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Food Journaling: The Secret To Successful Dieting

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When you think about keeping a journal, I bet you don’t associate it with healthy eating. To most people, journaling sounds like something a kid does when they’re in high school to sort out their feelings or write about a crush in class. But the daily writing process behind journaling actually has many practical uses, among them the ability to help you get a hold on healthy eating habits. A good old fashioned journal might be just the thing you need if you’re struggling to maintain a healthy diet.

Sounds crazy, right? Hear me out.

Some evidence of food journaling’s effectiveness

A recent article from WebMD explains the food journaling phenomenon, and how it can help people take control of their eating habits. The article discusses the findings of a study where a group of dieting (Read More....)

Why Are We A Fast Food Nation?

America has long been known as a “fast food nation.” In fact, if you ask people in other countries what they know about America, you’re likely to hear things like, “Americans love McDonald’s,” and “Americans are fat.” While these statements are stereotypical, there is some important meaning in them. America is home to more fast food chains than any other nation, and they just keep coming.

Why do we have so many fast food establishments? The answer is actually quite simple. Americans are busy people! We are expected to raise children, hold down jobs, attend PTA meetings, and balance a thousand things at once. That leaves little time for educating ourselves on nutrition, let alone for preparing healthy, hearty home-cooked meals.

Furthermore, food is expensive! If you go down the aisle at your local grocery store, you will see just how much it costs to healthfully feed a family. Organic and all-natural foods cost a fortune when you compare them to processed conventional foods. Many parents just choose to bypass the expensive grocery store items altogether, instead opting for “dollar menu” items and other cheap, quick fixes. Even families that don’t resort to fast food often find themselves giving in to unhealthy choices.

There are many boxed, bagged, and frozen (Read More....)

Is Cross Fit For You?

Cross-fit is basically an athletic and lifestyle training program that focuses on a broad spectrum of activities and changes, rather than specializing in one specific area of fitness.  It’s a very popular program, including aspects of running, gymnastics, lifting, and more.  So how do you determine whether this is a program that will benefit you?  Partly that depends on what you’re looking to achieve, what sort of time you have to devote to it, and what sacrifices you’re willing to make.  Here’s a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages to cross-fit so that you can determine whether it’s a good idea for you or not.

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Cross-fit is not for everyone. There is a commitment required, and it can be very challenging.  You’ll be asked to work on the areas where you are weak in fitness, and you will have to be willing to work hard.

Cross-fit might be for you if you want to improve your fitness, don’t like your current gym routines, don’t enjoy spending hours at the gym, or are just looking for something different.

Positive things you’ll gain from Cross-fit include increased energy, a stronger heart and stronger lungs, weight loss, better sleep, lower risk of disease, a strong immune system, less stress, and a generally better outlook (Read More....)