Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - What kinds of knives are used in the kitchen?

  

    If you ever wondered how many knives are used in a kitchen or what types of knives are used in a kitchen, you have come to the right place.

In this video I will discuss the different options you have for the most commonly used knife. The Chef Knife. It isn't a complete list of tools, or options, but it will definitely get to pointed in the right direction. As Always, if you have any questions or comments for me please feel free to let me know. Thanks!


Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - Six Flags Great Adventure


 So I took the kids and the parental units to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.  I haven't been to this place in close to 14 years.  There are some new rides, but for the most part it hasn't changed.  Now we decided to go on what seems to be the hottest day of the year.  It had to have been in the mid 90s.  Sweat was pouring down, clothing getting swampy, and we haven't even gotten anywhere yet.  


We decided to do the Safari drive through first as it was hot and we wanted to stay in the AC of the car.  The animals didn't have that luxury but the made do with whatever lakes and ponds they had in the enclosures.  



















After the drive thru safari (which really hasn't changed in 14 years except the baboons are no longer allowed to jump on your car) we headed into the main park.  The season pass this year provided free parking which is clutch when you see the $25 price tag for parking.  Thanks to the parental units we were able to utilize the handicap parking spots near the front.  I don't know who was more excited about that, me or my parents.  

It was already mid afternoon and it was still scorching.  The sun was really strong that day.  We played some carnival games, won some ridiculous prizes that just take up space, but it was the smiles and laughter that is the real prize.  It was fun.  Despite the heat, the drive, the uncomfortable condition some clothing was in, it was well worth the money and the time.  It isn't everyday you get to spend time with family just doing fun things.  At certain ages in life, yeah sure, that's all you want to do, but as you get older and priorities set in it's difficult to let go.  Life is too short to sit back and wish you did more, or you wish you spent more time with someone.  Sometimes you just have to drop everything and go! Go have fun! We did.  All in one day.  


                          

               

It's all about life, so embrace it and go!



Thursday, September 23, 2021

What does cutting food "On the bias" mean?

 It sounds more complex than it is. On the bias means, on an angle. Thats it. Nothing special.




Monday, September 20, 2021

Losing Weight One Pound at a Time!

 


Over two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese.  That’s quite a high percentage of adults who have a need to shed a little or a lot of fat!  The only way to do this is one pound at a time!

Many overweight individuals wish and hope for a quick cure to their weight problems.  They’ll try anything that promises instant results!  Unfortunately, these ‘miracle weight loss’ products are scams!  They may help a person shed some water weight, initially.  But, the fat isn’t going anywhere without a little effort on that person’s part!


For those of you who have tried weight loss diets or are thinking about trying one, consider all the dieters who have tried the same diets and failed.  The number one reason for permanent weight loss failure is the inability to stick with the diet!


Many individuals become ‘yo-yo’ dieters.  They try one diet for awhile, lose a few pounds, quit the diet, gain back the weight (and then some), and move on to another diet.  The process is repeated.  With each new attempt, there is often more weight to lose than there was initially!  


Successful Weight Loss Strategies


If you want to lose weight successfully, you must realize, first, that there are no miracle diets or products that will blast away the fat!  You didn’t gain the weight overnight!  You aren’t going to lose it overnight, either!  You will have to put forth effort to lose the fat, one pound at a time!  Even after you’ve shed those extra pounds, you will have to continue to work at controlling your weight, if you wish to keep the fat off! 


In an article on Consumer Reports.org which rates various popular diets, Cathy Nonas, R.D., M.S., (an obesity researcher at North General Hospital in New York) states, “The best diet is the one you can stay on.”  Consumer Reports goes on to say that “adherence is important…To maintain lost weight, dieters must permanently reduce their calorie intake, because they will need fewer calories to fuel their now-smaller body.”


