Miami Chefs Host Fundraising Events for Fit to Fight Challenge

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From Flywheel to Sobekick, Miami chefs are sweating it out all around town.
While we're getting fatter taking advantage of Miami Spice, the chefs behind those meals are slimming down for a good cause. As part of the Fit to Fight challenge, 12 local toques have committed to lose weight while raising funds to benefit Live to Fight, a nonprofit that supports individuals with life-threatening illnesses. After their last weigh-in August 4, some are already down almost 20 pounds!

In addition to competing to drop the most weight, each chef is tasked with raising a minimum of $1,500. Many are hosting events and touting restaurant specials to help meet their goals and promote healthful living.

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Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

Greg Powers
Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds dubbed Fit for Hope. The Washington, D.C. fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against one another over the course of 12 weeks and raised more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Because of the positive impact it had on Isabella's life, he's decided to regionalize the challenge and make it Miami-appropriate. He's picked captain and regional host Jamie DeRosa to head Fit to Fight, which kicks off Monday, June 30, with a party open to the public at Tongue & Cheek.

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BluePrintJuice Debuts in South Florida; Cleansing Surges in Miami

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Evan Sung
BluePrintJuice is now available at Whole Foods markets across Florida.
First came Jugofresh. The popular juice shop opened in South Beach one year ago and since then has announced plans of expanding into Wynwood, where it pops up now and again, and Lemon City, where owner Matthew Sherman will launch a 22,000-square-foot facility with a hydroponics lab, a commercial juicing kitchen, office space, and a 500-square-foot yoga studio.

Each 16-ounce portion of cold-pressed, raw, organic juice costs about $8 to $11.

See also:
- Jugofresh Expands to Wynwood, Lincoln Road and Lemon City
- Jugofresh Features Organic Juices, Opens Today in South Beach

Then came CPR, which stands for Cold Press Raw. The cleanse, featuring six juices a day, costs $65 per day. The juices are available in select locations, including Green Monkey yoga studios.

And now, one year after the debut of Miami's juice-cleansing craze, nationally acclaimed, blue-capped brand BluePrintJuice will be sold in Whole Foods markets across Florida.

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Haven Gets Healthy With Paleo Gastronome Dinner Series on Wednesday


We're almost two months into 2013, and some of us are already losing sight of our New Year's resolutions. Eating healthy is hard when all you do is eat out. Hell, even cooking healthy is no walk in the park. Good thing we've got some news to share with your palate, belly, and heart.

Michael Boles, managing partner and owner of Haven, has teamed up with U-Fit owner and trainer Cody Patrick to present chef Todd Erickson's food to calorie-counting health freaks. OK, that's a bit insulting. Let's call them people who love eating out but have problems fulfilling dietary restrictions. Yeah, that's better.

You've likely heard of the paleo diet. In case you haven't, it's based on eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups of our hunter-gatherer ancestors during the Paleolithic era, or the Stone Age. No wonder our ancestors were in such great shape.

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Dr. J: Diet Based On DNA

Categories: Dieting
Diets are always trendy, especially in the beginning of the year and in Miami, where it's always sunny. The problem with doctors, diets, and workout regimens is that they are just that -- a trend, and are therefore constantly changing and evolving according to the latest information and breakthroughs in medical research. This has inevitably caused the dieting process to be like a magic trick gone bad, where the only thing that disappears is your cash. Lot's of it too. So what do you gain? More cravings for the things you've been told to stay away from.

Or they urge you to do what worked for J-Lo. Did you see her in that Golden Globes dress? Bitch.

Jenny from the block may not be the best example, but the point here is that what works for J-Lo may not work for you. Why? Genetics. Dr. Genetics to be exact, or Dr. J for short.

Genetics play a huge factor in the way each of us ingests, digests, and processes food. Besides being something we love and can't stay away from, food is ultimately energy, and a necessary source for a healthy and happy life.. Some people really do need a lot. It's not the calories, it's the DNA.

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- Dr. William Davis: Wheat Is Cause of Obesity and "Most Perverted Food on Store Shelves."
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Focus on Unhealthy Foods Might Help Dieting, Study Suggests

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Could this save your diet?
It's a tough battle overcoming the bulge -- especially when you can't quite overcome the binge.

A new study published yesterday by the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that individuals trying to diet should pay attention to the unhealthy foods they eat, not the healthy stuff.

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Mind Trickery: Japanese Goggles Make You Eat Less

Categories: Dieting, Food News
via CNN
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a pair of goggles that trick the mind and stomach into thinking a person has consumed more than he or she really has.

So far, 80 percent of participants have been successfully tricked.

If research develops further, and the goggles become commercialized, the prospects for global weight loss could very well surpass the ever-increasing problem with obesity.

But how do they work?

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Manage Your Caffeine Intake: App Founder Talks

Categories: Dieting, Obscurity
When you absolutely need a fix: there's an app for that.
There's that old Greek maxim, "Know thyself," but if a person hasn't figured out how to maintain a caffeine buzz, luckily there's an app for that.

Introducing Caffeine Zone, an application developed by two scientists at Penn State University. It tells the user when and how much tea or coffee to drink during the day to keep the buzz rolling, or when to stop drinking it altogether.

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Five Ways to Keep the Resolution Diet You Start Every Year

Categories: Dieting
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It's no stretch to guess that 85 to 90 percent of people tomorrow night will make a resolution to diet. But it's also no stretch to guess that around that same percentage of resolution diets will quickly be ditched.

We've developed five ways to extend those two months to maybe six months or maybe even a lifetime. If you're planning on a diet resolution for 2012, strip down to your skivvies and take a good, hard look at yourself. Devise a plan to fix whatever problems you see, and add these nifty tips to enhance it:

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The Love Diet, Where Infatuation and Weight Loss Meet

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Camille Lamb
Two cigs? She must be on the Love Diet.
Where do love and crash dieting intersect? If you're a typical guy, this question may sound like jibberish. If you're one of the five women in the country who can eat half a strawberry cheesecake at three in the morning and never gain an ounce, it may confound you, too. But if you're like many appearance-driven Miami women (and gay men), you've probably already been on what Short Order calls "The Love Diet."

The Love Diet is driven by involuntary hormone production and conscious food deprivation. When a woman meets a man she finds desirable, a natural chemical rush ensues. In an article titled Defining the Brain Systems of Lust, Romantic Attraction and Attachment, biological anthropologist Helen E. Fisher, Ph.D., wrote about a stage of love called "romantic attraction," in which people (women and men) tend to feel "psychophysical responses, including exhilaration, euphoria, increased energy, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, trembling, a pounding heart, and accelerated breathing." Basically, it's comparable to shooting pure cocaine in your arm. Some women say that when they experience the suppressed appetite as a result of meeting a new beau, they take advantage of the boost and turn their high into full-fledged crash dieting.

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