Recipe: Mushroom – Cheddar Scramble

By Curves
Looking for a filling breakfast? You found it! This hearty scramble delivers 35 grams of protein to keep you full all morning.

Mushroom-Cheddar Scramble
Prep time: 15 minutes

½ cup mushrooms
¼ medium onion
1 cup egg substitute
1 slice whole wheat bread
¼ cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1 ¼ tsp canola oil

1. Mince onions and slice mushrooms.
2. Warm a skillet over medium heat and add canola oil.
3. Sauté mushrooms with minced onion until softened.
4. Pour in egg substitute and stir to scramble.
5. Top with shredded cheese.
6. Serve with whole wheat toast.

Serves 1
Per serving: 310 calories, 9g fat, 23.5g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 35.5g protein
Enjoy for breakfast


How an Apple Buys You Better Groceries

You already know that grocery shopping on an empty stomach can be perilous. When you’re hungry, you’re more likely to buy high-calorie, low-quality foods. Cupcakes look especially yummy when your tummy rumbles. A new study out of the Cornell Brand Lab has discovered that eating a healthy snack before you shop will not only tame your hunger but may put you in the mindset to buy healthier foods.

Researchers Aner Tal, Ph.D. and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. recruited 120 people and randomly gave them an apple sample, a cookie sample, or no sample before the start of their grocery shopping. At the finish, Tal and Wansink took an inventory of each person’s cart and found that the apple eaters had purchased 28 percent more fruits and veggies than those who had eaten the cookie and 25 percent more healthy foods than those who ate nothing.

They followed up with two studies in their laboratory where volunteers again were given a cookie or apple sample and then went on a virtual shopping experience, choosing from 20 pairs of foods, each pair containing one healthy and one unhealthy item. Those who enjoyed the cookie chose 35 percent more unhealthy foods than those who ate the apple sample.

In another laboratory study, participants were divided into three groups. One group was asked to drink chocolate milk labeled “healthy, wholesome chocolate milk.” The second group drank the exact same milk but labeled “rich, indulgent chocolate milk,” and the third group drank no milk. All the participants then shopped in a virtual grocery story. The group that drank the “wholesome” chocolate milk made the healthiest food choices, indicating that it’s not the food itself that influences your buying decisions but rather that if you eat a food you believe to be good for you before you shop, it may influence you to purchase healthier groceries.

“We don’t have scientific evidence to explain why this happens,” says Tal, “but we believe that eating a healthy food primes healthiness—it exposes you to the concept of healthiness, sensitizes your mind to it, and subconsciously steers to you make healthier food choices.”

Might eating a fruit or vegetable appetizer steer you to serve yourself more veggies at dinnertime? “We think it should,” says Tal, “but we haven’t tested this idea, yet.”
Make your next trip to the market—or maybe your next meal—nutritionally more fruitful by first snacking on an apple, carrot sticks, or other healthy food. Pass on the chocolate milk though.

Getting Your Partner on Board with Your Fitness Plan

Making the decision to live a healthy lifestyle is the first step in realizing a healthier and happier you. One way to help ensure your success is to earn the support and assistance of your spouse or partner. Being able to count on their encouragement and understanding along the way can pick you up during the hard times and help you over any little speed bumps along the way.

Get your partner’s buy-in.
Although your spouse wants you to succeed, they might feel uneasy by the changes you’re making for yourself and your family. For example, being more active and going to Curves regularly might take you away from home more often. Or perhaps you changed your Wednesday night “pizza and a movie” to chef salad and a long walk. To help ease the stress of change, get your partner involved in making the new choices. Ask them if they’d rather have grilled salmon or lemon chicken, and if they’d like to go with you on a nice walk after dinner.

Work together as a team.
One way to get your spouse involved is to find a healthy activity that you can both enjoy together. This takes the focus off of you and encourages mutual support. Here are some ideas that can get you both working towards a healthier lifestyle.

