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Want to Stay Injury Free? Stretch After Each Workout

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 01:27 PM

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How many times do you run out of the gym without stretch, or skip the cool down portion of your favorite group exercise class? Stretching is so often something people skip at the end of a workout because they are either in a rush or too tired to do anything else. Or when they do, they just rush through the stretches and don't get the full benefit. What many don't realize is that stretching is just as important as your actual workout, for many reasons.

We stretch to improve our flexibility.  Flexibility is the range of motion available to our joints and is so important because it improves muscle balance around a joint, thus improving posture, reduces the chance of injury from playing sports or in every day activities, and it increases blood and nutrient supply to muscles and cartilage, thereby reducing muscle soreness after training.  As we age, stretching becomes even more important as our bodies do not recover from workouts and/or injuries as quickly and as easily as it did in our youth.

Never stretch cold muscles... make sure you are warmed up and then focus on stretching each major muscle group in the body.  Hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds until the point of tension but not to the point of pain. The perfect time to stretch is immediately following your workout.

Do not stretch however if you have a muscle or ligmanet sprain, after recent fractures, if muscles are injured or torn or when sharp pains are felt in the joints or muscles.  It is vital however that you incorporate stretching into each and every single one of your workouts.  You will stay healthier, feel better and ready for your next workout.  For more intense stretching, try a restorative yoga class.  A restorative yoga class incorporates deep stretching where the poses are held for 1-3 minutes.  This may feel difficult at first, but when you go home you'll feel so relaxed and limber.  For more information about stretching, email our certified -Personal Trainer at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

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Lose Weight With Spring Recipes That Taste Great

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 05:49 PM

Have you ever asked yourself...

How do I lose body fat without losing flavor in my meals?

How can I prepare a meal that my whole family will enjoy that includes heart-healthy fats and good-for-you brain foods?

How can I enjoy a seasonal barbecue without feeling deprived of something sizzling on the grill?

The answer to these questions is simple: A healthy diet starts at home.  All you need is 30 minutes or less and a non-stick pan or grill to make a delicious, healthy recipe that is skinny on the waist but rich in taste. 

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shrimp skinny recipe

Out with the old: Shrimp tempura.

In with the new: Shrimp lettuce tacos

Shrimp tempura consists primarily of shrimp that have been battered and deep fried. This dish typically includes a side order of vegetables. The high fat cooking method drives up the calorie level in this dish to about 320 calories. Here's how to slim down the fat and boost the flavor.

Sweet-Ginger Shrimp Tacos

1/2 pound jumbo shrimp (about 12 shrimp)

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon light soy sauce

1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons peanut oil

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

romaine lettuce leaves

1. Add peanut oil to nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2. Add ginger and cook 1 minute.

3. Saute mushrooms for 3-4 minutes. Stir in shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes until no longer pink.

4. Stir in lime juice, honey, and soy sauce. Divide shrimp mixture and wrap in lettuce tacos.

Makes 4 appetizer servings: 103 calories each: 2 ounces shrimp (3 shrimp) & mushrooms mixture

As an entree, this recipe makes 2 servings: 206 calories each: 4 ounces shrimp (6 shrimp) & mushroom mixture

Tomato-Glazed Shrimp Tacos

1/2 pound jumbo shrimp

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

2 minced garlic cloves

PAM cooking spray

1. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, garlic, red pepper, and basil.

2. Add shrimp and toss to coat.

3. If you have time, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

3. Spray nonstick skillet with Pam or grill over medium heat. Add shrimp and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, until shrimp is no longer pink. Divide shrimp mixture and wrap in lettuce tacos.

Makes 4 appetizer servings: 97 calories each 2 ounces shrimp (3 shrimp)

As an entree, this recipe makes 2 servings: 194 calories each: 4 ounces shrimp (6 shrimp)

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Deborah Neiman MD,

Sari Greaves, RDN & Noelle Lusardi, CPT

49 U.S. Highway 202 Far Hills, NJ 07931 908-470-2235

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Easy Diet Secrets That Work

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

During the holidays, preparing healthy meals does not have to be a hassle. Look no further than your kitchen pantry. With just a few simple ingredients, you can transform everday dishes into delicious low calorie recipes.

easy diet secrets

Diet Secret #1: Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock

Fact: Every tablespoon of butter or oil you use in a recipe adds around 100 calories. That may not sound like a lot, but just 100 extra calories a day can translate into 10 unwanted pounds over a year.

