What Do They Eat? - Pan Steamed Asparagus

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have an assortment of interesting friends and Zandy Mangold is probably one of the hardest working and most diversified in regards to all the "hats" he wears.  He's a photographer, a baker (he has been affectionately called a Keebler Elf!), a drummer in a band called Manana Couch, and an avid ultra marathon runner.  When Zandy isn't shooting for the New York Post, he is running (literally) hundreds of miles.  In 2012 Zandy placed 4th in one of the most grueling foot races on the planet -- the seven day, self-supported, 150 mile "Atacama Crossing" in Chile.  He's currently training for his next race that will take place in 2014.  
*If you'd like to hear Zandy speak about his experience he will be giving a stage race presentation in Manhattan at Jack Rabbit Sports, May 28th, 6:30 pm.  In addition to a slide show of Zandy's ultra marathon photos from around the world there will be nutrition samples and give aways! 

Why Weight? Try Sprouting This Spring!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Why Weight? Diets Don’t Work 
You can’t turn on the TV, drive down the road or go to a party without being confronted with America’s hottest obsession: weight. Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution—your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age. 
Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. America’s populace has reached its highest weight in history. About half of Americans are overweight; one-third are obese. Diets steer us away from our common sense and dip deeply into our pocketbooks while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. Why? 
  • Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone? 
  • Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. As in physics, if a pendulum swings to one extreme, it has to swing equally to the other. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet. 
  • Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body. 
  • Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances. 

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