The 4 Hour Body

My friend’s enthusiasm over this book, The 4 Hour Body, interested me enough to download it the same day.  He was geeked, and rightfully so.  He attributed techniques in the book to losing double digit pounds in 14 days.  For a tall and naturally thin person this is quite a feat.  As a health conscious person, always looking for ways to improve, I was intrigued.

I downloaded the book on Audible and listened to it in it’s entirety in less than a day.  I was not hooked by all of the great tips that I couldn’t wait to put into practice.  I was hooked by the bizarreness of it.  Much like you can’t take your eyes off of a creepy movie, I listened to nearly 4 hours of weirdness.

Practices I will put into place from 4HB:

1) Start each day drinking a glass of cold water.  This one makes sense and is practical and I heard Cameron Diaz tout it is one of her beauty secrets.

Practices I will continue that were reinforced in 4HB:

1)  Don’t drink your calories.  I am much happier enjoying cheesecake at the end of a meal than hating my pillow for hurting my head after too much wine.
2)  Cheating regularly.  Not only does Berta (the 300 pound Italian girl within me) win sometimes she should. 

Practices I will ignore from this book (and recommend that you do too).

1)  Avoiding all things white.  This is too stressful (and expensive) and you should be able to enjoy the food you eat in moderation.
2)  Avoiding all fruit.  No comment necessary.
3)  Avoiding dairy.  I don’t think any of us would be too fond of osteoporosis.
4)  Eating canned beans and vegetables.  Have you checked out the sodium in these?
5)  Drink 2 glasses of red wine every night.  What happenend to not drinking your calories?

Downright ridiculous comments in the book

1)  Europeans didn’t have fruit year round and yet we exist today.  Yes, but they only lived into their 40’s and how about that scurvy?
2)  The 15 minute orgasm.  He is pretty liberal in what he considers an orgasm.  Me, I am much more specific and I bet that you are too.
3)  CEO’s don’t act like sex machines.  He obviously doesn’t watch much news.  Business leaders, politicians, clergy, there is no industry free from sex addicts.
4)  On cheat day eat until you’re sick.  Boy, that sounds like fun.  Just like the diarrhea he says you may get from this lifestyle.  I think I will pass . . . and I don’t mean pass gas. 

As for the 4 Hour Anything, hard work is and always has been the only way to get ahead. 

What is the craziest diet or exercise that you have tried?

Never Flip an Omelet Again; The Best Omelet Recipe

I brown bag it when it comes to lunch on work days.  I find that I have NO discipline when eating out.  Restaurants may have healthy offerings, but Berta, the 300 pound Italian girl inside me, always wins out when making a selection.

My eat healthy AND stay happy philosophy is not to be good 100% of the time so when asked out to lunch I will occasionally say “yes.”  Coworkers and I went to a diner and when the plates arrived at our table there were “oohs” and “ahhs” and “how do they make the omelets look like that”? 
We all agreed that these were the best omelets we had ever had.  A few days later one coworker attempted it on his own and bragged about the results.  This, of course, was a challenge I couldn’t resist.  But, not for me.  This was a challenge for my hubby; the creative cook in the family.

He rose to the challenge and defeated the reigning champion.  Here’s how he did it:
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6 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 milk
1/4 water
cheese and toppings (CT used mozzerella and baby spinach)
cooking spray

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Scramble the eggs and mix in flour, grated parmesan, salt, pepper, milk and water.  Coat cast iron skillet with cooking spray and pour 1/2 of the mixture into the skillet. Layer your cheese and toppings on top of the egg mixture and then pour the remaining egg on top (it won’t be pretty).  Bake for 10-15 minutes until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.

CT’s yummy spinach and mozzarella baked omelet

Brown Pow, Antioxidant Smoothie

I am blessed to have an artist for a husband whose creativity carries over into the kitchen.  He whipped up this amazing smoothie for us this morning.  The color was not very attractive, but if you close your eyes it’s extremely yummy.  Our 9 year old won’t eat most vegetables without a fight.  This recipe is great for kids, like him, who won’t eat their veggies.  Even the pickiest eaters won’t detect that the spinach is in there.

1/2 c water
1 banana
1 1/2 slice pineapple
1 lime peeled
1 orange peeled
1 handful baby spinach
1 handful frozen cherries (they make it the beautiful brown sludgie color)
1 c ice
1 super generous squeeze agave (gotta tame the lime)

Surf and Turf, A Delicious and Nutritious Smoothie Recipe

Our kids in the ocean with a shark, Jamaica

Spring break to Jamaica was one of my family’s favorite vacations.  The weather – perfect; the pool –
perfect; the beach – rocky, but perfect; the food – amazing; swimming with the dolphins – unforgettable!  Our all inclusive resort had fresh fruit at every meal.  Dinner had a fruit carving station.
Pineapple, mango, and native fruits we have never had before, and don’t know the names of, were plentiful in supply.  No mango will ever compare to the super fresh ones we tasted on this trip.  And now, every time we have really fresh fruit my daughter says “this reminds me of Jamaica” and smiles.

This smoothie recipe we prepared in our Vitamix blender and will make you feel like you are somewhere tropical.

Printable Version
1 cup water
2 inch slice of pineapple
1 banana
1 orange peeled
1/2 small lime with 1/2 of the peel removed
1 small cucumber (they call them “cute cucumbers” at Costco or 1/3 cup cucumber)
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley (hence the turf)
1 cup ice

Vampire Venom, An Antioxidant Rich Smoothie

This morning we decided to create a new concoction in our Vitamix mixer.  I had the last bit of a pineapple to use, but I wanted to try something different than Kermit Juice.  I asked my 9 year old what color should it end up.  Begin with the end in mind, right?  He shouted out “red”. OK, red it is.

1 c water
1 1/2 slice of pineapple, skin removed
1 c purple grapes
10 strawberries
1/2 apple
1 c baby carrots
1/4 c sweet pickled beets
1 generous squeeze agave
1 c ice
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