This week learn how to spot a liar, the benefits of hemp seeds, and the best way to get that post-workout calorie burn. I bring you the best in health and fitness news.






Real Simple (July 2011)

Add a twist to the traditional lemonade by dropping 4 bags of hibiscus tea and 2 cups fresh mint leaves into 2 ½ cups lemonade.

Do you want to have a clue when person is lying to you? Check for these signs:

a)    A person’s demeanor or voice radically changes

b)   A person’s avoids saying “I”

c)    A person has an answer for everything

d)   A person fidgets and fusses for no reason

e)    A person proclaims his honesty. Repeatedly.

Want a simple small bite? Divide evenly, top 12 large bagel chips with ½ cup hummus and ¼ English cucumbers (thinly sliced). Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with ¼ teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper.

Runner’s World (July 2011)

Tired of having to drink eight glasses of water or so every day? Try these foods that will not just provide you with plenty of water but also added benefits:

a)    Water + electrolytes: cantaloupe, peaches and strawberries

b)   Water + vitamin C: watermelon, kiwi and citrus

c)    Water + cancer defense: tomatoes and broccoli

d)   Water + recovery: pineapple and cherries

e)    Water + immunity: yogurt and kefir

f)     Water + digestion:  beans




On Fitness (May/June 2011)

The so much in vogue “burn calories after your workout is done” comes from the excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC). Doing aerobic types of workouts create little EPOC due that oxygen is always available to meet the energy needs. However, anaerobic types of workouts such as sprints, bounding up stairs or intense weight training in where oxygen doesn’t run at the same pace as the energy requires, increases EPOC substantially.  Here you have two easy routines to kick off EPOC and burn tons of calories while preserving the muscles:

a) Workout 1:

  • 10 squat jumps
  • 10 walking lunge
  • 10 pushups
  • 20 bicycles (abs)

Repeat cycle to complete a total of 10 minutes

b) Workout 2:

  • 10 bench jumps
  • 15 dips
  • 10 decline pushups
  • 20 high knees
  • 10 squat thrusts at top

Repeat cycle to complete a total of 10 minutes

Self (July 2011)

Worried about carcinogens from grilling? Don’t worry when grilling vegetables. They don’t contain the chemicals that lead to the carcinogens. And grilling may be better than fully cooking produce, as it can preserve some of the nutrients that fully cooking destroys.

What’s the benefit of hemp seeds? They have more protein. Just 3 tablespoons have 11 g, compared with 5 g in sunflower seeds. They have the essential amino acids and are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Add some to your salads and smoothies.

Sugar overload? You may think that you don’t eat too much sugar but watch out:

a)    A 24-ounce smoothie from a popular chain can have 70 g or more of sugars

b)   Fat free dressing can have 5g to 7 g of sugar per 2 tablespoons

c)    Flavored yogurt can have 25 g sugar per 6 ounce serving

d)   Even pasta sauce can have over the 3.2 g sugar that a tomato has naturally.