I do love me some infomercials. No, seriously, I get totally caught up in exercise infomercials. So, I was wicked psyched when I got 10-Minute Trainer in the mail. The set of two DVDs and resistance bands is designed for those of us who are constantly whining, "I have no time to workout." Apparently this mentality really peeved personal trainer Tony Horton, so he set off to make a complete workout rotation in 10-minute intervals.
The set I received came with a schedule, exercise cards, two DVDs and resistance bands. Okay, so I didn't have time to do the full month-long rotation, but it looks pretty doable. The rotation combines one, two or three intervals, depending on how hard-core you are.
I thought the workouts were good. There was solid strength training in these 10-minute segments. So solid in fact, that I would probably stick with two segments at a time and couple with a good cardio workout, as opposed to doing the whole DVD for a 50-minute killer workout. There is a
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- Kimberly Rae Miller | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 17, 2008 8:59 PM EDT
I do love me some infomercials. No, seriously, I get totally caught up in exercise infomercials. So, I was wicked psyched when I got 10-Minute Trainer in the mail. The set of two DVDs and resistance bands is designed for those of us who are constantly whining, "I have no time to workout." Apparently this mentality really peeved personal trainer Tony Horton, so he set off to make a complete workout rotation in 10-minute intervals.Read More »from Exercise DVD review: Tony Horton's 10-minute Trainer
- Kimberly Rae Miller | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 8, 2008 9:45 PM EDT
Read More »from Destitution diet week 4: Hosting on a pinched penny
Last week, as I was trying to find ways to make a nutritious meal out of frozen bread, pasta and 100-calorie Klondike bars as part of last week's Destitution Diet challenge, I received an email from the lovely Nazy suggesting a recipe that only cost her a whopping $3.64. See, I do read your suggestions, so keep 'em coming! Nazy adapted the recipe for Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry from 101 Cookbooks, by omitting the tofu and subbing in spinach for kale. Well, this weekend as I prepared for my book club get together at my apartment, I decided to try my hand at Nazy's suggestion and made the recipe, making my own substitutions. Instead of kale I also used spinach, because I had some left over (one less thing to buy!), and using white button mushrooms instead of tofu. I often use mushrooms in recipes that call for tofu because I'm a total spaz when in comes to getting tofu to taste like something and/or not be an icky crumbly mess. Mushrooms are cheaper, but are also super absorbent of taste
- Kimberly Rae Miller | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 7, 2008 8:24 PM EDT
Riding the New York City Subway is much like riding in an elevator multiple times a day for long stretches of time. There's a delicate balance of where to look, and usually it's up or at vacant spots on the wall, which creates a sort of anti-social-tipsy-zombie like commuter population. And that behavior is heavenly to advertisers.Read More »from Calorie warnings on NYC subway ads: A good thing or a bad thing?
I've become sort of immune to the ads for gum, beer and whiskey that fill my commute, but yesterday something else was staring at me from the walls of this home-away-from-home of mine: Food. Calories. Warnings.
New York City is spending $82,000 this year to wag a giant finger at all of us. The food laden subway ads basically say that adults should eat at most 2,000 calories a day, and then show some popular fast food and how many calories it has. Like a big pretty muffin for 470 calories. Do you really want that ooey-gooey, pastry like goodness to be a quarter of your caloric intake for the day. Mayhap, I do. Another ad features two competing sandwiches
Healthy living is the goal, right? I really do try to live a fairly healthy lifestyle. I eat a lot of plants, a lot of them, really, don't sit too close. I exercise, I drink water, I take pictures of all of my food and post it to the interweb, I feel closer to fiber than I have ever felt to any of my boyfriends (Michael Pollan would be proud). And for the most part, healthy living has been good to me: I have energy, I have collarbones, I have padded bras...oh wait, that's right, my boobs disappeared. There are a few other not-so-hot side-effects to this thing called health. Needless to say, I am anything but glamorous:
- I'm like a geyser. I drink oodles and oodles of water, just like I'm s'posed to. The result of this is many trips to the bathroom. Unfortunately my office latrine is located right next to the HR department. I've truly become paranoid that they think I have raging coke problem based on the number of potty breaks I take.
- Increased pottying = increased hand washing. So
- Kimberly Rae Miller | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 25, 2008 10:22 PM EDT
Like most of you, I have a crazy schedule--one that doesn't always allow for long meal preparation. My intentions are always good, but sometimes my lack of time means an increased use of convenience foods. Luckily, there are now many healthier choices when it comes to pre-packaged meals, but what they have in health and convenience they lack in cost effectiveness.Read More »from Destitution diet, week 2: Homemade convenience foods
We've got easy recipes that don't rely upon prepackaged foods!
