Cooking Shows

Enjoy The End of Summer With Some Delicious Cherries

Hello and welcome to today’s installment of Cooking with Fey! On this beautiful sunny Friday we are going to continue exploring iconic summer foods and dive into another delicious warm weather food, cherries.

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Aside from comforting thoughts of delicious pie, cherries have health benefits to add to your diet such as: reducing free radicals in the body, help us sleep better at night, battling certain cancers and assisting with the management of heart conditions or diabetes. Cherries are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, Potassium, antioxidants that fight free radicals inside the body and melatonin.

Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient linked to immune system health. Having a strong immune system helps the body ward off illness or recover faster from sickness. Vitamin C is also great for the heart. In a research study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of 126,399 adults were examined over the course of many years to reveal that for every serving of fruits and vegetables a person consumed, there was a 4% reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease. Vitamin C also increases iron absorption in the body, so if you suffer from an iron deficiency or anemia, then cherries might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Meanwhile, potassium helps the body maintain a normal blood pressure and nerve function. Just one cup of this fruit contains approximately the same amount of potassium as a small banana, and can help the nervous system regulate muscle movements more effectively. Sweet cherries are also rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin, which some scientists are discovering mix together in a powerhouse cocktail to combat certain forms of cancer.

As you may know, cherries are a stone fruit that contains a fantastic source of antioxidants to fight off free radicals in the body. As you may remember from a previous blog on strawberries, antioxidants have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight some cancers and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes.

These same antioxidants also keep our skin looking young and beautiful. Science is starting to show that consuming antioxidants can help slow the onset of wrinkles, age spots or decreased elasticity in our skin.

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Science is also starting to show that the antioxidants found in cherries’ antioxidants protect against free radicals that can be created from intense exercise. Meaning gym goers such as myself can heal and recover faster from vigorous training at the gym.

Moreover, cherries have a much lower glycemic index than many other fruits. This means that they don’t the same spikes and subsequent crashes in blood sugar or insulin levels. Which is amazing for both protective against diabetes and for managing the condition if a patient is already living with it.

Cherries are also a natural source of melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for helping us get a good night’s sleep. For this, tart cherries appear to have higher concentrations of melatonin than their sweet counterparts. Even drinking a cherry concentrate is an all-natural alternative to melatonin supplements. So try tart cherries the next time you’re having difficulties getting to sleep at night.

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No Video This Week: Fey Has No Voice!

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Hello and welcome to the Tuesday episode of Fey Fitness!

Unfortunately, while I’m feeling much better than last week, my voice is still funky and it hurts to talk. So with that in mind I won’t be publishing a fitness video today.

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes and your patience while I recover from this illness. It’s wonderful to have such amazing followers and I can’t wait to see you all again next week when my voice is back.

Cheers,

Fey

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Say Yes to Peaches for Good Health and Great Taste!

Hello and welcome to today’s installment of Cooking with Fey! On this rainy Friday we are going to continue exploring iconic summer foods and dive into another beloved warm weather food, peaches.

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Nothing says summer to me quite like peaches. Why? Because peaches are one of my favorite fruits to eat as a kid on those long, hot summer days. We didn’t have an air conditioner where I lived as a child, but a peach fresh from the fridge made the day better and the heat not so bad. Plus, I have a terrible sweet tooth and just loved it when my grandmother made peach cobbler for us!

Aside from my feelings of nostalgia, peaches have health benefits to add to your diet such as: reducing free radicals in the body, warding off some cancers and keeping our skin looking youthful. Just like the article two weeks ago on lemons, that’s a lot of benefit from one little, fuzzy fruit!

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So with all that in mind, let’s break down how peaches are able to make such wonderful boasts about helping us live a healthy lifestyle. Besides being ridiculously tasty and amazing in almost any meal. Okay, okay, enough of my babbling!

As you may know, peaches are a stone fruit from China that contains a fantastic source of antioxidants to fight off free radicals in the body. As you may remember from a previous blog on strawberries, antioxidants have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight some cancers and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes.

