Recipe: Chunky Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Chunky Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Look what yummy salad I found on Mrs. Buenavida. It contains avocado, which are rich in beta-sitosterol, a substance that has been shown to have a positive effect on your blood cholesterol levels. Plus, one of the best sources of vitamin E is avocado. Lots of people don’t eat them though, because they think there’s too much fat in them. Although, it’s true that avocado is rich in fats, it’s monounsaturated fats… which means good fat!

Recipe after the cut!

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Mariah Carey: “I Empathize With Women Who Have To Lose Weight”

Shape Magazine May 2012

Most women gain some weight during their pregnancy. But Mariah Carey seemed to gain a whole lot more. After giving birth to twins in April 2011, Mariah Carey managed to lose 30 lbs and got down to a healthy US size 6 (UK size 10). The star credits Jenny Craig’s structured eating plan for her weight-loss success, along with a workout routine that helps her stay toned. Gracing the cover of Shape Magazine in tiny shorts and a crop top, she told the magazine:

“I put on 70 lbs. but if you look at me in pictures you’d think it was more like 9,000 lbs. I have a lot of empathy with people who have to lose a lot of weight.” Mariah also talked about the mental struggle to lose so much weight, telling Shape, “I remember thinking at the time: ‘I’ll never look or feel the same again.’”

Mariah Carey's weight loss

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Recipe: Mango Blueberry Quinoa Salad

This mango blueberry quinoa salad with lemon-basil dressing looks so good. Fruity salads are my favourites! For dinner I’d add some chicken though. Quinoa is actually very healthy, because it’s very high in protein and has every one of the nine essential amino acids. These nine essential amino acids are the ones that your body cannot synthesize in quantities sufficient to sustain good health, so they need to come from food sources.

Find out how to prepare this salad after the cut.

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Lindsay Lohan in Bikini: Now and Then

Lindsay Lohan in Bikini: Now and Then

On the left, Lindsay on the beach in December, 2008 and right, Lindsay in Hawaii in December, 2011

Lindsay Lohan is definitely not the only one in female Hollywood who has been battling with her weight (in the past).  We probably all remember the pictures of an ultraskinny Lindsay Lohan in a white dress back in 2005. A year later she gained some weight and looked much healthier. But in 2008 it seemed that she was shedding the pounds again. I’m glad though that these days she’s back to a more natural size. It seems Lindsay gained most weight on the upper-part of her body and her booty and hips, because her belly is actually still quite flat. What do you think of the comparison? Did she looked better then or now?

Lindsay Lohan in Bikini: Now and Then (back)

Source: Just Jared & LLohan.org

Recipe: Greek Yogurt Bowl

Greek Yoghurt Bowl

This recipe is one from nutritionist Michael Roussell (PhD, author of 6 Pillars of Nutrition), who often digs into Greek yogurt himself.

“Greek yogurt has twice the protein and half the carbs of regular yogurt, plus it’s so creamy,” Roussell says. “The powder gives added protein and vanilla flavor, while pomegranate berries, loaded with anthocyanins and ellagic acid, are some of the most powerful antioxidants we can get in our diet. Walnuts contain one of the most diverse blends of fats of any nuts, including high levels of omega-3. Some research suggests that daily walnut consumption can prevent age-related decreasing in cognitive function.”

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Christina Aguilera Loses Curves

We all know Christina Aguilera’s weight has been fluctuating the last two years. But the singer stated more than a few times that she feels totally comfortable in her own skin and is proud of her curves. So why did a Spanish magazine use a 2-year-old picture (in which she looks clearly skinnier) of Christina Aguilera for the cover of their latest issue? The shot used to promote her single ‘Not Myself Tonight’, was first released in 2010. But the picture looks nothing like her current figure. No doubt though that they probably photoshopped the picture. But why did the magazine not take a more recent shot?

Christina Aguilera performed this april during the quarterfinals of The Voice

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A Closer Look at Miley’s Gluten-Free Diet

Thanks to pop star Miley Cyrus, the health and nutrition world is buzzing about a gluten-free diet as a means to lose weight. There are lots of different opinions and some of them are quite harsh. Let’s take a closer look at the whole gluten-free-diet-debate.

Gluten is found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye; and it gives baked goods the chewy texture that most consumers find desirable. Diets excluding gluten are recommended for people with celiac disease, but don’t expect avoiding gluten by itself will encourage weight loss. Any diet too high in grains raises blood sugar, which encourages fat storage. People on gluten-free diets can consume a variety of grains and starches (rice or potatoes, for example) that raise blood sugar. (Source: Policy Mic)

Does that mean you’ll gain weight if you’re on a gluten-free diet? No, not per se. Everyone is different and has different responses. But if you start a gluten-free diet there’s indeed a possibility you’ll lose some weight… How you may wonder? Continue reading