Fad diets typically fail in the end.  From my own personal experience, I have found that eating sensibly works best!  If you want to lose weight (one pound at a time), keep it off, and feel good, too, why not try cutting down on the empty calories found in most American diets?  Eat more raw vegetables and fruits and whole grains.  Go easy on the fats and processed sugary or salty snacks.  Limit yourself to smaller portions and avoid having second helpings.  This type of diet is one that you CAN stick with and live with for the rest of your life!

 

Yes, you’ll have to make a few lifestyle changes, and you’ll have to work on being more disciplined in your eating habits.  But, in the end, it will be worth it!  You’ll look better!  You’ll feel better!  Your confidence will return, and you’ll believe that there isn’t anything that you cannot do!  


Wouldn’t it be worth giving up that 44-ounce Coke and that huge order of greasy French fries for a healthier, happier you?  If you simply can’t do without a few French fries and a Coke now and then, go ahead and treat yourself to a small serving.  Cut back on calories somewhere else that day.  Occasionally, it’s okay to indulge.  But, if you seriously want to shed the extra fat and keep it off, be conscious about everything you put into your mouth.  You’ll lose that weight, a pound at a time!  



Note: Before beginning any weight loss program, be sure to check with your medical professional.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey Exercise Spotlight - Seated Cable Row


 Sit slightly forward on seat or bench in order to grasp cable attachment. Place feet on vertical platform. Slide hips back positioning knees with slight bend.

Execution: Pull cable attachment to waist while straightening lower back. Pull shoulders back and push chest forward while arching back. Return until arms are extended, shoulders are stretched forward, and lower back is flexed forward. Repeat.



Monday, September 13, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - Recipe for Egg with Kimchi & Avocado

Hello again. This video is a recipe for egg with Kimchi and avocado on an English muffin. It's incredible simple and under 300 calories. It is packed full of flavor and will satisfy you.

You can find this recipe for free at Fitness Chef Just scroll down to the bottom and you'll find this and a few more absolutely free. Enjoy!



Friday, September 10, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - Nashville Tennessee

 



A trip to Nashville needs no introduction.  A wonderful location for food lovers, music fanatics, or anyone looking to have fun and get away from their daily grind of a life.  Downtown Nashville is less than 10miles from BNA, the international airport, that serves the area. Depending on when you arrive, you can be in some serious traffic with rush hour. The purpose of this trip was basically good times, relaxation, and good food.  I was successful at all that.  So let's jump right in shall we?

So as my first meal when I arrived, it was late so didn't want to go too far, was a local pizza place a block from my hotel.  Gino's East Pizza. It is a Chicago based company known for their deep dish pizzas with locations throughout the United States. Now being from NY, deep dish isn't my thing. So I just ordered a thin crust pizza with peppers and sausage. Looked good on the menu. When it arrived, it looked even better.  Actually it smelt amazing.  


It is about 12" across so it isn't tiny nor is it a large pizza.  Good enough for 1-2 people, if one of those people aren't me.  The pizza was good, I cannot lie.  However, my biggest complaint would have to be the way they cut it.  Just cut it across a few times then flipped it and cut it again a few times.  Not traditional cuts, literally made square pieces out of a circle.  Like they were confused, cut it like a Sicilian pie even though its round.  Needless to say there were some tiny edge pieces.  Other than that, I can't complain.  It was good.  This particular Gino's also had a comedy club attached.  I decided to watch a show on my last night in Nashville.  It was ok.  Like all shows, some comedians were really good and some weren't.  





For lunch the next day I was lucky enough to get me some Hot Chicken from one of the (if not the original) founding businesses of Nashville Hot Chicken, Prince's Hot Chicken. When in Nashville, its just called hot chicken.
I got 4 tenders, 3 hot flavored and 1 tender extra hot. The extra hot was a darker color than the others. It was very noticeable. The hot chicken was hot. It definitely hits you, but the extra hot was incredible. It was flavorful, juicy, but it was HOT!! It slides in and just takes all feelings away. There were a few moments where I began tearing up. Not because I was emotional, but because it cleared my sinuses and removed any bacteria in my mouth. Honestly removed some feeling as well. It was tasty. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Its worth it if you get the chance to visit Nashville. Best part is to help alleviate any discomfort, grab yourself a milk shake from Hattie Jane's creamery. So good and it helped.




