Matthew David Parker’s 5 Favorite Healthy Recipes

Matthew David Parker’s favorite five healthy recipes are influenced by his time in Texas, at the University of Houston and in San Marcos, Texas.

1. BBQ Chicken Salad

This is a great dish for a weeknight or a dish to bring to lunch. The BBQ Ranch sauce is terrific and adds just a touch of sweetness. This serves two as a side or one as a main dish.


  • 1 grilled chicken breast
  • 3 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1 ear corn, husk on
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cliantro
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup black beans, cooked and rinsed (canned are fine)
  • 2 tablespoons Ranch dressing
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce

Grill your chicken, or slice up your prepared chicken breast. Soak the corn in water for about 10 minutes. Toss it on the grill and grill on high for about 3 minutes a side. Remove and let cool, then slice the kernels off. Mix all your toppings together with the lettuce and stir the ranch and BBQ sauce together. Top with chicken and your BBQ ranch dressing. Sprinkle the cilantro on top. You can include shredded cheese, sour cream, or salsa too.

2. Texas Tailgate Chili

This is a lighter version of the classic Texas chili.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped
  • 1 seeded and chopped jalopeno pepper (if you like it spicy)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 jar low-sodium salsa

Brown the ground beef in your chili pot, then drain off the fat. Mix in your spices. Cook your onions, peppers, and garlic until the onions are transparent. Add the canned tomatoes and salsa and cook until they start to fall apart. Add the beans and allow the chili to simmer on low for about 20 minutes. You can top this chili with all kinds of things like cilantro, cheese, sour cream, or tortilla chips.

3. Texas Caviar

Don’t be alarmed; this isn’t any “caviar” that you’ve ever heard of! This side dish is a favorite at picnics and barbecues all over Texas. It is essentially a bean salad that is eaten as a dip with vegetables or tortilla chips.


  • 2 15 ounce cans of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Just chop and mix it all together. This is a fun side dish, appetizer or it can be used as a garnish on chicken or grilled vegetables. It’s also a great base for a vegetarian taco.

4. Healthy Enchiladas

Enchiladas are the epitome of Tex-Mex food. However, they can be high in fat and sodium. This version makes them more heart friendly. The plus is, they’re still tasty.


  • 16 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 28 ounce can of red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups of grated Queso Blanco cheese
  • 1 1/2 cooked, shredded beef or pork

Traditionally, tortillas for enchiladas are dipped in oil before being stuffed and laid in the baking dish. In this lighter recipe, you’ll put a few tablespoons of water in a skillet and steam the whole wheat tortillas. Fill them with cheese and shredded meat, then roll them up. Be sure to reserve half your cheese for the top. After you’ve rolled them all, cover with the red sauce, top with cheese, and bake in pre-heated 400-degree oven for about 25 minutes.

5. Healthy Texas Sheet Cake

This made-over version of the classic Texas Sheet Cake is fantastic. The cake gets the soft texture right, and the icing is spot on. Together they combine to create one of my favorite Texas recipes of all time. This Texas Sheet Cake isn’t something you’ll have to feel bad about eating.

Randi Glazer Issues Warning Regarding Health Risks Associated With Masculinity

Randi glazer masculinity healthCultural norms play an incredibly powerful role in the way we perceive ourselves and in the way we interact with others, which is why Randi Glazer has been making a concerted effort to raise more awareness regarding the dangers of masculinity when it comes to dealing with any number of health issues. While there are certainly some benefits associated with toughness and other qualities associated with masculinity, these traits may be part of the reason why many men are at a greater risk when it comes to a wide range of treatable illnesses.

Several studies have shown that men who identify themselves as masculine are far more likely to downplay or even lie about the presence of symptoms they are experiencing during a visit with a doctor. The degree to which these symptoms were downplayed or glossed over increased in direct relation to the level of masculinity these men assigned to themselves, which seems to indicate that masculinity is simply bad for your health.

Of course, it is not masculinity itself that is causing the health issues. Instead, it is the idea that toughness is associated with hiding any sign of weakness, even if the person the weakness is being hid from is the very person capable of addressing that weakness. Glazer believes that drastic change is not necessary to improve the health outcomes for these most masculine of individuals, as simply urging and encouraging men to attend a checkup and to be honest with the doctor ought to be more than enough to generate a significant improvement.

John Pryor Gives 4 Examples of Strength Excelling in Sports

John Pryor believes that being a rugby player requires one to have an abundance of both power and strength which are essential in order for one to excel in the game. In sports such as rugby which is usually rough, rugged and fast-paced, strength as well as endurance training is very important. These two are necessary in order to equip the players with enough energy and strength to endure the game well. This will guarantee that the player will have the speed and power needed to outlast a game successfully. Strength training on an extensive level is necessary for a player to excel in any type of physical sport. John Pryor gives the following examples of how strength aids excellence in sports.

