When the World Ends: Your Musical Survival Kit

The countdown has begun. If the Mayan’s had it right, this December will be our last. Who, if anyone, will make it out alive? On 12/21/12, you may be forced to show the world what you’re made of.

You may wonder if the Mayan’s were on to something, or you might find the idea of the world ending ridiculous. No matter what your belief is on the matter, as you take on these next ten months, what better way to get a good work out than to feel as if your life depended on it? On your next gym visit, beach jog, or bike ride, celebrate mankind’s final year by shuffling through some of the catchiest Doomsday songs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Enter the doomsday zone with…

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Seven Falls: The Most Romantic Place to be this Valentine’s Day

As intimate as dinner and a dozen roses might be, it’s slightly overdone. If you want to make this V-day a real memory, why not go on a Valentines day adventure? Make this February 14th a dirty one– one that will make your sweetheart sweat and get em’ a little wet…That’s right, take them on a hike to Seven Falls!

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Mushroom and Egg Burrito

Serves: 6
Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  4. 2 teaspoons canola oil
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 1/4 cup egg substitute
  7. 3 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  8. salt and pepper
  9. 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
  10. 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  11. 1/2 cup salsa
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Baked Salmon with Mustard and Herbs

Serves: 1
Ingredients:

  1. 10 fresh tarragon leaves
  2. 3 fresh chives
  3. 3 large fresh basil leaves
  4. 1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  5. 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  6. 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  7. olive oil spray
  8. freshly ground black pepper
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Drink Up

While battling the summer heat, whether it’s at a weekend barbeque, a run through the mesa, or a shopping trip down State Street, we often find ourselves in need of a cold beverage to cool off. When it comes to staying hydrated, our choices are endless with the abundance of bottled waters and sports drinks. So why are so many of us not staying hydrated properly? Though hydration is of course a vital issue all year long, we tend to be reminded of its importance when the August sun beats down on our backs and our mouths are continuously parched. Hydration affects everyone, regardless of if you spend your days lounging at the beach or training for a triathlon. Surprisingly, however, the majority of the population is not drinking enough liquids throughout each day.

 

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Office Corner Junkie

With the exception of Paris Hilton and a few other assorted beneficiaries, we will all have to live the crunch of a full time job at some point in our lives.  Typically, this job will involve waking up to an unwelcome alarm, speeding through grooming and preparations for work, rushing off to work, and punching in the timecard as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, on top of the unhealthy stress most jobs induce, our pre-retirement years typically foster poor eating habits supplemented by dieting scams from the media, and images of stars whose full-time 60 hour per week job is to be beautiful.  This article will provide guidance on how to boost healthy habits compatible with the workplace, anywhere from a high octane financial management firm, a mammoth defense contractor, or a casual dot-com environment.

 

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A Sweet Escape

It’s undeniable; America has a major sweet tooth. In fact, the average American consumes 20 teaspoons of sugar a day! This is a problem because the excessive sugar intake has helped feed the country’s obesity epidemic, linking sugar intake to heart and other lifestyle diseases. In order to lose weight and still get a sweet fix, many people have turned to artificial sweeteners, which have no calories. However, with such controversy a surrounding the safety of sugar substitutes, it is hard to tell which color packet you should reach for: white, pink, blue, or yellow. To clarify, here is the latest health info on four of the main sweeteners.

Sugar: (white packet)

Regular sugar is by far the most commonly used sweetener and is found in everything from processed foods to home baked goods. Almost 60% of sugar intake comes from corn sweeteners, which are main ingredients in sodas and other flavored drinks. The remaining 40% is sucrose or table sugar. With 15 calories per teaspoon, large quantities of sugary foods lead to a surplus of calories and thus, cause weight gain. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and many more. It should also be noted that people with diabetes, should avoid sugar because of its effects on blood glucose levels.

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Caffeine: The Best Part of Waking Up?

As a fitness professional, I’m supposed to tell you not to drink caffeine. As a man who owns two companies and consults for two others, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t regularly contribute to Santa Barbara’s economic growth by supporting its local coffee shops. But this article isn’t about caffeine. It’s about the drinks that are regularly used to transport our country’s favorite stimulant to our bodies – the mochas, lattes, and ice blended drinks that some of us consume in mass quantities.

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Yet Another Reason to Eat More Broccoli

How many times have you heard to eat more green vegetables like broccoli? Probably more than you can count. But if all this buzz around this fantastic vegetable still hasn’t convinced you to claim cream of broccoli soup as your favorite food, maybe the findings of this new research will. Broccoli may help guard you against skin cancer.

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