Monday, January 30, 2012

Zumba Tropic (revisited)

Last Friday, Tomee put on a great production and did a phenominal job on stage.


With two of my favorite zumba babes, Tomee and Lou.  it would've
looked alot better if i payed more attention to what tomee was doing.



There was a great turn out, just alot of fun!





Sunday, January 29, 2012

Email list

I am not sending out mass emails out of my regular email account anymore.

I set up an email list as an extra precaution to get the email in the right hands and not into someone who doesnt want it.  You can subscribe / unsubscribe any time.  Sign up below:

FW - Studio Xcite Gets R.I.P.P.E.D.

I am very pleased to announce the introduction of R.I.P.P.E.D. classes to xctie dance studio! Mark your Calendars, we are starting our first ripped class saturday february 18th at 8:15 A.M. before the 9:30 Zumba class.  The RIPPED class is free, but YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SPOT!  unless you have your own fitness resistance tubing.


Why R.I.P.P.E.D.?


Ripped complements zumba perfectly.  Zumba is an aerobic exercise, to ad another format that would be the most benefitial we need to add a different kind, ideally an anaerobic or "interval training" which ripped happens to be.  After rise of  popularity of zumba, if there ever was to be a fitness format that could compete at all, it would be ripped.  Ripped is a fairly new fitness format, i was in the first group that certified in utah last year in june.  It continues to grow and in the few gyms it is in, it competes with the numbers zumba gets.  Ripped is a very physically challenging class, but the brilliant crew who created it figured out a way to make it fun and to get clients addicted and coming back for more.

What is ripped?

Ripped is interval training using many different techniques to get an amazing workout / shock the body.  Ripped is also named the "One Stop Body Shock".  Ripped is made up of 6 components.

1 esistance  - resistance training, using weights or in this case resistance tubing to train muscles.  In Ripped, we use this section to train arm muscles such as the biceps, triceps, and shoulders.

2. ntervals - in this application, high intensity bursts of cardio followed by small breaks.  This section makes for fat shredding combinations.

3. P ower - this section focuses primarily on the "Power muscles" or major muscles of your body such as the pectorials, back muscles, butt, hamstrings, and quads.  This is another section where we are using fitness tubing.  These are the most important muscles to use weighted exercises on and are the most beneficial as our metabolisms are greatly boosted making our bodies leaner as these are worked.

4. P lyometrics -   Plyometric training refers to using our fast twitch muscles.  In this case we use alot of jumping exercises.  The average individual does not use these muscles very much.  So working these muscles gives your body all kinds of shock, or something that your body didnt expect because it never does it.

5. E ndurance - Remember when group fitness classes (usually aerobics, kickboxing, step) focused on a constant beat for the whole class?  In the endurance section we use the same kind of training.   constant movement, not super intense, but this section is about moving the whole time into the next set of moves.

6. D iet - Do your homework!  Eat right to get the xfactor on your fitness goals!  Ripped has a great resource for you to check out.  Go to rippedusa.com and click on the "D" for diet, or just click on this link:  http://www.rippedusa.com/diet.html .  They use to have a program that only Ripped huddle instructors where part of, but now the ripped diet aspect is free to everyone.  This page has sample meal plans, tips of week, recipes of the week, and many other things that will help you with your diet and nutrition needs.

***BONUS SECTION - Ripped is a 50 minute class, but adds a bonus section because gyms are built around 1 hour programs.  In the bonus section we focus on the core.  In the ripped workout without the bonus, we are working our core the whole time, so it is not necessary to work the core separately.  However, it never hurts.  Since my ripped classes are 1 hour long, i will be including the bonus section.

Here is a ripped promo video, click to watch it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwfReiArAgU&list=UU79Dkxok9X8FgUQCO091Clw&index=26&feature=plcp



GET READY TO GET RIPPED!  Reserve your Spot now!

I love my job!

-Dale





Thursday, January 26, 2012

NW - Imagining (unhealthy) food can satisfy mind and lessen or stop cravings (Recent Research)

Good news for those who resolved to loose weight this month!

This study from science magazine conducted by 3 professors from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA demonstrates that imagining eating a food partially satisfys the craving for it. You can use this to your advantage when you are craving french fries or a milk shake and curb your unhealthy appetite!


