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May 22nd, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

Sourdough Crumpets.

Sourdough Crumpets.

Photo: Photo By Tom McCorkle For The Washington Post.

Sourdough Crumpets.

Sourdough Crumpets.

Here's how to use your sourdough discard in everyday baking

Are you a proud parent of a sourdough starter? Congratulations on keeping your fermented baby alive. It certainly feels like a small victory to realize your starter (mine is named Frampton) is flourishing.

If it is, you are probably used to the routine: You feed your starter once or twice a week (or maybe even once every two weeks, I don't judge). You also may cringe every time you, well, discard the discard: Wasting food feels terrible during normal times, and these aren't even normal times. Flour and yeast can be difficult to come by, so using up everything, and throwing out as little as possible, is more important than ever.

Well, I've got good news: Your discard is practically begging to be used in various baked goods - and it's easier than you might think.

Martin Philip, a baker at King Arthur Flour and author of "Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes" (Harper Wave, 2017), explained it like this: "The question should be, what shouldn't you put discard in as opposed to what you should put discard in?"

Zachary Golper, owner of Brooklyn-based artisanal bakery Bien Cuit and author of "Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread," said discard can serve two purposes: as a flavoring or a commercial yeast replacement. "If the discard has no time to ferment, it's a flavor component," he said.

In this piece, we're focusing on using discard as flavoring because it is so simple.

Used this way, unfed discard provides near-instant gratification. Because you're not letting your discard's yeasts reactivate and are using it right away, you are essentially capitalizing on those sour notes to provide lovely, complex tang to your baked goods, Philip said.

Numerous recipes can help you use your discard as flavor - crackers, biscuits, banana bread (or any quickbread) - but I want to highlight two less-obvious favorites that are perfect for sourdough newcomers: crumpets and popovers.

Adding leavener to discard: Crumpets look similar to English muffins: thick, perforated pancakes cooked in ring molds on a griddle. Crumpets, however, are made with loose batter, while the muffins are punched out from thicker dough. For crumpets, the discard, baking soda, salt and sugar are mixed and then immediately cooked on a griddle. That's it.

The baking soda acts as a leavener when combined with the acidic starter. If you don't have molds, you can make free-form crumpets, but they will not get the same rise. Though they will resemble pancakes, they will still taste delicious. Like English muffins, crumpets are ideally suited to butter, jam and a cup of tea; they can also be frozen and reheated in the toaster.

Using eggs as a leavener: If making popovers intimidates you, let me put your mind at ease: They take 10 minutes, a muffin tin, a bowl and a whisk. Unlike crumpets, popovers don't require a chemical leavener such as baking soda, but eggs give them the power to rise, puff and form a gloriously festive dome, much like the marriage of a souffle and a muffin. Fresh out of the oven, they're billowy and fancy and make you look like you went to pastry school.

The popovers here are made with Gruyere and a generous grating of black pepper, elevating them into something truly special. The savory notes in Gruyere are an ideal partner to the sour flavors of discard. You can, however, make them plain - they will still be delicious.

Adapting recipes using sourdough discard: For more experienced bakers looking to adapt recipes, such as quickbreads, to sourdough discard use, Philip cautions that discard will "behave more like a liquid than flour," so you'll need to do the math to figure out how much liquid and flour to subtract from the recipe and replace with discard.

Here's an example: If you take 1 cup of starter that you've created through equal parts flour and water, it will weigh in the neighborhood of 250 grams. Breaking the ingredients out, by weight - because your hydration levels should always be weight-based - you will have 125 grams (1 cup) of flour and roughly 125 grams (1/2 cup) of water. (Do not do your math by volume, because a cup of flour is about half as light as a cup of water.) To use it in, say, a banana bread recipe that uses 456 grams water and 213 grams flour, start by reducing that to 285 grams water and 107 grams flour. Keep an eye on the bread: It may bake for a little longer or shorter, and place a rimmed baking sheet under the loaf pan as your batter may expand more than usual.

This isn't an exact science, because every discard will behave slightly differently, depending on hydration levels, flour used, frequency of feedings, ambient temperature and humidity of your home, and so on.

So you have to use your senses, too. The math, Philip adds, "will get you to the right county, and to the right town, and maybe even to the right neighborhood. But then you should say, what does this batter feel like to me? And once you're off-roading, with some knowledge and a scale - and a little bit of science - you're in good shape."

For playing around with other recipes using discard, Philip recommends going to a source, such as King Arthur's website, that has tried-and-true recipes tested many times over. His advice, "Start with a recipe that's solid."

Once you have more experience, you can then start experimenting.

Along with a delicious baked good will come the gratification, especially in these unprecedented times, of using every last bit of something.

