The Best Fitness Articles of the Week #66 – Subway’s Vegan Subs Reviewed, Deadlift Corrections and High-ORAC Foods

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.


How Subway’s 3 New Vegan Subs Stack Up

If you haven’t heard, Subway is starting to add vegan options to their menu. There are only 8 locations (D.C. Maryland, and Virginia) that have them right now, but if they do well, they’ll likely be added to Subway menus everywhere. If you want to know how the three new options taste, read this review.


Pasta Made from Green Banana Flour a Tasty Alternative for Gluten-Free Diets

Cool, I want to taste banana-flour pasta πŸ˜€ It’s great that there might soon be another ingredient option for people suffering from celiac disease, and if it tastes better than wheat like what the study suggests, maybe it’ll become much more widespread in the coming years.


9 Deadlift Corrections to a Safer and Stronger Lift

This post starts off with the perfect example of a guy doing a deadlift the wrong way, who then proceeds to pass out face-first into a dumbbell rack, and then the article goes right into video tips on using right form. Some of these tips seem pretty obvious to me, but who knows, maybe some beginners actually do make these mistakes sometimes. The comment about using a hook grip to lift heavier is interesting too. I’ve never tried the hook grip with a deadlift. I’ve always used mixed grip.


Why You Are Suffering from a Modafinil Deficiency The Bulletproof Executive

If you’re looking for mind clarity and the ability to be more awake and productive, consider looking into Modafinil (Provigil). I’ve never used it, but it sounds amazing. I would never use it daily, like the author, Dave Asprey, does though.


Aniracetam at Upgraded Self

Here’s another drug recommended by Dave Asprey. This one can be purchased without a prescription. Aniracetam sharpens memory and learning and optimizes the use of oxygen in the brain. I think I’ll be trying this one soon.


High-ORAC Foods May Slow Aging

I follow @CarissaAnneB on Twitter and she posted that she was eating a high-ORAC snack for breakfast (bell peppers), which is a term I’ve never heard before. According to the UDSA, high-ORAC foods (short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) are fruits and vegetables that score high in antioxidant analysis and may prevent aging by protecting cells from oxidative damage. Another great reason to eat more fruits and veggies! There’s a handy table at the end of the article with a list of high-ORAC foods as well.


How to Eat a Mango Without Getting the Juice all over – YouTube

I love mangos but I hate peeling them. The next time I go to the grocery store, I’m gonna look for the avocado peeler that John uses in this video.


MRSA Natural Remedies

MRSA is a serious form of a “staph” infection, which can be contracted just like any other staph infection. If you have an open wound anywhere on your body, don’t go to the gym! That really sucks for Ben Greenfield.


“Obamacare” explained very well. via reddit.com

If you don’t know much about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare,” this is a must-read. It’s pretty much everything you need to know, written for the layperson.

My First Dentist Visit in Over 10 Years

I went to the dentist’s office yesterday for the first time in over 10 years. I know, it’s terrible, especially for someone who runs a health and fitness blog, but I haven’t had dental insurance ever since I turned 18. I got dental coverage last year, but I’ve been putting it off, and for too long it seems. My gums started to hurt last month and I decided that I would finally look for a dentist and make an appointment.

When I went in yesterday, I was extremely nervous and anxious. I wasn’t scared of the pain (well, maybe a little), but I was worried about how many problems my teeth and gums would have. I was almost positive that I had at least one or two cavities.

I was also scared that I might have done some serious irreversible damage that might cause problems later in life. Some type of gum disease or something. I don’t know. Well, it turns out that I did cause some irreversible damage, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

X-rays and a Deep Cleaning

Because it has been so long since I’ve been to the dentist, they wanted to do a very thorough x-ray scan. They did 18 scans in all, which felt like forever. You’re probably familiar with the process; They cover your body in a lead blanket, then they put those little square things in your mouth and you have to bite down while the edges jab into the roof of your mouth and under your tongue. OUCH! I hate those things.

My scans came back good. The hygienist did a little poking and prodding and found nothing wrong. It turns out that after 10 years, my teeth are actually pretty healthy. No cavities!

I had some tartar build-up, like most people probably do, so she started the cleaning process to get rid of it. It took quite a while, but she said that it won’t take anywhere near as long next time, as long as I continue to make regular visits. She was actually worried that the deep clean would have to be split into two visits, in case there would be too much blood for her to work with, but I guess it was fine since we made it all the way through.

