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Top ten worst foods of 2009

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 14, 2009

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From an astonishing amount of calories to several days’ worth of fat in one meal to over the top levels of sodium, this is one place you don’t want to see any of your favorite foods. Every year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) comes up with its list of the Top Ten Worst Foods and I always look forward to it. Once in awhile I find out I’ve enjoyed one of the “worsts” (and stop immediately!). But this year, I’m happy to report I have not indulged in anything on CSPI’s list for 2009.

1. Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie – There are 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat in this baby. Oh wait – that’s just for half a pie. The whole thing has 1020 calories and 18 grams of saturated fat.

2. Romano’s Macaroni Grill Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce
– This dish will set you back a staggering 2,430 calories and nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat (57 grams) plus 5,290 milligrams of sodium – more calories and saturated fat than two Macaroni Grill Tuscan Rib-Eye steak dinners.

3. Progresso Traditional, Vegetable Classics, and Rich & Hearty soups – Half a can averages more than half of a person’s daily quota of salt. Instead, CSPI says try Progresso’s Health Favorites reduced-sodium soups with up to 50 percent less salt. Also, see: Hidden sodium in foods you wouldn’t think to check.

4. Dove Ice Cream – A half cup has about 300 calories and an average of 11 grams of saturated fat – that’s half-a-day’s worth of the bad stuff. You may be better off with these 5 frozen treats under 100 calories.

5. The Cheesecake Factory Chris’ Outrageous Chocolate Cake – It’s layers of chocolate cake, brownie, toasted coconut pecan filling, and chocolate chip coconut cheesecake. CSPI found each five-inch-high slice weighs three-fourths of a pound and has 1,380 calories, 32 teaspoons of sugar, 33 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of trans fat. Yikes!

6. Smoothie King’s Grape Expectations II – It’s one of Smoothie King’s “Snack Rights” with 550 calories in the 20-ounce size and 1,100 calories in the 40-ouncer. Proof that not all smoothies are good for you (but these are).

7. Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Snack Size Bags – Just one snack-size bag has 11 grams of bad fat, 7 of which are trans fats. Instead, CSPI says choose Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop or Smart Balance Smart ’N Healthy – both are made with no partially hydrogenated oils. Also, see this review of microwave popcorns from Consumer Reports.

8. The Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) Caffè Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream has 450 calories and 13 grams of bad fat – more like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a cup. But you can lose all the bad fat and all but 170 calories if you order a tall (12 oz.) with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.

9. Chipotle Chicken Burrito – With rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and salsa, you get 1,040 calories and 16-1/2 grams of saturated fat – the same as three Subway Steak and Cheese 6-inch Subs. Plus the burrito comes with 2,500 milligrams of sodium! Ordering it without cheese or sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 3-1/2 grams, but you still end up with 810 calories and 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Ay Caramba! Here’s another burrito that will shock you.

10. Cold Stone Creamery’s Gotta Have It Founder’s Favorite – 12-ounces of ice cream, pecans, brownie pieces, fudge, and caramel adds up to a whopping 1,600 calories and 42 grams of saturated fat. That’s about the same as five single-scoop ice cream cones. And watch out before you have this frozen concoction.

Any surprises? And tell me… have you had any of these

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IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 12, 2009

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.  Mary Martin

Your mind is your mental workshop.
You can build anything you want in it.
 
Visualize what you want in your mind.
See it. Feel it. Taste it. Believe in it.
Make your mental blue print
and then begin to build.
 
First, think about
what you want out of life.
The beginning always takes place
in your imagination.
Then organize your thoughts
into definitive plans.
Next, it’s time to transform
your thoughts into reality
by taking some positive action.
 
Visualize then actualize your success.

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CHANGE CAN BE A POSITIVE PART OF LIFE

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 9, 2009

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You must avoid breaking
when things don’t go your way.
You’ll always be secure
to the degree that you accept change.
True security comes from being able
to bend your insecurities.

Recognize and accept that change
will inevitably take place.
You’ll become secure,
not by standing still, but by growing,
moving, and staying energized.
Be secure in the knowledge
that you can deal with anything
that happens to you.

Have the courage to bet on your ideas.
Take some calculated risks
and act on your dreams.
There is no permanent security
on this earth,
there is only opportunity.

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BEING SUCCESSFUL IS WITHIN YOU

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

How things look on the outside of you always depends
on how things are on the inside of you.
 
Your thoughts have brought you to where you are today.
Your actions always mirror your thoughts.
Take a good look at where you are and what you’re doing,
and you can understand what you’ve been thinking.
Your mind is your true essence.
 
Your behavior is the perpetual revealing of yourself.
What you do, tells everyone who and what you are.
 
Change your thoughts and you can change your position in life.
You can start this process at anytime.
Why not start today?