"It's important as an aspect of honoring high-quality ingredients that we don't throw it away," Philip said. "Farmers worked hard at growing these grains. Food is a privilege, and let's treat it with honor and respect. Make an extra loaf and give it away. Make your discard something that can contribute to the well-being and happiness of someone."

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20 minutes

4 to 5 servings

If you have sourdough starter, you can make these crumpets in 15 minutes. Scan the ingredients, and if that doesn't make you run to your kitchen and give these a go, consider us surprised.

Crumpet, a type of griddle cake, traces its origins to the 17th century and is similar to the English muffin, except the former is made from loose batter whereas the latter is made from firmer dough. A popular teatime treat, crumpets were originally cooked in special crumpet molds and only on one side. We preferred how the crumpets looked and tasted when we cooked them on both sides, English muffin-style.

Serve the crumpets warm with butter and jam.

Storage: The crumpets can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 2 months.


1 cup (250 grams) sourdough starter discard (unfed)

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Neutral oil and melted butter, for greasing the pan


In a medium bowl, stir together the discard with sugar and salt until combined. Sift in the baking soda and whisk it in thoroughly; the batter will rise and bubble.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat until you can feel the heat when you hold your hand a few inches above the skillet's surface. Lightly grease the skillet with oil and butter.

Brush a 3- to 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter with a little oil. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the center of the cookie cutter.

Cook until the top of the batter is set and full of small holes, 5 to 10 minutes. Look for the top of the crumpets to resemble the surface of the moon -- full of craters and dimples. Adjust the heat as needed to achieve a mostly cooked, porous surface on top without burning the bottom (you can peek using a spatula to lift the molds). Using an offset or fish spatula, or tongs, flip the crumpet and remove the cookie cutter ring. To do so, gently "cut" around the perimeter of the crumpet using a butter knife.

Cook on the other side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition (based on 4 servings) | Calories: 120; Total Fat: 0 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 343 mg; Carbohydrates: 26 g; Dietary Fiber: 1 g; Sugars: 2 g; Protein: 3 g.

(Adapted from King Arthur Flour.)

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Active: 15 minutes | Total: 50 minutes

6 to 7 servings

With their billowing dome and custardy centers, popovers appear impressive and complicated, but they require just a handful of ingredients, a bowl and a whisk, you're minutes away from popover greatness. If you don't have specialty popover pans, with spaced deep cups, regular muffin tins will work just as well - just be sure to give your popovers the space they need by skipping every other cup in a regular muffin tin, as described below.

Storage: Popovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


1 cup (240 milliliters) whole or reduced-fat milk

1/4 cup (60 milliliters) heavy cream (optional)

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup (125 grams) sourdough starter discard (unfed)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (50 grams) shredded Gruyere cheese (may be substituted with another melting cheese or a hard cheese, such as Parmesan)

Neutral oil, unsalted butter or cooking spray, for greasing


Position a baking rack in the middle of the oven and place a muffin pan on the rack. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the milk and cream until just slightly warm to the touch.

In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk-cream mixture with the eggs and butter; then add the starter, salt and pepper. Whisk in the flour and the cheese. (Do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine.) The batter will be the consistency of heavy cream and look slightly curdled.

Carefully remove the hot pan from the oven, and spray it thoroughly with non-stick pan spray, or brush it generously with oil or melted butter. Quickly pour the batter into the cups, filling them almost to the top. Popovers will nearly double in size and may topple a bit, so to prevent popovers from touching one another, fill every other cup with the batter to give them room to rise.

Bake for 15 minutes, then decrease the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the popovers are golden brown. Using tongs, carefully lift the popovers out of the muffin tin and serve.

Nutrition (based on 6 servings) | Calories: 224; Total Fat: 9 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Cholesterol: 112 mg; Sodium: 330 mg; Carbohydrates: 26 g; Dietary Fiber: 1 g; Sugars: 2 g; Protein: 10 g.

(From Olga Massov.)

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May 22nd, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

The carnage is incredible.

Congress is shoveling out money indiscriminately by the trillions. Within weeks if not days of dumping money by the trainload politicians are demanding large chunks of it be returned because they wrote the rules so loose that institutions of higher learning sitting on billions, corporations with deep pockets and/or the ability to borrow great amounts of money at ease, and even some well-heeled sports teams like the Los Angeles Lakers were vacuuming up relief money like there was no tomorrow.

Meanwhile we are learning the government bureaucrats only distributed 17 percent of the COVID-19 relief to struggling Main Street concerns.

Governor Gavin Newsom is using the COVID-19 as a reason for the state to get into the homeless shelter business by pushing to buy dozens upon dozens of hotels up and down California to house the homeless.

