Archive | August, 2010

Healthy Dish Radio Show – Are We Raising Fat Babies?

30 Aug

Here you will find the radio show from August 28th, 2010 in it’s entirety in case you missed it. Enjoy your dose of Healthy Dish Radio!

The show is 1 hour long. Tune in to 660 WORL Orlando on Saturdays at Noon EST


.Blueberry dessert pizza recipe

22 Aug

Here is a super simple recipe for dessert pizza. You can use any fruit topping for this pizza. Great for a quick dessert!

Ingredients for this recipe were purchased at the following stores in Raleigh, NC:

Please see the slideshow below for more pictures of the blueberry pizza!

Blueberry Dessert Pizza

  • 1 pizza crust, thin, pre baked
  • 3/4 can fruit pie filling, blueberry


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp margarine
  • 4 shakes ground cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp margarine, melted
  • 1 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 450*

Spread fruit filling over crust. Spread on leaving 1/2 inch from the edges free of filling.

Prepare crumble:

Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Mix and squeeze together with hands.

Crumble over pie filling. (You will have about 1/3 cup left over)

Turn oven down to 425*.

Bake for 8 minutes.

While baking, prepare icing:

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

If it is too thick, add a dab more milk.

When pizza has been removed from the oven, drizzle with icing.

Slice and serve.

19 Aug

It’s well after midnight on a weekday, andwhile most people are asleep, Elizabeth Earhartis performing exercises with the latest fitnessinvention on a 24-hour shopping network.And still smiling.And that’s not even the half of it. Whether it’s doing 100-yard sprints at the local high school, kicking off a motivational seminar or instructing clients in her group fitness class,this mother of two teenage kids (15 and 17)always has her motor running. It’s all in a day’swork, according to her.“All things are possible,” Earhart explains during a rare moment of downtime in her midweek schedule. “Anything is possible. It just depends on how bad you want it.”Life wasn’t always this enthusiastic for theTampa native, a self-described “skinny kid”who was a bit of a bench warmer when it came to sports. Earhart says she felt more clumsy than athletic when she tried out for sports like swimming and field hockey, never quite finding her niche.It was when she least expected it, that her life took a major turn.“Once I had my children, something clicked inmy head,” Earhart said. “Deep down inside I knew I wanted to get myself in shape. Never though, in my wildest dreams, did I think I would get to this level.”It’s been a long road, almost 10 years of hardcore training, but this past July Earhart earned her Pro Card, winning the overall title in the Masters Figure Division in 2010 NPC Team Universe Competition in New York.

What that means is that she is now eligible to compete internationally at the pro level and continue on her quest to conquer the fitness world.And she definitely has a plan. It begins with juggling a busy schedule which includes daily group training sessions at her own personal training studio called CorEfit in North Tampa. The fitness guru says she prefers small group sessions of two to six people because it’s more economical for the clients and helps her reach more people at once.

Her core philosophy is based in “muscle confusion,” another term for tricking the muscle into action. “You never know what you’re going to get with me,” she says and that’s why she believes her clients stay dedicated and motivated. One of whom she claims recently lost 42 pounds in six weeks, while another managed to shed 36 total inches from her body.“I don’t want them to look at the scale,”Earhart said. “Body composition and how they look in the mirror are more important. And I try to teach them a lifestyle, giving them what I call a “life plan” rather than a diet.” Skipping, squatting, lunging; you name it and she has them doing it on the treadmill whichis part of the key to getting “killer legs.” The focus is always on variety and fun and that’s what keeps them coming back.

Next up on her ‘To-Do’ list is taking care of the kids, and she doesn’t mean just her own. Her passion for children has led her to open Camp Wirl, a program for girls, 6th through 8th grade, which teaches them the importance of loving themselves and urges them not to identify themselves with who they hang out with but rather who they are inside. It’s a lesson in self esteem mixed with a bit of etiquette, internet safety, self-defense, fitness and nutrition.

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Healthy Dish Radio Show: August 14th

16 Aug

Here you will find the radio show from August 14th, 2010 in it’s entirety in case you missed it.  Enjoy your dose of Healthy Dish Radio!

The show is 1 hour long.  Tune in to 660 WORL Orlando on Saturdays at Noon EST

Healthy Dish Radio Show: August 7th

9 Aug

Here you will find the radio show from August 7th, 2010 in it’s entirety in case you missed it.  Enjoy your dose of Healthy Dish Radio!

The show is 1 hour long. Tune in to 660 WORL Orlando on Saturdays at Noon EST

Sexy Water…

8 Aug

Why is the intake of water so important to my body?

I have been asked this question by my students and clients who come see me for massage and herbal remedies…

Here is a much needed explanation …

I see the signs of dehydration when they complain of cramping, muscle spasms, lack of energy, break outs/rashes.

Almost every time I ask, so ‘how much water did you drink today’ I get alot of the same response, not much, ‘does coffee count?’.. haha.. ‘does beer count?’ haha…   More than half of my clients are dehydrated.

Basic signs of dehydration are thirst, and a very yellow urine, but there are more signs that alot of people are not aware of.

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water.

It flushes toxins out of vital organs, which helps support weight loss.

