The diet to beat all diets

Eat this. Do that. Blah blah blah. BORING.

Even though it doesn’t have to be January 1st to START, we might as well take advantage of the blank slate. The gyms are jam packed. Everyone is starting new diet plans. & for that I am glad! I am all for being healthy + active. But if it isn’t sustainable, then what good is it.

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Small Stepping Stones to Weight Loss

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Okay, so I am well aware that fitness and health trends come and go but when I saw the latest, it actually blew my mind. No, not the Fitbit but… EATING BANANA PEELS. When I think of eating a banana, I consider the peel trash… compost at best.
When I saw two articles posted back to back, I knew that I had to take a peek to see just what the new craze was all about. “The One Crazy-Delicious, Weight-Loss Food We Know You’re Not Eating”… They would be right; I usually don’t include banana peels in my daily cuisine. I have never and probably will never munch on a banana peel, let alone cook with it… which led me to the next article… “Five Ways to Cook With Banana Peels.” Including but not limited to: Banana tea, which consists of soaking the peel in hot water before drinking it or blending the peel into a smoothie.
(If you’re interested, or don’t believe me… Check it out)

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While banana peels may or may not be the new “weight-loss” food… there are a number of other foods and tricks that you can incorporate into your day to day routine that may encourage weight loss.
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I’d HIIT That

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Happy belated July 4th weekend, I hope it was safe and enjoyable for all!
Over the weekend, most Americans took part in the most exciting part of the holiday: eating and drinking. Here we are, two days later, still feeling the effects of the alcohol, the chips and dip, and the barbeque. However, don’t feel guilty! A healthy lifestyle is just that… one that allows you to enjoy yourself with friends and family without guilt to follow.
Now, you might be looking for a way to work off all of the calories that you consumed this weekend and kick your butt into high gear for the last couple months of summer (where does time go!? It’s already July…)
Whether you have heard about the new trend, or maybe you already incorporate it into your workouts, I am going to differentiate high intensity versus low intensity workouts and which you should be focusing on.
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Is Sunscreen Really Protecting You?

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As the warmest months of the year are approaching, I want to dive deep into the world of sunscreen.
Walk into any grocery or convenient store and there are shelves stocked with various kinds of sunscreens, SPF’s, some insist that they are for children, others must be used just on your face but what is the difference between them?
Most of us are probably familiar with the term “SPF” and the wide range of numbers that are printed onto sunscreen bottles… but what exactly does it mean?
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Hot or Not?

a790d5969fa506c8aeee9b831e9c21a2I am a fan of warm yoga… I love the feeling of a good sweat and I always feel more flexible when the room is heated up but some classes just get too hot. Hot yoga makes me feel accomplished, like I just finished a great run… although, I have always wondered whether it is truly a better workout than your average yoga class.
 If you have never been to a hot yoga class before, picture a room heated to about 104°F with no breeze, your hands sliding out from underneath you and your neighbors sweat dripping onto your mat.
 The safety of hot yoga depends on your fitness level and health, but one of the greatest benefits is that hot yoga pushes me to focus on my breath more than usual. At times during the class, I find myself wondering why I decided to take the class as I try to sneak a peak at the clock while in downward facing dog. At this point, I am forced to clear my mind and come back to the present moment. It is that mental strength that I am trying to gain from my yoga practice and carry into my everyday life.
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Azodicarb…What!?

Azodicarbonamide… Also known as dough conditioner, this chemical is found in a number of bread products that Americans consume on a daily basis. Better yet, it can be found in yoga mats and shoe soles to add elasticity. It is commonly used to make bread puffier and more able to withstand shipping and storage.
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You Spin Me Right Round

One of my favorite workouts was at Flywheel (Charlotte) and wow! It was so much fun…
For those of you that have never heard about Flywheel, and other similar spinning classes like SoulCycle, it is quite the experience. In a dark room, spinning bikes are arranged in stadium seating, all facing an instructor in the front with a spotlight and microphone.
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