Tax revenues are tanking that need to support services for the most vulnerable as well as provide for roads, schools and more not because of a coronavirus per se but how the government responded to it.

That response has been far from based on scientific principles as we are now finding out. Thanks to the Wall Street Journal digging into directives issued by Gov. Cuomos Administration that many media talking heads have praised for making sound decisions like ordering nursing homes to take COVID-19 patients.

In San Joaquin County where the model that health officials swore by to flatten the curve either worked extremely effectively or was way off course has COVID-19 hospitalizations on a daily basis running at least one 200th of what was projected. Despite the fact the numbers the county is reporting compared to the justification they used to slam the door on non-essential business and activities are far apart; they are moving proportionately so slow compared to reality that they may end killing off hundreds of small businesses.

Unemployment went from 5 percent to 14.7 percent in California within a month based on the protocols put in place to flatten the pandemic. Last week the governor after saying it could be months until phase three businesses such as health clubs, stylists, sit down restaurants and in-store shopping at non-essential businesses could return, hinted that the states handiwork could send Californias unemployment rate to an unheard-of 24 percent.

Meanwhile the $19 billion state surplus is now turning into a $54.3 billion deficit. This will mean state workers taking at least a 10 percent cut, school funding being cut significantly more than it was during the recession triggered by the mortgage crisis of 2008, and even the sacred cows of Sacramento environmental programs and new ways to assist the poor as well as the undocumented taking hits.

The plan is also to borrow more than $10 billion from special funds. The list of special state funds includes gas tax, water bonds, park bonds and such. Of course, (wink, wink) it will be paid back just like nearly $1 billion cannibalized from the March 2000 Proposition 13 water bondapproved by voters that included funding for flood control work on the San Joaquin River between Vernalis and Mossdale. The state borrowed the money to plug a general fund hole and never repaid it.

The state on the pretense of keeping us all safe ordered jails to clear out criminals to reduce their chances of becoming infected with COVID-19. Criminals the state turned loose were preying on more victims within days and some cases within hours or their release. Depending on the county, 10 to 20 percent have committed serious enough offenses in the Age of the Pandemic where not social distancing is a bigger crime than burglary that they are back behind bars.

The California State University system is turning to Phoenix University on steroids switching the fall semester to online learning with no tuition breaks for students that wont be getting in-person instruction of that college experience they are told is well worth the price they are paying to get an education. Instead they will be paying two to six times the amount for online courses than what they would have paid had they opted to get their degree via an online program.

It is legal to play golf and go to the beach but not to hike in state parks.

Government edicts have said it is OK to go into a Safeway providing you social distance by not into a church, even if you social distance and wear masks.

Mayors like New Yorks Bill de Blasio shut down gyms and health clubs calling them non-essential and painting them as a potential COVID-19 killing fields and then he takes a trip a couple times a week to workout at a YMCA proving once and for all that in the world of politicians what is good for the gander is not good for the goose.

This is just a short list of the carnage and contradictions government has provided for us in just 65 days. And from the way they are posturing they act as if they are just warming up.

COVID-19 is real but so is another pandemic government gone wild.

They have quickly swatted down anyone challenging their actions by putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to painting a draconian picture of what would happen if they were not blindly followed.

The bottom line is this is not civilizations first rodeo with a pandemic with no vaccine or known cure. As scholars have pointed out in articles printed in places like the New York Times that are as far away from the Internet sites run by conspiracy nuts you can get, pandemics end when the fear subsides.

Thats because we never eradicate viruses, coronavirus or others. We basically come to grips with the risks and socially accept the annual death toll of a particular virus.

If the Centers for Disease Control is to be believed as even those arguing strongly against reopening are slamming the CDC for flu death tolls they say are conjecture, several years ago we lost 60,000 people on an annual basis to the flu in this country. We have now surpassed 85,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The point isnt whether COVID-19 is deadlier and there is no vaccine yet to reduce your chances of getting it nor is it that is isnt much worse than the flu as some claim. The real point is we have accepted 60,000 annual flu deaths in this country as being OK.

The 1918-1919 Spanish flu pandemic had three waves. Depending upon the source you look at the number of American deaths during those two years were all over the map. The best number appears to be about 500,000 deaths.

No one wants to see 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 over two years in this country. And given the population of the United States at 105 million in 1918 or less than a third that it is today wed have to see 1.5 million American deaths to be on the same level.

The real issue is pandemics have never been one and done. They have always come in waves. It is what we were told before a national emergency was declared.

Instead of playing to fears or manipulating numbers to justify or undermine a government action we really need to get a bit pragmatic.

