One of the hardest aspects of clean eating is mastering a set of tasty, clean recipes you can make quickly and on a budget. I didn’t really know how to cook — until this summer, that is. I’ve been cooking more often than your aging grandmother since May, and I’m here to put on my Good Housekeeping hat and lay down the law with my basic clean eating cooking guide! [Read more…]
Part of clean eating is about cutting out white flour and instead using whole wheat. But how can us baking enthusiasts make awesome baked goods without the use of white flour?
Luckily, I’ve been spending the past 15 days learning how and I’m here to bestow you the knowledge I learned on my epic baking quest! [Read more…]
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: clean eating is tough. Occasionally I just want to throw in the towel and eat processed foods all day.
However, if you’ve decided to eat clean, and you want the health benefits associated with a good diet, you need to stick with it! [Read more…]
Lemon Cucumber Detoxifying Water: 5 Minute Recipe
Hey guys! Today’s recipe is a quick lemon/cucumber/ginger/mint detox drink that will help flush your internal systems of toxins. It’s a refreshing recipe and I hope you love it as much as I love dancing on street corners to music that doesn’t exist except in my head!
Also, this is a great drink to try before starting the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge.
RELATED RECIPE: Sparkling Spinach Smoothie
How this drink detoxifies you:
Cucumbers rejuvinate you through energy-boosting vitamin B. It also contains a lot of fiber that aids in removing toxins from the body, as well as aiding digestion.
The ginger aids digestion and also has anti-inflammatory properties. In 2010, there was a study done that followed people who consumed two grams of ginger each day for about eleven days. It turned out those people had a 25% drop in exercise-induced muscle pain. So all you runners/serious athletes out there? DRINK THIS!
Lemons clean your bowels, and neutralizes free radicals that cause aging. Lemons also contain 22 anti-cancer properties.
Mint promotes good digestion and contains enzymes that could prevent cancer.
Now let’s make this crazy delicious thing! [Read more…]
Want to hear some scary facts?
Only 8% of people are always successful in achieving their resolutions. 19% achieve their resolutions every other year. 49% have infrequent success. 24% (one in four people) NEVER succeed and have failed on every resolution every year. That means that 3 out of 4 people almost never succeed.
You can be the 25% who succeed. Why? Because you’re my readers. And I kind of bet my brother that you would all reach your goals. I don’t like to lose bets. So… I’m counting on you!
5 Ways to Stick With Your Fitness Goals and Resolutions
- Gradually make changes! Some people go full speed ahead for the first two weeks in January, and then get burned out. Pace yourself! Life’s about energy management, not just time management. Start by going to the gym three times a week, and slowly work up to more days and more intense workouts.
- Take a day off each week in order to refocus. Take a rest day to evaluate your progress from the following week, and figure out what you can do better next week.
- Stay inspired. Print out inspirational quotes and hang them on your wall. Sing “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” after every workout. High five other runners you meet on your morning run. This is a journey! Enjoy every step of the way, and find ways to keep your morale up!
- Keep it fun. Go hiking with friends. Challenge the people in your house to come up with new smoothie recipes, and offer a prize to the winner. (Like no chores for a week!)
- Know where you’re headed. AKA: PLAN! Know where you want to be, and plan out the steps to get there.
First off, I love checking in with you guys to see how your goals are doing. These are my favorite entries from my question on my Tumblr!
- bringingmetoneverland answered: Haha, just saying (since I’m Greek) You basically said Good Morning beautiful friends!
Yes! Google translate success! Also: Greek is pretty much the most awesome language ever. I envy you.
- jofromscratch answered: I’m working harder everyday. I’m logging my food, working out whenever I can, and keeping a positive attitude. Trite but true.
Role model alert!
- 90daystoamazing answered: i personally never had a resolution, but i am starting my 90 day challenege on the first right now im conditioning myself for the p90x part.
You’re in for a treat! P90x is one of the best programs out there: challenging and engaging. Good luck!!
