Adventures with the Magic Bullet continue. I used it to make out flour out of my oatmeal, then used the flour to make these protein+oat muffins. Yes you could buy oat flour, but it’s pricey. I also used the Magic Bullet to make the third ingredient, puréed apple. Yes, you can buy cheap apple sauce. But why, when you can quickly blend one up! Fresher!

I’ve already added these bad boys, and a vanilla version, to My Fitness Pal! Ingredients, directions, and macros are below. Enjoy! Read More

 

If you haven’t already noticed, your skin takes a hit when you’re stressed.  Anecdotally we’ve known this for centuries, but western science is just starting to discover the reasons behind the mind-body connection. From what we know now, a lot of it has to do with hormones. Yes, those sensitive, sometimes pesky, not-so-little things that run everything in your body.

Depending on who you are, chronic stress can cause or exacerbate: acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and other skin conditions. It can also lead to blotchiness, dehydration,  and increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Worse still, when we experience these flare-ups, we stress over them, creating a new source of stress and a potentially unhealthy cycle. This is particularly true for people who experience extreme cases of certain skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, as they are at an increased risk for anxiety and depression.

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In business, in fitness, in health, in life, in anything requiring effort, we want there to be, well, no effort. It’s natural to want rewards without the sacrifices. Sacrifice sucks. Effort is work. Rewards are pleasurable. Who wouldn’t want more of the latter and less of the former?

The trouble is, there is no such thing as reward without effort. We all intuitively (I hope) know this. Yet, we are surrounded by some mainstream and social media that show a mirage of overnight success stories and magic pills. These stories fuel our weakness for desiring easy returns.

The problems with this are: Read More