Authentic Homemade Tomato Sauce

Here is an authentic way to make tomato sauce for your pasta, lasagna and whatever else you wanna use tomato sauce in. Tomato sauce not only adds great flavour to your dishes but it is also a very healthy sauce. 

Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, C and K. One cup of tomato sauce will provide you a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and half your daily requirement of vitamin C. Your body needs vitamin A to maintain low-light vision and for building connective tissues under the skin. Vitamin C fills multiple roles within your body, including keeping your teeth and gums healthy, speeding wound healing, metabolizing fats, and absorbing other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin K affects blood clotting. The potassium and manganese in tomatoes help your body build stronger bones and stave off the muscle cramps you could get from low levels of these minerals.

Tomatoes are also naturally rich in the antioxidant lycopene and it also provides fiber. Lycopene, vitamin A and vitamin C all serve as antioxidants that protect your body’s tissues from damage.

Debunking The Paleo Diet

There have been so many diet programs over the decades enticing people to lose weight the most efficient and fastest way possible. There is the Volumetrics Diet, The Paleolithic Diet, The Atkins Diet, Low-Carb Diet and then there are nutrition companies coming up with diet systems of their own to promote their products. Such as Herbal Life who encourage you to consume large quantities of their product and be healthy.

I have had my share of diet programs and I personally believe that if the program tells you to not eat certain food group(s) or if they suggest not eating real food or if they even suggest large periods of starvation, then they are on the wrong track.

Here are some basic points you should consider if you are considering a diet program:

  • All food groups are essential to your body
  • Starvation is short term and your body will retaliate at some point
  • Exercise is vital to an effective diet program
  • Diets should be about consumption management and deprivation

The most recent diet program to hit our shores is the Paleo Diet. The first time I was introduced to this was by a fitness trainer, who himself was on the program (to what reasoning I have no idea). As he explained with deep conviction about the diet I became more and more reserved about it. Well, I finally came across a talk that debunks this program and I share many of her viewpoints on the program.

Heck! Watch it yourself and you decide if this is a diet program worth your sacrifice.

There Are No Walls

I watched this talk on Tedx and thought that some of you out there could use some motivation whether for your health, your weight or your life as a whole and who better to give it than a person who have talked in front of more than 5 million people, received 30 awards, he won best actor in a short film, made his own music video, wrote 4 books and sold over 800,000 copies on the first one alone. So, what makes him special?
He was born without all four limbs that we take for granted. Imagine going thru life as an outsider or a joke and yet achieving more than most of us have.

Nick Vujicic spoke at Tedx in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2012. Hearing him speak is almost like hearing words from God simply because he not only speaks from the heart but through personal hard experiences and what to most of us would be impossible challenges. Two lines that lighted up like an LED display in Japan:

“There are no walls”
“If you don’t get a miracle; you can still be a miracle for someone else”

Share this with your family and friends, whether or not you think they need a “pick-me-up” because I personally believe that he will inspire everyone.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

I had recently been told about this workout app called Endomondo. I heard about it while enquiring about the Polar Bluetooth chest unit (a.k.a. heartbeat monitor).
If you have tried it out I would like to get your feedback. I would also like to know how it fairs against Runtastic.

Well, I just downloaded it and will give a review on it in a couple of weeks.

The Future of Safety

Cycling helmets have come a long way in terms of aerodynamics, safety and design. Motor cycle helmets, however, have kind of stagnated over the last decade or more. It seems like they have only come up with cooler looking artwork and decals over the most important part of your body.

Introducing the Skully AR-1. This is revolution!

The Skully AR-1 comes with a transparent heads up display, 180 degrees rearview camera, GPS maps, voice control and phone link-up. My first thought when I saw this video was, “Is this the next step to cycling helmets?”

Specialized Evade

Specialized Evade Helmet 2014Yesterday I went over to GH Cycle, our local Specialized concept store here in Malaysia. While I was there the Specialized Evade helmet caught my attention. I suppose it was mainly due to the Black Orange one that would match my bike’s colour perfectly. Unfortunately they only had the small size for the orange one, however I did try the special limited edition CVNDSH green. This is the Mike Cavendish edition released this year.

The fit was really comfortable. The Aero-Road design will definitely cool your head while maintaining a good amount of aerodynamics. The internal venting system is far more efficient compared to earlier versions of Specialized helmets. I have never been a fan of their helmets simply because the broad design was a personal turn off. I also find that the front of their helmets protrude quite a bit. This would definitely get in the way of your vision when you are on the drops and picking up speed. The new Evade, however is perfect except for 2 minor details. The adjustment dial is much smaller than any other helmets in the market, but I suppose that once you get your fit right, you won’t need to reach back much to adjust the tiny dial. The other this is that this helmet gives extra protection around your temples, so you may feel a slight amount of pressure there. It looks like Specialized has one helmet that I like with no compromise on design.
All in all, this is one helmet to consider if you are willing to fork out RM899 at retail for your safety.