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Overcome Food Guilt With These 5 Tips

Overcome Food Guilt With These 5 Tips

It's hard to overcome cravings for food that is too sweet, salty, or fatty. Rather than giving up chocolate, fries, and (god forbid) pizza altogether, stop dealing with food guilt by having 'cheat meals' (or even 'cheat days'). Your cravings will be satisfied and you'll have more control over your appetite when you do eat more indulgent meals.

Often, when we begin to eat healthier, we develop a love-hate relationship with 'junk' food. Sometimes we binge on it and then, we feel guilty afterwards. It isn't worth living a life filled with food guilt.

Here's how to form a healthy relationship with food so that you can stop bingeing and start eating intuitively.

Unusual Exercise Equipment You Haven't Tried (But Should)

Unusual Exercise Equipment You Haven't Tried (But Should)

How's that New Year's resolution of shedding the pounds coming along? This time of year, everyone clamors to get their workout regime fired up, so it’s terrific for gyms and trainers. However, come March and April, those same eager beavers start making up excuses of why they can't work out anymore. The number one cause seems to be lack of motivation.

That lack of motivation can often be tied to a phenomenon known as gym fatigue— and it isn't about physically getting tired after a workout. That should always happen. Gym fatigue can crop up when a person becomes bored with the same routines and exercise equipment. They could try enhancing their workout playlist but without that motivation, it's hard to work up a sweat. The solution? It might be time to shake things up by exercising outside of the box. Perhaps it's time to try some unusual exercise equipment. Here are some stand-out pieces of equipment you could add to your workout routine.

Why Women's Soccer Is A Bigger Deal Than You Think

Why Women's Soccer Is A Bigger Deal Than You Think

When you hear women and soccer in the same sentence, the first thing that may come to mind is a soccer mom. Soccer is a boys' sport, right? Wrong. Women’s soccer is just as popular as men’s, even though you do not see it as much in the media. Nevertheless, women are not only capable of playing professional soccer, but they have shown over the years, that they are really, really good at it.

6 Ways To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

6 Ways To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

New years always bring new beauty fads. To get you prepared for the beauty trends this year, this guide highlights the top beauty trends you’ll be sure to spot on both the red carpet and at office meetings. 2016 will be the year of fresh looks, bold make-up and holistic skincare.

Read on to discover how you can make these trends part of your beauty routine.

Glowing, Healthy and Revived: The Top 8 Beauty Trends for 2016

Glowing, Healthy and Revived: The Top 8 Beauty Trends for 2016

New years always bring new beauty fads. To get you prepared for the beauty trends this year, this guide highlights the top beauty trends you’ll be sure to spot on both the red carpet and at office meetings. 2016 will be the year of fresh looks, bold make-up and holistic skincare.

Read on to discover how you can make these trends part of your beauty routine.

How Positive Thinking Can Change Your Year

How Positive Thinking Can Change Your Year

The power of positive thinking can do wonders for your New Year's Resolutions.  This year, make it a priority to take charge of your thoughts over all else.

Our thoughts define our emotions and influence our lives, so changing your mindset can make a major difference. Though there are external factors we can't control, we can control how we respond to them.

The One Ingredient You Must Have to Succeed

The One Ingredient You Must Have to Succeed

Success can mean many different things to different people. There is career success and personal success. Fitness goals are all about personal strength and motivation. This falls under the personal success category.

If you goal is to get in better shape or lose a few pounds, then I will tell you the secret that will guarantee your success. And, if you can win at the game of personal challenges, you are more likely to succeed at career goals as well.

Finding Your Fit: Making Fitness Work For You

Finding Your Fit: Making Fitness Work For You

When you start considering a new fitness routine, it is easy to get overwhelmed with options: from at home routines and apps to finding the right gym for you. Finding your fit can make or break your relationship with exercise.

4 Rules To Prevent You From Over-Training

4 Rules To Prevent You From Over-Training

At this time of year, fitness motivation is running high. New Years resolutions have been set and people everywhere are flocking to their local fitness centers to make good on their promise to exercise regularly. This is good news, right? Not always.

In fact, up to 5% of the population exercises beyond what’s considered healthy – They are known as “excessive exercisers” and the number of people who fall into this category balloons each January.

Workout Bling: What You Need To Know About Jewelry In The Gym

Workout Bling: What You Need To Know About Jewelry In The Gym

Perhaps you’ve rushed to the gym after work or seeing your fabulous girlfriends so you forgot to take off your jewelry, or maybe you always wear your engagement ring to the gym - you’re not going to take that beauty off! Well, maybe you should. Here’s why it’s better to leave the bling behind next time.

