Weight Loss: Losing weight with Reddit

Reddit for weight loss? Have you heard of Reddit? It is the front page of the internet. In addition to the news and other random stories, people are losing weight with Reddit. With over 670,000 subscribers to the weight loss sub-reddit channel LOSEIT, a robust community is forming online. They offer a weight-loss Quick Start…

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Reddit for weight loss?

losing weight with redditHave you heard of Reddit? It is the front page of the internet. In addition to the news and other random stories, people are losing weight with Reddit. With over 670,000 subscribers to the weight loss sub-reddit channel LOSEIT, a robust community is forming online. They offer a weight-loss Quick Start Guide and many 30-day challenges to keep their subscribers motivated. While this is all fine and dandy, there are a few things to keep in mind as you join this community and start your weight-loss journey.

Losing weight with Reddit

  • Don’t forget about “non-scale” victories. Many people get weight-obsessed while completely missing out all the other signs of getting healthier. The scale along with tracking your body fat percentage will show a better picture of your health progress. Not only body fat, but also pay attention to your energy levels, sleep quality, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and inches lost. These non-scale victories are just as important as the scale ones.
  • “Tantrum Tuesday” is a part of the channel where people go to vent in regards to losing weight. While for some venting helps, it may not help others to read that type of negativity. If you know this is affect you, be sure to steer clear of this channel.
  • Find support outside of LOSEIT too. You need more than just an online community to stay motivated. Seek out support from your friends or co-workers if you can. Or even through social media as it’s less anonymous than Reddit.
  • Take other peoples’ progress pictures with a grain of salt. Photos are a great way to track progress and looking at other’s pictures can be encouraging. But with photo-editing software and apps that are available today, photos can easily be edited to make people appear thinner than they really are. If looking at certain progress pictures makes you negative in regards to your weight loss journey, stop looking.
  • Watch your language. No one likes a negative Nancy! The way we talk about our weight loss journeys is ultimately how we will see them. Try not to demonize foods and instead focus on the positive in regards to what you’re eating and your workouts.
  • Know that LOSEIT doesn’t work for everyone and that’s OK. The community provides a lot, but sometimes it isn’t enough for certain people. Everyone is different. If needed, seek out additional support from a dietitian or nutritionist.

Have you tried LOSEIT on Reddit?

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The Science of Yoga: Top 5 Yoga benefits

A growing body of research has been showing many health benefits of integrative yoga practice. Today we’re going to learn about the top 5 yoga benefits, the main reasons I practice yoga on my active recovery days. Top 5 Yoga benefits Quality of Life. Yoga is associated with health-related quality of life improvements (HRQOL). Different practice…

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yoga benefitsA growing body of research has been showing many health benefits of integrative yoga practice. Today we’re going to learn about the top 5 yoga benefits, the main reasons I practice yoga on my active recovery days.

Top 5 Yoga benefits

  1. Quality of Life. Yoga is associated with health-related quality of life improvements (HRQOL). Different practice components, such as meditation and postures, are associated with different benefits. In a cross-sectional analysis of 309 healthy adults, people who practiced meditation and breathing exercises showed higher scores in mental-health life quality. On the other hand, people with more years of postural practice scored highest on physical aspects of HRQOL (Birdee, Ayala & Wallston 2017).
  2. Lower-back pain and arthritis. Yoga may be as effective as physical therapy for chronic lower-back pain (Saper et al. 2017). It may also help people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis (Cheung, Park & Wyman 2016).
  3. Heart disease and diabetes. Yoga may reduce heart disease risks. Heart health improves as a preventative measure or after a cardiac arrest (AHA 2013). Yoga practice may also help people with type 2 diabetes. A study of yoga and people with type 2 diabetes found that yoga is effective in lowering blood-glucose levels. Yoga can also help glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, blood pressure and cholesterol levels (Cui et al. 2017).
  4. Anxiety, depression and PTSD. Yoga practice may benefit those with anxiety, depression and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yoga practice that includes breathing, movement and deep relaxation appears to modulate stress response systems and, as a result, helps people regulate stress and pain responses (Harvard Health Publications 2009).
  5. Inflammation and immunity. Yoga practice reduces inflammation and boosts immunity. Research shows that people who regularly practice yoga exhibit decreases in inflammation, increases in chemicals that fight inflammation, and higher levels of antibodies in the blood. These all indicate immune system health (Stephens 2017).

Do you practice yoga?

I’ve done a few classes, but usually do yoga in the comfort of my home with Yoga with Adriene. Check her out today! If you practice yoga, where do you practice? Post up in the comments below!

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Coffee: Why that extra cup of java is good for you

Too much coffee? Historically, we’ve been told to limit our caffeine intake. I’ve always been told anything more then 2-3 cups a day isn’t good for you. Well, I’m here today with some good news for you coffee lovers out there (like me)! A new study shows the more coffee you drink, the better your…

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Too much coffee?

extra cup of java is goodHistorically, we’ve been told to limit our caffeine intake. I’ve always been told anything more then 2-3 cups a day isn’t good for you. Well, I’m here today with some good news for you coffee lovers out there (like me)! A new study shows the more coffee you drink, the better your heart will be. So next time you’re at Starbucks, remember that extra cup of java is good for you!