Here it is:

"The consumption of a food typically leads to a decrease in its subsequent intake through habituation—a decrease in one’s responsiveness to the food and motivation to obtain it. We demonstrated that habituation to a food item can occur even when its consumption is merely imagined. Five experiments showed that people who repeatedly imagined eating a food (such as cheese) many times subsequently consumed less of the imagined food than did people who repeatedly imagined eating that food fewer times, imagined eating a different food (such as candy), or did not imagine eating a food. They did so because they desired to eat it less, not because they considered it less palatable. These results suggest that mental representation alone can engender habituation to a stimulus."


From Science Magazine, Vol. 330 no. pg. 1530-1533  

 URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6010/1530.abstract



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NW = Nutrition weekly.  Posts every Thursday
FW  = Fitness weekly.  Posts every Sunday or Monday.


 I love my Job!

-Dale


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FW: Walking - Saves your mind, extend life expectancy?



Jogging, biking, weightlifting, zumba, Walking? Walking not only is not only a great addition to your fitness schedule, but is also proven to prolong your life. Have you heard the stories about old men / women outliving their family / friends because of their daily walking routine? I know i have. New research proves walking extends your life expectancy.




Something so simple can make me live longer?

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently (2011) revealed details of a study with nine cohorts that where older Americans. These nine where followed for 14 years by professionals. These Researchers found acurate perdictions for how long one would live based on their walking habits. Click the link above to view the study.



Eases your emotions, clears your mind, saves your memory

“We have always been in search of the drug or the magic pill to help treat brain disorders,” says the study's leader Kirk I. Erickson, who also happens to be the University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of psychology. “But really what we are after may be, at least partially, even simpler than that. Just by walking regularly, and so maintaining a little bit of moderate physical activity, you can reduce your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and [can] spare brain tissue.”

Italian researchers enlisted 749 people suffering from memory problems in a study and measured their walking and other moderate activities, such as yard work. At the four-year follow-up, they found that those who expended the most energy walking had a 27 percent lower risk of developing dementia than the people who expended the least. This could be the result of physical activity’s role in increasing blood flow to the brain.

Walking can be compared to yoga in that it gives you time unwind, reflect on your life, and give you peace. Typically ones supposed metabolism drops after big changes in their life, like after high school, college, or even a new child. Maybe a large factor of this could be stress (which leads to being lethargic and pessimistic). A good counter to this could be to take a daily walk. Here is a great blog entry i read from someone who had an experience related to this: http://foodfitnesslife.com/walking-to-improve-your-fitness/

Walking faster?

In an interview with Dr Stephanie Studenski Stated that with an increased walking speed, a human life prediction can be made. Further, The higher walking speed is directly proportional to increase in life span. Elderly persons must at least try to catch a speed of 2.6 feet per second. The researcher added that a speed of 3 feet per second was the best for elderly persons to increase their survival chances for long.

Pro Athletes walking

Many Professional athletes are actually regular walkers. They claim walking speeds up your metabolism and keeps muscles strong and limber. It keeps one in shape during the off-season.




Pro or not, Some thing as simple and ordinary as walking is proven to prolong your life.


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Introduction to zumba class



I am teaching an "Introduction to Zumba" class tomorrow and every other week! This class will cover all of the fundemental moves we use in zumba; basic zumba steps for cumbia, reggaeton, merengue, and salsa broken down to the bare bones. Classes are complementary, but you must RSVP to attend! Walk ins not permitted!






Class Times:


Saturday (every other) 9 AM Email me to see which saturday



EMAIL DALE TO RVSP - ZumbaWithDale@Yahoo.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

NW - Pear and Squash Soup


Dani Renfro who is a personal friend of mine and in our zumba class at Xcite is an amazing cook - and makes amazingly good stuff that is amazingly healthy! so i asked her to submit a recipe for our nutrition post this week.

Dani Writes:

Here is a recipe from Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. Yummy, healthy winter soup!!



Pear and Squash Soup

1 Butternut Squash
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 Bartlett pears, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups Onion, thinly sliced
2 1/3 cups water
30 ounces Low sodium Vegetable Broth (purchased or make your own – see recipe on our
site)
1/2 teaspoon Celtic or Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
For a kick add 1-2 tsp. yellow Curry powder and 1 tsp. Cumin

Preheat oven to 375°
Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out then discard seeds.
Place squash halves, flesh sides down in a baking dish with water
Bake for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and cool. Peel off skin of
squash and spoon flesh into a bowl then mash.

