Category Archives: A Little Bit of Everything

The Vegetarian Runner

Regardless of the reason, many people choose to cut meat or all animal products out of their diet; I myself am a vegetarian, and have been so for five years now. And while eating a whole plant diet is most definitely healthy, you want to be sure you’re getting everything your thriving body needs.

Your Portion Size Guide

Even when making the right food choices, it’s important to have a good picture in your mind of basic portion sizes. Whether you’re making dinner at home or go out for date night, portion sizes aren’t easily identified to the untrained eye.

Experts at Mealsmatter.org suggest, “Many of us tend to underestimate the amount of food we eat and overestimate the recommended portion sizes for many foods.”

Getting More From Your Gym Session

Going to the gym is a great way to stay on track and motivated with your regular sweat session. However, it’s easy to keep it at an easy pace or get distracted by the other gym goers all around you. But, if you’ve gotten all the way to the gym, you have to make the trip worth it – especially if you’ve crawled out of bed with the dawn to be there. So, instead of wasting your time puttering around from machine to machine, kick it up, and make every possible minute count.

Getting Started With Whole Foods

Whenever I tell friends or family about eating a whole food diet, they’re perplexed. Most people are confused by the term, and for good reason. Whole food? You would hope that you’re always eating whole food, right?

Well, if your kitchen is chuck full of granola bars (I personally only support Larabar – which is made with all whole ingredients), sugary cereal and chips, you are far from a whole food diet. Those foods are laden with sodium, fat and sugar that come from using processing agents such as high fructose corn syrup, MSG, silicon dioxide, and much more.

5 Easy Ways to Step Up Your Workout

Whether you’re a fitness addict or a part-time gym member, you can get stuck in a usual routine; using the same equipment, running the same routes and getting the same results. Though you may feel nervous to try anything else, for fear that you’re doing all you possibly can, you’re wrong.

You can step up your workout with a few simple adjustments. Adding in weights or different forms of cardio will make a big difference in how your body responds. Check out these five, and choose the one that’s best for you.

Back to the Basics: The Simple Joy of Running

I hated running. I was bad at running. Though I’ve always been a relatively healthy, gym going person, I never thought of myself as a runner, until about a year ago when I started running regularly. Running: for almost anyone you ask, is the gym’s evil step sister or so many may think. When I tell someone that I just ran 5 miles, they sigh in disgust, swearing that they’d never be able to run.

It’s funny to me, because running is much more than exercising. For me, running is of course about staying healthy, but that’s not all. When I run I clear my mind, have profound realizations, write blog posts, discover new neighborhoods, and so much more.

Your Summer Health: How Colorful Is Your Plate?

For years, parents have been teaching children about the value of a colorful plate – not only is this a fun way to stay healthy, but it’s easy to remember and understand. As an adult, however, you can look at color on your plate differently than an art project or fun game.

When you look down and see a colorful plate, you know that you’re making healthy choices. Why?

Eat Clean, Don’t Cleanse

I’m sure you’ve heard all about the cleansing diets; drink only water and tea for ten days and boom you lose 20 pounds. While that actually may happen, your body will also be losing out on vital nutrients that it needs to run properly.

Cleansing diets can cause rapid weight loss; however, the weight lost is mainly from fluid and muscle loss. Fluid loss can result in dehydration, tremors, headaches, fatigue and electrolyte imbalance. In extreme cases, electrolyte imbalance can result in improper functioning of vital organs and cardiac arrest, according to American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.”
LiveStrong.com

Group Exercise: Get Healthy With Friends

Working out and staying healthy can be tough when you have no one supporting you along the way. Working out in groups can be a source of motivation and accountability. When someone is counting on you to roll out of bed, and into their driveway at 6am, you kind of have to do it. If you’re struggling through workouts, or not even getting that far, consider getting your workout on in a group setting.

A buddy can provide motivation when you’re down, a “woo hoo” when you’re up and keep you accountable on the days when you’d rather stay in bed instead of getting up to exercise.”
DailySpark.com

10 Healthy Things to Do With Mom Today (Mother’s Day!)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is about appreciating the woman who instilled these healthy values in you all those years ago. So, today, instead of filling up on a big brunch and then sitting around all day, try some new mother’s day activities.

“Switch up your Mother’s Day tradition by giving your mom the gift that keeps on giving — a healthy, active life. And, really, how many times has your mom said that what she really wants for Mother’s Day is just more time with you? … Active Mother’s Day ideas are the best of both worlds when it comes to gifts for mom.” – Shape.com

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