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The Ultimate Guide to Sports Bras For Big Boobs

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The Ultimate Guide to Sports Bras For Big Boobs

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If you’ve got a larger bust, you know the struggle of finding a great sports bra. You need something that is supportive above all else, and that can be tough to find. But have no fear – we’ve done the hard work for you. These are 2019’s top sports bras for large busts; just keep reading to shop!

December 15, 2018 at 11:47PM

4 Cannabis Products That Can Help Manage Your Stress

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4 Cannabis Products That Can Help Manage Your Stress

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The following post was originally published on Miss Grass.

When it comes to anxiety, sometimes doing all the right things doesn’t do the trick. For those moments, many people turn to low-dose cannabis products to feel more calm than high.

Anxiety plagues some 40 million Americans – a number that only accounts for reported cases, so we can assume it just scratches the surface of the problem. What gives us hope is that anxiety is highly treatable, or at least manageable, most of the time.

It starts with a healthy lifestyle. Everyone needs to exercise often, stay hydrated, eat good food, take time out, be loved, and sleep a lot (or a little, if you’re a freak). But those things don’t always work. And sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that make doing all that just about impossible – or at least hard enough that you can’t be bothered.

So then what?

Well, then there’s the doctor, there’s the therapist, there are pharmaceuticals, and there’s stress leave. But there’s also cannabis. And even though some of you associate cannabis with the single most anxious moment of your entire life – yes, that time in college you were glued to the couch – you might want to consider giving it a second chance.

You see, the cannabis product offering is incredibly sophisticated now. There are products that have the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the high, or with nearly undetectable levels of psychoactivity. These low-dose products can work wonders on the bad juju swirling about our insides.

Just like anything, cannabis is *not* a silver bullet. But paired with the rest of the good work you do, you might just be surprised – or you might not notice it at all. Someone else may point it out before you do, and then you can blame it on the moon, because all that matters is that you feel good again.

December 7, 2018 at 09:41PM

This No-Equipment Barre Workout Fuses Cardio and Toning

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This No-Equipment Barre Workout Fuses Cardio and Toning

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Take 45 minutes to get your heart rate up and tone your entire body with this barre workout from LA-based Barre Belle creator Marnie Alton. Her client list includes the likes of Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston. With this video, you can work out like a celeb in the comfort of your living room. Remember to take it at your own pace. This workout includes a lot of challenging moves and a killer cardio circuit, but we’ve got you covered with modifications. Get ready to sculpt, stretch, and sweat!

Credits: On Anna: Terez top and Beyond Yoga tights; On Marnie: Beyond Yoga top and Lululemon tights; On Meagan: Lorna Jane shirt, Jockey tights, and Sticky Be Socks; Manduka mats; Corkcicle bottles

December 10, 2018 at 03:59AM

Sandwiches! Bagels! Tacos! Treats!

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Sandwiches! Bagels! Tacos! Treats!

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Last Tuesday, I made the best Air-fried Avocado Tacos! I made avocado fries in the air fryer and topped with cashew cream and veggies. And I made some Chipotle Lime Street Corn in the air fryer as well. Taco Tuesday!!

I’m sticking with whole foods almost all the time at home these days, and I’m saving my plant meat and junk food splurges for eating out. But sometimes, a girl needs some Beet Puffs. These Vegan Rob’s puffs are made with pretty wholesome ingredients (like whole grain sorghum flour), so as junk food goes, they’re not bad. And I had a healthy BLT with Tofu Bacon on sprouted grain. So I feel pretty good about this meal.

Here’s a totally whole foods-based Tofu Stir-fry I made last night for dinner with broccoli, bell pepper, and mushrooms over quinoa. I feel best when I’m eating this way.

