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4 Steps to Get Back On Track After Over-Indulgent Eating

4 Steps to Get Back On Track After Over-Indulgent Eating

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It’s the weekend and your social schedule is packed. You’ve got a night out with friends on Friday, followed by a wedding Saturday afternoon, and then a birthday party to cap it all off on Sunday. Fun? Yes.

Eating healthy? Not so much.

Whether it’s an entire weekend of not-so-healthy eating choices, just one day, or even one really big meal (hello all-you-can-eat sushi!), there’s a good chance you’ll be looking to rebound afterwards.

Here are 4 steps to get back on track after over-indulgent eating so that you can help your body and mind recover. You'll be able to get back to eating and feeling the way you’d like.

1. Top Up With More Water

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The thought of adding anything to your stomach might not be very appealing after a junk food binge, but drinking some water is the first step towards recovery.

Drinking water is crucial after over-eating for two reasons: First, it helps break down solid food. This enables your body to absorb more nutrients as food passes through your digestive tract.

Second, water helps prevent stomach bloating and constipation, which are likely the last things you want to experience after eating a big meal! Drinking even a little extra water will soften the solid food in your stomach and help speed up the digestive process.

2. Get Up, Get Moving

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Although you might feel like parking yourself on the couch and binge-watching Netflix, one of the best things you can do after indulgent eating is to get up and get moving.

A little exercise will prevent a lethargic food hangover from setting in, plus it will give your metabolism a much-needed boost. Physical activity will help move excess blood sugar to your muscles where it will be used as energy instead of storing it as fat.

You don’t have to go out and run a marathon either. Try a simple workout routine in your living room, follow along with a workout video, or just go for a walk.

3. Prepare Your Next Healthy Meal

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Who wants to look at food after an eating frenzy?

You don’t have to actually eat a healthy meal when you’re already feeling stuffed, but planning and even preparing something that’s light and healthy is very important.

Some people will skip a meal or two in an attempt to fast away their food remorse, but going without food for too long can set you up for more bad food choices.

Instead, chopping up some veggies, making a salad, or even just picking out a healthy recipe that you’ll prepare for your next meal is a good way to avoid hunger and food cravings in the near future.

While you might feel stuffed right now, that feeling won’t last too long. Have a healthy meal option ready to go.

4. Ask Yourself, “Why?”

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There are lots of reasons why people overeat. What was your reason?

Was it social pressure? Were you using food to deal with stress? Or maybe you were out of groceries and settled for a tub of ice cream!

It’s important to understand why your eating fell off track so that you can avoid doing it in the future.

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Falling for food temptations can easily be avoided by setting up an accountability system with a friend, cleaning out all junk food from your kitchen, or batch-preparing healthy foods so that you always have something good on hand.

Keep in mind that an occasional indulgence is no big deal – It’s not worth dwelling on it or beating yourself up. Just be proactive in getting your body back on track so that you can feel well as quickly as possible.

Author Bio:

Dave Smith is a professional fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013. You can find free workouts and more of his weight-loss resources at makeyourbodywork.com.

4 healthy yellow recipes that will end your summer on the right foot - Get Healthy with Valentina

4 healthy yellow recipes that will end your summer on the right foot - Get Healthy with Valentina

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Hola Amigos! Did you know that without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength and ability to function well? Active living means including physical activity in your daily life. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to be an active person. Active living could mean just making small changes in your daily life, like walking to the store or to the gym, taking the stairs instead of the elevator at the mall etc. Any physical activity is proven to improve both mental and physical health. It tackles anxiety, depression and anger. #ActiveAugust is here to make you feel good and  improve your health. Be more active today! Fuel up with these healthy yellow recipes once you've finished your workout.

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy pumpkin seeds for late night snacking // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds or squash seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

Rinse pumpkin seeds in a colander. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and allow to dry for 1 hour or longer. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Toss the seeds in the chili powder and lime juice. Add salt if necessary. Place the seeds back on the baking sheet and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on a plate.

Coconut Popsicles

4 ingredient coconut popsicles - The perfect healthy treat that you never knew you needed. Make this recipe before the summer ends! // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 20-40 drops Stevia Extract (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. organic vanilla extract

Directions

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Mix well. Pour into stainless steel popsicle molds. Freeze for 5 hours or until solid.

