Paleo Diet Secrets: 5 Tips to Survive and Enjoy Your First Month

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If cutting calories is not an aspect of dieting that you particularly enjoy, the Paleo Diet just may be the diet you’ve been looking for. Based on the types of food our ancient ancestors ate, this unique approach to eating healthier promotes optimal immune function, stronger muscles, and healthy bones through foods like grass-fed meat, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts, and healthy oils.

This may seem like a difficult diet to maintain, but with the following tips on how to properly manage your first month, you’ll be able to develop healthy eating habits that could last a lifetime.

Budget your trips to the grocery store

Introducing non-processed foods and organic meats into your diet can rack up a pricey grocery bill. Be sure to write down what you plan to buy before entering the store, and set a price limit. A simple mistake first-time dieters tend to make is spending much more on expensive products because they fall under the category of “what to eat.” Research the least expensive foods that still fulfill your diet needs, and don’t go overboard.

Prepare meals the night before

If you are following this diet while contributing to the working world, first of all, hats off to you. To make your life a little easier, make any lunches or snacks that you plan to eat the next day the night before. This not only saves time but can build a healthy routine that could contribute to the successes of your diet in the long run.

Snack in between meals

Cutting carbs and dairy products out of your typical diet commonly leads to feeling hungry more often in the early stages. Luckily, the Paleo Diet allows you to eat a snack in between breakfast and lunch, and again before dinner. Your best choices for these mini-meals could be sliced lean beef, seasonal fruit, sliced apples, or raw nuts.

Exercise

The best way to see results faster from this diet is to exercise on top of it. In addition to improving results of the diet, this is an extremely healthy lifestyle habit to develop. Even if your day is a little too busy to squeeze in a quick workout, exercising just three to five times a week is sufficient.

Get creative!

Just because you’re dieting doesn’t mean every one of your meals must be bland and tasteless. Take advantage of all the foods you are able to eat, and find some fun recipes online, or come up with your own. Your options are endless!

Though starting a diet can seem like a dismal process, it is a practice that you will not regret. The Paleo Diet is an effective and easy way to improve your daily eating habits and can build healthy routines along the way. Once you begin to see results, the rest will come naturally.

Why Cycling? Reasons Why Cycling Should Become Your Next Addiction

There are countless hobbies and activities in the world that people take up every day, but few are as valuable as cycling. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider adopting this healthy habit.

Lose Weight and Increase Health

Not only can cycling promote weight loss, but this form of exercise can also improve your body’s overall well-being. This activity is an extremely effective way to burn calories depending on the intensity of the ride, and size of the rider, using several muscle groups throughout. According to National Healthcare Provider Solutions, cycling can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by up to 50% as well.

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Be Happier

With exercise comes a rush of endorphins. Cycling is one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can perform, and in turn, can reduce stress. If you’re feeling down or having a bad day, just a 30-minute bike ride is all it takes to release a surge of endorphins powerful enough to counter any negativity that you’re harboring. Introducing cycling into your weekly routine can create long lasting benefits to your mental health.

Become Environmentally Friendly

Perhaps one of the more obvious upsides to cycling is the eco-friendly aspect. Unlike driving a car, bicycles use no fuel, require no batteries or motor oil, and take little energy to make, all of which can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. In addition to helping out our planet, cycling also decreases traffic congestion, making that daily commute just a little bit easier for everyone on the road.

Kick Unhealthy Habits

Developing a positive addiction to cycling can take the place of any harmful dependencies you may struggle with, whether those are smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or overeating. Devoting time to this new hobby will reduce time available to give in to these unhealthy habits, and can create a routine that will eventually phase them out entirely.

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Bond with Friends and Family

Cycling is arguably one of the most social physical activities you can be a part of. Chances are there is a cycling club in or around your local area, in which you can build new friendships and connections within the community. This is also a hobby that the whole family can enjoy. The youngest of family members can join the ride in a bike seat and enjoy the scenery, while the oldest can ride alongside themselves, enjoying the fact that cycling is easy on the joints. With how impressionable children are, this also a great way to develop healthy habits early on, as they will see how cycling is a standard part of your day and want to mimic your actions.

