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The do’s and don’ts of running for fitness

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Get six-pack abs like the guys in ‘Magic Mike’

Strong man with a helthy body

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Get off your butt and exercise, orders your doc

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Weight room blunders that can really hurt

Injured man at the gym

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Need workout motivation? Try a virtual partner

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10 healthiest tips for both men and women

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VASSY – Artist & Humanitarian!

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FMG Network celebrates Indie Artist, R&B Singer/Songwriter Vassy
as featured artist of the month! 

assy is creating the fizzy dance, pop music she’s always envisioned. The 13 songs on Beautiful Day — cut over an eight-week period late last year with producers Tim Myers (OneRepublic), Jacques Brautbar (Phantom Planet), John Ernst & Skylar “EXC” Mones, Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff), Richard Vission (Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga) and Denny Weston (The Kooks) — Vassy says are in honor of the material she’s had placed on TV programs and in films.

Vassy grew up in a remote town in northern Australia, the daughter of first-generation Greek immigrants. After winning a radio songwriting contest, she was signed to Warner Bros. Australia. A successful string of singles and song placements with Hilton Hotels, Grey’s Anatomy, and Ugly Betty followed.

As well as being a talented singer/songwriter, Vassy has a BIG heart and is a humanitarian, volunteering her time teaching music composition at a residential center and special education high school for abused and neglected adolescent girls in Los Angeles.  In addition, Vassy is always working on projects to help those in need – one coming up is a campaign with Cyndi Lauper with a major celebrity charity event to benefit homeless LGBT teens.

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This music video by Vassy – History

Vassy said, “I wrote it about a past relationship. It’s about having the courage and strength to walk away from a situation that’s not healthy for you, letting go and moving forward, feeling empowered in that decision! Taking control! Hence ”History’ being the title, taking a past experience and making it a story, your story, my history!”

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I had the honor to interview Vassy about her life and her music
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Visit iTunes For VASSY’s Latest Album: Beautiful Day – ON Sale Now!

 

 

Natural Mosquito Repellent

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There is nothing more annoying than being awakened in the middle of the night by the unnerving sound or itch of a pesky mosquito bite. It may be tempting to slather on the insect repellant but please before you do, read on.

here are plenty of natural alternatives out there so avoid the poison stuff and try these safe and natural alternatives.

As my mother would say “All good Italians eat garlic”. Well you don’t have to be Italian to know that eating enough garlic will keep the mosquitos, vampires and your loved ones away! The problem is the ladder of that statement, so here are some sweeter smelling alternatives.

[pullquote_right]Duke University Medical Center did a study on diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) which is used in many repellants and found that applying it directly to the skin can be very dangerous. In fact, it has been linked to brain damage and as with all pesticides; it affects children and infants more severely. So take caution when dashing into your local drugstore and grabbing those adorably packaged repellents; they should come with a cross and bones on the label.[/pullquote_right]

Citronella, that old standby your grandmother told you about, really is an effective insect repellant. Most commercial products containing citronella actually contain fragrance oil and not real essential oils, which is what you want. Fragrance oil is ineffective as a repellant and is potentially dangerous.

Be sure to purchase a good quality essential oil and never apply directly to the skin. Add a few drops per tablespoon to a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, sesame seed oil, or soybean oil and apply liberally.

Other essential oils known to be effective mosquito repellants include catnip, lemon eucalyptus, regular eucalyptus, cinnamon, and lavender essential oils. Dilute these essential oils just as you would dilute citronella in a carrier oil and apply liberally to your skin.

Neem seed oil is derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree of India. Researchers in India claim that it’s powerful insect repelling properties are far more effective than DEET. The US National Research Council and the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association both concur with these findings.

Soybean oil is probably the best choice for a carrier oil as The New England Journal of Medicine published a study claiming that soybean oil-based mosquito repellents are just as effective as DEET-containing repellents.

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Make Life Delicious,

Chef Tina Jo

 

[box_alert]Early August is the peak transmission period for the West Nile Virus, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. About one in 150 people infected develop severe illness, which includes high fever, coma and paralysis; it can be deadly. People are urged to wear repellant, dump out standing water around homes and report dead birds by calling 877-968-2473 or going online to www.westnile.ca.gov.[/box_alert]

12 Natural Alternatives to Sugar

Sugar Natural Alternatives

taying away from processed white sugar and using alternative natural sweeteners is one way to create foods that support good health. However, “natural” doesn’t mean that these sweeteners can’t be as detrimental to our good health as that white stuff. Being aware of the glycemic index and how these natural sweeteners affect our sugar levels is key to optimal health.