In short, we need to find a way to live with our fears and to determine a reasonable acceptance level before we collapse under the weight of a textbook case of Government Gone Wild 101.

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May 22nd, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

When dogs wander, it can create a lot of anxiety for their owners. Ive often worried about my dogs getting lost or injured. Nowadays, though, advanced GPS tracking collars offer pet owners reassurance and help ensure the safety of their pets.

The rechargeable Fi GPS collar is one such tracker. It helps you know where your dog is at all times, while also acting as a canine exercise tracker. The collar, which has a GPS-enabled brick on a replaceable woven collar, pairs with Fis app to show you where your dog is at all times.

After a 30-day trial, Fis subscription is $99 annually. Use the collar without a subscription and its functional when youre with the dog or when the dog is home, but not when your dog is lost or youre separated.

The Fi collar uses a home base, LTE-M cell signal, and GPS to achieve tracking speed and accuracy. Its the first dog collar to use the LTE-M cellular network, which reaches 30% farther than 3G/4G/5G/LTE. In an open field, GPS tracking is accurate within 7 feet.

Fi was released in spring 2019, and the company continues to upgrade both its hardware and software. My original Fi collar had a faulty D-ring that began to bend. When I reached out to the company, it confirmed that there had been an issue with production specs and sent a new collar with a D-ring that has held up well.

The woven polyester collar is high quality, rated to 100 pounds plus pull strength, and the only collar most dogs need, with brushed metal buckles and D-ring. It comes in four colors and sizes.

The collar is tough enough to survive dogs like mine who routinely bend their metal tags. Its also waterproof tested for 30 minutes at 1.5 meters deep. For nighttime walks, owners activate a light for added visibility; you choose the light color (red, green, or blue).

Pair the collar with the charging base you plug in at home. Then Bluetooth connects the collar to your smartphone and you connect the base to your Wi-Fi. You can also add multiple pets each gets a profile, and you can invite other owners via Fis app (iOS/Android).

When it is within range, the collar connects to the base. When out walking with your dog, the collar connects to your smartphone. If your dog is wandering alone, the Fi connects to the LTE-M network. Activate Lost Dog Mode, and the collar connects to GPS and lights up.

In the app, you can set a circular home zone as broad or confining as you prefer and request alerts when your dog leaves that area. If youre traveling, take the base, connect it to Wi-Fi at your destination, and set a new home zone.

Fi also tracks your dogs daily, weekly, and monthly exercise. Create your pets profile, select its breed (pure or mixed), weight, and age, and set a daily step goal. With daily step-count tracking and graphs of exercise over time, you can chart how your pup measures up to other dogs too.

Ive used Fi with my dogs, Maple and Cedar, for the past nine months. Its such a great tool that were sticking with it indefinitely.

When they wander, I know where to find them. The app shows me where they are in real-time, and I can scroll through their recent walks to see where theyve been. Even more, it shows how long they were in a location and whether they were moving or resting.

Last summer on a road trip to Denver, I left Cedar in a fenced yard. Thirty minutes later Cedar hopped the fence, and Fi notified me he had left his Denver safe zone. I knew where to find him before he made it to a busy road where he could have easily gotten hit.

At first, I laughed at the step-count feature, but now its one of my favorites. In winter, our goal is 10,000 steps. Ive seen that goal is easy for them in the summer. I also know both dogs exercise history, including monthly steps and miles, and the days they didnt make their steps. When I leave them with a sitter, I know if they are getting their steps in. Its fun to compare them to other Fi dogs too.

Fi doesnt have the precision location tracking of a GPS bike computer or $300 to $600 pet tracker. But its community-focused and user-friendly with excellent battery life. Fi says you need to recharge it every three months if the dog is always home, every two months if you go on walks, and every three weeks if your dog is quite active. In my experience, those are accurate estimates.

When we first got the collars, Cedar managed to peel the metal nameplate off his Fi. Although the unit continued to function perfectly, the company still offered to replace it. Fi has since reinforced that plates attachment. According to the company, a Fi collar should last hundreds of charges and at least five years.

When my battery life seemed too short, or my dogs were showing up in the woods behind my house even while not at home, Fis customer service was exceptional and helped me troubleshoot.

In the woods or a city with tall buildings, Fi is less accurate. Not surprisingly, a GPS connection kills the battery much quicker than a phone or base connection. Expect the battery to last two days with GPS.

Like other trackers, if you activate Lost Dog mode and your dog is out of service, they wont show up. But the app alerts you as soon as they wander back into range.

Out of cell range, the collar still tracks your dogs steps, but occasionally mileage is lost if Google Maps doesnt register the full distance. Advanced fitness systems, like GPS smartwatches, have their own cartographic data. Fi does not. However, as they collect more data, the system improves.

