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justwanttobehealthyandfit:

Doing jump rope for 2-5 minutes a day could: Improve your stamina, flexibility, co-ordination, balance, rhythm and symmetry. It builds up and tones your thighs, calves, hips and booty! It also increases levels of calcium, preventing osteoporosis! Skipping burns about 200 calories in just fifteen minutes!

Love it!

justwanttobehealthyandfit:

Doing jump rope for 2-5 minutes a day could: Improve your stamina, flexibility, co-ordination, balance, rhythm and symmetry. It builds up and tones your thighs, calves, hips and booty! It also increases levels of calcium, preventing osteoporosis! Skipping burns about 200 calories in just fifteen minutes!

Love it!

eatcleanmakechanges:

train-eat-sleep:

SO proud of my fridge right now! :)
Got this ENTIRE fridge full of whole foods at the farmers market today for just under 25 bucks. Whoever said eating healthy is too expensive has obviously never even TRIED. Try feeding 2 people for an entire week eating fast food..and spend less then 25 bucks.  Not gonna happen. What on earth should i make first!! *giddyness*



HEALTHY FOOD PORN!

eatcleanmakechanges:

train-eat-sleep:

SO proud of my fridge right now! :)

Got this ENTIRE fridge full of whole foods at the farmers market today for just under 25 bucks. Whoever said eating healthy is too expensive has obviously never even TRIED. Try feeding 2 people for an entire week eating fast food..and spend less then 25 bucks.  Not gonna happen. What on earth should i make first!! *giddyness*



HEALTHY FOOD PORN!

bygonevegon:

One of my favorite fruits in China is Dragonfruit. It tastes similar to kiwi, but has a different texture, slightly crunchy and filled with tiny sweet seeds (very easy to eat). This fruit is also readily available and cheap. So, if you come across it, it’s definitely worth a try!

bygonevegon:

One of my favorite fruits in China is Dragonfruit. It tastes similar to kiwi, but has a different texture, slightly crunchy and filled with tiny sweet seeds (very easy to eat). This fruit is also readily available and cheap. So, if you come across it, it’s definitely worth a try!

(Source: bygonebegone)

symphonyofmars:

muffintop-less:

I get asked pretty frequently whether or not I have stretch marks… Girls have expressed their insecurities about having them and ask how to make them go away.
OF COURSE I have stretch marks! I have them on my hips and breasts. They tend to come on after rapid weight gain or loss. The thing to keep in mind is NO ONE is perfect! We all have flaws… but those flaws make us unique! Who cares if we have some tiger stripes!? We earned those babies!
If you are still very insecure about your stretch marks. There are some remedies out there. Here is a list I found via WebMD:
Wheat germ oil: There is not much scientific data on whether home remedies for stretch marks, such as wheat germ oil, can help. One recent study did find it helped improve stretch marks in their early phase.
Glycolic acid: Widely touted for its rejuvenation powers, glycolic acid is a sugar cane derivative and a member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family. It most likely works on stretch marks by increasing collagen production, says Baumann. Glycolic acid can also be administered in higher doses by a dermatologist. Treatment typically costs around $100 and requires three or four office visits before results will appear.
Vitamin C: Certain formulations of vitamin C, which have become increasingly popular as over-the-counter brands, may also increase collagen production and help early-stage stretch marks, says Baumann. For maximum effect, combine with glycolic acid. Vitamin C supplements may also be effective. She suggests 500 milligrams three times a day.
Peptide-containing products: Peptide-containing products, which are widely marketed as effective “repair” creams, are a waste of time and money, Baumann says. Despite commercial claims, there is no convincing data that these work.
Retinoids: A family of products that includes vitamin A, retinoids have been shown to be fairly effective in increasing collagen and elastic production during the early stages. Retinoids should be avoided entirely if pregnant or nursing. Retinol, tretinoin, and the prescription medications Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, and Differin are examples of retinoids.
Glycolic acid and retinoids: Using these together may provide better results. According to Elsaie, while glycolic acid alone for stretch mark treatment has not been fully studied, a trial comparing glycolic acid plus tretinoin with glycolic acid plus vitamin C both showed equal improvement and increased elastic in stretch marks after 12 weeks of daily application. Various prescription-strength retinoids are often applied as a preparation to “rev up” the skin before a glycolic acid peel is applied.
Laser treatment: This popular treatment option is used by many dermatologists, and they are also being tried on white stretch marks, as well. Linda K. Franks, MD, a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine and director of Gramercy Park Dermatology Associates, is a big fan of laser procedures, which she frequently uses in her New York City practice to treat both red/purple and white stretch marks. ”Lasers promote synthesis of healthy, new collagen, which has been damaged when stretch marks appear,” she explains.