Granted, not all peach varieties are created equal. Some contain higher antioxidant profiles than others, but regardless of the type of peach you eat, just remember that the peel has the highest dose of antioxidants when compared to the pulp. So be sure to munch on the peel of the fruit as you enjoy this tasty treat. Also, as with most things in life, fresher is always better, and peaches are no different. Fresh peaches contain much higher antioxidant levels than peach jams or preserves.

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But what are these magical antioxidants that make peaches so great at fighting free radicals? Well, caffeic acid is one antioxidant found in peaches that protects the body from a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin that’s often found in certain types of food like peanuts, corn and peanut butter. More than any other antioxidant tested, the caffeic acid found in peaches destroyed the production of aflatoxin, reducing it by as much as 95 percent.

Caffeic acid is also a rock star when it comes to helping the body fight fibrocarcinoma, a nasty tumor that can grow in the body’s fibrous connective tissues. Additionally, the caffeic acid in peaches can also slow the development of some types of colon cancers!

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Peaches also contain high levels of polyphenols, which are compounds known for kicking some cancer’s butts. In fact, researchers at Texas A&M found that the polyphenols in peaches slowed the growth and metastasis of one strain of breast cancer. The study results were so positive that researchers recommended breast cancer patients consume two or three peaches a day to help combat the cancer (Polyphenolics from peach [Prunus persica var. Rich Lad] inhibit tumor growth and metastasis of MDA-MB-435 breast cancer cells in vivo, 2014.)

Also, in a different Texas A&M study, researchers found that not only do polyphenols slow the development of breast cancer, but they do so without harming any of the healthy tissue nearby. Now that’s a medical breakthrough that I can get behind!

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These same antioxidants also keep our skin looking young and beautiful. Science is starting to show that consuming antioxidants can help slow the onset of wrinkles, age spots or decreased elasticity in our skin. Which this girl is all about! Lord knows my poor skin needs all the help it can get after years spent worshiping the sun as a teen.

And it’s not just the delicious parts of the fruit that are beneficial to our health! While doing my research I discovered that in ancient China the seeds and flowers of the peach plant were used to treat patients. For example, modern medicine found that the chemical compounds within the peach seed can slow the development of papilloma tumors on or in the skin, and stave off the growth of these tumors into full blown cancer! (Anti-tumor Promoting Effect of Glycosides from Prunus persica Seeds, 2003). While the flowers of the peach tree can protect the skin from harmful UV damage and the onset of some skin cancers.

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So the next time you see peaches at your local farmer’s market, take a big bite of stone fruit to take a big step in holistic health!

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No Video Today: Fey is Sick!

Hello and welcome everyone to what would normally be a Fey Fitness video. Unfortunately, I am very sick today and can’t film an exercise video for you all. Don’t worry, as soon as I am feeling better I will be back in the studio filming another great workout for you all.

Until then, have a lovely day!

Cheers,

Fey

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Cooking Shows

No Nutrition Blog Post Today: Fey is Sick!

Hello and welcome everyone to my nutrition series. Unfortunately, I am very ill and don’t have enough coherent thought to make a blog post today detailing the nutrient profile and recipes for anything.

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My NyQuil fueled mind is having enough trouble getting out of bed to make this entry, so I’m sorry to disappoint anyone. But not to worry, next week I will be back on track with another entry in this series for you.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers,

Fey

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Side Plank Toe Taps for Total Body Fitness!

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level total body exercise called the Side Plank Toe Tap. You will need a soft surface to place your elbow on (like carpet or a yoga mat) and something to lightly tap your foot against, but other than those two items this exercise is very simple to perform!

In the following video I will demonstrate several variations you can use to make this exercise easier or harder depending on your fitness level and goals. However, if you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to me and I would be happy to further customize this workout for you!

Also, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a Side Plank Toe Tap?

