Healthy, Low Calorie, One Bowl Meal – Peanut Stir Fry

When making dishes such as pasta and stir fries, load up on the veggies and reduce the pasta and rice – for e.g. 1/2 cup of pasta or rice per person. This is a tasty dish that is filled with protein and lots of vegetables. Of course, always try for organic and if you can’t get it, soak your vegetables in water and vinegar or a commercially made product to take off some of the surface pesticides.

Block of extra firm organic tofu or tempeh cut in bite size pieces.
Lots of veggies cut up in bite sized pieces – for 2 people I used a full onion, half a red pepper, half a green pepper, a few sliced mushrooms. You could also add broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower or any other vegetable that you like.

1/4 cup cilantro
2 sliced green onions
1/2 cup cooked quinoa, brown, black or red rice
2 TBSP crushed nuts – walnuts or other
Lettuce or beet tops sliced in ribbons.

Stir fry the tofu in a small amount of sesame oil – this is high in calories so use a sprayer or use a brush to spread it in the pan and once browned put in a bowl for later. Sautee the onions in the same pan, then add the peppers and the mushrooms. Put the veggies in the bowl with the tofu and add water to the pot steam the veggies. I cook them individually because I don’t want them to become over cooked I want them to stay tender and crunchy.

Make a peanut sauce – I just wing it but the rough amount would be the following:

1-2 TBSP peanut or almond butter
1/2-1 TBSP Braggs Liquid Aminos (kind of like Soya sauce)
Quarter size of fresh organic ginger – keep the skin on
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/8 tsp of crushed chilis or fresh jalapeno to taste
2 tsp fresh lemon or lime juice
Water – start with a few tablespoons
A little agave to sweeten it.

You can also add coconut milk though this will bump up the calories. Depending on your taste, this could be enough sauce for 4 servings.

In a vitamix or other blender chop the garlic and ginger, add the Braggs, lemon juice, nut butter, peppers and water. If needed add some sweetener like agave syrup. Mix the veggies and tofu together with the peanut sauce and heat.

Wash and cut a half a head of lettuce, beet tops or whatever you have into ribbons. In a individual large bowls (this is a one dish meal) add the lettuce, 1/4-1/2 cup rice and top with tofu and veggies. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and or chopped green onions and top with crushed walnuts or other nuts.

Because this has so many vegetables and I don’t want the high fat of a lot of peanut sauce I also made a cilantro dressing made of a handful of cilantro, garlic, ginger, 2 tsp sesame oil, a dime size of agave syrup, 1/4 cup water and 2 tsp of Braggs, blended in the Vitamix. I layered this on the lettuce and then the rice and then topped it with the veggie and tofu peanut mixture. Unbelievably good!

Of course, if you are a meat eater, chicken would go well in this dish.

Cari-Lee Stevens is a speaker, master trainer of Pilates instructors and an Isagenix transformational wellness coach. She owns CL Stevens Fitness Inc. a company that specializes in on-site corporate and community based fitness such as yoga & Pilates.

Keep Your Health in Mind While Web Working at Home

The arrangement of office equipment can have an enormous impact on whether a business succeeds or not. Subtle changes to the office arrangement will not only result in a more healtful work place but it will also help increase productivity.

It can make a web working at home business endeavor much more comfortable and successful and simultaneously have a positive influence on your health.

Did you know that using a mouse on a regular basis could result in the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other related injuries? Here are some pointers on how to structure your office as to avoid any of these risks.

Arranging Office Equipment

Try to locate your desk away from high-traffic areas. This could avoid injury as well as excessive distraction. Keep the area under your desk clear from wires and all other clutter. Arrange all reference materials for easy access. By doing this you will be able to find certain information right away.

If you are a note-taker have a designated area to keep them. Keep your screen clean. Use high-contrast natural screen colors. Keep the mouse close to the keyboard.

Don’t place your monitor in front of a window. Doing so can put unnecessary strain on your eyes with the difference in light intensity. If your desk is located near a window, use window blinds to reduce glare. The monitor should be placed at eye level as to minimize strain on your neck. The distance between the screen and your eyes should range between 18 to 30 inches.

Ergonomically Correct Posture

What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is adapting your physical work space to suit your body. When purchasing an office chair, make sure that it can give you sufficient back support as well as arm support. It should also be adjustable and stable.

Excessive twisting and reaching should be avoided when in a sitting position. Change positions frequently. Attempt not to cross legs as this action cuts off circulation and can cause spider veins. Crossing legs at the ankles is preferable.

In addition to adjusting your physical work space, it is important that you consider your computer use behavior. If you are not using the equipment in an ergonomically sound way, although you work station may be ergonomically correct, you will still be vulnerable to computer use injuries.

