Having the right shoe for the right activity can mean so much to performance. We are all so different physically that so many aspects have to be taken into account. Whatever shoe you choose should be comfortable when you begin your exercise routine. More importantly it is advisable to try shoes after you have completed your workout because feet expand and you could possibly go up as much as a size. Fitness experts suggest a shoe that has heavy soles, cushioning and good support for your arches. First decide if you are looking for a shoe that is specifically for running, walking, cross-training or basketball. Most important before you make your purchase, know your feet. The height of your arches, the flatness of your feet, do you have a tendency to supinate (put weight on the outside of the shoe or pronate (put weight on the inside). If you are unsure work with a good salesperson and remember to replace your shoes at least every 6 months.
Indian Eggplants, Sweet Potatoes & Red Peppers Ingredients: -10 small Indian Eggplants (cut in 4-6 sections each) – 1 medium sweet potato ( cut in 1/2 inch pieces) – 3 large cloves garlic (diced) – 1 large red bell pepper (diced)
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1/4 teaspoon of salt
– 1/2 can tomato sauce
– Hot pepper to taste
– Generous amount of Turmeric
– 3/4 cup low sodium veggie broth
Directions: - Saute garlic for 2 minutes in olive oil in a large skillet – Add all the above ingredients cover -low to medium flame-for about 40 minutes.
-Red Peppers rich in Lycopene-support for our urinary tract
-Purple Eggplants provide Vit. K important for blood clotting
-Orange sweet Potatos -Vit. A necessary for eye health
-White Garlic is a strong antioxidant
-Turmeric one of the best spices for fighting inflammation
Whey Protein Powder – not just for Shakes…
By now most of you have heard of Whey Protein Powder. It has been shown to preserve muscle mass as we age, increase strength, build our immunity and encourage weight loss. In choosing one try to stay with an isolate which has most of the carbohydrates and fat removed. A good portion of the American diet consists of too many carbohydrates, that is why it is necessary to increase the protein portion for better balance in your diet. Protein powders do not contain empty calories like most fast food and processed snacks. Their origin is from real foods. Vegetarians especially can benefit greatly from whey protein. This is because vegetarian sources of quality protein are limited. As for the rest of us, instead of only using it as part of a protein shake before or after a workout, add it to those foods that you feel need an extra boost of protein. Add it to oatmeal, stir it in plain yogurt, blend it in pancake mix or mix a little with your milk and pour it over dry cereal.