Healthy & Diabetic-Friendly Recipe: Pan-seared Mahi Mahi w/ Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

I've been wanting to use lemon zest in a recipe for awhile now and finally got my chance! The zest, coupled with the garlic and thyme gave this mahi mahi a mouth-watering flavor. There really is nothing like a flavorful piece of seared fish! Here's what you'll need: 3-4 mahi mahi fillets (3oz. each) 1/2 tbspn lemon zest (from 1-2 lemons)…

Being Black & Fit: 3 Myths Holding Us Back

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

I was having a heated conversation with a female friend of mine a few days ago about whether there's a stigma associated with being black and fit/healthy. Are black women who are health/fitness conscious the 'odd women out'? Have black people come to view being fit/heath-conscious in negative terms? I've heard the following comments among…

Is BMI Biased Against Blacks & Women?

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

1]. BMI is also being used by employers as an eligibility requirement for hiring [2] and even as a metric for determining health benefits [3]! Check out the chart below to get a sense of your BMI or click here. Is BMI Biased? BMI has long been criticized as a limited health metric.[4][5][6] Because your BMI takes your entire weight into…

3 Ways to Control Your Portions!

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

portion control. It's great to eat clean, but if you're eating portions that are way too large, you undermine your diet! So here are 3 three ways to eyeball your portions to know if what's on your plate is just right or too much: 1. Protein The Size of an iPhone The traditional way to…

3 Ways to Battle Emotional Eating

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

Even though I consider myself to be pretty health-conscious when it comes to diet, I still have a complex emotional relationship with food. Last Monday, I had a really rough day at work (Strike 1!) and came home to a messy apartment (Strike 2!). Then I logged into my bank account online and remembered that…

3 Things Her Body Says About You

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

A few weeks ago, I was at a birthday party at a small club in NYC. The spot was packed and hot. My gold strappy shoes were pinching my feet, but the DJ was spinning some great hip-hop/R&B music so I didn't mind. And, just as the bass dropped on "Hypnotize", I was startled…

ChicFitChef’s Top 10 Summer Workout Playlist

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

Music can really take you there when you're pushing through a workout. The rhythm, the build, the bass- everything can really work together to take you to new heights! Also, studies show that people who work out to music burn more calories on average than those who don't. [1] [2] The pacing of the song, measured in…

5 Daily Rituals to Reconnect

  • health + fitness
  • June 23, 2012
  • Ashley

Living such busy lives can really detract from the ability to reconnect with oneself, with others and with the earth on a spiritual level. No matter how spiritual or religious you may be and no matter how busy, it’s always a good idea dedicate some time to awareness, thanks, and balance. Try some of these…

Curry Rubbed Salmon Recipe: only 597 calories

  • health + fitness
  • June 15, 2012
  • Ashley

You will need: 1 C. brown rice Salt and pepper 1 lb. or ½ head of Napa cabbage (thinly sliced) 1 lb carrots (grated) ½ C. mint leaves (fresh) ¼ C. lime juice 2 tbs. grape seed oil 4 Salmon filets (6 oz. each) 2 tsp. curry powder Directions Boil 2 cups water in large…

Food Inc.: A Must See Movie

  • health + fitness
  • June 15, 2012
  • Ashley

Directed by Robert Kenner, Food, Inc. is a brilliantly put together documentary film about the United States food industry. The film goes behind the scenes to provide an inside look at how food gets from the farm into our supermarkets and restaurants. You will be surprised and shocked by some of the captured footage provided…

Cracked Wheat Salad with Dijon Brussel Sprouts

  • health + fitness
  • June 15, 2012
  • Ashley

Ingredients (a meal for 2 – if you’re alone, call a friend, and tell them you’ll cook tonight): 2 uncooked chicken breasts 1 can of mandarin oranges 1 cup of sliced almonds 1 cup cracked wheat 6oz of spinach (about 3 or 4 handfuls) Mango-Coconut Dressing (I recommend the following brand featured in the picture…

Top 7 Foods for Healthy Hair Growth

  • hair + beauty, health + fitness
  • June 14, 2012
  • Ashley

Seafood Some seafood like salmon and other fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and B12. Omega 3s help prevent dry scalp, promoting healthy hair growth. Spinach and leafy greens Dark greens contain high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C which help produce sebum. Sebum helps shield the hair and lock in moisture.…

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