Ask Justine – Q&A

Dear Justine, What kind of cardio equipment burns the most calories?  Treadmills, bikes, or ellipticals? From, Crazy for Cardio in Hamilton, NJ   Dear Crazy for Cardio, On every type of cardio machine, the more you push yourself, the more calories you will burn!  When you are on a treadmill, running burns the most calories.  If you don't like running or get bored with just doing one thing, try intervals!  Walk for 2 minutes, run for 1 minute... walk for 2 minutes, run for 1 minute.... Repeat for 10-20 minutes (or more, but if you do intervals right, you should [...]

Tip of the Day – Do something NICE for someone!

The old saying is true - "What goes around, comes around..."  The challenge of the day is to do something nice for a someone and see how it comes back to you!  Hold the door open for someone... let that car go in front of you even though you're running late... smile at someone who looks like they're having a lousy day....  Then watch how it comes back around!  Next time YOU'RE running late, someone will let you in!  Someone will cheer you up with a smile when you need it!  Someone will be nice to you for no apparent [...]

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Quick workout of the day - Requires NO weights!  Just your bodyweight! 20 pushups (knees or regular) 20 squats (do jump squats to increase the intensity) 20 jumping jacks 20 bicycles (abs - think Jane Fonda era) 20 alternating lunges Hold 30 second plank on elbows Repeat 2-3 times.  Now go start your day!  You'll thank me later!

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

What did you have for breakfast today?  Did you even EAT breakfast?  If so, why not?!  Always eat within 45 minutes of waking.  It doesn't have to be big - just a few bites of something is fine. Not hungry?  I don't care!  You're not hungry because your metabolism has slowed.  You will SPEED IT UP by eating within 45 minutes of waking!  Which means you will burn more calories all day long!  How fabulous! Breakfast ideas - Plain oatmeal with a little cinnamon or some blueberries on top, a protein bar, a protein shake (2 scoops Jay Robb Egg [...]

Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's and Anti-Perspirants… What to do?

Could what you are putting on your underarms be harming you?  It is possible!  Studies have shown that Aluminum,  a common ingredient in anti-perspirants, could be linked to the increasing number of instances of breast cancer!  It makes sense because the area under our arms is just a fw inches away from the breast tissue.  Whatever you put under your arms is absorbed into the skin.  Aluminum has also been linked to Alzheimer's as well (you can ingest aluminum from the pans you use to cook with - use Stainless Steel Pans instead!) What to do???  Buy NATURAL DEODORANTS and [...]

Why Won't My Fat Cells Go Away??

If you read my blog, you are probably a pretty health-conscious person.  You probably exercise and you probably pay attention to what you are eating and are relatively healthy.  WHY then won't those darn fat cells go away?  You're doing everything right, you've lost weight and inches, but some of those fat cells still seem to be hanging around..... literally. Fat cells are created a few different ways.  One way, of course, is if you eat more than you burn.  Another way, which you may be completely unaware of, is WHEN YOU INGEST TOXINS!  What happens when the body consumes [...]

Corn Sugar = High Fructose Corn Syrup!!

Hello all! I just want to let you in on a little tidbit that I think is very important for you to know!  There are commercials on lately promoting "Corn Sugar" as good for you and it is driving me ABSOLUTELY BONKERS!  Let me tell you why.... Over the past few years, people have gotten smarter and learned that High Fructose Corn Syrup is actually BAD for you.  This ingredient is hidden in TONS of our foods and is one of the reasons why the US is one of the fattest countries in the world!  (Yes, we really are the [...]

Make this Green in Literally 3 Minutes! Delicous!

I am not a chef.....  I'll admit it.  In fact, the most time I ever spend cooking anything is about 5 minutes.  So, this recipe is PERFECT!  You can use either Swiss Chard (a big, leafy green) or Spinach.  Go crazy and try the Swiss Chard!  It's DELICIOUS!  Plus, it's packed with vitamins and all sorts of good things for you :) Recipe: Cover the bottom of a pan with olive oil and place on medium heat.  Add 1 clove chopped garlic if you have it.  If not, that's okay.  Add 1 bunch of Swiss Chard or Spinach.  If using [...]

A New Year’s Resolution Solution – It’s Easier to Keep Than you Think!

So the 2011 is here – Woohoo!  Happy New Year!  I believe 2011 will be a great year!  Lots of changes will happen this year.  Now the question is: What is your New Year’s resolution? And how do you intend to keep it? I’m writing this article because I, too, have to decide on my resolution.  Resolutions I’ve had in the past were to lose weight, to exercise more, to eat less sweets, to keep in touch with friends better….  All of those resolutions worked… for a while.  Maybe about a solid month, and then they sort of went down [...]

December Do’s and Don’ts

December is here, which means holiday parties, food, drinks, more parties, and more food!  So how in the world can a person keep their waistline in check, exercise, watch their diet, and still get everything done that they need to for the Holidays?  (whew… I’m tired just thinking about it!)  Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to keep your sanity for this  Holiday Season! DO get your shopping done early!  Try to go during the week, even if it’s to get one or two things.  The weekends are CRAZY with people and the sheer volume of them might drive you insane. [...]