Monday, August 27, 2012

Snack Attack

There's no way of getting around it; most of us munch between meals. In general, "munching between meals can actually reduce your overall caloric intake by curbing overeating at your next meal...[it] can help you stay on track. (Noelcke) However, a lot of individuals struggle with their health/ fitness progression, because of  their snacking. In order to progress/ maintain your health you must recognize your snack cravings and do your best to make healthy snack decisions. Thanks to Joseph Erdos of Kitchen Daily here are some alternatives to some of the most common snack cravings: 

1. Popcorn vs. Chips: Popcorn (without butter, of course) is a great alternative when you feel the need to munch on chips. Despite, the fact that popcorn generally has more sodium content than chips, it has less calories, fat, and carbohydrates - Overall, "1 oz. [of chips]  provides 150 calories, while 2 cups of popcorn provides 110 calories… 1 oz. of chips contains 10 g of fat and 2 cups of popcorn contains 6 g of fat. ..If you are following a low-carbohydrate diet, chips are worse, as 1 oz. contains 15 g of carbohydrates, while 2 cups of popcorn contains 12.6 g of carbohydrates." (Willet, May 26, 2011

When I snack on popcorn I add cayenne pepper, garlic, butter flavor, and a little bit of  salt. It's tasty and it satisfies my craving for chips. 

2. French Fries vs. Pretzel Sticks: Eating french fries raises your bad cholesterol levels. Pretzel sticks are a much better alternative--choose the whole-wheat kind. Pair them with a wrap sandwich and you have a healthy lunch option. 

While, I do like pretzels, I can't seem to give up my french fries. So, when I really want to eat some french fries I make them at home. I cut 1 potato into french fries and then place them into boiling water for a few minutes, so that some of the starch comes out. Then, I rinse them and place them in the oven with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and some seasonings. At the end my homemade backed french fries contains approximately 230 calories. Not bad, right? It's healthier than fried french fries that you would get from a fast-food place and they taste better. 

3. Cookies vs. Rice Cakes: Rice cakes are a good alternative to cookies. Many brands have sweet versions, but you can also jazz up plain rice cakes by spreading them with your favorite nut butter. Also try brown rice cakes, which offer more fiber.

I like to eat Quaker's Caramel Corn Rice Cakes, which contains 50 calories.

4. Ice Cream vs. Yogurt: Who doesn’t crave ice cream from time to time? I know I do. However, not only are many ice creams high in saturated fat, they also contain corn syrup and artificial flavorings or colorings. Try frozen yogurt or plain yogurt instead. But if you don't like it plain, take a cue from the Greeks and enjoy your yogurt with a spoonful of honey or stir in a spoonful of natural applesauce or fruit preserves.

My diet consists of Dannon’s Light & Fit Vanilla flavored yogurt, which contains 80 calories; I like to add granola and fresh fruit to it, which makes it contain approximately 200 calories.    

5. Doughnuts/ Cakes vs. Fresh Fruit: These breakfast favorites are easy to reach for, especially when there's a box of them at the office. Store-bought doughnuts are coated with sugar and are loaded with trans fat, making them very bad for your long-term health. If you're looking for a sweet snack, turn to fresh fruit.

My favorite fruits to snack on are: strawberries, blackberries, banana's, apples, and grapes. Recently, I've taken a great liking to Muscadine Grapes.

Click here, for more 
snack alternatives!

Content mostly by J. Erdos; Images by C. Kelbaugh 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blooming Winter Flowers

"Flowers are in full bloom this year...Despite, the fact that spring and summer are well known for their floral prints,  fashion designers are attempting to change that. Numerous fall/winter 2012 collections contain floral details from Tory Burch's flower barrettes to Marni's floral collars and Dolce & Gabbana's floral embroidered bags...” (Pure Love
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Little Girl

WARNING! The following poem contains very graphic yet powerful descriptions of a “little girl” in need of guidance. Although, some of the language used maybe offensive to certain individuals, the poem contains a sensible message that cannot afford to be overlooked nor misunderstood. If you are up to it please do continue reading…

