It's so common, it's almost a cliche´ - formerly extremely fit, high-caliber athletes who turn to fat when they retire.
I know. I was one of them.
What happens over and over is that an athlete or dancer (as I was) expends tremendous amounts of energy for years and usually has a caloric intake to match.
Unfortunately, although the activity stops after retirement, the food intake often doesn't. And the sleek muscle they worked so hard for becomes jiggly, unhealthy fat.
But is that different from what many of us do on a lesser scale every day?
Think about how often you physically move in a day. If you honestly look at how you typically spend your day, you might be surprised to realize that the total time spent in real motion was surprisingly low. Chances are, you spend more hours sitting in the car, on your desk in the office and on the couch at home than you're aware.
Doctors have determined that a sedentary...
Intermittent fasting (IF) has been trending for quite some time now. Is it simply hype or is there science to back up the grandiose claims of weight loss and improved overall health?
Before we get into the details of intermittent fasting, it’s important to lay the foundation: no fasting or weight-loss program in the short term can undo the effects of a poor diet.
Meaning, intermittent fasting (as you’ll soon see) can be a powerful tool for your overall health, but a nutrient-dense diet of whole foods will always reign supreme. The most effective way to boost your long-term health is to maintain a high-quality diet while staying hydrated and moving your body.
With that being said…let’s get into it.
Simply put, intermittent fasting happens when an individual goes extended periods with little or no food intake. There are varying degrees to which one can practice intermittent fasting, but ultimately they fall...
You've been considering "getting healthier" because the last time you walked up the stairs, you were huffing and out of breath by the top. And everyone else passed you by in the meantime.
But now, it's midnight and you've been cramming to get that last report done for the big presentation tomorrow. You're not really hungry, but you deserve a reward for working so hard. So...you grab a bag of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk. After the fourth or fifth cookie, the guilt starts to set in. Not again!
As with any change of habit, getting started with - and maintaining - a healthy lifestyle proves really challenging for many people. It’s understandable if you find it exceptionally difficult to cut ice cream treats to only twice a month if you’ve been indulging in it almost every day.
One key thing to remember is to work on improvements gradually. The best and most significant changes you can make will take time. Don’t rush...
Picture this: a busy working mom, a harried dad in the office, and a hungry kid craving for mac and cheese. The easiest choice would of course be, sadly, instant mac and cheese. Mashed potatoes? Canned chicken noodle soup? Almost everything is available in an instant. Child bored at home? A smartphone, the latest games, and WiFi would be the easiest solution.
Happy child, happy parents, right?
Let’s face it: The rise of technology and the digital age have brought so much convenience to humans - and along with them, a number of negative health habits. Food choices have become more “convenient” as almost every kind of edible stuff comes in packages and is labeled as “instant.” Add to that the fact that kids these days are more often seen holding gadgets and smartphones than actual toys or books, or running and playing with other kids outside.
When I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember one Saturday morning as I was watching...
Fact or fiction: It’s possible to lose weight, curve cravings, boost immunity, and, perhaps, help you live longer…all without changing whatyou eat.
You may be pleasantly surprised to know it’s FACT. It’s called intermittent fasting. And the key change is when you eat.
Intermittent fasting, which means fasting discontinuously or sporadically, has become mainstream due to its achievable requirements and moderate restrictions. Now a popularly known form of diet, it requires programmed periods of fasting – not entirely withholding yourself from any caloric intake, but simply limiting it on some days of the week or some hours during the day.
Different Forms of Intermittent Fasting
The most commonly practiced form of intermittent fasting is what Dr. Michael Mosley (author of The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting) calls the “5:2 plan.” Under this diet...
A week or so into the New Year - perhaps you, as many others, have made resolutions, despite the fact that over 50% of people will abandon them by February. As an example, consistent gym rats tend to avoid the gym during peak hours for these first few weeks as machines, classes, and pools are flooded with those who have made exercise resolutions. They know that by March, the wannabes will have weeded themselves out and the gym will be back to normal.
Instead of making sweeping, global changes that are unrealistic, let’s look at four aspects of our lives that make the biggest difference in our health, appearance, and happiness. Small, consistent changes in any of these will help us move closer to the optimal version of ourselves that causes us to make resolutions in the first place: What we eat, how we move, what we do day to day, and how we grow spiritually.
In simple terms, Eat Well, Move More, Live Wisely, and Love Divinely.
Before I go into any detail, I want to say that...
When you look in the mirror each morning - before your makeup, no cheating! - can you honestly say your skin is glowing? During the day, if you happen to brush against your face or arms, do you enjoy how smooth and soft they are? Is the skin on your arms and legs well-hydrated, even without heavy-duty moisturizers?
If your skin is healthy and you can say yes to all, read no more. If you have room for improvement though, like most of us, here are some (mostly!) easy and fun-to-incorporate tips for recapturing the glowing skin of your childhood.
You’ve probably got a good idea already what type skin you have, but be aware that it may be different in different areas (face vs legs, for instance) and different seasons such as winter vs summer. This part is pretty simple: Is the area of concern too dry/scaly, oily/blemish-prone, or variable?
Now that you know what your skin type is, let’s figure out how to get it...
Have you ever noticed how many holidays in different religions and cultures happen during the winter? Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, or the Winter Solstice, chances are that you are preparing to celebrate and gather with loved ones over the coming months.
While being with friends and family can be fun and fulfilling, the opposite can be just as true. Here's a list of FIVE actions that can kill your holiday bliss and what to do instead:
Yes, that juicy apple pie with the flaky crust tastes as succulent as it looks.... so does the ham, the mashed potatoes, the baked chicken, the cranberry sauce, the mac & cheese, the dinner rolls, and the sparkling cider. We know you've spent hours in the kitchen churning out a feast and you rightfully deserve to splurge, but from a digestive perspective, unless you're an Olympic swimmer, your body isn't prepared to eat 4,000 calories in one sitting.
It may take days or...
Is there a stark difference between vegan and vegetarian? What's pescatarian and where does that fit into the mix? Vegetarians typically eat what vegans do in addition to eggs and dairy. Pescatarians add fish to the vegetarian palate. We'll look at more notable differences in these diets and how they compare overall.
Quality eggs and dairy are excellent sources of protein. If these are going to be the staple of your dietary protein, you need to make sure they are beneficial to your body. Although free-range eggs and grass-fed milk are typically more expensive, their cost isn't exorbitantly high. In comparison to buying red meat and poultry for a family of four, eggs and dairy may be a pennywise option. In addition, the bulk section is still chalked full of plant-based protein selections.
A similar approach can be taken for pescatarians. Wild-caught fish over farm raise may be...
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