So, if you’re seeking a new hobby, a different form of exercise or just an activity to remove the mundane from your life, cycling is one of your best options. Research what bicycles may work best for you, strap on a helmet, and begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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Reasons Why You Should Make CrossFit Part of your Summer Routine

 

Crossfit: Many Benefits

Summer is great way to get back into shape or to discover a new workout routine. For years, I’ve explored various fitness approaches in the quest to achieve an optimal level of health. Over the past year or so, I’ve developed a love for Crossfit. This high intensity routine has surged in popularity over the last decade and owes its success to the effectiveness and collaborative nature of its design. Interested in learning more about CrossFit? Why not try this extremely fun and effective fitness program out this summer!

 

You’ll get into Amazing Shape

Check out any photo of a crossfit gym and my point will be illustrated perfectly. Crossfit is a phenomenal way to get into amazing shape, super fast. You’ll learn to push your body and fight through the pain. You’ll continue through it because you’ll be surrounded by fellow success stories.

 

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It’s All About Community

One of the best things about the Crossfit craze is the strong community that accompanies the workout. You’ll never be in the gym lifting weights alone. You’ll be scarce to find a fellow crossfitter who won’t jump in and model a new move. This can be extremely beneficial to new crossfitters as they learn and adapt to the movements.

 

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You’re Life Will Improve

Yes, you’ll be in better shape. Yes, you’re heart and your joints will be healthier. But you’ll also notice improvements in other areas of your life. To start, you’ll notice a huge mood in your mood. Constant exercise performed alongside your active community will do wonders for your mental health. You’ll laugh more. You’ll sweat more. You’ll release a ton of endorphins. Who wouldn’t want to achieve a lifestyle that gets you in shape and manages your mental health as well?

 

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It’s Fun

There’s something electric about the sport that motivates and excites even the most timid fitness enthusiast. Why is the sport so fun? Many of the movements hark back to your childhood days; playing on the playground. It’s a wild form of freedom. And an outlet that many adults don’t get to explore nearly enough. Exercise should be fun. The most successful athletes can manage their health and keep up with their routines because of this aspect. The secret to crossfit is the varied workout movements. You’ll never get stuck cycling for an hour or repeating the same three circuits. Crossfit is all about varying the movements to target different parts of your body in fast and intense interval cycles.

 

Crossfit continues to make its way into every town and city in America. It continues to cultivate new communities of crossfitters; individuals who notice a tremendous improvement in their physical and mental health. What about you? Will crossfit change your life this summer?

 

Not sure you’re ready to try it out a gym or Crossfit studio? Check out my previous post, where I outline one of my favorite workouts. A few of these movements are crossfit standards!

 

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2016 Fitness Gear Round-Up

As a fitness connoisseur and lifelong adventurer, I’m always on the hunt for the newest tools and gear to make fitness even more fun and rewarding. 2016 doesn’t disappoint. Check out my latest discoveries. Have you used any of these? What gear have you found to be the most rewarding?

 

2016 Fitness Gear Round-Up

 

Best Cycling Apparel : Vulpine Button Down Oxford Shirt : Perfect for days when you want to ride to work but don’t want to bring a change of clothes. This classic-cut shirt features a lycra mix for stretch and flat seams to prevent chafing.

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Men’s Button Down Oxford Shirt, Vulpine.

 

Best Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge HD : While the fitbit remains to be inaccurate when it comes to measuring miles or tracking steps, it still provides many useful features like the GPS and its community centric spirit. Compete against your family members and friends to see who log the most miles. Are you the fittest of them all?

 

Best Running Watch: Garmin Forerunner 225 / Need to upgrade your running watch? Check out Garmin’s latest tech that features its first heart-rate monitor. It’s best chest-free device a runner can find.

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Garmin Forerunner 225

 

Best bike light: Blaze Laserlight / Need your own bat signal? Check out the Blaze, a front light that projects the image of a green, neon bicycle in front of you. The strategy–to help motorists see you before you arrive is a genius way to announce your impending arrival.

 

Best running shoes: ASICS MetaRun / Runners, look no further. This shoes was designed with long-distance runners in mind and has spent more than 3 years being tested in the lab. The kicker? There’s only 60,000 of these shoes made so you better hurry to claim your own.

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Asics MetaRun

 

Best headphones: Trainer Ti100 / These lightweight in-ear earphones feature two custom tips. While these phones offer a few improvements from the previous model, like a looser fit, these earphones may feel like they’ll slip out, though they won’t on your run!

