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Review: MaryRuth’s Vegan Omega Gummies

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Review: MaryRuth’s Vegan Omega Gummies

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Over the holiday break, I received a mysterious package on my doorstep. It wasn’t anything I’d ordered, so I ripped it open to find this big bottle of MaryRuth’s Vegan Omega 3-6-7-9 Gummies!

I don’t remember being contacted by this company to review their products. But it happens sometimes that a company will have my mailing address and just send me review products with no warning. And lucky me — I was fresh out of vegan omega supplements.

I had been taking omega supplements a few months back, but when they ran out, I didn’t get more. And I keep meaning to! Isn’t that always the case with vitamins??

Anyway, these are awesome. They’re orange flavored and they have the same gummy texture that SurfSweets vegan gummies have. So basically, they’re candy but they’re vitamins. Win-win. They’re also non-gmo and gluten-free.

The omegas come from sea berry omega-3 powder and flaxseed oil. Good stuff! I will definitely pay for more when I run out!

January 17, 2019 at 06:00AM

Kate Beckinsale’s Winter “Sleigh Ride” Looks a Little Different From the Ones We’re Used to

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Kate Beckinsale’s Winter “Sleigh Ride” Looks a Little Different From the Ones We’re Used to

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Come on it’s lovely weather for some . . . sled pushes together? Kate Beckinsale took a "sleigh ride" of her own recently, but it doesn’t look much like the ones we’re used to. On Dec. 15, the 45-year-old actress shared a video of her intense workout routine on Instagram.

Set to the classic Christmas carol "Sleigh Ride," Kate pushed a weighted sled with legs bent and arms extended, showing off her strength. Sled pushes are a great choice for focusing on the major muscle groups like the legs, abs, butt, and arms, but they’re no walk in the park. We’re sore just watching her!

December 16, 2018 at 04:59AM

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

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

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

Vegan Weekend in Nashville

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Vegan Weekend in Nashville

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I spent last weekend in Nashville eating (and drinking) all the vegan things! Paul works in Nashville and wanted me to attend his work holiday party. So I headed over on Friday afternoon and stayed through Sunday night.

When I arrived on Friday, Paul was still at work. So I made a stop at Avo for a lovely, fancy dinner with myself. I had the Kale Caesar, Mac & Cheese, and a pale ale. Avo has the BEST kale caesar ever with homemade cashew parm, sundried tomatoes, fried chickpeas, and roasted garlic. The mac was gluten-free with made-in-house coconut cheese (and it was on their happy hour snack menu!).

After Paul got off work, we met his friend Collin (pictured) for a flight of beers at Growlers, our fave bar in Hendersonville (the Nashville suburb where Paul lives part-time).
Paul had to work for a few hours on Saturday before his party, so I slept in and then went for a 4-mile run on the Hendersonville Greenway. Yay! I’m running again!
After I showered, I drove into the city for lunch at The BE-Hive — a pop-up deli/vegan butcher. They have the BEST Mozzarella Sticks, made with their homemade coconut cheese.
I ate all of those, plus this gigantic Breakfast Burrito with their house-made seitan sausage, tots, tofu scramble, and vegan queso. Such a big ass lunch but so worth it.
Paul got off work at 5 pm that day, and we headed to our hotel — Loews — in downtown Nashville. The party was there, and we got a room so we could just head upstairs afterward. No driving needed. Good thing because we had a lot of cocktails at the open bar.
The party included one of those catered sit-down dinners. You know, the kind that typically are not vegan-friendly. Everyone around me was served chicken, and I wasn’t expecting to be able to eat. Honestly, I was still full from lunch, and I’d already found a Pizza Rev down the street for emergency vegan pizza if needed. But when the server tried to give me a chicken plate, Paul told her I was vegan. And she said, "no problem!" And then she came back with this — Quinoa Burger, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus and Carrots. AMAZING! It’s a new world we’re living in folks. Paul tried a bite and said it was much better than the chicken he was served!
The next morning, we met one of Paul’s co-workers for brunch at Graze, our favorite vegan brunch spot in Nashville. I got the Breakfast Bowl — a biscuit topped with tofu scramble, veggie sausage, tempeh bacon, and hollandaise. I added avocado!
Graze has $5 bloody marys on Sundays too, so I always have to get one of those!
Graze is located next door to Five Daughters Bakery, which has vegan doughnuts! YAY! I got a Chocolate Peppermint Doughnut to go (and enjoyed it later that afternoon).
Paul and I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody on Sunday afternoon. Afterward, I’d planned to drive home. But I knew I needed to eat one more time before I hit the road. Unfortunately, after all the deliciousness of the weekend, I couldn’t imagine eating anything that wasn’t green. So I made a little salad from the Kroger salad bar! Just what I needed.