Little Girl 
Jasmine Mans 

Just because your feet fit perfectly in your mother’s shoes
That does not make you a woman
Little girl
Cherry popping
I wonder if you put lip-gloss on your vagina
Draw pubic hairs with your mother’s eye-liner
I wonder if you try on tampons just to see what a penis feels like 
Only difference is you pull out when you want to
I wonder if you rape yourself in your sleep
Too young to ever understand how to love yourself properly
Sticking your Crayola fingers in between your thighs
It always hurts the first time
Maybe tomorrow you won’t cry 
I wonder if your mother recognizes the blood stains
In your Cinderella underwear
Or if she ever cared enough to acknowledge the fact that there there
And a part of me wants to blame your daddy
But some fathers are like God
You never see them but you know that they exist
And some little girls would rather die
Before letting their dead beat dads come
And save their lives
I wonder if you stuff your bra just to distract people from your heartbeat
But the Corona on your breath
Does not hide that Similac residue on your teeth
You are still a baby
And Kotex and Pampers are two different brands for a reason 
Penis and pacifiers are not both made for teething
And the thirst of your soul will not be quenched with a man’s semen
Who cares about your bra size when you see cups as half empty
Im sorry that Beyonce made you trade in your Holloween costume for a Freakum dress
But Halloween is not the only day that exposes damsels in distress
Just don’t crash
Just tell me how long will you let yourself be susceptible to cat calls and whispers
Just to get a fucking glass sleeper
You know the same men that you are waiting on to come and save you 
Are the same men who’s cum made you
The same men who put you on ships for 76 days and raped you
The same men who will tell you that knights in shining armor will make you feel protected
These are the same men writing scripts for the Disney channel
Convincing you Princess Tiana is green and Pocahontas was never molested
Save your soul because the coldest nights are not the ones spent alone
The coldest nights are the ones spent holding yourself
Realizing your body’s hollow
Pick your pinks back up
Enjoy the days when you and Dora the Explorer could relate
Because soon Blue won’t have all the clues
and the Tales of Dragons will be locked away safe
You go ahead and tell me who finger fucked your childhood out of you
And tell them that I challenge them to a thumb wrestling match for it back
Because that is just how much I love you

Hear it here!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Wednesday

Do you know what today is - what every Wednesday is? I did not know until recently that every Wednesday is considered Hump Day. I guess that shows how out-of-touch (uninformed) I can be when it comes to youthful lingo. Still, I try to remain current; I'm 23 years young for Christ's sake.

For those of you who are out-of-touch, like I was, and do not know what Hump Day means, the Urban Dictionary defines it as:

1. The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.
After hump day, the weekend gets closer.

2. Wednesday, or the hump of the week
The absolute BEST day of the week, the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive. A particularly good hump day can last you the rest of the week, and by Doomday morning (Monday) you survive by anticipating hump day. Nothing goes wrong on hump day...

Hump day has nothing to do with sex. Unless one wants it to. I like to declare the existence of hump day just to see people's faces. Usually being conservative and all

"Do you know what the best thing about Tuesdays are? Its the day before Hump Day!" 
"What's hump day?" 
"It's the hump of the week!!" 
(they all shake their heads in pity)

Click here to get further understanding of this fairly new American English term.

Monday, August 6, 2012


“The 2012 London Olympics were destined to be notable for female participation when…three countries – Brunei, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia – added women to their national teams and ensured that this would be the first time every country represented sent at least one woman to the Games. Female participation in the Olympics has increased steadily in recent decades, but even accounting for that, the sheer amount of women punching holes in the barriers that once existed is breathtaking.” (Waldron, August 3, 2012

Women like Megan Repinoe, Gabby Douglas, Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, and Sarah Attar (pictured above) are inspirational to the world of sports. They are making everyone recognize the potential of all female athletes regardless of their color, nationality, sexual orientation, shape, and size. As a result, their achievements are impacting international women’s rights; although, the impact is small, it is a step in the right direction. 

Learn More Here!

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