As the weather turns colder, pasta becomes more enticing. But if you are trying to cut carbs and calories, while increasing veggies, try substituting spaghetti squash for actual spaghetti.
Spaghetti squash has only 20 calories per ½ cup (cooked), compared to 110 for 1/2 cup (cooked) traditional spaghetti. Plus, spaghetti squash is high in fiber, manganese and niacin.
Learn how to prepare spaghetti squash here. Once cooked, treat it just like regular spaghetti, topping with your favorite tomato sauce and a little parmesan cheese.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Hillary Cooper
We all breathe. It is essential for life. But my guess is that most folks take it for granted, at least until they have a cold or choke on a baby carrot. Most of us breath quickly and shallowly, mostly in the lungs. Deep, thoughtful belly breath is a skill that when mastered will transport you to a calmer, more focused place. Belly breathing can also help alleviate stress, fear and anger.
Here is a quick exercise to help you find your breath. Practice for five minutes in the morning upon waking and five minutes in the evening, before bed.
- * Sit up straight on the edge of your bed.
- * Close your eyes and exhale fully, emptying your lungs and belly.
- * Inhale slowly through your nose, sipping in the air. Fill the belly first, then the lungs. Feel your chest and ribcage expand.
- * When your lungs are full, hold the breath for 2-3 seconds.
- * Slowly as possible, exhale through your nose. Feel the breath in the back of your throat (almost making a huffy breath sound). First let the air out of your lungs, then pull in your belly to exhale the remaining breath.
- * When completely empty, pause briefly.
- *Repeat for five minutes.
If practiced in the morning, at the end of the five minutes think of your intention for the day (more patience, productivity, movement) and if practiced before bed, think of one thing you are thankful for from that day.
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” –Chinese proverb