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April Corporate Wellness Article Roundup and Pistachio Blondies

 

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Here’s an article I saw this week about the dearth of Omega-3’s and overabundance of Omega-6’s in the American diet.

Hence, we have more than double the linoleic acid in our body fat as do our parents’ generation, and fatty acid turnover in adipose tissue can take years. So you may feel the health effects of your diet from the past year or two, even if you switch to a healthier diet.

Besides the importance of supplementing with Omega-3’s (preferably eating Omega-3 rich foods before turning to supplements), the point about the “delay” in your healthier habits taking hold reinforces the idea that you just have to give things time. The body doesn’t repair itself overnight. Major health changes through behaviour change are not easy, and the rewards don’t come quickly, but they will pay off with consistent effort over time.

How about some Omega-3 Powerhouse Muffins?


Speaking of diet, I saw this “what I eat in a day” article a few months ago and thought of it again when Carla at Whip My Assets brought up this double standard in bodybuilding. So true.

Much as I hate to reference the high carb vegans and all their name-calling, they may be right regarding the Plenish founder’s diet. CARB (and protein) THE FUCK UP! Especially if you’re exceeding the baseline recommendations for physical activity. </dietshaming> And that “shaming” bit is said with tongue firmly sticking out of my mouth :-p.

How about a sweet potato?

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This article has some excellent pointers about that corporate wellness craze, standing desks.

I have used a standing desk (and had a job at which I had to stand all the time) since 2012. Love it. When I began my current job in October 2013, I noticed fat creeping back into my hips and gut because I was sitting (on an exercise ball chair–best $90 I spent in 2012). Sure, when used properly, exercise ball chairs are a good ab and back workout, but you’re still sitting. Those first couple of weeks, when I returned to the office each Monday, my abs and back were a little sore from adjusting to the chair again. They’re also fun for stretching.

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Dammit, now I want another one.

BTW, that mat the CBS article suggests? That’s not optional. I stand (in my bare feet now) on top of a mat I got at Big Lots (Home Depot/Lowes for “anti-fatigue mats”). I learned that the mat was essential at WFM. Standing on tile floor or industrial-grade carpet is killer for your knees and feet…and I already have flat feet.


Here’s a recipe that’s the antithesis of corporate wellness advice, but I am suspect of any diet that avoids dessert. That’s just setting you up for a fall or makes you swallow some overly-moralistic language about “cheat meals.” Forget that!

Cut ’em up small, freeze ’em, and/or send them home with your co-workers…and also bake with ingredients that are generally healthy in moderate portions!

Pro tip: to acquire coconut cream, place a can of full-fat (aka: the not watered-down kind) coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. When you open the chilled can, the hard-ish white stuff on top is the cream.

Bars!

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Pistachio Butter Blondies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups shelled salted or unsalted pistachios, soaked overnight,
  2. 3/4 cup coconut cream
  3. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3/4 cup sorghum flour
  6. 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  7. 1/2 cup sticky rice flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. pinch sea salt
  11. 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Rinse off the soaked pistachios well. Place in a food processor or high-speed blender and blitz to a slightly chunky paste. You may need to add a little water to make the blades go. This is your pistachio butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12-inch springform pan with parchment and lightly grease the parchment. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, blend together the pistachio butter, coconut cream, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Beat until well-combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift then whisk together flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Beat the flour mixture into the pistachio butter mixture in three additions.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cookie thingie springs back to the touch.
  9. Let cool for 20 minutes before un-springforming and transferring to a rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Kevin and Amanda
Adapted from Kevin and Amanda
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3 Thoughts on “April Corporate Wellness Article Roundup and Pistachio Blondies

  1. ann on 04/05/2015 at 09:02 said:

    I wish we had a standing desk at work. I do have a ball chair though and it’s a help.

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