Top 5 Cyber Week Deals: Black Friday on Amazon

Black Friday is here! Do you know the hottest deals going down this week? Are you willing to fight the crowds on Black Friday to get the best deal? If you’re anything like me, you’d rather just sleep in and go to the gym than wake up extra early to wait in line to save…

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How to avoid Thanksgiving feast food coma: Holidays

The Holidays are here Do you hear the sleigh-bells ringing? Are they glistening? Or is that just the turkey basting in the oven? If you’re anything like me, you’re licking your lips as you imagine yourself chowing down during this Holiday season. But with a big meal comes a big post-meal nap. And for some…

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The Holidays are here

avoid Thanksgiving feast food comaDo you hear the sleigh-bells ringing? Are they glistening? Or is that just the turkey basting in the oven? If you’re anything like me, you’re licking your lips as you imagine yourself chowing down during this Holiday season. But with a big meal comes a big post-meal nap. And for some of us, this may interfere with our Holiday shopping plans. I’m here to tell you how you can avoid Thanksgiving feast food coma.

Eat throughout the day

Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast in lieu of an extra-large dinner! Just be smart about what you eat: stick to some protein like eggs or yogurt to hold you over until the big feast. Starving yourself all day just to gorge out at your Aunt Marge’s house is not a good idea! Be smart, and don’t starve yourself. This will also help you to not over-indulge on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Try to eat a balanced diet

avoid Thanksgiving feast food comaEat more than just the carbs! Stuffing and potatoes are great, but get your protein in too! Be sure to eat a healthy amount of turkey (or tofurky, for you vegans out there) in addition to those carbs. This way, you will feel full faster and hopefully avoid the itis. The I just turned into Frankenstein I’m so stuffed itis. The I just took a 5 hour long nap itis. All the things that make you miss out on life post-holiday mealtime, i.e. Black Friday. Also, be sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated! This will also help you eat a more moderate amount.

What if it’s too late to avoid Thanksgiving feast food coma?

At the end of the day, I’m not going to tell you to not indulge! We only have a huge feast like this once a year, right? Or, if you’re like me, you hit multiple family member’s houses to get your Thanksgiving portion doubled or tripled in one day. Thanksgiving has historically been one of my favorite holidays, only because I love to eat. And eat I do. So eat away! And even if you fall into a slump afterwards, I say more power to you! BUT, I am going to challenge you to workout the next day! Most of us get the day after Thanksgiving off, and while some of us go shopping, Black Friday is a great day to hit the gym! Almost no one’s there (uh, empty gym? yes please!) and you can sweat out those extra calories you consumed the day before. If you’re not a gym junkie like me, at least go for a nice, long walk!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

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How to find the right gym for you: What to ask

Whether you’re training for that next race or looking to lose a few extra pounds, getting a gym membership should be one of the first few things on your to-do list. Many people don’t know where to start, so today I’m going to go over the best way to find the right gym for you.…

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Whether you’re training for that next race or looking to lose a few extra pounds, getting a gym membership should be one of the first few things on your to-do list. Many people don’t know where to start, so today I’m going to go over the best way to find the right gym for you.…

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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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Rest and Recovery: Epsom Salt Baths

Have you tried Epsom salt baths? I had never used Epsom salt prior to training for a marathon this past year. But I’m here to tell you, they are amazing for recovery, especially after those painful long training runs (I’m talking 15+ miles, bro). Soak in salt.. First of all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice warm…

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Have you tried Epsom salt baths? I had never used Epsom salt prior to training for a marathon this past year. But I’m here to tell you, they are amazing for recovery, especially after those painful long training runs (I’m talking 15+ miles, bro).

Soak in salt..epsom salt baths

First of all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice warm bath? The idea of drawing up a steaming hot bath always makes me feel better, even before getting into the water. Maybe it’s just me, but I am actually naturally lazy. Whenever I get 20 minutes to be lazy and warm, I usually take a bath. And if I’m sore, Epsom salt will be included. Whether it’s after a hard run or a hard training session at the gym, the Epsom salt works it’s magic and I feel better afterwards. Especially as we enter Flu season, rest and recovery are very important.

Facts about Epsom salt

  1. It is named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.
  2. It isn’t actually a salt, it’s a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
  3. Both magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed through the skin, which makes Epsom salt baths an easy and effective way to enjoy the benefits (see below).
  4. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.

Benefits of Epsom salt bathsepsom salt baths

  1. Eases stress and relaxes the body. Stress drains the body of magnesium. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP, the energy packets made in the cells.
  2. Relieves pain and muscle cramps. Epsom salt baths help ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches. Epsom salt softens skin and will even neutralize foot odor in addition to helping your achy feet feel better.
  3. Helps muscles and nerves function properly. Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes. Magnesium is critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
  4. Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots. Epsom salt improves blood circulation, protects the elasticity of arteries, prevents blood clots, and reduces the risk of sudden heart attacks. This alone makes the salt baths worth it!
  5. Eliminates toxins from the body. The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells. This helps ease muscle pain and helps the body to eliminate harmful substances.

The best part is..

It’s cheap! You can get a big bag of Epsom salt that will last you weeks for only a few dollars. Hit up your local drugstore, or find some great buys below.

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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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Whistle while you work: music helps pass the time

Classic Snow White.. Just whistle while you work And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place So hum a merry tune It won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace While the seven dwarves may have been funny, they knew a good thing once they discovered it. Whistling/singing a…

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Classic Snow White.. Just whistle while you work And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place So hum a merry tune It won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace While the seven dwarves may have been funny, they knew a good thing once they discovered it. Whistling/singing a…

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