– A Quick Post – Topic: Neil Boortz Blog –

I am surfing the web, and checking the latest news, when I ran across this posting on my Twitter account. If you don’t already follow Neil Boortz, I highly recommend him! We will miss you, on the radio, but I am so happy you are still on social media, @NeilBortz

http://m.boortz.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2013/feb/11/no-response-fair-tax-petition-yet/

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Chicken “Love” Soup – JIT for Valentine’s Day!

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1 tablespoon olive oil three large carrots, cut into hearts (see instructions above) 1 medium onion, diced 2 celery stalks, sliced
into 1/4 inch pieces 2 stalks fresh thyme (optional) 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 2 large sage leaves (optional) 4 cups low sodium chicken stock (All-Natural Swanson Chicken Broth, or Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock are my favorites.) 2-3 cups water 1/2 teaspoon vinegar pinch cayenne pepper (use your own discretion) salt and pepper, to taste 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (Poulet en Papillote is my favorite way to cook chicken breasts, and you can follow these instructions.) 1/2 pound small pasta, such as farfalle or rotini, cooked for about 1 minute fewer than the recommended cooking time fresh parsley

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1. In a large pot set over medium-low heat, combine olive oil, carrot hearts, diced onion, celery, thyme (both kinds), bay leaf, and sage. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add in stock, a cup of water, and vinegar. Add in cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. After about 20 minutes, check the soup for flavor, and add more water, salt and pepper, as necessary. 

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2. In each individual bowl, place the desired amount of chicken and pasta, cover with a ladle of the soup, and top with parsley.

I’m going to do this for my hubby, this Valentine’s Day, But since out stove was KIA, in going to use our (Wedding Gift) Crock Pot. 😀

What Have You Got To Lose??

Herbs that can help melt fat, suppress appetite, and reduce bloating and water weight

Maintaining proper weight can be a lifelong challenge. Despite the substantial amount of money Americans pay for weight-loss gimmicks, pills, and plans, taken together they all show a dismal 5% long-term success rate.

Researchers deem obesity a chronic health condition. They say that it must be managed, like high blood pressure or diabetes. That there’s no easy cure. Being overweight puts you at higher risk for diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke and cancer, and even modest weight loss will reduce these risks. Letting go of as little as 5 to 10% of your total weight may lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, and improve blood sugar balance. And you’ll live longer.

There are some genetic factors, but fundamentally, total body weight is due to diet and exercise. Nutritional supplements can also assist in controlling appetite or jump-starting metabolism.

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), called zhi shi in Chinese, and used in traditional Chinese medicine for enhancing digestion and circulation, is the source of the anti-obesity active ingredient synephrine, a chemical cousin to neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. By binding to beta-3 receptors found in adipose tissue and involved in thermogenesis and increasing metabolism, synephrine accelerates the removal of unwanted fat stores.

This extract of bitter orange provides a metabolism boost that is similar to ephedrine, but the mechanism of action is slightly different, so synephrine tends to cause less jitteriness and heart rate increase than ephedrine. One study from 2011 found that bitter orange raised metabolic rates without corresponding elevations in blood pressure and heart rates.

There have been assorted minor concerns raised about bitter orange and cardiovascular health, but a 2011 paper in Phytotherapy Research found it to be safe and to have no serious adverse effects. The usual dose is 3-30 mg of synephrine per day, as needed.

People have been using green tea for thousands of years, but only in the last few years have we begun to research the anti-obesity benefits of this ancient beverage. Over the past decade, evidence has been accumulating that demonstrates that green tea enhances weight loss, and several new scientific discoveries support it for that use. Taiwanese researchers recently studied 120 obese persons by giving them a green tea-based meal replacement. Over 12 weeks, subjects lost an average of 15 pounds and had improved cholesterol numbers. Dutch scientists concluded that the green tea catechins and caffeine act synergistically through diverse mechanisms to promote weight loss. A 2011 paper drew similar conclusions.

The usual weight-loss dosage is 300-450 mg daily of a green tea extract standardized to contain 80% total polyphenols and 50% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), although studies have used up to 1,200 mg per day, often along with caffeine from the tea.

Caralluma cactus (Caralluma fimbriata) is a succulent plant that has been used as a natural appetite suppressant in India for centuries. Like hoodia, another popular slimming cactus, caralluma (sometimes appearing on the label as “Slimaluma”) has been used by indigenous traveling hunters to suppress appetite. For centuries, people have eaten the wild desert cactus as a vegetable, in chutneys and pickles, or raw. It is believed to block the activity of several enzymes involved in the formation of fat and to modify the appetite control mechanism of the brain. One study from India showed significant decrease in body weight, body mass index, hip circumference, body fat, and food intake over 60 days. Ayurvedic experts have noted no adverse effects and no toxicity.

Some products available in the U.S. combine caralluma extract with EGCG from green tea, which seems to create a synergistic effect on appetite control and weight loss.

Herbs can be a valuable adjunct to a weight loss or maintenance plan. When you give these a try, I think you’ll like what you don’t see.

Wellness RX {Borrowed from Amazing Wellness}

I, personally, am not a fan of supplements, I perfer to do things the natural way. But, we all have our different ways. I hope you find this useful. – Ami

We know that exercise has myriad benefits for our health.

It strengthens our hearts, lifts our mood, and can even help stave off certain diseases, to name just a few.

One of the primary benefits of exercise is increased muscle mass. This doesn’t mean we all want to look like bodybuilders—but muscle is important for keeping us active and independent as we age, and for maintaining a healthy weight.

If you’re committed to optimal health, you’ll need to schedule exercise into your week—and keep the appointments. Meaningful exercise rarely happens spontaneously. Even if you work in a physically demanding profession, you’ll probably still need to round out your routine with a little aerobic and flexibility training.

