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May 19 2016



Calorie cycling is excellent for people with highly adaptable metabolism. In their case, cutting down calories and staying in deficit will leave them with a weight loss plateau in just a couple of weeks. Calorie cycling keeps your metabolism from quickly adjusting to a hypo-caloric environment. It tries to solve the body’s tendency toward homeostasis — or preserving the status quo. Check out this week's article, Calorie Cycling: Idle for Body Builders.

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Calorie Cycling: Idle for Body Builders

Calorie cycling is a systematic method of raising and lowering daily calorie intake. The main way this diet works is the zig-zagging of the starchy carbs, where we avoid starchy carbs (like bread, pizza, pasta, potatoes, rice) during the low days and only eat them during the high days, this enables your metabolism to run smoothly all the time (even during the low days), and keep the hormone insulin low during the low days so fat loss will occur. Muscle maintenance is also there thanks to all the high days and the carb load meals. Read More


Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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You should schedule a skin exam with your dermatologist at least once a year after the age of 40. If skin cancer runs in your family, you may want to start earlier than that. In addition, it's important to do self-exams once a month. Wearing sunscreen helps to decrease the incidence of wrinkles and prevent the development of skin cancer.


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Convince yourself  


You cannot take a self defeating action without first convincpng yourself to do it. By the same token, in order to follow a course of action which will lead to success, you must first convince yourself to take those actions.

You have the power to convince yourself in either direction. You control your thoughts, and you cannot take sustained, effective action without intentionally deciding to do so.

The fundamental challenge of achieving anything you wish, is to first convince yourself to do it. Once you are totally convinced of its value, you'll find a way to get it done. Continue to remind yourself, as often as possible, of the value of your pursuit, and it will surely come to fruition.

Compared to influencing others, convincing yourself is relatively easy. After all, you know what's important to you. You know the things that motivate you. The fact is, you're excellent at convincing yourself. You do it all the time. Point that powerful influence in a positive, creative direction and there is no limit to what you can achieve.  

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Spring Pasta Salad


Makes:  12 servings.


  • 1 lb whole-wheat shells

  • 1 bunch (about 1 lb.) asparagus

  • 1 cup shelled fava beans (about 2 lbs unshelled beans)*

  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion

  • 1/3 cup dry white wine

  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice plus 1 tbsp lemon zest

  • 1 oz arugula (about 1.5 cups)

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

  • 2 tbsp sliced fresh ricotta salata

  • 2 tbsp fresh dill

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid; set aside.

  • Bring medium pot of water to a boil. Blanch asparagus by immersing it in the boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes. Add shelled fava beans and boil for an additional 1 minute.

  • Drain and plunge the beans and asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. Remove tough outer skins from beans by pinching the outer skin between your thumb and forefinger. Discard skins. Slice asparagus into 1-inch pieces. In large skillet heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Add red onion. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes. Add wine; bring mixture to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced by half.

  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice, fava beans, asparagus, pasta shells, and 1 cup reserved pasta liquid and toss. Add arugula and tomatoes; toss. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Mix in lemon zest, ricotta, dill, salt and pepper.

  • Refrigerate and serve cooled. Keeps for 3-5 days.

*frozen fava beans can be substituted


Nutritive Information

Per Serving
: 192 calories, 4 g total fat, 34 g carbohydrate, 8 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 110 mg sodium.


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