The Irreversible Damage That I’ve Caused

I had my tongue pierced when I turned 18 and I got rid of it when I was about 28 (2 years ago). The reason I got rid of it is because I chipped a lot of teeth. I did some serious damage. Teeth don’t grow back. Each time I chipped another tooth, it hurt whenever I ate, but with time, the tooth seemed to smooth over and it wouldn’t hurt anymore.

The dentist told me that as long as it’s not bothering me, he wouldn’t need to do anything. I would assume that if you really wanted to fix chipped teeth like mine, you could get porcelain veneers, but that would be a little pricey. I’m not worried about aesthetics and my chipped teeth aren’t noticeable anyway. It sucks that I have permanently chipped teeth, but they work.

What isn’t good though, is that I also have two labret piercings, which have also caused damage. I’ve had them for around 6-8 years and I never noticed a problem, but slowly over time, they’ve been wearing away at my gums. The gum line where the rings have been rubbing are now so low that the it has uncovered the very bottom of my teeth, exposing nerves. Last month I thought my gums were hurting, but come to find out, it’s the nerves of my teeth. πŸ™

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I really wish I would’ve have known better when I got the piercings. The problem isn’t necessarily the rings themselves, but it’s the ball on the rings, which you can see in the picture above. In the past I would turn the rings around so that they balls would be hidden behind my lip. Last month when my gums started to hurt, I turned the rings around so that the ball is on the outside. I’ve noticed that the rings don’t touch my gums at all this way.

The hygienist told me that the damage can’t be undone. The gums won’t grow back. She said that I could use fluoride as a sealant though, which should prevent the pain for a few days, but I’ll have to keep reapplying it.

I read a few stories online from people who have had the same receding gum line due to labret piercings, who claim to have regrown their gum lines, despite the dentist also telling them that it will never grow back, so I’m hoping that my dentist is wrong too.

Anyway, to go to the dentist after more than 10 years and to find out that my dental health is fairly good, I’m really happy.

Now I don’t have to go back for 10 more years πŸ˜‰

Just kidding, I’m going back every six months from now on.

Harvested My First Beet of the Year From the Garden

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The leaves of the beets in my garden at work are getting pretty big and I was wondering if they might be ready to pick. I heard somewhere that if you start to see the tops of the beets out of the soil, they are ready to pick so I looked for one that fit the description and I picked it.

Guess what!

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…they’re not ready (sorta) πŸ˜‰

But look at the beautiful colors. I love eating my fruits and veggies of color.

I did a quick search online and found a forum thread on when to harvest beets and people seem to suggest that it’s really just a matter of preference. If you pick beets when they’re small, they will be higher quality, but obviously lower yield. Or you can wait for them to grow halfway out of the ground, but the longer you wait, the lower the quality and tougher the beet will get. I guess it’s just something I’m going to have to experiment with.

I’m excited to go home after work today to blend this little guy, and his leaves, into a delicious smoothie. I think I’ll make a beet, ginger, spinach, and banana smoothie. Mmmm.

The Final Day of the 2012 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference

The third and final day at the 2012 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference has come to a close. It’s sad that it’s over, but wow, did I learn a lot!

I tried to get up early enough to take some pictures of the early morning workouts, but I missed the end of the workout by only about 10 minutes. I woke up a 5:45am and I still didn’t make it to the 7am workouts! Oh well.

We had a delicious and healthy breakfast of granola, berries and almond milk, before jumping right into the presentations.

The first presentation was from Adam Bordes and Ted Vickey, and they spoke on marketing a fitness business. Adam focused on creating and distributing content – written, audio and video, while Ted focused on social media presence and distribution. One of their examples of successful video marketing was about, Shanti, who started a YouTube channel all about her journey to getting healthy. It was an extremely inspirational story. At the end of the presentation, they had a special surprise for everyone too. Shanti was in the audience!

She took questions from attendees and told us a little bit more about her journey and the challenges she had along the way.

Next up was Holly Wyatt, M.D., who spoke about the current understandings of weight loss and weight maintenance. She talked about the various types of diets that people use – Atkins, one, Weight Watchers, Ornish, etc. and how successful they can be. They all seem to have similar results, but when it comes to maintaining the weight loss, it basically comes down to adherence to the diet. There were lots of questions being asked during Holly’s presentation, so she had to skip a bunch of slides and wrap it up so we could get to the Q&A section. Dr. James O. Hill joined Holly and they answered all sorts of great questions, which I’ll talk about in the conference recap.

