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Killing the Soda Cravings

Soda… the carbonated fiend, the peskiest diet murderer on the dietary block.

As much as soda quenches thirst on a hot day, it also dumps loads of unhealthiness into the body. Just think of all the sugar they use to sweeten soda up for your taste buds.

Of course, soda in moderation isn’t much of an issue. The thing about soda, though, is that it’s addictive. Once the body gets a taste, it can ‘t stop craving it.

But hold on, hold on… there HAS to be a way to stop those soda longings. Right?

There is, well, are.

Today, we’re going to discuss a few methods for beating the “soda bug”. Not all of these methods will work for everyone, so experiment and see which ones work for you!

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The Art of Warming Up Before You Work Out

It’s an age-old adage you’ve probably heard a thousand times: stretch before you work out.

Yet so many people at gyms and with personal trainers ignore this step completely. They hop right onto the treadmill or pick up weights before any of their muscles are primed to perform. Or, they’ll do the stereotypical arm-across-the-chest stretch, not to get loose but to trick themselves into thinking they’re ready to exercise.

The result? Injuries, discouragement, and a lack of weight loss.

So why are stretching and warming up the best things you can do for your body before exercise? It’s all because our muscles need to be eased into the exertion of exercise.

Whether it’s lifting a dumbbell, squatting, playing a sport, or running a marathon, working out requires blood flow and flexibility. A tight body with tight muscles that tries exercise is a recipe for disaster.

We thought warming up was so important that we decided to give it some shine in this week’s blog post. Here are a few of the many ways you can effectively prepare your body for a productive workout. Try these at the gym, on the field, at home, or wherever else you train!

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8 Global Dieting Tips That You Can Try Today

Let’s talk about Jennifer.

Jennifer is in her mid-thirties and has three kids. She’s super frustrated with her body shape and wants to slim down. Let’s say she finally reaches her breaking point and decides to make positive, healthy changes in her life.

She’s pumped. Her excitement translates to the gym, where she works out 5 times a week. She’s on the fast track to big-time weight loss when….

…. she gets hit with a wrecking ball of anxiety.

She doesn’t know how to diet properly.

See, someone once told Jennifer that being healthy is like driving a car. Your motivation is what twists the key in the ignition and exercise is the turbo-charged engine that motors the car down the highway.

But no car can drive without gas. That’s exactly what a good diet provides: energy to power you through the day.

Jennifer is nervous because she doesn’t know how to transform her diet for the better. She listens to dieting podcasts and reads health blogs, but gets even more stressed because she doesn’t know which tips actually work.

Believe it or not, countries around the world do dieting differently. It’s awesome to know health is a universal goal, but different regions use their cultures and perspectives in unique ways to stay healthy.

So, why don’t we help out our friend Jennifer and learn how we can improve our own diets from our neighbors across the globe? Here are 8 tips you (and Jennifer) might find helpful!

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How to Squeeze Exercise into Your Busy Schedule

Take a look at your schedule. Go ahead, take a long look.

Chances are, most of your days are filled to the brim with things to do. You might work a 9-5 job, or you might be a stay-at-home mom trying to keep up with your hyper-energetic kids.

Most people understand the importance of exercise. Still, so many of those same people skimp out on workouts.

Where is the disconnect between our ambition to work out and making exercise a part of our lives?

A hectic schedule is one of the most common reasons why people don’t work out consistently (and why they don’t believe they can in the first place).

Believe it or not, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to exercise, even in the middle of your volatile schedule.

Try out these quick-and-easy exercises that can be done on the go, in the office, at the gym, at the mall, etc. Time to keep those workout shoes glued to your feet and ready to go!

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How To Wake Up Early in the Morning

Imagine waking up just like the people in the movies. You leap out of bed, glowing from check to cheek. With only one giant stretch of your arms, you anxiously step outside and embrace the new day.

But the reality is that most people fail at this. Instead of embracing the day with warmth and optimism, they stumble out of bed and loathe every reason why they can’t sleep for an extra hour.

Here’s a little secret: your attitude is a choice. You can choose to let the morning weigh you down, or you can take advantage of the extra time awake and end the day feeling more productive.

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Recipes: Ham Holsters

Not much pairs better than some sizzling ham and some well-cooked eggs. Today’s recipe brings the two together into perfect breakfast matrimony. Combined with some cheese, broccoli, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, this one is a real treat for your taste buds!

This new take on the classic ham-and-eggs duo is still packed with high amounts of fiber and protein. Plus, you’ll feel ready to tackle the rest of your day after scarfing down one of these high-energy holsters.

You can cook these in large quantities, and they’re small enough to take with you wherever you go. Whether you’re rushing to the gym or going off to work, this recipe is the perfect way to start your day!

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Overeating: The Risks and How To Beat It

Everyone loves eating! After all, eating releases endorphins into our bloodstream, which makes us feel happier.

This is why eating is addictive: it can temporarily satisfy us when we feel alone or in need.

When we’re addicted to food, we can gain weight. Our bodies can begin to store calories that we can’t burn off. We can start to feel ashamed, then eat more to feel better, then lose our ability to workout.

If we’re not careful, the cycle continues and we stay unhealthy.
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Recipes: Tropical Pork Ribs

Mmm, ribs. Barbecue’s favorite glazed delicacy is the centerpiece for this week’s recipe! Ribs offer tons of great protein for your diet, and serving them with vegetables such as cauliflower rice or spinach makes this a well-rounded meal.

You’re going to want to throw this one into the slow cooker. If done correctly, the meat should be tender enough to fall right off the bone. Just throw the slow cooker on, enjoy your day, and come back to feast on it later.

Today’s ribs will be prepared with a tropical spice rub. Invite your family and friends over for a nice roast inspired by the tropics!

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