Maybe my dumb boyfriend can get his stretchmark lasered away so he’ll stop scratching it open

symphonyofmars:

muffintop-less:

I get asked pretty frequently whether or not I have stretch marks… Girls have expressed their insecurities about having them and ask how to make them go away.

OF COURSE I have stretch marks! I have them on my hips and breasts. They tend to come on after rapid weight gain or loss. The thing to keep in mind is NO ONE is perfect! We all have flaws… but those flaws make us unique! Who cares if we have some tiger stripes!? We earned those babies!

If you are still very insecure about your stretch marks. There are some remedies out there. Here is a list I found via WebMD:

  • Wheat germ oil: There is not much scientific data on whether home remedies for stretch marks, such as wheat germ oil, can help. One recent study did find it helped improve stretch marks in their early phase.
  • Glycolic acid: Widely touted for its rejuvenation powers, glycolic acid is a sugar cane derivative and a member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family. It most likely works on stretch marks by increasing collagen production, says Baumann. Glycolic acid can also be administered in higher doses by a dermatologist. Treatment typically costs around $100 and requires three or four office visits before results will appear.
  • Vitamin C: Certain formulations of vitamin C, which have become increasingly popular as over-the-counter brands, may also increase collagen production and help early-stage stretch marks, says Baumann. For maximum effect, combine with glycolic acid. Vitamin C supplements may also be effective. She suggests 500 milligrams three times a day.
  • Peptide-containing products: Peptide-containing products, which are widely marketed as effective “repair” creams, are a waste of time and money, Baumann says. Despite commercial claims, there is no convincing data that these work.
  • Retinoids: A family of products that includes vitamin A, retinoids have been shown to be fairly effective in increasing collagen and elastic production during the early stages. Retinoids should be avoided entirely if pregnant or nursing. Retinol, tretinoin, and the prescription medications Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, and Differin are examples of retinoids.
  • Glycolic acid and retinoids: Using these together may provide better results. According to Elsaie, while glycolic acid alone for stretch mark treatment has not been fully studied, a trial comparing glycolic acid plus tretinoin with glycolic acid plus vitamin C both showed equal improvement and increased elastic in stretch marks after 12 weeks of daily application. Various prescription-strength retinoids are often applied as a preparation to “rev up” the skin before a glycolic acid peel is applied.
  • Laser treatment: This popular treatment option is used by many dermatologists, and they are also being tried on white stretch marks, as well. Linda K. Franks, MD, a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine and director of Gramercy Park Dermatology Associates, is a big fan of laser procedures, which she frequently uses in her New York City practice to treat both red/purple and white stretch marks. ”Lasers promote synthesis of healthy, new collagen, which has been damaged when stretch marks appear,” she explains.

