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Posts tagged “health

Goal Setting: Why You Shouldn’t Strangle Anyone In The New Year

new-years-eve-sparklesA single bead of sweat drips from my brow and down the side of my face as I continue to peddle without gaining any ground on the stationary cycle. A middle-aged woman looks over my shoulder to view what I am looking at on the screen of my phone and then coughs—directly in my face. I get up to leave the gym already annoyed at the fact that all of the treadmills have been taken. From the look of the packed gym, it’s clearly the second day of January during the week when everyone is extremely gung-ho about their New Years resolutions.

It’s not until I get back to the car that I adjust my thoughts to view the positive aspects of the situation. Yes—this is the time of year when I have to wait a little longer for a treadmill at the gym, but it’s also the time of year when people come off of the high of the holiday giving season and focus on accomplishing goals that are set to better themselves. (more…)

To Assume Is To Make An A** Out of You And Me

Photo by el dubb via Flickr

Photo by el dubb via Flickr

There I was, drowning in my own sweat that had pooled on top of the gym mat I was sprawled out on. I was exhausted, sore, and still thinking about the thoughts that ran through many heads before people stepped foot into the hour-long class from hell.

A woman, somewhere in her thirties, had walked up to the classroom inside the gym where a small group of people wearing workout clothes, including myself, waiting for the door to be unlocked. The woman had her long brown hair in a ponytail, thick cropped gray yoga pants and a large white T-shirt covering her protruding stomach. She mumbled something about keys and walked back to wherever she came from.

The woman came back to the classroom with keys in her hand and opened the door. The small group of people followed her into the room and stood around waiting for the class to start. (more…)

A Quick Guide to Tea

Photo by mat.teo via Flickr

Photo by mat.teo via Flickr

With the cold and flu season rolling in, and massive snowstorms and chilly days freezing everything in sight, hot cups of tea have been consumed as if it were going out of style at my house. The roommates were a little wary at first about the benefits of tea but, after their first cup, they were asking me to make more cups of tea to knock out their severe colds.

Teas are known to be full of flavonoids, have antimicrobial qualities, and in the East it is regarded as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom. Some teas have been found to help with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, weight loss, mental alertness, and to lower cholesterol.

Here is a list of some teas and their benefits: (more…)

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

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Photo taken by forced rhubarb via Flickr

Every vegan and vegetarian that I have come across, including myself, has been asked this question, where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat? To be honest, you don’t need as much protein as most people think, but it’s easy to get what you do need from non-meat items such as nuts, seeds, beans, grains, soy, and greens.

The U.S. recommended daily allowance of protein is only 0.8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight (.36 grams per pound) for the general population. And although athletes need more to repair tissue after working out, you can still be completely vegan and an athlete if they wanted to. (more…)

What is Nutritional Yeast?


If you have no clue what nutritional yeast is, or you are a vegetarian curious about it, don’t worry. You’re definitely not the only one. I had a few people ask me about this already, and I took the time to answer someone on Tumblr the other day who asked me about nutritional yeast—here’s what I said, (more…)