I really want to try Ezekiel bread. It is a sprouted bread made with NO FLOUR.
I’ve pretty much removed breads, pastas, and rice out of my diet because it bloats me uncomfortably and causes indigestion. Will Ezekiel be the answer to eating bread again?
Not sure if it is nutritionally worth it for the money yet (2x the cost of Oroweat) but I’m gonna stop by Whole Foods tomorrow to pick up a loaf and see how it tastes. I’ve read that it’s flavor is nutty - some people love it and some people think it’s digusting! My tastebuds are weird. I think I’ll like it.
Below is a quick comparison of Ezekiel vs. whole grain and whole wheat bread.
Calories/Protein/Carbs/Fat/Fiber (per slice)
Oroweat Whole Grain Whole Wheat:
Nature’s Own Whole Wheat:
Here’s a small blurb on Ezekiel:
Food for Life brand’s Ezekiel 4:9 organic sprouted whole grain products.
The process of sprouting changes a grain’s composition in numerous ways to make it more beneficial as a food. It increases the content of vitamins (e.g., C, B2, B5, and B6) and beta carotene dramatically, up to eightfold.
Even more important—especially considering how many people suffer from indigestion—it breaks down phytic acid (a mineral blocker). Present in the bran of all grains and the coatings of nuts and seeds, phytic acid inhibits the body’s absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc and can neutralize digestive enzymes, resulting in digestive disorders. Sprouting breaks down the complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas and transforms a portion of the starch into sugar. It also inactivates aflatoxins, which are toxins produced by fungus and potent carcinogens often found in grains (Chek 2004, 64).
The whole wheat bread that the American public has been led to believe is healthy contains processed wheat, which is deficient in nutrients. Hence the extremely high prevalence among Americans of digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. Chronic constipation can lead to many potentially dangerous health disorders and also can make losing weight quite difficult. Simply replacing bread with sprouted grain bread can radically improve your digestion and your ability to lose weight.
Hmm sounds good but it will all go down to the bloating factor! Will write more when I experiment…
OMG so the new cardio video is up! I filmed this after doing an hour of Power Yoga and a run through of what I thought was going to be the final version of the cardio intervals. I may be a LITTLE more out of breath than usual, but oh well, got through it!
It was tough for me - so make sure to take breaks when you feel you can’t go anymore. Do it as MANY times as you want.
Here’s to melting the fat!
I’ll probably do the butt workout this weekend and then perhaps film a sesh on what to eat before and after a workout.
“Only Girl (In the World)” by Rihanna
“Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor)” by Pitbull featuring T-Pain
Tell me if you liked it or not!
These are my FAVORITE yoga crops. They are from Victoria’s Secret and I run, teach, and workout in them all the time. I find the foldover waistband to be EXTREMELY flattering on me and very comfortable. The capris contour to the shape of my legs perfectly, creating a slight slimming effect. I’ve washed them over 10x and they still retain their shape and stretchiness.
The only problem I find is that they crops can get a little risque. I always do a rear view “squat check” in the mirror to see if my underwear shows through when I bend down. From what I’ve experienced, my white/black and blue/navy pants are fine. But the black/black ones are a joke! I can see my butt!
I want VS to make these is a thicker fabric. NOW. $24.50 or 2/$40.
Oohhh. Great top for those “fat” days. You know what I mean. Flaunt It Vest by Sweaty Betty. £65.00
I love the sleeves on this jacket. I want I want I want!!! Sanctuary Hoody by Sweaty Betty. £95.00
I consistently run at least 2 miles 5 days a week so my calves, quads, and glutes are tight. My arms are neglected however and no matter what I do, I cannot seem to tone them. What can I do daily, hourly to help tone or burn fat from my arms??
Thank you and your videos and blog are completely inspiring!!
For the tightness in your legs, use a foam roller to smooth out the muscles. Check out the exercise below. I linked the picture to the website where you can learn more about how to properly use a foam roller. Click!
Now, for arms. Losing fat in the arms is the same as losing fat anywhere else in your body. You need to melt fat all over. This means more cardio, more cardio, more cardio, and watching your diet. Looks like you have a great running schedule, but seems like you’re plateauing. Change it up with intervals. Do some plyometrics. Shock the body with something new!
Hey! How many calories do you think your Pop Pilates workout burns? It's kicking my ass and I'm logging on loseit.com, but I know it burns more than regular pilates and that's the only option to log. Let me know!
Hi! That is a great question. I will need to wear a bodybugg or calorie burn counter of some sort to figure that out. Plus it will be different for every person based on your weight. Maybe you can type in calisthenics on vigorous. Should be similar.
hi cassey! i just wanna say that you're super amazing! i've been doing your exercises for months now and i definitely feel fitter and more toned. but do you think you could make a new butt/hips video because i want my hips and butt a lot more toned. please, and thank you!
A new butt video sounds like a great idea. My bum actually has been hurting for the past few days because I’ve been subconsciously targeting the glutes in all of my mat classes lately. I guess it’s a sign!
Who wants legs that guys can’t take their eyes off? Umm, we all do. So here it is. The slimmer inner thighs and runner’s calves workout from Pop Pilates. I had a ton of fun making this one and was seriously sore a few hours later. (Well, I had to film it a couple times because one of the songs came on twice. Ugh.) Anyway, enjoy, and invite your friends over for pilates workout party.
“Secrets” by One Republic
“Live Like We’re Dying” by Kris Allen
“All the Right Moves” by One Republic
STUCK IN THE 80’s LADY (24 Hr Fitness, somewhere in CA)
- Let’s just address it. Yes, that’s right. It’s a THONG LEOTARD!
- Make that a BELTED thong leotard.
- Leg warmers. And matching wrist sweatbands.
- A scrunchy.
- Inappropriate tights.
I was kickboxing. I was standing diagonally behind her. It was very hard to concentrate on my jabs and kicks.
How can you let yourself out of the house looking like that? Do the stares not pierce through you at some point? Oh well. At least she’s exercising and she thinks she looks good.
I have this sickly desire to take pictures of people violating the rules of fashion in the gym for the ultimate fitness fashion foe album. But OBVIOUSLY, that is not okay.
So I have decided that I could just draw cartoons of them instead!!!
No exaggerations here. These are all real people with real fashion problems. Exact locations have been omitted for the privacy of the individuals featured. Enjoy.
First up we have JUNGLE LADY. (24 Hour Fitness, somewhere in CA)
- First of all, she has a full on Apolo Anton ohno headband going across her head. You can’t do this unless you’re a half asian speed skater with huge quads and a goatee.
- The see-through shirt? It’s actually camouflage mesh. Really? I don’t wanna see through that shirt! And it aint camouflaging anything! Stop! Stop it!
- Red spandex capris with rips all the way down the thighs! Fought a tiger on the way to the gym much?
My first ever 30 min Pop Pilates!!! KILLER leg, ab, and arm workout! YOU MUST DO IT.
Songs, we’ve got a great mix:
“Grenade” by Bruno Mars
“Stereo Love” by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina
“Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood
“Forget You” by Cee Lo Green
“Please Don’t Go” by Mike Posner
“Marry You” by Bruno Mars
“Take if Off” by Ke$ha
“Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s
I would never do yoga in lace booty shorts! Not even if they are sweat-wicking! Sweaty Betty, I hope this is a short-lived experiment.