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The ugly truth about health and fitness

fitness health Feb 20, 2018

Feeling guilty about “sneaking” some “forbidden” foods…

Exercising as a way to “make up for” all those calories you ate (or as punishment)...

Binge eating because “I’ve already messed up so much today, what’s a little more?”...

This is what happens when you look at food not as food but as either a friend or a foe.

Too often, food becomes the villain in a bad B-movie. It tempts you. It controls you. It even laughs at you.

So you run to the nearest stationary bike, begging it to save you from the evil food villain. And you pedal like mad… or you do extra step classes all week… or you starve yourself for a day…

And next week the vicious cycle starts all over again. And you go to bed miserable, thinking, “I really messed up on my diet today. I’ll try again tomorrow.”

The problem is, “there’s always something…”

Because then you have this conversation in your...

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This isn't just an ordinary "buzz word"

health nutrition Jan 30, 2018

There are some buzz words you probably hear so often, you end up tuning out when they come up. I’m going to guess that “inflammation” is likely one of those words.

Not only is it a buzz word, it’s also a bit ambiguous if you aren’t really familiar with it. 

Inflammation is part of your body’s immune response, and occurs when your body tries to heal damaged cells, and fight off irritants and pathogens. Your arteries dilate, blood flow increases, and white blood cells, hormones, and nutrients flow freely. The injured area is swarmed by white blood cells, along with fluid that causes the often-painful swelling.

It can be uncomfortable, but it’s usually a good sign, that your body is working to heal itself. 

For example, if you injure your toe, it gets red, swollen, and inflamed. If you get a bee sting, you experience inflammation in your skin. If you have a cold, you experience inflammation as your body heats up to fight the...

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