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Ingredients

2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
2 medium red onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon sambal or hot sauce of your choice
1-1/4 cups hoisin sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
juice of 2 limes
8 ounces roma tomatoes, fresh or canned, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns
1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded

Method

  1. Heat a stockpot or other tall wide pot over high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the onions, garlic, ginger, celery and sambal. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the hoisin sauce and saute 1 minute.
  4. Add the beef and pork and saute, breaking up the meat, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  5. Add the lime juice and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the mixture has thickened enough to mound when ladled, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Toast the buns and place a bottom half on each individual serving plate. Top generously with the meat mixture. Top with the lettuce and the bun tops.
  7. Serve with the chips and pickles.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Simply Ming One-pot Meal


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Exercise Keeps Muscles – And You – Young: Study

A University of Guelph professor has uncovered the “secret” to staying strong as we age – superb fitness.

Geoff Power found elderly people who were elite athletes in their youth or later in life – and who still compete as masters athletes — have much healthier muscles at the cellular level compared to those of non-athletes.

His research was published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology and featured today in the New York Times.

The study compared world-class track and field athletes in their 80s with people of the same age who are living independently. There have been few such studies of aging and muscle weakening in masters athletes in this age group.

“One of the most unique and novel aspects of this study is the exceptional participants,” said Power, who joined U of G’s Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences last fall.

“These are individuals in their 80s and 90s who actively compete in world masters track and field championships. We have seven world champions. These individuals are the crème de la crème of aging.”

The study found that athletes’ legs were 25 per cent stronger on average and had about 14 per cent more total muscle mass.

In addition, the athletes had nearly one-third more motor units in their leg muscles than non-athletes.

More motor units, consisting of nerve and muscle fibres, mean more muscle mass and subsequently greater strength.

With normal aging, the nervous system lose motor neurons, leading to a loss of motor units, reduced muscle mass, less strength, speed and power. That process speeds up substantially past age 60.

“Therefore, identifying opportunities to intervene and delay the loss of motor units in old age is of critical importance,” Power said.

Power led the study as a visiting PhD student from Western University and the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at McGill University. He joined U of G last fall after a three-year post-doc at the University of Calgary.

In another recent study, published in the American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology, he looked at muscle fibre samples from the same elite athlete/non-athlete group.

Power studies healthy aging from cells to the whole body. “Exercise is definitely an important contributor to functional performance,” he said, adding that even non-athletes can benefit. “Staying active, even later in life, can help reduce muscle loss.”

But, he adds, “we cannot rule out the importance of genetics.” He said further research is needed to determine whether muscle health in elite athletes comes from training or genes.

Source: University of Guelph