Health and Fitness

ON GROWING UP AND GROWING OLD

Hi, I’m Riley. I’m 23, and I’m slowly but surely growing up. Though I live with my parents, I went “away” for college (two hours away) and had an adult job for a total of six months before moving back in and taking a wonderful, fulfilling internship. That adult job was a horrendous, anxiety-producing gig that forced me into therapy which subsequently changed my life and helped me make better choices. The job produced a six month low, then a month-long high, but now, I’m on the brink of another low. Life is funny that way: up down up down up up up. While I don’t want to be ruled by my circumstances, it is difficult when you’re learning things for the first time on your own and with minimal safety nets. It’s extra hard not to let your circumstances rule your mindset at my age. This new low i...

RECIPE: RAW CHOCOLATE CHIP BROWNIES

I did post this tempting photo last week promising the recipe, so here it is. It’s amazing for kids to make as well, full of fantastic ingredients that will keep you energized and not spike your blood sugar levels. Why Raw? Heat in most food destroys its natural enzymes and nutrients, which can be bad because enzymes help to fight against any illness / future illness. The benefits of eating plant-based raw are amazing as long as you have a good source of local organic produce. Your body will thank you from the inside and out! Walnuts- Great for bone health, metabolism, omega 3- mood booster, Vitamin E- antioxidant, Melatonin-sleep, weight management. Bananas- Soothes stomach, treats depression, aids asthma, helps with allergies, supports insomnia, high in several vitamins and nutrien...

CAROLINE FRANCO: AN INTERVIEW WITH A HEALTH SUPERWOMAN

January in Columbus is bleak; when the wind isn’t whipping snowflakes through the bitter air, it’s raining. The clouds are gray, people are bundled under mountainous layers of warmth. But there is one person who does her best to find the sunshine in every day, and her name is Caroline Franco. Caroline is a food, fitness and lifestyle blogger on Instagram who just happened to sit next to me on the first day of a communication lecture with 400 people. Before knowing that she had more than 8.5 thousand people following her workout videos, beautiful pictures of healthy food and positive advice, I came to know her as the girl who loved working out and was unafraid to answer the professor’s questions confidently from the back of the lecture hall. Her personality was contagious. Her fans already ...

3 I’S IN LIFE: IDENTITY, INTEGRITY AND THE INTERNET

It’s 2018, and it’s safe to say we have officially launched ourselves into an entirely new way of living. Our everyday lifestyles are now heavily influenced by technology, along with a gift and a curse known to us all as the internet. With online platforms such as Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and more, our lifestyles have changed in response to the glamorous, laid back and fun lifestyle that is so commonly broadcasted by celebrities and popular individuals with large followings for no clearly credible reason. It’s hard for anyone to argue that the internet is a place they know nothing about or don’t visit often, especially when it’s so easily accessible and undeniably mind capturing. With so much of our time and energy being devoted to either indulging in the online world or creating conten...

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH ACNE

I can’t tell you how many times I sat on a cold examination table in a paper robe at the dermatologist’s office, asking the same questions over and over again, and unfortunately, getting the same answers. “Are you sure food isn’t causing my acne?” I’d ask, sheepishly. “Of course not, that’s ridiculous.” They’d respond dismissively, throwing me back into a pit of stress, confusion, and insecurity, again. I knew, knew, *knew* (intuitively) (even when I was 15 years old), that what I was eating was impacting my skin a lot. But I didn’t have the tools or knowledge to articulate this, and so I spent the next 15 years struggling with acne; trying every pill, cream, antibiotic and topical cream possible. Finally, I had one awful and completely shi**y dermatologist who, after 15 years of various t...

9 EASY WAYS TO SPICE UP YOUR WORKOUT

Back in July, I shared the reasons you should switch up your workout routine. I was in the middle of marathon training, and running practically every day was starting to feel draining and boring. I did have goals to hit, but everything told me I needed to find a way to spice it up. Fast forward past the marathon, and I have everything BUT a workout routine. Now, it may just be a rebellion against the strict and consistent running schedule from the marathon, but to be honest, it’s one of the best things to happen in my fitness journey. I do have a few classes I like to regularly attend, but my weekly workout schedule NEVER looks the same. Some weeks I’ll hit my gym five days out of the week; some weeks I’ll go once, and I visit local studios the rest of the time. Since starting my fitness j...