Fi is fun and functional. I got this collar so Id always know where my dogs are. I can find them whether theyre lost near home or where were traveling. If youre looking for a GPS and fitness tracker that doesnt require a base station and can be connected to any collar, the similarly priced Whistle Go Explore Health and Location Tracker ($130 retail and $9.99/month for the subscription) is a great alternative, but it lacks the battery life youll get with the Fi. At best, the Whistle can operate up to 20 days without a charge.

Ive continued to use Fi collar because of its reliability, the ability to track my dogs whether they are by my side or not, and the companys excellent customer service. The ability to monitor their step count to ensure they get sufficient exercise every day is a big bonus, and it gets me out the door too.

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May 22nd, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

The feud between Sharon Osbourne and her brother has exploded into public again with her accusing him of being cruel about her weight.

Sharon, 67, said of David Arden: I used to get fat shamed by my brother. [He] used to get his friends to join in. It sticks with you.

At times I was bigger than others.

My weight has always [gone up and down], and thats it.

Speaking on The Talk, Americas version of Loose Women, she added: Its been going on for hundreds of years, people going on about peoples weight.

"And it never will end.

Sharon has not spoken to David, 69, for 13 years.

They fell out in 2007 over where to lay to rest their dad, legendary music manager Don Arden, who handled bands such as Black Sabbath, ELO and the Small Faces.

Sharon, married to Black Sabbath co-founder Ozzy Osbourne, 71, has previously claimed she has given David around half a million pounds in cash help over the years.

She once said: I think he looks at me and my family, all successful, and it eats away at him.

David previously accused Sharon of having undergone so much plastic surgery she was unrecognisable.

She said she never wants her children Aimee, Jack, and Kelly to speak to him again despite his pleas for contact.

Former X Factor judge Sharon said: It seems all he wants is our money. I want absolutely nothing to do with him.

David knows that everything is going to my kids, but he seems to think he can get a few hundred grand out of my husband in his will... even though hes said horrible things about Ozzy behind his back.

"Its disgusting.

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May 22nd, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

A woman was motivated to lose seven stone after an outfit she wore for her hen party made her feel like big bird".

Sarah Burke, 29, from Cork, decided to drop the stones seven years ago.

She explained: I went on a hen about seven years ago with a yellow theme and I remember thinking - Im a size 22/24; where am I going to get something yellow?

I tried on my dress and my nana was like is that a joke? I had to wear it and it actually haunts me to this day!

After losing the bulk of the weight, Sarah was delighted when she fell pregnant with her son Luke, and although others worried she may put the weight back on, she knew she was determined to stay on track, RSVP Live reports.

When I fell pregnant everyone was like you just lost the weight and now youre going to put the whole lot back on, so it did take away from it but I worked really hard during the pregnancy.

I gained two stone in the pregnancy and I lost that when he was six weeks old. I was in such fear of going back to a 22/24 there was no way I was doing it to myself. The fact that people were commenting on it as well like when you tell people youre pregnant theyre meant to say congratulations - but people were worried for me.

But Sarah didnt use her pregnancy as an excuse to throw in the towel and the birth of her son Luke only motivated her further.

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Having Luke definitely motivated me. With Slimming World being self-employed its up to you how much you earn, your groups can be as small or big as you want and of course I wanted to provide Luke with as much as I could.

But Sarahs admits that self love is so much more than just reaching your target weight.

I think when people think about losing weight we all think its going to fix everything and make you much happier.

"I would have been very bubbly and outgoing before and as I lost the weight I actually became quieter. I had a lot of loose skin and things like that. So yes I feel better in myself healthwise but theres a lot of things I want to work on for myself as well.

When youre on your own with a three-year-old and they go to bed it is lonely like youre just sitting there at night, so thats when my energy goes into what Im going to do to benefit myself more than just sit there and eat crap."

This decision to lose wight would not only lead to a complete lifestyle change for Sarah but it also kick started her career as a consultants with Slimming World after her own incredible eight stone weightloss.

My best advice to anyone starting their weightloss journey would be that its one day at a time, and no two days are the same. Some days youll be amazing and some days you mightnt be but thats okay.

"I am driven, but some days I have to drag myself up to do it. But its a case of if I dont do it, its not going to benefit me. If I eat crap for a day I just get up the next day and treat it as nothing, otherwise itll go on and on.

You need to control the food rather than the food controlling you. So just get in control of the food and just go with every single day as best as you can - and dont give up cause giving up wont get you anywhere.

Sarah was due to tie the knot last month, and when the relationship broke down, even through all of this she is still a bundle of positivity and motivation.