So after all the heat and the milk shake, when dinner time rolled around, I decided to treat myself.  It was my birthday after all.  I got me a table for one at The Hampton Social a relaxed, yet nicer eating establishment than most places I choose.  Like I said, it was my birthday.  I'll just let them tell you 

"The Hampton Social - Nashville is the perfect place to imbibe and enjoy the feeling of summer days. Located just minutes from the bustling Broadway street, The Hampton Social is ready to celebrate the everyday in the Music City. Our 3-story restaurant features a first-floor "Rosé All Day" lounge, second-floor dining with a private dining space and our brand new rooftop terrace with indoor and outdoor seating. Known for our lively dining experiences featuring exceptional coastal-inspired food, cocktails and live music in a beautifully designed atmosphere."

I ordered myself the braised short rib.  It is in a citrus braise with charred corn, carrots, roasted sweet potatoes, corn mousse, and au jus.  It was delicious.  The meat melted in your mouth.  The vegetables and potatoes added a wonderful contrast to the soft, delicate meat.  All flavors blended so well together that I didn't know where the meat started or the accompaniments ended.  It was just the right amount of food.  I was eating on the second floor with good views of parks and a local bridge.  I highly recommend The Hampton Social.  


Like I said in the beginning, I was in Nashville for good times, relaxation and good food.  There is a brand new food hall that opened this past year.  It has a plethora of food options to satisfy a variety of taste buds.  This Assembly Food Hall was where I got Prince's hot chicken and the milk shake btw.  About 30 different places to eat and drink.  Everything from tacos, steamed buns from Steam Boys, sushi, Italian food, cocktails, to cakes, donuts, and sweet desserts.  It was difficult to choose.  Luckily I landed in front of Steam Boys and got some soup buns and a steamed pork bun.  It was like I was in China town (or Flushing if from NY).  
So tasty. 


Now I didn't just witness food when I was there.  Nashville has something that I have not seen anywhere else in my travels.  I mean it could exist elsewhere, I just haven't seen it yet.  Diagonal cross walks.  Yes you heard me.  No more walking across the street then waiting to go across the other street.  In Nashville, you can go from one corner to the other with no issues.  It is so cool, and I was so excited to do it the first time I was in Nashville.  

Thats also the Assembly Food Hall - Top left.  

Other than really cool crosswalks, I did happen to notice a really nice street - 

There is a street in Downtown Nashville named after Rep. John Lewis who passed away in 2020.  Rep Lewis was a pioneer in civil rights, marched at Selma and dedicated is life to helping those in need.  Born in Alabama, he went to college in Nashville.  Was part of many civil rights movements while attending college.  He is honored there now.  Respect.  

If you are lucky enough to stay in downtown Nashville, you will find that everything is very close.  It may seem like there is this vast area that is to be explored when in fact it is a mere 5 blocks away.  Certain hotels put you right in the mix of everything.  Want food, walk there.  Want drinks, you can walk.  Want touristy things, you can walk to see a lot of them.  I'm not talking about walking miles.  A few blocks in any direction and you found yourself somewhere on your visitors bucket list.  

Nashville is a great place for singles, couples, families, and everything in between. It is a destination for bachelor/bachelorette parties as well as conventions and conferences.  My latest visit also showed me the future expansion of Nashville.  Construction.  New buildings, new places to see and stay.  Nashville is just getting started.  I can't wait to go back!



Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Can Nutrition Help Slow Down the Aging Process?

 


We all age. That fact is inevitable.  But a lot of the negative changes that take place in our bodies are not. As we age, we become more susceptible to such things as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and arthritis. However, medical research has shown that proper nutrition can slow down and even prevent many of these ailments.


It is estimated that nearly one half of all health problems in the elderly are directly related to poor nutrition. The elderly are by and large some of the most poorly nourished people. Some reasons for this are as you age your sense of taste and smell decreases, it is harder to chew, and you just don’t feel hungry.


