Fitness Articles of the Week #11

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Every weekend I publish a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week. Here are my favorites.

It’s Not OK to Eat That: Mold Goes Deeper than the Surface

I was raised to think that just cutting mold off of my foods was all that was necessary from poisoning myself. Turns out I was wrong. No more moldy bread for me!

Recipe: Baklava! (Chomp 06.01.11)

Chomp! is a free event that takes place once a month here in Denver, CO where various chefs get together and cook a bunch of delicious vegan foods for attendees. I attended the most recent Chomp! dinner last week and ate this awesome dessert. It’s funny because as I was eating the Baklava, I was telling my fiance that I wish they would post the recipes online. And here it is!

The Myth of Waxy Maize Starch…And the Truth Behind It All!

I few years ago I read a study about the benefits of using waxy maize starch as a simple-carb post-workout supplement. I’ve never tried it, but I’ve been recently looking into it and according to this article, there are much better and cheaper alternatives.

DIY California Roll

I’ve never cared for sushi, but tons of people love it. Here’s a vegan version!

The Art of Making Fast Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potato fries and they’re super easy to make. All you have to do is cut up the potatoes, put on seasonings and olive oil, shake it up and bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Healthy Snacks: 10 Ideas for More Wholesome Eating

I think snacking is a problem for most of us. If you’re going to snack, and we all know you will ;), reach for something healthy. There’s a great recipe for making roasted chickpeas too!

Estimating Your 1 RM

If you don’t have a spotter to help you figure out your one-rep max, or if you do have a spotter and are looking for a good number to start with, read this formula to help you estimate it.

What Sugar Actually Does to Your Brain and Body

There are a lot of misconceptions about how sugar affects the body and this article does a lot to clear those up. Did you know that high fructose corn syrup can actually be good for you? If your an athlete it is. If not, you put your liver through hell and risk gaining lots of fat. There’s a lot more to learn.

Toning shoes: One false step can lead to the ER

There have been lots of reports about the consequences of wearing toning shoes, so you may already know about this, but here’s a detailed article from Consumer Reports. The gist of is, if you have balance problems or weak ankles, be extra cautious.

Lose Weight Without Losing Muscle Mass

Is it possible? It seems to be possible, but it’s a slow process. The same goes if you’re trying to gain weight and reduce fat.

Are We Built to Run Barefoot?

Many doctors who study the effects of barefoot running still aren’t sure whether or not running barefoot or in “barefoot” shoes are beneficial, but if you want to take it up, there are some excellent tips here on getting started to help prevent injury.

You Asked: Will Going Vegan Help Me Lose Weight?

Did you know that even on a vegan diet, you can gain weight? Of course! There are unhealthy vegan foods too. You have to watch what you eat just like any other diet. I really like the comments on this post from people with real-life experience.

Apple’s Exercise Guide for Designers

Apple cares about their designers, so they’ve created an exercise guide designed specifically for them. As a person who sits at a desk all day to work, this should come in handy.

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