Ingredients You Shouldn’t Refrigerate!

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 Items you don’t need to refrigerate

The refrigerator is seen as a safe haven for food: tuck everything away in the ice box and it will keep better and longer, right? That’s not always the case—many food items don’t need to be refrigerated at all and could just be taking up space on the shelves. Some ingredients are actually worse off in the fridge.


Moisture from the fridge can actually make whole onions moldy and mushy—store them in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place like your pantry instead. Once cut, it’s OK to keep the remainder in the fridge, just wrap it well in plastic wrap or in an airtight bag and keep it in the crisper drawer.  Some say you should never use a cut onion that is grows bacteria quickly. Not so..

11 Ingredients You Shouldn't Refrigerate


Cloves can start to sprout if kept in the refrigerator—they can also become rubbery and moldy. Instead, store garlic in a cool, dark place that is well-ventilated.


Even after it’s been opened, there’s no need to store hot sauce in the fridge. Its spices and preservatives make it perfectly safe to leave in your pantry.


If kept in the refrigerator, honey can begin to crystalize and turn in a thick mess that’s nearly impossible to drizzle over your yogurt. It’s most happy tucked away in your cupboard.


It may seem counter-intuitive, but bread actually dries out faster when stored in the fridge. If you’re planning to use it within a day or two, it OK to keep it on the counter. Otherwise, wrap it well and toss it in the freezer, where it will keep for a few months.


The refrigerator can transform a ruby red, juicy tomato in a mealy, flavorless mess. They’re happiest on the kitchen counter. If you slice into one and have some leftover, it can be wrapped in plastic and left on the counter if you’re planning to use it that same day. Otherwise, feel free to put leftover tomato in the fridge, but use as quickly as possible.


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Portion Control – Simple

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How to Make Portion Control Simple





Portion control is a crucial part of the weight-loss process, but it’s not always convenient to weigh everything you eat. Instead, you can learn how to eyeball portions of common foods so you’ll know about how many calories you’re eating. You might also be surprised to see how much or how little of certain foods you can eat while consuming the same number of calories.

Among all the ways to change you diet for the better, portion control sounds like the one thought up by a pocket-protector-wearing nutrition nerd patrolling the school cafeteria. To be portion-preoccupied means to be tyrannized by food scales and little tape measures: Is this chicken breast bigger than a pack of cards? Portion policing runs against the ideal of a relaxed, balanced, real-world diet in which healthy food choices bring satisfaction without too much worry about quantity.

But the man whose research introduced the world to the 100-calorie snack pack―now a multimillion-dollar slice of the food market―begs to differ. To Cornell University food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, portion awareness is the key to making sure that more of the 200 food choices we make each day are closer to what our thinking brain―as opposed to our instinctive brain―would like.

Most people don’t know how much is 100 calories. I asked my grandson last weekend and showed him. He was every surprised. Told him not all cereals are equal. Surprise again. Scumbag granola cereal acts healthy at 1400 calories. Acts all healthy   This is a picture of 100 calories of fruit.. surprised?

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What does Skinny Mean to You?

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Do you Know What Skinny Means to You?


So you want to get skinny. You want to lose weight. Losing weight is great, but before you embark on getting skinny you first need to picture what you really mean by getting skinny. It is important that you have a clear idea about what you have in mind so that you can set a clear and achievable goal. Remember all Skinny People are not healthy. My Mom weighed all of 92 pounds wet and she was not healthy.



Generally when people talk about skinny people they are thinking about people with an ectomorphic body type. These people have little fat, little muscle and a delicate bone structure. Ectomorphs are either naturally skinny or it is straightforward for them to get skinny, e.g. Taylor Swift and Eva Mendes respectively. However, there are two other body types. Mesomorphs naturally build muscle and can gain fat quickly, but also lose fat relatively easy. Examples include Anna Kournikova, Janet Jackson and Jessica Biel. Endomorphic people have a body type that means they struggle to control the body fat percentage and have to work really hard at losing weight. Beyonce and Scarlett Johansson are endomorphs. Each of these three body types gains and loses weight with varying levels of ease. When planning to get skinny remember:

  • The ease or difficulty with which it takes to get skinny will depend on your body type.
  • What getting skinny means to you should depend on your body type. If you have an endomorphic body your skinny goal should not be Kate Moss, Eva Mendes or Taylor Swift (ectomorphs), but someone with an endomorphic body build.
  • Being realistic means that you will achieve your goals and drop the fat, get rid of the wobbly bits and have a firm, lean body like Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez. The same goes for the other body types. Are you a mesomorph? Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Aniston are great examples. Determine your body type and find out who your skinny role model is. You CAN get skinny; just remember that it should mean different things to different people.
  • Healthiness trumps skinniness. Therefore, your first and overriding goal should be to maintain or improve health. Your goal to get skinny should come second. Ensure that all your plans are consistent with this principle.