  • The toe tap portion of this exercise really works the gluteus medius. This is the abductor muscle that forms the outside edge of your booty and outside of your hip. So by working and strengthening this muscle you are increasing the functionality of your hips and lower body, and also developing a more rounded booty- to me that’s a win-win!
  • Your glutes (booty) are responsible for moving your hips and thighs, so these muscles need to be strong and healthy enough to provide functional and sport mobility. For example, climbing up and down stairs, getting in and out of chairs, or playing basketball.
  • Also the gluteus maximus, a prime muscle for hip extension, gets a good workout from this movement. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and the one most people are looking to shape and strengthen with the squat and deadlift. So just remember, strong glutes equal a shapely booty!
  • And the IT Band, which is composed of elastic connective tissue called fascia, runs along the outside of the thigh from above the hip to below the knee. This tissue is very important because it allows the IT band to act like a giant spring to assist in walking, jumping or climbing.
  • Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
  • Side planks are wonderful for the quadratus lumborum, a core muscle that comprises part of the posterior abdominal wall and has an important role in averting back pain.
  • In addition, the rest of your core muscles get a great workout from being in a side plank as they have to work harder to keep you stabilized and balanced than when in a traditional face down plank position.
  • Lastly, side planks on either your hands or elbows mean that you need to balance on one arm. Which is a fabulous pose for strengthening your shoulders and arms.

How to Perform a Side Plank Toe Tap:

  1. Begin on the floor laying on your side with your hips, legs and feet stacked on top of one another. Come up onto your left elbow and bring your upper body and hips off the ground. Keep a straight line from the top of your head down your spine to your feet.
  2. Raise your right leg up and forward to lightly tap it on the ground (for a beginner) or on the top of a medicine ball (for more advanced users).
  3. Return the right leg to its starting position on top of the left leg.
  4. That is one repetition.
  5. Repeat this motion for 15-20 reps, then roll over and perform this movement on the other leg.
  6. Repeat this motion on the other side for 15-20 reps, and for 3 sets per leg.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

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Fey

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Cooking Shows

Lemons for Health and Wellness

Hello and welcome to today’s installment of Cooking with Fey! On this lovely Friday we are going to continue exploring iconic summer foods and dive into the nutrition and importance of an underutilized item in the kitchen- lemons.

Why lemons, you say? Because lemons boost your immune system, reduce free radicals in the body, ward off some cancers and heart disease and keep our skin looking youthful. That’s a lot of benefit from one little, sour fruit!

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So with all that in mind, let’s break down how lemons are able to make such wonderful boasts about helping us live a healthy lifestyle.

As you may know, lemons are a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient linked to immune system health. Having a strong immune system helps the body ward off illness or recover faster from sickness. Lemons have such a high Vitamin C content that when comparing lemons to oranges the two fruits have almost equal amounts of Vitamin C, when measured gram for gram.

Vitamin C is also great for the heart. In a research study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of 126,399 adults were examined over the course of many years to reveal that for every serving of fruits and vegetables a person consumed, there was a 4% reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease. The study also pointed out that leafy green vegetables and foods high in Vitamin C, like lemons, had the largest positive impact.

Other studies have found that activities such as daily walking, combined with lemon intake, can reduce blood pressure. So if you are concerned about your heart health talk to your doctor about adding lemons to your diet.

Vitamin C also increases iron absorption in the body, so if you suffer from an iron deficiency or anemia, then lemons might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Lemons also contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals in the body. As you may remember from last week’s blog on strawberries, antioxidants have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight cancer and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes.

These same antioxidants also keep our skin looking young and beautiful. Science is starting to show that consuming antioxidants can help slow the onset of wrinkles, age spots or decreased elasticity in our skin.

If you suffer from frequent kidney stones, then try reaching for lemons to help minimize the chances of getting these uncomfortable stones in the future. The citric acid found in lemons can increase urine volume and decrease calcium levels in urine- which leads to less buildup to form kidney stones.

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