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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011


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so i know i put up a lot of yummy looking healthy food goodness on my blog but i just had to share this (no matter how gross lol). i was reading Men's Fitness magazine and there's a small section in there which said "men should never eat..." and there was a whole list of stuff including "ear wax, their pets, their mate's sister" (lol) and then came "casu marzu". i googled it and here was the description:

From:
Sardinia, Italy.
What the hell is it?
This, dear reader, is a medium-sized lump of Sweet Fucking Christ. Casu Marzu is a sheep' milk cheese that has been deliberately infested by a Piophila casei, the "cheese fly." The result is a maggot-ridden, weeping stink bomb in an advanced state of decomposition.
Its translucent larvae are able to jump about 6 inches into the air, making this the only cheese that requires eye protection while eating. The taste is strong enough to burn the tongue, and the larvae themselves pass through the stomach undigested, sometimes surviving long enough to breed in the intestine, where they attempt to bore through the walls, causing vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Wait, it gets worse ...
This cheese is a delicacy in Sardinia, where it is illegal. That' right. It is illegal in the only place where people actually want to eat it. If this does not communicate a very clear message, perhaps the larvae will, as they leap desperately toward your face in an effort to escape the putrescent horror of the only home they have ever known. Even the cheese itself is ashamed; when prodded, it weeps an odorous liquid called lagrima, Sardinian for "tears."


Read more: The 6 Most Terrifying Foods in the World | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article_14979_the-6-most-terrifying-foods-in-world.html#ixzz1RIdt7Svr



so yeah. ew. but interesting? lol sorry for the random info :P
but seriously, how did they even get the idea to do that??

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back to pretty things...

jm <3


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my dinner the other night:



it's chicken breast with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with thyme, basil and oregano and pan fried to yummy tenderness.  served with brown rice and steamed veggies. 

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lol.?



Solve the 'Abs'olute Mystery


Discover why crunches alone aren't enough to generate rock hard abs. Plus, two effective exercises.

Despite doing an array of abdominal exercises, there are two reasons your abs won’t show: the exercises aren’t being performed properly, or there’s layer of fat covering that ridge of hard-to-reveal muscle. Cynthia Ekman, a physical therapist and former fitness competitor, debunks the myth that a simple 15-minute abdominal routine is enough. “You can’t expect to see your abs unless you stay consistent with a regime of exercises done with strict form, high-intensity cardio and a low-fat, high-protein diet.” Cynthia continues, “I recommend splitting the cardio sessions into two-minute intervals, alternating between two minutes of higher intensity (75 to 85 per cent of max) and two minutes of lower intensity (55 to 65 per cent of max) for a total of 35 to 55 minutes.

These two moves are great tummy toners and they require no equipment. Try them during your next core workout for enhanced abdominal definition.

PLANK
Target Muscles: transverse abdominis

Set Up: Lie in prone (facedown) position, with your weight supported on your forearms.
Action: Lift your body up onto your toes, contract your abs and try to keep your body in line; don’t sag in the midsection. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. To increase intensity, walk your elbows slightly forward and hold a little longer. Rest for one minute when you are through, and repeat up to three times.



SCISSOR
Target Muscles: rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, obliques

Set up
: Lie on your back on a mat with your arms extended by your sides or tuck your hands beneath your lower back [A].
Action: Lift your feet off the floor and slowly open your legs [B], then cross your right ankle over the left; open and cross in the other direction for one rep. Do three sets of 20 reps on both sides or until failure.

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Setting a goal for your workout or nutrition program is vital to your success! But don't forget these 5 goals that everyone should set no matter what your program! Learn more below.

1. Drink more water
Drinking enough water impacts everything from the amount of energy you have on a daily basis, how much hunger you feel throughout the day, your ability to concentrate and how quickly you recover from your workout sessions.

2. Remember the importance of rest days

Working harder, when the body can't keep up, will actually only make you weaker, because when you're doing additional exercise before recovery has taken place, you're just further breaking down tissues rather than building them up.

Make a conscious effort this year to listen to your body more often. Know the difference between slacking off on your program and pushing when you should be resting. Learning this fine line could be the biggest difference between success and less than optimal results for many people.

3. Focus on Form and feel the muscle contraction

It's quite easy to focus in on other things while executing an exercise, neglecting to really think about the actual squeezing of the muscle fiber you're working. Since the mind can play an incredibly large role in terms of what muscles are recruited when doing certain movements (such as the bench press for example, working mostly the chest or using the triceps for help), if you can think about the target muscles there is a better chance those will be worked.

Even if it means you're lifting lighter weights, using proper form is a must. If you do, you'll progress faster to lifting heavier weights shortly after and get the strength gains that you're shooting for with your program.

4. Choose at least one health goal

The next goal that should be set is making sure you also choose at least one overall health goal. While it's great to set aesthetic goals that you will be able to see on the outside, it's also critical to remember the impact of regular workouts and a good diet on the inside.

5. Try at least one new activity


This could be changing the form of cardio you normally do, trying a new resistance training technique such as switching over to a cable-pulley system if you normally used free weights, or going out on the weekend and really trying something else such as canoeing, cross country skiing, or beach volleyball.
The different movement patterns of this new activity will serve to work the muscles in a manner they aren't used to and that will really improve the level of results you get from your training. Your muscles respond best to constantly changing stimuli, so the change of pace will really help to shock the system.












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