Work together to prepare meals. Even if your partner doesn’t cook, they can help prep by gathering ingredients, chopping veggies, stirring sauces, etc. Food always tastes better when you cook it yourself, especially when you know it’s good for you. Browse our Curves recipes for healthy ideas.

Encourage your partner to workout. You can get healthier at the same time without doing the same workout! Encourage your spouse to workout at the same time you go to Curves. This leaves more time together if you have both accomplished a workout simultaneously!

Get active together. One way to get healthier together is by making a commitment to a sports league that meets once a week. Tennis, golf, even bowling all have coed leagues where couples can be active together in a fun and competitive way. Or, sign up for a 5K to walk together for a cause you both support.

Share your rewards with your partner.
As you progress through your fitness goals, you’ll likely reward yourself at certain benchmarks along the way. When you do, share some of those rewards with your spouse. Perhaps you can go golfing on a special course or go to dinner at that new seafood restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. What you do or how much you spend isn’t as important as sharing the experience to include your partner.

Getting into shape and living a healthy lifestyle will be much more pleasant and rewarding if your spouse is there to support you. Getting their buy-in, working as a team and sharing your rewards can help ensure your long term success.

How Exercise Keeps You Young

How do you envision your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond? Close your eyes. What do you see? A woman with a trim figure, who walks tall and confidently. Smooth skin. A radiant face. Living the life you love, whether that’s tending to your flower garden, playing games with your grandchildren, or traveling around the world. Want to be that woman? Keep on exercising.

Not only does regular exercise help you live longer by strengthening your immune system and helping to prevent disease, ongoing physical activity helps keep your body and mind young and your quality of life high.

“How long your grandparents or parents lived is a key factor in determining your longevity, and medicine will take you to your endpoint,” says Tim Church, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge and a member of the Curves and Jenny Craig Science Advisory Board. “But regular physical activity helps you live better. It makes it possible for you to take that trip to Europe or go canoeing or play with your grandkids.” Here’s how.

Boosts stamina
With regular cardiovascular activity, your body becomes better at delivering energy-producing oxygen and glucose (blood sugar) to working muscles. Your heart becomes stronger, your lungs more efficient, and your muscles become more adept at producing energy. When you’re 85, you can take that stamina out the door and enjoy the activities you love.

The Curves connection: The Curves circuit combines strength and cardiovascular exercise in one workout to build stamina-boosting aerobic capacity and muscle.

Strengthens movement
“We lose 1 to 2 percent of our muscle each year as we age,” says Church. Regular strength training preserves that muscle, which is, of course, essential whether you’re walking, dancing, or putting away the groceries. Resistance training also boosts bone strength and helps prevent osteoporosis. With strong, flexible muscles and a sturdy spine you’ll be able to carry yourself like a supermodel.

The Curves connection: The traditional circuit builds total-body strength, and Curves offers additional classes that emphasize specific areas: your core, legs, arms, balance, and stretching.*

Keeps your mind sharp
Regular physical activity improves your powers of perception, thinking, reasoning, and remembering. And, according to Church and colleagues, older adults, in particular, benefit from the positive influence of cardiovascular exercise on organization, planning, and attention.

The Curves connection: In addition to mind-fueling physical activity, Curves offers a variety of classes where you’ll learn new moves.* Learning new skills also helps keep you mentally fit.

Slims your figure
Yes, you know that movement burns calories and helps you get to and maintain a healthy weight, and that building calorie-burning muscle raises metabolism. When you’re at your goal weight, the benefits to a youthful body go beyond a more flattering fit in your clothing. Shedding extra pounds relieves pressure on joints, prevents arthritis, eases the workload on your heart, and makes every physical activity easier and more comfortable.

The Curves connection: Research shows you can burn up to 500 calories in 30 minutes with vigorous movement around the circuit.

Makes you happier
“Many of the benefits of exercise are above the shoulders,” says Church. “When you physically feel good your whole outlook on life is more positive, but also, regular exercise

The Curves connection: The traditional circuit builds total-body strength, and Curves offers additional classes that emphasize specific areas: your core, legs, arms, balance, and stretching.*