 

Best Sleep tech: Withings Aura / Sleep is fundamentally important to athletes so why not include this on the gear roundup. This comprehensive sleep device will measure, soothe, and help keep you slumbering each night. Featuring a smart alarm and brightening lamp, designed to wake you slowly and naturally. Connect the supporting app to monitor your the temperature and noise while you sleep.

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Withings Aura

 

As a fitness lover and outdoor enthusiast, I find it amazing, and at times, overwhelming, at the amount of new technology and gear that is available to buy. It may seem easy to get stuck using the same brand of running sneakers for years on end, but why not give another brand a try? You might be amazed at the differences between two shoes. As always, send me your latest finds as your embark on your active lifestyle.

 

Paleo Diet: Making the Switch

 

Paleo: Making the Switch

 

In my earlier post, I’ve outlined the basic history and overview of the Paleo Diet. While many of you may find it an interesting topic, you may find yourselves questioning if this lifestyle change is right for you. What are the noticeable differences? How will it affect my life for the better? Most importantly, how will this be different from all of the other diets I’ve tried?

I know first hand how difficult it can be to manage a new exercise routine or diet change. These are significant life changes and they require a large amount of time and dedication. After the initial excitement of embarking on a new journey wears off, what remains? You feel tired. You’re craving your traditional food choices. Worse yet, you’ve committed weeks, maybe even months to the change and you’re barely seeing any results.

 

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Various diets promise fast results overnight. Don’t believe them. I’m can’t promise that adopting the lifestyle will be easy. What I can guarantee is that in a short amount of time, you will have more energy and you’ll look and feel healthier. The Paleo Diet is different from other fad diets. It prioritizes real food that our ancestors ate millions of years ago. We’re not only biologically built to consume this food, but to benefit from the specific nutrients related to it. Check out the list below as a preview of the awesome new lease on life you’ll receive after making the switch.

 

You’ll look better.

What happens when you consume more protein and fats? You’ll not only lose weight but you’ll develop muscle in its place. By ditching a carb-heavy diet, you’ll be reaching for a richer, healthier palette of foods designed to sculpt your body into a leaner and stronger form.

 

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You’ll feel better.

You’ll not only eat a lot of meat but you’ll also consume a large portion of vegetables. Vegetables are the secret to a healthy and happy digestive system. Strive to eat 2-3 servings of dark, leafy greens for a week and watch what happens. You’ll micro-biome, or your gut’s ecosystem will begin to repair and run at an efficient level. Amazing things happen when your gut is in working order.

 

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You’ll sleep better.

Paleo prefers that you exclude coffee from your diet. This can be an extremely hard switch to make. You’ll no doubt feel tired, restless, even depressed. This is what happens when your body detoxes from harmful substances. If you’re serious about adopting a pure Paleo diet, try and stick with the elimination. In a few weeks, your body will begin to adjust to your normal energy levels. Better yet, you’ll have less sleeping issues due to the elimination of caffeine in your system.

 

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You’ll work faster.

Your bones will be stronger. You won’t be reliant on caffeine. The paleo diet restarts your system to run at an efficient level. Another added perk? Say goodbye to the mid-afternoon slumps at work. When you’re no longer dependent on caffeine or sugar, your body will no longer run in spells, dipping when sugar is low. For those interested in adopting a Paleo lifestyle, the rewards are countless. Check back often for more posts on how to live a healthy and active life.

 

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4 Tips Every Beginning Cyclist Should Know

 

Mark Dziuban offers 4 tips.
Mark Dziuban offers 4 tips.

 

 

Cycling is a great way to become physically active while providing an outlet for the adventurous and travel-minded individual. It’s a great way to boost your aerobic activity. It’s also an excellent way to support the environment. All beginning cyclists can benefit from the following tips, designed to get you logging dozens of miles in no time.

 

Develop a Plan

 

The sooner you create a plan for your cycling routine, the faster you will see results. Cycling, like any form of aerobic conditioning, requires a steady, but slow, plan. You can find hundreds of training plans online or in cycling guidebooks. These plans help get you from a low-mileage position to race-ready in a matter of weeks or months. Check out this plan, featured on Bicycling.com.

Additionally, researching local races or rides can be a great motivator to put your plan in action. You’ll find it easier to stick with your weekly and monthly goals when you have your eye on a larger prize.

