Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Muscle mass begins to decline in our 30s and keeps decreasing unless we lift weights or do some form of resistance training regularly.  The bad news: losing muscle tissue affects how we look, how our bodies function and how we feel.  Plus, when we lose too much muscle, we become more vulnerable to injuries and find weight loss more difficult. 

The good news: all of these negative effects can be reversed!  Resistance training strengthens our bones, develops muscle tone, boosts energy…

Twig Girlders

3rd March 2014

Are you finding mysterious looking branches on your lawn? If the ends of the branches appear to have been shaped with a pencil sharpener with a jagged center it is likely the work of the twig girdler beetle. Find out about their life cycle and measures to control them on my latest Central Texas Gardener segment.

Think RED

24th February 2014

When thinking of foods to eat to improve the health of your heart—think red!

Red peppers protect blood vessels, prevent clots from forming, and reduce cholesterol

Pomegranates help reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries

Red kidney beans contain fiber that keeps the flood and digestive track flowing and helps lower blood pressure

Tomatoes protect all types of cells in the body, help reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure

Strawberries reduce inflammation and lower LDL (lousy)…