Health & Fitness

By Erin Brady

To many, diet books are beyond boring, that is, until now! I promise you that this new diet book is interesting, insightful and gives you a regimen that is easy (and fun to follow!) It’s the O2 Diet, a new book by nutritionist Keri Glassman. This book is an eye-opening look at the foods that will leave you energetic, healthy and beautiful. The diet translates cutting-edge science on antioxidants into a simple to follow lifestyle program. The book begins with detailed information on the foods that score high on the ORAC Scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which measures how well a food protects against free radicals, the culprits behind many forms of cancer, heart disease and symptoms of aging. Eating 30,000 ORAC points per day, including foods like blueberries, green tea, honey, dark chocolate and mushrooms, will become the warriors against the free radicals attacking the cells in your body.

The plan begins with a 4-day jump-start plan to get you on the right track and the subsequent 4-week plan builds on your initial successes and includes guidelines for stress reduction and weight loss. The O2 diet advises you to exercise daily, sleep 8 hours a night and is really an empowering new approach to eating that you will be able to stick with and that will leave you slim, satisfied and stress-free. The book is available at amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

For more information on the book, diet or Keri Glassman please visit: http://www.nutritiouslife.com/

If you’re like me, having a portable, healthy snack is always a must! I have bars in my purses, desk drawers and at home, and my favorite new bar is by KIND, called KIND PLUS, a line of whole nut and fruit bars with an additional nutritional boost. KIND Healthy Snacks aims to turn mindless grazing into KIND snacking, snacking that is KIND on your body, taste buds and the world. The bars are convenient, wholesome, economically sustainable and most importantly, tasty! My favorite KIND PLUS bar is the Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, it’s a great blend of salty, sweet and tart all in one and thanks to the plentiful nuts for added protein and fiber, these bars really keep you full. The other KIND PLUS flavors include Almond Cashew + Omgea-3, Almond, Walnut & Macadamia + Protein, Mango Macadamia + Calcium, Strawberry Nut Delight + Calcium and Passion Fruit Macadamia + B-Complex. The bars also have 9 original flavors including Almond + Coconut, Fruits & Nuts in Yogurt and Walnut + Date.

For more information visit http://www.KindSnacks.com

It may be March but sometimes it’s the changing temperatures that can cause yet another round of the common cold. This is why you should consistently take vitamins and ensure you are drinking enough fluids, especially those with immunity boosting ingredients. My new favorite is by Beveri, called you guessed it, Immunity Boost. It contains 30 mg of Lactoferrin (naturally found in whey protein products), which is clinically proven to strengthen the immune system. It also contains 1000 mg of Vitamin C, revitalizing B Vitamins and zinc and is lactose free. Beveri Immunity Boost is available in Natural Tangerine, Lemon Zest and my favorite, Tropical Fruit. The handy packet goes right in an 8oz glass of water or water bottle, making it easy to get your daily boost, at home or on the go.

Visit http://www.beverinutrion.com for more information

There are many things that can alter your workout schedule: busy days at work, social obligations, traveling, and so on, so why not have a workout that’s portable and requires very little space to use it? This is exactly what trainer to some of the hottest stars in Hollywood, Valerie Waters, had in mind when creating the Valslide. These unique exercise tools will supercharge your workout and accelerate results. The Valslide is a slim disk that you place your feet on (in sneakers) on a carpeted surface, to slide your way to toned glutes, thighs, hips, and abs. The Valslide is designed for flowing, controlled range of motion that activates the muscles that lift your butt and slim your thighs. It will make your lower body exercises like lunges, squats and leg curls smoother and easier on the body, creating long lean muscles and allowing you to burn more calories. The simplicity of the tool makes it a great addition to any workout routine.

The Valslides are not only fun and easy to use in my small NYC bedroom, but they are also backed by many celebs, all that credit the Valslides with giving immediate results– that you feel and see! For more tips, exercises and to buy the Valslides, visit Valslides.com.

For more info on Valerie Waters, visit http://www.ValerieWaters.com

New Yorkers are all about multitasking, so why not multitask while you workout? Bobby Waldron, an international fitness expert, stuntman and trainer to celebrities developed The Belly Burner to allow you to supercharge the calorie burning process and accelerate the fat burning energy needed to loose belly fat and have firmer abs. The Belly Burner is a band of high-quality fabric that you Velcro around your stomach to generate more heat in your core which increases your metabolic rate, all while doing normal daily activities like walking or biking, to running and cardio equipment at the gym. Bobby developed the Belly Burner because as a wrestler he experimented with tons of creative measures for reaching his goal weight. One method that always worked was wrapping his core with neoprene fabric, causing the core temperature to rise, resulting in an increased metabolic rate. This secret is now out for fitness-minded gals and guys anywhere that want to heat things up and stay in shape.

The Belly Burner is available at CVS, Target and Walgreens nationwide, as well as online at http://www.thebellyburner.com

Originally published March 2010
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