Elle Potter then took the state for the final 15 minutes of the conference to go through a fun presentation featuring the results of a fitness and health blogging survey she had done. After looking at lots of fun photos and listening to the survey results, it was time to go home.

This was such a fun conference! Much better than the boring internet marketing conferences that I’m used to πŸ˜‰

The Second Day of the Fitness and Health Blogger Conference Was Even Better Than the First

Another day at the 2012 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference in the books πŸ˜€

The morning started with two workout classes, both of which I missed because I didn’t wake up early enough to get to them. From what I understand, most people slept in too. Then there was breakfast, mostly non-vegan. I was told by one of the servers that there was nothing vegan, so I didn’t eat anything, but I found out later that they actually did have granola and almond milk. Still sucks that I couldn’t partake in the yummy smoothies and breakfast parfaits everyone else was eating though.

After breakfast, they started the presentations.

Monika Nuffer was up first. She’s a pharmacist and she spoke about the drug and supplement industry. Lots of interesting things going on there. One very helpful tip she gave is to look on the packaging for seals of approval, such as from Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), United States Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International (NSF), or Consumer Lab (CL).

Lana Bradley

Up next was Lana Bradley. She’s a licensed acupuncturist and she spoke on practices of traditional chinese medicine. I particularly liked a diagram she drew on the white board, which featured a sort of circle or path of yin and yang. I didn’t take a picture because it wasn’t very legible, but this is a better representation of what she drew.

She mentioned that if there was an imbalance in one element, for example metal, it would affect the entire circle. An example she gave had something to do with a menopausal woman suffering from diarrhea and some other problem I can’t remember. When they fixed the imbalance, her problems went away. Very interesting concept.

Then came Dana Abbey, who spoke on finding and assessing information on the internet. She’s a librarian, so she provided great information on doing internet research and how to use the most credible resources. In my experience of reading hundreds of health articles every week, a lot of bloggers post health information and advice without citing sources, and often speak based mostly on opinion, but I don’t think that will be a problem with any of the attendees of this conference. Citing sources and providing credible information has been pushed hard this weekend, and that’s great for all of us.

Next up was Janet Helm. She spoke about communicating information. A lot of her presentation focused on social media, such as using Pinterest, and other best practices for bloggers. She mentioned that being transparent online makes you more trustworthy and likable. You should have an “About” page or section on your site, an image of yourself and at least your first name.

You should also be disclosing any relationships you have with marketers, as according to FTC rules. That means if you do paid blog post, or if you were given a product free for a review, you need to publicly disclose that to your readers. I’m familiar with all of this stuff, but as a marketer who works with a lot of bloggers on behalf of several large businesses, I find that many people aren’t as familiar as they should be. I tend to point the bloggers I work with to cmp.ly for more info on disclosures.

Great sessions today!

We ate lunch and then broke off into four smaller groups and attended the “cohort breakout sessions.” Yesterday we did only one session, and my group went to the library to learn about online research.

Today we did the other three, which first started with watching the chef at Bistro Elaia prepare a delicious looking meal, again something that I couldn’t eat because it had chicken in the main dish and yogurt and milk in the smoothie. Then we watched as Inigo San Millan did a performance test on an athlete, complete with facemask and blood tests. After that, we took a walkthrough of the “micribiotic kitchen” and the test grocery store. More info about those will be in my conference recap.

It was a full day of education and fun πŸ˜€

* Chinese herbalism image via http://www.moondragon.org/alternative/images/chineseherbalism5.jpg

Day One of the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference

Today was the first day of the 2012 Health and Fitness Bloggers Conference and I had a great time. I actually received a scholarship from the conference to attend, so I get to for free for the whole weekend!

I didn’t realize that I had received the scholarship until I was already at work this morning, so I missed most of the morning’s early presentations by the time I got to the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, which is where the conference was being held. The early sessions consisted of short speeches on things like internet marketing, branding, SEO and writing, which is what I do for a living, so I don’t need a primer anyway.

After the early presentations came registration, then the tradeshow and tours of the gym and facilities. Most people then went to lunch, and afterwards we all sat in on presentations from Dr. James O. Hill and Dr. Inigo San Millan, both of which were very educating and fun. After that, we split into four groups and attended smaller “cohort breakout sessions.” The session I attended was on on how to find and vet sources for your articles and how to get the most out of health science libraries around the world.

Then we all went back to the gym and most people attended a free workout session and then Chipotle. That’s a full schedule isn’t it? I didn’t feel like sticking around for the free workouts, so I went home early, but it was a great time. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

I’m also putting together a full recap of the conference, which should be online within the next couple of days.

