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February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

JWM Health Trivia: What Are The Benefits Of Plyome...

  Plyometrics: a) Produces slow muscle response? b) Diminishes the response of the nervous system? c) Produces fast and powerful muscular movements?   Answer: c) Plyometrics produces fast and powerful muscular movements. This style of exercise is designed to work muscles at maximum force in a short amount of time. … read more

This entry was posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 4:14pm
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Plyometrics:

a) Produces slow muscle response?

b) Diminishes the response of the nervous system?

c) Produces fast and powerful muscular movements?

 

Answer: c) Plyometrics produces fast and powerful muscular movements. This style of exercise is designed to work muscles at maximum force in a short amount of time. Plyometrics is often referred to as “jump training” because many of the workout routines involve explosive jumping movements. It is a popular training method for athletes looking to improve speed and endurance. 

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To learn plyometrics and how to incorporate them into HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) routines, join the JWM fitness program here. Every cardio move comes with a video that demonstrates how to do the exercise as well as the health benefits of each activity. You also get complete JWM workouts that mix the cardio exercises together in intervals for 30-minute (plus) HIIT sweat inducing, calorie-blasting and fat melting sessions!

 

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February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

JWM Health Trivia: Matcha Tea Is More Nutritious T...

  Answer: True.  Matcha tea has a cult following and for valid reasons.  One cup of matcha has 10 times the nutritional value and antioxidant content of regular brewed green tea. As far as anti-oxidants go, matcha also beats Goji berries by 6.2 times, dark chocolate by 7 times, blueberries … read more

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Answer: True. 

Matcha tea has a cult following and for valid reasons.  One cup of matcha has 10 times the nutritional value and antioxidant content of regular brewed green tea. As far as anti-oxidants go, matcha also beats Goji berries by 6.2 times, dark chocolate by 7 times, blueberries by 17 times and spinach more than 60 times. Anti-oxidants are the critical agents that help our bodies fight chronic illness, inflammation and aging. Another incredible benefit of Matcha is that it contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid that helps us to both relax and focus. Buddhist monks have been know to drink cups of matcha tea to help them with long meditations because the calming qualities of the wonderful substance combined with the qualities that drive alertness—L-theanine plus caffeine–are exactly what it takes to sit still in peace while remaining awake. To sum it up, the following are the main health benefits of matcha tea:

  • Matcha is full of anti-oxidants
  • Matcha enhances immunity
  • Matcha helps calm the mind
  • Match naturally boosts energy
  • Matcha fights cancer

 

My favorite way to drink Match Tea is as a latte. Try my recipe below!

Matcha Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients

1 tsp. matcha powder (pure ground tea leaves)

1 cup hot water

soy milk (almond milk and 2% regular milk also work)

2tsp. tsp. agave

a few dashes cardamom

 

Preparation

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Add the matcha tea powder to a mug.
  3. Pour 1 tbsp. hot water in the mug.
  4. Whisk the tea and water until the tea is totally dissolved.
  5. Add the rest of the water.
  6. Add the soy milk to your liking (about 1/8 cup)
  7. Add the agave.
  8. Add the cardamom.
  9. Serve.

 

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February 26, 2014 | 1 Comments

A Very Short And Simple Energizing Online Yoga Cla...

  I invite you to join me for this very short online yoga flow class. I cover sun salutes, warrior 2, reverse warrior, triangle pose, camel pose and more in just about two-and-a-half minutes. This is a great practice to open your hips, chest and back when you are in … read more

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 2:32pm
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I invite you to join me for this very short online yoga flow class. I cover sun salutes, warrior 2, reverse warrior, triangle pose, camel pose and more in just about two-and-a-half minutes. This is a great practice to open your hips, chest and back when you are in a pinch for time! If you have a few more minutes, you can repeat this sequence up to three times.

 

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Enjoy this class? Check out my other very short yoga classes for energy and flow, shoulders, digestion and balance coming soon!

For complete instructional online yoga classes in which I guide you through 30-minute practices teaching you every pose in detail, I invite you to become a member of my method here. Level 1 is for beginner/intermediate students. Level 2 is for intermediate/advanced students and the Specialty level offers yoga for hips, back pain, neck pain, high blood pressure, shoulders, restorative yoga, travel work and more!