Strength Separates the Top-Level Pros from the Rest
Every player in a team is different from the others in their different playing styles, the style of play the team favors and the training levels required in each area. There are no players even in the lower levels that lack strength or training well. However, what separates them is the development of some sets of skills that are specific for a certain game as well as the way they understand the game. Players who train using a specific training method for complex sports usually achieve much strength. Pure power and strength is the only aspect that separates the top pros from the rest of the team players.
Adding Agility to a Muscular Frame
Power and speed are considered as specific abilities of a sports person whereas hypertrophy and strength are considered to be general. In any athlete’s career it is important that they focus on strength training heavily earlier in their career. They ought to build muscle as they prepare for the season and leave skill training and training specific muscles for later in the season. Adding agility to an already muscled frame will be easier and also less risky and would help a player excel in their sports.
Avoiding Overtraining
According to John Pryor, rugby players ought not to worry so much about their size and strength as long as they had a training foundation that was solid at the start. The first 4-8 weeks in the pre-season should be focused on building mass and strength before the weight is reduced to the minimum. The focus should then shift to aerobic activities and high reps. The athlete should then focus on adding speed to their game while maintaining the power needed for every movement in order for them to excel in their main seasons.
Durability and Core Strength Counteracts High Injury Risks
Injuries are part of sports and in rugby specifically the injury risks and rates are higher when compared to other sports. Most of these injuries involve muscular strains, contusions, dislocations, fractures, lacerations or over-use related injuries. Adequate strength training is therefore important in order to help players avoid these injuries which hamper their chances of excelling in their sports. Strength building usually goes a long way in ensuring precision, speed and power to a player while playing.
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Can a Change of Scenery Encourage Improved Health and Wellness?

Whether we realize it or not, we all eventually settle into a pattern that becomes a routine, influencing everything from workplace productivity to recreational pursuits. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as there can be many positives drawn from recurring behaviors that maintain or improve health and wellness. The flip side of this is that there is always the risk that people settled into routines become bored if there is not enough variety, and there is the distinct possibility that certain aspects of the routine have negative health consequences. When a change becomes necessary, it may be possible to improve health and wellness with a simple change of scenery.

It is important to point out that some massive life upheaval is not at all necessary to achieve some level of benefit from a change of scenery, as a weeklong vacation to enjoyable locales or a brief jaunt on Laughlin, NV bus tours can be more than adequate to stimulate a positive lifestyle change. Of course, it is not enough for an individual to make positive changes just by heading out of town for a few days, as there has to be a specific intent regarding the desired changes along with an understanding of how to implement those changes during the time spent away from home.

Before going into greater detail, it is valuable to understand why a simple change of scenery can help people shed the bad habits or patterns they have fallen into. The problem is one of simple association, as we have a tendency to associate familiar visual cues with certain behaviors, so it should not be all that surprising that poor dietary habits are hard to break given the presence of so many familiar cues. When someone leaves these cues behind by heading to an unfamiliar location, it is a lot like wiping the slate clean in terms of associated behaviors. With a clear intention and a desire to change, a new location is quite helpful when it comes to stimulating behavioral changes aimed at improving health and wellness.

The first step to improving health and wellness through positive lifestyle changes is to have a clear understanding of the changes that must be made. This may be accomplished by adopting a new exercise routine, a healthier diet or an increased commitment to intellectual pursuits, so the destination should reflect the desired lifestyle change in some way. A trip to Las Vegas may not be the best place to try to devote more time to literary pursuits, but it may be an ideal location to broaden one’s understanding of contemporary music. In this circumstance, having a clear purpose in mind is quite critical.

Once a location has been selected according to the specific goal, it becomes important to develop a plan that reflects an intention for positive change. During a trip to Big Sur, for example, a traveler seeking to improve their health through outdoor activities should take some time to research the various trails that take hikers up into the mountains or down to the shoreline of the Pacific Coast. Someone looking to adopt a healthier diet may likewise research local restaurants that serve health-conscious meals in order to make sure they patronize the kinds of places that will help them reach their intended goal.

Adopting new habits in favor or old ones is undeniably difficult, but that does not mean it is impossible. A change of scenery can help stimulate these kinds of changes in a significant way, and once a new habit is adopted it becomes quite difficult to fall back into any bad habits. This certainly requires a fair amount of vigilance at first, but healthy behaviors become easier to maintain the longer they are followed. Of course, the most important factor is the individual’s desire to change in the first place, as it is very unlikely for improved health and wellness to occur if a concerted effort to change does not exist.

Can You Work A Busy Luke Weil Schedule?