The Best Fitness Articles of the Week #65 – Paleo Coffee, Preventing Berries from Molding and a Deadlift Training Secret

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.


In Search of the Ultimate Paleo Coffee

Yup, this looks like a great cup of coffee! I’ve been using MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil for my coffee, which contains both coconut and palm oil, but as soon as it’s gone, I’ll be switching to coconut oil only (the palm oil industry is destructive to the environment and animals).


The Beginning Cyclist’s Guide to the Rules of the Road (and All Those Funny Hand Signals)

There are some great tips here that I know for a fact many new cyclists don’t know yet, for example yelling out “on your left” when passing someone on the trail. That’s a great tip to know when you’re starting out or you could risk running into somebody if they unknowingly move into your path. I even learned a few things from this article, such as pointing to hazards if you see them. I can’t believe I’ve never done that! I feel rude for not doing it the few times I’ve seen glass or a snake on the trail.


Layered Raw Taco Salad for Two

Ooh! This looks delicious. If you’ve never tried walnut “meat” before, you should give it a shot. It’s surprisingly a lot like meat. There’s also a nice simple guacamole recipe included, as well as a macadamia nut cream sauce. I’ve never tried a nut cream sauce before, so I’m really excited to make this recipe.


Paleo Dessert Recipes Vol.4

A whole list of delicious looking paleo desserts. Some call for eggs, but I can easily replace that with flax or chia seeds. I think most of these can be made vegan. I’m particularly interested in this recipe for Coconut Kanten w/Berry Compote. I’ve just recently discovered agar agar (kanten) when I wanted to make my own vegan cheese. A little tip – agar agar is really expensive at health food stores, so look for it at asian grocers instead. You can get it really cheap there.


Low Carb Side Dishes

I’ve never done a low-carb diet, but if I ever do, there are some great recipes here to try. I’ve heard of cauliflower rice and mashed cauliflower before, but I’ve never tried them. I’ve made jicama rice before, and that’s delicious! I’m gonna pick up some cauliflower soon to try out the mashed potatoes alternative.


Male doctors make $12k more per year than female doctors

I think this is really sad and disgusting. How can this still be happening? It sounds like something from the 1920’s. Women typically make $12,000 per year LESS than their male counterparts. Wow. I actually prefer female doctors/physicians. They’re just as smart, and just as well trained as male doctors, but they seem to be generally nicer. At least in my experience.


Cosmetic Surgery–Proceed with Caution

Having worked on probably hundreds of cosmetic surgeon websites in the last 7 years that I’ve been doing internet marketing, I’m very familiar with the message that cosmetic surgery can be great for people because it can help them feel better about themselves, but after reading this article, I wonder if I’ve simply been brainwashed by marketing propaganda. I’m sure cosmetic procedures really do help lots of people, but now I’m left wondering how many people are left with psychological damage.


How To Keep Berries From Molding

This article couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s the season for berries, and I’ve been buying lots of them. I was just recently wondering if there were any tricks to keep my berries from molding so quickly, because it seems like they go bad within just a few days. And guess what the trick is? Vinegar! Ahh, is there anything vinegar can’t do?


Rowing Machine Workout – The Complete Guide

It’s weird when I think about it, but I’ve never used a rowing machine. I saw it all the time in the gym, sitting there all by its lonesome, but I never had the desire to use it. I know some people love it though, such as my fiance. I don’t have a gym membership anymore because I workout in my basement, but if you’re interested in learning more about the rowing machine, this article has it all.


Scott Jurek: Ultramarathon Running: How A Vegan Diet Helped Me Run 100 Miles

There’s lots of proof out there showing that any athlete can be just as successful and competitive on a vegan diet as someone who eats meat. It’s awesome to see that Scott Jurek has discovered how great it is to be vegan.


Don’t feel like exercise? Scientists find compound that may help you work out harder

Motivation in a pill? I think one of the biggest reasons people don’t workout, or fail to maintain a regular workout schedule, is because they can’t stay motivated. This sounds like it might be the answer. It’s only been tested in mice so far, but it sounds promising.


Three Running Workouts to Improve Strength and Stamina

I suck! I don’t do any of these running workouts. I want to try to include all three of these running workouts into my routine. I wish I could find a nice hill near my home to run. I’m surrounded by flatness! I do know a track that usually empty though and I have a simple interval timer on my phone that I can use to do interval workouts.


Is There Such a Thing As “Knee Friendly” Squats?