REASON WHY I’M A BITCH DURING MY PERIOD

While my hormones are raging, and my body is a little off during that time of the month, it’s not entirely my fault that I’m a bitch this week. Here’s why. Everything is wrong The ratio of milk to cereal is wrong, my cat is still asleep and won’t love me, my shirt doesn’t look right, and the person I held the door for didn’t say thank you. You know what I’m going to do about it? Cry. For a whole week. My uterus is waging war Picture this: battle cries, clashing swords, violent hits and an ungodly amount of blood. Welcome to my uterus in its current form. You’re breathing and chewing too loudly Those little essential human noise have now become cheese graters on my nerves. The constant in and out of air and the sound of crunching both make me want to cry even more. Can you...

A LETTER TO THOSE WHO JUDGE THEIR FITNESS SUCCESS ON THE SCALE

Dear Beautiful Human,  You should know that you are so much more than a number.  I know and understand what you’re going through. You work your ass off day in and day out. You eat all the right things. You resist the temptation to pick up your favorite treats. You slay  your workout. Day in and day out.  But then it’s time for you to see how you’re doing. And so you step on that evil scale. The numbers you see will then define your happiness. You have that goal of yours in the back of your mind and as soon as your reality does not meet your expectation, it’s game over.  Because of that number on the scale, you may not think you’ve succeeded or been succeeding in your health and fitness journey. You put yourself down and then pick out every little flaw on yourself. You begin to compare your...

10 SIMPLE STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH

Making healthy changes can be certainly overwhelming let alone choosing how you are going to get there. It’s difficult to know where to begin on a new regime.  Here are simple steps I’ve learned to get started on your own.  1. SLEEP – Easily overlooked, much needed. Shoot for eight hours or more if you can. A quiet, dark, cool room is ideal. I recommend blackout curtains or an eye mask so light doesn’t disturb your sleep times. Getting proper sleep helps your brain work better, your muscles recover faster and makes your skin look younger too. Do it!  2.  TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN – We really want  to eat better, but sometimes life gets in the way. Unless you are the perfect human, odds are your diet isn’t perfect. Our bodies are so complex and we need more than just modern food can s...

21 AND MENOPAUSAL: MY JOURNEY WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS AND ADENOMYOSIS

I am 26 years old and I have been through menopause four times throughout my life. Why? Because of endometriosis and adenomyosis. If you haven’t heard of these diseases before I’m not surprised. Whilst endometriosis affects up to a third of the world’s women, it is somehow still a medical mystery. In a nutshell, endometriosis is where the lining of the womb grows where it shouldn’t. Adenomyosis is an evil cousin where it grows in the muscle wall of the womb. There is no cure, there is no standard treatment, and there are too many doctors who are uneducated—not just about the disease, but how to care for people who have it.   My journey with endometriosis started at the age of 15, when I started suffering from severe pelvic pain which left me curled up in a ball unable to move. I landed in ...

ANXIETY: UNDERSTAND AND CONQUER

My first encounter with anxiety was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with. I know that it’s a bit different for everyone, but the premises are very similar. You’re jolted into a state where your heart is beating so quickly, you might be sweaty, short of breath, the walls are closing in… the list goes on. In short – to put it frankly – you feel like you are going to die. I’m not being dramatic, it’s truly an uncontrollable sensation that creates these thoughts. The truth is, the uncontrollable nature of anxiety is what makes it worse. Not knowing when the next attack is going to happen creates another form of anxiety in itself. And that was what truly ate away at me.   I’m going to get real now. Simple things that I had...

12 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR YOUR FIRST MARATHON

With the end of the year comes goal-setting for the year ahead. This year, I ran my first marathon. It was such an exhilarating experience that I would recommend to anyone considering it, commit to run one. If running a marathon is on your list for 2018, listen up to the following tips so you can make the best of the experience.   First, let’s get on the same page right from the start.  1.  It’s going to be hard.   You’re running a freaking marathon. A distance that would take you a half-hour if you were driving 55 miles per hour on a highway, except you’re traveling on foot. Assuming you’re training for your first, expect to challenge your body and mind like never before. This is not meant to scare you or plant negative thoughts in your mind, but just understand you have a hard, long jour...

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