Friday, February 17, 2012

Do You Want Big Breakfast Before Your Walk? "Fat Storing" Mistake. Almond Day. Beetle Tops Model T.

For "Foodie Friday":

Are You Making This "Fat Storing" Mistake Before You Exercise, or your Walk?

"Some scientists argue that if you want to get rid of more fat, you should skip pre-workout eating.  Several studies suggest exercising while your body is low on food may be a good way to trim excess fat.

In a recent study, researchers found that cyclists who trained without eating burned significantly more fat.

Some experts believe it's a bad idea because exercising vigorously when you're blood sugar is low could lead to dizziness and poor performance. Others warn that exercising while hungry can lead to overeating afterwards.

I believe the best approach is to use some common sense and listen to your body. A number of individual factors can play a role, such as your age, when you last ate, whether or not you're pregnant, taking medications, your medical history, level of fitness, and the type of workout you engage in.

For example, if you feel weak or nauseous while exercising on an empty stomach, you may want to at least eat a small meal before exercising, and I'll address this further in just a moment.

But first, let's look at the science behind this theory.

There's actually quite a bit of evidence supporting the theory that you'll burn more fat if you don't eat prior to your workout. "

According to USA Today:

"Muscles usually get their energy from carbohydrates ... if you haven't eaten before exercising, your body doesn't have many carbohydrates in reserve. That forces it to burn fat instead, scientists say."

You can't get anywhere near the same benefits from eating a standard American breakfast loaded with carbs...

More at:


Training in the fasted state improves glucose tolerance during fat-rich diet.

"A fat-rich energy-dense diet is an important cause of insulin resistance. Stimulation of fat turnover in muscle cells during dietary fat challenge may contribute to maintenance of insulin sensitivity. Exercise in the fasted state markedly stimulates energy provision via fat oxidation.

High-fat diet increased intramyocellular lipid but not diacylglycerol and ceramide contents, either in the absence or presence of training. This study for the first time shows that fasted training is more potent than fed training to facilitate adaptations in muscle and to improve whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity during hyper-caloric fat-rich diet."   More at:


One of the BEST Breakfasts to Eat for Proper Elimination and a Toned, Muscular Body

"Ori Hofmekler, author of The Warrior Diet, The Anti-Estrogenic Diet, Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat, and the upcoming book Unlocking the Muscle Gene, is an expert on how to build muscle and improve your health with foods.

You probably realize the importance of your food choices, but does it matter when you eat? Yes, it does. To shed some light on this issue, I asked fitness expert Ori Hofmekler to share his insights.

OM: "My opinion is during the A.M. hours, it’s not the ideal time to eat large meals and many meals. This is the time that the body wants to throw away toxins; to eliminate. People wake up in the morning and have to go to the bathroom. They have to do it. If they don’t then they have a problem.   Constipation is one of the biggest killers of American people and people in the Western world. We need to adapt techniques. We need to train the body to eliminate toxins.
So I would say until noontime, this is the time actually to eat detoxifying food - fruits, vegetables, light protein meal, whey."

What to Eat for Breakfast

"You need to be very particular with your meal size and food choices. Contrary to popular opinion, the morning is not the ideal time to eat large meals because during this time your body is in elimination (detox) mode.

When your metabolic system is operating well, you’ll find that you have to go to the bathroom each morning, like clockwork. This is important in order to effectively eliminate toxins and prevent disease. Unfortunately, constipation is an extremely common problem, and part of the reason for this is that your body is not “set” to eliminate properly due to poor diet and improper meal timing.

So, if you’re constipated, or do not automatically eliminate every morning, it’s a giant clue you need to re-examine what and when you eat.

Ori recommends eating only detoxifying foods until noontime, such as:

  • Vegetables
  • Low glycemic fruits such as berries, papayas or green apples
  • Light protein, such as whey protein

Whey Protein—The Ideal Morning Fuel

Not only will whey protein satiate your hunger until lunch rolls around, it can also help you reap greater benefits if you exercise in the morning.

A recent study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, demonstrated that consuming whey protein (20g protein / serving) 30 minutes before resistance training boosts your body's metabolism for as much as 24 hours after your workout!

It appears as though the amino acids found in high quality whey protein activate certain cellular mechanisms (including mTORC-1), which in turn promote muscle protein synthesis, boost thyroid, and also protect against declining testosterone levels after exercise.

This is in stark contrast to athletes who load up on carbs to fuel their workouts. Although popular with many, “carb loading” is a mistake, particularly for people engaged in intense strength training, as you will burn carb fuel very quickly and then “hit the wall.”

The same goes for most people who start their day with muffins, bagels, or pancakes for example.