The Good News: Reduced sodium chicken stock is the perfect stand-in for oil or butter in sautés. It adds flavor to whatever you’re cooking, enough lubrication so that food doesn’t stick, and you’re now getting a fraction of the calories.

Healthy Tipping Point: Start with a quarter-cup of stock per 2 cups of chopped vegetables, which adds only 5 calories of full-bodied flavor. For chicken dishes, work your way up to one cup by gradually stirring in a few tablespoons at a time in a skillet set to medium-high heat. You have now mastered the art of fat-free sautéing! Use reduced sodium stock, which contains at least 25% less sodium than traditional varieties.

Diet Secret #2: Sundried Tomatoes

Fact: There’s no doubt that sandwich spreads are brimming with fat. Mayonnaise, which is an emulsion of oil, eggs, egg yolks, water, vinegar and spices, contains 1440 calories, 160 grams fat, and 24 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat per cup. Granted you may not be eating a whole cup on your turkey sandwich, but at 100 calories per tablespoon, the small dose of vitamins K, E, A, and B12 you ingest come at a high calorie cost. What’s a mayo lover to do? 

 The Good News: With one simple flavor-boosted tweak, you can have your mayonnaise and eat it too. Sundried tomatoes are what I like to call your sandwich’s secret weapon, packed with vitamins A, C and lycopene. Sundried tomatoes also possess a unique taste element called umami, which adds a savory flavor that compliments your sandwich ingredients.

Healthy Tipping Point: Stir together half of a chopped sundried tomato with 2 teaspoons of light mayonnaise for a delicious 45-calorie spread. For a creamier consistency, use an immersion blender to combine the sundried tomatoes and mayonnaise; it takes only 30 seconds! 

Light mayo contains a higher percentage of water than oil in the ingredient list. Choose a canola-or olive oil-based light mayonnaise to lock in heart-healthy fats. Look for short ingredient lists to avoid fillers, like high fructose corn syrup, found in some light varieties. You have now replaced a major culprit of sneaky calories found in high-fat condiments.

Who can deny the heart health benefits of avocado, olive oil, and chickpeas that have earned guacamole and hummus their reputations healthy party dips? If you want to reap the nutritional benefits of these foods without adding inches to your waistline, use them as a sandwich spread instead of as a dip. Just one tablespoon of hummus or guacamole will enhance the flavor of your next sandwich and contribute only 30-40 extra calories. This is the perfect portion-control solution if you are tempted to overindulge on chips and dip.

Diet Secret #3: Ground Flaxseeds and Almonds

Fact: Breaded food has a satisfying crunchy texture when used as a coating on baked foods. A quarter-cup serving of traditional breadcrumbs contains 120 calories but only 1 gram of fiber that Americans desperately need to consume more of on a daily basis. For optimal health, men and women should aim for a minimum of 25 grams of fiber daily, preferably from natural sources such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

The Good News: Instead of breadcrumbs, something, create a crunchy coating of ground flaxseeds and almonds. This mixture works just like breadcrumbs, but you get a nutrient package of fiber, vitamin E and omega-3 fats, all defenders against inflammation. Flaxseeds have a light nutty flavor, which can perk up the flavor of cereals, salads, casseroles, soups, pasta, and baked goods.

Healthy Tippong Point: The swap is simple. Fold in 1 teaspoon of sliced almonds for every 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds. This 100-calorie heart-healthy coating adds an irresistible crunchy texture to anything from chicken cutlets to French toast.You can buy pre-ground flaxseed meal in the health section or cereal aisle at your local grocery. This fiber-boosting diet shortcut is as easy as grabbing a fiber-one bar.

Diet Secret #4: Chinese Five Spice  

Fact: Many fat-free marinades are loaded with sugar and sodium. How can you jazz up the flavor of meat, seafood, chicken, or vegetables without falling into the salt and sugar trap?