I actually was due to get married last month but the relationship ended. I had surgery scheduled for the skin on my stomach and breasts but I had put it off because we wanted more kids but now that thats gone the opposite way Im going to get the surgery done.

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May 21st, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

'Black-ish' actor Anthony Anderson turned up on 'The Tonight Show' sporting a grown-out beard. "Just call me Black Moses," he said, further adding that it could also be branded as a quarantine beard. He said, "When we broke for hiatus this year, we actually wrapped a Friday before all hell broke loose. My intent was just to travel the world playing golf for 4 months and Covid happened and that nicks the golf and the traveling part so I am just growing my beard. I was just going to grow it until I went back to work in August."

"Golfing just opened back up in California so I am playing a couple of times a week," he said, confirming that growing his beard is not the only thing he's doing from his vacation bucket list. Speaking of golf, Anderson also held up a photograph of himself with Fallon on a golf course and turns out, that was the first time the two met each other, 12 years ago. Anderson made fun of Jimmy for wearing "the thickest cardigan" he'd ever seen a golfer wearing in 110-degree weather in the desert.

Later, Fallon asked Anderson if he's been working out, to which he revealed that he turned vegan three months ago, right before the outbreak, and has lost 20 pounds. He also revealed that he's going to keep losing weight while mentioning that he's a Type 2 diabetic and his glucose level was out of control. He had to increase his insulin two years ago and the actor revealed that doing so resulted in weight gain. "I picked up 30 pounds almost overnight," he said while revealing that this weighed heavy on him for the past year and a half. Speaking about struggling with his weight and people making mean comments, he added: "All of last season of 'Black-ish' I was just looking at myself just feeling disgusted. I had done so well, I got down to 215 pounds. So I was just looking at how I started to pick all the weight back again and people on the street were like 'Ah I see you gettin' fat again hahaha it must be livin' good'."

About going vegan as a solution to losing weight, he said, "Right before the NAACP Awards at the end of February this year that I hosted, I was like you know what let me try to lose 10 pounds before the show to offset the 10 pounds the camera is going to add. So I went vegan and lost 8 pounds before the show... I was like okay I am feeling good, I have been vegan before so I said let me continue till the end of the season. So that lasted for about a month and I was like I am feeling great so I will just stick with it. So here I am 3 months later, 20 pounds lighter, feeling great," said Anderson, who turns 50 this August. "50 could look better but it could look worse," he joked.

About turning half a century older, he added: "50, 40 years ago when we used to hear about it, (it) was not the 50 today. It's a different lifestyle and all of that so I am excited about it." Anderson also revealed that he will be receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was about to receive it last year but he mentioned that he postponed it because he wanted it to be a gift for his 50th birthday. "It's a milestone birthday and I want more than 10 people around me while receiving my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," he said hoping that the pandemic blows over and conditions are better when August arrives.

His show 'Black-ish' has been on air for six years now and Anderson has been nominated every year for an Emmy but he's yet to win one. "I have been fortunate enough to have been nominated every year that we've been on the air, so 6 in a row. I get to work with a great cast, great producer, great showrunners, my partner in this Kenya Barris, we are just having a great time. 6 years strong, coming back for our 7th season and just looking forward to continuing to tell these great stories and have fun doing it."

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May 21st, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

During lockdown weight gain is perhaps inevitable, and not necessarily the end of the world. But if you want to lose weight or at least not put on too much extra weight there is one thing you can do that is almost certain to help. It is very obvious when you think about it, and arguably not that easy, but it will give positive results, and perhaps it might not have occurred to you before.

So, you want to know how to avoid isolation weight gain at home? There is one item in a lot of people's diets that could be easily cut and would result in losing weight faster. You guessed it: alcohol, booze, and the drink. No one needs a lecture about why alcohol is bad for your health but I think a lot of you don't realise how consuming alcohol effects your diet and your weight loss. Or your weight gain, more accurately.

If Google Trends is anything to go by, everyone seems to be having more booze than usual now that we are in full lockdown. And in the case of the UK in particular, that is saying something.

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Let's get one thing out of the way right at the beginning: the best way to lose weight is not to exercise more, but to eat less. Especially now that we have to stay indoors almost all the time, eating the same amount of food as we used to will result in us putting on weight. Cutting back on calories of any sort will help you in your weight loss battle. No news there. Avoiding these 5 types of food can also help you lose weight faster.

There are a lot of misconceptions about alcohol and as I mentioned above, I'm not here to lecture anyone about just how bad it is to consume alcoholic beverages. Sure, some types of alcohols contain certain micronutrients (like minerals) that can be beneficial for health, but this doesn't outweigh the negative effects of these drinks.