In some cases, financial reasons may affect the food choices made and it may be harder to get out and shop for food due to various physical factors. On top of this, as you get older your body may not be able to absorb some of the nutrition from food as well as it could when you were younger. In some cases a good multivitamin (preferably in liquid form) could help offset this. Your doctor can help you find one that’s right for you.


Here are a few things that you can do to plan for better nutrition in your diet and a healthier life as you get older:


Plan out regular meals for each day and try to include vegetables in at least 2 of them every day. If you must snack, use fruits and vegetables rather than junk food like potato chips and candy.


If you have problems chewing meat, try going with things like fish and ground meats. Also try to eat more soups as they can have plenty of nutrition in them and they are great choices if you are on a budget.


Make meals more interesting by inviting a friend to lunch or dinner once in a while. Sometimes it can get boring to always eat alone and having someone over can entice you to get more creative with meals than you might when eating alone.


One thing you can do to ensure that you’ll be getting better nutrition is to make each plate colorful. Different color vegetables for example generally contain different nutrients so the idea here is, mix it up.


Growing old may be inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow old gracefully and healthier and with a steady diet of proper nutrition, you can maintain better health well into your golden years.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey Exercise Spotlight - High Pulley Cable Curls for Biceps

 This is a great option to really isolate the bicep and get a great pump throughout.  You will definitely feel this one! Check the video for execution. 

For the standing high pulley cable curl you'll need a cable machine with two high pulley cable attachments. Set up by attaching a single grip handle to each of the high pulley cables and selecting the weight you want to use on the stack. Grip each of the cables with an underhand grip (palms facing up) and stand in the center with your arms outstretched. This is the starting position.

Keeping your upper arms and body fixed, curl the handles in towards your body as far as possible.

Pause, and then slowly lower the weight back to the starting position. Repeat for desired reps.




Friday, September 3, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - Fishing and the Woods


 

It's not everyday that I can get away from the hustle, away from the work, and just shut my mind off.  When I do get the chance, being in the woods, in nature, allows me to do so.  Couple that with a little fishing in a nearby lake (catch & release) and I am one happy man.  It is these little things that comfort me.  These little chances to "reset".  I mean, just look for yourself...






Putting things into perspective in your life is never a bad idea.  When you realize that you have been stressing over things that actually do not matter much is a very liberating feeling.  You get to control yourself, your thoughts. Ultimately you are the one in control over your life.  Are you just going to be a spectator in it or are you going to participate? Time to participate star! 

Life is about living! Make time for yourself.  Do something that you enjoy.  You will thank yourself for it in the long run.  Believe me.  

Eat Well, get a little active, travel and live.  I think I'll go pack a bag! Until next time! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Lifestyle Dynamic Journey - Skillet Rice & Beans w/Corn & Tomatoes

 

Skillet Rice & Beans w/Corn & Tomatoes


Great recipe to have in your toolbox.  It is vegan and vegetarian friendly.  

Serving Size 1.5 cup
Calories - 300
Protein - 10g
Fat - 6g
Carbs - 52g
Fiber - 9g
Sodium - 620mg 

4 tsp - Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 - Onion, minced 2 - Ears of Corn, Kernels removed (1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed and patted dry can be substituted) 1 cup - Long-grain brown rice, rinsed and drained 4 - Garlic Cloves, minced 1 tsp - Cumin Pinch Cayenne Pepper 3 1/4 cup - Vegetable Broth 15 Ounce Canned Black Beans, rinsed 2 cup - Grape Tomatoes, stemmed & Quartered 5 Scallions, sliced thin 1/4 cup - Minced Fresh Cilantro 1/4 cup 1 tbsp - Lime Juice 1 - Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a 12 in skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, 5 to 7 min. Stir in the corn and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in the rice, garlic, cumin, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 2 - Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. 3 - Stir in the beans, cover, and continue to simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 4 - Combine the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the tomato mixture over the rice and beans and serve.