6 Ways To Create Successful Goals

6 Ways To Create Successful Goals

Make your dreams come true by setting up a plan to achieve them. Goal setting and vision boards are powerful tools when you have your thoughts aligned with your dreams. So, you want to create successful goals that will actually make a difference for you. Before starting, remember that your thoughts become your words and your words become actions. Be aware of what goes into your mind before setting your intentions.

Regardless of where you are now, any time is the perfect time to create successful goals!

5 Vacations That Will Keep Your Mind Happy and Your Body Active This Summer

5 Vacations That Will Keep Your Mind Happy and Your Body Active This Summer

When you’re choosing a vacation for this summer it has to have it all. You want it to be a place for your mind to be at ease and have a chance to recharge, but it needs to be somewhere that helps you keep your workout routine going too. Here are some great vacations that give you everything you need!

The Fail-Safe Guide to Getting on Track in January

The Fail-Safe Guide to Getting on Track in January

If there is ever a time that our collective enthusiasm for fitness takes a back seat, it is during the holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving, and carrying on well into January, more people are into growing a bloated belly than a bicep, breaking the habits of a bodybuilding lifestyle – and well, any routine.

Getting back in shape is an imposing task, one that requires a whole lot of willpower. Armed with unbeatable determination and past experience, however, it is possible to make a triumphant comeback early into the new year. Here are a few tips for getting on track in January!

How to Tell If You Are Burned Out and What to Do About It

How to Tell If You Are Burned Out and What to Do About It

Some stress is normal in everyday life, and sometimes even healthy, because it can push you to perform at your best. However, there’s also a tipping point where things can quickly become out of control. When the chaos gets to that level, you’re not just stressed, but burned out. If you suspect life is far too hectic lately and it’s having an adverse impact on your health, the information below could help you get answers and solutions.

5 Tips to Battle Pregnancy Cravings

5 Tips to Battle Pregnancy Cravings

When I got pregnant, I started getting intense cravings all the time— and it wasn't only for sweets. I had to find ways to keep this under control because I wanted to remain healthy for both my baby and for myself. There was no way I was letting myself gain 80 pounds! It’s a myth to think that you eat for two. Yes, your baby does need nutrients to be healthy.  But that isn't an excuse to eat 2 servings per meal.

5 Tips to Balance Food and Happiness This December

5 Tips to Balance Food and Happiness This December

Happy holidays to you and your family this joyful season! Tis' the season to be fit and jolly. December is a beautiful time of food, food and more food! Of course, whenever excess food and treats are are involved, temptations are our worst enemies. From irresistible mashed potatoes to the sweet aroma of freshly baked Christmas gingerbread cookies, it is easy to get carried away.

Why not end the year on Santa’s ‘nice list’? Leave some coconut & peanut butter protein balls with a nice tall glass of almond milk for Santa this year! Here are 5 helpful tips to balance food and happiness this December:

Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty After Skipping A Workout

Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty After Skipping A Workout

Do you sometimes feel guilty after skipping a workout?When I started my fitness journey 4 years ago, I used to feel guilty all the time whenever I missed a workout. I used to think that it wasn’t okay. The problem was my mindset.  Like a muscle, I needed to train it. This was harder than anything I've ever done in my life. 

I don’t let myself feel guilty anymore. If I decide to forego a workout, I don’t think of it as a bad thing. The phrases skipping or giving up have such a negative connotations to them. It’s not like you're completely giving up on eating healthy forever, anyway. When circumstances lead to skipping a workout, I accept it. This was my decision. My body wasn’t feeling it at the time. Listen to your body.

This Morning Routine Will Increase Your Productivity

This Morning Routine Will Increase Your Productivity

This year, my morning routine has gone through a lot of changes and experimentation. I've finally established one that sets the tone for a positive, more focused, and intentionally happier day. If we begin each day with a positive, productive mindset, the rest of our waking hours will follow suit. A good morning routine may lead to increased productivity because our willpower is often highest in the morning. When we start each day strong, we give ourselves the best head-start possible.

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Mountain Biker Friend

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Mountain Biker Friend

Finding your friends or family the perfect holiday gift can be a thrill. We live in an age where every type of product is at our fingertips, one click of an ‘Order’ button away. With browsing inventory and ordering specific items made easier than ever with the internet, holiday shopping mostly comes down to one thing: knowing what to get.

If you have a friend who you know to be a mountain biking fan, then your holiday gift shopping is even easier than you think. 

Why Can't 2016 be the Happiest Year of Your Life?

Why Can't 2016 be the Happiest Year of Your Life?

We all want to be happier.

Whether it’s eating better, making new friends, saving money, travelling more often, or anything else, the driver behind resolutions is personal growth and increased happiness in life. Here's the one trick that you need to increase your happiness.