For most, it happens in the late afternoon, usually between lunch and 6ish: that feeling of sluggish, low-energy brain-deadness that makes you want to call it quits for the day. Since that’s generally not an option, you reach for the next solution: the caffeine pick-me-up. Whether it’s coffee or tea or a yerba mate, many of us are in the habit of using caffeine to prop ourselves up during the draggiest part of the day. Of course, some of us—and you know who you are—go one step further and combine refined sugar and caffeine. Nothing like a Frappucino® and double fudge mini-donut to shake things up. It’s a slippery slope. Read more
Why is it that advice on healthy eating usually seems to center on what not to put in our mouths? With the endless ways we’re taught to limit calorie intakes and watch out for “bad” fat and carbohydrates, it’s almost easy to forget that there’s a whole world of foods out there that don’t threaten to give you heart disease, diabetes, or an expanded waistline. Read more
Summer is really upon us early this year which means Pride weekends, pool parties, lake vacations, long weekends, and lots of alcohol. The gay’s can drink pretty well all year round, but Summer time is really alcohol time. Ah, the good life. But with shirts off, where are you going to hide the burgers and beer? You wouldn’t think of telling your buddies that you’re passing up the booze to watch your weight because, let’s be honest, you were shirtless all White Party Weekend and that didn’t phase you. How do you keep the six-pack, while still having fun? Balance. You need to make conscious choices to keep your days healthy. I would not recommend going cold turkey (I’m not some monster). We just can’t go balls-out like we did in our 20′s – and who wants to? Read more
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to be a grown-up. Now that I’m a grown-up I’d much prefer to shuck some responsibilities and stress and just be a kid again. Stress is one of the ways we age quickly. People in high-stress jobs or situations tend to look older than they are. Bad habits can also contribute greatly to the aging process. But did you know that we have the power to turn back time? (don’t you just love a good Cher song?) It’s true, there are just 4 key areas of our life that, if properly attended to on a daily basis, we can turn back the signs of aging 20 years! Read more
There are many protein shakes and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology, but none of them have as many quality superfoods as Shakeology does. Usually the “you get what you pay for” logic rings true, and the shake biz is definitely a case where it applies! Read more
Those long winter months are over and it’s finally spring. Ah, the splendor. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and you’re on your hands and knees, vacuuming under the couch.
Okay, spring cleaning may not be the idyllic aspect of the season, but it makes you feel better in the long run, right? So this year, why not dial it up a notch? While cleaning out your closets and cabinets, try cleaning out something even more important—your body. Read more
Winter may be winding down, but that that doesn’t mean we’re done with chilly weather for the year. Some days, the only thing that can warm me up is a hot bath, but when that isn’t an option, I go for plan B—a nice, hot cup of herbal tea. It warms me up in no time at all. Read more
Sugar, sweet sugar—a delightful minute on the tongue in exchange for what feels like a lifetime on the hips. But weight gain isn’t the only consequence of eating too much sugar. Ready for the not-so-sweet truth? Read more
I’ve always had a hearty appetite. When I sit down to eat, I want a big plate of food that takes some time to get through, not a tiny portion that’s gulped down in a bite or two. Unfortunately, big appetites can lead to big thighs. Rather than restrict myself to a life of deprivation, I learned how to eat a lot and still lose weight.
In the past, I’d lose a few pounds by eating 250-calorie “meals” every few hours. But I was never fully satisfied and always a bit hungry. And the stricter the diet, the more likely I was to dive headlong into a binge and derail any progress. There had to be a better way. Read more
When was the last time you checked in with your liver? In truth, most of us don’t give our livers much thought, except maybe the morning after a night spent drinking too many dirty martinis. And that’s too bad because the liver is an organ that is critical to your health.
Next to your skin, your liver is the second largest organ in the body. You can find this lovely maroon colored organ under your upper right ribcage. Every single nutrient that enters the body must pass through your liver in order to be transformed into something useful. Your liver plays a key role in blood production, producing proteins, iron and vitamin B-12. It turns carbohydrates, proteins, and fat into glucose that can be used throughout the entire body. Its most famous job is ridding the body of harmful and useless toxins also known as detoxification. Read more