newyearresolutionhalfway

Tomorrow, June 1, we’ll be halfway through 2017. Reality check time. How are you doing with that New Year’s resolution of yours? Is it a bit dusty? Did you toss it in the recycling bin back in February to save it for next year?

exercise motivation

No matter how much you want the results of regular exercise, motivation yourself to start can be hard. Keeping yourself motivated can, at times, seem equally challenging. So how do you do it? How do you motivate yourself to start and stick with the actions that get you the desired results? Here are five tips.

brave

Remember “brave” is a verb. Verb. Action. Do. Doing is more actionable than being. Being implies you’ve already reached something that is permanent; when are you ever permanently anything? Never.

dieting

  Diets do not work in the long run. You may have already figured that out, but haven’t truly figured out why they don’t work and how to get out of the cycle and sustain your weight-loss success. Let’s do that now.

pushpull

Ever walked into the gym, and thought, “ok I’m here, now what”? Or found yourself dreading the gym because it’s the umpteenth time you’ve gone and are sick of doing the same ol’ thing? There are a number of ways to organize or re-organize your workouts. I wrote about one last week—incorporating supersets—here’s another, a push-pull split program.

micronutrients

Time to set aside the “macros” talk—carbs, proteins and fats—and discuss the small but mighty micros—as in micronutrients, also known as vitamins and minerals. There are few other compounds included, but we’ll focus on those two.
You know you need vitamins and minerals. But you may not know why, how much, or where to get them­­—besides from a bottle that is. Like everything else, you need these suckers but in appropriate amounts: Too much or too little can cause unpleasant ripple effects in your body.

Oh alcohol: some people love it, some people don’t, some people love it a little too much. Like many nutrition and physical activity topics, the guidance depends on who you are and what you want. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing that—black and white answers are simpler—but it’s true. I’ll break it down a, Read More

askwhy

Why is one of the most powerful words in the English language, in my opinion. Everything starts with why: your actions, your thoughts, your words, your motivations…all of it can be explained by simply asking and answering why. The word is so provoking, actors spend days, weeks, months even years dissecting the “why’s” behind their characters’ movements, speeches, and inner dialogue. If they do this for a fake person, why aren’t you doing it for the most important person– you?

comparison-is-the-thief-of-joy

It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, even to our past selves or a future vision we have of ourselves. Such comparisons can be helpful, even healthy. But they can also contribute to lower self-esteem and increased depression, anxiety, and jealousy. So how do we strike the balance? And if we’re in a negative social comparison funk, how do we pull ourselves out?

chewingfood

If we want to improve our digestion, hydration, potential weight loss, satiety, and enjoyment of our food, we should slow down and chew. Some food digestion begins as soon as you put it in your mouth; foods that are called carbohydrates (fruit, veggies, pasta, bread, candy, etc) start to break down as soon as you take a bite because of an enzyme in your saliva. The less you chew, the less time this enzyme has to start breaking things down.