Cooking and preparing food for you and your family is one of the easiest ways to get healthy foods in your life. It's good for lots of reasons.
- You get to see what's in your food
- Preparing the food burns calories and is linked to lower weight and longer life.
- It's a way that everyone in your family, even the kids can contribute and learn about food.
- You have more control over what you consume.
Nutrition labels can be pretty misleading and downright confusing. If you read them, good for you.
If you understand them you are ahead of the pack.
I wanted to share this awesome article from Jenny Westerkamp.
It's important to check out because it outlines 7 different ways that nutrition labels are misleading and difficult to understand.
Exercise and pain. Do they have to go hand in hand? Some think you can't have improvement unless you workout so hard that you can't get out of the car.
I think "no pain, no gain" was a motivational cliche but can lead to a misrepresentation of what exercise is really all about.
For a lot of people (like most of my clients) it's about keeping pain away through exercise muscle balance, and flexibility.
Exercise needs to be challenging and you need to work through barriers and weaknesses. Sometimes that is uncomfortable.
If you are exercising and constantly working through pain, or have pain afterwards you might want to look into other forms of exercise.
On the other hand. If your goal is to complete a grueling adventure endurance race like Tough Mudder NorCal 2014 like I am. You are probably going to have to experience a little pain just so you can be prepared.
I guess it's all about what your goals are.
Fruits and vegetable come in many colors: Turns out, that the colors matter and mean something here are a few examples.
- Greens, like spinach and kale
- Reds, like tomato, chili's, raspberries and pomegranates
- Oranges, like cantaloupe, pineapple, pumpkin and sweet potato
- White, like parsnips, onion and apples
- Purple, like eggplant, wine and prunes
High intensity training gets a lot of press because it has great fat loss results and can be done in a short amount of time. However there are 2 reasons it's not great for most of my personal training clients as well as the general population.
- It's pretty difficult and uncomfortable to work at that high of an intensity even though it's for a short period of time.
- People aren't always functionally ready for some of the exercise combinations and moves they might be asked to do in a class. (inability to keep safe form)
I enjoy HIIT training myself and do it with a handful of clients. That said, most of my personal training clients wouldn't come back if that was all we did for exercise.
The following article explains and outlines the differences between two of the most popular and intense fitness programs. HIIT and Tabata.
What do yoga mats and buns have in common? It's not an exercise question as you might think.
It's actually a food question.
The answer: Azodicarbonamide.
It's used by companies to make yoga mats and shoe soles. Unlike their restaurants in UK and Australia, Subways in the US use it to make their sandwich bread. It has been linked to cancer.
10 other restaurants use Azodicarbonamide to make breads. Here are the first three.
- Dunkin Donuts
Be mindful of what you eat and. . .
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Does anyone really think fast food is good for children? We all know that it is probably not good for them. Some folks think it's perfectly fine for an occasional treat.
The advertisers want to make sure that kids tell mom and dad or grandma and grandpa to take them out for fast food. Marketers use movies, toys to associate the foods with fun.
This is reminiscent of the Joe Camel ads that finally disappeared in the early 90's because of the associations kids made with cartoon characters like mickey mouse.
Many experts now think that consumption of these foods are just as dangerous if not more than smoking.
Will we see a shift in what fast food restaurants are allowed to use as marketing tactics?
What's wrong with the American diet? Why are we so fat and unhealthy as a nation?
After you read it, go for a run or a walk and think about how you could make yourself healthier by making 1 small change in your diet.
A recent article in the New York Times says Vitamins could hurt your exercise performance.
More specifically they could make it harder to get results from exercise.
One study showed that after 11-weeks of exercise the participants who took the placebo had increased biochemical markers related to mitochondrial creation.
The antioxidant group didn't have the same benefit.
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There is a place for all different types of exercise in our lives. Strength training, hiking, functional, sports training can each be enjoyable.
Now, research on yoga indicates that it has the ability to heal.
If you need healing in your life, yoga might be worth a try, especially if you aren't already getting flexibility in your exercises.
If you need exercise (and you do) yoga could be the missing element.
Check the entire research Article here.
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