Veggie burgers are a prime example of a go-to food for those days when I don't want to cook, but those pre-packaged patties aren't all that economical--four small patties for $5.00 or more does not a bargain make. This got me thinking I could make way more pattie-friendly foods much, much bigger and much cheaper. The key to this recipe is to freeze them. Fresh veggie burgers tend to be a mashy-mess, so once they're done, pop them in Ziploc bags, and when you're strapped for time, throw one into a hot pan without defrosting.
* 1 (15.5 ounce) can
Some people don't like milk. I am not one of those people. When I die, put me in a casket full of cheese and lay me to rest. I love dairy products! Dairy products do not always love me however, and as I notice my yogurt, cheese, and milk intake starting to dwindle due to tummy aches I start to freak out about getting enough calcium.
Read up on Kim's adventure with homemade yogurt.
Let us first recognize the dairy lobby for convincing us all that milk = strong healthy bones and teeth. That was no minor feat of advertising genius. I do sometimes forget that there are other foods, foods worth eating, that are high in calcium and can get me to that 1000 mg a day mark I so aspire to reach.
- Stir-fry: Combine bok choy (190 mg per serving) with tofu (350 mg per serving) with some other veggies, throw in a pan and saute and you've eaten almost half of your daily requirement.
- Kale and white bean soup: Not to toot my own horn here, but the recipe on the last Cooking with Kim
I'm not sure if ya'll have noticed, but the economy is apparently going down the pooper. Things are crazy expensive these days, especially food. Now, I'm probably not as hard hit as some, because I don't have a car and am not handing over wee fistfuls of cash to the nice men at the gas pumps every week. But alack, I'm feeling the pinch in my own over-priced New Yorkery sort of way. I'm starting to react accordingly and have been cutting back on clothes and entertainment and even on certain food items. There are certain things that I will forever buy that are stupidly expensive like organic milk and whole-grain bread from local bakeries.Read More »from The destitution diet: The perfect lentil soup
We've got the real reason why healthy foods cost so much.
There's a very decent portion of my brain (the part that still thinks keg stands are good times) that would like to justify ramen soup as a reasonable meal substitute in this time of financial hardship, but there's also the extremely rational part of my brain that wants me to eat things with
My friend Valerie is the poster child for Weight Watchers. She lost around 50 lbs. with their plan and has kept it off for years. She follows the program, and keeps herself in check all the time. She's a friggin' anomaly.Read More »from Letters to a new dieter
I have so much respect for her, but I just couldn't do it. A couple of days ago she asked me, "If you could give someone who has never been on a diet any advice what would it be?"
Here's the real reason why you have a hard time staying on a diet.
My first thought: "There are people that have never been on a diet? Good for them!"
My advice would be to stay that way. But that wasn't really what she was asking so I responded, I would tell them to eat real food. That just because something is low calorie doesn't mean it's healthy, and just because something is high in fat doesn't mean it isn't. I'd tell them to learn to cook for themselves and to not aim for perfection but sustainability. I guess the one thing I've learned on my end is that extremes don't work for
Oh my god, I am a culinary genius! Okay, I'm not really, but I have achieved something akin to the guy that first decided it would be a good idea to suckle up to a cow's teet and suck away. I MADE YOGURT. Real yogurt, from milk that I bought (as opposed to suckled), then heated, and it became yogurt.Read More »from Adventures in homemade yogurt
Read up on Kim's top 10 reasons yogurt is better than sex.
I have wanted a yogurt maker forever! But it just seemed like a really stupid expense when I could happily keep the nice dairy workers of America employed by buying their store-bought yogurt. It was a nagging desire though; I just really, really wanted to make it myself. And last week, my roommate of four years moved out and took his stuff, which meant that there was room in my apartment for my stuff so I logically thought: Now is the time, young grasshopper, to finally move that yogurt maker from your wish list to your shopping cart on Amazon.
Two days later, my yogurt maker arrived, and it was all hygienic and stuff. I rinsed,
- Kimberly Rae Miller | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 3, 2008 9:28 PM EDT
I love Rodney Yee. In fact, I have quite a few of his DVDs in my ever-growing collection of exercise videos. Why do I love Rodney Yee? There's just something weirdly soothing about him. In fact, if there were a male equivalent of a phone sex voice, Rodney Yee would have it. Talk yoga to me Rodney, talk grrrraarrrr...
More from Elastic Waist: On the mat with heavyweight yoga
Okay, so I did Gaiam's Yoga: Core Cross Train this week. The DVD comes with two 30-minute core-centered workouts: one geared on strength, the other on restoring (which I guess means relaxing?). Honestly, I found the restoring workout to be much harder, and more focused on traditional yoga poses than the strength-building workout. The strength-centered workout had some very quick transitions and was very similar to--although a simplified version of--some standard Pilates core poses. I am aware that many Pilates poses are adapted from yoga, but I'm just sayin'.
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