Avoid a Cold: Eat, Sleep and Exercise

EverydayHealth.com says paired with washing your hands frequently, eating well, sleeping enough and exercising can prevent colds.  Eating, sleeping and exercising boosts your immune system.  Whole foods and vitamins (if your diet is lacking) can help you make it through this winter without the sniffles.  Check out the article here.

On the note of colds, here’s a good question:

Q: Should you work out when you have a cold? Anything special to keep in mind?

 A: The rule of thumb for exercising while sick is called the above/below-the-neck rule. If your symptoms appear above the neck (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), then yes, you can continue with a low-intensity workout. Studies have shown that exercising at a moderate-intensity level does not intensify cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. Avoid high-intensity exercise, such as heavy weight lifting and high-intensity aerobic training, which has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.If your symptoms are below the neck (diarrhea, intense coughing, vomiting, fever), then the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest you let your illness run its course before resuming physical activity

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November 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise. 1 comment.

Fast Food and Depression

I know that I get depressed when I eat fast food for the reason that I just broke my diet and ate about a day’s worth of calories in one gorging. 

But scientists’ say that fast food and depression are linked.  People who ate fast food were more likely to develop depression, and people who ate whole foods (ex. Eat Clean Diet) had lower odds of developing depression.

Check out the study here.  Just another reason to not use fast food as my treat….now I just need someone to tell me no!

November 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Please Don’t Pass The Salt

From Men’s Health, foods that contain the most hidden salt:

  1. Shredded parmesan
  2. Smoked salmon
  3. Ramen noodles
  4. Microwaved pork bacon (Sodium Equivalent: 3 orders of McDonald’s large French fries!!!)
  5. Salami
  6. Cooked turkey bacon
  7. Capers
  8. Canned anchovies
  9. Teriyaki sauce
  10. Soy sauce

November 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet. Leave a comment.

4 Secrets to Muscle-Building from an NFL Trainer

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From Men’s Health:

  1. Discover your weaknesses and strengths
  2. Use these three rules for your workout:
  3. Everyone should do pullups, pushups and lunges.
  4. Avoid the biggest mistakes listed here!

November 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Male Perspective, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

How Can I Keep On Track?

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From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: Every time I’ve tried improving my diet, I’m good for a few weeks and then I falter. Do you have any advice on how to keep at it?

A:  I think everyone can relate to this feeling — when starting a new project, there’s an excitement that not only fades with time but also weakens when confronted with the resistance we have to changing our habits. The new challenge is to stick to your new routine even after that initial motivation fades.Here are some ways to keep yourself on track:

  •  Why did I slip up today?
  • Are there patterns in my setbacks?
  • Do I tend to struggle with the same types of foods or a specific time of day?
  • Is there something going on in my life that is stressing me out?
  • Forgive your mistakes.

Read more here!

October 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Calorie Burners – Women’s Health

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Here are some fat burning tips from Women’s Health.  Click on this link to see their reasoning and workout routines behind the tips listed.

  • Shock your body

 

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

20 Tips from Trainers – How To Stick To Your Workout

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Here are 20 tips from the Men’s Health article “20 Ways to Stick to Your Workout” by Adam Campbell.

  1. Sign up for a distance race
  2. Make a bet
  3. Exercise to your health
  4. Switch your training partners
  5. Compete
  6. Think about fat
  7. Do a daily gut check (I did it, depressing, but will never miss a workout!)
  8. Join a fitness message board
  9. Strike an agreement with your family
  10. Listen to your favorites music
  11. Plan your workouts in advance
  12. Start with the exercise you dread
  13. Have a body composition test
  14. Don’t do what you hate
  15. Go through the motions even if you don’t feel like working out
  16. Start a streak
  17. Make your goals attractive
  18. See your body through her/his eyes
  19. Buy a year’s worth of protein
  20. Blackmail yourself

October 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Dear Diary

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October 19, 2009

Dear Diary,

Just wanted to confess that I ate a container of Hagan Daaz last night.  I was forcing myself to study for a midterm and ate the whole thing.  Not proud, it was good.  So I effed up.

Got back on the healthy eatingn today, and worked out at home, legs, abs and cardio to DDR2.

Hello, guilt!

October 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dear Diary, Diet, Exercise, Fast Food, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Dear Diary

June 10, 2009

Dear Diary,

I slipped up today and had an afternoon chocolate bar.  I was feeling hungry despite all the food so maybe tomorrow I’ll bring an extra sandwich.  Can’t hurt to have 2 lunches of roast beef on whole wheat.  I biked, took the stairs many times, did the workout below and otherwise ate my usual fare, except for dinner had a chicken burrito again.  I met a university friend for a movie (Up! It was great!) and needed something filling and quick.

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Breakfast: 2 eggs, oatmeal, flaxseed, wheat germ, strawberries, coffee

Snack: 1/2 avocado, some olives, some veggies

Lunch: Roast beef on whole wheat, olives

Snack: 1/2 avocado, some olives, some veggies

Dinner: Chicken burrito

Snack: Protein Shake

Also I love water so drank lots of it (although probably need to drink more now that it’s nearing summer)

June 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dear Diary, Diet, Exercise. Leave a comment.

I bypassed my beloved carrot cake in the store today…

and I didn’t even care….Ha! 21 days to make or break a habit does work!

June 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dear Diary, Diet. 1 comment.

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