Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thanks to a tip from a nice woman in my Monday 7pm Spin class at Meyerland I can now cook it faster and easier (the American way right?). However, this fast food won't clog the arteries and add inches to the waist or hips.
"Enough commentary...share the secret!" you say? Ok, the secret is that we no longer have to wait to eat this dish AND we are using the microwave so we are saving $$ on energy! The secret to this secret is in step #3:
1) Cut the squash in half
2) Scoop out the seeds
3) Cook/microwave the with the meat(insides) down or skin/shell up in a microwavable dish for 15 minutes (a little more if the insides don't easily string apart with a fork)
4) Take a shower while it cooks; optional. (if you are like me you are cooking this as a fast, healthy food option after leaving the gym)
5) Scrape the insides with a fork to create the spaghetti.
6) Add healthy sides or toppings
Spill your secret to great recipes, sides, or toppings that involve spaghetti squash! "Inquiring minds want to know."
If you want a recipe idea that includes this FABULOUS veggie, look under recipes on my website: www.fit2befab.com.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It's no secret that I LOVE Mexican food. Houston is a great place for Mexican cuisine lovers because there are tons of good Mexican restaurants, but Mexican restaurants are not always great for the waistline or hips. Therefore, I often strive to mingle the zesty Latin flavors with my the typical healthy basics.
Tonight I didn't feel like cooking so I dipped into my 1 pound of pre-cooked chicken breast from My Fit Foods and microwave steamed some green beans. My fast but fabulous healthy dinner consisted of 40z of chicken breast and 40z of green beans that I embellished with fresh salsa and sprinkles of cumin and chili pepper.
Fab Food Facts about my dinner:
1) The salsa pumped me with lycopene because its made from tomatoes. These carotenoids are being studied for their role in preventing various types of cancer, particularly prostate cancer as well as heart disease prevention.
2) The chili powder was good for my joints. Research shows that capsaicin, found in chili peppers, has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help ease arthritic swelling and pain.
3) The cumin powder has a list of health benefits that I will share with you later. However, I'm most thankful for its immune-boosting power and digestion advantage. Cumin improves digestion and relieves many common digestive ailments, including flatulence (gas), bloating, diarrhea, nausea and indigestion.
Now who says Mexican food can't be healthy? Maybe the person who has to have the chips and the Margarita. Perhaps, we can make those fit and fabulous too!!!
Be fit & fabulous today and everyday!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Steel cut oatmeal
Extra-Lean Ground Turkey Meat
Romaine Lettue Hearts
Red bell pepper
Stay tuned for what I will do with these ingredients, which will include preparing the Recipe of the Month that you will find at my website: http://www.fit2befab.com/
Let me know if we have the same things in our basket and refrigerator. Share with me what you do with your materials too!
Have a FABULOUS and healthy day and week!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I haven't really liked running in the past, but I'm working on improving my mentality and performance. Thus, I've got the motivation, discipline, a pair of running shoes, running shorts, but not the diet...yet. From what I can see and what I've been told the marathoners' diet is quite different that of a fitness or figure competitor.
As a marathoner the energy to perform during the training sessions comes primarily from the glycogen stores in your muscles and blood system. As a fitness/figure competitor we use the same theory to apply to intense weight lifting sessions and, sometimes, frequent or long cardio sessions. This is because the more glycogen you have stored, the better you will perform.
The definition of good performance for these sports, however, are not the same, so the pre-competition diet is different. The runners' goal is to have enough energy to finish the race; to have and maintain physical and mental endurance. Therefore, the runners' typical daily intake or meal is comprised of 25% proteins, 25% fats, and 50% carbohydrates. Whereas, the fitness/figure competitors' goal is to have muscle and be lean on the day of the competition, so the diet is more like 50% protein, 15% fats, and 25% carbohydrates.
As I get more involved in running I will have more to share about it because I'll be learning more, so if you are already a runner please share your thoughts and suggestions.
