Burn Fat while Drinking Starbucks!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Column by: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel on
Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News.

Did you know that you could go to Starbucks and pick up a drink that will burn fat? This drink has been around for centuries, and has proven to burn fat simply by consuming it. What is this magic potion you are asking yourself right now…?

It is the infamous green tea! If you haven’t heard already, green tea is a great drink to have that will give you a small dose of caffeine, and a whole lot of health benefits including shedding those lbs.

A long time ago, I had read about the effects of green tea on weight and my question at that time was, but how? I was definitely a skeptic. So, I went on a mission to consume as much information as I possibly could to answer this question, and I am happy to report the following:

Tea type is determined by a how heavily the tea is oxidized during processing. Darker the tea the more flavor and caffeine it will have. Hence black tea has more caffeine and bolder flavors than green tea. Green tea is completely unoxidized, this means it has less caffeine, but it retains more of its nutritional value, especially the antioxidants.

Antioxidants are awesome! They help you look and feel younger, reverse the aging process, boost energy, and help you lose weight by accident (heck ya).

Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called EGCG, along with the caffeine, the central nervous system is stimulated and causes fat to be released into the blood stream for the body to use as fuel. Hence an increase in metabolism.

So, when you are having green tea it is preferable for weight loss to have it warm, but if you must add a little ice that is totally fine.
I have to admit personally I love lose leaf green tea, but at Starbucks get the following: Green Tea Latte, China Green Tips Brewed Tea, or Iced Green Tea Latte, so you can feel better about what you are putting into your body!

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We Celebrate Black Marriage Day , March 27th 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favor of the LORD"

(Proverbs 18:22)

The ninth annual observance seeks to keep African-American couples together for the long haul.

Black “marriage activists” will   gather in cities around America this Sunday, March 27, to celebrate the ninth annual “Black Marriage Day.” Sponsored by the Wedded Bliss Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting “teens, couples and singles create healthy relationships and healthy marriages,” Black Marriage Day, as you can probably guess, has the goal of promoting marriage amongst the African-American community, which has for years struggled with single-parent households (specifically, single-mother households).

According to the latest Pew Research Center data, nearly three quarters of black women giving birth in 2008 were unwed, more than any other ethnic group and nearly double what the number was just a few decades ago.
Children raised in single-mother homes struggle to find male role models in their lives. They’re also more likely to suffer from mental and emotional problems than their counterparts raised in two-parent homes. The result is that children raised by single mothers go on to struggle in school, commit more crime, and go to prison more often.
While a slew of other factors contribute to the African-American community’s troubles, it’s still not very hard to see that children are better off when brought up with two parents.

That all being said, Robert Reddick, author of A New Look at Black Families and a professor at the University of Texas-Austin argues that, due to the problems it has had keeping relationships together, the black community has adopted “alternate family forms” in a way others haven’t.

“Alternate family forms for black families have been in existence for quite some time now,” he told NPR on Thursday, “so there are a number of functional healthy two-parent sort of units raising children that aren't married. So it's not stigmatized to the level it may be in other communities for African-Americans.”
In the end, the choice is up to you. As long as you keep in mind that it’s always better for your children to be raised by two parents, how you go about making that work should be your decision, marriage or no.

Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."


Video Of the Day - Walking by Mary Mary

It’s Sunday, the Sabbath for most of us. It is the day in which we thank Him for everything that we have. It allows us to be grateful and take a chance to refresh our minds, body and souls.Perhaps, you may think why should I be grateful when my life sucks or when things do not go my way? Because, we already have more in Christ than most people realize. Consider that the small gifts you have. Consider your family and your health. Those are the things to be grateful for.

Mary Mary is a three time Grammy-award winning American gospel music duo, consisting of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell (born April 29, 1972) and Tina Atkins-Campbell (born May 1, 1974). The duo are often credited along with Kirk Franklin for broadening the fan base of urban contemporary gospel in the 2000s by introducing elements of soul musichip hopfunk and jazz. Mary Mary broke onto the music scene with their popular song "Shackles (Praise You)" which is considered one of the pioneering songs of urban contemporary gospel music .

We love Mary Mary !!! 

Enjoy !!

Foods to boost your energy

Saturday, March 26, 2011

We all have days when we are dragging our feet to the gym , or just too tired to get a workout in . We usually turn to energy drinks or coffee for that extra boost.  Here are some alternate healthier energy boosters :

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Food Boost Energy and Mood?