I have constant knee problems, meaning my knees pretty much hurt at all times of the day, so I guess that means that I have less than optimal tissue quality and I need to start foam rolling every single day. I think I probably need to work on my technique too. I wish I had someone like Tony Gentilcore to train me in person πŸ˜‰


The Shocking (But Real) Reason For Your Lack of Progress

The reason given in this article for why people don’t see progress is spot on. Everyone gets so much differing advice, from their friends, from personal trainers and from the internet, that they never stick to a solid routine long enough to see if really works. I used to jump around with routines like that too, but then I got serious and then I saw results. I still like to make minor modifications, but the core of my routine has been exactly the same for over a year now, and I love it.


Upgrade Your Energy Supply: Optimize Your Supplements The Bulletproof Executive

Awesome post from The Bulletproof Executive! Learn why you’re wasting money on expensive multivitamins and why you should supplement with specific vitamins instead. The article also explains what each specific supplement does, how much to take and the brand that Dave, the writer, prefers.


Raw Granola Berry Bar (Kid Friendly) – YouTube

I should probably just buy her book because all of her recipes are great. All you need to do is lightly pulse in your food processer: 1 cup of mulberries, 1 cup freeze dried strawberries, 8 pitted medjool dates, and 2 teaspoons of raw carob powder. Form into bars and that’s it. Easy!


The Deadlift Training Secret No One Talks About

I’m nowhere near this point of stalling in my deadlift yet, but when I finally get there, you can bet that I’m going to try this trick out. Great phone conversation here too πŸ˜€

Fitness Articles of the Week #64 – Energy Without Caffeine, Food Photography Tips and Glutamine for Endurance Athletes

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.


Wake-up Calls: 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy Without Caffeine

We can all use a boost of energy sometimes, but not everyone likes to get that energy from caffeine. I’m not a fan of the effects of caffeine, at least not from coffee, but I don’t mind the slower effects of caffeine from green tea. If you don’t want to consume any caffeine at all, try out some of the tips in this article. Nothing mind-blowing here, but I’m definitely a fan of the power nap.


Food Photography: How to Get the Best Shot

There are so many bloggers on the internet today, and many, like me and maybe you, are health, fitness and food bloggers. Most food bloggers take pretty good pictures of their meals, but there are some who don’t, me included. I suck at taking pictures of my food, but after reading this, maybe I can take those skills up a notch.


New research shows runners can improve health and performance with less training – University of Copenhagen

It’s a small study (18 runners), but the results are promising. If you’re planning to run any 5k’s this summer, try this protocol to see how it works for you. A 50 percent reduction in training for 7 weeks shaved nearly a minute off of a 5k run. Sounds pretty good to me. It’s only 30 minutes a day and it sounds fun. I have different fitness goals right now, but I might try to squeeze this one in. Lifehacker has an easy to understand explanation of this.


How to Cut a Melon

It’s not that difficult to cut a melon, but it’s always nice to see some new tricks. Once you get this one down, it looks like you can really get the slices cut up into pieces in no time.


High Tech Fitness Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you still haven’t picked up a gift yet, consider buying your dad one of this geeky gifts. Hurry!


Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup

I think the picture accompanying the recipe doesn’t make the soup look all that appetizing because it looks really heavy, but looking over the ingredients eases my mind a bit. I’m willing to give this one a try.


A quick, cheap, accurate test for gluten intolerance

It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 100 people have gluten-intolerance, but most people are unaware that they even have it. New technology is being developed to make diagnosis cheap and quick. The prototype will be presented at MEDICA 2012 in November 2012 and hopes are that the system will be available within the next two years. Or you can just be safe and go gluten-free without the tests πŸ™‚


Unusual Uses for Everyday Food

Everything used in this list is something that most people are likely to have in their homes on a regular basis, so instead of using toxic chemical on your body and around the house, use natural foods instead.


Glutamine for Endurance Athletes

I’ve taken glutamine with my protein shakes for years and I rarely get sick. Even when my fiance gets sick, I never seem to catch it from her. I can’t say for certain it’s because of the glutamine, but I’ll definitely continue to keep using it. I’m also not an endurance athlete, which is what this article focuses on.

Fitness Articles of the Week #63 – Cashew Milk and Building a Strong Butt

I’ve been so busy this week that I didn’t get to read everything that I wanted to, but I have a backlog of articles that I’ll be reading and talking about next week. Enjoy the short week!


