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6 Reasons To Eat Nuts

January 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

These Are The Reasons Why You Should Eat More Nuts Daily.

They taste great, are perfect for snacking on the road or for a quick snack, and come in such a variety of flavors that it’s impossible to get bored with them. But did you know that nuts also offer an amazing array of health benefits as well?

If you’ve been looking for a way to boost and protect your good health for the long run, you just hit the jackpot.

1. Protein

One of the most touted benefits of nuts is the amazing amount of protein found in each and every nut. When your body has sufficient protein, it builds new body tissue and helps damaged tissue heal easier, regulates your body’s functions, helps you fend off an array of diseases, and gives you an added boost of energy to get through the day with a pep in your step.

Keep ‘Em Natural – Want to boost your overall health with nuts? Make sure you do it the right way. While you may reap some benefit from sugar-, salt-, or chocolate-covered nuts, the added flavors may do more harm than good.

2. Fats

As an educated, health-conscious individual, you know that all fats are not created equal. Take the fat found in nuts for example. Nearly 80 percent of some nuts are nothing but fat, but fear not, for the fat isn’t the frightening saturated type. It’s unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. In other words, it’s the exact kind of fat you need to stay strong and healthy.

3. Hearty

In case you haven’t heard, nuts are a great treat to improve your heart health. One of the main reasons is the power that unsaturated fat has to lower your overall cholesterol levels. At the same time it’s lowering your bad cholesterol, that handful of nuts is also reducing your risk for a dangerous or deadly blood clot.

4. Fiber

Most often thought of in whole grains, fiber is also abundant in practically any nut you can find on the shelf. And fiber does more than just keep your bowels regular. Researchers also suspect that adequate fiber helps you avoid the potentially debilitating disease of diabetes. It is unknown how the connection works, but there seems to be a strong relationship between fiber and decreased diabetes.

5. Antioxidants

Found in a variety of foods, antioxidants help prevent runaway molecules from damaging cells, a process that can lead to various cancers and other diseases. Nuts that contain the highest levels of antioxidants include chestnuts, walnuts, and pecans. However, most types of nuts have some antioxidants, so feel free to eat whatever nuts you can get your hands on!

6. Vitamins

Nuts are also filled with all sorts of helpful vitamins and minerals. What can you pick up by picking up a handful of nuts today? How about folate, niacin, and riboflavin? Vitamins B and E? Selenium, iron, magnesium, and more? Not bad, eh? So instead of running away from nuts because they have a little fat, remember that the fat in a handful of nuts is healthy for you and comes with tons of other great health benefits!

Cream of the Crop

Any nut is a good nut. But some nuts are better than others. If you’re in the market for the healthiest nuts out there, go for walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, or even peanuts, which are not actually nuts but are legumes. A handful a day should do the trick. Two handfuls will get you even better results.

And remember that even though it ends in the word “nut,” coconut is not actually a nut and is jam-packed with that saturated fat that is suspected to be the cause of many a heart attack.

Define Workout Habits

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

What are your habits?

Do you eat the same thing for lunch, go through the same exercise routine, and fall into bed at the same time each night?

Or maybe you’ve made a habit out of eating whatever looks good, avoiding the gym, and staying up as late as possible.

John Dryden famously said, “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

Confucius said, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”

And Aristotle noticed that, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

It’s pretty clear that the habits you adopt will shape who you are.

When it comes to your body, the two habits that define your physique are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone that you know who is in great shape has dialed in these two important habits.

If you aren’t happy with your body, then simply adjust your eating and exercise habits. Here’s how to adopt a habit:

Making a Habit

Use these seven steps to create a life-improving habit.

1) Decide on the ONE habit that you would like to develop. It’s tempting to pick up 3 or 4 healthy habits, but choosing just one new habit is realistic and doable.

Here are some healthy habit ideas:

  • Eat around every 3 hours during the day.
  • Bring your lunch to work instead of eating fast food.
  • Exercise around 5-6 times a week every week for 45-60 minutes each time.
  • Make sure your heart rate is properly elevated during your workouts.
  • Get up early and exercise for an hour each morning if evening hours are difficult.
  • Work with a personal trainer 3 times a week.

2) Write your new habit down on paper. Also include your 3 main motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll face, and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

Here’s an example:

  • My new habit is to work with a personal trainer 3 times each week.
  • My 3 main motivators are 1) to feel confident in my bathing suit this summer, 2) to have more energy, and 3) to fit into my skinny jeans.
  • The obstacles I will face are 1) not having the energy to go to my session after work, 2) not having enough money to pay for sessions, and 3) not having my spouse’s support.
  • I will overcome these obstacles by 1) doing my workouts before work instead of after work, so I have more energy, 2) cutting down on frivolous spending to ensure that I can afford it, and 3) asking my spouse to join me so we can get in shape together.

3) Commit fully to your new habit, in a public way. This could mean posting it on facebook, or simply announcing it at the dinner table. Put yourself in a position where you’ll be embarrassed to give up on your new habit.4) Keep track of your progress. You could keep a detailed journal or simply make a check mark on each calendar day that you successfully exercise your new habit.

5) Keep yourself publically accountable. This means either status updates on facebook or verbal status updates at the dinner table. Your friends and family are in a position to offer you support, so don’t shy away from those close to you.

6) When you fail, figure out what went wrong so that you can plan around it in the future.

7) Reward yourself for your success.

Once your new habit becomes second nature, usually in about 30 days, feel free to add a second habit by going through the same 7 steps.

I’d love for my fitness program to become your new healthy habit! Call (813) 610-9933 or email Rob@RobZFitness.com now to reserve your spot.  When you work with me, there’s a good chance that those habits will become a lifestyle!