Yellow Spicy Superfood Smoothie

Spicy superfood smoothie - You'll never guess which ingredients are in this healthy breakfast recipe // The PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 3  tablespoons  hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • sweetener, to taste (optional)

Directions

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

Curry Vegetable Dip

Curry dressing for vegetables - Perfect for late night snacking! // Recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste

Directions

Blend everything together using a whisk, and serve with vegetables.

With Love,

Valentina

These easy and healthy yellow recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

5 tips to stop belly bloating

5 tips to stop belly bloating

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Whether you feel like you’ve gained five pounds in the past few days, made some poor food choices, or you just feel constant discomfort—there’s definitely a reason for your belly bloating AND there’s many solutions for it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJPkc_vva9o&feature=youtu.be

Here are my top 5 tips to STOP belly bloating

1. Eat slowly

As I talked about in one of my previous articles, eating slowly is essential to proper digestion of your food! In order for your brain to tell you when you’re full, it needs up to 20 minutes to send you the signal to stop eating!

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2. Decrease your intake of processed food

Processed sugars, saturated fats, dairy, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners are the most commonly found sources of an upset stomach and belly bloating. INCREASE your intake of whole fruits and veggies, especially those with a high water content!

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3. Chill out

RELAX! Stress hormones disrupt the digestive system! Always try your best to take time out of your day to FOCUS ON YOU, even if it’s just a ten-minute walk around the block. Along with relaxation comes a good night’s sleep! A lack of sleep distorts your perception of hunger and appetite, often leading you to overeat highly processed foods which can make you bloated!

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4. Up your fiber intake

Choose unprocessed, whole foods that are high in fiber to decrease bloating and improve your digestive system! Fruits and veggies such as watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, cucumbers, grapes, berries, avocado, pears, oranges, bananas, celery, and leafy greens are a great way to nourish your body AND fight off belly bloating while flushing out toxins.

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5. Stop, drop, and chug water

A lack of water and an excess of sodium in your diet can lead to discomfort and unwanted bloating. From my experience, I have found that starting my day with about 32 ounces of water (that’s a liter!) helps to jump start my digestion and wake up my body early in the morning! DRINK MORE WATER!

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Starving, fasting, and using laxatives are NOT the answer to your belly bloating!! Whole fruits and veggies, water, exercise, and sleep will put you on on the road to success and will help you achieve your flat tummy!

These tips to stop belly bloating were written by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

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5 Reasons Why Eating the Same Foods Every Day is a Healthier Way to Eat

5 Reasons Why Eating the Same Foods Every Day is a Healthier Way to Eat

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There's a popular notion that eating a wide variety of foods is the healthiest way to eat. In fact, many government food guides have included “food variety” in their recommendations for a healthy diet. If it’s in the food guide then it must be true, right? Maybe not.

While there are certainly benefits to eating a variety of healthy meals from day to day, there are also strong reasons why sticking to a few favorites will actually help you eat healthier and get in shape more quickly.

Here are 5 reasons why food monotony is better than food variety.

1. You Learn What You Are Actually Eating

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Imagine sitting down for dinner at a restaurant and the waiter presents you with a huge platter of food. He asks you to take just enough to fulfill an appropriate single portion. Could you do it?

Most people can’t. When presented with unfamiliar meals, people miscalculated a proper portion size by more than 20% ­- That’s a lot of extra food!

Eating consistent meals allows you to familiarize yourself with what you are actually eating. How many calories are in that meal? How much protein, carbohydrates, and fat does it contain? What are the ingredients? And of course, how much should you actually be eating? Knowledge is power.

2. You Can Easily Get All the Nutrients You Need

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There are a lot of nutritional requirements that need to be reached through the meals you eat each day. You need the right mix of vitamins and minerals, good sources of protein, a supply of healthy fats, and enough carbohydrates to give you energy.

Fortunately, you can get all of this nutrition from a relatively small selection of super-healthy food choices. This makes sense when you look back through history: People have rarely, if ever, enjoyed access to such a variety of foods as we do today. Historically, people have long been able to survive and thrive by eating the right foods, not by eating a wide variety of foods.

