Wine, Step-ups, and Philly cheesesteak stuffed potatoes

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Wine, Step-ups, and Philly cheesesteak stuffed potatoes

Wine: Good for the heart, good for the mind?

Let’s get one thing clear: excessive alcohol is extremely bad for your health.

But alcohol in moderation? The research is more ambiguous. Here are a few ways wine may or may not be

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benefiting our health.

  1. Resveratrol: For a few years, it was believed that many of the health benefits of wine came from resveratrol, which has been reported to have many benefits, including:
  • Anti-aging
  • Heart-healthy
  • Neuroprotective
  • Anti-obesity
  • Anti-cancer

Unfortunately, many of the positive benefits of resveratrol have yet to be replicated in clinical trials. Even worse, studies began showing some potential dangers of resveratrol.  Ultimately, as of now, it is unclear if resveratrol has any significant beneficial health effects in humans.

  1. Mental health: A glass of wine a day might reduce rates of depression. A study from Spain including 2,683 men and 2,822 women over a 7-year period has suggested that participants who drank two to seven glasses of wine a week had reduced rates of depression
  2. Cancer risk: In a rather dramatic move, the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a statement linking alcohol to several types of cancer, including mouth, throat, breast, liver, and colorectal.
  3. Neurological health: A recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center has shown that low levels of alcohol consumption can decrease inflammation and help the brain clear away toxins associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ultimately, it is still unclear what the benefits of moderate amounts of alcohol are, but as always, be sure to tune in for the latest in research.


Exercise move of the week: Step-ups

Ever wonder why we do so many step-ups in our classes? Although it’s true that when people think of “leg day”, back squats are what comes to mind, step-ups and other single leg exercises are essential for full leg development. These types of exercises (i.e. split squats, pistol squats, or lunges), force us to engage deeper postural muscles, that improve our balance, and may prevent common injuries. For more information about these exercises, click here and here.

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Potatoes

Recipe of the week: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Potatoes (Courtesy of Living Loving Paleo)

Fly eagles fly! Okay, got that out of the way. When you’re married to someone from Philly, you learn a lot of things. One of the things I have yet to figure out is all the fuss about Geno’s or Pat’s (I guess it’s the Pepe’s vs. Sally’s of Philly?). And while you probably won’t find this recipe on either of their menus, this recipe is relatively easy to make at home. Plus it’s delicious and filling! One note: while their cheese sauce looks delicious, we usually just melt a little low-fat Trader Joe’s provolone on top.