It’s an intriguing possibility. While it’s too soon to say, “an apple a day keeps the doldrums away,” researchers are studying the links between what we eat and how we feel. There is evidence that changing your diet can alter your metabolism and brain chemistry, ultimately affecting your energy level and mood.

Getting Started

Foods can boost energy in three ways: by providing sufficient calories, by delivering stimulants like caffeine, and by pushing the metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently. As for mood, the best foods are those that stabilize blood sugar and trigger feel-good brain chemicals, such as serotonin. Keep clicking to learn which foods and drinks can do the job.
Smart Carbs

Carbs may be the foe of fad diets, but they’re vital for boosting energy and mood. They are the body’s preferred source of fuel, plus they raise serotonin levels. The key is to avoid sweets, which cause blood sugar to spike and plummet, leading to fatigue and moodiness. Instead, turn to whole grains like whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and cereal. The body absorbs whole grains more slowly, keeping blood sugar and energy levels stable.
Cashews, Almonds, and Hazelnuts

These nuts are not only rich in protein, but they also contain magnesium, a mineral that plays a vital role in converting sugar into energy. Research suggests magnesium deficiency can drain your energy. Magnesium is also found in whole grains, particularly bran cereals, and in some types of fish, including halibut.
Lean Meats

Lean pork, lean beef, skinless chicken, and turkey are healthy sources of protein, including the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine boosts levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that can help you feel more alert and focused. Meats also contain vitamin B12, which may combat insomnia and depression.

Fatty fish, such as salmon, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest this substance may protect against depression. While the extent of the link is uncertain, omega-3 fatty acids offer a wide range of other benefits, including heart health. Besides fish, sources of omega-3 include nuts and leafy, dark green vegetables.
Leafy Greens

Another nutrient that may reduce the risk of depression is folate. Like omega-3 fatty acids, folate is found in leafy green vegetables, including spinach and romaine lettuce. Legumes, nuts, and citrus fruits are also good sources of folate.


Fiber is an energy stabilizer. It slows digestion, providing a more steady supply of energy throughout the day. Boost your fiber intake by eating beans, whole fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, and whole-grain cereals.


Dehydration and fatigue go hand-in-hand. Some studies suggest even mild dehydration can slow the metabolism and sap your energy. The solution is simple – drink plenty of water or other unsweetened beverages at regular intervals.


Fresh Produce

Another way to stay hydrated and energized is to eat fluid-filled foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Skip dry packaged snacks like pretzels in favor of apple wedges or celery. Other hydrating foods include oatmeal and pasta, which swell up with water when cooked.


An alternative source of caffeine is, of course, tea. Research suggests that tea’s combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine can improve alertness, reaction time, and memory. Black tea has also been shown to combat the effects of stress.

Frequent Meals

Another strategy for stabilizing blood sugar, energy, and mood: Eat small meals and snacks every three to four hours, rather than a few large meals. Energy-sustaining snacks include peanut butter on whole-grain crackers, half a turkey sandwich with salad, or whole-grain cereal with milk.

Dark Chocolate

Chocoholics, you probably knew this already – a few squares of dark chocolate can boost both energy and mood. Caffeine is at work again, along with another stimulant called theobromine.

Eat More VEGGIES! 15 Tips For The Veggie Haters

Friday, March 25, 2011

Many of us hate eating vegetables , even though vegatables are the most healthiest foods on the planet. lol . We must involve vegatables in our daily meals for a longer and healthier LIFE. Eating vegetables  doesn't always have to be boring or nasty. Here are some creative ways to spice up your veggies :

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Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 1: Add veggies you almost like to dishes you already love.

Layer zucchini slices, chopped spinach, or cooked carrots into lasagna. Stir broccoli florets into macaroni and cheese. Toss whatever veggies you like (tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus) into an omelet or quesadilla

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 2: Try them in soup.

Embellish your favorite soups with added veggies. Some homemade soups already contain a nice amount of vegetables, but most canned and commercial choices can stand to have their veggie quota bumped up. I love adding carrots to chicken noodle soup, and edamame or green beans to minestrone. Just add the raw or frozen vegetables while you are cooking or heating the soup.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 3: Slip them into salads.

Load your salads with all the veggies you enjoy (or at least tolerate). The options include cucumber, grated carrots, zucchini, green beans, onions, radishes, jicama, tomato, broccoli or cauliflower florets. You can even use spinach leaves instead of lettuce.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 4: Serve them raw.

