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Are Sugar Substitutes OK?

Posted by Kurt Thigpen on December 13, 2018

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Category: Wellness
Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in many foods and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet.” But what exactly are all these sweeteners and how do they affect your body? The truth is, zero-calorie sweeteners aren’t the best choice. They are processed, synthetic, and contain fillers. Additionally, they can cause digestive issues and negatively affect your gut biome. And, believe it or not, consumption of artificial sweeteners has been linked to weight gain.

Medicine Ball Backward Throw

Posted by Kurt Thigpen on December 13, 2018

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Category: Fitness
Stand in the power stance facing away from the wall with the ball held in front of you at waist height. Commence the movement by rotating to one side and releasing the ball with enough force to rebound back at the same height. Catch the ball on the rebound and use the motion to rotate your torso around to rebound the ball off the wall on the           opposite side of your

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Posted by Kurt Thigpen on December 13, 2018

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Category: Recipes
Nutrition per 1 pepper: 243 calories, 14 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrate, 21 grams protein. Ingredients 6 medium bell peppers, washed and seeded 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic 1 pound ground beef 5 ounces diced tomatoes 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 3/4 cup marinara sauce, divided 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice Instructions Cut tops off the peppers. Hollow out the inside and discard seeds.

Back Extension on Swiss Ball

Posted by Kurt Thigpen on November 14, 2018

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Category: Fitness
1) Lie down with your upper thighs and pelvis over a fitness ball. If needed, use a partner to hold your feet on the floor. 2) Place your hands behind your head and move down slowly bending from your trunk. 3) Return back upright until your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles are aligned.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Posted by Kurt Thigpen on November 14, 2018

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Category: Recipes
Ingredients: ⅔ cup Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper ⅓ cup chopped, fresh parsley Meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, cubed 4 stalks celery, sliced 1 bunch scallions, sliced and divided 1-pint cherry tomatoes, quartered and divided ½ English cucumber, diced 3 bell peppers, halved and seeds removed Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mustard and rice vinegar; season with

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