It provides nutrition to the cell by carrying vitamins and minerals,it keeps the tissues healthy and moist in the body, like the sinus, and all the body cavities such as the mouth, throat, vaginal and anal areas.

When people complain of lack of energy and an overall feeling of tiredness, this could be due to dehydration, without enough water in the body, the normal body functions are sluggish. 

The beauty benefits are also many. The benefits of drinking water will show outwardly. 

Skin will be plump in the face and it will have a younger appearance because skin cells are healthy and hydrated. Cellulite in areas of the stomach, thigh area may fade because the hydrated skin cells will naturally create a more tone and tighter complexion.

Water needs vary for each person, but here is a basic formula I advise my clients and students:

example of a 200lb man/woman… they would need to drink 1/2 their body weight in ounces to remain hydrated.

So 100oz for this person would be appropriate to replenish the body’s water loss.

If you are good at eating fruits and vegetables, you are able to get 20% of your water from food.

Also you can make your own sexy waters full of natural flavors .. with slices of lemon, oranges, or cucumbers… any fruit of vegetable that you love will do…

Herbal tea hot or iced ( decaffeinated -no green tea) with nothing added(sugar, honey, cream etc.) acts as water in the organs, so this is another way to add water into your daily routine.

Any coffee or alcohol negates any water you have taken in, because they are diuretic(take water out of the blood and bone cells).

For 1 cup of coffee, you need to take in 1 cup of water to get back to 0

also if you are on any medications, you should be adding a glass of water onto the basic formula.

It is tough to start drinking water, especially if you are not used to it, or if you are at a job that requires you to be at your desk for hours at a time.

I suggest you start this hydration process on the weekend. It takes a day or 2 for your body to get used to all this water, but believe it or not, you will get used to it. 

Your bladder will be able to hold the water for longer periods and naturally your body will get rid of the extra water it has been holding on to because it has now been reconditioned to understand that you are no longer dehydrated, so there is no need for storage.

It is such a simple and blessed resource to stay healthy, it is a wonder to me how we all take this idea of drinking water for granted.

Here is a diagram from the Mayo Clinic on the importance of water:

Water loss happens for many reasons. Naturally through sweat, breathing, urine and bowel movements a person loses about 4 – 8oz cups per day.

So find healthy ways through out the day to stay hydrated, before and after any physical exercise and a 1/2 hour before and after meals, is the way to a healthy, sexy, more energetic body.

If you want to learn how to make Sexy Water and Herbal Teas,

 check out my site @  click on my shop to order.

Vera Reed LMT

How Do You Define Beauty

6 Aug

By Michelle Phillips  Celebrity Make up Artist~ Beauty and Life Coach~ Author ~Speaker I’m sure you’re thinking, “What the heck is defining my beauty?” and “How in the world do I do that?!”

It probably conjures up thoughts of creating your own personal style or fashion statement. Maybe you can start wearing a funky hat or rippy jeans. It must be your hair right? I want to start by defining your beauty from the inside and we’ll work out from there. So let’s get to the definition, are you ready? Webster’s dictionary, defines beauty as; the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Wow! We’ve been obsessed with physical beauty for thousands of years and there it was right there in the dictionary, ‘pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit!’ Okay, so that’s the dictionary talking but what are your words for what exalts you inside and out? And how do you get there? If you were to think of your life as a business you would want to come up with a catchy name, check! That’s your name. Then you would want to think about what you want the business to do and be and accomplish. Of course you would want to be well regarded and respected. Inside and out you would want to be nice to look at and be with and definitely something that plays an integral part of society right? Well let’s do the next step in you want to live your life.

Let’s take a very important bit of time here to carve out exactly how you want to be perceived from this day forward! It’s homework time. I want you to write your name, and a little dash next to it like you were writing a definition. Next I want you to define how you would like to be perceived. This is your vision for the ultimate you. If you already are many of the things you would like to be, outstanding! But be sure to jot those down to reinforce your who you would like to continue to be. Whether that is funny, outgoing, respected, well-read, generous, positive, influential, resourceful, pretty, hot, stunning, business-like, well-mannered, (fill in) whatever that is that would be the BEST YOU for you that is going to be the right answer. Now go ahead and jump on that, I’ll give you a minute. Right now I hope you are looking at the page and thinking that sure looks like someone you’d like to be best friends with, work with, be married to, etc. That’s exactly the point! The first part of living a dream life is dreaming what it should look like and we just did that.

Now the task becomes walking boldly into that visualization, keeping the words we wrote above displayed somewhere to remind us of who we are and who we are going to be. You will take those attributes and qualities that you aspire to and make a conscious effort to turn them into reality. This isn’t going to be easy and won’t happen overnight so give yourself a break as you work on them. The deal is though that by simply working on and believing them you will turn perception into reality.

I know it sounds simple, because it is! One of my favorite author/speakers, Wayne Dyer, has a book and a phrase that I love, “Change the way you look at things and the way you look at things will change.” You are going to start by finding your true beauty where it has been all the time, in your heart, your mind, and in your mirror! Quit asking the mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all, wake up and TELL the mirror!