Tag Archives: Health

Achoo

Achoo...Earlier this week Boston made national news when our mayor declared a medical emergency after more than 700 cases of the flu had been reported.

Consider this my own personal P.S.A.  I’ve been out a lot lately and it appears some need to be reminded that while it is perfectly natural to sneeze and cough, those of us who have yet to contract the flu would appreciate it greatly if you would cover your mouth and wash your hands.

The Foodery

The FooderyFor nearly six months a food service called The Foodery has been in the Boston area, making and delivering restaurant quality meals that have locally sourced, organic ingredients.

I was unfamiliar with this new business founded by college friends turned entrepreneurs, John Bauer and Mike Speights, but I love their idea of making good, nutritious food more accessible and thought their business model was unique to Boston.

Their goal is to help people who want to eat healthy but don’t have the time, skill or inclination to make these kinds of meals.  The business model is very straight forward, but all that convenience and the quality of the ingredients comes at a cost – approximately $24 per meal – so for those on a tight budget this is probably not feasible.  However for professionals on the go who find themselves eating out at restaurants regularly this provides a slightly more affordable option and certainly more healthy with all meals not only nutritionally balanced but also capping out at 550 calories.

Want to learn more about The Foodery? Check out their website at www.MyFoodery.com and let me know what you think. To see if The Foodery serves your community link here.

Medical marijuana center opens in Massachusetts

Medical MarijuanaCannaMed, a California-based medical marijuana consultation center just opened their first location in Massachusetts in the western suburb of Framingham, MA.   According to their blog they are now scheduling appointments for patients with debilitating medical conditions.

I’m sure I must have a debilitating medical condition.

Cannamed of Boston
945 Concord St.
Framingham Ma 01701

Kranzky’s Korner: building muscle

How do you like the weekly Kransky’s Korner post? I hope it serves as a encouragement to help you eat healthier and get into shape. Think of it as a jump-start on your New Year’s resolutions.

With five weeks until the end of the year it’s time to ask yourself what are your fitness goals? The week prior to Thanksgiving we addressed weight loss so this week we’re focusing on building mass.

To Build Size or Mass
Focus on lifting 8-12 reps
Lift 2-4 sets for each exercise and 3-4 exercises per muscle group
Focus on 1-2 (3 if you’re adventurous) muscle groups
Allow yourelf to rest 1.5 – 3 minutes between your sets

Hypertrophy or size comes through repairing and building broken down and torn muscle fibers.  You should choose weights that are heavy enough that you struggle (nearly fail) to complete 8-12 repetitions. Focus on 1-2 muscle groups per workout so the proper attention is given, allowing the break down of fibers to occur to the maximum extent. Focus on working slowly through the eccentric part of the muscle contraction or the “lengthening phase” to really get a good break down. Your rest should be longer at this point to ensure your muscle are completely replenished before the next set so you can focus on the breakdown of muscle fibers with each set.

About Kranzky’s Korner: Kris is a Master Trainer at the Boston Sports Club in Boston, MA and Kyle is a Top Tier Trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, CA. The brothers have teamed up together to start a Fitness Consulting Group called Realm Fitness to inspire and educate others to reach there full potential.

Kranzky’s Korner: weight loss

Last week we introduced you to Kransky’s Korner – a regular post to help encourage you to start getting into shape before the masses join the gym in January with their New Year’s resolutions. 

With seven weeks until the end of the year it’s time to ask yourself what are your fitness goals? Is it fat loss? Is it building mass? Fitness regimens should be designed to help you attain your goals. Since most of you fall into one of these categories, this week we’ve focused on weight loss.

Fat Loss Regimen Work Out
3 – 4 sets with 15-20 reps.
Focus on 1-2 exercises per muscle group.
For each workout focus on a full body workout that includes chest, back, shoulders, core (abs), and legs.
Be sure to monitor your rest time allowing for 30 seconds to 1 minute between your sets.

For weight loss a higher number of reps is ideal because more time working, means more calorie burn. When you break down a muscle, your body burns calories to repair the muscle, that makes full body exercise (every muscle group worked in the same day) ideal. Working every muscle group in the same day will yield a higher caloric demand over the next 24-48 hours to repair the torn fibers. What does this mean? FAT LOSS! Keep your rest time short. Don’t worry, your body will be able to replenish quickly from higher rep ranges and it will keep your heart rate up. Over time, your endurance will improve – equating to greater weight loss.

About Kranzky’s Korner: Kris is a Master Trainer at the Boston Sports Club in Boston, MA and Kyle is a Top Tier Trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, CA. The brothers have teamed up together to start a Fitness Consulting Group called Realm Fitness to inspire and educate others to reach there full potential.

Kranzky’s Korner

What if you had a game plan to set yourself up for success that goes beyond just the first 1 to 2 weeks of the New Year?

Instead of turning your world upside down come January 1st, let’s try a more sane approach by identifying unhealthy habits, and establishing healthier ones starting today.  Together we can weather the holiday season and give you a leg up on the New Year, which is now just 8 weeks away. I’m going to regularly post ideas here so you can hit the ground running come 2013.

We’ve compiled 5 tips to help you implement healthy habits.

1) Start early this year and make a commitment to yourself Believe that you are making an important change and start today. If it helps, write down your personal fitness and health goals (e.g. I don’t want to gain any weight during the holiday season or I want to look fantastic in my new bathing suit for the winter party in Miami this year).

