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How to stay fired up about your workout as the weather cools down

So the weather is cooling down, but that shouldn’t pause your runners momentum. There’s a myth that running in the cold is bad for your lungs. There are risks to running during fall and winter weather, especially for those who live with asthma or any pre-existing lung condition. Cold weather puts less heat stress on the body as opposed to hot summer body which makes the body tired. Getting a runny nose is just a natural reaction to the weather and can simply be solved with a pack of tissues tucked away. In fact most of getting over your winter running troubles is all about more of these things.\r\n\r\n\r\nDress warm… ahem, layers\r\nDressing for a cold run is no different from dressing for the winter’s coldest morning — just add layers! Start from head to toe. Wear two pairs of socks or wool socks that aren’t prone to absorbing water or…

3 huge lessons my vegan friends taught me about cooking healthy

My relationship with meat and animal byproduct is simple: I love it. So anytime I find out another one of my friends is making the change to no animal products, I feel like I’ve lost a soul-sister in eating. However there are a few lessons my vegan and vegetarian friends have taught me that are changing the way I think about cooking at home. Essentially, these changes have made some of my favorite dishes healthier and even tastier!\r\nMushrooms aren’t just a topping in your salad\r\nMushrooms hold superfood status. That means they are loaded with some of the most potent nutrients on earth. Mushrooms in your regular diet means better weight management and a healthier immune system. They also act as a “prebiotic” for the growth of probiotic gut organisms. Not only are they great for your body, but they can be a great addition to a meal or stand alone. A…

3 great things that happen when you give up refined sugar

There’s a chance if you have ever set fitness or weight loss goals that you’ve been hit with this roadblock: sugar. It’s even more likely that you are eating too much of it. The American Heart Association recommends women have no more than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar each day.\r\n\r\nSo why is sugar on everyone’s bad list? Added sugar is fattening and contains zero nutrients for the body to turn into energy. The fructose and glycerin in sugar have been linked diabetes, heart disease, and obesity to name a few. A sugar-free diet can have some great effects on your immune system and your brain as well as your eating habits.\r\nYou’ll have more energy\r\nResearch shows that high sugar diets can lead to delays in brain functions such as thinking, memory, and learning. Even though glucose is necessary source for the brain and found in sugar, too much of…

The truth about how to do coffee without the crash

There are 100 million Americans who drink coffee daily. That’s more than half of a population that counts on caffeine to kickstart their day, and some need more of it throughout the day. When energy is low, eight ounces of coffee does the trick. Unfortunately going over your caffeine limit can lead to a crash and leave you more exhausted. The two major keys to avoiding a crash after you’ve gotten what you need from your coffee break are simple, and they will change your the way you think about how coffee effects your energy.\r\nDrink a cup of water with your morning joe\r\nIf you’re the kind of drinker who can not get started with your day until you’ve sipped at a cup of coffee. Hydration is your main concern. Caffeine compresses blood vessels and reduces blood flow to the brain by 27 percent. This is the same effect that dehydration…

How to avoid over-thinking in 5 easy steps

Ever get caught in a rabbit hole of your own thoughts? I am a serial over-thinker. Throughout the day I struggle with losing my focus to tomorrow’s issues, or better yet problems I cannot solve. You could be thinking of the worse case scenario or the hundreds of different possible outcomes of a situation. Over-thinking can lead to anxiety, and it doesn’t promote productivity. The best general treatment advice to keep yourself from spacing out is to immediately distract yourself with something else – anything else. Here are a few ways to help to clear your mind.\r\nPut yourself on a time limit\r\nCall this your “thinking time”. Don’t complain or stress about your situation a minute more than you’ve dedicated. If you just shift your thoughts for a few moments, this could turn into a form of meditation, also great for countering the anxious feelings over-thinking can bring.\r\n\r\n\r\nGet some exercise\r\nDoing something physical…

5 natural ways to conquer bloating

\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen you feel out of nowhere you’ve gained 10 pounds in less than a week, bloating may be to blame. 1 in 10 Americans suffer from bloating or some sort of abdominal pain on a regular basis. Any one of those people will tell you that it is all about what and how you eat that is the cause. There are a number of remedies to reduce gas and stomach discomfort. If you want to nip it in the bud long-term, slow down at the dinner table and cut fatty foods from your diet. You will see a change in the way your stomach feels after meals in no time!\r\n\r\nEating lots of fiber after or with your breakfast will keep your bowels regular therefore reducing the potential gas and bloating you get after eating. Things like carbonated drinks or really salty foods have to go. When cooking at home, replace salt or…

8 ways we all benefit from Vitamin E

Vitamin E is required for the proper function of many organs. It is also a powerful antioxidant, which means it helps reduce cellular damage caused by free radicals (naturally occurring substances which break down healthy cells and lead to aging and disease). As an antioxidant, vitamin E has multiple health benefits:\r\n\r\n Protects cells against free radical damage.\r\n Boosts immune system.\r\n Reduces inflammation within the body.\r\n Vitamin E also thins the blood by preventing blood platelets from clumping, which can aid in cardiovascular health. Additionally, it:\r\n Can strengthen capillary walls and aid in improving moisture and elasticity of skin.\r\n May help improve muscle strength and physical endurance.\r\n Can help decrease effects of PMS and lessen painful menstruation.\r\n May reduce chances of sunburn by helping protect skin against inflammation after exposure to UV radiation, when taken with vitamin C.\r\n\r\nYou can increase your vitamin E levels by snacking on sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds,…

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