Put this sticker on your ammonia and your face wash bottles. (photo compliments of enviroblog.org)
What’s your largest organ? *insert dirty joke*
The title might give it away, but it’s your skin.
It’s the pretty stuff. The barrier to the harsh outside world. It gives, gives, gives. And we take, take, take.
We want to eat healthy. We want to be fit. We want hearty immune systems.
Well then why would we just slather poisonous chemicals that inebriate our pretty, hard-working skin?
Have you tried to read your face cream, lotion, body scrub or shampoo label? I imagine mad scientists hunched over smoldering beakers of chemicals cackling about the scientific names of them. But we digress. Read More…
In no particular order, I’ve incorporated these rules into my life recently and I’m progress in my weight loss and health goals.
I’ve lost three pounds in ten days (and I haven’t even been exercising, but that’s about to change).
(photo compliments of SuperTracker.usda.gov)
1. Consume nothing but plain ol’ tap water after 8 o’clock. Breakfast is around 10 in the morning. If you’re only eating 10 hours a day, it’s easier to trim calories. Besides, I’m not hungry when I’m asleep.
2. Use USDA.gov’s SuperTracker to create goals and track my calorie intake. Reduce calorie intake to 1600 or fewer daily.
3. Drink 10-14 glasses of water daily. This helps me stay full, energized, and saves me from feeling hungry when I’m actually just thirsty. Also, I want my skin to glow and stay hydrated as I make these changes and lose weight, too. Chant with me: No more stretch-marks. No more stretch-marks. Twelve more
(photo compliments of Skimble.com)
Skimble‘s Workout Trainer app is a great guide for starting an exercise program.
- Customize your fitness goals, and it will recommend workout programs.
- Search for a workout using filters like minutes (10-60), target body areas, equipment available to you (none, home gym, full gym), and difficulty level, and you’ll get workouts to do on the spot or save for later (with reminder alerts).
- Create a profile and join a community of people seeking and offering motivation, health advice, eating tips and personal stories.
- Add your custom workouts, too.
It talks you through each workout with encouraging phrases you’d get from a live personal trainer. You can even play your own workout music while it gives instruction. Read More…
(photo compliments of healthyurbankitchen.com/blog)
I’ve been striving to eat clean(er).
I’ve read about The Master Cleanse or lemonade detoxification diet, and it was recently recommended to me, too. I follow a blog that raves about it, mythineats (great blog, by the way), so if it’s for you, power to you.
It seems too simple, though. And potentially unhealthy. So I kept reading and consulted my Dad, a hobby ‘hoping-to-turn-semi-pro’ nutritionist.
His bottom line: you don’t need to throw your body into shock and deprive it of key nutrients to detoxify. Garlic will wipe the metals out of your system, eating clean detoxifies and regulates your body naturally, and anyone will get the awesome results of this Master Cleanse if they quit eating garbage and had two bowel movements (sorry, had to say it) every day for 10 days.
I don’t want the easy way out. I want to learn positive habits that keep me free of toxins.
The SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate provides comprehensive reports on a user’s nutritional needs and successes.
No, calorie counting is not my thing.
I just posted about it. But while researching for that post, I found the SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate.gov and the curiosity was too much.
All of a sudden I have a profile and I’m entering my breakfast information.
But it’s amazing! And soooooooo much more than a calorie counter.
I set any 5 goals from 5 categories: weight managment, physical activity, calories, food groups and nutrients. Daily, I get to watch a graph display my progress on each goal, and when I succeed at one, I get an email.
(photo compliments of choosemyplate.gov)
I’ve never read a diet book. These fancy-schmancy planned-out diets are not my thing.
I have created some rules over the past few years that keep me eating healthy, and keep me in the healthy weight category.
- Quit drinking soda. Drink water (eight 8 ounce glasses daily). With a glass of 100% fruit juice watered down and/or a glass of low-fat milk daily.
- Eat 3-5 fruits and vegetables per day. That’s 6 to 10 all-in-all.
- Get quality protein with every meal. The top ones are: chicken, turkey, eggs, tuna fish, shrimp, low/non-fat cottage cheese, low/non-fat greek yogurt, and whey protein powders.
- Include fiber-rich foods as often as possible. I love popping corn on the stove plain and adding my own low-calorie flavors. Delicious!
- White foods are evil. Enriched, bleached foods need to be replaced with WHOLE wheats; read the ingredients to make sure you’re not being conned by misleading labels. Read 6 more…
(photo compliments of wayetlighting.wordpress.com)
If you have a yard, start a garden. The financial benefits of gardening are extensive, the health benefits are obvious, and the environmental benefits are substantial. You don’t need a huge garden, and your family can help out and bond through the care of it.
Here’s a list of ways to maximize the benefits of gardening in your life:
- Make your own fertilizer. Get in the habit of composting your vegetable and garden scraps. You will do something nice for the planet, put less into the waste stream, and get free fertilizer for your garden in the process! You can find information on building your own compost bin at www.bluegrassgardens.com.
- Plant a money garden. With an eye towards increased interest in vegetable gardening, the Burpee Seed Company has developed a “Money Garden” seed packet. Six different kinds of vegetables are included for $10. The company says the plants will produce $650 dollars worth of produce. Read More…