When choosing a sweetener for a recipe, be mindful of who you’ll be serving it to (diabetics or those sensitive to fructose or children) and look at the sweeteners characteristics (color, texture and flavor); is it a good fit with the other ingredients in your recipe. Being aware of how sugars affect both your health and a specific recipe, will keep you on the healthiest and sweetest road possible!


Agave nectar: Agave nectar is a natural vegan sweetener made from the liquid in the bulb of the agave cactus. There is presently much debate as to whether or not it’s raw and if it is nutritious. The consensus is that the darker version is unfiltered and contains higher concentrations of naturally occurring minerals. I still use a bit of agave here and there, but I only use the Ojio agave from Ultimate Superfoods because it’s raw and absolutely delicious. Agave is high in fructose so use sparingly or in combination with other sweeteners.
Coconut nectar: Coconut nectar is a 100% natural raw vegan sweetener made from pure fresh coconut sap. It has a light, yet rich sweet flavor reminiscent of the coconut fruit. Low in fructose and low on the glycemic index, coconut nectar makes a perfect substitute for agave nectar. Some companies boil the nectar before bottling and although vegan, it is obviously not raw thus losing some of its nutritional value. Read the label and make sure your product is minimally evaporated at low temperatures never exceeding 115 degrees F to insure it’s raw.


Coconut Sugar: Coconut Sugar is made from coconut palm sugar blossoms. It’s low on the glycemic index, loaded with minerals and B vitamins and although vegan, is not a raw product.
Date Paste: Date Paste is made from dates that have been soaked in water, then blended to form a paste that is a whole food. I like to add a squeeze of lemon to my paste too. Dates are high in natural sugars so they’re a high glycemic food. Be aware of your guests sugar tolerances when serving up goodies made from this sweet treat!
Honey: Honey has antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. When using honey source out local, unprocessed, unheated raw honey. This is not a vegan product, is high on the glycemic index, high in calories and raises blood-sugars levels more quickly than white sugar. I don’t recommend its use for infants and children because of its pollen.

Lakanto:  Lakanto is a zero calorie sweetener that has absolutely no influence on blood sugar and the release of insulin. It’s a fermented sweetener made from a sugar alcohol naturally found in grapes, pears, mushrooms, soy sauce, cheese, wine and beer called erythritol and an extract from a super sweet Asian fruit called luohanguo.

Maple Syrup:  Maple syrup is made from the boiled sap from maple trees. It’s higher on the glycemic index, but has fewer calories and more minerals then honey. Using only the darker grade B maple syrups will ensure you maximum mineralization and richer flavor then the other versions.


Maple Sugar: is a higher concentrated version of the syrup.

Molasses: This slightly sweet, intensely rich flavored syrup is a byproduct of processing cane and beet sugars. First press molasses is light in color and flavor. Repeated boiling results in the dark, blackstrap molasses. Although high on the glycemic level, molasses contains measurable amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, making it more nutritious than many other sweeteners.


Rapadura: Rapadura is simply unrefined evaporated cane juice. Because it is minimally processed it retains all the nutritional value lost in the processing of the white stuff. Rapadura is a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin A.

Stevia: Stevia is a super sweet sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant, a perennial shrub native to Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is sold in powder or liquid form and is zero on the glycemic index. The liquid comes in a plethora of flavors which can enhance many recipes. A little goes a long way with this product; Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar.

Yacon Syrup: Yacon syrup is made from the tubular roots of the yacon plant.  There are so many reasons to love this stuff; it’s raw vegan, low on the glycemic index, low in calories and it’s a pre-biotic (non-digestible carbohydrate that help the good bacteria in our guts thrive). The deeply rich flavor is reminiscent of molasses, maple syrup, or honey and it makes a great substitute for the aforementioned in your recipes. Yacon syrup is about twice as sweet as sugar so you need less of it which is a good thing considering it is a bit pricey!
So as you can see there’s no need for that white processed stuff. Get busy and get creative using your new found knowledge on natural sweeteners.
Make Life Delicious,
Chef Tina Jo