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I tried a new recipe a while back. It turned out so ridiculously good that I wanted to post it for all of you right away but never found the time. But fear not, because time is something I now have – for a few minutes tonight while I write this post at least.

This recipe is for a roast. It can be any beef roast of any size. You’ll just have to change the timing a little bit, which I will get into in just a second.

If you’re like me then you love your beef pretty rare. Nothing quite hits the spot like a medium rare to rare prime rib, that’s for sure. Prime rib can often be expensive, so I went on a search to find a way to cook any roast and have it come out as delicious as our supreme cut.

After failing many, many times I stumbled upon a method that I found very odd but the directions said to “trust the science.” Me, being naïve, thought it’d be a great idea to trust the science. And I did. And I am so glad I did.

When you first read this you may think I am crazy, but I am telling you that it actually works. The picture I used for this post is my actual roast.

You want to first start by rubbing the roast down with all the spices you want. This time around I was pretty basic and simply used garlic, pepper, herbs, and a little bit of salt. Then use a sharp knife to cut several ½ inch slits all the way around.

Preheat the oven to as high as most ovens go, around 500 degrees Celsius. You will only want to cook the roast at this temperature for 7 minutes per pound of roast. My roast for the picture was only 2 pounds, so I had it cook at 500 degrees for 14 minutes.

Once the time is up at the optimal temperature you’ll need to shut the oven completely off. Yes, that’s right. Turn your oven dial all the way off and let the roast sit in there for 2 hours. Please, please, please do not open the oven door during this time. The more you open the door and let the heat out, the more you risk ruining your perfectly rare roast.

I didn’t believe this method would work the first time I read it, but I gave it a whirl and sure enough it did exactly what it promised.

Do you have any special “tricks” you like to use to make the perfect roast?

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The following post is a guest post by Kaitlyn Teabo from The Mesothelioma Center.

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Although radiation such as routine X-rays, injections of radioactive materials for imaging, and radiation used in cancer therapy is intended to help diagnose and treat illnesses and disease, it can also drain a patient’s body. To help offset some of the effects of radiation, a patient should maintain a nutritious and balanced diet.

Here are some common side effects of radiation and how nutrition can help manage them:

  • Fatigue: When experiencing fatigue, you should eat foods that are high in carbohydrates to maintain energy and protein to maintain endurance, such as toast with peanut butter, bagels, rice, noodles, eggs and lean proteins like nuts.
  • Nausea and Upset Stomach: Ginger is known to soothe stomach pain. You can hold a slice of fresh ginger in your mouth while undergoing therapy and when you become nauseous, chew on it. You can also eat dry and bland foods such as toast or cereal without milk. To avoid nausea and vomiting, stay clear of spicy and acidic foods.
  • Diarrhea: Try to eat foods high in potassium such as bananas. Water, about eight to 10 glasses a day, can also help relieve diarrhea. Try to avoid greasy or processed fast food and dairy, because these foods can make diarrhea worse.

Other side effects of radiation treatment include mouth sores, loss of appetite, hair loss near the radiated site, skin irritation, anxiety and depression.

Regardless of the present side effects, any patient who elected to undergo radiation should keep their protein and calorie intake high, because a common side effect of radiation therapy is weight loss and patients need the extra calories to maintain a healthy weight. Without the proper amount of calorie intake, it will make it harder for the body to heal and fight infections.

Even if overall appetite decreases as a result of radiation therapy, nutrition is highly important. When you do eat, try eating foods high in fat, protein and carbohydrates. This will give your body the nutrients it needs to sustain radiation treatment.

Good nutrition helps your body withstand treatment. You should keep in mind that your diet is one area in which you do have control, but remember to ask your doctor or physician before changing your diet.

Author bio: Kaitlyn Teabo is a writer for The Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in writing, cancer research and emerging scientific technology to educate the mesothelioma community about asbestos and its related diseases.

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Courseault, Jacques. (2011, Jun. 28). Foods to Eat to Help With Radiation Treatments. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/480917-foods-to-eat-to-help-with-radiation-treatments/#ixzz2JIgUD6C3

NIH. (2012, Dec. 5). When you or your child has diarrhea . Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000121.htm

Zamora, Dulce. Fight Fatigue With Energy Foods. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/fight-fatigue-energy-foods-6/power-up

Blog Image34Whenever people engage in a conversation about their workout routine or eating habits, it doesn’t take long for protein to get mentioned. Everyone who is anyone knows that protein is essential for muscle growth, but do they really get the “why” and “how?”

Let’s take a look and see why this macronutrient is so important for building strong bodies, and how we can use it to our advantage.

When we perform any kind of resistance training our muscles get broken down. This requires amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to help repair and build our muscles to be stronger.

After a workout our muscles are primed (read: starving) for protein and there is a window of opportunity to promote muscle growth. Some people like to skip a meal after a training session and feel that they are benefitting themselves, when really they are missing out on a great chance to rebuild their body.

One strategy used commonly is to eat half a meal before your workout and the other half afterwards. It can be a good idea to incorporate a little carbohydrate as well. Carbohydrates will raise insulin levels which slows protein breakdown and speeds muscle growth. Also, you won’t be using stored protein for energy. That would be a waste of precious muscle-building power, and we don’t want that.

One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pinpointed 20 grams as the best amount of post-workout protein to maximize muscle growth. It may not hurt to focus on an overall daily goal at first so you can get your feet wet.

There are some easy ways to get protein before and after your training session. I wrote an article a while back about quick and simple ways to get more protein in your day. I recommend giving it a quick read.

People often settle for protein shakes as a way to consume protein after a workout. Whey protein is great as it can get to your muscles quickly, however you can definitely get protein from whole food sources as well. Not everyone is game for supplements.

Eating the proper foods is essential to growing, or even maintaining our body. Make sure you eat adequate protein in order to replenish and rebuild your muscles after a good workout. Treat your body like a temple and your body will treat you well in return.

P.S. Women, don’t be afraid to follow this advice as well. Building muscle takes a ton of work and will not happen overnight. You will not get “bulky.” Read more about that here.

How do you like to get your protein?

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