Test Your Knowledge: Take The Portion Size Quiz

Portion sizes have skyrocketed

My Thursday morning routine usually consists of seeing my hospital patients in the morning before heading off to see my patients in the office.  As per usual, I put my lunch in the fridge in the hospital doctor’s lounge on my arrival with the intent of picking it up on my way out the door when I headed to the office later in the morning.  Alas, I was in my usual harried state and forgot to get my lunch.  For me, no lunch is a crisis.  I get cranky.  Fortunately, there’s always a nosh lying around the staff lounge at the office.   Continue reading

Chana’s Favorite Recipes – New to WLCR

As an aid to help bolster the counter revolution, I have enlisted my wife Chana to help find the best low calorie healthy recipes.  She happens to be an amazing cook and will be patrolling the web and cook books to try out the best tasting and healthiest recipes.  Only the ones that we decide are the best based on taste, ease, and nutritional value will make the cut.  We will include the nutrition facts to the best of our ability.  The recipes will be permanently logged on this page at the top right of the blog.  Let us know what you think of the recipes or suggest some of your own!

Today’s installment:  Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Courtesy of skinnytaste.com

This is a wonderful side dish that is easy to make, very fresh tasting, and goes well with many types of food.  It’s a colorful, high fiber, high protein salad that makes a great side dish, appetizer served with chips, or lunch served with fresh tortillas.  It would be perfect for a summer barbecue or any outdoor meal.  It can also stay in the fridge for a few days without the typical leftover deterioration in taste.

Servings: 12 • Size: 1/2 cup • Calories: 106 • Fat: 6.0 g • Protein: 3.2 g • Carb: 13.0 g • Fiber: 3.6 g  Sugar: 1.2 g • Sodium: 137.8 mg

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Setting SMART Goals

SMART Goals

A friend of mine started using one of those couch-to-5K iPhone apps a few weeks ago.  The program helped him with goal setting in a way that made him feel he was making significant progress – and he was.  He was running farther and longer than he had run in some time.  Then he was blessed with a new baby.  Apparently screaming infants, no sleep, and dirty diapers erode into a man’s will power (the diapers have the largest impact – trust me).  Continue reading

Is Sugar Toxic?

toxic sugar

I’m now 1 week off sweets and there have been some hairy moments.  I did lose a battle with a handful of chocolate chips, but aside from that I’ve been pretty good.  Cutting out sweets is probably one of the most difficult – but also one of the best – ways to cut your calorie counts down.  I thought I would add an interesting video from sixty minutes that adds to prior posts on the addictive nature of sugar. Continue reading

High Intensity Interval Training – More Results, Less Time

High Intensity Interval TrainingI was first introduced to the concept of high intensity exercise a few years ago when a friend of mine started me on CrossFit (www.crossfit.com). He was a pretty ripped ex-military type who suffered from a pathological love of physical exertion that created great pleasure with any exercise-induced suffering. I had been exercising since I was a teenager and had tried just about every form of running, lifting, cross training in the book but this was different. Continue reading

On Crack and Ice Cream, Part 2

This is drugs on your brain
Let’s review what we learned in Part1:

Drugs hijack the reward system of the brain in a way that floods the synapses with a super intense signal. In response, the post-synaptic neurons will decrease the number of receptors for that signal. This creates a situation where more signal is needed to create the same high (i.e. tolerance) and a normal amount of signal leads to nasty effects (i.e. withdrawal).

So ‘what does this have to do with my weight?’ you might ask. Continue reading

On Crack and Ice Cream, Part 1

ice creamI am a bit of an ice cream addict. I have had brief periods of abstinence but usually its only a matter of time before the Edy’s creeps its way back into my freezer. Falling off the wagon doesn’t happen quickly, but rather a little bit here and a little bit there. I will usually go through periods where my will power is fortified but usually it’s only a matter of time before I begin to have symptoms of withdrawal on those lonely nights when there was nothing in the freezer. Continue reading