Maybe my dumb boyfriend can get his stretchmark lasered away so he’ll stop scratching it open

makemesweatx:

20 SUPER FOODS THAT HELP YOU BUILD MUSCLE AND LOSE FAT
by Mehdi, StrongLifts.com
To build muscle & lose fat, you need a variety of proteins, veggies, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats. Eating protein helps building & maintaining muscle. But it also helps fat loss: protein has a higher thermic effect than carbs/fats.
Eating fats also helps fat loss: your body holds fat if you don’t eat fats. Fruits & veggies contain vitamins & minerals, necessary for recovery from your workouts. And carbs fuel your muscles so you feel full of energy at the gym.
Lots of you struggle to get these foods. Sometimes because you’re too busy or sometimes because you just lack information. This list will help you — 20 super foods you need to build muscle & lose fat.

 Whole Eggs. Cheap & rich source of protein: 7g/egg. The yolk contains most nutrients: half the protein, vitamins A/D/E and cholesterol to naturally increase your testosterone levels. Don’t worry about cholesterol in eggs. Dietary cholesterol isn’t bound to blood cholesterol. Read this, this, & this. If you have bad cholesterol, lower your body fat rather than throwing the yolk away.
Fish Oil. Reduces inflammation (joints/skin), lowers body fat and increases testosterone levels. You need 9000mg EPA/DHA per day. Since you’ll probably struggle to get that from eating fatty fish, consider a fish oil supplement.
Wild Salmon. One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that also gets you 20g protein per 100g serving. Farm raised salmon is, however, omega-3 deficient: it’s corn/grain fed. Go with wild salmon.
Berries. Strong antioxidants that prevent cancer, heart & eye diseases. Any kind works: cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. Buy fresh or frozen berries and mix with oatmeal.
Yogurt. Contain bacteria that improve your gastrointestinal health. Don’t buy frozen yogurt or yogurt with added sugar and fruits at the bottom. Get plain low fat yogurt. Eat it with berries & flax seeds.
Flax Seeds. Source of fiber, protein & omega-3. Grind the flax seeds to get the most out of them. Take 1 tbsp with yogurt & berries before going to bed. Stay away from flax oil: it’s unstable and contains no fiber.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 70% monounsaturated fats that protect against heart diseases and cancer. Add 1-2 tbsp olive oil to your salads. Buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil: it contains more polyphenols and tastes better.
Mixed Nuts. Contain mono- & polyunsaturated fats, proteins, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc. Mixed nuts are caloric dense, great if you’re a skinny guy who wants to gain weight. Anything works: almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, … Peanut butter also works as long as you buy natural peanut butter without added salts/sugars.
Red Meat. Protein, vitamin B12, heme iron, zinc, creatine, carnosine and even omega-3 if you eat grass-fed beef. Eat steaks & hamburgers from top round or sirloin. Read Dr. Lonnie Lowery’s article on Meat.
Broccoli. High in cancer-fighting phytochemicals and anti-estrogenic indoles. Broccoli is also high in soluble fiber and low calorie, helping fat loss. Eat other cruciferous vegetables for a change: cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, kale, …
Spinach. One of the most alkaline foods. Spinach prevents muscle & bone loss, but also cancer and heart diseases because of its high nutrient profile. Try one of the spinach recipes I shared a while back.
Turkey. If you don’t believe saturated fat is good for you, try white turkey. The leanest beef has about 4.5g saturated fat/100g, while white turkey has close to 0g (that why it’s so dry). Eat turkey with spinach & quinoa.
Quinoa. South American “king of grains”. Quinoa is higher in fiber & protein than rice or oats, tastes a lot better and is gluten free. Buy the whiter grain, it’s better quality. Eat it post workout with meat & spinach.
Oats. Reduce cholesterol, provide you with low-gi carbs for energy, and high in soluble fiber. Try this post workout shake of whey & oats.
Tomatoes. High in lycopene, which prevents cancer. The lycopene in tomato paste is 4 times more bioavailable than in fresh tomatoes. Have pizza or pasta with tomato sauce & olive oil post strength training.
Oranges. Vitamin C to fight diseases, magnesium to lower blood pressure, anti-oxidant beta-carotenes, etc. Quit drinking processed orange juice which often has added sugars. Eat oranges or make your own orange juice.
Apples. Pectin in apples helps weight loss by increasing satiety. Apples are also the strongest antioxidiant after cranberries (eat the peels). Unfortunately apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits. Go organic.
Carrots. Their huge vitamin A content improves eye-health, especially night vision. Carrots are also rich in fiber, low calorie and taste good, even raw.
Water. Your body holds water if you don’t drink enough. Drinking prevents water retention, helps muscle recovery and prevents dehydration from strength training. Get a brita filter and drink 2 cups of water with each meal.
Green Tea. Strong antioxidant and natural diuretic. Green tea also speeds up fat loss, prevents cancer and improves blood sugar & circulation. Drink green tea in the morning instead of coffee. Real green tea, not the teabags.
Putting it All Together. Eat proteins, veggies, fruits & fats… 2 cups water with each meal. Carbs post workout only… Get stronger in the meanwhile and you’ll build muscle & lose fat.