Teriyaki Salmon

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Salmon is filled with healthy omega 3 essential fatty acids, protein, and vitamin B12.  This recipe is quick and tastes amazing.  Serve it with a side of brown rice and steamed veggies.
Servings: 4

Here’s what you need:

* 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon ground mustard
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* 4 (6oz) salmon steaks

1. In a large re-sealable plastic bag combine the first six ingredients; mix well.
2. Set aside 1/2 cup of marinade and refrigerate.
3. Add salmon to remaining marinade, cover and refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours, turning once. Drain and discard marinade.
4. Place the salmon on a broiler pan. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes. Brush with reserved marinade; turn and broil for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Brush with remaining marinade.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 392 calories, 19g fat, 2.6g carbohydrate, .2g fiber, and 38g protein.

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Holly_Ferguson

January 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“I Lost 36 lbs, 6” in Hips, and 2 Dress Sizes”

Shortly before my 47th Birthday I decided to make a change in my life that was way past due. That is LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING IN SHAPE! It was time to start a new Path to get happy & healthy again. In many previous attempts at losing weight, I would always fail. Among a host of contributing factors in my life, the one causing the most problem was the obvious lack of self control. Not exercising and poor eating habits just added to the already big problem (I was already experiencing health concerns directly related to my weight, for instance – High Blood Pressure to name one).

So that’s when I found my way to RobZFitness. While consulting with Rob, he explained his comprehensive fitness plans and strategies on eating properly. I felt very confident in him and his team. These guys were the ONES FOR ME!

My first scheduled workout fell exactly on my 47th Birthday , October 7th, 2010 . Rob’s encouragement along the way helped me so much!

It’s now , January 10, 2011 , three months since starting this FITNESS plan, I not only feel healthier and much happier, I have LOST 36 POUNDS!!, 6.5% body fat, a couple of dress sizes!, 6 Inches in hips, 3.5 inches in waist.

I now have the knowledge that Rob provided to me of proper exercise and eating properly (a new way of life) I will be able to continue.

Going thru this experience, I believe I am equipped to go forward on my own and continue to get fit and lose more weight.

Thanks Rob!!

.

Holly Ferguson

Holly Ferguson

January 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“I Lost 36 lbs, 6” in Hips, and 2 Dress Sizes”

Shortly before my 47th Birthday I decided to make a change in my life that was way past due. That is LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING IN SHAPE! It was time to start a new Path to get happy & healthy again. In many previous attempts at losing weight, I would always fail. Among a host of contributing factors in my life, the one causing the most problem was the obvious lack of self control. Not exercising and poor eating habits just added to the already big problem (I was already experiencing health concerns directly related to my weight, for instance – High Blood Pressure to name one).

So that’s when I found my way to RobZFitness. While consulting with Rob, he explained his comprehensive fitness plans and strategies on eating properly. I felt very confident in him and his team. These guys were the ONES FOR ME!

My first scheduled workout fell exactly on my 47th Birthday , October 7th, 2010 . Rob’s encouragement along the way helped me so much!

It’s now , January 10, 2011 , three months since starting this FITNESS plan, I not only feel healthier and much happier, I have LOST 36 POUNDS!!, 6.5% body fat, a couple of dress sizes!, 6 Inches in hips, 3.5 inches in waist.

I now have the knowledge that Rob provided to me of proper exercise and eating properly (a new way of life) I will be able to continue.

Going thru this experience, I believe I am equipped to go forward on my own and continue to get fit and lose more weight.

Thanks Rob!!

Holly Ferguson

Climb Tampa 2011 – 42 Story Challenge

January 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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I challenge you to race with me to the top on the Bank of America building in downtown Tampa (RobZFitness -2nd Location) building Saturday, March 26, 2011. at 7:00am.  I promise you will have a lot of fun and probably get in one of your best workouts of the year while supporting a great cause.  Last year we help raise over $6,000.00 for the American Lung Association!

Join the RobZFitness Team as we climb our way to the top of the Bank of America building in downtown Tampa .  Last year our team placed 1st overall while hundreds of people huffed and puffed their way up the 42 flights (914 steps) .  This is more than your same old 5K; this event takes people vertical!  Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically. We guarantee that all finishers will have a new-found respect for healthy lungs! Read more

Over Baked Pork Chops With Rice

January 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ingredients

  • 4  boneless pork chops
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 3/4 cup of mushroom
  • 1 large tomato chopped (if needed)
  • 2 cups water, boiling
  • 2 t. low sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 t. italian seasoning blend
  • dash salt
  • 1 T. olive oil

Directions:

Spray 13 X 9 inch pan with olive oil cooking spray. Put rice in bottom of pan with celery. Brown pork chops (spray olive oil) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place pork chops on top of rice. Put slice onion, green pepper, mushrooms and tomato (if needed) on top of pork chops. Mix bouillon, seasoning, and salt (if necessary) into boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Pour water over pork chops. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour, or until rice is done and pork chops are tender.

Number of Servings: 4

Easy Turkey Wrap

January 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This wrap is perfect to pack for lunch or makes a quick and healthy dinner. It’s ready in a flash, tastes amazing, and is filled with lean turkey, veggies and whole sprouted grains. Try it today, but don’t be surprised if you get hooked! Servings: 1

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Sami’s Lavish wrap, 6 inches
  • 1 Tablespoon fat free fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup lettuce roughly chopped
  • 4 oz lean turkey slices
  • dash of salt and pepper
  1. Spread a tablespoon of fat free cream cheese evenly over one side of the tortilla.
  2. Arrange the turkey slices over the cream cheese and layer with tomatoes. Top with lettuce, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll the tortilla closed.
  3. Cut in half and enjoy.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 177 calories, 1g fat, 21g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 21g protein.

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