Healthy Living

The 2 Things I Do for a Healthier Morning — Healthy Mornings

If you thought I was gonna say that I take a spin class or set up a spread of fruit for breakfast, you are wrong! Although I do hit up Soul Cycle (once every four, er, six months), the things on my (short) list are a lot more simple. And, well, a lot less labor-intensive.

Here are the two simple things I do for a healthier morning.

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PSA: “Self-Care” Does Not Mean Sitting on Your Couch with a Pile of French Fries (All the Time) — Kitchn Rant

Hi, my name is Arie and I am an anxious person. In my never-ending pursuit to quiet my mind and — you know — try to relax or something, I've thought a lot about self-care. I always thought I "took care" of myself, until I realized sometime last year that I was definitely doing no such thing. I still had anxiety, I still felt like crap, and I still wasn't treating myself very well.

So what was I actually doing when I thought I was practicing self-care? The internet as a whole has a pretty confusing way of looking at the subject. We're "busy" so we're told to take it easy and order delivery instead of cook. We're "stressed" so we're told to "treat yo' self" with all the ice cream and french fries we want. Both of these things are wonderful (I mean, I love french fries!), but they shouldn't always be treated as self-care.

This internet's idea of self-care is, in fact, bullshit — you're doing more harm to yourself than good if you follow the advice laid out on Instagram.

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The Grocery-Store Tea That Changed My Life — Tea Tonic

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Growing up, I associated my period with pain — and not just aches, but the kind of sharp, excruciating pain that makes you want to spend all day in the fetal position. I'd have to miss days of school, and eventually work; sometimes I threw up.

In my attempts to relieve the pain, I tried it all: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, hot packs, exercising, wishing for a quick and painless death. After years of struggling to find a solution, I had basically given up — until I discovered relief in a common grocery-store tea.

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5 Tips for Starting a Morning Meditation Practice — Healthy Mornings

It's Monday morning. Images of the weekend flow through your mind as you snuggle deeper into your pillow, reliving them. Then you open your eyes, see the clock, remember the presentation you have to give in an hour, and, heart racing and teeth clenched, you rush to the kitchen to make coffee. That's one version of Monday morning.

Here's another: You set the alarm 15 minutes earlier and ease into the day by simply paying attention to your breathing. I'm talking about meditating — and if even hearing that word makes you feel antsy, bear with me for a minute, or rather 10. After all, it's said that practicing daily for just 10 minutes could help you feel calmer and more grounded.

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17 Freezer Meals for When You Come Back from Vacation — Freezer Recipes from The Kitchn

Before you go on vacation, what do you do? If you are like me, you probably clean out your fridge, empty your trash cans, and try to straighten up a little bit. Coming home to spoiled milk and smelly garbage is no fun! Now that I'm a mom, I add one more thing to my pre-vacation to-do list: I always (always!) stock the freezer. It takes a little forethought and planning, but it's the very best gift I give myself before vacation.

From single-serve oatmeal to spinach-feta wraps, here are some of my family's post-travel freezer favorites (without any mention of frozen waffles).

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How Much Protein Do You Need If You’re Working Out? — Protein 101

There is a smoothie shop next to my gym that sells all kinds of protein-enhanced smoothies and shakes. It is generally filled with Spandex-clad exercisers drinking from sippy cups of nutritionally enhanced produce, and they look happy about it.

But do they need protein shakes? Do I need a protein shake? Is a lack of lean post-workout protein what is standing between me and the fullest realization of my dormant muscles? Also, how different are my protein requirements — I am what we'll generously call a "moderate exerciser" — from those of an actual athlete, like a marathoner, or a person who stays at the gym for more than 50 consecutive minutes?

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