Aug 09 2010

Christine talks PIZZA!

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

The amount of pizza we American’s consume per year is equivalent to 100 football fields –visually speaking that is about 100 acres! 

Obviously pizza is not a healthful meal in most cases but we don’t care because it tastes so darn good.  But there are the nutritional consequences.  For example, one personal cheese pizza from Pizza Hut has 463 calories, 38 grams of fat and 14 grams are saturated.  So what can pizza lovers do?  They can get savvy on their outdoor grills and make insanely delish personal pizzas!!


Smart pizza topping swaps:

Go with chicken apple sausage which has half the fat as spicy Italian sausage.

Kalamata olives have half the sodium as anchovies.

Tomato based sauce has 8 grams less saturated fat than a creamy pizza sauce.

Spanish chorizo has less fat and sodium than pepperoni.


Not sure how to grill a pizza? 

Check out Christine’s Margarita Pizza

Nutrition Facts: 240 Calories, 9 grams of fat

Check out the recipe for Grilled Pizza Here!

 Listen to Christine talk about grilling pizza here


Jul 30 2010

Christine's fat-burning breakfast ideas and peach parfait recipe

3 Fat Burning Foods for Breakfast


1) Greek yogurt-

A recent study from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville found that people on a low-calorie diet that included yogurt lost 61 percent more fat overall and 81 percent more belly fat than those on a similar plan but without yogurt. 


2) Nuts and Seeds-

A study at Georgia Southern University found that eating monounsaturated fats found in nuts and seeds increases calorie burn for up to 3 and a half hours!


3) Fresh Fruit-

Eating a properly balanced breakfast that includes protein and low glycemic carbohydrates (unrefined, unprocessed) such as fresh fruit three hours prior to exercise may help burn more fat suggests a study from the Journal of Nutrition.


Try Christine’s Raspberry Peach parfait.  It’s made with Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, fresh peaches and raspberries.

341 calories, 24 grams protein, 48 grams carbs, 9 grams fat

Get the recipe here:

Listen to Christine talk about fat burning breakfast ideas

And if you missed Tony Horton talk about summer fitness - listen here!

Jul 23 2010

Nutrition Label Savvy- Avoiding Deadly Trans Fats

Christine Avanti explains that there are four different types of fats:


1) Monounsaturated (MUFAs): These are good fats that actually help your body burn fat.  These fats are found in nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, avocados and olives.


2) Polyunsaturated (PUFAs):  These are good fats and they are found in most natural foods such as fish, nuts, seed, and plants.  They are very similar to MUFAs.


3) Saturated: These fats are thought to be bad because they supposedly clog and add plaque build-up in our arteries.  These fats are found in meat, butter, lard, and dairy products.  However, animals that are traditionally raised on grassy pastures such as free range cattle (natural herbivores) produce meat and butter this is good for our health.  Why?  Because these free range animals feed on green grass which causes them to produce meat and dairy products that are high in omega-3 fatty acids (good fats), vitamins A, D and beta carotene. 


4) Transfats: These are the worst kind of fats for humans to eat.  They clog arteries, stiffen blood vessels and wreck havoc in our cells which can lead to cancer. 


Here is how to avoid feeding yourself and your family transfats:


1) Read the “ingredients” list on the back of all your packaged foods.  If you see the words, “partially hydrogenated” don’t buy that food!  Partially hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils that have been through an industrial process where hydrogen is added to the vegetable oil to make is “stable” or “solid” at room temperature.  Food makers use this technology to prolong shelf life of baked goods, longer fry-life for cooking oils and a smoother texture “mouth feel” to the food.  “Partially hydrogenated” means that there is trans fats in that product.  This is sneaky because food manufactures are allowed to promote a food saying “No Trans Fats” as long as a food product has 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving. 


Feed your family good fats that come from nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, and dairy that comes from free range cattle such as organic butter. 


Check out Christine’s White Peach & Cherry cobbler made with organic butter (high in omega-3s, vitamins and minerals).

146 calories, 5 grams of fat

Add 1/2 cup of organic vanilla ice cream: 286 calories, 11 grams of fat


Compare to traditional peach cobbler 710 calories, 31 grams of fat

Get the recipe here:

Listen to Christine talk about the benefits of organic butter




The City Harmonic explains the meaning of "Manifesto":

The City Harmonic sings the Canadian national anthem with Scott and Kelli:

Reflections on the cultural aspects of sharing Christ in Canada:

The City Harmonic talks about hockey and Tim Horton's in Canada:

The meaning behind "Milking the Cow is Holy":

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Mar 22 2011

Dr. Meier answers a question about breaking out of relationship patterns

Our guest, Dr. Paul Meier of The Meier Clinics ( answered a question from a listener about the patterns we fall into in relationships. Check it out:







Dear Dr. Meier,


I grew up in a home with a critical and rejecting father. Now I am 27 years old, a successful professional woman. I would love to fall in love and get married and have children some day, but I seem to attract men who are nice at first, but end up being critical and rejecting like my father. Do you have any suggestions?

Sincerely, Briana


ANSWER: Yes Briana,

According to psychiatry research, about 85% of our adult personalities are laid down by our sixth birthday—the way we look at life, at men, at women, at marriage, at God, and even at ourselves. We tend to see ourselves in the eyes of our parents. If they are rejecting, we erroneously think we are rejects and deserve to be rejected. If abused, we erroneously think we are trash and deserve to be abused. If loved and respected, we have a healthy love and respect for ourselves, and do not put up with rejection, chauvinism or verbal abuse from potential lovers, friends, co-workers or even churches. A woman who grows up, therefore, with a critical and rejecting father will tend to have low self-esteem, and to be automatically attracted to guys like that when she is old enough to date. She would try to fill the “hole in her soul” that her father left there. 

In therapy, Christian counselors would help you to do the following to help you to get over your addiction to rejecting people (known as CODEPENDENCY):


1.         THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. Realize that your life is being hurt greatly by lies you learned in childhood and that the truth will set you free from most of the misery you are facing.

2.         GOD WANTS YOU TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. Realize that God wants you love and be loved by people who know the real you and love you just the way you are without using you in unhealthy ways. 

3.         WE ALL TEND TO NATURALLY REPEAT CHILDHOOD PATTERNS. Realize that we all tend to repeat the patterns we get used to in childhood, so avoid critical and rejecting friends and boyfriends. The more you love and are loved by healthy friends, the less needy you are. And the healthier you get, the less needy you will be, so your “blinders” will be removed, so you won’t be fooled by rejecting people. 

4.         BECOME YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND. Decide to become your own best friend, and make a written pledge today in the back of your Bible to make an effort to quit saying negative lies to yourself, and only say to yourself what you would say to your best friend under the same circumstances. If you lock your keys in the car, don’t lie by calling yourself a stupid idiot. Tell yourself the truth that you would tell your friend if she locked her keys in the car—“Welcome to the human race. We all make mistakes.” The more you love yourself in a healthy way, the better choices you will make in your relationships.

5.         GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR EMOTIONS. Become more aware of your true emotions, rather than stuffing them. Hang out with friends with whom you can laugh, cry, confess, share anger, share loneliness, and who will share their emotions with you as well.


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