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Why We Need To Eat More Food Without Exercising

We know the importance of exercising and the role that exercise plays in our health. But how many of us really do exercise? The real issue, as the author admits, is that we don’t listen to ourselves! We say we want to stay healthy, but really we want to do nothing other than stay fit and eat well.

A growing body of research points to the importance of a balanced, healthful eating approach with regular exercise in helping reduce risk of developing and dying of heart disease and all other major health problems. As a result, more and more health care centers are promoting healthy foods over unhealthy ones. In addition, researchers at the University of Chicago have uncovered a connection between being physically active and lessening your risk of cancer; researchers estimate that walking 20 minutes every day can cut your risk of cancer by 60% for men and by 30% for women. But for many people, the challenge isn’t getting the exercise but simply eating enough to make up for the caloric deficits from a sedentary lifestyle…

For some, the amount of activity they do may be far more limited than for others. For example, if you are a smoker, you cannot enjoy a great meal without walking at least 20 minutes. It’s the same for anyone who goes to bed early and doesn’t get a decent night’s sleep. And so, for many of us, we are going to have to figure out a way to not lose weight or eat badly while we still have the time and energy to enjoy good food.

As Dr. Joel Fuhrman said, “The diet of the obese (without exercise) seems to be very unhealthy.” A diet that is low in protein and low in energy and low in essential nutrients, is not going to result in a healthier body. That doesn’t mean a healthful diet can’t improve health; it simply means we need to eat more food without exercising. In addition, the research of Dr. Marion Nestle and researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that there is little scientific research on the effect of exercise on weight loss. If you’re concerned about losing weight, we would recommend that you make sure your diet is adequate by getting a healthy amount of exercise. 

This recipe is made with chicken breast cutlets with just 1 oz of mayonnaise. If you enjoy this low-cal recipe, it will also do well with fish, chicken, ground beef or vegetables.

Served with a little fresh garden fresh basil and your favorite dressing, topped with a few basil leaves and a little olive oil & pepper, these are a great little lunch or weekend starter.

6 chicken breast cutlets (about 2 1/2 to 3 lbs), boneless, skinless (I prefer fresh cut)

For the dressings:

1/2 cup Italian olive oil, olive oil + salt to taste

3 Tablespoons freshly chopped fresh basil, minced

1 tablespoon chopped mint

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, soak the chicken cutlets in a very large bowl of cold water for about 15 minutes. Set aside.

To make the dressing:

Heat a large pot or pan. On medium high heat, add the olive oil along with salt, pepper and garlic. Add the chicken, toss to coat, and cook for 5 minutes (or until brown on all sides). Set aside.

To make the salad:

Add salad, fresh basil, red peppers, and onions to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent, about 5 more minutes until the vegetables are lightly caramelized. Remove from heat and drain off. Add the chicken, mayonnaise, and seasonings to the salad and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite dressing.