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The Season Begins

 

Football, Tis the Season, choices, picks, bring home the trophy, Super Bowl, best of the best, AFCThe Season Begins

by Amy Lignor

 

Yes, it’s finally time to get down to some real business when it comes to the world of sports. (No offense to Serena at the U.S. Open, but her constant winning is not exactly new.) All this rain across the country has assured that lawns will be overgrown come Monday morning, unless citizens decide to use Saturday to mow. Why is that? Because football is back and Sundays are no longer “nothing to do” lazy days. The big screen TV’s are being booted up, Pizza Hut and all of its competitors are telling their employees right now how many millions of orders will need to be delivered, because no one is getting off their couches to do work, cook a meal, or anything else this weekend. Football is THE sport everyone waits for…and the waiting is over.

 

So…are you ready? Who’s gonna win? Who’s gonna lose? During the National Anthem will Kap of the 49ers stand up, kneel, sit down, or (frankly) do we really care? Will the Patriots be in major trouble having to play without Brady for a time? Will his ridiculous suspension bury the team so that even Brady and his arm won’t be able to get them out of the hole? Will RGIII show everyone they were wrong? Will Tim Tebow…oh, wait…that’s the Mets; not football. We shall move on and leave the Traveling Tebow show behind.

 

Choices and picks are being made all over the place. Yet, apparently, when it comes to choosing who will be the best of the best this season, most media men and women are stuck on the same old, same old. And when it comes to MVP’s, they’re picking the same old names that they always do. But will this year be different? Is there a Troy Aikman (second season) like surprise just waiting to be discovered?

When it comes to Super Bowl picks, the Packers, the Seahawks (ho, hum), and the Panthers are being heard everywhere.

 

The support being given behind the Packers comes from their QB Aaron Rodgers; people believe that his adversity last season was completely overplayed and he will have no problem coming back and winning another title and the league MVP.

 

More than one has called for the Panthers, who went 15-1 last year, to come back and make their mark. But many still don’t see why, if Cam Newton and his boys were so unbeatable, they could have been beaten by the Broncos who had a retiring QB and a team that didn’t look all that great when looking back on the season. Are they the best team in the NFC South? Absolutely. But the best team in the NFL? Not even close.

 

The Arizona Cardinals are being looked at and chosen by many to bring the Lombardi Trophy to a place where it belongs. Their coach, Bruce Arians, has certainly shown he knows his business, but QB Carson Palmer will still have to prove that he can get rid of whatever seems to stop him from going to the big show.

 

Chiefs and Steelers have been thrown around as the team that will head to the Super Bowl for the AFC, but the Bengals are on many lists to do it, as well. All three have a very good shot at it, so this trio may end up to be the most exciting contest this season sees.

 

MVP’s are all about QB’s, as usual, this year. The top names on the list are Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Mr. Carson Palmer. Every time that last name is spoken, you feel a bit like the Cardinals are going to finally walk away with it all. Or, perhaps, that’s just hope.

 

And, yes, there are one or two who still say that when it comes to the AFC, Brady will win another MVP award and the Patriots will take the AFC slot for the Super Bowl. Certainly could happen; the man and his coach have always made sure to be in the limelight – whether it be good or bad. But, like I said, wouldn’t it be interesting if the names this time around were not the good ole’ boys that are constantly spoken about?

 

Just remember, whatever happens in the coming months, make sure to tip the pizza delivery people. It’s not their fault if they knock on the door while your personal “favorites” are tanking.

 

Source:  Baret News

Holiday Health: Keeping Treats & Sweets While Dieting

 

Holiday Health: Keeping Treats & Sweets While Dieting

By Amy Lignor

 

Can you have yourself a “merry little Christmas” while watching ones who eat mounds of fudge, drink down egg nog, and sit down at a family Christmas dinner and load a platter up so high that it actually looks like they are feeding ALL of Santa’s reindeer parked on top of the roof? Many will cry just thinking about it. They are rare, but those people who eat everything and never gain an ounce always seem to have the ability to show up at a holiday party or event right in front of us…the ones who eat a Hershey’s kiss and somehow gain far more than the 22 calories it supposedly has in it.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten-Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

 

Now, it is important to note that, yes, there is a ‘Dessert Lover’s Diet’ where you could lose up to five pounds in a month. There are others that claim even more. But what’s really the case is that when we are trying to watch our weight, our cranium automatically tells us that sweets and treats are forbidden. In fact, you can almost see a line of CAUTION tape stretched over the platters when you walk close to them. In truth (and, yes, this is true), doctors say that forbidding everything that is good, every little dessert that offers a happy smile, is actually a bad thing for the human body as well as for losing weight. Why? Because the brain feels deprived. The point is not having a dessert; the point is not consuming four of them.

 

If your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the “good side of the Force” when it comes to fats, then choosing to have a dessert each and every day is just fine. Big enough to satisfy the craving and small enough where the calorie intake doesn’t skyrocket.

 

Desserts can be rich in “bad” fats, like the ever-present butter. Which means that having meals that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids – like fish – can offset the issue. Denying the body sweets is not the best plan when wanting to stay on track with a diet. And there are a variety of okay treats to choose from that actually allow less than 100 calories.

“Tis the Season” season brings on that ultimate fear of doing things wrong. Not fair, considering it is a time to be with family and enjoy oneself, not glare across the table at the one with the platter overflowing with food. One of the biggest things to avoid are actually drinks. The holiday-themed coffees run extremely high in fat and cholesterol, not to mention calories. But just by sticking to your own coffee and simply adding a drizzle of vanilla or peppermint extract to it, you save hundreds of calories. If your mind needs to believe that Starbucks is at work, buy one of those mugs and pour the less-calorie coffee into it.

When it comes to holiday baking, there are those temptations that you want to “test” so that the people you plan to serve

Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies
Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies

really like it Just remember, testing too much of that cookie dough will have you spending way more dough on the gym once you make (or re-make for the hundredth time) that New Year’s resolution.

 

You can cut the fat and calories without sacrificing taste during the holidays. If you use half the sugar amount the recipe calls for in, say, a fruit pie, you will save almost 750 calories for every cup of sugar you do not apply.

 

When it comes to cookies, use a mixture of half whole-wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour. (Guests won’t notice

the difference.) In your cheesecake that everyone is coming to the party for, substitute part-skim ricotta cheese for cream cheese and cut the fat by close to 60 grams for each cup you use. Brownies? Of course you can have them, just use pureed pumpkin instead of oil and for every half-cup of oil you eliminate, you’ll save more than 900 calories and 100 grams of fat.

 

See? There are ways to make sure that this holiday season is enjoyable, while also making sure the scale stays the same – or even lowers. Again, it is the New Year where you need to speak your resolution, but if you’ve already learned the ins-and-outs of cutting calories and still enjoying treats, then this January 1st won’t be so difficult.

Images:  http://www.brit.co/healthy-christmas-cookie-recipes/

Source:  Baret News