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Laila Ali Lifestyle

Laila Ali, daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali, has her own blog that covers food, fitness, health and wellness. She also has a podcast, and is the host of OWN’s Home Made Simple show. She has a cookbook coming out next week with some of the recipes she has developed. It is called Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours!

She has always enjoyed cooking and when she became a boxer, she knew she had to eat right. She has some very tempting and healthy recipes on her blog.

You may have seen her on TV on Dancing with the Stars, or hosting American Gladiators with Hulk Hogan. She’s also made appearances on Chopped: All Stars, Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Apprentice.

This is her latest recipe on her blog from Home Made Simple:
Gouchujang Guacamole

Diet Secret?

Don’t diet. Cornell University did a study of the Mindlessly Slim.

Cornell Food and Brand Lab researchers studied those adults who have successfully maintained a healthy body weight throughout their adult lives by creating a registry where they can sign up and answer questions. They divided the responders into 2 groups: the mindlessly slim who didn’t maintain diets; the other group was those who dieted regularly and thought about food frequently and highly conscious of what they ate.

After comparing responses to the questions they found the mindlessly slim stragies included eating high-quality foods, cook themselves, listen to their bodies’ cues. They didn’t feel as guilty as the other group about overeating. They had a more enjoyment-based approach to food and eating.

Here are some of the responses:
Favorite meat (61%): chicken
7% are vegetarian
33% don’t drink alcohol
35% eat salad at lunch everyday
65% eat vegetables at dinner every day
51% include fruits and vegetables in their breakfast
44% snack on fruit
37% don’t drink soft drinks
48% don’t diet; 74% rarely diet

What does 200 calories look like?

AsapSCIENCE has a unique way to look at 200 calories. This video shows different foods and what the calories look like. Not all calories are alike either. wiseGEEK also has a chart that shows the amounts of different foods that equal 200 calories.

Not all calories are the same either. If you have the same amount of cola vs milk, which is the healthier? What about white bread vs whole grain bread? Just a glance at some of this will make you realize that maybe you should watch your calories a little more closely.

Holiday Diet Tips

Here are some Holiday Diet Tips from WebMD, Jody:

  1. Trim back the trimmings. Go easy on nuts, gravy, sauces, butter, and whipped cream.
  2. Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. If you wear tight clothes, you have less room to overeat.
  3. Chew Gum. This helps keep you away from the buffet.
  4. Be a food snob. If you don’t really enjoy it, don’t eat it. Do a scan and choose a few things you may like when at a buffet.
  5. Don’t skip meals. Eat normally rather than eating light to save up for later.
  6. Check it out. Get comfortable in your surroundings first and grab a sparkling water and wait before eating.
  7. Add fun and games. Take the focus off food and play a game.
  8. Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic beverages. This will help cut calories.
  9. Skip appetizers. If you do nibble, go for fruit, vegetables, salsa or a few nuts.
  10. Limit the variety. Put only a couple items on your plate at a time. Go back for a couple more. This is better than putting 20 different things on your plate at once.

Make your holiday be more than about the food.

~ Steve Victor

Salad: Bagged or Bulk?

A new recall in September of 8,000 cases of Hearts of Romaine salad has consumers worried once again about bagged salad. I asked Jody Victor to tell us more about it.

Jody Victor:

A new recall in September of 8,000 cases of Hearts of Romaine salad has consumers worried once again about bagged salad. Listeria was the problem that forced this recall. Other top producers have since pulled their bagged lettuce off the shelves for evaluation. No illnesses have been tied to the voluntary recalls. Food safety experts get asked all the time- which is better, bagged lettuce or bulk?
Doug Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University, says, ?We call it faith-based food safety.? He and other researchers in food science and technology say that while consuming any lettuce is a gamble, they place their bets on the bagged varieties. Even the crisp heads of lettuce from a farmer?s market can be unsafe as you do not know how long they have been sitting in water with soil still on them. They believe that the professionals do the best job of anyone cleaning the product, washing it thoroughly in chlorinated water. They also believe that the professionals have a big stake in safety and a bigger incentive to get it right.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your bagged salads:

  1. Buy bagged salad as far away from its expiration date as possible.
  2. Choose bagged salad only from a very cold refrigerator in the grocery store.
  3. Wash your hands and sink before washing the bagged salad again at home.
  4. Place bagged greens in a clean colander and rinse thoroughly.
  5. Shake greens well in colander to drain and dry.
  6. If you are not going to use greens immediately, re-bag into a zippered plastic food bag or bowl with tight-fitting lid.
  7. Keep greens cold until serving.

Thanks Jody

All the Best,

Steve Victor