel fuller longer because high fiber foods take more time to digest in your body. Not to mention, high fiber foods are lower in calories which means you can eat more of it without sacrificing your diet.

Consequently, try increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, lentils, beans, brown rice, whole wheat, bran, and nuts to help ward off hunger pangs as you lose weight. To add, choose high fiber foods as a snack option instead of foods high in sugar, calories, and fat (i.e. cookies, potato chips, cake, candy bars, etc. should be avoided).


This Monday’s “Meatless” Menu

Breakfast: Mashed Plantain with Red Beans

Green plantains are boiled then spiced with onion, turmeric and cilantro in this Caribbean breakfast. Red beans are seasoned with garlic and cumin for a savory contrast to the plantains and fresh pea shoots top the dish to add a touch of springtime.

Lunch: Slow Cooker Corn Chili

Both kidney and black beans are seasoned with cumin, chili powder, garlic, cinnamon and cocoa in this deceptively simple chili. Corn brings a slight crunch and fire roasted tomatoes allow for a subtly smoky flavor in this one pot wonder. This recipe comes to us from Jen of Domestic Divas.

Dinner: Spring Vegetable Gallettes

Veggies like asparagus and green onions are naturally sweet, so showing them off is surprisingly simple. Just throw Spring’s bounty on a flattered pie crust, bake and crumble tangy feta over everything just before serving.

Snack: Avocado Radish Salad

Sometimes all you need for a delicious salad is to bring out the natural flavors of ripe fruits and veggies. Creamy avocado and crisp radish slices are seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper in this simple and satisfying salad.
*Want to make sure you’re getting the right nutrition everyday? Why try Shakeology’s “Bottom-of-the-Bag” guarantee? You can watch a short video about it here.

Spring Vegetable Gallettes (414 cal. per serving)

The following is from the Meatless Monday web site:

Veggies like asparagus and green onions are naturally sweet, so showing them off is surprisingly simple. Just throw Spring’s bounty on a flattered pie crust, bake and crumble tangy feta over everything just before serving. This recipe comes to us from Donna Kelly of Apron Strings.

Serves 6

  • a little vegetable oil, for preparing the baking sheet
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed & cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 radishes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 9-inch uncooked pie crusts
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 ounces feta cheese

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a light layer of vegetable oil.

Microwave the asparagus for 60-90 seconds, or until its slightly softened. Cut the radish slices in half so they resemble half circles.

Spread one of the pie crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan in the center of the crust. Spoon half the asparagus, green onions and radish slices over the Parmesan in one layer. Fold up the crust around the edges of the gallette, leaving about 2 inches of crust overlapping on all edges. Brush the crust with the egg wash. Repeat with the remaining pie crust.

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the gallettes are lightly browned. Crumble the feta over the baked gallettes and enjoy!


Shakeology: “the healthiest meal of the day”. You can watch a short video about it here.

Affordable Heart Attacks?

Here’s an interesting quote I came across today int he book, “Working Out Sucks!” by Chuck Runyon, Brian Zehetner, and Rebecca Derossett:

“Which is more expensive; a heart attack or a gym membership?” -Chuck Runyon

Have you ever thought about joining the Home Workout Movement? You can watch a short video about a great program called, “Turbo Fire” here.

The “Fittest Little Community” in America

Carole Carson wants you and your friends to organize and lead a community meltdown. In this video, Carole tells the story of her personal lifestyle change and about how hundreds of people in her small community came together to lose more than 4 tons of weight and also regain, no pounds, new vigorous lives. What you see and hear in Carole’s story and the people in the community who made their story possible, can be your story, too!


We’re in the process now of organizing a “community meltdown” locally here in South PA. For those who don’t live in the PA area, we also hope to organize challenge groups online using the http://www.Facebook.com/JimmyFit page. Just drop me a line if you’re interested.

Would you like to start an exercise program? How about Insanity? You can watch a short video about the program here.

Losing 60 Pounds at Age 60

From the AARP website:

Carole Carson’s Story

Carole Carson knows a thing or two about weight loss. Fed up after decades of trying and failing to lose weight, she committed herself anew to the task and, at age 60, lost 60 pounds.

She has not only kept the weight off but has emerged as a competitive recreational tennis player and dedicated her post-retirement career to motivating others to follow her healthy lifestyle lead.

You can watch the AARP video here.

Have you ever thought about trying Tai Chi? You can watch a short video about a great program called, “Tai Cheng” here.

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