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Body Image

“All You Had to Do Was Ask”

Helga Weber | CC

As many of you know, I joined a gym earlier this year, and one of the perks I listed for joining my particular gym was the manager’s promise to personally assist me whenever I asked.

Well, because my beau is a bit of a workout junkie and set up a few fairly awesome routines for me, I never had any questions.

Until a few weeks...
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Physical Activity

How to Overcome the Panic and Anxiety of Joining a Gym


Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and -- let’s face it -- Netflix marathons aside, going to the gym gives you a much better reason to wear those sweats.

However, joining a...
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Product Reviews

Book Review: ‘Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less’


Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend.

If you didn't feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn't have time (don't get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute -- literally, one minute --...
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Diet

Brain Food Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Latkes


First of all, I love sweet potatoes.

My God, do I love sweet potatoes.

Second of all, sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids which, in addition to giving them their orange color, also act as antioxidants that protect cells from damage and help form Vitamin A -- the vitamin important for sprouting new neurons and helping those neurons find each other and form new connections.

So, naturally I had to try this Vegetarian Times recipe for sweet potato...
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Diet

The Dark Side of Chocolate

As I mentioned during February's Monthly Meditation, Valentine's Day has never really been my thing; however, that doesn't mean there aren't some lessons we can learn from all the lovey-dovey-ooey-gooiness spewing out this month.

Today?

The benefits of dark chocolate, specifically how some studies suggest:


Dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure.
The antioxidants within dark chocolate can help fight off free radicals, which are connected to health ailments like heart disease.
Dark chocolate can help boost serotonin and endorphins.


Bonus?

Some sources believe the...
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Diet

Dr. George Drinka On Junk Foods, Healthy Foods, and the Marvels of the Media


We're fortunate enough to have a guest post today from Dr. George Drinka, child psychiatrist and author. Dr. Drinka's upcoming book, When the Media Is the Parent, is posed to educate parents about the massive role media (think television, video games, and the Internet).

Today, he's talking with us about the role media plays in childhood obesity, fast food advertising geared toward children, and how, in time, the media might even help promote healthier...
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