 

 

 

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February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

JWM Health Trivia: Is Asana, Samadhi Or Pratyahara...

Answer: Asana is the third limb of yoga. Asana means steady seat and the asanas are the yoga postures we practice to develop strength, flexibility, balance, focus, clarity and peace of mind. A regular asana practice keeps our bodies looking great and feeling healthy and most of all, helps prepare the … read more

This entry was posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014 7:25pm
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Asana is the third limb of yoga. Asana means steady seat and the asanas are the yoga postures we practice to develop strength, flexibility, balance, focus, clarity and peace of mind. A regular asana practice keeps our bodies looking great and feeling healthy and most of all, helps prepare the body for mediation.

Samadhi is the 8th limb and final limb of yoga. Samadhi occurs when the chatter of the mind becomes still and we can exist in a state of no thought at all. Some refer to Samadhi as a state of ecstasy or bliss.

Pratyahara is the 5th limb of yoga. Pratyahara refer to the withdrawal of senses from the physical world.

To learn the asana with me, please select your level and join the JWM here!

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February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Quick And Easy Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Crispy brussel sprouts with tender hearts are easier to achieve than it may seem and you can cook them to perfection with minimal fat. Before I reveal how to cook quick, easy and healthy crispy brussel sprouts, let’s review my failed attempts. First, I roasted whole brussel sprouts lightly coated … read more

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 12:57pm
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Crispy brussel sprouts with tender hearts are easier to achieve than it may seem and you can cook them to perfection with minimal fat.

Before I reveal how to cook quick, easy and healthy crispy brussel sprouts, let’s review my failed attempts. First, I roasted whole brussel sprouts lightly coated in extra virgin olive oil. The result? Dried out charred little cabbages. Then, to add back some moisture, I filled a pan with about half an inch of water, which is a common technique of roasting vegetables. All signs of crispiness disappeared and I was left with overly hydrated brussel sprouts  soggier than I could possibly appreciate. Next, I tried to recreate recipes I had seen on restaurant menus, which included maple syrup. The result was crispy, however, I realized that for me, this sticky sweet rendition takes the pleasure out of what is supposed to be a healthy vegetable. Finally, I tried both blanching and steaming the brussel sprouts and then pan-frying them. They never truly crisped.

I achieved perfect crispy brussel sprouts with the simplest and quickest of all my attempted techniques: I halved, de-leafed and sautéed them over high heat in extra virgin olive oil. The leaves became perfectly crisp. Then, to soften the hearts, I placed a lid on the sautee pan to mimic the effects of steaming but without adding any water. Voila! The brussel sprout hearts became perfectly tender while their leaves remained crisp!

 

Quick And Easy Crispy Brussel Sprouts

Serves 2, Prep Time 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

12 brussel sprouts

1.5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

 

Preparation

  1. Wash and cut the brussel sprouts in half.
  2. Peel off about half of each sprout’s leaves.
  3. Heat a sauté pan over high heat with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Drop a brussel leaf into the pan to test its temperature. The pan is ready for the brussel sprouts if you hear a loud sizzle and see the leaf’s edges immediately brown and crisp.
  5. Add the brussel sprouts to the pan.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium.
  7. Shake the pan occasionally tossing the brussel sprouts as they cook for about 3 minutes.
  8. Once the leaves are perfectly crisp,  place a lid on the pan.
  9. Let the brussel sprouts steam in the closed pan for about 2 minutes.
  10. Remove the lid and check to see if the hearts of the brussel sprouts are tender. If they are not, put the lid back on the pan for another 30-60 seconds.
  11. Remove the lid.
  12. Sprinkle the brussel sprouts with sea salt to taste.
  13. Serve.

Health Benefits Of Brussel Sprouts

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Enhance digestion
  • Lower cholesterol
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Rich in Vitamins A and C

For all JWM healthy recipes and meal plans, please join the method here. Level 1 food is designed for weight maintenance, Level 2 for weight-loss and Specialty for gluten-free, travel and work.

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