If there’s one goal that I think everyone should have for their diet, it’s to eat high-quality foods. We should aim to consume more natural, wholesome foods and fewer overly processed ones. It’s trickier said than done, given the deceptive advertising within the food industry. Many items on store shelves marketed to us as “healthy,” “natural” or “organic” start to become pretty questionable when you actually read over the ingredient list. At the end of the day, the best option is usually just preparing our meals at home from quality ingredients. Continue reading “3 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthy”
If you read my post on 8 Ways to Eliminate Bloating, you may remember that high levels of sodium in your diet can cause issues with bloating and water retention. In fact, that’s really just one way an over-abundance of sodium can be harmful. Our bodies require moderate amounts of sodium for regular function, but many American’s are consuming close to twice the amount of sodium recommended by USDA guidelines. Continue reading “How to Grow Your Own Herbs & Reduce Sodium Intake”
I think most people can relate to feeling pressured to meet some kind of societal standard of beauty. Social media, with its positive aspects, often magnifies that drive to compare our lives (and bodies) to other people. And unfortunately, it’s sometimes fueled by the way the Internet enables strangers to throw stones from behind a keyboard. Continue reading “How to Respond to Online Body Shamers”
I was born with the joy of fair, delicate skin. When I go to the beach, I burn and freckle. In the winter, I become a moisturizing zealot and in summer hoarding exuberant amounts of sunscreen is a way of life. And when I shave, rash and razor burn follow me like the plague (which is unfortunate, because I work in gyms where it’s shorts/tank top season year round). Continue reading “7 Shaving Tips to Say Goodbye Razor Burn”
You’ve probably, at some point heard someone make a statement like “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”. Much to my annoyance, I discovered both of these things were very true when I first started trying to change and improve my health and fitness.
For most of my life, I’ve gone through bouts of trying to “eat healthily”, time after time falling off track when I found myself in a hurry or just tired at the end of a long day. Convenience would win out over willpower and I would end up munching on fast or processed food that didn’t align with my nutritional goals. It was a repetitive cycle that took place again and again over the years and I never really got anywhere with my goals. Continue reading “3 Ways to Meal Prep like a Pro”
It’s that time of year again. Sniffles are a’sneakin’, colds are a’catchin’ and the flu bug is back with a mean bite. No one wants to get stuck sick, miserable and buried under a mountain of used tissues and empty NyQuil bottles. When it comes to cold and flu season, your best defense is a good offense by keeping that immune system in tip-top shape for fighting off illness. Here are six surefire ways to help keep that immune system ready for action! Continue reading “6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System this Flu Season”
Christmas is just around the corner and time to finish checking off that holiday gift list is running out quickly. Still stumped on what to get the fitness enthusiast in your life? Worry no more! Here is your last-minute gifting guide for the runner, yogi, Crossfitter, bodybuilder or GX class addict in your life! Continue reading “15 Gift Ideas for the Fitness Fanatic”
There are a lot of known mainstream clothing brands out there with quality products that I’ve tried over the years (Nike, Reebok, Underarmour, Gap, etc.). But every company starts somewhere. Are there any smaller or up and coming fitness brands with solid products, cute styles, and competitive pricing? I decided to find out. Continue reading “Product Review: 3 Instagram-Hyped Clothing Brands”
In a previous post, I shared my experience following a vegan diet for a month. This week I’m going to talk about some of the vegan products I tried during that time. Some of them were a hit, others… Eh, not so much. Here are 10 items I tried! Continue reading “Vegan Product Review: The Good, The Bad and the Tasty”
People are curious about veganism. It’s little surprise, given the increasing number of studies and documentaries on plant-based diets. In 2016 alone, Google experienced a whopping 90 percent increase in vegan-related internet searches (a monumental rise from the previous year’s 32 percent increase). With the influx of new information, people are discovering veganism and vegetarianism aren’t solely about the political beliefs behind meat consumption; there are practical, measurable health benefits behind the nutrition.
But is veganism practical for the Average Joe? Continue reading “I Tried: A Vegan Diet for a Month”