Nutritional Swaps Part I


Eating certain foods is healthy, and there is no question about it. Healthy choices are the backbone to a nutritious diet. However, eating the same healthy foods can lead to dietary burnout. So what are some great alternatives?

Holy Mackerel Batman. Sorry for the corny lead in. Salmon is truly a super food. It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and is a source of vitamn D. But since I brought it up, what if you substitute Mackerel for Salmon?

Mackerel is also jam-packed with omega-3s. Not only are omega-3s loaded with heart-protective powers, but recent research suggests they can also provide a boost in the gym by increasing blood flow to working muscles.

Mackerel is an excellent source of vitamin D which has various health benefits. Vitamine D promotes the health of bones and teeth
This vitamin supports the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system. VItamin D helps regulate insulin levels and aids in diabetes management. It supports lung function and cardiovascular health.

If you are a conservationist type of person, you will be happy to know that Atlantic Mackerel has healthy populations. Mackerel fishing methods are also considered less harmful to the ocean than some other fishing methods.

Mackerel preparation is not special. You can prepare mackerel filets as you would salmon. It can be oven roasted, pan fried, grilled and my favorite, planked. Smoked mackerel can add flavor to a sandwich or salads. The best news is that Mackerel is often half the price of Salmon giving you a more affordable nutritional option.

So when you are looking for an idea on what to serve this weekend, don’t reach for the Salmon again. Grab some Mackerel filets and some cedar planks. Put a little olive oil on the Mackerel, some fine sea salt, a couple sprigs of rosemary and some lemon. Serve on the planks. When cooked properly, the meat will easily separate from the bones and the skin can be cut through with a serving fork and spoon. If you have squeamish guests, you can remove the head and tail before serving.



Four Exercises That Will Eliminate Cellulite


That title was on an article my wife saw on a website. She came in and asked me about their claim which was, if you do these four simple exercises you can get rid of your cellulite. She asked me about it because she usually trusts the site, but because of the claim and her knowledge of fitness, she was skeptical. After our conversation I thought it might be a good idea to address this issue mostly because cellulite has become big business with some unscrupulous people and companies preying off the desperation of others.

So the question is, can the four exercises in the picture get rid of cellulite? Before I answer that, I want to make something clear. Having cellulite does not mean your are overweight. Some factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of your skin

So what is cellulite? Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker.

Can the four exercises illustrated above get rid of the cellulite in those targeted areas? Even though the illustrated exercises are very good exercises, they most likely won’t reduce cellulite in those targeted areas. You cannot target body fat loss. The exercises will be successful in strengthening and toning the muscles in the targeted areas. Strengthening and toning the muscles may help get rid of overall body fat because exercising can help reduce subcutaneous fat in the body by increasing your metabolism.

So the good news is exercising, including the illustrated exercises, could possibly reduce your cellulite by decreasing the amount of subcutaneous fat in your body. The exercises also increase blood flow to that area, which may increase the production of collagen giving the skin strength and structure. Other options that can help include eating a healthy nutrient rich diet. A job where you sit can increase cellulite, so standing up and moving around can help because sitting can add to a loss of skin elasticity and blood flow which is a major contributor to cellulite. Drinking more water can also be beneficial because it enhances the body’s ability to burn fat and promotes the production of collagen which strengthens the skin’s structure.

The truth is, there are a lot of gimmicks and products that claim to get rid of cellulite. Some may temporarily tighten the skin, but there is no magic cure so don’t waste your money. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and stay hydrated. You will feel better and yes, you will look better.