The Good News: Amp up the flavor of traditional dishes with Chinese five spice powder. This pantry staple is like a spice rack in a bottle. The blend contains cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ground cloves, and black pepper, which adds a delicate balance of sweet and spicy flavors to any meal. Not only are you slashing sodium, sugar, and calories, but you are loading up on antioxidants to reduce inflammation.

Healthy Tipping point: A little goes a long way, so start out with a teaspoon of Chinese five spice for a meal for four people.

Even the most apprehensive cook will feel inspired to use these flavor boosters. It’s an easy first step to peel off extra pounds and pack in essential nutrition. Searching for more doctor weight loss tips?

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EXERCISE OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER... WITH STEP AHEAD!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

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Our fitness director/certified fitness trainer, Noelle Lusardi, has created a 12 week summer program to get you outside!  Join our Power Walk/Yoga Stretch In The Park classes every Wednesday night from 7 to 8pm, now through August 27th.  Email Noelle directly at Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for more information.

 

Enjoy the benefits of outdoor exercise as discussed in the New York Times article below.

 

From The New York Time: The
Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

February 21,
2013 12:01 am

While the
allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is
obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to
exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent
bicycle or a track.

You stride
differently when running outdoors, for one thing. Generally, studies find,
people flex their ankles more when they run outside. They also, at least
occasionally, run downhill, a movement that isn’t easily done on a treadmill
and that stresses muscles differently than running on flat or uphill terrain.
Outdoor exercise tends, too, to be more strenuous than the indoor version. In
studies comparing the exertion of running on a treadmill and the exertion of
running outside, treadmill
runners expended less energy
to cover the same distance as those striding
across the ground outside, primarily because indoor exercisers face no wind
resistance or changes in terrain, no matter how subtle.

The same dynamic has been shown
to apply to cycling
, where wind drag can result in much greater energy
demands during 25 miles of outdoor cycling than the same distance on a
stationary bike. That means if you have limited time and want to burn as many
calories as possible, you should hit the road instead of the gym.

But
there seem to be other, more ineffable advantages to getting outside to work
out. In a number of
recent studies,
volunteers have been asked to go for two walks for the same
time or distance — one inside, usually on a treadmill or around a track, the
other outdoors. In virtually all of the studies, the volunteers reported
enjoying the outside activity more and, on subsequent psychological tests,
scored significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and
self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue after they walked
outside.

Of course,
those studies were small-scale, short-term — only two walks — and squishy in
their scientific parameters, relying heavily on subjective responses. But a study last year of older
adults
found, objectively, that those who exercised outside exercised
longer and more often than those working out indoors. Specifically, the
researchers asked men and women 66 or older about their exercise habits and
then fitted them all with electronic gadgets that measured their activity
levels for a week. The gadgets and the survey showed that the volunteers who
exercised outside, usually by walking, were significantly more physically
active than those who exercised indoors, completing, on average, about 30
minutes more exercise each week than those who walked or otheStudies haven’t
yet established why, physiologically, exercising outside might improve
dispositions or inspire greater commitment to an exercise program. A few small studies have found
that people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress,
after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside. There’s speculation,
too, that exposure to direct sunlight, known to affect mood, plays a role.

But the
take-away seems to be that moving their routines outside could help reluctant
or inconsistent exercisers. “If outdoor activity encourages more activity, then
it is a good thing,” says Jacqueline Kerr, a professor at the University of
California, San Diego, who led the study of older adults. After all, “despite
the fitness industry boom,” she continues, “we are not seeing changes in
national physical activity levels, so gyms are not the answer.”

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Nutrition Coffee Chat

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 03:58 PM


Take a  coffee break on Fridays from  12:00-12:30 pm. Sip on a skinny beverage and get FREE health and fitness advice from our expert nutritionist and contributor to the Dr. Oz show, Sari Greaves R.D.N.