Health benefits of coffee

  • Cuts the pain. You know that post-workout soreness? Coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%, so drink up!
  • Increases your fiber intake. A cup of coffee contains up to 1.8 grams of fiber, which counts towards the daily recommended intake of 20 to 38 grams of fiber.
  • Lowers your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Recent research shows with every cup of coffee you drink, your risk of diabetes lowers by 9%.
  • Lowers your risk of heart disease. A recent study shows for every cup of coffee you drink, your risk of suffering heart failure or stroke decreases by 8%.
  • Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers have far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage.
  • Coffee reduces risk of Colon cancer. Moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. This protective benefit increases with more consumption.

Extra cup of java is good for you

What do all of these benefits have in common? The more you drink, the better your health is! And while you’re at it, add some cinnamon to your coffee for even more benefits!

What’s your favorite brand of coffee?

Do you like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts coffee? Or perhaps you prefer McDonald’s. Or do you brew your own coffee? Post below your favorite brew!

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Spice up your life: allspice or no spice?

An alternative to cinnamon Cinnamon has many health benefits as we all know. But some people are allergic to cinnamon! If you’re one of those unfortunate people, don’t fear! Allspice is a great alternative with many health benefits as well. I’m here to tell you why you should spice up your life, especially during this…

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An alternative to cinnamon

Cinnamon has many health benefits as we all know. But some people are allergic to cinnamon! If you’re one of those unfortunate people, don’t fear! Allspice is a great alternative with many health benefits as well. I’m here to tell you why you should spice up your life, especially during this holiday season.

Allspice benefits

  1. Digestive Benefits. Allspice may benefit digestion. The eugenol components of allspice’s fruit not only provide an unusual aroma but can also ease digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Also, allspice may be gas-reducing. This spice acts as a relaxant to aid stomach cramps and conversely acts as a stimulant to aid digestion.
  2. Anti-Bacterial Benefits. Recent research studies have revealed that a kind of traditional preparation made from a mixture of allspice oil, garlic extraction, and oregano can combat against E.coli, Salmonella and L.monocytogenes infections.
  3. Good source of minerals. Minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium and magnesium are found in allspice. Iron is essential for red blood cell production in the bone marrow. Potassium helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is utilized in the human body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  4. Good source of vitamins. Vitamin A, B-6, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C are all found in allspice. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant.

Spice up your lifespice up your life

Some great ideas to add allspice to your diet include the following:

  • Adding the berries when making glühwein or chai tea.
  • Sprinkle a pinch on roasted vegetables.
  • Add to sweet dishes when you want a bit more spiciness (i.e. gingerbread, apple pie, or dark chocolate desserts).
  • It’s a great addition to stews, curries, and soups.
  • Jerk chicken recipe using ground allspice.

What are your favorite allspice recipes?

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Ingredients for weight loss: Cinnamon health benefits

So you want to lose weight.. As we enter this festive holiday season, we tend to pack in the calories and slow down at the same time. I mean, it’s hard to get that run done when it’s a blistering 30 degrees outside. And same goes for getting to the gym. It’s much easier to…

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So you want to lose weight.. As we enter this festive holiday season, we tend to pack in the calories and slow down at the same time. I mean, it’s hard to get that run done when it’s a blistering 30 degrees outside. And same goes for getting to the gym. It’s much easier to…

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Embracing nature

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials…

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To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials while working out, especially while working out outside (i.e. running or attending my weekly strength and conditioning class).

For natural deodorant, what does that look like? Ideally, at the very least, deodorant without aluminum. Why not aluminum? While aluminum is used for things like cans of soda, it is not ideal on our skin. First of all, you may have an allergy to aluminum. A good amount of people break out in a rash when using antiperspirants. Also, aluminum may cause other issues outside of just a rash, i.e. it can interfere with your hormones. Aluminum isn’t the only thing to avoid, triclosan could be a stronger endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so try to avoid it as well.

The tricky part about going natural is finding a deodorant that stands up to sweat sessions, i.e. that super humid run or when you’re doing planks at the gym. The deodorant that I use and find effective is Arrow Protect Natural Deodorant by Birchbox. It smells good and stands up to my tough workouts. Which one do you use?

As for sunscreen, it’s important to read the ingredients on the bottle as well. Many sunscreens claim to be natural, but are they? Ingredients to avoid for SPF include chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate  and homosalate. There are other chemicals to watch out for. Ideally, you want to reach for the organic option that uses mineral filters rather than chemical filters.

Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, usually in the form of nanoparticles. There is good evidence that little if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues. Thus, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens. What sunscreen do you use? Do you read the ingredients before buying sunscreen or just grab the most convenient sunscreen at the store? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

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Track Your Fitness

If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

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If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

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