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Protein Pack Holiday Healthy Spice Smoothie
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:46

For those obsessed with all things pumpkin, there's really no end to where this antioxidant-rich squash can be used. Breakfast smoothies are no exception! This simple recipe for a pumpkin smoothie is so good, you'll probably want to start every morning off with one. Luckily, canned pumpkin is available year-round, which means you can enjoy this smoothie during the sunny months of Summer or on a dark Winter morning. For an even creamier and nutrient-dense breakfast, consider adding a little Greek yogurt to the mix.

1 cup of Valia Vegan protein Powder: Vanilla base

/2 cup pumpkin (canned or freshly cooked)
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop (approximately 2 tablespoons) vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of ground ginger

Short Showers
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:00

The ultimate payoff after a long, hard day at work: a long, hot shower to calm your nerves, relieve muscle tension, and (of course) make you smell daisy fresh before bedtime. But you may want to reward yourself with a bit more ice-cream and a lot less hot water because experts say spending more than 10 minutes in the shower can wreak havoc on your skin. Not exactly what you had in mind when you wanted to soak in the lap of luxury, huh?

“Excessive bathing can dry out your skin, but a quick bath will not,” says Dr. David Bank, a dermatologist, author, and the founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. He suggest taking short showers and baths in warm rather than hot water to avoid further dehydrating the skin for approximately 5-10 minutes while washing the skin.

The problem with hot water is that it can irritate...

Hearty Green Soup
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:05

Fall, the season of transition. Marked by shorter, cooler days, our bodies also crave change as the seasons shift. Often, we want foods that are more warming than our green juices, smoothies, and fresh salads that are so abundant in the Summer.

But every now and then we are lucky enough when our cravings are met by a dish that satisfies both our taste buds and a healthy lifestyle. This Fall soup is warming and hearty, but still filled to the brim with alkalizing and detoxifying greens, herbs, and superfoods to energize and cleanse the body, promote healthy skin, and boost your immune system all season long.

Avocado:
We'll take any excuse to add avocados to a meal! This fatty fruit is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3s, potassium, fiber, and a host of fat soluble vitamins from A, D, and E to help promote glowing skin and eyes during the drier Fall and Winter months....

Counting Macronutrients
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 10:35

We recently learned all about the power of counting macronutrients and why it's so much more efficient (and healthy!) for your body than simply focusing on a calorie count. By focusing on carbohydrates, protein, and fat, you can better optimize your diet for your physical and personal needs, whether you're boosting your metabolism, cutting fat, or building muscle.

Many of us want to know what it takes to lose weight, right? What's the optimal diet for weight loss and fat cutting? What does that day look like?

Counting Macronutrients is a concept that is fairly new to most people, And just like LLISS workouts, macro counting has existed in the bodybuilding world for years, but it can be applied to real, everyday life.

Counting Macronutrients can be tricky, but there are tools to help you stay on track (and do the math). Here's what you need to get started:

The Tools

  • A meal...
Why Your Dog Won't Stp Barking
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:57

After spending decades researching music and frequencies in order to learn how they affect people, Wholetones creator Michael Tyrrell came to a surprising conclusion: music also has a huge impact on our pets. It can ease separation anxiety, alleviate nervous behavior, and lessen incessant barking. There's a winning formula for the music in order for it to really work for us and our pets, and the secret lies in the frequency.

"Animals are super sensitive to those frequencies and can pick them up even at a low volume."

In researching music, Tyrrell knew right off the bat that classical music, like that from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, had a particularly soothing affect on animals. But in creating music that incorporated similar frequencies, he was able to come up...

Armpit Detoxes
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 12:16

There's a real movement happening right now in the natural beauty community, armpit detoxes. Think about it: this is an actual pit on your body that collects sweat and bacteria. And unless you're fist pumping in a SoulCycle class or dancing, the pit remains closed. Add in deodorants, which have often been criticized for containing aluminum and parabens, and you've got one gritty gulf. Because sleeveless weather is approaching and earth month is upon us.

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While deodorant helps to block those foul scents, the aluminum and parabens found in it can clog the pores. "Using it without detoxing under your arms can suppress your natural immune system," noted Sharla Martin, the spa director at the Windsor ...

Remedies for General Anxiety
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 14:27

Anxiety touches nearly everyone in some way. As a disorder, it is the most widespread mental illness in the US, with at least 40 million people suffering; millions more are experiencing situational or temporary bouts of anxiety. Even if you've yet to experience it yourself, someone you love may be dealing with anxiety. Unfortunately, until recently, not many people have been ready nor willing to talk about this all too common plight.

This past year gave me my first real look into the world of anxiety. After trudging through a particularly difficult time in my life, a therapist let me in on a little secret: I've actually had anxiety since I was a kid, and I have just been managing it well. But when times got especially hard last year, I had a much...

Texture of The Skin
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:47

This is a no nonsense cellulite article you've been looking for if your interested in learning about cellulite. We're not here to BS you about miracle potions and we're not here to shuttle you off to a room full of magic, cellulite banishing lasers. We're addressing what cellulite is, how it forms;and why people of all shapes and sizes: Including fitness buffs develop it. We're also here to walk you through cellulite treatments http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/ (no sugarcoating involved). And we are OK with breaking the news that, ultimately, there's no way to remove 100 percent of your cellulite.

How and Why Cellulite Develops

Fun fact number one: Roughly 85 percent of women have...

Breaking Away from Morning Comfort
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 09:57

You're late to work again because you couldn't get out of bed. You have a hard time dragging yourself out of that comfy place, here are some tips to get you out of bed quickly and help you wake up alert:

1. Assess your health

Your drowsiness in the morning might be health-related. Perhaps you need a better diet and exercise plan, or maybe you have sleep apnea. If you've been doing everything right, go to a doctor for an expert opinion.

2. Keep a drink on your bedside table

A glass of water first thing in the morning can wake you right up. For extreme cases, leaving some coffee or another caffeinated drink like Mountain Dew on your bedside table might be the thing to get yourself out of bed, though it's not exactly the healthiest.

3. Place your alarm clock strategically

If you place your alarm clock across the room or outside your door, this might force you walk to the clock to shut it off.

4. Get an alarm clock that lights up...

Alcohol and Fat Loss
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 09:38

While it's been proven that having a glass of wine can be good for your health, there's also no denying that alcohol in general has a significant impact on your metabolism and can be a key factor in weight gain. We think the more you know about how what you consume affects your body, the more informed your choices will be; this means a happier, healthier you! So let's talk about alcohol and how it affects the metabolism.

 

Alcohol cannot be metabolized by the body in the same way a macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, or fat) can, your organs shift focus to metabolize alcohol first. Here's what happens to organ function as your body tries to remove alcohol from your system.

Fat Metabolism

When you sip that gin and tonic or Moscow mule...

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