Raw veggies can be more appetizing than their cooked counterparts to people who aren't crazy about vegetables. The flavors of raw veggies can be milder than those of cooked ones. And the texture is crispy, rather than mushy.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 5: Take raw vegetables skinny dipping.

There's nothing like a little light ranch dressing or onion dip to make a platter of raw veggies disappear. Make it super easy by using bottled light ranch, bleu cheese, or Italian dressing. To make light onion dip, stir onion soup mix into some fat-free or light sour cream.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 6: Sneak them into spaghetti and pizza.

Most people like spaghetti and pizza, which makes them a good place to sneak in some vegetables. Chop any vegetables your family likes (zucchini, onions, eggplant, broccoli, celery, carrots) and add them to the spaghetti sauce. The smaller you chop them, the less likely anyone will notice that they're there. Vegetables can also be a tempting topping for your pizza, adding fiber and nutrients. Any combination of the following will work well: fresh tomato, onion, bell pepper, mushroom, zucchini, artichoke hearts, fresh basil leaves, and chopped spinach.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 7: Drink your vegetables.

There are several good veggie juices on the market (V-8 or carrot juice), even veggie-fruit juice blends that taste great. Or, create your own veggie blend juice by blending some carrot juice with a fruit juice (like mango, tangerine, or orange juice).

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 8: Increase the fun fac Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 8: Increase the fun factor.

Let's face it: some vegetables are just more fun to eat than others. Corn on the cob (especially when grilled) continues to be fun into adulthood. So are veggie kabobs, and celery sticks filled with natural peanut butter or light cream cheese. And a zucchini half, tomato, bell pepper, or portobello mushroom stuffed with a savory filling can be as elegant as it is fun.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 9: Grill, baby, grill!

After you take your meat off the grill, why waste the hot coals? You'll be amazed at how great grilled veggies taste. Before grilling, just brush veggies lightly with canola or olive oil, light Italian dressing, or the same marinade you're using for your meat (make sure to use marinade that hasn't touched the raw meat). Large pieces can go straight onto the grill (Portobello mushrooms, zucchini halves, large pieces of eggplant, asparagus spears). String smaller pieces onto a skewer for a veggie kabob.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 10: Know how to cook the stronger flavored veggies.

The strongest tasting (and smelling) vegetables are those in the cruciferous family, along with some greens, and raw eggplant. Keep in mind that generally, the longer you cook these veggies, the stronger their odor and flavor will be. The exception is eggplant, which becomes milder with cooking.

Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Some research has found that people who dislike cruciferous vegetables tend to have a sensitivity for tasting a substance known as PROP (a bitter tasting component).

To cut the bitterness of these veggies, there a few tricks you can have up your sleeve. Add a little olive oil (or other fat) when stir-frying or sautéing; add something salty or sour (like a drizzle of light soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, lemon, or shredded Parmesan); or glaze the vegetables with something sweet (a small spoonful of honey or orange marmalade).

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 11: Try them where you least expect them.

You might be surprised at how well vegetables can complement the featured ingredients in many of your favorite foods. Roasted red pepper, roasted or sun-dried tomato, and/or grilled eggplant all work well in hot or cold sandwiches. Raw tomato, spinach leaves, fresh basil, grated carrots, sprouts, sliced or grated zucchini, shredded cabbage (green or purple) go well in sandwiches, wraps, and pitas. Add grated or finely chopped vegetables to meat loaf, pasta fillings (such as manicotti), and fillings for Mexican entree fillings like tacos, enchiladas, and flautas.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 12: Be sensitive to textural turn-offs.

If your experience is mostly with canned or overcooked vegetables, give them a "fresh" start. You might be more willing to eat vegetables prepared in more texturally pleasing ways (lightly cooked stir-fry veggies, raw veggies, or veggies lightly cooked in a steamer or microwave, just to the point where they're slightly tender but still have a nice crunch. Minimal cooking also keeps the color is bright and appealing. Consider a bright green asparagus spear, cooked just until crisp-tender. Then think about overcooked or canned asparagus, which is beyond soft in texture and has an olive green color.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 13: Even fast-food vegetables count.

You can even get vegetables at your favorite fast-food chain -- as long as you like salads, that is. Look for side salads or salads made with grilled chicken and choose the light or reduced-calorie dressing. Use half of the packet of dressing (it's plenty), and you'll be adding just about 25-50 calories and 0-4 grams of fat to your salad.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 14: Don't reward your kids (or yourself) for eating vegetables.