- runatic-lavings answered: My New Year’s resolution has been to stick to my soda restriction, which I believe has been going splendidly! And I’ve grown fond of seltzer.
*virtual high five* Same here! Great job!
- mypersonalrollercoaster answered: I had one resolution to help me meet my goals for the year: cut out all meat & dairy. So far, so good. 25 days in!
Wow! Veganism = fantastic goal for so many health reasons.
- awesomeness2 answered: What resolution? I am doing it for my health not a resolution.
Dude. You are my hero.
[LIKE THIS CHALLENGE? CHECK OUT THE 30 DAY iPHONE APP WORKOUT CHALLENGE ALSO!]
Hey all of you lovely people! Today I’ve got a great new fitness plan for you, and it’s called the Youtube Workout Calendar.
Not only are all of these workouts free to you on Youtube (just click on the links embedded in each day of the workout calendar, or check out my youtube playlist here!) but they’re also fun and challenging. This workout schedule is not just for those of you who sent me questions asking about what workouts to do to lose weight and tone up for summer, but this is also a great way to build a fitness foundation so you can stay fit and healthy for life!
I also have an additional list of easier and more difficult workouts so you guys can customize the intensity of the program.
Even if you miss the start date, you can always visit this tag on my blog to see all the posts and you can join me whenever you have the chance
The Benefits of the 30 Day Youtube Workout Program [Read more…]
photo by Tejas Prints
I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people who have never ran before, and want to become regular runners and maybe even run a race or two. So I made this simple five step plan to get you guys from walking to running!
- Step One: Start by going on 30 minute walks.
- Step Two: Turn that 30 minute walk into a walk/jog. Walk for five minutes, jog for two. Listen to your body and take it easy the first time!
- Step Three: When you’re ready, go on a 30 minute jog/run.
- Step Four: Finally, try running for 30 minutes straight!
- Step Five: For an additional challenge, try run/sprint intervals. Or, for something more intense, try running up stadium stairs and walking around the track!
Move up to the next step at your own pace. If you’re into technology and stuff, the LoLo Beat Burn App is the perfect interval running app! I also recommend the LoLo Half Marathon with Jeff Galloway app if you’re interested in running a half marathon.
Hopefully this helps!
Weight loss is not easy. But if you’ve been working for months with no noticeable gain, there is a reason why. Find the reason, and fix it!
- Our culture is sabotaging your efforts. Fast food on every corner. Cheap, available junk food at every turn. We live in a zero impulse control society, and eating healthy must be a conscious, active choice in such a tough environment. How to fix it: surround yourself with a different kind of culture. Find communities on LoseIt.com, Prevention.com, and Tumblr.com to immerse yourself in. Try to get those in your household to adopt healthy lifestyles as well, and find a workout buddy. A healthy lifestyle requires support, so find some!
- You keep losing motivation. If you’re a victim of the start-and-stop yo-yo diet, you could be damaging your metabolism. So pick a goal, and achieve it for good this time by staying motivated! How to fix this: Print out your favorite Reality Checks and hang them on your wall, where you’ll see them each day. Write down your monthly fitness goals, and see if you’ve achieved them by the end of the month!
- You keep giving in to cravings. You gave up soda last week, but this week you’re guzzling root beer. How to fix this: Each day you eat healthy, put a star on your calendar. Set a goal each month on how many gold stars you want to reach. Start low (maybe four, or five) and build up. Once you reach a certain number, reward yourself with a non-food related item, like new running shoes! Also, check out 6 tips to banish cravings.
- You need more intense workouts. Sure, walking is good exercise. But if you’re spending three hours at the gym walking on a treadmill on no incline, you are wasting your time. 30 minute interval workouts or circuit training that is high intensity burns calories even after the initial workout, and provides a much needed metabolism boost. When you cut calories, your metabolism naturally slows down as a defense mechanism, and in order to lose weight you need to make your workouts more difficult to keep dropping pounds!