1. Determine your body type and choose a realistic role model. You can use the body type calculator to help you.

2. Determine and keep track of your body fat percentage. Ensure that you maintain a healthy level of body fat. Too little body fat can be just a dangerous as too much body fat, especially for women and even more so for young women. Ideally you should get your body fat percentage measured professionally. To get a ROUGH idea you can use the body fat calculator- but still get measured!  When you get your TEAM BEACHBODY Challenge kit use get instructions on how to measure.

3. Determine your ideal weight based on your body type.

4. Create a calorie deficit by lowering your caloric intake by 15 – 20% below what you normally need to maintain your weight. You can use the calorie calculator to find out your calorie needs. Steer clear of crash dieting and extremely low calorie intakes to avoid triggering your starvation protection mechanism. Take the guess work on how many calories you need with the Challenge kit.

5. Eat 5 – 6 small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism high and to avoid cheating. Using TEAM BEACHBODY containers makes it easy.  Simple menus with clean eating.

6. Cardiovascular exercise is an absolute requirement. If you want to get skinny and toned, and avoid looking skinny fat, you have to exercise. Exercise will increase the calorie deficit you have created through diet to increase weight loss and also creates a better body. Dieting gets rid of fat, but it does not create a stunning body – exercise does. Exercise will improve muscle tone and increase your metabolism. The boost in metabolism is important, because dieting DECREASES metabolism. Exercise will help counteract that decrease, as well as improve your cardiovascular fitness and general health. Try a weight loss exercise plan based around cardio.

7. To get skinny and look great you need to do resistance training. Dieting usually causes loss of muscle mass, which decreases metabolism, as muscle is metabolically active. Therefore, resistance training will help stave off the loss of muscle that usually occurs and increase metabolism. Furthermore, if you lose muscle you’re more likely to look skinny fat and suffer with cellulite. It is muscle that gives the body a healthy, shapely and tight contour. For example, anyone with nice legs also has to have great leg muscles, which gives those legs shape; otherwise they look unhealthy, shapeless and wobbly.

8. Learn how to power walk. Power Walking is an excellent way to get skinny, fit and fabulous. It is a guaranteed way to get skinny fast. Try a beginners walk program.

9. Check out 21 Day Fix . This program is geared at weight loss, getting slim and toned, while avoiding looking over trained and muscular.   Special for the month of June.

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10.  Add Max30 (high-intensity interval training) to your exercise routine. This is a sure-fire way to blast fat and get skinny. It is a weight loss magic bullet. Max30 involves short bouts of intense exercise separated by short periods of recovery. In all Max30 only lasts about 20 minutes. However, studies suggest it is more effective than a steady-state 40-minute workout. Your metabolism stays elevated for up to 24 hours afterwards. Research also shows that Max30 may burn up to 9x more fat than regular exercise.




Remember, before you start a new nutritional and/ or exercise program clear it with your doctor. If you have any questions about healthy weight loss and body fat percentages your doctor will be happy to help.  With TEAM BEACHBODY we take the word DIET out of your vocabulary and add life style change.

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Change your Lifestyle – Take Control!

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Change your Lifestyle – Take Control!

Whether we like to admit it or not, we’re all getting older. And the older we get, the more ingrained our various bad habits and unhelpful behaviors become. Recognizing a habit that needs to change is one thing, but finding a way to get your stubborn mind to allow you to make that change is a completely separate challenge.

Michael Gelb has made a successful career out of applying genius thinking to personal development and growth, and he has a simple way of thinking about the methods of human change: “Either it’s universal wisdom, or it’s baloney.” methods of change and how you’re never too old to break a bad habit.


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It wasn’t so long ago—maybe 10-15 years—that the field of psychotherapy believed that the fundamental differences between men and women were primarily a result of social conditioning. But as neuroscience has become more and more prevalent in the study of mental health and development, it has also brought to light many misconceptions we have about gender differences.

While some gender-specific behaviors are learned as a child grows up, Louann Brizendine—author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain—says that we are all born with brains that are already hardwired with certain male or female characteristics.

We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling. We all know that men loss weight faster than women. Tone differently. There is no changing that. We were born different. Genes don’t lie.

Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.

Scientists know that certain genes become active or quieter as a result of exercise. But they hadn’t understood how those genes know how to respond to exercise.

Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm recruited 23 young and healthy men and women, brought them to the lab for a series of physical performance and medical tests, including a muscle biopsy, and then asked them to exercise for three months. Studies showed that men and women differed. Physically it was different. Woman can’t become men and men can’t become women. Unless hormones are taken.

Next article – Male VS Female Weight Loss.

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