In a large pot or dutch oven, sauté chopped pear and onion in olive oil for
approximately 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add squash, water, broth, salt,
pepper (add curry powder and cumin if including these ingredients).
Bring to a boil. Partially cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes.
Place approximately half of squash mixture in a blender, puree until smooth. Pour
mixture into a large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining squash until all of it has
been blended. Return squash mixture to pot.
Warm over low heat 3 minutes or until heated.

Makes 2 servings
Per serving:
Calories: 290
Protein: 8 g
Fiber: 11 g



Looks really good right? Comment below.


Monday, January 16, 2012

FW - The Best Breast Cancer Awareness Phone Apps

As every women has breast cancer in the back of her mind, now you can have it on your phone!





I-phone:   I-Phone seems to have alot more options here.  this is a list of top five apps from Appitalism



Keep a Breast (Free on iPhone)  This app is designed to help you prevent breast cancer. It teaches you how to give yourself a breast exam at home and set up an automatic exam reminder. It also helps you educate yourself on facts of breast cancer.

Breast Health GPS (Free on iPhone)
This app uses your GPS signal and locates the nearest certified mammogram screening center. It also includes access to their website with more information, advice, and phone wallpapers.







Your Man Reminder (Free on iPhone)
This app is similar to “Keep a Breast,” except that it’s designed to have an attractive man tell you to check your breasts. This is more of a fun way to remind you about breast cancer prevention, as well as including instructions and information.




Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock (Free on iPhone)
This is a resource, first and foremost, designed to provide more information for those who were diagnosed with breast cancer or have a loved one who was. This is a resource for information, as well as inspirational thoughts and stories if you need a boost.





Breast Cancer Diagnosis Guide (Free on iPhone)
This app is designed with those who have breast cancer in mind. It has medical illustrations, personalized articles, and other helpful information. It walks you through the reports and the tests, so you’ll know what’s going on.




Android



Breast Cancer Risk Assessment by Ojil: This app asks questions and calculates the risk of getting breast cancer for women over 35. The application bases its estimate off of a variety of research and statistics, so there is some science behind it. Once you complete the survey, the app encourages you to share your results with your doctor.

Breast Cancer Big Clock Widget by Ferrari Soft: For a bit of pink fun for your Android phone, this ‘Fight like a Girl’ clock widget donates a portion of all proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Breast Cancer Glossary has a trial and a paid version. This app maintains ‘Education is the strongest weapon’ and provides you with definitions of breast cancer related terms. Particularly useful if you or a loved one is facing a recent diagnosis.



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Thursday, January 12, 2012

NW - Health Benefits of Beer

This is a subject I stumbled upon today that grabbed my interest.  I am not trying to justify drinking, as i drink socially, maybe once a month only as a fun night with friends (which I thought had no health benefit at all).  But consuming beer in excess, just like consuming anything else in excess, is not healthy.


What is Beer?


4 main ingredients - water, malt, yeast and hops.  Malt is germinated cereal grains, usually barley or wheat, Hops are a cone shaped flower off of a climbing plant that is in the same order as flowering trees such as an apple or cherry; almost like a second cousin.


Health benefits of beer:


- It reduces risk of coronary heart disease - Alcohol can increase good or HDL cholesterol-levels and reduces the chances of arteries hardening and/or thickening of the blood - which happen to be two main contributors to heart attacks. (2)

- Beer Contains silicon, which aids in making bones stronger, denser, and helps one avoid osteoporosis. The silicon also counters the neurotoxins that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. (3)


- The hops in beer have compounds called polyphenols, which is a great at lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer, and even killing viruses. Shela Gorinstein who is a Ph.D and a resercher at Hebrew University located in Jerusalem quotes: "Just one 12-ounce beer a day decreased fibrinogen, a clotting factor, and increased albumin, which is very important for protein metabolism," (1)
-Some bioflavonoids have similar properties to estrogen, which can and may serve as a natural form of hormone replacement therapy in women after menopause.

- Rich in Magnesium,  which acts against degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant components and  also help one age more gracefully.  =)


- Beer reduces kidney stone formation by dissolving particles and different toxins before they stick and clump together to form larger kidney stones.


- It contains many  B complex vitamins, such as B6, B2 and B12 .