Cashew Milk How-to

Mmmm, I love nut milks! I haven’t tried cashew nut milk yet, but I probably will soon. These recipes always call for a nut milk, but forget trying to find one of those. Head to your local hardware store and find a paint strainer bag instead. I bought a pack of three for about $2 and they work perfectly.


Turn Any Blender into a Magic Bullet with a Mason Jar

This is such a great idea! I own a bullet blender and one of the coolest things about it is that you can blend right into a drinking cup. If I would’ve known that I could simply attach a mason jar to my blender blade cap, I wouldn’t have spend the unnecessary money. At least you know now though πŸ˜‰


Can You Build Muscle On A Low Carbohydrate Diet?

From 13% bodyfat to 9% on a low carb diet? Wow! Amazing results. I can’t eat the exact meal plan mentioned on this page, but I can do most of it. I’d really like to try something similar.


IFAST Assessment: Breathing Patterns

Hmm, after reading this and looking at my own breathing patterns, I think I’m breathing correctly, but there are times in the day where I take breaks and just focus on my breathing and I now realize that when I do that, I hollow my abdomen instead of expanding.


Glutes Gone Wild

Here’s a great one from T Nation. The glutes are an extremely important muscle to workout, so consider adding some of these to your routine. I think the star exercise of this article is the hip thrust, which I’ve mentioned before and plan to include in my routine as soon as I get a chance to update my weight training tracking worksheets.

Fitness Articles of the Week #62 – Breaking Through Plateaus, Homemade Deodorant and Using Google Maps for Exercise

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.


Sworkit

Sworkit is a handy and simple randomized workout generator that you can use on the web or on your phone. You can choose from various workout types, such as stretches, full body, lower, core and so on, and you can even choose the workout length. If you’ve only got 5 minutes, the app can create a workout for you.


How to Break Through a Strength Training Plateau

If your routine is getting stale or if you’ve reached a plateau, here are a whole bunch of things you can change to make your old routine feel new again.


How to Find a Food Co-Op in Your Area and Score Some High-Quality, Super-Cheap Eats

I’m not at all familiar with co-ops, but they sound interesting. There aren’t any close to my home and I have no plans to drive an hour and half to get to the closest one in Boulder, CO, but you might find the information here useful.


How to Get Energized

Learn how to get energy from nutrition instead of those unnatural energy drinks. I think drinking a green juice or smoothie with the foods mentioned here would be a great way to get what your body needs.


Wrist Strengthening Exercises and why you Need Better Grip Strength

Grip strength is extremely important for anyone trying to lift heavy and get big. Here are some great exercises you can add to your routine


Bananas are as beneficial as sports drinks, study suggests

Sports drinks can definitely give you that boos you need during an intense workout, but if you’re not a fan of the typically sugary drinks, eat an all-natural banana instead. I think I’ll take some bananas with me on my next bike ride.


11 Tips For Finding Time to Exercise Even With Kids Or a Baby

I’m not a parent, so I can’t provide advice based on experience, but there are some solid tips in here. Parent or not, I can attest to the benefits of working out early in the morning. It really starts the day off right.


The Tiny Guide to Creating the Flossing Habit

I’m terrible with flossing. I’ve probably flossed less than 20 times in my entire life, but over the last week I’ve decided to try to make it a habit. I’m not doing any of the tips mentioned in this article, but I’m thinking about using the Jerry Seinfeld method, which I also used successfully to quit smoking two years ago.


Why You Should Probably Wear Homemade Deodorant

As soon as my current deoderant stick runs out, I’m making this and filling up my old container. The only thing I worry about is if the temperature gets too warm in my bathroom that it melts the coconut oil, because we don’t have AC in our house. I suppose the cornstarch and baking soda will keep it mostly solid though.


Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’

I plan to eventually cut gluten out of my diet, at least for the most part, which means no more seitan buffalo wings. I wasn’t too happy about that idea, but now that I see that I can use cauliflower instead, I’m happy again. I hope it tastes good!


When Vegans Get Cancer

Many vegans think that their diet is a path to superior health, but some continue to eat highly processed foods, foods that are fried, fake meats and other frankenfoods. Once those things are removed the diet or at least brought to a minimum, better health can begin, but no matter how healthy you eat, there’s no guarantee that you won’t get sick or contract some type of disease.


Using Google Maps to Find a Workout

I don’t know why I didn’t think to write an article about this a long time ago. I’ve used Google Maps to map out new runs several times. I love it because I can map a run, get a good idea of the distance and I might not even know what the scenery looks like until I get there. It keep things interesting.