According to the National Eating Disorder Association, in the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorders. Due to the stigma associated with these disorders, many more go unreported.
In the 1960s and 1970s, when most of the research on eating disorders began, experts felt that young girls were the primary group affected and branded the disorders as a “teenage disease”. Disturbingly, the number of young women diagnosed with eating disorders has not waned at any time since then.
Additionally, other groups are showing alarming rises in diagnoses:
This is mostly hilarious to me, but if it helps people find a comfortable way to exercise, I am all for it…
Introducing BROGA (as described on their website):
Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).
Strong, energetic,and challenging, Broga combines the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises for an amazing workout.
You’ll get that pumped-up feeling you get from working out and a deep flexibility and relaxation feeling from “working in.”
If you’ve already been to a class, we’ll see you again soon. If not, you’ll thank yourself for making the effort to show up. Good music, cool vibe, all are welcome.
It’s your move. Get “real. fit.”©
Thanks to my wonderful, beautiful, generous, health-conscious Aunt Lisa I have been introduced to Mary’s Gone Crackers. These organic, wheat-free, gluten-free crackers are fantastic.
I am a “seed” person. I love seeds in my bread, crackers, recipes, etc. or as a snack on their own. This is probably why I love these crackers, which are made from brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. They come in many flavors: Original, Onion, Caraway, Black Pepper and Herb. I have tried the black pepper and herb. They’re great. I can’t wait to try their Sticks & Twigs Pretzel Sticks. If you want to try any of their products, they have a store locator on their website to help you find a retailer near you.
One of the things that I really appreciate about the Mary’s Gone Crackers company is their commitment to Conscious Eating: (as described on their website)
I have been replacing rice with quinoa lately and I am wondering why I didn’t do this earlier. I really like the nutty flavor and al dente texture. I thought I would share some of the Quinoa Facts I found, you can find recipes and more at the Whole Grain Council’s website:
While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom.
Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is in fact not technically a cereal grain at all, but is instead what we call a “pseudo-cereal” – our name for foods that are cooked and eaten like grains and have a similar nutrient profile. Botanically, quinoa is related to beets, chard and spinach, and in fact the leaves can be eaten as well as the grains.
Keeping a food diary can benefit you in many ways because tracking what you eat and drink can keep you focused on your goals. There are many advantages to journaling food and/or exercise:
- Balanced Diet
- Tracking Progress
- Connecting Food to Feelings
- Recognizing Patterns and Plateaus
- Increasing Self-Control
- Planning Your “Cheats”
I have posted links to many online and/or printed journals. Many are free or have free trial periods. You can also set up your own journal using excel or even a notebook. Start simple, write down everything you put in your mouth (one skittle, a bite of chocolate, a handful of popcorn, etc.). No judgments or guilt, just write it down. Then after a week or so, look at your patterns. Use that to help set yourself up for success. Then start tracking calories, points, or whatever system you choose. You’re on the right track, be proud!!!
In honor of National Margarita Day, I am reposting this blog from www.hungry-girl.com… Enjoy…
I found a great yoga article on Women’s Health’s website. A few weeks ago I posted a chart to help people find the right yoga for them and I thought article would be a good follow-up to share. They have great info on each of the following types of yoga: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Prenatal, Restorative, Sivananda, Viniyoga, and Yin.
You do not have to belong to a gym in order to get a good workout.
I am listing three workout routines from Health.com that you can use to whip yourself into shape:
There are MANY other resources for at-home workouts. If you know of a great workout, please let me know…