Get fit with ClassPass

ClassPass is a studio fitness program that helps you find classes to focus on certain activities or parts of the body. The studios may offer cycling, barre, yoga, Pilates, running, strength training, dance, or even rock climbing. ClassPass has studios worldwide.

Through their app, you can find local fitness studios, book classes, watch videos, and be a part of a healthier community. Right now there are limited places listed in their app as the studios have to sign up with them.

In early 2018, they are launching ClassPass Live where you can become a member and work out from home. They are using live-streaming so you can find something that fits your needs and take the class along with others.

Cinnamon and metabolism

It was recently found that cinnamon and cinnamaldehyde, the essential oil that gives cinnamon its color and flavor, may have a link to boosting metabolism, thus weight loss.

In a study conducted by Metabolism, from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, it was found by Jun Wu, a researcher, that cinnamaldehyde improves metabolic health by acting on fat cells and inducing them to burn energy through thermogenesis. Fat cells store energy as lipids, and when it is cold or you need extra energy, this would cause the stored energy to turn to heat.

Further study needs to be done to see what will be the next steps and how much cinnamon is safe and effective for weight loss.

How much turkey do you REALLY need?

We’ve talked about food waste but have you thought about the waste of turkey on Thanksgiving because you bought too big a turkey? Keep in mind, a serving of meat is about 3-4 ounces (ha – it’s Thanksgiving – who does that?) So figure 4-8 oz or 1/2 to 1 cup of proteins. Most chefs recommend a pound of turkey per person to account for bone and skin. Some opt for 1 1/2 pounds per person so they will have plenty of leftovers.

To further keep your waste to a minimum, consider leaving some meat on the bones and making a soup. Just put all those bones in a big pot and cover with water. You can add some bouillon (we like Better than Bouillon) to make it more flavorful. After the bones have cooked about 1-1 1/2 hours, remove the bones and let them cool so you remove the meat. Add carrots, celery, the turkey you removed from the bones, onion if you like, and some spices like sage or poultry seasoning. You can also add other vegetables like spinach or fresh green beans. When it comes back to a light boil, add noodles or other small pasta.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Victor crew

Need a lightened up green bean casserole for Thanksgiving?

Here is a way to have a much healthier green bean casserole. Wegmans sells cauliflower puree but if you can’t find it, make your own cauli-cream. Making your own cauli-cream will add to the time it takes to prepare but at only 80 calories per serving, it’s worth it! Calories saved: 68 per 3/4 cup serving.

See how it’s made:

Wegmans Cauli cream green bean casserole

Wegmans Cauli green bean casserole

Mermaid Workout

The Victor crew came across what is called Mermaid WorkoutSM. So what is it? It is fusion-style group fitness classes that integrates yoga, pilates, barre, and cardio. Whew! It is supposed to be calming and serene and challenging at the same time.

You actually put on a mermaid fin and swim in the water with it and do exercises.

Here is a video of the IndieGoGo campaign that was run to get this started in the US. She didn’t meet her goal but some places have adapted the exercise.