• Low Calorie Food List
    Diets,  Fitness,  Health,  Weight Loss

    Low Calorie Foods

    You’ve heard about calories. Every package in the grocery store lists them on the back of the package. All the ads you hear about food dwell on their low-calorie appeal. Calories are bad…right? Actually, the skinny on calories is a lot more complicated than that! It’s true that excess calories can be awful for your body. But without calories, you couldn’t enjoy daily life, go to work, or do much of anything! Most of all, understanding calories gives you a powerful tool in your nutrition and health maintenance toolbox. Read on.   Low Calorie Foods   Technically, any food can be “low calorie.” You just have to eat it in…

  • gaba study
    Mental Health

    How To Be Happy

    16.2 million people in the U.S experience severe depression annually. The number is growing. Anxiety and anti depressive medication is being sold at an all time high. A few things to note for those that may be hurting as they read this. You are not alone. You are not worthless. Everyone hurts…some of the time. Are you the first person to feel this horrible anguish? Are you the only person that feels    or has felt    this way? Is there a chance, however small…that you may look back on this time and smile. Is there a chance, however small…that your best days are ahead of you? There is a…

  • Meal Prepping
    Diets,  Health,  Weight Loss

    Meal Prep

    How can you win the fitness battle without firing a shot? Meal prep will allow you to have fun while implementing a new habit. Meal planning is one of the simplest, most effective steps you can take to  gain control of your health. What’s meal planning? Why, planning what you’ll eat, of course! If you know what every meal will be, you can prepare in advance instead of scrambling during the week. It’s fun, easy, and good for your body!   Meal Prep Breakfast Sandwiches   Skipping breakfast isn’t great for your health. Weirdly, it’s been associated with higher rates of obesity among kids and adults! Kids who don’t eat…

  • DASH Diet and Mediterranean
    Diets,  Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    What the DASH Diet – Does Not Do

    Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. A.K.A, the “DASH” diet. What the DASH diet doesn’t do? – this is not a weight loss diet (such as the Keto diet). However, the 2018 U.S News and World Reports “Best Diets Rankings” placed the DASH Diet as #1 out of 40 other diets evaluated by a panel of experts. Some major factors in the rankings are – long and short term weight loss, easy to follow, and overall health benefits. Director Kathy McManus – Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital states; “it has all the attributes of a diet that promotes overall health”   What do you eat on the…

  • 5k Training Plan
    Fitness,  Health,  Weight Loss

    Running Tips for Beginners

    Running is extremely good for you. That’s not my opinion as the writer of a health blog…that’s science! Jogging just ten minutes a day can reduce your likelihood of dying from a heart attack. Obviously, running helps you lose weight, too. You’ll breathe better and enjoy lower cholesterol and triglycerides if you run regularly. Still not convinced? How about the fact that running is also an effective treatment for depression? If you can’t imagine yourself running, then it’s time to expand your mind. Humans are superb runners. Our long legs give us an efficient stride. We can run long distances without overheating. And no matter what shape you’re in, your…

  • healthy woman eating fish
    Diets,  Fitness,  Health

    Pescetarian

    There’s some pretty good research out there to support vegetarianism. Vegetarians are 25% less likely to die of heart disease, for example.  Now the news about being Pescetarian. There are some risks associated with full vegetarianism. It can be hard to get enough protein on a strict vegetarian diet. It can also be hard to eat out. Some people are attached enough to meat that just giving it up can seem too difficult. That’s why some vegetarians opt to make an exception for fish. This practice is called pescetarianism.   Pescetarianism   Pescetarianism is the practice of eating fish in addition to a vegetarian diet. In other words, if you’re…

  • Fitness woman sugar free
    Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    What Happens When You Quit Sugar

    It’s no secret that sugar is bad for you. Studies show that too much of the sweet stuff causes diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and kidney disease. This isn’t a small problem! The average person should only have a few teaspoons of sugar per day. Women should stick to 25 grams, or six teaspoons, and men can only have up to 38 grams, or nine teaspoons. However, the average American consumes 82 grams (19.5 teaspoons) of sugar per day!   With sugar abuse being such a problem, it’s not unreasonable to suggest a drastic solution: giving up sugar completely. It’s not as hard as it sounds!   No Sugar Diet   It’s…

  • foods high in vitamin D
    Health,  Supplements

    Vitamin D Deficiency

    You’ve probably heard of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is famous for being a nutrient you can get from the sun, making it a great excuse to go to the beach! You can get it from some foods, too, including egg yolks and fish. If you have enough, your bones will be healthy and strong. But in this age of office work, obesity, and prepackaged food, it’s easy to develop a deficiency. What happens when you don’t get enough vitamin D? And how can you avoid developing a vitamin D deficiency?                                                 Vitamin D Deficiency   Let’s start with the basics. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid.…

  • GABA
    Fitness,  Health,  Nutrition,  Supplements

    GABA

    If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know that there are a lot of different factors that feed into good health. Your physical condition is the most obvious one, mostly because you can see how you’re doing by looking in a mirror! One of the big players in mental health is a chemical called GABA. If your brain is making this substance normally, then you’ll be able to relax, sleep, and move normally. But if your GABA levels are low, you may find yourself feeling tense, unable to rest, and achy. It’s easy to eat right and exercise and that’s all that most people think about. But your health goes…