Friday, July 25, 2014

Rock Your Workout Event Blog Opportunity


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Workout Wednesdays #37 WOW!

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY (WOW)

 LINK UP!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR HOSTESSES 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.







JOINING US ARE OUR CO-HOSTESSES:

Link up co-hostesses
They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 

You can also check them out on the social media scene.
Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram
Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


LET’S PARTY!!

DISCLOSURE:  REGARDLESS OF WHICH BLOG YOU POST YOUR LINK, IT WILL DISPLAY ONFEMME FITALE FIT CLUB,  THE FRUGAL EXERCISEREAT HARD WORK HARDCOMEBACK MOMMA, AND MEAN, GREEN, CLEAN EATING TEEN BLOGS. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites.  

THEME:

We are linking up blog postsGoogle+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.  

SIMPLE RULES:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:
2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enough.  Show some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.
3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.
4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)
5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification.
6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Should It Be Required That Food Stamps Recipients Grow Their Own Vegetable Gardens?




Years ago, when it wasn't popular to have a vegetable garden and when Chicago still had housing projects, I stumbled into a neighborhood near my apartment called the Ida B. Wells, housing projects.  The homes at that time were dilapidated row houses with dirt instead of lawns in most of the front yards.  In the midst of dirt and trash on the curb were a few homes that had replaced their dirt yards with full blown vegetable gardens. If I remember correctly, these gardens had bell peppers, collards, cabbage, corn, lettuce, beans and probably a few more things I may not recall at this time. This really got my attention because when I was a teenager, I tried my hand at growing vegetables in my parent's backyard.  Eventually, I stopped and talk to two elderly ladies tending their gardens.

I asked what they were growing and when would they harvest their food.  Then I asked;  "Why aren't your neighbors growing vegetable as you are doing?" They told me they tried to get them involved but they simply weren't interested.  For those who remember; during those early 1990's years, the country was at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, and I spotted a few people walking around that looked quite spent.  I nodded and expressed how much I had wanted a garden but unfortunately I lived in an apartment located on the 22nd floor of a building -- not exactly a prime location to grow zucchini!

Fast forward to 2014 -- I have maintained a vegetable garden every year since I moved into my home over a decade ago.  It wasn't until a couple of years back that I thought about the Ida B. Wells gardeners and how growing a garden could be beneficial to a family, especially a poor one. Should food stamp recipients who have adequate space be encouraged to maintain seasonal vegetable gardens?


If they own a home and have the space, I think they should consider vegetable garden.  Consuming more fruits and vegetable is known to contribute to a healthier diet.  Why spend precious money in a store buying vegetable when they can be produced cheaply at home?

Growing your own food can supplement your groceries and allow you to save a reasonable amount of money.  I have a kale salad for lunch almost everyday in the summer and it's more or less free because kale and tomatoes are some of the many plants I grow each year.

I think a simple lifestyle change that incorporates gardening could be a great way for people living below the poverty line to improve their diet and enjoy a more sustainable existence.

Let me know what you think?





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Workout Wednesdays - WOW! #36

WORKOUT WEDNESDAY (WOW)

 LINK UP!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR HOSTESSES 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.







JOINING US ARE OUR CO-HOSTESSES:

Link up co-hostesses
They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 

You can also check them out on the social media scene.
Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram
Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


LET’S PARTY!!

DISCLOSURE:  REGARDLESS OF WHICH BLOG YOU POST YOUR LINK, IT WILL DISPLAY ONFEMME FITALE FIT CLUB,  THE FRUGAL EXERCISEREAT HARD WORK HARDCOMEBACK MOMMA, AND MEAN, GREEN, CLEAN EATING TEEN BLOGS. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites.  

THEME:

We are linking up blog postsGoogle+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.  

SIMPLE RULES:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:
2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enough.  Show some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.
3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.
4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)
5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification.
6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale Review

Surpah-scale



I received an email from C8KE Inc. about trying out their Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale and I have to tell you, I was kind of weary about doing it.  Being an exercise physiologist, I have tested hundreds of people over the years using the skinfold calipers. I have found when I use the bio-electrical impedance method, which is what the Surpahs scale uses, it tends to under predict and over predict the amount of body fat in individuals.

I actually have a Tanita scale at home and it too uses bioelectrical impedance to measure body fat.  The body fat measurements with the Tanita scale are so off, I ended up using the scale for only measuring my weight.  At the time, I was about 20% body fat and when I would take my weight, it read about 28-30%, which was way off. As you can see, this is the reason why I was hesitant upon receiving the Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale. I decided to put this scale through a test and below are my results.

Test subject 1  Female 5'4" or 167.64 cm  
Surpah body fat reading 20.6%  skinfold body fat test 23.4%

Test subject 2  Female 5'7" or 173.736 cm
Surpahs body fat reading 24.3%  skinfold body fat test 25.5%

Test subject 3 Male 6'1" or 185.928 cm
Surpahs body fat reading 17% skinfold body fat test 15%

As you can see, the difference between the skinfold caliper readings and the Surpahs body fat measurements were not that far apart. It is much better than many of the bioelectrical machines I have used in the past.  However, if you want to most accurate body fat measurement, you will have to find a sports clinic that does underwater weighing.  Underwater weighing is still consider the gold standard when measuring the body fat.

The Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale also measures the weight, total body water, muscle mass and bone mass.  In conclusion, it is a great scale for finding your weight and body fat but if you want the most accurate body fat reading, then you will have to find a professional sports clinic.

NOTE: I received this product from the manufacturer in exchange for my unpaid, honest opinion of the product.

Monday, July 14, 2014

1000 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway

Win A $75 Under Armour Gift Card or $75 PayPal Cash


Yipee! I have reached 1000 YouTube subscribers and I'm feeling so blessed to have reached that magical number.  I want to reward my subscribers to my channel and blog with an Under Armour gift card or PayPal cash.  The PayPal cash is especially for my fans who can't get Under Amour where they live; I don't want to leave out my overseas fans. 

Here are some picks of activewear I love from Under Armour, and of course, these are sales picks.

Men's HeatGear Shirt
Women's UA Fly-By Compression Capri

















       
Women's UA Micro Engage Running Shoe


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Eating From My Garden Part 2

Collard Green Wraps


collard-green-wraps


I made another delicious meal from the garden last week and I decided to try my hand at making wraps from collard greens.  I got the idea from another blogger, Urban Naturale , but I didn't use her filling because it was vegetarian.  I wanted "meat" inside my wraps.  

I used the filling from the recipe I cooked and highlighted earlier - Sukuma Wiki.  Since I loved how the meat tasted with the collard greens, I thought it would make a great filling for the collard green wrap.  I eliminated the chopped up collards in the recipe since I was using it as the wrap, and I didn't have beef but ground turkey.  

YouTube videos are great for learning new techniques, so I found a great video for making wraps from collards.  She steamed the collards between 30 seconds to 1 minute and anything beyond that would make it too soft for a wrap.  I guess you can eat the leaf raw but it makes it too bitter in my opinion.  Check out the how to video here.  

If you want to try making wraps without tortillas, below are some recipes for the collard wrap:

Mediterranean Tuna & White Bean Salad Collard Wraps

Collard Wraps with Carrot Hummus

Collard Wraps with Chickpea Walnut Meat

Zesty Cabbage Kimchi Collard Green Wraps

Have you made wraps sans the tortilla? What leafy green did you use and how did it taste?