December 20, 2018 at 06:00AM

This Is How I Bullet Journal My Fitness and Nutrition Goals Every Day to Stay on Track

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This Is How I Bullet Journal My Fitness and Nutrition Goals Every Day to Stay on Track

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You have probably heard of a hundred different ways to track your fitness goals and progress electronically – OK, maybe not a hundred, but you know there are a lot of fitness apps, tracking bracelets and even rings (like Prince Harry’s Oura) that record your steps, weight and sleep. I’ve tried a bunch of different tools myself, but sometimes you’re just a pen-and-paper person, and a good bullet journal is what you need to stay consistent.

Bullet journaling has been a great asset to my fitness and nutrition goals. Not only does it allow me to be creative and offers a fun activity at the beginning and end of every day, it also gives me a wide visual representation of how I’m doing overall, in life, on my way to my target. It doesn’t just include number metrics like weight or how many workouts I did in a week. It includes whatever else I want to focus on in my journey to better health, whether that’s more self-awareness, more time meditating, or calories or water consumption.

A bullet journal can be overwhelming to start and requires some preparation, but I promise that after you draw out a plan (quite literally), you’ll be happy you did it. This is how to get started.

December 12, 2018 at 02:39AM

Bring on the Iron, Man! You Can Train Like a Superhero With This Marvel Fitness Gear

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Bring on the Iron, Man! You Can Train Like a Superhero With This Marvel Fitness Gear

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We may not have the powers of a Marvel superhero, but we’re one step closer to having the strength thanks to Onnit’s line of themed fitness gear. From the same brand that brought us Star Wars kettlebells comes a collection of Marvel-inspired equipment with everything you need to get into tip-top fighting shape.

Grab your matching workout outfit, and start heavy lifting with Captain America shield barbells and Iron Man kettlebells. Then, swing and slam the Spider-Man battle ropes like a real Avenger would. With great fitness comes great responsibility – that’s how the saying goes, right? Keep reading shop each item for yourself below.

December 16, 2018 at 01:59AM

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

Kellogg’s is finally putting “traffic light” health labels on most cereal

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Kellogg’s is finally putting “traffic light” health labels on most cereal

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In 2013, the UK government adopted a “traffic light” health labeling system. The labels show whether levels of sugar, salt and fat are high, medium or low using red, amber and green traffic light colors. Since then, some companies have voluntarily chosen to put the labels on their products, but others have not.

Kellogg’s UK has now decided to implement the system after doing a survey of 2,000 consumers. Kellogg’s learned that people found it helpful to see the “traffic light” labeling. Kellogg’s UK managing director Oli Morton said:

Put simply, they said we should change and move to a full colour solution as they want help making healthy decisions. We’ve listened and now we’re acting.

The “traffic light” labels will begin to appear in the new year, and by 2020 all products will be changed.

Sky News: Kellogg’s to finally put ‘traffic light’ health labels on most cereals

Earlier, we reported that the UK consumer’s top worry is, in fact, sugar. These labels will hopefully have a positive effect on how people can avoid buying foods high in sugar. We hope that more consumer-packaged goods companies will follow Kellogg’s lead.

With or without the “traffic light” labels, we still know that almost all cereal is very high in refined starch even when it is low in sugar. Why not start your day with a delicious and satisfying low-carb breakfast instead? Check out some of our recipes below!

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December 4, 2018 at 05:15PM

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