So here we are, half a month into the new year, many of us having made health or diet related resolutions. Are you sticking to yours? The owner of my old gym once told me that you can work out for hours every day at the gym, but if your eating is undisciplined, you are wasting your time. I believe him… so just to clear the air, that’s not why I don’t work out there anymore. Today I want to share a cookbook that shifts healthy eating to a preferred alternative. Yotam Ottolenghi, the British restaurateur, chef, and cookbook writer, brings the upscale spa dining experience to your kitchen. That’s how eating at home should be. Ottolenghi keeps healthy cuisine uncomplicated and delicious with 120 beautifully photographed recipes. [Read more…]
Memorial Day is around the corner, so it is time to think about summer menus. Sadly, my grill is not working, so I have been on the hunt for alternative ways to keep healthy eating interesting for now. I’m thinking I may have hit the jackpot with the new Inspiralized cookbook. This is exactly what I was looking for. Ali Maffucci hits it over the fence with a variety of delicious ways to work with seasonal produce that are quick and easy. The recipes present beautifully and make eating Spa Food at home the luxury that I wish I could find when we eat out. [Read more…]
You may recall my previous posts on The Dangers of Too Much Sitting, where we discussed the many health issues that arise from the amount of sitting and sedentary lifestyle so common with today’s technology, and how to reverse the domino effects of sitting… and If Sitting Is the New Smoking, where we explored some of the great minds throughout history who swore by the standing desks, and looked into a few resources for standing desks. I received numerous comments, messages and personal emails with questions and concerns. Many people, of all ages, were almost embarrassed to admit that even though they exercise, they were experiencing the symptoms of sedentary living- because they work long hours in front of a computer. Some wrote of aesthetic concerns, unwilling to trade a desk they were perfectly happy with for an expensive eyesore… which I could fully appreciate. Many people already have a desk, are heavily invested in a desk they love, only do traditional or french or antique desks, are working at their kitchen table, don’t have the budget for new furniture, etc. All valid points of view… [Read more…]
Hot new gadget on the GirlTECH front — it is called Lumo Lift, and it is all about better posture and movement tracking. This little magnetic oval-shaped device clips to your shirt or undergarment, about an inch below your collar-bone. It communicates with an app that you download to your phone, Here is how it works. You put the device on (it doesn’t work well on loose clothing), stand up straight, double tap the device to activate it. When you slouch, it will give you a gentle buzzing reminder that you will feel, prompting you to stand up straight. It collects the data, which you can read from your app on your phone. The app gives you encouraging messages along the way, like a positive coach, and an hourly report. Not only is the Lumo Lift tracking your posture, but your activity as well. Pretty cool, it functions as a posture corrector AND like a fitbit type device (but it is so much better than a fitbit). It charges fully in about an hour and can last up to four days. See how it works: [Read more…]
Well, here we are celebrating the end of the summer, and the produce is still incredible. In our house, we are all about seasonal salads and fresh ingredients, which appears to be gourmet but the truth is that it is also easy. The beautiful fruits and vegetables make instantly healthy meals – and the more simple, the better. What puts the salads over the top is having a pantry armed with a few good quality ingredients. My mantra is:
GOOD INGREDIENTS MAKE GOOD FOOD.
So my recommendation is to invest in a few bottles of high quality olive oil and a good basalmic glaze. The flavors of the [Read more…]