-  Beer is part of the Mediterranean diet, it is followed by million and includes a beer in his pyramid.




Is Beer Healthy?


Chemisty perspective:


Is bread healthy?  Bread contains 3 of the main ingredients that beer does:  water, malt and yeast.  If bread is healthy, then what about hops?


Hops are used in beer to nutralize the sweet flavor of hops with bitterness, and has an antibacterial property that stabolizes the yeast in production and make the beer last much longer and not spoil.  As i was researching, i found out Hops are oddly enough used medically to treat alot of different illnesses and has even been pegged by a few different ppl as a "power house plant".  Hops are used for anti-anxiety, help treat insomnia, as a digestive aid, and was even used by the chinese to treat leprosy! And this is just to name a few.  Hops are very healthy.



Is the fermentation unhealthy?  The natural immediate answer would be a no.  Did you know Cheese and chocolate are also fermented?  The Healthy green moms blog describes the fermentation of grains as "practical, frugal, healthy and timeless."


Here is a paragraph from Rebecca wood from her website. Rebeccas articles often appear in Martha stewarts "living magazine", Mens fitness, and yoga journal. She is also author of The Splendid Grain, which won both a James Beard Award and a Julia Child/IACP Award; and author of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, has been in continuous print for over 25 years


     "Why do some foods like chocolate, wine and cheese taste so delicious? Fermenting magically    transforms their original ingredients into something more desirable. Besides upping flavor, some lactic-acid ferments, such as homemade sauerkraut, actually strengthen your immune system. ............. Fermentation increases the flavor, medicinal value and nutrition of foods."

Right?!  Fermentation shockingly is healthy for you.  In conclusion, the basic chemistry of beer is healthy for you.  

Sources:


http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/healthy-beer  (1)
http://www.s-healthclub.com/
http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/5-surprising-health-benefits-of-beer-2394102.html (2)
http://www.benefitsofbeer.com/ (3)
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/hops-health-benefits-237340/
http://healthygreenmoms.com/why-your-whole-food-diet-may-be-unhealthy/
http://www.rwood.com/Articles/Fermented_Foods_Strengthen_Immune_System.htm


In Conclusion, if we a 12 pack of  orange juice, we would become sick and the acid would ruin our teeth.  If we drank a 12 pack of milk our bodies couldnt handle it and we would throw up.  We can apply this to beer as well, the main problem I think we have is when people drink too much!

 Wow, now we feel less guilty!  DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!


I Love my Job!

-Dale

Zumba in Draper Utah


COME JOIN US!!!


Best party in town at Xcite Dance Studio!
Near Draper Utah!

9251 South, 700 East
Sandy Utah
84070


Class Schedule:
Monday 7 PM
Wednesday 7 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM
Sunday 9:30 AM



Zumba in Draper Utah


Regular Pricing:

Drop in: $7
5 Punch Pass:  $30
10 Punch Pass:  $50
Unlimited Monthly:  $45





Contact  me - You may qualify for current promotions. including new customer deals.


Dale Parker
Zumba Instructor
801-528-8756
ZumbaWithDale@Yahoo.Com

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

ZUMBA TROPIC, a Fund-Raiser / Master class w/ Tomee!

For REAL!

Lol... Tomee is doing a master class!  (its about time).  If raising money for programs that turn troubled youth into outstanding citizens isnt enough, going to an exiteing zumba Zumba party with the Salsero Tomee Pace is!


Zumba Tropic w/ Tomme Pace



 As you know, Tomee is one heck of a Zumba instructor who resides in the Layton area.  Tomee is a very good friend and former colleague of mine.  I have collaborated with her many times as she is a member of the zumba kids club the "Zumba Squad" with me and 3 others.

Tomee Pace is amazing.  She is a school teacher to an alternative high school in kaysville.  This school takes on troubled youth.  Tomee LOVES these kids takes interest in them and giving them the love and support that many of them do not get either of from their own parents (the main reason why they are troubled teens), and more importantly, helping them turn their lives around.  Last spring she took a 1000+ dollar yoga course (you know, the ones that ppl take and go on to make amazing money at yoga centers)  just to teach these kids a great yoga class in their courses the take in school!  Anyhow, i could go on and on..  Tomee is a Saint.