One very important thing to realise about alcohol is that it is basically pure carbohydrate. Carbs are one of the three main macronutrients your body needs to function; the other two are lipids (fats) and protein. This doesn't mean your body needs alcohol to function, on the contrary. Drinking alcohol adds nothing to your diet, alcohol calories are just 'empty calories'.

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Just how many calories, though? There are a few options that are considered 'low-calorie' drinks, like vodka and diet coke. Although diet coke can be considered free of calories (still pretty bad in every way) a double shot (50 ml) of vodka contains over 100 calories. You would have to run 10 minutes to burn off those calories and that is just one drink.

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How about beer? A small bottle (12 oz/355 ml) of Goose Island IPA is 208 calories, twice as much as what's in a double shot vodka plus diet coke combo. And whoever has only one small bottle of beer when they drink? That's right, no one.

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Maybe wine? A bottle (750 ml) of Cabernet Sauvignon is just under 600 calories, meaning that two medium glasses (approx. 175 ml) contain around 250-300 calories.

We used the Drinkaware Unit and Calorie Calculator to calculate the below numbers.

For the rest, we used MyfitnessPal's database and the manufacturers websites.

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The best idea, of course, is to keep your alcohol consumption to the minimum. As I mentioned in the 'how to lose weight at home' article, being mindful about your diet and food/drink intake can help. Before you pour yourself another drink, ask yourself: do I want another drink? Am I bored? Is there another task I'm putting off by drinking?

Admittedly, on some occasions, especially during social gatherings, it is pretty challenging to get out of drinking at least some alcohol. When everyone is having beers and wines around you, the social pressure on you to have one too could be immense. Even in these cases, there are ways to reduce consumption.

If you are a wine drinker, have a soda spritzer instead of just a glass of wine. You would still get the sensation of having a wine in a wine glass, but you also drink plenty of water, which dilutes the alcohol and makes it easier for your body to digest it more efficiantly.

If you are more of a beer drinker, see if there are any low calorie/alcohol-free beers in stock. A bottle of alcohol-free Holstein is only 8 calories (!) and there are plenty of low-cal options out there, especially if you live in the US.

And in any case, if you drink a glass of water after you had a drink, your stomach will fill up sooner and you will feel fuller sooner, making you less likely to drink too much alcohol. It also helps with hangovers, too.

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May 19th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

Looking for a low impact, full body workout that will give you a core of steel without any equipment? This home workout circuit is provided by world U23 Cyclo-cross champ and Red Bull athlete, Tom Pidcock. Try it, then increase or decrease the amount of reps and/or rest time depending on how you find it.

Usually, nobody outside of road bike warriors, really wants to look like a pro cyclist but this workout will help build core strength and is quite easy to do, compared to cycling up a big mountain. It's a great addition to a sensible lockdown weight loss diet. Also, as long as you don't use it alongside a hardcore road bike workout, it will help you stay in shape, rather than giving you the usual cyclist physique, ie: incredibly sinewy legs, and an upper body like a small child.

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(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

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Reps Complete this exercise for 20 reps (10 on each side)

Good for: improving core stability

To complete this exercise, extend the left arm and right leg out until your foot and fingertips are in line with your back. Tense your core to ensure you maintain good form and do not wobble. Hold this position for 5 seconds and return to resting position before repeating for the right arm and left leg. You should feel your core working and your lower back tense to maintain the position for 5 seconds.

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

Reps Complete 10 reps of this to stretch out your back and core

Good for: improve lower back flexibility and core strength

Maintaining in the same position as for the superman now arch your back as much as you can with your hands shoulder width apart directly under your shoulders and your knees directly beneath your hips, after holding that for a few seconds then tuck your back in a far as possible (lowering your tummy to the ground).

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

Reps (Complete 10 on each side) x 2

Good for: warming quads up

Explanation To warm the legs up for the session perform a step up on a small step, driving the knee of your free leg up as you transfer your weight onto the step. Perform all the reps on one leg before switching to the next.

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Reps If you find it easier you can split longer planks into reps of 30s with 15s rest. Continue this until you can no longer maintain perfect form or complete a set time.

Good for: strengthening core

Starting with the most painful to get it out the way. Perform a plank for 30s, 1 ,2, 3, 4 or 5 mins depending on your ability. You want to try and last for as long as you can maintain good form, as soon as your bum rises or drops, or you start to wobble then you can relax for 15 seconds and try and finish your target time for the exercise with good form.

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Reps/duration hold for 30 seconds and then release.

Good for: abdominal stretching, shoulder definition

to stretch your core out after this static effort, place your hands on the floor rather than elbows in a raised plank position and sink your hips into the ground lifting your head up and back as far as comfortable, you should feel a satisfying stretch on your whole core after the plank.