2) Start simple Set realistic and attainable goals to build your confidence – for example, if you are not currently going to the gym – commit to go 2x a week and gradually increase the frequency of your visits.

3) Remove temptation Start today by reducing the sugary and salty drinks, snacks and meals and replace them with healthier options.  If you are smoking or drinking start a plan to curb these.

4) Get a buddy We are social people and together you can keep each other motivated and honest.  Together you can set a schedule and ensure you stick to it.  If you can’t find a buddy near you – reach out to BosGuy and let him know what you are doing and your progress.

5) Remember why you are doing this A healthier you = A happier you.  There are physical benefits like boosting your immune system, sleeping better and obviously looking better, but there are also psychological benefits such as less likely to suffer from depression and less stressed.

By starting today, together we can weather the holiday season and you will be that much further ahead of the game come the New Year.  Living healthier means a happier 2013; BosGuy will be joining you on this journey so won’t you join us?

Kris is a Master Trainer at the Boston Sports Club in Boston, MA and Kyle is a Top Tier Trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, CA. The brothers have teamed up together to start a Fitness Consulting Group called Realm Fitness to inspire and educate others to reach there full potential.

Health benefits of a vegetarian / vegan diet

vegetarian dietThe Huffington Post recently wrote an article Why do vegetarians live longerin response to a recent study that showed  on average veggie lovers lived approximately 8 years longer.It points out that vegetarians are less likely to die from heart disease or have high cholesterol. Additionally the incidence of all cancers combined is lower and vegetarians are less susceptible to other killers like strokes, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

I love vegetables and at times have suspended eating meat for a few weeks to quickly drop 5-10 pounds.  When I tell people this I feel like many think I’m exaggerating but according to this article on average, vegans are 30 pounds lighter and 5 units lighter on the BMI scale.

Would you consider eliminating meat from your diet or going vegan if it meant you’d drop a waist size or two?

Movember

It is that time of year again.  During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. These men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

While I couldn’t grow a mustache in even 30-days, I encourage you to participate in Movember.  There is more information about the initiative at us.movember.com.

Boston Local Food Festival

Rainfall didn’t arrive until later in the day on Sunday so I went to check out this large one-day festival.  Cooking demonstrations, food to sample and for sale as well as lots of entertainment and good people watching filled this four block festival along the Rose Kennedy Greenway park. Local shops like Southie’s American Provisions and local farmers had all sort of locally grown food and drink.  Unfortunately, the weather was gloomy so I was happy when I bumped into the sun at the festival.

The variety of stalls selling so many products made me think twice about how easy it can be to buy from local and sustainable sources.

Want to find out more about this annual festival and the organization that makes this possible? Check out the event website, here.

Boston local food festival this weekend

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The third annual Boston local food festival will take place along Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway on Sunday from 11AM to 5PM. The festival which attracted more than 30,000 last year addresses the virtues of locally grown and produced food and strives to increase accessibility and availability of healthy local food for all.

You can get more details about this free festival by visiting the event website, bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.

A healthy grocer on wheels rolls into Boston

BTFMy good friend and fellow blogger over at You Think You Know clued me in to a new local business called Bell Tower Foods (BTF).

Formed by young professionals  who met at Boston University’s School of Public Health, this group is passionate about encouraging healthy eating habits and fighting obesity so they have created the city’s first mobile grocery vehicle.

Think of it as a healthy grocery store on wheels

Really cool, right? Want to learn more? Check out their website, belltowerfoods.com. You can also like their facebook page, here.

Ben Pawle one-handed condom wrapper

Ben Pawle Condom wrapperDesigner Ben Pawle has developed a one-handed condom wrapper.  I can’t imagine why it has taken this long to come up with such a sensible design.

His website says, “his condom addresses the need for newly sexually active young adults to avoid embarrassment when trying to don a ‘dom” Whatever the reason, it makes sense.  Now it would be great if condom manufacturers would use this packaging.

Judy Blume

Judy Blume“I told everybody that my brother ate my turtle. They looked at me kind of funny. But nobody ever said they were sorry to hear about my turtle. Never once.”   Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

I thought of Judy Blume earlier this week when I heard that she was recovering from a mastectomy.  She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in June.  I was glad to read that she is now recovering and it made me think about how horrible cancer is. It seems that every family at some point is impacted by this terrible disease.  If you live in the US you can always volunteer or make a donation like I just did to the American Cancer Society.

Do you nap?

sleepMost people I know admit that they do not get enough sleep and the health risks of lack of sleep are fairly well documented so I was intrigued by the BuzzFeed article about napping last week called, Everything you’ll ever need to know about napping

I swiped part of the infographic from the article.  Click on the image above to enlarge so you may more easily read the description of each nap type.  Do you nap?  If so which type of nap do you take most often?

What if Boston embraced urban farming

urban farmingEarlier this week The BostonInno blog had this interesting infographic in an article regarding the benefits of urban farming based on a recent report conducted by the Conservation Law Foundation (CFL).  That report had his to say about urban agriculture in Boston.

Boston is ideally positioned to play a lead role in coordinating with the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, other New England states, and cities around the region to build a vision for a New England regional food system and make it happen. Boston is emerging as a national leader in urban agriculture innovation, and can be a voice for the benefits of urban agriculture and as one of the region’s largest consumers, help to build the market for regionally grown food.

Seems like an interesting conversation to have.  Are you familiar with other urban agriculture projects here in the US or abroad?  I love the idea of supporting locally grown fruit and vegetables.

The full article is here.