This type of breakfast typically ignites a vicious cycle of hunger and snacking on even more carbs. And the more you continue eating these carb snacks, the more insulin resistant you become."   Videos and More at:


Dr. Oz On Belly Fat


Yesterday Was "Almond Day":

Happy National Almond Day! 19 Recipes to Celebrate


"February 16 is National Almond Day, a day set aside by the Almond Board of California to celebrate all things almondy. Apart from being tasty, almonds are also very good for you. In fact, a one-ounce (160-calorie) handful of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium."

This year, National Almond Day had me thinking about chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns talks trying to make almond-flavored carrots using defatted almond meal on his carrot beds. Though his experiment didn't quite work out the way he wanted it to, it got me thinking about using nuts in different, unexpected pairings.

Green beans with almonds, sure, but what about beets with almonds? Asparagus and almonds? Or artichokes and almonds?

My favorite almondy snack these days are Almondina cookies, a nice treat with a cup of coffee or tea.

This Almond Day, how will you celebrate? Here are 19 recipes to get you started.

Spiced Fried Almonds »
Almond and Chevre Cheese Balls »
Butterflied Cornish Hens with Almond Couscous »
Lamb Korma in Almond Saffron Sauce »
Trout Amandine »
Baked Wheat Bulgur with Sweet Potatoes and Almonds »
Seared Cauliflower with Couscous and Almonds »
Spaghetti with Bottarga and Almonds »
Almond Tofu with Buckwheat Noodles and Snow Peas »
Eggplant-Almond Enchiladas »
Salted Marcona Almond Cookies »
Almond Cherry Quinoa Cookies »
Glazed Lemon-Almond Cookies »
Pine Nut Almond Cake »
Iced Coffee and Almond Sherbet »
Turrón de Alicante (Nougat with Marcona Almonds) »
Quatre Épices Candied Nuts »
Horchata »
Homemade Almond Milk »"



Or Almond Butter:


On This Day:

Beetle overtakes Model T as world's best-selling car, Feb 17, 1972:

"On this day in 1972, the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle comes off the assembly line, breaking a world car production record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company's iconic Model T, which was in production from 1908 and 1927.

The history of the VW Beetle dates back to 1930s Germany. In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany and announced he wanted to build new roads and affordable cars for the German people. At that time, Austrian-born engineer Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) was already working on creating a small car for the masses. Hitler and Porsche later met and the engineer was charged with designing the inexpensive, mass-produced Volkswagen, or "people's car." Hitler's plan was that people could buy the cars by making regular payments into a savings stamp program. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany; however, full-scale vehicle production didn't begin until after World War II.

In the 1950s, the Volkswagen arrived in the U.S., where the initial reception was tepid, due in part to the car's historic Nazi connection as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape (which later led to it being dubbed the "Beetle"). In 1959, the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a groundbreaking campaign that promoted the car's diminutive size as a distinct advantage to consumers, and over the next several years, VW became the top-selling auto import in the U.S. In 1998, Volkswagen began selling the highly touted "New Beetle" while still continuing production of its predecessor. After more than 60 years and over 21 million vehicles produced, the last original Beetle rolled off the line in Puebla, Mexico, on July 30, 2003.

The world's original best-selling car, Henry Ford's Model T, first went into production at a Detroit, Michigan, plant in 1908. Referred to as the car that "put the world on wheels," the Model T revolutionized the automotive industry--and American society in general--by providing affordable, reliable transportation for the average person. In 1913, Ford Motor Company began employing the moving assembly line at its plant in Highland Park, Michigan, which reduced the assembly speed of a chassis from 12 hours and eight minutes to one hour and 33 minutes. The following year, Ford produced 308,162 vehicles, more than the output of all other carmakers combined. By 1924, the 10 millionth Model T came off the assembly line. When production finally ended, after 19 years, in May 1927, over 15 million Model Ts had been built."



When Misty and I went to get Jay, we didn't even wear coats it was so mild.  And it wasn't raining.

Jay and I took the left over yard sale appliances off their tables and put them back in the hutch in the storeroom.  Then we put up those folding tables, and the tarps which were supposed to keep everything dry, but hadn't.  So one side of the RVport is now clear.  But we still have quite a bit of stuff to donate.  A big yard sale is a lot of work before, during and after, but at least we are getting the stuff sorted out. A van load of the 'cream of the crop' would be less work at the flea market, so the best items are being separated for that.

The yard sale items are still not cleared up enough to get the motor home back in the RVport, but we feel like we accomplished headway yesterday.


Dizzy-Dick said...

Is the cargo trailer conversion finished? If not, how much more do you need to do to it?

When are you going to take that motorhome out for a road trip?

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, DD.

The weather and other things have hampered any work on the cargo trailer.
Ray's back has been bad, and his wife has had 2 of her 3 surgeries, so he been taking care of her.

As for my MH, I still can't go anywhere until my last foster cat is adopted, and anyway it needs 6 new tires!!

Happy Tails, and Trails, Penny, TX