"Studies suggest that when we are rewarded for eating something, then the reward becomes the treat and we will not see the food itself as enjoyable," notes Collins. When this is standard table practice for vegetables, we're taught indirectly that the vegetables are the punishment we have to get through to reach our reward.

Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 15: It's all about the cheese.

When all else fails, you can always sprinkle a little grated, reduced-fat cheese over the top. If cheese sauce is more your style, drizzle it over vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower and suddenly, it's a whole different ball game.

Twitter turns 5 today. Happy Birthday TWITTER !!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today marks Twitter's 5th year anniversary.Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are  text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user's profile page. Twitter has become  very popular in th US and all over the world . 5 years  ago Twitter went from 0 tweets a day to 140 millions tweets a day. 

Story from CNN Money-- Five years ago today, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey blasted off the very first tweet. What began as an experiment in "microblogging" -- no more than 140 characters, please -- has become a cultural landmark.

Twitter now has 200 million users, including tech luminaries, celebrities and the president of the United States. It started off slowly: In 2007, Twitter averaged just 5,000 tweets per day. But in 2009, the site hit a tipping point and became a broadcast channel for major news events.

The now-iconic photo of passengers lined up on the wings of the plane Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed in the Hudson River went out to the world on Twitter (from @jkrums: "There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy."). Six months later, during Michael Jackson's funeral, users blasted off 456 tweets per second -- a site record at the time. Now, those numbers look quaint: Twitter currently fields 140 million tweets in a typical day, or more than 1,600 every second.

The site's most dramatic moments have come during political uprisings. In Moldova, Iran, Tunisia and Egypt, protestors turned the site into a communications hub, using it to coordinate plans and broadcast their message. The U.S. State Department spotlighted Twitter's growing role in global statecraft when, during the Iranian election protests, it asked the company to delay planned maintenance and keep its network running.

"I've had a career-long interest in this democratization of information, getting people to express themselves, especially places where they wouldn't have a voice," co-founder Biz Stone told CNNMoney in an interview last year.

Exponential expansion comes with growing pains. Twitter's "Fail Whale" mascot became famous thanks to frequent appearances as the site's infrastructure struggled to keep up with usage spikes.

The company has been through two management shakeups. The first, in 2008, had co-founder Evan Williams take over from Dorsey as CEO; the second, five months ago, moved then-COO Dick Costolo into the top spot.

He's got a daunting challenge: Turn Twitter into a business. The site now has 400 employees and raised an eye-popping $360 million from investors, but has generated scant revenue.

 If it wants to survive another five years, it needs to turn tweets into profits. Search engines like Google and Microsoft's Bing pay Twitter for access to its "firehose" of real-time tweet data; advertising is another revenue stream. Costolo's job is to find enough moneymakers to justify Twitter's $4 billion valuation.

Twitter's earliest pioneers have moved on. Jack Dorsey is now working on building a mobile payment platform at his new company, Square. After helming a big redesign last summer, Evan Williams is taking an extended break from day-to-day Twitter involvement.

But Dorsey says that whatever happens next for Twitter, it's already established a legacy and changed how we communicate online.

"The big thing I learned from Twitter are these concepts of immediacy, transparency, and approachability," Dorsey says. "I think Twitter's done a very good job for the communications industry."

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Entertainment: Off Broadway Play Starring Sanaa Lathan April 6th - May 22nd

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tony award nominated actress, Sanaa Lathan is gearing up for her return to Off-Broadway in a new comedy from the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright of Ruined,Lynn Nottage. The play, BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARKS, draws upon the screwball films of the 1930’s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood.  BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.
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Look out for our reviews , we will be checking this out  :) 

Before You Move out , Don't Forget To .............

Patch up holes Once you've taken your artwork down, remove nails and screws and patch with spackling paste. Don't forget to sand each spot for a smooth wall that your landlord can easily paint over.

Repaint This all depends on your landlord, the lease and what both parties agreed to when you first moved in. But if you weren't supposed to paint or you agreed to repaint when you moved out, unfortunately you'll have to tackle this big chore. We like to have "painting parties" and get friends involved or hire day laborers for a budget friendly option.

Clean out the oven and fridge We always like to leave the apartment how we found it (which means cleaning the oven and the fridge). Schedule these tasks at least a month to two weeks before you move since they can be time consuming. You can line the oven with tinfoil to protect it from future spills.

