In a weeks' time I will be running my 2nd half marathon, which for those
of you who don't know is 13.1 miles.
This has been a great motivator for me to get outside and hit the
Find something that interests you and motivates you this summer, whether
it is going for a hike on vacation or participating in a bike-a-thon in
your area, now is a great time get moving and take advantage of these warm
Congratulations to Jonathan Killgore for winning the May contest, in which
he successfully listed 5 of the 12 foods that one should buy organic.
He has won a brand new reusable grocery tote as well as a 3oz sample
bottle of the new Amalaki health drink - Zrii www.eatlivelaugh.com/zrii
" A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills
~ Joan Welsh
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What you need to know about MSG - Monosodium
MSG is a flavor enhancer found in countless foods, in many restaurants and
in some cases school cafeterias.
Now for the more technical explanation (consider yourself warned): MSG is
a single sodium salt of glutamic acid.
This seaweed extract, is now commonly produced chemically through the
fermentation of sugar or molasses.
Symptoms associated with the ingestion of MSG can range from headaches,
agitation, tightness in the chest, increased heart rate and numbness or
With these symptoms being what an adult experiences, imagine the impact on
Infant formulas and baby food contain MSG, which with babies being four
times more sensitive than adults I would refer to MSG as a poison as they
are most at risk.
The FDA currently has MSG on their "Generally Recognized As Safe" list as
a food additive.
To top it off over 85 million pounds of MSG are added to the overall US
food supply each year!!
To avoid the intake of MSG, you must read labels and also remain aware
that MSG exists in common foods from soups and crackers to candy and a
variety of process foods found in your local grocery store.
Some good examples of these are your standard packaged sliced meats and
You should also beware of salad dressings and sauces. For a powerful 6
minute video to that speaks to more of the affects of MSG please view this
For a great MSG-Free taco seasoning, please see the recipe of the
This time of year it is as if the excuses to skip a workout seem more
Either it is so beautiful out that you don't want to be inside the gym OR
it is too hot out to do anything, especially anything that will make you
break a sweat voluntarily.
The weather doesn't care or notice whether or not you workout, but your
If hitting the beach this summer isn't enough motivation to keep you on
track, try these tips::
Recipe of the Month
- Mix up your workout-Try a new class, machine, or route.
You will be amazed at what muscles you are not working
- Play like a child-Jump rope, ride a bike, swim, do jumping jacks
- Pump up your music-With the right mix in hand you will (almost) never
want to stop
- Wake Up-A morning workout is gift from the Gods.
Sure it might be painful getting up early, but once you are done you are
done. and now you're afternoon/evening is free
MSG-Free Taco Season |
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: n/a
Yield: 4 servings
1/2 cup dried minced onion
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup chili powder
1-2 Tbsp cornstarch
1-2 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp oregano
2 Tbsp cumin
- Combine all ingredients and run through blender
- Use 2 Tbsp and 1/2 cup water to 1 lb. of meat
- Simmer 10 minutes
How far can a dollar get you?
Would you believe me if I told you, you could have one tree planted for
every dollar donated in the Atlantic Forest?
This forest is one of the greatest repositories of biodiversity on earth,
rivaling that of the Amazon, which is located in Brazil.
There is only 7% of the forest remaining, which means there is a huge need
to help revive this once abundant forest.
Tropical forests are the lungs of our earth and the Atlantic forest at one
time held an important role to help regulate the atmosphere and stabilize
To start having you trees planted please visit www.plantabillion.org
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- I continue to encourage you to read your labels while at the grocery
Avoid products that list MSG, look for alternatives or in some cases look
at making your own
- Take a look at the great tips given this month in our new "Get Fit"
section by Lis Soltes
- Want to help regulate our climate and keep our air free of carbon
Plant a tree or five!
To date there have been over 320,000 planted but we have a long way to go.
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