No Better Cause, No Better Instructor  Join me

@ Moutain High School
490 South, 500 East
Kaysville, Utah

Doors open at 6:30 PM

$10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/events/244180798984686/


THANKS  SUBSRIBE TO THE BLOG!

-Dale


Sunday, January 8, 2012

FW - Find your motivation to reach your fitness goals.

What is your new years resolution?  The most popular goal year after year is Weight loss.  If it is the most popular goal year after year is it safe to say many people have this same popular goal many consecutive years?  One of the most conservative ways of doing this is though fitness.  In January, the fitness industry is at its peak, gyms are full and typically gym participants diminish in February and March.  This reflects the general public in how we start our fitness regime in January, and it usually ends in a month or two.  So why dont we stick with our fitness regime?  Maybe we do not have enough motivation.  Your motivation might start as a reason, become an addition and even a lifestyle.

Finding a reason for your motivation

What is your reason to change and improve? You might start by asking  yourself these questions

-Are you competitive?
-Are you a born athlete?
-Are you goal oriented?
-Do you want to perform better – physically or mentally?
-Do you want to look and/or feel better?
-Do you want to live longer?

Which of these fits you best?  Stick with it and use it as a motivator.  The ultimate goal is to make your fitness regime or the results you get from your fitness regime an addiction. And by addiction I mean a postitive behavioral addiction. As we know, Addictions can be anything we make them. moderate or severe. It can be based on competitiveness or just for recreation.  Sometimes it may be really hard, but once you are addicted to it, it is hard to live without it.  One example of a postive fitness addicted person  is, they are on the road to success and fall off the cloud when they make an unnecessary pitstop.  Another might be, because of their fitness program they are following they look and feel better, even think clearer; life is much better, so one would make sure they put in their weekly exercise rather than going back to their old self.

Beto Perez teaching zumba w/ Gina, Tanya, Azuka


Alongside of being addicted to your program, make it a lifestyle. Over the years I have known ppl that have started a exercise regime, that get extremely motivated at times, stick with it for 2-4 months, not get the results they expected, get discouraged and their consistency drops.    Learn to put in into your life and the results will come, month after month, year after year.  The great thing about many zumba classes is,  most zumba classes (including my own, I make sure of this) have so much variety in their moves, speeds, intervals etc, that it is hard to reach a fitness plateau. My mother for instance (Julie Ray) Has been a fitness instructor for about 30 years, and with zumba she has constantly been loosing inches off her waist year after year (she has been teaching almost 6 years).  And some of you have witnessed my change over the years.  I teach zumba, but happen to be straight as an arrow, so I dont keep track of inches, but I continue to look better and better (I am pushing 30 and look and feel better than I have my whole life).

Lets all Stick with the program and not have to make the most popular new years resolution our resolution next year as well.


I love my Job!!

-Dale


P.S.   To give my clients some extra "Motivation", I am offering 10 punch cards at a discount rate for the month of January,   Buy one get one 50% off





Utah Zumba Instructor Dale Parker teaches the best party in town at his Zumba Classes in Sandy Ut



Utah Zumba Instructor Dale Parker teaches the best party in town at his Zumba Classes in Sandy Ut


Need to Connect with Dale Parker (Zumba Instructor), Call Dale @ 801-528-8756



https://www.zumba.com/en-US/profiles/23665/dale-parker/


ABOUT ME:


The Utah Zumba Man


My Name is Dale Parker. I am Also known as the Utah Zumba Man. I am a "Fitness Instructor", and have taught just about every fitness format I have been licensed to teach Zumba Classes in Utah for 4 years, teaching Zumba Classes for about 4 years. I was the First Male Zumba Instructor in Utah to teach Utah Zumba Classes under the name of "Dale Parker" or the "Utah Zumba Man". I have taught regular Zumba Classes at Cottonwood Heights Rec center in Cottonwood Heights Utah or Sandy Utah, Lady Fitness in Layton Utah, The Sportsplex in Kaysville, Ut, Collettes Dance Studio in West Jordan, Ut, West Valley Fitness center in West Valley UT, Lehi legacy center in Lehi Ut, The Midvalley Center for the Performing Arts in Midvale Utah, and the Performers Place in Lehi Utah. Now i am an Instructor in Sandy 84090 I currently teach at Xcite Dance In Sandy Utah 84070 near Draper Ut.