makemesweatx:

20 SUPER FOODS THAT HELP YOU BUILD MUSCLE AND LOSE FAT

by Mehdi, StrongLifts.com

To build muscle & lose fat, you need a variety of proteins, veggies, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats. Eating protein helps building & maintaining muscle. But it also helps fat loss: protein has a higher thermic effect than carbs/fats.

Eating fats also helps fat loss: your body holds fat if you don’t eat fats. Fruits & veggies contain vitamins & minerals, necessary for recovery from your workouts. And carbs fuel your muscles so you feel full of energy at the gym.

Lots of you struggle to get these foods. Sometimes because you’re too busy or sometimes because you just lack information. This list will help you — 20 super foods you need to build muscle & lose fat.


  1. Whole Eggs. Cheap & rich source of protein: 7g/egg. The yolk contains most nutrients: half the protein, vitamins A/D/E and cholesterol to naturally increase your testosterone levels. Don’t worry about cholesterol in eggs. Dietary cholesterol isn’t bound to blood cholesterol. Read this, this, & this. If you have bad cholesterol, lower your body fat rather than throwing the yolk away.
  2. Fish Oil. Reduces inflammation (joints/skin), lowers body fat and increases testosterone levels. You need 9000mg EPA/DHA per day. Since you’ll probably struggle to get that from eating fatty fish, consider a fish oil supplement.
  3. Wild Salmon. One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that also gets you 20g protein per 100g serving. Farm raised salmon is, however, omega-3 deficient: it’s corn/grain fed. Go with wild salmon.
  4. Berries. Strong antioxidants that prevent cancer, heart & eye diseases. Any kind works: cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. Buy fresh or frozen berries and mix with oatmeal.
  5. Yogurt. Contain bacteria that improve your gastrointestinal health. Don’t buy frozen yogurt or yogurt with added sugar and fruits at the bottom. Get plain low fat yogurt. Eat it with berries & flax seeds.
  6. Flax Seeds. Source of fiber, protein & omega-3. Grind the flax seeds to get the most out of them. Take 1 tbsp with yogurt & berries before going to bed. Stay away from flax oil: it’s unstable and contains no fiber.
  7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 70% monounsaturated fats that protect against heart diseases and cancer. Add 1-2 tbsp olive oil to your salads. Buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil: it contains more polyphenols and tastes better.
  8. Mixed Nuts. Contain mono- & polyunsaturated fats, proteins, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc. Mixed nuts are caloric dense, great if you’re a skinny guy who wants to gain weight. Anything works: almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, … Peanut butter also works as long as you buy natural peanut butter without added salts/sugars.
  9. Red Meat. Protein, vitamin B12, heme iron, zinc, creatine, carnosine and even omega-3 if you eat grass-fed beef. Eat steaks & hamburgers from top round or sirloin. Read Dr. Lonnie Lowery’s article on Meat.
  10. Broccoli. High in cancer-fighting phytochemicals and anti-estrogenic indoles. Broccoli is also high in soluble fiber and low calorie, helping fat loss. Eat other cruciferous vegetables for a change: cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, kale, …
  11. Spinach. One of the most alkaline foods. Spinach prevents muscle & bone loss, but also cancer and heart diseases because of its high nutrient profile. Try one of the spinach recipes I shared a while back.
  12. Turkey. If you don’t believe saturated fat is good for you, try white turkey. The leanest beef has about 4.5g saturated fat/100g, while white turkey has close to 0g (that why it’s so dry). Eat turkey with spinach & quinoa.
  13. Quinoa. South American “king of grains”. Quinoa is higher in fiber & protein than rice or oats, tastes a lot better and is gluten free. Buy the whiter grain, it’s better quality. Eat it post workout with meat & spinach.
  14. Oats. Reduce cholesterol, provide you with low-gi carbs for energy, and high in soluble fiber. Try this post workout shake of whey & oats.
  15. Tomatoes. High in lycopene, which prevents cancer. The lycopene in tomato paste is 4 times more bioavailable than in fresh tomatoes. Have pizza or pasta with tomato sauce & olive oil post strength training.
  16. Oranges. Vitamin C to fight diseases, magnesium to lower blood pressure, anti-oxidant beta-carotenes, etc. Quit drinking processed orange juice which often has added sugars. Eat oranges or make your own orange juice.
  17. Apples. Pectin in apples helps weight loss by increasing satiety. Apples are also the strongest antioxidiant after cranberries (eat the peels). Unfortunately apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits. Go organic.
  18. Carrots. Their huge vitamin A content improves eye-health, especially night vision. Carrots are also rich in fiber, low calorie and taste good, even raw.
  19. Water. Your body holds water if you don’t drink enough. Drinking prevents water retention, helps muscle recovery and prevents dehydration from strength training. Get a brita filter and drink 2 cups of water with each meal.
  20. Green Tea. Strong antioxidant and natural diuretic. Green tea also speeds up fat loss, prevents cancer and improves blood sugar & circulation. Drink green tea in the morning instead of coffee. Real green tea, not the teabags.