3. You Save a Lot of Time

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What’s the number one reason why people aren’t in as good of shape as they would like?

“There just isn’t enough time.”

Trying to come up with new healthy meal options takes a lot of time. There is time spent researching new recipes to try, time required to collect the necessary ingredients, and then time spent preparing the actual meal.

4. You Reduce Your Stress

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Change is stressful. Starting a new job or moving to a new city are just two examples of how newness can cause stress. Stress builds over time and chronic stress can take a real toll on your body.

So, while it can definitely be fun to try new foods, feeling pressure to come up with new recipes on a daily or weekly basis can become a source of stress. Contrast this with the comfort of eating a more monotonous diet. It’s easy and can mostly be done from habit, which means fewer decisions have to be made and less stress is created.

Anything that can be done to reduce your stress will have a positive benefit for your ability to lose weight, get in shape, and stay healthy.

5. You Can Become a Healthy Eating Master

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Nobody likes to fail.

That’s one of the reasons why so many people fall off the wagon when it comes to exercise. They try to adopt a workout plan that’s a bit too ambitious and end up quitting once a little failure (i.e. missed workouts) start to creep in.

Setting unrealistic eating expectations can lead to the same trap. Yes, it would be great to cook a new healthy meal every single day, but is that realistic?

Anyone can become a master of healthy eating if they start small enough. Choosing to perfect a handful of healthy meals is a great way to experience successful healthy eating and build confidence that you can do it. It then becomes much easier to add to this success by introducing a new meal to your repertoire once a week, or even once per month.

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The benefits of eating a wide variety of healthy foods do exist, but they are often overstated. Keeping your meals simple is a great way to save time and reduce the amount of work associated with healthy eating.

A great way to get started is by finding just one recipe for each of your daily meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner – that is easy to prepare, includes lots of fresh ingredients that you normally stock in your kitchen, and is enjoyable to eat.

Let these be your go-to meals and then slowly begin to expand your options by introducing new recipes over time.

Why eating the same foods every day is a healthier way to eat // The PumpUp Blog

Author Bio:

Dave Smith is a professional weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013.

He approaches weight-loss from a psychological perspective. Most people know how to lose weight, but creating the right mindset and then putting those ideas into practice is where the real work begins.

His ”10 in 4” weight-loss program helps people lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks through daily coaching, group accountability, and a focus on building new lifestyle habits.

Enjoy free home workouts and learn more about his weight-loss programs at makeyourbodywork.com.

 

Clean Grocery Shopping : What to get and what to avoid

Clean Grocery Shopping : What to get and what to avoid

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Endless possibilities await you at the grocery store. One simple trip can make or break your diet. If you're just starting to try clean grocery shopping and you're wondering what to get and what to avoid, these basic tips are definitely worth keeping in mind. Clean grocery shopping : What to get and what to avoid  - Mini infographic from the PumpUp Blog

Plan your grocery route

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A quick and easy rule to follow is to shop around the perimeters of the store for fresh and frozen products. Avoid the aisles that contain processed foods and junk food, especially if you're clean grocery shopping. Be familiar with what aisles have your staple products to avoid the tempting cookies and chips. Try to keep your shopping cart colorful because every color has a different source of vitamin and mineral in it.

Fresh vs. Frozen vs. Canned food

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Should you buy fresh, frozen or canned? Always buy fresh, if possible! What do I mean by if possible? Try only buying in-season fresh items. What’s in season? Easy! It’s usually the sale items in the fresh produce section! Purchase enough for one week as fresh produce can go bad pretty fast. If you have extra food, freeze it.(BUT: remember to blanch your vegetables before freezing them). Your next pick would be frozen food. Watch for the sodium content in frozen products! Last would be canned. Again, keep an eye out for the sodium content in canned food products when you're clean grocery shopping. Rinsing and draining cans may reduce the sodium content by as much as 40%. For canned fruits, try to find fruits canned in juice or light syrup. Avoid fruits canned in syrup or heavy syrup, as this will add a lot of unnecessary sugar to the sugar content. For canned meat, avoid getting oil-soaked meat and try to find meat soaked in water to reduce the fat content.