The basic weekly exercise “prescription” I give most patients is a combination of strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio that breaks down like this:

Aerobic: 3 hours (six 30-minute sessions such as brisk walks, or four 45-minute sessions, or three 1-hour sessions). Strength: 1 hour (two 30-minute sessions or three 20-minute sessions). Flexibility: 10 minutes every other day of basic yoga stretches. Eight sun salutes, for example. Balance: 30 minutes weekly; ideally spending 5 minutes, 6 days a week, doing something simple such as standing on one leg while brushing teeth or washing dishes.

Weighting Around Let’s take a closer look at the strength component, which generally involves weight lifting. If you want to build muscles, you have to stress them. Before starting a weight-lifting program, working with a trainer for the first few weeks is recommended. If you have access to a gym, that’s great. But you can also create a simple home gym by just using only your own body weight (think: push-ups). There are plenty of options out there, but the basic idea is the same: You need to regularly stress your muscles and force them to develop.

In a 20-minute weight routine (that you would commit to 3 times weekly), you will probably have just enough time for 5 different exercises with 3 sets, and from 8 to 12 reps per set. Most of us generally have stronger legs than upper bodies, so four out of the five exercises you do should focus on your arms. Keep track of your weights and reps, and try to increase one or the other each time you work out. If you can easily perform 12 reps in the first set of a given exercise, increase the weight slightly for the second and third sets. If you can barely perform 8 reps, stay at the same weight and work towards 12 reps before increasing the weight. And try to keep the rests between sets no longer than 60 seconds.

The most important thing is to just startmoving. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day, five times a week. Make it a priority!

STAY STRONG WITH SUPPLEMENTS Awesome Aminos

One inexpensive and effective tool that helps stimulate muscle development—and curb carb cravings—is branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplements. These supplements provide an alternative source of BCAAs for fuel during exercise, so the body doesn’t have to take BCAAs from muscle. Many professional athletes use BCAAs for training. I also give them to patients who are recovering from an injury or illness that requires prolonged disuse of a body part (and a corresponding loss of muscle mass), such as a broken leg. Taking BCAAs during the recovery process, including physical therapy, allows for much quicker success. Most studies have focused on very high doses (15 grams or more) of BCAAs, but 2-4 grams twice daily—say, in a morning smoothie on weight-training days—are quite adequate for general use. Ideally, you should take one dose before exercise and one after.

There are three amino acids in the BCAA group: L-Isoleucine (50 percent), L-Leucine (25 percent) and L-Valine (25 percent). This combo has a somewhat bitter taste and doesn’t dissolve readily in water, but it mixes well into a shake that has a thicker texture. You can also find the powder encapsulated, but caps are always more expensive than powders.

Vitamins C and B6 are synergistic nutrients for the absorption of BCAAs, so you should also take 1-3 grams daily of vitamin C (ideally not just plain ascorbic acid, but a formula that includes bioflavonoids for their anti-inflammatory and vasculature-healing properties) and 50-150 mg of pyridoxine (vitamin B6).

Super Smoothies

Extra protein powder can help turn your smoothie into a mini-meal, and also round out the amino acid profile of your power tonic. Whey protein, one of the better performance products, contains about 24 percent BCAAs. Whey protein isn’t generally a problem for lactose intolerants, but if you have a true dairy allergy and can’t handle casein either, pea protein might be a better option. If you prefer soy-based protein powder, avoid GMOs by choosing one made with organic soy.

Staying Healthy means so much more than just eating right! {Keep an eye on my next few posts.}

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Yoga is a great way to keep your health in check. Not many realize that Yoga can help one to loose weight. In my next few posts, I will be touching on the subject, along with other topics. I hope that my fellow followers enjoy my next few posts. I am always looking to receive positive feedback. Ciao! Ami

Italian Herb Grilled Chicken

For those of you, who follow me on Instagram {IG}, I promised you an Italiano Recipe! Well, here is one of my favorites. Enjoy! – Ami Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen {Link to full post: http://aggieskitchen.com/2009/07/12/italian-herb-grilled-chicken/}

1.5 lb chicken breast 1-2 TB dried oregano (about a small palm full) 1-2 TB dried thyme 1-2 TB dried basil 1-2 TB garlic powder good pinches of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper olive oil

In a small bowl, combine oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside how much you will use for chicken, save the rest in air tight container for future use.

Lay chicken breasts on baking sheet or plate. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with seasoning and rub. Drizzle olive oil on both sides of chicken. Place on hot grill, over medium heat. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side or until done, when juices run clear.

Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting. 

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{This is for my Sis over @ Semikee} n for anyone else who can use it!

{This entire post was borrowed from a blogger, I found via Google. http://dazedreflection.blogspot.com/2012/01/712-blog-topics-you-can-write-about.html?m=1 . I hope you find this interesting and helpful. –  Ami} 

  After countless hours in front of my laptop trying to put together new post topics to keep me going through the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I realized that there are ideas everywhere; you just have to know where to look (which can be pretty time consuming). So I thought I’d save you some screen time and share 712 blog topics that you can write about and refer to when you’re suffering from a bout writers block or when your creative juices are completely drained out. 100 Blog Topics I Hope You Write by Chris Brogan 50 Article/Blog Title Ideas For You by Michelle Shaeffer 93 Business Blogging Topic Ideas – Things to Blog about When You’re Out of Ideas by Mike Brown 101+ Killer Blog Post Ideas 15 List Post Ideas When You Get Writer’s Block – by Tristan Higbee for Kikolani 353+ Blog Post Ideas to Inspire You by Amy Schmittauer There you have it .. there are enough topics in there to keep you going for 1 year 11 months (if you wrote a post a day) ! Damn !! If you have any links or post ideas that you know about, please do share them in the comments so that everyone who stops by can benefit from it.