Putting it All Together. Eat proteins, veggies, fruits & fats… 2 cups water with each meal. Carbs post workout only… Get stronger in the meanwhile and you’ll build muscle & lose fat.

makemesweatx:

What is a plateau?
It is a period of time in which a person does not lose weight, despite valiant efforts to diet and advance their fitness. They may be confused as to why the scale refuses to budge; however, plateaus are perfectly normal and to be expected, so freight not.
What causes plateaus?
WATER — Your fat cells, which have been emptied through diet and exercise, may begin to fill with water instead of completely breaking down. This is the most common reason why people often lose weight in stages (or “drop big” randomly), rather than linearly.
METABOLISM — As you lose muscle, which is common when losing weight, your metabolism slows in order for the body to reach a new equilibrium.
OVERTRAINING — Many of the benefits of regular exercise are reaped while the body is at rest. Make sure that you are giving the body adequate time to repair itself between activities.
What are some methods to overcome a plateau?
FITNESS PLAN — Make sure that your exercise activities are varied enough to provide a challenge. Rev it up! Including strength training and interval cardio training may be beneficial to your work out plan, if you haven’t included those already. Most importantly, increase resistance or difficulty every few weeks when things start to feel too easy or routine.
CALORIES — Reassess your caloric intake. You may need to reduce more, temporarily eat more, or even zig-zag (For example, eat on a three-day cycle of 1200, 1500, and 1800. Be aware that your calorie needs will vary from those listed). For a month, experiment with your dietary intake and watch how your body responds.
MACRONUTRIENTS — As a side note to caloric intake, try adjusting your macronutrient break-down. Your body responds accordingly to the amount of carbs, protein, fat, and alcohol that you consume. Experiment with a new ratio. Diets high in protein and healthy fats often work well, but ultimately it depends on what your body responds to well.
PATIENCE — If all else fails, just keep up the good work and your body will come around eventually. The most important part is to stay determined and not get discouraged. Weight is just a number; to be healthy is a lifestyle. Even if the weight comes off slowly, it will add up at the end of the year. Don’t quit now.
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makemesweatx:

What is a plateau?

