The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #121 – Using Coconut Oil As Sex Lube, Getting Better Sleep, and Determining If Deep Squats Are Right For You

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Coconut oil: a natural lube

We’ve started using coconut oil on Michelle’s belly while she’s pregnant to help prevent stretch marks, and the other day I accidentally used too much and got oil everywhere. I was concerned about the safety of the oil being so close to her private parts so I thought I should look it up. It’s safe! During my research I also found this forum post about using coconut oil as a sexual lubricant. The posters say that the coconut oil may help with people who suffer from yeast infections and it might also be safe to use on latex condoms (although you should definitely be cautious, as oils are known to break down latex).



Skipping breakfast might do a dieter good, scientists say

There are many benefits of intermittent fasting, which you can find if you do a quick search on my site. This article doesn’t focus on those benefits, but instead on the fact that people who skip breakfast often don’t end up making up for the calories lost at a later time in the day. It’s a good way to reduce your total daily calories if you’re trying to lose weight.



Staircase Blocks

I’ve never seen these before. They look very convenient and super-easy to build. All you need is two 32″ x 8″ blocks of wood that you can cut “steps” into and you’re good to go. I don’t know how much one block of wood at those dimensions would cost, but it’s probably not too expensive. And as long as you aren’t lifting extremely heavy or dropping the bar on block, you’re probably fine starting with just one block.



Get Better Sleep

I’ve seen these massive posts from Ben Greenfield before but I haven’t read most because of their length, but the last couple he’s done have blown me away. I’m going to go back and read as many of these as I can. This one was amazing!



Q&A: Why Reverse Grip Bench Press?

If you suffer from pain from doing bench press, for example in your forearms, elbows or shoulders, try doing reverse grip bench presses instead. I’ve done reverse grip bench presses before, but not because I was suffering from pain. I don’t remember what the benefit was anymore, but I do remember that I couldn’t lift anywhere near what my normal bench was.



Do You Need to Squat Deeply?

I really want to be one of those people who are able to deep squat with good form, but I think it’s just not built in for me. I haven’t performed deep squats with heavy weight in about 2 months because of a knee injury I suffered while doing deep squats. I really worked hard to go below parallel and I put so much focus on my form, but then my right knee started to hurt like hell and it hasn’t stopped since. It has gotten slightly better over time, but the minute I do squats again, the pain comes back for several days. I still can’t run due to the pain either. I went to my physician and she says it’s not an ACL or meniscus injury based on the exercises she performed, but instead something called “runners knee.” I’ve been given pills for inflammation and a worksheet of rehabilitative exercises. As much pain as the squat has caused me, I’m afraid to do them again. That’s not to say I don’t want to though. I love squatting heavy weight. I miss it.



Top 10 Muscle Building Exercises For A Globo Gym

This is all you need. Most of these exercises are always in my routine, although I might add a few isolation exercises just to change things up and keep my routines fun. Here’s part 2 with some additional variations to those basic exercises.



Buh-Bye Horrific Chemicals!!

There are chemicals in everything we use around the house these days and I wouldn’t doubt if they are part of the reasons why more people suffer from health conditions like cancer or developmental issues. That’s why we try to use only homemade or natural cleaners, and why I just bought a hand steamer (no chemicals at all!)

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #120 – Perfect Iced Coffee, How Low Carb Might Be Bad For Your Gut and Easy Meals for Busy Athletes

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Just a short update this week. With a baby on the way, we’ve been really trying to get prepared before Michelle’s third trimester, so I haven’t done much reading in the last week. We have most of our junk piled up and ready for a yard sale and soon we plan to paint several of the rooms. Looks like a busy next couple of months ahead of us, but I’ll do my best to share some of the interesting things I still manage to read.



Perfect Iced Coffee

I love coffee, just like anybody else. I take coffee to a higher level than most though. I’m often called me a coffee nerd because of all of the ways I make coffee. I own a regular coffee machine, but I never use it. I prefer to use a Hario V60 pour over instead. I also own an Aeropress, a french press and a moka pot, but I don’t use those as often. I try to buy only single-origin, organic coffee beans and I grind my coffee using a burr grinder instead of blade grinder. But I do these things because I want the cleanest, healthiest cup of coffee. If you sat me down next to a coffee expert to compare notes on various coffees, the only thing I’d have to say is “yup, that tastes pretty good.” I’ve tried a lot of different types of coffee, but for some reason I’ve never tried an iced coffee. That’s going to change after reading this! I plan to make some healthier modifications of course 😉



Easy Meals For Busy Athletes

Great post from Ben Greenfield about the importance of nutrient density in foods and he also included a huge list of 40 different meals and snacks that you can eat to support your health. I actually used this post to craft my meals for the upcoming week.



