Focused On Fitness - May 4, 2007

   After receiving an email from Tom Venuto earlier in the week with a great list of motivational phrases (it was so good that I put it into one of my blogs), I wanted to use motivation as a theme for my newsletter. But as I was out doing some errands this morning, I realized that without eating well, you will never have enough energy to do your workouts, nor will your brain have enough nourishment to have positive thoughts. In fact, on one of my stops, I shared those thoughts with someone in an office supply store that I've known for a couple of years who is morbidly obese, has diabetes because of it and is struggling with eating and weight loss. Motivation means little to him because he doesn't have the energy to exercise and he is so mired in his weight related problems that his mind is numbed to the reality of the direction of his life.
   So let's all start eating impeccably to fuel our body's needs. And what better time to focus on nutrition at the time of year when we will soon be deluged with the fruits and vegetables of spring and summer.

Featured Articles 
   10 Sensational Seasonals - Yes, yet again, we are imploring you to eat your vegetables. Low in calories, but high in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients, fresh vegetables should always be a part of a healthy diet. But, now that spring has sprung, there's an even better reason to eat your veggies they taste great! Here in Los Angeles, it's not uncommon to see the city's top chefs foraging through the local farmers' markets, as May is the month when some of the best seasonable vegetables are available for the eating. Here are some you can get now while they're at their peak. Continued...
   Waste Less With These 8 Tips for Storing Fresh Foods - If you glance at news headlines, you've probably read "Americans don't eat enough fruits and veggies" and how we should eat more fresh foods. There's no better time to improve on this than during the summer, when we have enough choices for even the pickiest of us to find something we like. One of the main problems with fresh foods is their life span. You need to buy only what you can eat right away, which doesn't always fit into our hectic lifestyles. And while fruits and veggies are not expensive, they quickly become so if you waste half of what you buy. Here are eight tips to help you stretch every penny while improving your health. Continued...
   Stir Fry for Quick, Healthful, Full-'0-Flavor Fare - The idea is simple really. High heat cooks bite-size veggies, meats and seafood quickly and evenly - keeping flavor and texture intact. Stir-frying is a traditional way of cooking in China and has become a much-favored technique around the globe in part because of its healthful attributes. Who can resist a lovely arrangement of steaming stir-fried veggies, lightly seasoned with a ginger sauce, made complete with fluffy rice on the side? Continued...
   Test Your Fruit and Veggie IQ! - If you think that apples are the most popular fruit you will get the first question wrong! Continued...

   Whole Baby Bonus: Your Guide to Natural Choices - Whether you have a special bundle on the way or a babe in arms, a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet are more important than ever. Continued...

Health News Headlines 
    Walkable neighborhood tied to lower depression - Living in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood may help shield older men from depression, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 740 older adults living in the Seattle area, men who lived in more walkable neighborhoods tended to show fewer depression symptoms than men from less walker-friendly areas.
    Barbecue lovers may have higher breast cancer risk - Dr. Susan E. Steck of the University of South Carolina in Columbia and her colleagues found that postmenopausal women who consumed the most grilled, barbecued or smoked red meat over their lifetime have a 47 percent increased risk of breast cancer. Big meat-eaters who also skimped on fruit and vegetables had a 74 percent increased risk of the disease.
    Coffee can be good for you, experts say - Drinking coffee can help ward off type 2 diabetes and may even help prevent certain cancers, according to panelists discussing the benefits -- and risks -- of the beverage at a scientific meeting.
    Tooth decay seen increasing for young US children - Sugary foods and drinks and nonfluoridated bottled water may be helping to rot the teeth of more young U.S. children, reversing four decades of progress against tooth decay, U.S. health officials said on Monday.
    Exercising harder keeps weight off longer - People who consistently engage in high levels of exercise over the long haul are the most successful at losing weight and keeping it off, a new study shows.

On The Homefront 
   Balancing family and fitness has found a new pattern in my life. With Mom soon to be home and dedicating herself to family and being a full time Million Dollar Body Coach, working out seemed to be in jeopardy. With two little kids at home, the choice was between taking turns and missing workouts or utilizing more hours of the day. At the end of a week of running at 5:00 am and 5:00 pm, plus doing my P90X workouts every evening, I am thrilled to report that not only did I survive and ran more miles than any other week this year, but I am also as energized as I have ever been in my life. So much so that last night I shaved off my beard in the hope that by getting rid of all of that gray hair on my chin, I might just look as young on the outside as I feel on the inside!

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Focus on good eating everyone,
    Richard Dafter