Today's topic at Nutrition Coffee Chat:

Test your diet personality! Are you a mindless muncher, a cravings crasher, or a time-crunched dieter? If you missed today's coffee chat and would like to take our diet personality quiz, email sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

Nutritionist's grocery picks of the week: Sari presented healthy meal and snack products  including Barney's  Natural Almond Butter, Light 'n Fit 80-calorie greek yogurt, and Veggie Patch Heat 'n Eat Falafel bites, 

Event location: Starbucks coffee shop

428 US Highway 202/206, Bedminster Township, NJ,. 07921. Reserve your spot by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com or call 908.470.2235.

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POWER WALK/YOGA STRETCH CLASSES IN THE PARK

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

We are taking you outside this summer with our weekly Wednesday night

POWER WALK/YOGA STRETCH CLASSES IN THE PARK START NEXT WEEK!!!

Finish your hump day with this amazing hour of movement.  See details below...

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get health fitness advice from experts

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Step Ahead Wellness Center invites you to take a coffee break. Sip on a skinny beverage, and get FREE health and fitness advice from our expert nutritionist and contributor to the Dr. Oz show, Sari Greaves R.D.N. Take our diet personality quiz and chat about current diet trends.
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Friday, May 30th, New time: 12:00-12:30 pm
Starbucks coffee shop: 428 428 US Highway 202/206, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921
Reserve your spot by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com 
or call 908.470.2235

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Memorial Day Recipe:Barbecue Meatballs

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

meatballThe sun’s out! Whether you’re hosting a backyard gathering or planning a picnic lunch at the park, opt for fresh, healthful renditions of popular barbecue fare. Kick off this summer with Step Ahead Wellness Center’s Barbecue Chicken Meatballs.

Meatballs:

2 pounds 98% fat-free ground chicken

1 egg

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Ground pepper

Olive Oil spray

Sauce:

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

½ cup teriyaki sauce

½ cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray two 9 x11 inch Pyrex pans with olive oil. To make the meatballs, combine the ground chicken, egg, garlic powder, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

2. Create 30 meatballs each the size of a tennis ball, place them in pans, cover with foil, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes until meatballs are slightly browned and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

3. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Add the cooked meatballs and coat with the sauce. Cover and cook on high for 1-1 ½ hours until meatballs are fully glazed.

Makes 15 servings, 2 meatballs = 110 calories

Last call to reserve a spot at Friday Morning Nutrition Coffee Chat on May 23rd!

Join Step Ahead’s Nutritionist & contributor to the Dr. Oz show, Sari Greaves R.D.N. at Starbucks coffee shop in Bedminster (428 US Highway 202/206, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921) on Friday, May 23rd from 10:00-10:30 AM. Enjoy a free skinny coffee and chat about your diet. Sari will also discuss seasonal nutrition topics and latest diet trends. Reserve a spot by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

 

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UPCOMING STEP AHEAD SPRING EVENTS!!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 02:05 PM
OPTIFAST Support Group
Meet, greet, and connect with others following the OPTIFAST Weight Loss plan. Join our  OPTIFAST Support Group WEDNESDAY MAY 14TH 5:00-5:30 PM. Learn easy tips & tricks to help achieve your personal  weight loss goals. Support Group meets in Step Ahead Waiting Lounge. RSVP by May 12th  to sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
Friday Morning Nutritionist Coffee Chat
Join Step Ahead’s Nutritionist & contributor to the Dr. Oz show, Sari Greaves R.D.N. at Starbucks coffee shop in Bedminster  (428 US Highway 202/206, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921)   FRIDAY MAY 16TH 10:00-10:30 AM. Enjoy a free skinny coffee and chat about your diet. Sari will also discuss seasonal nutrition topics and latest diet trends. RSVP by May 12th  to sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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QUICK WEIGHT LOSS RECIPE: LOW-CALORIE BROCCOLI SALAD

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 01:58 PM
IT'S MOTHER'S DAY...
NO HURRIES, NO WORRIES, JUST A DAY TO CELEBRATE!
STEP AHEAD'S NUTRITIONIST & MOTHER OF TWO, SARI GREAVES
LOVES A "NO HASSLE" RECIPE THAT USES EVERYDAY INGREDIENTS IN YOUR PANTRY. TO SAVE TIME, YOU CAN ALSO USE PRE-CUT BROCCOLI FLORETS.

shaved broccoli stalk salad lime ck l

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