But treats in moderation are a-okay! My friend Don of Lulu’s Food has gone back to selling his vegan baked goods at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market. He posted a mouth-watering menu of vegan croissants and savory buns, as well as cookies, baguettes, pita, and morning buns, on Instagram the night before this Saturday’s market. It opened at 9 am, and I was there by 9:15 am. And he was almost SOLD OUT!! All that was left were cinnamon morning buns and cookies. I opted for a Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Morning Bun (both AMAZING!!). Next week, I’m getting there right at 9 am!

And finally, here’s a Whole Wheat Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese from Otherlands coffee shop that I ate yesterday morning. I had to get some freelance writing done, and I work best outside my house. I enjoyed this with a soy latte. Good stuff. They use Dave’s Bagels (the best!).

January 15, 2019 at 06:00AM

Squeezing in a Workout After Your Flu Shot Could Make the Vaccine More Effective

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Squeezing in a Workout After Your Flu Shot Could Make the Vaccine More Effective

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Just got your flu shot and wondering if it’s safe to push through your usual workout? Your arm might be sore for a couple days, but that’s no reason to avoid the gym.

"There is no danger in returning to regular activities after the flu vaccine, including exercise," Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, told POPSUGAR. "In fact, small studies have shown increased antibody development (and thus protection) from the flu vaccine after participating in exercise."

This should come as no surprise, as exercise is known to bolster the immune system. That said, it’s probably best to avoid strenuous strength workouts while your arm heals.

"Aggressive activity of the vaccinated area may increase the pain after the vaccine," said Michael Ison, MD, professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a practicing physician at Northwestern Medicine. "Aerobic activity won’t hurt, but arm weights might be best avoided for the first one or two days after getting the vaccine."

December 15, 2018 at 09:19PM

I Ate Kourtney Kardashian’s Avocado Pudding For 1 Week and, Yep, I’m on Board

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I Ate Kourtney Kardashian’s Avocado Pudding For 1 Week and, Yep, I’m on Board

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If you follow Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’re likely familiar with Kourtney Kardashian’s healthy lifestyle. The mom of three has a pretty strict diet and workout routine, starting her morning with apple cider vinegar and probiotics to aid with digestion and a curious sweet avocado pudding she says gives her energy before exercise.

As a huge avocado-lover myself, this "power meal in a cup" sounded worth a try. I decided to eat the recipe every morning for a week to see if it really could power me through my early morning workouts and make my sweet tooth disappear with its dose of healthy fats and fiber.

The Recipe

This is Kourtney’s 5-minute recipe, according to her app:

  • 1 organic avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup organic coconut milk
  • 2 tsp Manuka honey

Blend all ingredients until smooth, and eat with a spoon.

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The Experiment

The smooth pudding tasted pretty good, and I enjoyed eating my breakfast slowly with a spoon as opposed to my usual smoothie on the go – it really does make all the difference when it comes to savoring every bite and feeling fuller.

After eating the pudding on day one, I actually felt very nauseous. I train immediately after waking up, and the only thing my stomach can handle before is usually coffee – I should have known having the pudding pre-workout would create some problems. For the rest of the week, I decided to have it as a post-workout snack instead of overnight oats, and that’s when I started to reap the benefits.

I was expecting to feel hungry within an hour or two after, just because of the lack of carbs, but my body shocked me. The healthy fats kept me going all the way until lunch. That’s because our satiety hormones are released much more in response to fats to help tell your body you’re done eating. And like Kourtney says, the pudding gives you energy. I didn’t experience my usual midmorning crash and even found myself reaching less for a cup of coffee.

The best part was that by the end of the week, my morning sugar cravings vanished. I never felt the urge to reach for sugar, and my skin was showing it, since sugar can cause breakouts, inflammation, and dullness. Avoiding sugar also meant I was eating healthier and fewer calories.

The Pros and Cons

The health benefits of the avocado pudding were what really kept me focused. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of manuka honey fueled my body in preparation for flu season. The high-fiber content of the avocado aided in digestion to keep away dreaded belly bloat.

I love lots of texture in my food, so the smoothness of the avocado pudding did get a bit boring after day three. On day four, I added chia seeds, hemp seeds, and grain-free granola on top. I don’t know if that’s Kourtney approved, but it definitely made me stick to the experiment.

