Overall, this study raises an important issue over the effects energy drinks could have on the heart. However, many questions remain unanswered following this small study that has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Further research on more people is needed.
During this holiday season, temptations come at us from all angles, at home, at work, visiting friends. It is a real challenge to simply maintain our weight, let alone lose any during these months. I have written several posts on Healthy eating tips for the holidays beginning back on October 28.
So, it was encouraging to read WebMD’s recommendation on low calorie after dinner drinks. “While they are mostly empty calories, many alcoholic “after dinner” drinks aren’t as decadent as you may think. A standard shot (1.5 ounces) of chocolate-infused liqueur from one gourmet chocolatier is less than 100 calories. So is crème de cacao.
“Another decadently sweet treat is strawberries dipped in chocolate, which average about 40 calories each. Dip two strawberries in warm, dark chocolate instead of dipping into a molten chocolate cake and you’ll save anywhere from 200 to 1,000 calories.”
As always, paying attention to portion size can keep you from going too far astray.
Enjoy the holidays!
I like the emphasis on basic principles here. If you want to exercise, you can find a way - and a time.
Fracture healing is a complex process of cell and tissue production. This requires growth, inflammation, antioxidants, bone breakdown as well as bone-building cells, hormones, amino acids (protein), and numerous nutrients.
The benefits of exercise include better circulation and improved bone, muscle, cardiovascular and organ health. Even the brain benefits from regular exercise, which increases communication between neurons and slows the brain tissue loss associated with aging and mental decline, Heller said.
I feel strongly about the importance of exercising for all ages, but especially seniors. Please check out the following posts for more:
Exercise, aging and the brain
Important facts about your brain and exercise
Ok, it’s Black Friday and you have shopping to do, but what about those extra helpings you had yesterday at the Thanksgiving feast? You will have to deal with them before long or the problem, like your waistline, will only get bigger.
Here are some quick references for you to get a handle on those love handles.
I thought it would be useful to look at the various dishes and their calories and then offer the exercises you might want to choose to burn them off, like a smorgasbord.
A three ounce serving of turkey white meat totals 132 calories, dark meat 145 calories.
A serving of gravy approximates 1/4 cup. That is about the size of a golf ball. Each of those golf ball sized servings adds 30 to 50 calories to your meal.
One serving of mashed potatoes comes to 150 calories. Swimming in gravy, it totals 300 calories.
One half cup serving of stuffing amounts to 180 calories without gravy.
A roll and butter totals 180 calories as does a slice of pumpkin pie.
Here is the burn rate for me, a 155 pound person:
- 25 minutes of low impact aerobics burns 146 calories.
- walking leisurely – a 2.5 mile per hour pace – for 30 minutes burns 105 calories.
- rowing with moderate effort burns 246 calories in 30 minutes
- running at a 7 mile per hour pace will burn 391 calories in 30 minutes.
Now you have the information, time to get going.