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Everyone has their own little quirks for dealing with stress. Maybe you take a walk or listen to music to mellow out. While these are both great ways to deal with stress, you may find it handy that there are a few foods you can eat that also help you get through the day!
An article from Men’s Health talks about 7 foods that fight stress, but I listed the 7 step short version (made into a story) for those who are too stressed to click another link.
- Let’s say you are stuck in traffic or in a highly annoying situation that you cannot control. For this type of scenario, it is suggested that a skim-milk chai latte and half a bagel with cream cheese will provide some energy and make you less cranky.
- Now that you have made it to work after the long hour wait in traffic, you need to prepare for your BIG presentation to your boss. Feeling a little nervous? Having the glass of milk will help calm your body, so you can proceed like a pro!
- After your awesome presentation, your boss invites you to lunch. Palms sweating, you flip though the menu trying to decide on what to eat. It is suggested that eating a salad with chicken or fish will actually help feel better and less nervous.
- The lunch went well, but your boss asked you to to present another presentation to a major client. After returning to work, you start to feel sick and overcome with stress. Surprisingly, having some Peanut M&Ms will help keep you focused, so dig out those dollars and head to the vending machine. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever find yourself confused with how much food equals one serving? It can be difficult to decipher proper food portions, especially since portions seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Many of the big chain restaurants are dishing out double or even triple the recommend portion sizes making it difficult to keep yourself at a healthy weight.
Luckily, WebMD has created a super simple guide to follow so you will always serve up the correct portion sizes. The guide compares food to objects like a baseball, golf ball, deck of cards, etc. They also offer PDF versions that you can keep with you as a quick reference wherever you are. It’s pretty nifty, so check them out!
Yellow Bullet is known as the one of the best fat burner and energizer pills on the market. If you are looking to lose those last few annoying pounds or just want an awesome energy boost, Yellow Bullet will provide the results you have been searching for!
- Provides improved energy and endurance
- Boosts metabolism for faster weight loss
- Suppresses your appetite
- Enhances concentration and alertness
A recent article TIME article explored the bizarre claim that crossing your arms will actually prevent pain. How does it work? Studies have shown that by crossing your arms it “confused the brain by interrupting the processing of information incoming from multiple regions.” While this method has not been proven to alleviate extreme pain, it might be a quick fix for minor aches.
Read the full article: Why Crossing Your Arms Helps Kills Pain
Ever wonder why two people can eat the same exact things but one loses weight or stays fit while the other gains weight? Sure, metabolism could be a factor. But there could be other factor’s too. Maybe one works 40+ hours in an office environment. Even worse, maybe they work 40+ hours and only get up from their computer once or twice a day. Check out this NY Time article on the lethal effects of sitting too much.
DR. LEVINE’S MAGIC UNDERWEAR resembled bicycle shorts, black and skintight, but with sensors mounted on the thighs and wires running to a fanny pack. The look was part Euro tourist, part cyborg. Twice a second, 24 hours a day, the magic underwear’s accelerometers and inclinometers would assess every movement I made, however small, and whether I was lying, walking, standing or sitting.
CareerBuilder conducted a survey “from February 21 through March 10, 2011 among more than 5,600 workers” to see how many people have been “trading doughnuts for carrot sticks” at work. The results of the survey stated “18% of workers report they’ve lost weight in their current jobs…” Sounds like a pretty so –so number considering that “forty- three percent of workers said they have gained weight in their current job…”
Sadly, neither of those statistics are shocking to me. You hear of more and more people who are either unhappy with their job or just plain overworked, which can lead to some pretty poor eating habits. In fact, nearly 55% of American’s are unhappy with their jobs, which I’m sure isn’t very surprising to hear.
So, how does one become part of that coveted 18%? Below are a few easy tips you can use to shed pounds while at work. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever feel like you are in the dark about what ephedra really is and how it works? Don’t worry, you are not alone and yes, it can be confusing. With so many ephedra products on the market, it is hard to decipher what you are actually getting. The laws regarding ephedra and its usage have been a topic of perplexity for many years. I’m sure you have questions regarding what is legal and what has been ban by the FDA as well as what the side effects really are. The information below will cover the answers to the most frequently asked ephedra questions.
What is Ephedra and where does it come from?
Ephedra is a plant (more specifically a shrub) that grows mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Ephedra is commonly used for weight loss, but different species of the plant can also be used for different medicinal purposes like helping symptoms of asthma or a cold (pseudoephedrine).
What is MaHuang?
MaHuang and ephedra mean the same thing. MaHuang is the Chinese term for ephedra.
Was Ephedra banned? Read the rest of this entry »
Who’s to blame when I eat the entire tub of ice cream? Who’s to blame for me missing my workout today? As much as I love to make excuses, deep down I know it’s my own fault. I am the only that can be held accountable for my actions.
Accountability is one of the main reasons people fail in their weight loss journeys. It’s easy much easier for you to justify a snickers bar or a missed exercise to yourself than it would be to someone else. Don’t believe me? Time Magazine recently released an article titled “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.” Have you ever heard something more ridiculous?
Says Time “The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.”
Basically they are saying that because you worked hard for 45-60 minutes that you feel like you deserve a reward. This leads to an endless cycle of exercising followed by eating too much and therefore never losing any weight. However, if you find a way to hold yourself accountable for what you eat and not justify eating that doughnut after your workout, you will find weight loss success.
So how do you hold yourself accountable? There are tons of options:
Join an online community: Thousands if not millions of people are trying to lose weight. Share your experiences and goals with them. They will help you stick to your plan.
Yell it from the mountain top: Tell everyone you know about your goals. If you tell 50 people that you are going to lose 20 pounds over the next two months you will be less likely to eat that leftover cake before going to bed.
Keep a journal or logbook: Do it on paper or online. Places like fitday and TheDailyBurn.com allow you to track exercise, calories and tons of other things. Get super specific or keep it simple. As long as your doing it every day it adds a level of accountability to your journey.
At the end of the Time article the author states: “I love how exercise makes me feel, but tomorrow I might skip the VersaClimber — and skip the blueberry bar that is my usual postexercise reward.” Why not do the exercise, and then skip that blueberry bar. Hold yourself accountable and watch the pounds melt away!