Although I loved the taste of Kourtney’s avocado pudding, I think overnight oats and avocado toast with eggs take the breakfast throne for me. Maybe it’s because I’m a creature of habit or maybe it’s because I couldn’t really get used to the texture of the dish, but at least I know the toast with smashed avocado and a fried egg allows me to get healthy fats in with a source of carbs to fuel up. I’d prefer the pudding as dessert, so I’m inspired to freeze it and keep it handy to snack on every once in a while instead.

December 11, 2018 at 09:19PM

Winter Solstice Eats!

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Winter Solstice Eats!

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Hey everyone! I hope y’all had a great Solstice and Christmas! I definitely did. And I’ve got lots of delicious food photos to share from all the celebrations, so much so that I’m breaking them up into a few days. Tonight, I’ll focus on Solstice, which was Friday, Dec. 21. Tomorrow, I’ll share pics from our annual Vegan Drinks Holiday Wine Party, and on Friday, I’ll share pictures from my Christmas celebration with my parents.

As much as I detest winter, Solstice is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a bright spot in a bleak, gray season. And even though it’s officially the start of winter and the longest night of the year, it’s also the turning point when the nights begin to grow shorter and shorter until — boom — we find ourselves in spring and then glorious, glorious summer.

I like to enjoy winter-themed foods all day on Winter Solstice. I started my morning with a bootcamp class at the gym, followed by this Cocoa Mint Smoothie with banana, cocoa powder, fresh mint, spinach, and walnuts.

Friday was my last day at work for 11 days! Yay for holiday break! But of course that meant that Friday was insanely busy as I tried to wrap things up. So I packed an easy lunch to eat at my desk. In keeping with my winter theme, I wanted something white to symbolize the snow that never really happens in Memphis. I had Explore Cuisine Mung Bean & Edamame Fettucine with Victoria Vegan Alfredo and Steamed Broccoli & Mushrooms. Such an easy, quick meal to pack! And that while that VV alfredo sauce is totally a convenience food, it’s a pretty healthy one made from whole foods (mostly cashews!).
On Solstice night, I always light candles in every room to symbolize the return of the Sun. And I like to feast on seasonal foods. I made one of my Solstice standards — the Baked Spaghetti Squash from Cooking By the Seasons (an old vegetarian witchy cookbook). The squash is tossed with a homemade tomato sauce made by cooking down roma tomatoes with fresh herbs and garlic. I topped it with bits of garlic soy cheeze that I picked up at The BE-Hive in Nashville, plus garlic toast and a side salad.
After dinner, I had some wine and a Santa Baby Cupcake from Muddy’s Bake Shop (chocolate with peppermint frosting), but sadly, I failed to take a picture of dessert! 

December 27, 2018 at 02:35AM

The Basics of Consuming Cannabis – For Total Rookies

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The Basics of Consuming Cannabis – For Total Rookies

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There’s never been a better time to try cannabis. The science is barreling ahead, and options are bountiful. This story is part one of a four-part series on the basics of cannabis.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself sweating at a party because someone’s pulled out the weed. If pressing the joint to your lips, you’ve cursed yourself for choking on an excuse not to partake. If paranoid about what you’ve said (or haven’t), you’ve bumbled your way through an Irish goodbye because leaving a party immediately was never so important. Raise your hand if this is you.

For a lot of people, cannabis is a really scary thing. Not just anyone can look swaggery smoking a joint. There’s real cache to being good at it. But let’s be real: high school ruined cannabis for a lot of us. And to this day, the sight of a joint is little more than an embarrassing reminder of how little time we dedicated to dealing with that PTSD.

As cannabis makes its way into the zeitgeist and the greenrush hits its stride, the little plant is getting a second chance. And noncannabis users deserve the straight goods on how it’s changed.

