Category: Health and Fitness

Why Taking Care of Your Own Mental Health Should be Your Number One Priority

Taking care of your mental and emotional health is extremely important for optimal functioning. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 people in America right now, live with a mental illness. Of course, these illnesses range in severity, but it is something that affects millions of people every day. Our mental health has a huge impact on how we move through the world, how we feel (our emotions), and how […]

Does Washing My Hair Every Day Damage it?

There are many myths surrounding hair care, and maintenance. One that has many differing views is whether or not washing your hair every day can cause more harm than good. The answer to this is highly varied, and it may depend on your preference, type of shampoo and conditioner, hair type, how oily the scalp gets, and more. For some, their hair seems to thrive with being washed every day, but for others, their hair […]

Why You Perform Better in a Group Fitness Class

Let’s face it — working out can be hard. It can be difficult to find the time, let alone the motivation to complete a workout. When you are working out alone, you need to be the one to push yourself through the workout to have great results. However, when you take a group fitness class, you usually perform at a much higher capacity. Typically that is why people enjoy these types of workouts better. From […]

Paleo/Dairy Free Tacos with ALL the Fixin’s

“Taco Tuesdays” may very well be one of the most popular food days of the week…everywhere! At first when I began eating clean/Paleo, I was bummed that one of my favorite cuisines would be less fun since dairy and rice are out of the diet. However, I found a way to make it fun again and perhaps even tastier. There are great substitutes for sour cream, cheese and grain tortillas, which are the best parts […]

Paleo Fast Food: Chicken Nuggets & French Fries

Most kids, including my own, will tell you that their “go to” favorite fast food meal is the infamous chicken nuggets and fries. It seems easy enough to head through the drive through and grant this request. After all, its chicken, which is protein, right? Wrong! In fact, fast food chicken nuggets are among the unhealthiest foods consumed.  This is mostly, because there is more filler and saturated fat than actual white meat. In just […]

Paleo/Vegan Slow Cooked Pulled “Pork” over Cole Slaw

BBQ has become popular and one of the biggest crazes within these last few years. BBQ food trucks and restaurants are popping up everywhere. But what if you are vegan, or maybe, after this summer BBQ season, you feel as though you have overdosed on meat and would like to take a meat hiatus. While I am not vegan, I strive to incorporate as many meatless meals into the dinner rotation. If you don’t know […]

Seven Ingredient Paleo Tahini Blondies

Who doesn’t love the classic Blondie? And here is a way to make it vegan, Paleo AND refined sugar free. And best of all, it is loaded with health benefits and so easy and fast to make. Tahini, in its purest form, is made from toasted sesame seeds, which are ground down into a paste. Tahini has a smooth, peanut buttery flavor. It is rich in antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory compounds, and just one teaspoon provides […]

Is Walking Better For You Than Running?

There is no doubt that running is hard. It really pushes you aerobically, increases your heart rate, and sometimes it even feels like you are about to die. People typically have one of two feelings — they either love it, or they hate it. For some, running gives them that “runners high” flooding their body with feel-good endorphins. While running may be a good way to exercise for some, especially with limited access to the […]

Three Different Types of Intermittent Fasting — What Does it Accomplish?

Have you ever been curious about intermittent fasting, but didn’t quite know where to start? Intermittent fasting, also referred to just simply as “IF,” this form of eating has become a very popular trend in the health industry. This form of fasting may help you lose weight, since your body must use stored glucose for energy when in a fasted state, burning off the fat that you already have. It is also great to give […]

What is Collagen and What is it Good For?

You may have heard the words “collagen peptides” floating around in the health and wellness space. It’s benefits have been proven to work, and aid in the overall health of the individual. But what exactly is collagen? And what specifically does it help with? Let’s put on our Bill Nye the Science Guy hat, and get a little factual here with the explanation. Collagen is made up of long, twisted amino acid chains. When a […]

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