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Quinoa Stir Fry

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Quinoa

Based on my last post What’s for Lunch Today, a number of my readers requested me to post my recipe of the Quinoa Stir Fry. To be honest, it is one of the simplest meals and yummiest food item I have ever prepared. I cook just like a regular fried rice, and replace rice with quinoa. THAT’S IT! I try to make it interesting by adding additional spices.
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What’s for Lunch Today?

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Last night after a long day of work, running errands and studying for my finance class, I had just enough energy to whip up a healthy lunch. I have found that it is quite easy to just go to bed without preparing a good lunch for the next day, and then hastily grab whatever easy and unhealthy food I can lay my hands on, and consume that for lunch. But just an extra bit of preparation and pushing myself the night before, keeps me happy and healthy the next day šŸ™‚ So here is what I am going to have for lunch today –
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Diet Tracking – How Do You Do It?

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diet journal

Like I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, the best way to keep a close eye on what you eat is by tracking it. We aren’t superhumans and keeping a mental note of what you ate the whole week can be pretty exhausting. Having self control at all times can be quite difficult as well.

So, having a diet journal can come in pretty handy in situations like these. Ever since I started journal/documenting whatever I eat everyday, it has truly changed my life. It not only helps me remember what I ate that day, but it also helps me compare and contrast between several weeks, and how I have been doing – the days I did well, and days when I slipped and turned into a glutton! šŸ™‚

The most important thing to remember is – your diet journal should be like a mirror to you. Just like a mirror never lies (unless its one of those fitting room mirrors in fancy stores that flatter you so you can buy the outfit), your journal should be honest and truthful. If you had a chocolate that day, write it. You had a tub of ice-cream, write it. This will help you later in realizing that it’s time to take action and eat clean.

There are many iphone and android apps out there that do the same, and even calculates the calories for you. The one that I have been using is “My Diet Diary”.
My Diet Diary

Hope this helps and please let me know what you do to track your diet!

Look Your Best In 6 Steps!

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look your best in 6 steps
Much thanks to the weather God, who finally decided to show up. Better late than never I guess! With the extra spring in your step, and energy, what are you doing with it? How are you making this summer special? Ofcourse you are spending a lot of time outside with your family, or doing yard work, or engaging in some kind of outdoor activity or sport. But, all the women out there, what are you doing for yourself? Here are a few things I have been focusing more this summer:
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Laila Ali Was In Town!

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LailaAli

Thanks to my university (University of St. Thomas), I had the privilegeĀ of meeting and greeting one of the most inspiring and influential women in the world, Laila Ali. She is not only known as Muhammed Ali’s daughter and the one to carry on his boxing legacy, but she has proven to be much more. She carved a niche for herself in women’s boxing championship and with sheer hardwork and dedication proved to be a world champion. She is now a mother of two beautiful kids and happily married.

Her talkĀ involved topics of healthy eating and staying fit in order to increase the longevity of one’s life. She was atĀ USTĀ to inspire college kids to start being more aware of their health at an early stage itself. My biggest takeaways from the talk were:
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Power of Organic – The Gerson Diet

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Couple of days back, while surfing for movies on Netflix, I happened to come across the documentary, “The Gerson Miracle”, and I must say it was an eye opener. Although there are speculations around the effectiveness and practicality of the Gerson diet in curing a terminal disease, this documentary made me believe that it is definitely a proactive step towards preventing one from happening.
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5 Ways To Get In Shape For Summer

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As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, the excitement of summer being around the corner fills all of us with new energy and enthusiasm. One great way of using this energy is to get in shape. I have been trying out a few things which have been working for me greatly and I would like to share them with you.

1). Morning Workouts: Try and start a new workout program and schedule the workouts for early mornings. Other than getting one’s metabolism high and burning more calories through out the day, the biggest benefit of working out in the morning is that once you are done, you have the entire day to plan and do other things. The human psychology tries to postpone those events of the day which are hardest to do, and to ultimately not get around to completing them. So in order to prevent frustration and guilt later, push yourself a little extra and get done with your workout in the morning itself.

To get more ideas on waking up early: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvv2LJdABnk

2). Drinking water before every meal: Drinking a glass of water (approx. 8 ounces) before a meal will help you consume less food. The water will not only hydrate you, but also give you a temporary feeling of having a full stomach. This feeling will tell the brain to only eat as much is required.

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