Clean Don't forget to give the apartment a good cleaning after everything has been moved out. Since we can barely stomach mopping after a long day of moving all our belongings out, we usually indulge in a cleaning service.

Leave an empty apartment You may think you're doing the landlord or future tenants a favor by leaving a spare broom or baking soda but it's best to donate/recycle/toss any belongings that you don't plan on taking with you.

Round-up the keys Don't forget to gather all the keys to your apartment building (even the spare set that you had made for the neighbors).

Plan a walk-through Schedule a time for you and your landlord to walk through the apartment building. This will give you a chance to show your landlord that you've taken care of everything and ensure that the deposit check will be returned.

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4 Types of Money Personalities - Which One Are You?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Everyone relates to money in different ways. The way we manage our financial lives is in a large part influenced by our upbringing, peers, friends, neighbors, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The child of immigrants who grew up poor and worked his way through school is going to relate very differently to money than a wealthy person who inherited a vast fortune and never had to worry about where the next paycheck was coming from.

While it’s true that much of a person’s “money personality” is deeply rooted in his or her life experience, we all have a choice in how we live our financial lives and how we manage our money. If we have self-awareness of what money means to us – what we love, fear or avoid about money – we are more likely to make good financial choices and enjoy a healthier, wealthier life. 

The Miser

The Miser’s money personality is primarily motivated by fear; the Miser is afraid of scarcity, or not having enough. She fears what might happen if she ever ran out of money and saves money rigorously, always trying to save for a rainy day and worrying about the future. Misers are often financially comfortable or even wealthy, but they never feel rich; they’re always looking over their shoulder, waiting for the bad times to start. Misers often pride themselves on their independence, on being able to take care of themselves, and while it’s admirable to be in control of your finances, there’s more to life than constantly checking your bank statements. Many Misers miss out on fun opportunities or chances to be generous to others because they’re always worrying about saving more money for themselves. 

The Speculator

The Speculator is motivated primarily by excitement; he tends to be aggressive with his investments, always looking for the “next big thing,” always confident about his earning power. He doesn’t always pay attention to how much he’s spending or saving, because he takes the attitude that “I can always earn more.” Speculators tend to have wild up-and-down swings in their financial lives; they have a “boom and bust” mentality where they might have a really good year (or a really good month) followed by an extended period of limited income or extravagant spending. Speculators don’t take the “slow and steady” approach to managing their money; instead, their financial life is a constant roller coaster ride.

The Avoider

The Avoider tends to be motivated by fear and denial about the reality of money in her life. She might not even know how much is in her bank account on any given day and planning for retirement feels too far away to worry about. The Avoider takes a “see no evil, hear no evil” approach to managing her financial affairs – bank statements go unopened and unexamined. As long as collections agencies aren’t calling her, that means that she’s probably doing OK – right? While it’s great not to worry too much about money, the Avoider is ultimately doing herself a disservice. By not staying informed about her finances, she’s missing out on opportunities to set the foundation for a more financially secure future.

The Spendthrift

The Spendthrift is motivated by desire – for all the things, products, and experiences that money can buy. The Spendthrift is an expert in things he can’t afford, whether it’s an extravagant sports car, a closet full of designer clothes, expensive restaurant dinners or lavish vacations. The Spendthrift can always find new ways of spending money without ever giving a thought to how to save it. Life with a Spendthrift can be fun, but the fun comes crashing to a halt when it’s time to pay the bills. The Spendthrift sees money as a way to enjoy life and have fun in the here-and-now. While it’s great to live in the moment, the Spendthrift is putting himself at risk for an impoverished old age.

What type of money personality are you? Of course, not everyone fits into one of these more extreme categories, but all of us might recognize aspects of ourselves in the Miser, the Speculator, the Avoider and the Spendthrift. Some people are really cautious with their money, others are carefree – and ultimately, our money personality reflects our larger personality, lifestyle and values.

Ideally, it’s best to strike a balance between these different money personalities. You don’t want to be stingy like a Miser and miss out on fun opportunities, but you also don’t want to take a hands-off approach like the Avoider. We all need to enjoy life (like the Spendthrift) but without forgetting to save for the future. We need to recognize that money comes and goes (like the Speculator) but we need to have a more balanced approach to saving, spending and investing.

No matter what kind of money personality you have, offers great tools and resources to help you manage your finances, including a Debt Payoff Planner that shows you how to get out of debt faster and save potentially thousands of dollars in interest.

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