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MOUNTAINS ARE CLIMBED ONE STEP AT A TIME

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

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Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.

To attain success or to reach your goal,
don’t worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Don’t procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps and take the first step right away.

Success starts with a first step.

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THERE ARE NO EASY ROADS TO SUCCESS

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

No one has a corner on success.
Pay the price for it and it’s yours.
 
No matter what you want from life you’ve got to give up something to get it.
 
Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Hard work will accomplish results that last.
You’ve got to work a great deal harder than most people to get it.
 
There is no success at bargain basement prices.
 
The highway to success is a toll road.
Everything has a price.

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BELIEF MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

If you want to succeed, you must first believe that you can succeed.

The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,
is the will to try it and the faith to believe that it’s possible.

The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow will be your doubts of today.
The moment you carry the conviction of belief, in that moment your dream will become reality.

If you think you can, you can.

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THE POWER TO SUCCEED IS YOURS ALONE

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

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The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start moving down the road to success. No one else can do it for you. Only you can make it happen. You’re the only one that has to live your life. Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. It’s up to you to choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success. Your life will be what you make of it. Nothing will ever happen by itself. Success will come your way once you realize that you have to make it come your way by your own actions. You have the power to live your dreams.

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FEAR IS CONQUERED BY TAKING ACTION

Posted by 104Inc.com on January 20, 2009

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
When you dare to face the things that scare you, you open the door
to freedom and success.

Most of your obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering
before them or procrastinating about dealing with them, you make up
your mind to walk boldly through them.

Don’t be afraid to take the steps you need to take to make those positive
changes in your life.

To fight your fears, you must act.

Your fears increase when you wait, put off, or postpone.
If you understood your situation enough, you would never be afraid.

The attainment of your dreams is but a determined action away.
Successful people take action.

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Best foods for weight loss: The 7 Best Foods for Weight Loss

Posted by 104Inc.com on January 16, 2009

Losing weight is not about starving yourself and subsisting on seltzer. Eat too little and the only place you’ll feel lighter is your head. Plus, research shows that any pounds you lose will likely come back–plus more. One of the healthiest ways to shed pounds for good is to eat power foods that are naturally filling, nutrient-packed and, yes, proven to help you peel off pounds. Pile your plate with these prize possessions!

Steak
Women on a diet that included red meat lost more weight than those eating equal calories but little beef, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One reason: The protein in lean cuts of steak helps you keep muscle mass during weight loss, and muscle incinerates more calories than fat, so you will shed more stubborn pudge. Try it: Grill or broil a 4-ounce serving of top round or sirloin; slice thinly to top a salad, or mix with veggies for fajitas.

Eggs
The breakfast staple can trim off inches all over. Research from the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge found that women on a low-calorie diet who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as many pounds as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories but no eggs. Turns out, egg protein is particularly satisfying, so you liikely eat less during the course of the day.
Try it: Enjoy a morning omelette or frittata, or top your lunchtime salad with hard-boiled eggs.

Lentils
These beans can help banish belly bloat and reduce your belt size. Chock full of protein and soluble fiber, lentils can stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.
Try it: Toss lentils in soups, salads or pasta sauce. Or try this delicious Lentil Pilaf with Turkey Sausage.

Pomegranates
Low in calories, this fruit gets high marks for taste and nutritional content, thanks to a healthy dose of folate, fiber and disease-deterring antioxidants.
Try it: Skip the juice and snack on the seeds instead. Toss them into salad in place of nuts. Or try these Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis from Giada DeLaurentiis (one of her holiday faves).

Chiles
Some like it hot, and for good reason. Eating spicy numbers will spike your metabolism, courtesy of a compound in chiles called capsaicin, which helps the body burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat them. Bonus: It can be downright painful to inhale a plate of chiles, so you’ll eat slower, allowing your brain adequate time to register that it is full and prevent overeating.
Try it: Sample the savory entree that chef Nigella Lawson shared with SELF.

Quinoa
It might be hard to pronounce (it’s KEEN-wah), but eating quinoa offers a simple way to ward off the munchies. The grain is teeming with fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein to keep you humming and hunger-free for hours.
Try it: Replace the rice in stir-fries with quinoa.

Parmesan
Say cheese! Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. Dieters who ate lowfat varieties of dairy did not experience the same benefit. Why? Whole dairy may contain more conjugated linoleic acid, which could assist in the fat-burning department. And since Parmesan is so flavorful, you only need a few sprinkles to gain maximum flavor without compromising its pound-shedding power.
Try it: Grate Parmesan over veggies such as broccoli or asparagus, or pair a 1-ounce portion with an apple.

For more recipes and fat-fighting foods, log on to Self.com and check out 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss. Then sign up for our Jump Start Diet plan to help you shed pounds the healthy way for good!

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