Sorry low carbers, your microbiome is just not that into you

Good info for everyone, especially people who do ketogenic diets. And for any vegans reading this, you might think it doesn’t apply to you since we eat so many carbs, but if you’re eating a lot of carbs that contain high amounts of indigestible fiber (wheat, bran, fruit skin, brown rice, seeds, nuts and skin from root vegetables), you might be starving your gut microbes. You should also consume plenty of pre-biotic (asparagus, burdock, chicory, dandelion root, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, legumes and onions) and pro-biotic (yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso soup, sourdough bread, naturally fermented pickles and tempeh) foods or take supplements.



Find Your Kryptonite With the Free Bulletproof Food Sense iPhone App!

Food sensitivity testing is one thing I’m really surprised I haven’t actually done yet. I would like to though. But until then, I’ll be using this new iPhone app from The Bulletproof Executive. I can’t wait to see what kind of data I get from this!

We’re Having a Vegan Baby!

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Yup, that’s right, we’re having a baby! As you might already know, both me and my partner are vegan, so yes, we’ll be raising a vegan baby. We actually have close friends who are also vegan parents which means we can talk to them if we ever have questions. We’ve really done a lot of research though and we’re very confident that we’re going to raise a strong and healthy baby.

I actually set up a new website that we plan to update regularly with what we’re learning. We also want to chronicle our experiences during this journey. You can follow what we’re doing at TheVeganParents.com.

We’re both really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

So what does that mean for MixedFitness.com? Nothing really. Most of my posts on Mixed Fitness consists of my “Health and Fitness Articles of the Week” updates and I plan to continue posting those every week. You might start to see more posts related to parenting in my updates, but I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do some sort of “Parenting Articles of the Week” update on my new site instead.

Anyway, we’d love it if you stopped by to say hello. We’d love to have you!

Or if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below 😀

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #119 – Easy Homemade Mochi, How to Understand Scientific Research, and Affordable Genetic Testing

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I took some time off last week for the 4th of July holiday weekend and I didn’t do much reading at all. It was also a really busy week after announcing to my friends and family that we were having a baby, which then gave me the freedom to finally launch my new vegan parenting website. It’s all set up now and hopefully I can back to my normal reading schedule 🙂

I did manage to read a little bit over the past couple of weeks and here are the few articles that I really found interesting.



Simple Recipe: Super Soft Mochi

I read about mochi in The Better Baby Book and looked it up. I’ve actually had this once before from World Market, but I didn’t remember what it was called. I saw it at the store and since I’ve never had it before, I just randomly decided to buy a package of the green tea flavored mochi. It was pretty good. Now I can make my own and I’ll know exactly what’s going in it. You can cheat and make it in the microwave too. That’s what I did. 😉 I used the ingredients from the recipe at Frock Files but used the microwave instructions for mochi here. It’s super easy! I would recommend letting it cool for about 20 minutes so that it’s easier to cut.



Possibility Of First Head Transplant Fraught With Ethical And Medical Dilemmas

This would be amazing and absolutely terrifying at the same time. I really don’t know how I feel about this. The mention of acquiring healthy bodies on the black market sounds straight out of a horror film. But imagine the lives a procedure like this could benefit for people who have muscular dystrophy or some other sort of disorder. Could you picture yourself waking up one day with your head on a different body?



How to Read and Understand Scientific Research

I learned a lot about reading and understanding scientific research when I attended the health and fitness bloggers conference last year and it has helped me a ton when making changes to my own health. If you like to do your own research or if you like to write about health and nutrition, you should definitely read this article.



Make Your Own Non Toxic Cleaning Kit!

Removing and replacing the toxic chemicals we use in and around our home is important to us (me and my partner), and is something we’ve been really been working on doing lately, especially now that we’re having a baby 🙂



Comparing Vinegar Weed Killer Recipes

I had a sprayer that I bought from Home Depot last summer that I had planned to use to fertilize my garden, but I never researched a fertilizer recipe because my garden has always done well enough without it. So when I saw this, I decided to try recipe #3 because I have a huge problem with weeds but I can’t bring myself to use Roundup anymore because not only is it toxic, but it’s also a Monsanto product. On Monday I used the weed whacker to chop everything down and then I sprayed it. Let’s hope it works!



23andMe – Genetic Testing for Health, Disease & Ancestry

One of my coworkers is a health geek just like me and he brought this site to my attention. I’ve really been wanting to do something like this, but all the tests I’ve found are just a little too pricey, but 23andMe costs only $99. That’s definitely affordable. These tests can find your risks for health conditions, conditions you may pass on to your children, and drugs sensitivities you may have – all based on your genes! They will also keep you updated on new science discoveries that pertain to your DNA.