Zumba was a natural progression to me.. I grew up with both my mother and father being aerobics or dance aerobics instructors , who competed in dance aerobic competitions, In college i was in a ballroom performance team, and I learned how to entertain large numbers we get in zumba in my rock band that giged in and out of state on a weekly basis.. So i bring my fitness, dance, and performance backgrounds for zumba. Ive been teaching zumba for over four years, I was the first male instructor to be a "Zumba Instructor" in Utah. Music is my purest expression.. My Zumba classes feel my raw passion for music.


To Contact me goto my Zumba Profile and click Contact Instructor. Come to my class in Sandy Ut 84070 to truly experience The best party in town .


Gimme a slurpie.. And add me on facebook.


Other Zumba Instructors In Sandy Ut

zumba.com/profiles/6317/lindsey-taylor
zumbawithshannon.blogspot.com
zumbawithlaura.blogspot.com
zumba.com/profiles/45872/shelly-parcell

Thursday, January 5, 2012

FW - Preventing muscle strain

FW = Fitness Weekly.  Posts every Thursday.



What is Muscle Strain?


Muscle strain is when muscle fibers are stretched.  This happens when the muscle is overloaded, often when we are doing something we do not normally do or doing something much more intrense than usual.  There are 3 grades of muscle strain.  The first grade is when less than 5% are damaged, 2-4 weeks recovery. The second is a bit more serious, 3-6 weeks recovery.  The third grade is when the muscle is completely ruptured or torn in two  =/.




How do i Prevent muscle strain?

1 Warm up:

We do this in class...  This is why i am very thorough with all major muscle groups at the beginning of class.  The purpose is to raise your temperature so muscles are able to stretch more without strain.

2 Practice flexablility.

Again so one can stretch more without strain.  We stretch at the cool down, but i suggest taking 30 mins a couple times a week and do stretches that are done in mat classes.

3 Diet

CARBS.  Carbs are fuel for the body.  Not only is it good to load up on carbs for extra energy in class, it is also very good for muscle contractions.  DO NOT CUT THESE OUT!  As Atkins and other diets have given carbs a bad rep in recent years.   You will work harder and not only burn off the calories from carbs,  but will burn more all together compared to when you cut carbohydrates out.  A typical professional athletes diet consists of 60% carbs, and professional athletes are among the most lean group of ppl.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Monday, January 2, 2012

January Punch Card Special!!

For the month of January, 10 Punch cards are on sale:


Buy one 10 punch card, and get the the second 1/2 off!  

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NW - Holiday Leftovers - Safe to eat?

NW (Nutrition Weekly)

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HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS - SAFE TO EAT?

The holidays are over, now is it safe to eat our leftovers?

The CDC reports that every year 1 out of 6 Americans become ill because of something they ate, to read a blog post about this, Click here

First of all, To cover the obvious,

-  anything not frozen from thanksgiving is a strong no  =)

-  we need to cool our food in the refridgerator, after meals,  and put it into shallow Tupperware / containers that are clean and covered.

-  food needs to be cooked the right way first time ( separate raw meat and veggies)



Elizabeth Scott, is an co-director of Simmons College's Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community. and assistant professor at the school.

Ppl in general tend to think that vegetarian dishes do not have to make it in the fridge in two hours. A microbe called Bacillus cereus has been associated with dried foods like peas, beans and rice, says Scott. When the bacteria experience environmental stress — as with cooking – they form protective spores. “You might cook up a rice dish by boiling rice to a good high temperature, and it’s safe to eat at that time,” says Scott. But if you leave it out at room temperature, those dormant spores can germinate into the potentially dangerous bacteria.

“They can grow in very large numbers and release a toxin into the food,” she says. And contaminated food can cause nausea, cramps and diarrhea if consumed.

(Leftover breads and baked goods like cookies don’t need to be refrigerated unless they include undercooked egg products.)

Even refrigerated leftovers should be eaten within two or three days, Scott says. “There’s this misconception that if you throw it into the fridge again it’s endlessly safe,” she says. Not true — the cool temperatures don’t kill most bacteria, but just stop or slow their growth. If your plans are to be eating the remains of your New Year’s Eve dinner the following weekend, freeze them instead, she says.

When it comes to reheating, it’s safest just to do it once, Scott says — don’t make leftovers of your leftovers. Aim to reheat food to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees. Scott recommends an instant-read thermometer as a good kitchen tool.



Check for another post this Thursday!

-Dale