Some of my favorite people in the entire world are personal trainers simply because these are people who’s business is to spread health awareness and help people change their lives by changing their health. Improving your own health is a challenge that many embark on, but few succeed in because it takes so much discipline, which is what the majority of people lack, consistency and hard work. With an understanding of how much work it takes to improve your own health, it would be fair to say that improving the health of another person is that amount of hard work doubled over.

You may ask, “Why are personal trainers some of your favorite people?” The answer is obvious, because I am passionate about health, so are they and they do whatever they can to improve another person’s health and make sure they succeed. In a way, you could say that personal trainers are changing the world by changing lives and helping people reclaim the health and life they probably once had.

Early to rise and early to bed, a personal fitness instructor is one of the busiest people in the world. With a crazy and complex schedule like Luke Weil, the saying, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” is one that often escapes their lips. Their schedule consists of an early run in the morning (distance and time may vary), then breakfast and straight to work. While working, the fitness instructor is dedicated to their clients and that doesn’t stop just because they go home. Once home, it’s all about study, study, study as well as make a schedule for the next day or the next week in advance. A personal trainer will write emails and make phone calls to schedule appointments and collect payment if they must.

Through and through, the life of a personal fitness instructor is never calm, never laid back and never boring. Something is always happening and something is always changing. The greatest way to show your gratitude to a personal trainer is simply by trusting them, doing what is asked of you and getting results. There is no teacher in the world that wants to see you fail, because if you fail, they fail.

Dr. Parviz Khosrowyar Helped My Health

Just last week I had my favorite session of the year (sarcasm included). I had to go to the doctor’s office for my yearly checkup just to make sure my vitals are working properly. Just like every time, Dr. Parviz Khosrowyar handled my health with great care and professionalism.

Dr. Khosrowyar ran his tests on me and told me that my health wasn’t as top notch as it was last year and asked me what I had been doing differently. I told him that I had read that red wine was great for health and that I have been drinking no more than 1 or 2 glasses every day to ensure my heart health is at it’s peak. Dr. Khosrowyar nodded that he understood, but then told me something shocking. Apparently red wine isn’t as good for health as I was led to believe.

The overall verdict was that my health is still good, just not nearly AS good. I guess you could say I have a few things to change.

Dr. Andrew Carver on Dangers of High Heels

Dr. Andrew Carver explains the dangers of wearing high heels. Dr. Andrew Carver is a foot and ankle expert.


1. Heels displace about 70-80% of the body weight under the ‘BALL’ of the forefoot.
This causes the formation of painful callouses there and actual bursa formation under the ball of the foot.

2. Compression of the TOES.
The cubic content of the ‘toe box’ of a heel is too small for the toes.
Over time this causes bunion pain and bursitis and hammertoe callouses and bursitis there.

3. ‘BALANCE’ of the back of the foot and ankle becomes very precarious in high heels.
Ankle sprains are much more likely because the weight of the rear foot is thinly balanced on a high spindle.

4. The ACHILLES TENDON is held in a shortened position.
Wearing heels most of the time can theoretically allow this muscle tendon complex to ‘shorten’ hence causing severe tightness when walking in ‘flat’ shoes.

Painless Health

No pain…no gain?  Is there a way to be healthy without all the pain?  I think that if you are having pain then your body is trying to tell you something.untitled (140) imagesBJYOMWPQ  The pain you feel is you muscles complaining.  Can you be wearing out your body?  I think that the constant pounding of the body will cause bad joints and torn ligaments.  The body should not be abused by ridiculous exorcise.  If you need to exorcise consider a swim or a long walk.  Dana Sibilsky is an exorcise fanatic and will be a crippled old man someday but he will not stop until he is dead.

Mental Health

untitled (189) untitled (188)How closely is metal health tied to your physical health.  The best way to answer that is are you mentally healthy.  I suppose that if you were mentally ill then you might think you are healthy when the fact is you are very sick.  On the outside the poor should looked the picture of health while inside the brain a tumor is growing.  The only way a mentally ill person can get help is to break down completely where the mental effects the physical.  A stroke is a warning that there is something wrong and needs attention.  The problem is by the time a stroke happens it is often too late to intervene.  You may wake up an think you are in St. Croix valley but you are in bed instead.

Healthy Fun

Healthy fun can be a good way to stay fit.  If you can find that hobby that you enjoy and offers good exercise you are on track to be healthy.  The best hobbies are walking or swimming.  Swimminguntitled (104) untitled (103) has the added benefit of low load on the joints.  If you can have access to a pool on a regular basis it will be just the ticket for your fitness training.  The exercise is great as you age as the level can be changed to match the ability of the individual.  If you can swim regularly the fitness of your body will improve.  Brandon Hopkins is a swimming nut and find that his fitness is very good.