The grainy details about 'whole grain' food

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Fifty percent of your grains should come from whole grains, but be careful! Many items that are advertised as “whole grain” in the supermarket are actually made with enriched flour, which takes out a big chunk of nutrition out from the grains. Read the ingredients and the first word you should see is “whole.” If it’s not there, pick up something else and check.

Common culprits

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Watch for the fat content in dairy such as milk and cheese! For yogurt, read the amount of sugar it has in the nutrition label and the serving size! Fruit yogurt is usually loaded with sugar and artificial flavouring. A healthier alternative would be to buy nonfat plain yogurt and add fresh fruit to it. Not sweet enough? Add a touch of honey. Juice is another grocery item that you will want to watch for sugar on.   Always try to get unsweetened juice, not diet or juice sweetened with Splenda. How do you find out? Read the list of ingredients! If you have a great juicer at home, purchase your own fruits and vegetables and blend them yourself (you'll know exactly what's going into your juice). Last, but not least for my peanut butter lovers, keep an eye out for the sugar content contained in each jar! Natural peanut butter is a better bet.

These tips about clean grocery shopping were written by PumpUp member countrygirl4ever. Follow her on PumpUp to let her know your thoughts about this article! Do you have more great advice about clean grocery shopping? We want to hear from you!  Write down your suggestions in the comments below.

3 Reasons Why Cheating On Your Diet Will Lead to Better Results

3 Reasons Why Cheating On Your Diet Will Lead to Better Results

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Just about any honest person will admit to having the occasional (or maybe more often) craving to eat something that doesn’t exactly jive with a healthy diet. How big of a deal is it to indulge once in a while? A common fitness saying goes like this: “Your fitness is 80% dependent on what you eat and 20% on how you exercise.” While it’s obviously true that a healthy diet is crucial for weight-loss and getting a great physique, there is room for some cheating. In fact, having a specific cheat day can actually help you improve your fitness results!

Here are 3 good reasons why cheating on your diet is a good thing:

1. Cheating Keeps You Motivated

Having one or two pre-set cheat meals each week can keep you focused

Some people approach healthy eating with an “all-in” mentality. These people are motivated to get results and choose to swear off all treats because “that’s what it takes!”

Unfortunately, eating clean 24/7 would require superhuman resolve, and simply isn’t doable for the long-term. Cravings begin to creep in, and soon that “all-in” approach leads to one misstep, then another, and soon it’s “all-out” (usually with a bag of chips or big bowl of ice cream!)

A more realistic approach involves picking a specific day or meal that will be your designated time to cheat. Not only does this provide something to look forward to, but it also reduces the psychological drain of trying to fight off cravings week after week.

Having one or two pre-set cheat times each week can play a powerful role in helping you stay focused and motivated to eat well outside of that designated time.

2. More Calories Is Sometimes a Good Thing

. A burst of calories each week reassures your body that food isn’t in short supply.

Cheating on your diet is more than a psychological coping mechanism. There are physical benefits of eating extra calories on a regular basis. In fact, doing so actually teaches your body to burn more calories.

Your body’s main purpose is to survive. If you were to go on a calorie-restrictive diet for long periods of time, this can signal your body to take protective action. Not confident that enough food is on its way, small but powerful hormonal changes can take place.

Hormones that control the thyroid gland stop being produced in adequate quantities, which tells your thyroid to slow down. What’s this mean? Basically your metabolism drops and fat-burning stops completely. Yikes!

This is why a planned cheat day can be so awesome for anyone who is trying to get lean. A burst of calories each week reassures your body that food isn’t in short supply. Hormones keep flowing to the thyroid gland and your metabolism will actually get a boost.

3. Cheating Helps Build Better Habits

A pre-determined cheat day keeps indulgences in check and ensures that the eating habits you build will be healthy ones

In order to see noticeable fitness gains over the long-term, healthy habits must be built up. That’s why a planned cheat day can be so much better than “little cheats” here and there.

