I’m an NPR nerd mostly for the fact I rather listen to interesting people rather than the same song over and over again on the commute. Today, I loved hearing about Nof… she tells a story of how she learned to cook, watching her grandmother. She’s a microbiologist who has honed her science skill in the kitchen and shares her knowledge with others. What a well spoken, cool lady!

Soaking up my days worth of vitamin D to strengthen my bones!

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Going from a 12 inch plate to a 10 inch appetizer plate will save you around 500 calories which is about 22% less than what you’d eat froma 12 inch plate. Try this changing plate techinque at regular meals, buffet lines, at home, even when out to eat. Perhaps even keep a small plate at work to warm up your meal/leftovers. If you think people are looking at you like a crazy person, move on. We are all crazy and in 2 seconds they won’t care. Or it will positive influence them. Most of the time if you don’t bring it up, no one else will either. Moving on to a topic that concerns the other person is easy. Oh hey I heard you went to Vegas to see Drake at the MGM Grand! So cool, tell me more. I did see Drake in Vegas and it was amazing. And I bring it up all the time… see how quickly the topic can change from nutrition? This is a game changer!

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Going from a 12 inch plate to a 10 inch appetizer plate will save you around 500 calories which is about 22% less than what you’d eat froma 12 inch plate. Try this changing plate techinque at regular meals, buffet lines, at home, even when out to eat. Perhaps even keep a small plate at work to warm up your meal/leftovers. If you think people are looking at you like a crazy person, move on. We are all crazy and in 2 seconds they won’t care. Or it will positive influence them. Most of the time if you don’t bring it up, no one else will either. Moving on to a topic that concerns the other person is easy. Oh hey I heard you went to Vegas to see Drake at the MGM Grand! So cool, tell me more. I did see Drake in Vegas and it was amazing. And I bring it up all the time… see how quickly the topic can change from nutrition? This is a game changer!

Quit Smoking Plan

Smoking decreases cravings for food but increase weak blood vessels. THink tiny blood vessels giving you eye sight are the ones to go first… then think about the blood vessels traveling to your heart. All weaken by smoking. Here is an awesome plan from the YOU doctors, Dr. Rozien and Dr. Oz. They write analogies that help bring life to nutrition information.

I also read a cute analogy somewhere that went like this… Smoking is like a cute baby dragon. It’s fun for a little while until one day it grows up and burns your house down!

A good snack instead of smoking:

Keylime greek yogurt with All-Bran buds

or delight in a savory mini meal-

Rye Krisps with laughing cow cheese

I’ve been spoted eating leftovers for snack. Snacks are just mini meals!

YOU: Staying Young

Quit Smoking Plan

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

Start walking 30 minutes every day—no excuses, every day. Start this on Day 1, one month before quitting.

Talk to your doctor about getting prescriptions for bupropion* 100-milligram tablets and nicotine patches (21- or

22-milligram patches if you have a one-pack-a-day habit). Ask your doctor for adjustments if you smoke more than

one pack a day. Fill prescriptions.

On Day 30 (two days before you plan to stop smoking), take one bupropion.

Next two days, take one bupropion each morning.

On Day 32 (stop day), place one patch on your arm, chest, or thigh (do so daily), in addition to your morning

bupropion. (Take it off every day).

On all subsequent days, take one buproprion each morning and evening, and place on patch on your arm, chest, or

thigh.

Continue walking 30 to 45 minutes each day. Feel free to drink as much coffee or water as you wish.

List your daily activities.

Phone or email a support person daily to discuss your progress.

Begin weight lifting on Day 62. Do not increase your physical activities by more than10 percent a week.

Decrease patch size by one-third every two months until at six months you are patch free.

Decrease to one bupropion in the evening after six months, and eliminate that one at 12 months.

Carry one bupropion tablet with you at all times to take if you feel a craving. If the craving hits, take the bupropion,

wait 30 minutes before you light up, and call your support person.

I am preveliged to have 1 mo vacation a year at Denver Health Hospital. I wonder how our society would work as a whole with more vacation days to be taken maditory each year for personal health. Over and over again, I hear if we can take care of ourselves we can take care of others… in my life, it’s my family, friends, and people I counsel. That is a lot of people! I feel like a month isn’t enough!

As a human being (not human doer) I find being active and productive a necessity, almost bragging rights at the end of a week. While a body in motion stays in motion, I feel if I remember to give myself my time, I’m more of a creative and focused human being.

So I’m trying to sit back and decompress on Facebook. Or watch an Episode of How I met your Mother without feeling guilty. Perhaps a taking a day off or a couple PTO hours to yoga in the morning before work. This you time adds up!