Concentrate on using a light touch to grip and click the mouse. Press keys on the keyboard gently. Wrists need to be kept in a straight position, and also make use of a palm rest while not typing.

Master your stretches

Take frequent breaks to give your muscles time to relax and also to clear your mind. Shoulder tension is common in computer users. The easiest way to release some tension in your shoulders is to perform shoulder shrugs, raising your shoulders up towards your ears and then releasing them.

In a standing position, squeeze your shoulders blades together towards the middle of your back and release. This same stretch can be done with your arms over your head.

Try to also incorporate neck stretches after sitting in the same position for a long period of time. Slowly rotate your head from side to side stretching the muscles on either side of your neck.

The chin tuck is also a very beneficial stretch for your neck. Slowly tuck your chin down, while keeping your eyes focused on an object in the distance. You should feel a good stretch in the back of your neck.

Back bends stretch you trunk, hips and joints in your lower back. Support your back by putting your hands in the small of your back and slowly bend backwards until you feel a gentle stretch.

Fast Warlock Leveling – Few Tips on How to Level Warlock Fast

Leveling a Warlock was the most exciting of all the other classes in World of Warcraft. This class is the ultimate class for solo leveling, which in my opinion is the fastest way to reach level 80. Keep in mind that the game only begins at level 80. So that’s why such rush to the end-game.

Fast Warlock Leveling – Affliction, Demonology or Destruction?

First of all, I have to tell you this: Stay away from Destruction. It is totally inefficient for leveling. It takes you a lot of time for drinking (mana regenerating). It also has very bad CC (crowd control), so you will be very bad at critical situations such as “overpulling”. That gives extra downtime due to being killed often. It also lacks of survivability: Destruction is more like “glass cannon” mage. Fast Warlock leveling with Destruction? Are you kidding?!

Demonology is not a bad choice. This talent tree provides you with boosted pets. It is more like hunter’s “beast mastery”. Your pets do most of the job. So if you like playing in this way, go for it. It also gives you some very nice buffs from “Master Demonologist”.

However! For the fast Warlock Leveling I warmly recommend being an Affliction Warlock. It is the most mana efficient talent build. When leveling, you will not drink for mana regeneration at all. With talents “Improved Life Tap”, “Siphon Life” and “Dark Pact” you will never run out of mana/healt. You must keep in mind that stamina is your primary stat. So when you gear up you must go for the gear with the most stamina.

Fast Warlock Leveling – Questing?

Doing quest is the fastest way to level up. But! Some quests are designed to waste your time. They are called Thrash Quests. Stay away from them! You must get the quests that take you very little time and reward you with the most XP.

Cats: Six Signs That Point to Disease

Look up the six signs that can help you to discover if your pet is sick. Knowing how your cat looks like can help you determine what is normal and what is a result of possible disease.

These six signs can help you determine if your cat is sick:

1. Weight change

Weight change is not normal in most cats and it can be the first signal that something is wrong, says India Leyn, veterinary medicine professor from the University of Tennessee. Increased weight in cats is often linked with excessive eating. While a veterinary can help you determine what is normal for your kind of pet and it’s age, you can see for yourself if your kitty is a little bit too fat.

If you notice that the belly is hanging and you can’t feel it’s ribs, it is normal and points to too much weight.

2. Unmaintained fur

When cats are nervous they often shed their fur. If that is the case, changing the environment can cause a lot of stress on cats. If the cat has stopped grooming, that can be a sigh for concern, because cats are very meticulous when it comes to personal care.

3. Pale gums and bad breath

Regularly checking their gums can help you spot certain changes more easily. Pale gums can signalize that something is wrong. A subtle change in color can be the indicator of bad circulation or disease. Bad breath, that is not a result of something the cat ate that day can also be a sign that something is wrong.

4. Dilated pupils

Look in your cats eyes, you should see identical pupils that are not dilated. In certain diseases the pupils can get large, but also stay that way for a longer period of time.

5. Shallow and fast breathing

Respiratory problems can also be a signal that something isn’t right, but you need to get a detailed examination of your cat to tell if something is wrong.

6. Mood changes

Although most signals can be seen on the body, mood changes are also an obvious sign that your cat ca be ill. If you notice that the cat is defecating in a place that is not usual for that, if it’s hiding in unusual places, if it is aggressive or refuses interaction with family members – all of that indicates an illness.

India Leyn thinks that if you notice 3 of the given symptoms: trouble with breathing, dilated pupils or urinating problems, you should call a veterinary immediately.

In other cases, watch the cat for a few days, and if you still suspect that there is a problem with it’s health call a veterinary without delay.