For some advice on where to start, I spoke to bona fide cannabis expert Samantha Miller, president and chief scientist at Pure Analytics (a cannabis lab in Santa Rosa, CA). According to Miller, a lot of cannabis users aren’t trying to get high at all. There are people who use it for anxiety, for pain, and for sleep, while others use it much like someone might use a drink.

"[Cannabis] can be great for the new user who wants to take a little bit of a vacation from their state of mind," says Miller. "It’s the replacement of a glass of wine at the end of the day."

You can consume cannabis in all kinds of ways, at all levels of potency, to all sorts of effects. But Miller recommends three specific modes of ingestion for the new user and keeping a strain journal just like any good wine aficionado might. She says this is our best tool while getting to know the plant, the body, and how the two fit together.

1. The Oil Vaporizer

If you like the idea of carrying a little cannabis with you at all times, an oil vaporizer like Wildflower’s CBD one is a good discreet option. This product comes preloaded with a concentrated CBD oil cartridge, so there’s no fuss or muss. And it won’t leave you smelling of cannabis either. Expect a nonpsychoactive, consistent, and repeatable experience.

2. Smokable Flower

Flower is what we call the actual cannabis bud in its unprocessed state, and it’s what you grind up to roll into a joint or smoke from a pipe. Flower is a good option if you have a bit of an appetite for the unknown. Even if you buy the same flower from the same dispensary and the same farmer, there’s no guarantee you’ll have the same experience each time you go back. Miller recommends reaching for more top shelf flower and asking your budtender (the person at the dispensary) for something with under 20 percent THC. If rolling a joint is beyond your skill set, you can always ask for a prerolled joint, too.

3. The Edible Treat

Edibles tend to terrify people. But dosed properly, they can actually have the most mellow and predictable effect of all. It’s worth noting, the high from edibles is different – more of a body high than a head high. Miller suggests starting with edibles that have no more than 5 mg of THC. And if you’re feeling especially enterprising, consider setting yourself up to make DIY edibles at home.

December 5, 2018 at 09:37PM

Think You Can’t Get in a Good Workout in 15 Minutes? This Workout Will Prove You Wrong

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Think You Can’t Get in a Good Workout in 15 Minutes? This Workout Will Prove You Wrong

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You’re shopping and wrapping presents, running to holiday get-togethers and ugly sweater parties, baking snowflake-shaped cookies, coming up with creative ideas for your Elf on the Shelf, and whoops – your workouts get pushed aside. This time of year is so busy and stressful, but that’s when you need workouts the most.

You know you’ll feel better after a little exercise, but don’t worry if you can’t fit in your usual long workout. Here’s a quick, efficient, 15-minute bodyweight workout you can do anywhere – you can get a lot done in 15 minutes! This workout is designed to strengthen every part of your body, get your heart rate up, and leave you feeling energized and ready to face the Santa line at the mall.

Quick 15-Minute Bodyweight Workout

Directions: Warm up with two minutes of light cardio, then do each of these 15 exercises for 45 seconds, followed by a 15-second rest. Want a longer workout? Do it twice!

Exercises:

  • Cross jacks
  • Plank with bunny hop
  • Side skaters
  • Burpees
  • High-knee skips
  • Hip raise with leg extension
  • Plank jacks
  • Air squats
  • High-knee run
  • Plank with creepy-crawler
  • Alternating forward lunge
  • Diamond sit-up
  • Up-down plank
  • Lateral bunny hop
  • Scissor abs

Keep reading for details on how to do each exercise.

December 1, 2018 at 11:19PM

Don’t Listen to the People Who Say Leggings Aren’t Pants – We’re Living in These 14 Pairs

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Don’t Listen to the People Who Say Leggings Aren’t Pants – We’re Living in These 14 Pairs

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When we’re home for the holidays, the only thing we want to wear is leggings. Specifically, the comfiest, coziest pair we can find. So, we’ve done the digging for you and found 14 of the most comfortable leggings on the internet. Consider your holiday wardrobe solved.

December 6, 2018 at 01:59AM

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