Archives for October 2012

Get Some Butt-Up Time!

Online Entrepreneurs MUST know work in some well needed “butt-up” time into their day.  If you’ve been on the computer for any period of time, I think you know what I mean.

It is no secret that a new epidemic is showing up in the Online Entrepreneur world.  Too much time sitting down can result in too much expansion, and not in business directions. 

The point is not to be too blunt, but to address a real health issue.

One of the results of this expansion is excess weight in the mid-section.  This can be particularly dangerous for your health.  Research indicates that belly fat centered in the mid-section can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and even premature death.  

Mid-section weight is only one problem.  Poor circulation, leg pains, back pain and even hunched back pain are  just a few more issues. 

All body fat comes from eating more calories than you burn.  It is normal to think that getting older increases body fat.  For seasoned women experiencing menopause, more fat around the mid-section is expected.  But increasing fat is not a necessary result of just aging.  Too many calories, a lack of exercise and not building muscle are culprits to fat increase.  Also, sitting for too long in one spot can also pack on those pounds.

You probably know that working at the computer can be addictive.  You can sit for hours at a time without realizing it.  Before you know it, four, six, even eight to 10 hours have flown by.  You might even eat at the computer, talk on the phone, have your kids come in and play with you in the computer area and have chats with your spouse or others in the family, all while sitting at the computer. 

At some point, you must have some “butt-up” time.  Butt-Up time happens when you actually get up, start moving and burn some calories.  It’s all about your health.  We’ll be talking about a lot of issues related to the health of online entrepreneurs and giving details on how to make your “butt-up” time most effective.

Do you have enough “butt-up’ time?  What do you do to get moving and get away from the computer?

Low-Fat Banana Bread

Low-Fat, Good for You Banana Bread

First of all, bananas are good for you.  They have potassium which is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Plus, banana bead is a type of comfort food that many people enjoy at breakfast and any other times of the day.  The problem is that most banana bread recipes can also pack some punch with the calories.

This recipe offers a great option for a low-calorie, much lower fat version of the famous banana bread.  By using applesauce instead of oil and xylitol instead of sugar, you cut calories as well as fats.  Xylitol  is a natural sweetener that comes from the fibrous parts of plants which cuts down on calories and carbohydrates.  

By the way, the original recipe called for 1 cup of sugar.  I don’t like bread that is too sweet so I put the xylitol down to 3/4 cups.  You can make the adjustments to fit your taste levels.   

Give this receipe a try, then leave your comments below to tell me how you liked it.

Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas
3/4 cup of xylitol (plant based sugar)
¾ cup of applesauce
2 eggs
2 cups of bread flour
½ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan. In a large bowl, slice the bananas and use an electric mixer to mash. Add the xylitol and blend. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes. Add applesauce and eggs and mix well. Blend in the remaining ingredients. Pour into the greased loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand again for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.