While it can be easy to think that a little treat after dinner each night isn’t going to add up, this is creating a habit. Eating something sweet (or savory, or salty if that’s your preference) becomes part of your routine and your body learns to expect this.

This innocent habit can easily start showing up elsewhere in your daily routine: A sugary mocha latte in the morning, a cookie at lunch, and then some late-night chocolate all become normal occurrences.

A specific cheat day keeps these indulgences contained and the regular eating habits you build will be healthy ones. One day of cheating doesn’t compare to the habit-building power of six days eating clean!

Anyone who is looking to clean up their diet should seriously consider adding a cheat day to their weekly routine. Not only can it help you get better results and build healthier lifestyle habits, but cheating can be a fun way to enjoy tasty food guilt-free. (Now give me that slice of pizza!)

About the author

Dave Smith is a professional fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” by CanFitPro. You can more of his healthy-living resources at makeyourbodywork.com.

What to eat before and after a workout

What to eat before and after a workout

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Running out of steam halfway into a training session ruins your whole workout. If you want to have better results from working up a sweat at the gym, you need to eat the right foods. It’s not just what you eat, though, but also when you eat it that will have you pushing on for longer. Follow this guide to fuel up the correct way before and after a workout session.

Dig into a Carb-Protein Blend

What to eat before and after your workout : dig into a carb-protein blend before your workout

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Although you always hear of the importance of protein when you want to build and repair muscles, pairing protein with carbs is a must.  It will give your body the energy it needs to complete your workout session. You want a mix of carbs: simple carbs that will burn quickly for a boost of energy and complex carbs that take longer to be released so that your energy can be sustained. Examples of adequate snacks are a whole-wheat bagel with jam or a protein shake with a banana.

Reach for coffee

What to eat before and after your workout: reach for coffee (yes, coffee!)

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Although you don’t want to have too much of it, one cup of coffee can improve your workout. It’s great to drink before you hit the gym because it will boost your energy. It also decreases muscle soreness after your session. However, coffee should never be a substitute for energy-filled meals before you hit the ground running as it won’t fill and fuel you up properly on its own.

Wind up your fitness clock

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Getting the right fuel for your workout is one thing, but you need to time your eating well so that your fuel works for you. It’s a bit like filling up your car with gas. You want to use the fuel instead of letting it go to waste because the car is running on idle. Try to eat within four hours of your workout, and then have a snack in the hour before you start. Base how much you should eat on how long your exercise session is going to last. If it’s longer than an hour, add in a bit more food to keep you going. Beans and lentils are great to help you achieve the slow-burn energy you need to fuel a longer workout, and they are high in complex carbs as well as protein.

Have a mid-session snack

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Although it might seem strange to eat while you exercise, this is beneficial if you have a long and/or strenuous workout. A quick bite, in the form of carbs such as raisins or a banana, will help to fill your body with energy while helping you burn more calories. Protein consumption during exercise is a good thing as its amino acids are used during your session and need to be rebuilt, while carbs help to keep the body’s cortisol hormones low - when these are too high they break down muscle mass instead of helping to build it.

Replenish your body

What to eat before and after a workout: make sure to replenish your body immediately

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When your time at the gym has come to an end, don’t forget to top up on food again. Although you might think you don’t need the energy, the goal of eating after a workout is to replenish your body’s nutrients and reserves. You need to eat within an hour after exercise so that your body will use the food to recover and also store away energy. If you don’t eat within this window, your body will risk losing energy during your next workout - even if it’s the next day. It’s time to eat protein along with some carbs again, such as a salad with chickpeas and olive oil, a peanut butter sandwich, or a cup of quinoa with berries. Berries are also filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C that have many other health and skin benefits, too.

Eating after a workout also helps you continue with your day without experiencing energy slumps. And remember: if you feel good and energetic after your workout, instead of tired and drained, you’ll look forward to tomorrow’s workout much more.

Eating the right foods before, during and after a workout will help you maximize your gym sessions so you can get the toned and healthy body you’ve always wanted.

What to eat before and after your working: Healthy eating doesn't have to be too difficult. Refuel the right way by loading up on protein and a mix of carbs. Remember to time your eating well so that you can recover, without experiencing energy slumps. Learn more from the PumpUp blog!

