Maya Henry’s weight loss story is not of the epic proportions you’d see on The Biggest Loser. The 38-year-old mom of two did not drop hundreds of pounds in mere months. She didn’t cut her pants size in half or exercise for hours on end or adopt a crazy restrictive diet. But what she did accomplish—trimming 40 pounds off her 6’1” frame over the course of two years and developing an unexpected passion for running—is a testament to the power of perseverance and the easily forgotten fact that the deepest, most sustainable change comes with patience and perspective. MORE: 6 Weight Loss “Rules” You Can Forget AboutWhen Henry first started running five years ago, she couldn’t imagine lasting for more than 90 seconds.“So much of that was mental,” explains Henry. “I told myself I wasn’t a runner.”At the time, Henry weighed 270 pounds. And while she had been fairly active throughout her … [Read more...] about How One Woman Dropped 40 Pounds By Running Just 1-2 Times A Week
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I’ve always been a little curious about aphrodisiacs foods. I mean, food that can enhance your libido? It sounds kind of amazing.But while I’ve had aphrodisiac foods like raw oysters, champagne, and chocolate here and there, I’ve never noticed a difference. Then again, I’ve never had a bunch of them at once.Since I’m an all-in kind of girl and admittedly think the concept of foods that can make you randy is kind of B.S., I decided to do a little experiment: I’d eat only aphrodisiacs for a day and see what happened.I recruited clinical sexologist Kat van Kirk, Ph.D., author of The Married Sex Solution, to give me guidance on what I should eat and why. And of course, I wanted her input on how aphrodisiac foods are actually supposed to work.“Consuming aphrodisiac foods may increase blood flow to the genitals, release natural bio-chemicals in the body to help you feel more aroused and relaxed, or provide nutrients that improve the health of the sex … [Read more...] about I Ate Only Aphrodisiacs for a Day Just to See What Would Happen
I’m 6’3”, 260 pounds, and I’m the director of speed, strength, and conditioning at College of the Canyons in California.I’ve also been a vegan for almost half my life.Twenty-six years ago, I made the decision to stop eating anything that came from an animal (no meat, no eggs, no dairy) due to ethical reasons. I wanted my diet to be cruelty free.Related: The Guy Gourmet Cookbook From Men’s Health: 150 Power-Pack Breakfasts, Fast Dinners, and Big-Batch Meals You Have to TryIt’s not as big of a deal as you might think. There’s nothing I find all that difficult about it. I just track calories and protein. I know I get lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and good fats on my vegan diet.And, no, I don’t have a problem getting enough protein. My daily influx comes from sources like vegan protein powder, peanut butter, vegan “sausage,” lentils, beans, and other vegetables.Here’s what I consume in a typical day.BreakfastIced … [Read more...] about How This Vegan Strength Coach Gets 194 Grams Of Protein a Day
three bananas a day, you can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack? According to British and Italian researchers, consuming one banana at breakfast, one at lunch, and one in the evening will provide enough potassium to reduce the risk of a blood clot in the brain by 21%. The 2011 report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that stroke cases can be prevented or even reduced by the potassium levels found in certain foods, including bananas, fish, spinach, and lentils. Researchers discovered that a daily potassium intake of around 1,600 mg can lower stroke risk. An average-sized banana contains approximately 500 mg of potassium—three a day can lower blood pressure and help with proper brain and nerve function. Bananas are not only packed full of potassium, but they are also good sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, biotin, and dietary fiber, which can help to properly regulate the digestive system. The … [Read more...] about 3 Bananas a Day Will Keep a Stroke Away
Dates are a superfood and contain a good amount of vital nutrients. This small-sized yet power-packed food is beneficial to health in many ways. However, dates do contain a high amount of natural sugars such as fructose, sucrose, and glucose. So, can diabetics eat dates? Let’s look at the nutrition facts to find out. A cup of chopped dates contains 415 calories. It contains 110 grams of carbohydrates, which includes 95 grams of sugar. Dates also contain a good amount of fiber. Additionally, dates provide 10% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, and vitamins A and B. They also contain some amount of water. Diabetics can safely consume fruit servings that contain a maximum of 15 grams of carbohydrates. So, how many dates can a diabetic eat in a day? A person with diabetes should consume dates in moderation—up to three dates per day. Dates are a perfect energy snack for those that suffer from … [Read more...] about Are Dates Good for Diabetes? How many can you Eat in a Day?