Salad and Falafel

Continuing the healthy eating trend.

This was delicious salad and falafel with tzatziki sauce and Italian dressing. 

It was so fresh and good.

Honestly, I wanted to eat more of this. 

Who needs all the junk foods. 

This looks good, tastes good, and is good for you!  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cheesecake Heaven

So I never met a piece of cheesecake that I didn’t like. 


This was an awesome display of the varieties of it at the Cheesecake Factory.


I remember my mom used to make a pretty darn great cheesecake (and a lot of other good food)!


I still can see the graham cracker crust with the sweet hot creamy cheese filling coming out of the oven. 


Unfortunately one of the conundrum of life is that all the good tasting things are so darn fattening and bad for us. 


I think though if they can make fake burgers like Beyond that taste like the real thing, then surely at some point they will figure out how to make a skinny cheesecake that tastes good. 


There are still some mysteries left in this universe for us to unravel. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Duck Donuts Don’t

A colleague brought these unbelievable fresh, hot, Duck Donuts into the office yesterday. 


Each one weighs like a brick and is so full of carbohydrate good(bad)ness. 


I had to use all my self-control and willpower not to eat any (or all) of these. 


It comes down to mind over matter–If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Calories Extreme!

Someone mentioned that they went to the Cheesecake Factory the other day.


They said they bought a slice of cheesecake. 


I asked: “Was it the Oreo Cheesecake?”


They said, “yeah!”


But they went on, “It was too much for one person to eat.”


Uh, you think?  


Check out how many calories are in one piece of this “Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake” –>>1,630!


Yes, that’s one slice, not the whole cake!!!


And over 50% is from fat!


Take all this in context: 
The calories for an average female and male is just 1,900 and 2,500, respectively, if your moderately active. 


So one slice of cheesecake like this Oreo flavor is around 86% or 65% of the total recommended calorie intake for a women or man for the entire day!


What the heck do they put into this cheesecake–butter, cream cheese, sugar by the truckload!


I know it must be good, but does it also have to be this deadly! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

>"Sexual Healing"–Marvin Gaye Wasn’t Kidding

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Ok, so the only topic that can compete with the killing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) this week is an an article about sex–what???

No, I am not trying to be crude or vulgar. The Wall Street Journal, 3 May 2011, in the Health Journal reports that research show numerous health benefits to sex.

As if the mere act of procreation wasn’t enough already…research now shows that sex:

– “Relieves stress” (“there’s a relaxation response and a satiation response”)–what’s new there?
– “Improves sleep and burns calories“–ok, more no brainers as it “burns an estimated five calories per minute”–did anyone say competition with Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig? 🙂
– “Reduces pain” (“you lie there and life is great”)–who has time to think about pain?
– “Eases depression…improves mood“–ditto with the above
– “Strengthen blood vessels“–it’s good exercise!
– “Boosts the immune system“–a perk up all around.
– “Lowers the risk of prostate and breast cancer“–Thank G-d!

Of course, there are chemical explanations for pretty much all these things: hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins, testosterone, estrogen, prostaglandins, dopamine, prolactin…(OMG, no wonder, I never went to medical school).

But maybe the greatest gift of all, aside from the pure love and intimacy are several studies which suggest that “sex extends life in general”–almost like the holy grail of health benefits:

For men, those “who had sex less than once per month were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years than those who had sex once per week.” While for women, those “who said they enjoyed their sex lives lived 7-8 years longer than those who were indifferent.”

Like I said, maybe the only story of the week that can compete with the U.S. dealing the final blow to OBL.

Oh, what a week. 😉