About the author

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

Beat your cravings : it's simpler than you think

Beat your cravings : it's simpler than you think

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Beat your cravings with proper food

A craving is a thought or a feeling that you think you want to eat or drink something specific. You can eat a piece of cake without craving it, and you can crave a piece of cake without eating it. It’s all in perspective- one does not necessitate the other.

When you make a change in your diet, whether it’s becoming raw vegan or simply adopting a healthier lifestyle, you have to envision the outcome you are hoping for. Something that helped me when I started eating raw was to think about how I felt after I ate certain processed or cooked foods. For myself and the general population, these foods give us instant gratification when we eat them but the feeling that comes soon after can often leave us with stomach aches and lethargy. When your body is satisfied with the proper carbohydrates that it needs (lots of fruit!) you will not crave anything else- I’m telling you! It is proven that a craving typically lasts three minutes on average and it takes only 21 days to develop a new habit.

When you eat enough fruits, filled with simple sugars, your body will be fuelled and happy—fighting off any cravings of unhealthy processed or cooked foods.

Beat your cravings by changing your habits

Exercise is another wonderful way to beat your cravings—it gives you something positive to do for your mind and your body that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Even if you are just opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator every day, your body will thank you for it. Small changes can make a big difference in the long run! One of the best tips I can give you is to surround yourself with healthy options at all times—fill your home or your dorm room with an abundance of fresh raw fruits and veggies. You are what you surround yourself with! If there is nothing bad to choose from, your chances of ‘slipping up’ will decrease greatly! Most cravings are short-lived and you can let them pass. The more healthy foods that you eat, the more you body will crave healthy foods!

Did this post help you to beat your cravings? Learn more about the author, Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege). She is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

Creatively Eating Healthy: Online and Offline Alternatives to Recipe Sites

Creatively Eating Healthy: Online and Offline Alternatives to Recipe Sites

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No matter how keen we are on eating healthy, sometimes we are just out of ideas on what to eat today. Googling recipes don't always help. All we get are dry instructions with the impossibility of predicting whether it will be tasty, before we actually make it first. This usually ends up being a hit and miss… Here’s how to spice up your healthy menu:

Stay up to date with Reddit for innovative ideas

There are some awesome subreddits out there, I recommend especially: r/Cooking, r/Baking, r/Recipes and r/Healthyfood. The Reddit crowd picks up food trends and promotes innovative solutions. If you’re up for some experimentation in the kitchen, it’s the place for you. For instance, check what Reddit bakers have to say on unusual baking ingredients.

Join baking and cooking forums

Some of the most popular ones are Chef Talk and Discuss Cooking. Meet the people who are also passionate about food. Swap tips, inspire each other, get some advice, and get cooking. What’s cool about the forums is the instant feedback and comments on the recipes. That way you know a recipe is good without trying it out first!

Follow someone who inspires you

I’m sure you already have found someone who inspires you to start eating healthy and stay fit. Follow them on social networks and see what recipes they have checked out and what they’re recommending. That way you’re more likely to find a recipe that’s spot on, full of flavour and gets your taste buds going!

That’s Pinterest-ing!

If photos are more inspiring for you than a dry list of ingredients with a set of cooking instructions, pinterest is the place for you. You can either follow message boards created by popular healthy eating experts or just type a word that comes to your mind: smoothie, bran muffins, you name it! You will find it all. What’s more, you can pin all these interesting things to your own board to try out later.

Swap meals with a friend

If you have a fellow healthy food enthusiast, but you both complain from lack of ideas - swap your favourite meals! What’s an everyday food for you might be completely unusual for your friend. Prepare the dish, meet up and...swap! You might just discover a new favourite! If you want to cook it for yourself, ask your friend to teach you how, step by step.

Feeling inspired?

Boredom in the kitchen is a first step to a slippery slope into unhealthy comfort foods. Prevent it by seeking inspiring ideas for your day to day diet. If google search fails - reach out to the more unconventional resources. Healthy food equals healthier YOU!

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About the Author

Charlotte Wright is the founder of the Muffin Paradise blog: baking paleo, gluten-free and traditional muffins. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.