"To all who desire longer life so they can serve more." the book dedication from YOU Staying Younger.

While staying younger, I’d say reverse the years even more with coconut oil. I hear coconut oil is the best lotion/antibacterial for the skin.

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Coconut oil is my favorite oil to not only bake and cook with but as my own skin saver/moisturizer. I use some expensive washes, toners, and lotions from Nars and Artistry, but this by far is what works best for my face, neck, etc.No oily residue in this Colorado winter.

What a beautiful way to ground myself today. I sometimes put myself into a world…

Feeling much better with garlic and tomato black bean tacos. Bye flu, until next year.

Feeling much better with garlic and tomato black bean tacos. Bye flu, until next year.

thugkitchen:

HAVE YOU EVER FUCKING SEEN the Hamburger Helper? That shit is terrifying. What’s worse than that? The sodium content. Get off the salt lick and grub on some real food.
Seriously someone in HH marketing should be fired.
TUCSON TEMPEH PASTA
1 block tempeh (~8 oz.)
1 yellow onion
1 bell pepper
2 carrots
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
2-3 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (It is near the BBQ sauce at the store I swear. You haven’t even looked yet so stop fucking complaining.)
14 ounce can of tomatoes (make sure you don’t buy some brand full of salt)
1 pound of pasta (whole wheat, rice, quinoa, whatever the fuck you want)
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of green peas or other vegetable
Optional: add some steamed broccoli, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, whatever you got that you need to use up.
Cook the pasta how the box tells you to. You got this.
Chop up the onion, bell pepper, and carrots. Mince the garlic cloves up nice and small. Heat up the oil over a medium heat in a big skillet or a wok. Crumble the tempeh into little pieces with your hands and toss into the skillet. Add the veggies and cook them until the onion begins to look all golden and the tempeh bits start to brown. Add the soy sauce, spices, and garlic and cook them for about a minute. Your place should smell fucking awesome by now. You’re welcome. Now add the liquid smoke and tomatoes and let the mixture start to bubble a little. Let this all stew together for a minute or two.
Add the cooked pasta, lemon juice, and any additional veggies you picked out to the tomato mixture. Mix everything together until the pasta is nice and coated. Add more spices if you think it needs it. I like to serve mine topped with red onion, jalapenos, and cilantro but you add your favorite shit.
Serves 4-6 people as a meal (or one bad mother fucker with leftovers)


OMG I loooove this blog. Great recipes, true passion, and great advice!

thugkitchen:

HAVE YOU EVER FUCKING SEEN the Hamburger Helper? That shit is terrifying. What’s worse than that? The sodium content. Get off the salt lick and grub on some real food.

Seriously someone in HH marketing should be fired.

TUCSON TEMPEH PASTA

1 block tempeh (~8 oz.)

1 yellow onion

1 bell pepper

2 carrots

3-4 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon olive oil

2-3 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon liquid smoke (It is near the BBQ sauce at the store I swear. You haven’t even looked yet so stop fucking complaining.)

14 ounce can of tomatoes (make sure you don’t buy some brand full of salt)

1 pound of pasta (whole wheat, rice, quinoa, whatever the fuck you want)

juice of 1 lemon

1 cup of green peas or other vegetable

Optional: add some steamed broccoli, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, whatever you got that you need to use up.

Cook the pasta how the box tells you to. You got this.

Chop up the onion, bell pepper, and carrots. Mince the garlic cloves up nice and small. Heat up the oil over a medium heat in a big skillet or a wok. Crumble the tempeh into little pieces with your hands and toss into the skillet. Add the veggies and cook them until the onion begins to look all golden and the tempeh bits start to brown. Add the soy sauce, spices, and garlic and cook them for about a minute. Your place should smell fucking awesome by now. You’re welcome. Now add the liquid smoke and tomatoes and let the mixture start to bubble a little. Let this all stew together for a minute or two.

Add the cooked pasta, lemon juice, and any additional veggies you picked out to the tomato mixture. Mix everything together until the pasta is nice and coated. Add more spices if you think it needs it. I like to serve mine topped with red onion, jalapenos, and cilantro but you add your favorite shit.

Serves 4-6 people as a meal (or one bad mother fucker with leftovers)

OMG I loooove this blog. Great recipes, true passion, and great advice!

Huge difference in calories from fat, flavor, and price. Which one would you choose??

Choose the more expensive, more tasty cheese. Use less of the taster cheese and the taste buds/body/cravings will be more satisfied. Since using less of the cheese, will save in the pocket book.