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Valentine's Day Brownies That Are Good For You!

Giving sweets to your sweetie is a tradition on Valentine's Day, but it doesn't have to be an unhealthy gift.  Try this recipe for black bean brownies.  These are so tasty, you wouldn't even suspect that the main ingredient is black beans...unless you baked them yourself.  These yummy treats are made with no gluten, no dairy, and no sugar.  You get the healthy benefits of fiber and coconut oil, too.  All of this in a DESSERT?  Fabulous!

Black Bean Brownies

Weight Loss Reduces Knee Pain

Got knee pain?  Before you start reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen every day, consider this.  Your knees bear most of the weight of your body.  For every pound of body weight you gain, you add three pounds of pressure through your knee joints.  So when I find that a patient’s knee pain is due to the development of osteoarthritis – the gradual “wear and tear” of the joint – the first issue I address is not medication options, but weight management.

It’s been found that body weight strongly correlates with joint pain.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips AND Apple Cobbler Recipe!

Trying to stick to a “diet” during the holidays can be very challenging. If I’m in strict preparation for a fitness competition, I stay focused on my ultimate goal and do not stray from my meal regimen even when faced with the sweets and feasts of the holiday season. However, if I’m in my “off-season” but want to maintain a fairly healthy and clean diet, there are a few basic concepts that I keep in mind when making decisions on what and how much to eat during special holiday occasions.

RECIPE: "Zucchini Bread" Protein Bars

As promised, here is my recipe for "Zucchini Bread" Protein Bars.  Such a tasty treat.  A good snack choice whether you're contest dieting or just trying to eat clean.
Non-stick cooking spray
2 medium zucchini, peeled and cooked (steamed) until tender.
1 cup brown rice flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I like Dymatize Elite 100% Whey Protein).

Training for the Arnold with SEXERCISE! - Day 30

The last few days have been a whirlwind!  I arrived in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday evening to compete in the Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bikini Championships.  It's been an incredible experience.  As a veteran competitor, I've prepared for a competition many, many times.  But this time, I was so eager to show off the physique I had trained to achieve using my very own SeXercise workout program.  And, yes, I brought along my SeXercise DVD to squeeze in those last few workouts in my hotel room before stepping on stage.

Training for the Arnold with SEXERCISE! - Day 13

Had a great workout today!  So what made it so great?  I did my SeXercise DVD workout as I have been doing 5 times per week for the past 2 weeks.  But this time, my mother joined me!  It was so wonderful being able to share the workout with my MOM!  I was so proud to be able to show her what I had worked so hard to create.
My mother is 69 years old and has problems with osteoarthritis in her knees, neck, and low back.  But because of the modifications that I provided on the workout DVD, she was still able to do the exercises.

Training for the Arnold with SEXERCISE - Day 5

February 8, 2011
Busy day at work today!  Even though I didn't get home until late, I STILL got my SeXercise workout in this evening.  The workout only takes about 45 minutes and I find that because of the varied intensity of the intervals, it seems to move along fairly quickly.  Great thing about a DVD workout that I can do at home -- my workout clothes don't have to match, hee hee!  (For some reason, I couldn't find color-coordinated shirt and shorts tonight.  Do laundry.

Training for the Arnold with SEXERCISE! - Day 4

Well, I survived the feasting frenzy that surrounded me on Super Bowl Sunday with my diet & training program still intact.  I actually hosted a western-themed party (in honor of Cowboys Stadium being the Super Bowl venue), so I prepared dishes such as franks & beans, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, BBQ beef brisket, and baked mac & cheese.  Because I always offer my guests healthy options as well, I also prepared a turkey chili (using no oil or cheese) and apple cobbler (made with Splenda, low fat soy milk, and brown rice flour).
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