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Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

When I Must Have Chocolate…

Full disclosure: I am addicted to chocolate.

Of all the common vices in the world, chocolate addiction isn’t really so bad if it is done right. I am not saying, “in moderation.” I strive toward moderation in most things, but I do not achieve perfection when it comes to eating chocolate.

My chocolate habit has been refined over the years, and so has my language around it. Now, I say it is “my daily dose of chocolate.” I make it more of a ritual instead of an all-out binge. There are days though when all rules go flying out the window. I like to say, “The defenestration of moderation has occurred.” The big word makes it feel more palatable -- pun intended.

Sometimes I must have chocolate pudding; I absolutely adore it. I monitor everything that goes into my body carefully ,and there is absolutely nothing in this recipe that is bad for you. Of course, I do not share it with my husband. In fact, I eat all of it before he gets home, or I might hide it in the back of the refrigerator.

In my favorite chocolate pudding recipe, there is plenty of room for substituting ingredients. I like to add chia seeds, which will require more liquid. I add nuts too. This is really a base you can modify in all kinds of ways. You can change the milk or delete the vanilla. Just play around with various combinations of ingredients.

Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Coconut Milk

TOTAL TIME: 10 min

PREP TIME: 10 min

COOK TIME: n/a

A creamy delicious pudding that is chock-full of nutritious ingredients. The creamy texture of this snack/dessert is largely attributable to the gorgeous avocado!

INGREDIENTS

  • Serving Size: 2
  • 1 + 1/2 ripe California Avocado, peeled and flesh removed from pit
  • 1/3 cup quality cocoa powder (100% pure cacao)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Of course, I love making this in my Blendtec Blender. Also, did you know you can use avocados in place of mayonnaise? I do it all the time. You can find this, and any number of creative uses for avocados at the California Avocado Site.

Check it out and tell us what you think on our Facebook page, Twitter, or via our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.

Enjoy yourself!