It is a period of time in which a person does not lose weight, despite valiant efforts to diet and advance their fitness. They may be confused as to why the scale refuses to budge; however, plateaus are perfectly normal and to be expected, so freight not.

What causes plateaus?

  1. WATER — Your fat cells, which have been emptied through diet and exercise, may begin to fill with water instead of completely breaking down. This is the most common reason why people often lose weight in stages (or “drop big” randomly), rather than linearly.
  2. METABOLISM — As you lose muscle, which is common when losing weight, your metabolism slows in order for the body to reach a new equilibrium.
  3. OVERTRAINING — Many of the benefits of regular exercise are reaped while the body is at rest. Make sure that you are giving the body adequate time to repair itself between activities.

What are some methods to overcome a plateau?

  1. FITNESS PLAN — Make sure that your exercise activities are varied enough to provide a challenge. Rev it up! Including strength training and interval cardio training may be beneficial to your work out plan, if you haven’t included those already. Most importantly, increase resistance or difficulty every few weeks when things start to feel too easy or routine.
  2. CALORIES — Reassess your caloric intake. You may need to reduce more, temporarily eat more, or even zig-zag (For example, eat on a three-day cycle of 1200, 1500, and 1800. Be aware that your calorie needs will vary from those listed). For a month, experiment with your dietary intake and watch how your body responds.
  3. MACRONUTRIENTS — As a side note to caloric intake, try adjusting your macronutrient break-down. Your body responds accordingly to the amount of carbs, protein, fat, and alcohol that you consume. Experiment with a new ratio. Diets high in protein and healthy fats often work well, but ultimately it depends on what your body responds to well.
  4. PATIENCE — If all else fails, just keep up the good work and your body will come around eventually. The most important part is to stay determined and not get discouraged. Weight is just a number; to be healthy is a lifestyle. Even if the weight comes off slowly, it will add up at the end of the year. Don’t quit now.

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rats-in-the-walls:

gagweed:

fuckyeahtattoos:

I’m an artist and crafter - and I’m ALWAYS looking for a ruler.  This tattoo idea has been on my mind for a long, long time and I finally got it! 

cool idea alert

hahaha that’s genius! 

rats-in-the-walls:

gagweed:

fuckyeahtattoos:

I’m an artist and crafter - and I’m ALWAYS looking for a ruler.  This tattoo idea has been on my mind for a long, long time and I finally got it! 

cool idea alert

hahaha that’s genius! 

disgustinghuman:

funkysafari:

You can’t get much happier than a pig in muck, or so we are told.
But when this little piggy arrived in the farmyard she showed a marked reluctance to get her trotters dirty. While her six brothers and sisters messed around in the mire, she stayed on the edge shaking. It is thought she might have mysophobia - a fear of dirt.
Owners Debbie and Andrew Keeble were at a loss, until they remembered the four miniature wellies used as pen and pencil holders in their office. They slipped them on the piglet’s feet - and into the mud she happily ploughed. [x]

PIGS WITH RAIN BOOTS MAKE ME HAPPIER THAN ANYTHING
;_________;

disgustinghuman:

funkysafari:

You can’t get much happier than a pig in muck, or so we are told.

But when this little piggy arrived in the farmyard she showed a marked reluctance to get her trotters dirty. While her six brothers and sisters messed around in the mire, she stayed on the edge shaking. It is thought she might have mysophobia - a fear of dirt.

Owners Debbie and Andrew Keeble were at a loss, until they remembered the four miniature wellies used as pen and pencil holders in their office. They slipped them on the piglet’s feet - and into the mud she happily ploughed. [x]

PIGS WITH RAIN BOOTS MAKE ME HAPPIER THAN ANYTHING

;_________;