 

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Invest in Proper Equipment

 

What tools do cyclists need? To start, you’ll need to research what type of bike is right for you. Check out REI’s guide, here, for an overview–road, mountain, crossover, folding? Be sure to have your bike fitted. Test rides are an extremely important process in buying this investment piece. Unlike a pair of sneakers that may only last a season, a high-quality bike can provide you with years of value.

Necessary accessories include safety gear (helmet and reflective clothing), tail lights, an adjustable mirror, a travel-sized tool kit, and a small saddle bag to hold your accessories. It’s not a bad idea to keep a rain jacket, water bottle, and snacks with you, either.

 

Take care of the human machine

 

This is a crucial tip for any new fitness program. Proper self-care will provide you with a solid foundation. After each workout, carve out time to stretch. Make healthy eating a priority. Keep track of the hours that you sleep and strive for longer sessions. Because cycling is such a time-consuming and physically strenuous activity, it’s also important to fit the activity around your professional life. As a beginner, it’s not advisable to log a difficult workout after spending 10 hours in the office. Train when you’re fresh and take time to recover when you’re feeling tired. Living a healthy lifestyle will support all of your physical endeavours and allow you to reach your fitness goals faster.

 

Row of Bikes. 4 Tips for New Cyclists

 

Join a Community

 

Finding a community of riders can be a huge help in motivation. Stop by your local bike shop for teams that ride in the area. Just like the bicycle, you’ll want to find the right group for you. Groups will differ widely in terms of style and purpose. It’s most beneficial to first find a “no drop” team. During the ride, experienced cyclists will fall back to help those unable to continue with the pack. Before you begin your group adventure, you’ll want to be sure you can ride in a straight line, have all of the proper equipment, and are capable of controlling your speed.
If you’re not ready for the large group ride, why not enlist a friend or family member to start the hobby with you. You’ll receive the same amount of motivation with less stress.

 

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The History of the Paleo Diet

 

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What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo Diet is more than a shift away from processed food; it’s a return to the root of early human practices. As humans, we are biologically structured to benefit from the foods that we’ve consumed for the longest amount of time. What does that mean? It means that our primal ancestors spent more time grazing on fruits and nuts than modern humans have spent cooking, packaging foods, and even farming. The biological conditioning is important because as humans, we’ve advanced so quickly socially and culturally. However, our bodies are still tied to the food habits we developed hundreds of thousands of years ago.

 

The Paleo Diet traces its lineage way back to our earliest ancestors. When civilization was a budding enterprise, humans encountered challenges much different than the obstacles we face today. There were no grocery stores. There were no reliable tools or appliances to prepare food. Humans relied on grazing and hunting for their nutrients. Today, the Paleo Diet strives to model its tenants to those same priorities. Why? By eating a diet that appeals to our evolutionary roots; we’re able to ward off diseases, illnesses, and a host of modern ailments.

 

At its core, Paleo eating strips away all processed foods, and all foods high in sugar and carbs. These are all modern ingredients that are bodies have not been able to accommodate. While the Paleo diet may seem severe, its foundation is simple and easy to follow. The basic regiment? Eggs, fruits and vegetables, pasture-fed meat, and nuts.

 

 

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The science behind the Paleo Diet suggests remarkable benefits. Individuals eating the low-carb diet find they’re more focused, they weigh less, and perhaps most significantly, they are more inspired to adopt additional cave-man habits, like developing a healthier sleep schedule or relying less on technology for entertainment.

 

The Paleo Diet was introduced to the world nearly five years ago by Michelle Tan, a pharmacist living in Palo Alto. Ms. Tan’s original mission–to recreate a primordial sleep routine, soon encompassed so much more. Today, the Paleo diet is the subject of hundreds of articles and blogs. Celebrities have endorsed its success. There are retreats, classes, and nutritional plans to follow. Ms. Tan’s blog: Nom Nom Paleo, receives a healthy daily following and offers a collection of recipes, podcasts, and articles demystifying the simple and effective diet.

 

The Paleo’s cult-like following is not surprising. The diet exudes a passion for living and eating. It attracts motivated, ambitious individuals who are looking to better their lives through science and history. This is not a diet for those looking for a quick fix. And despite the diet’s prohibitive groups (no gluten or processed foods), Paleo encourages people to prepare and eat food that brings them joy. Eat what you love; love what you eat. Ancestral eating is more than an emphasis on real food over processed food. It’s a return to a template that provides our bodies with the nutrients that we need to function and survive.

 

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