In the meantime, I'm a figure/fitness competitor that is working on my goal of inspiring you and others while I push myself to be in the best shape and condition of my life.
Let's all be fit & fabulous at whatever we do!
Monday, July 12, 2010
At the Branch Warren Classic 2010 that I participated in this past Saturday I was blessed to place 1st in Fitness and 2nd in Figure. That is in addition to being blessed to meet some fit and fabulous women from all over Houston and Texas and having gained some more fit and fabulous friends along the way to the long awaited day.
So now you are asking: "what is a fitness & figure competition?" and "what did you have to do?"
Definition: Fitness and figure competition is a class of physique-exhibition events for women; while bearing a close resemblance to female bodybuilding, it emphasizes muscle tone over muscle size. These competitions are frequently held as part of the same events as bodybuilding contests.
To get my body ready for the competition I, along with other fitness and figure competitors, use the following general strategies to increase muscle tone and decrease our total body size:
- Strength training through weights, plyometrics, or elastic/band resistance
- Specialized nutrition that includes manipulating the daily caloric intake by changing the amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats taken in
- Cardiovascular training (cardio) that varies in frequency, duration, and intensity to burn calories eat during the day and body fat.
- Adequate rest, including sleep and recuperation, between workouts
- Proper water intake because it is very important to stay hydrated before, during, and after workouts since the workouts are longer, more frequent, or more intense than usual.
To see pictures of what the strategies listed above did for me go to my website: www.fit2befab.com
I'll be competing again August 14th in Dallas at the Europa Supershow, so stay connected to my blog to see what I'm eating, how I'm working out, and to hear my healthy (sometimes wacky) thoughts.
Remember you are Fit 2 Be Fabulous!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
"The only way to keep you health is to eat what you don't want, drink, what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." ~Mark Twain
To all who are fighting and striving to start or maintain a healthier life: you are not alone. I'm striving to be an IFBB Fitness or Figure Pro, and I'm eating, drinking, and doing things I'd rather not. You say "Stacie you are already a health nut, what more are you doing?"
1) Drinking water without added flavor (i.e. Crystal Light)
2) I'm eating fish for breakfast
3) I'm at the gym doing cardio before and after my aerobics classes when most people are sleep or comfortably enjoying something at home. (Above is a picture of 24 Hour Fitness Supersport in Houston at midnight on a weeknight from a stair mill looking down on other champions or insomniacs)
4) I am running when I would rather be on the stair mill or on the elliptical
5) I trading trips to a restaurant for their healthy dish for trips to the grocery store so that I can ensure that my food doesn't have additives by cooking it myself; sometimes at midnight when I'd rather be sleep.
Keep working. We are all Fit 2 Be Fabulous...whatever our sport or goal.
Friday, July 2, 2010
1) Drink plenty of water. If your hand always has a water bottle in it or if your stomach is full of water then neither will have a chance to indulge in too much soda or alcoholic beverages.
2) Stay active. If your friends or family are looking for fun while you wait for the firework display opt to play games like volleyball, kickball, or softball. Perhaps, go to the park or go swimming. Plus, if you are too busy having fun you are less likely to sit down and have a heavy meal.
3) Snack. Eating numerous small proportioned foods/meals will contribute to both proper eating habits, as well as, your energy level so that you can enjoy the day and weekend. Large meals, especially with beef, may cause you to feel heavy and bloated. Indulging in too much sugar and alcohol will also slow you down or put you down (i.e. sleep) before you get to see the light show.
4) Grill everything. Instead of barbequing a brisket, ribs, franks, or beef patties, which are naturally fatty and greasy, grill some fish, chicken breast, lean turkey patties, or bison. Reaching for chips as your side may be easy, but grilling some zucchini, bell pepper, onions, or other veggies will be less greasy and easy on the stomach and the waste line. You can even grill fruit to make for a warm tasty dessert(see www.fit2befab.com for this and other grilling ideas).
Have a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July!