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

Reps Complete 12 squats for each side (24 total)

Good for: hamstring and quads

Explanation Place a resistance band around your knees (an innertube would also work) or if you struggle with the resistant band it can be done without. With your feet together step out to the left to just over shoulder width apart and squat down slowly. Keeping your weight backwards mainly on your heels and then push up with force springing back to a standing position without jumping and then bring your feet back together. Repeat for the right side. If you find the resistance band easy tighten it to create more resistance when you step out and in.

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

Reps (20 reps (10 on each side)) x 2

Good for: improving core strength and shoulder/hip mobility

Lie on your back with your legs at a 90-degree angle and hands directly above your shoulders. Slowly lower your left arm keeping it straight, above your head and at the same time your right leg straightening it until its a few inches off the ground. Hold this for 5 seconds and then return to the original position before repeating now with your right arm and left leg. During this you want to maintain control whilst your limbs move slowly, and make sure that your lower back is always touching the ground. As soon as you can feel it lift from the mat you have lost form and the exercise will be less effective so take a rest and try again.

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

(Image credit: Tom Pidcock/Red Bull)

Reps (20 reps) x 2

Good for: increasing calf strength and stability

Explanation Standing straight with your feet shoulder width apart, lift your heels as far off the ground as possible standing on just the balls of your feet and then return back to a normal standing position and repeat. If you struggle with the balance you can stand just in front of a wall keeping your hand on it but not using it to aid the effort. You should feel the effort quite quickly in your calves. But try and maintain your maximum heel raise each time to exercise the whole muscle.

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Good for: err...stretching the calves?

To loosen your calves after that exercise perform a quick stretch lower yourself into a lunge position with a straight back leg and push your hands against a wall. Placing most of your weight through your back leg you should feel the calf and hamstring start to stretch. Hold for 30s and then switch legs.

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Reps Complete 15 reps on each leg

Good for: improving glute strength

this can be done without a resistant band and more reps can be performed. Lie on your side with the resistance band around your knees, the leg closest to the ground tucked back out of the way and providing stabilisation behind you. And your active leg straight in line with your body. Slowly raise your leg to a 45-degree angle and back down again until it nearly touches the ground before repeating.

Foam roller If you have a foam roller roll over your calves, hamstrings and quads stopping to work out any notts that you might find.

Stretching be careful not to over stretch during this period, relieve your body of tight spots but dont push it too hard as your muscles will be loose and warm making it easy to stretch them a little further than normal.

Glutes stretch

Tuck your right leg under your hip extending your left leg out behind you and using your hands to keep you balanced. Slowly lower your body weight onto your tucked in leg performing the stretch on your glute. Hold for 1 min each side.

Hamstring stretches

From a standing position lower your upper body over from your hips extending your arms trying to get close to your toes whilst maintaining straight legs. Hold for one minute.

If you are doing more than one circuit, then you can repeat without completing the stretches and do them at the end of the session. There are many more exercises that are beneficial to a cyclist, but these are good starting points to maintain some strength and explosive power during lockdown.

Tom Pidcock is a Red Bull athlete. To find more about how Tom uses Red Bull as part of his training and racing visit

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May 19th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

A super food that is still relevant today, Chia seeds have numerous benefits to them, especially when it comes to beauty!

Chia seeds have been around for the longest time. They were believed to be a staple in ancient Egypt and were an essential part of diets. Considered a super food, Chia seeds are still relevant today because they have innumerable beauty benefits. They are known to contain essentialnutrients and ingredients that are excellent for the hair and skin. Some of the lesser-known benefits for the skin and hair include:

HydratingKnown to be very moisturising, Chia seed oil is excellent for treating skin problems like eczema and dry skin. The best part about this oil is that it is light weight and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin. It also makes a fine base under makeup.

Makes for a good skin barrierChia seeds helps in strengthening the skin's barrier. This naturally weakens as people age and leaves skin sagging and wrinkly. Chia seed oil is filled with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that helps in strengthening the skin.

Curbs inflammation and itchinessChia seed oil is known to curb itchiness of the skin and get rid of cracked skin due to its content of fatty acids. It is also greatly beneficial for cracked heels as it makes them smooth over time. This oil is perfect for the cold weather when skin tends to become dry.

Removes dark spotsConstant use of chia seed oil or face masks containing chia seeds, is known to get rid of dark spots on the skin. It may also reverse the damage caused by UV rays that are the largest source of free radicals.

Thicker hairChia seeds are known to be extremely rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. These can help in making the hair thicker and stronger while also promoting hair growth. When added to hair masks and mixed with eggs, nothing works better for the hair than chia seeds!

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