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Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

via Luke Bailey – BuzzFeed

It’s Been Months Since You Went To The Gym, Because, Let’s Be Honest, You’re Kind Of Lazy

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

But You’ve Finally Done Some Excercise. Maybe You Did A Color Run…

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

…Or A Tough Mudder…

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

…Or Just Went To The Gym.

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

But The Point Is, Afterwards You Felt Amazing!

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Next Morning, Your Alarm Goes Off

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Suddenly You Realise Something Is Very Wrong

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

None Of Your Limbs Are Working. They Are All Made Of Hurt.

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Pain Is All That’s Left

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Gettting Out Of Bed Goes Poorly

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

The Floor Is Your Home Now

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

But Eventually, You Have To Move. The Real World Is Calling.

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Your Legs Don’t Seem To Be Working Quite Right

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Breakfast Suddenly Requires More Co-Ordination Than You Have

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Nope, Legs Still Not Working

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Just So Long As You Can Get A Seat On Your Commute…

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

Just Get To Your Desk And You Don’t Have To Move Again

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

“How Was Your Workout?”

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym

That Exercise You Were Planning Next Year Is Going To Be So Much Easier Now

Things You Feel The Morning After The Gym


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Paleo Cookies Recipe

via Mackenzie Look – AVAC

After recently being diagnosed with Lyme’s disease my doctor recommended that I try eating Paleo. Eating Paleo, for those of you who have somehow avoided the recent onslaught of the Paleo and Crossfit crazes, means avoiding grains of all kinds, dairy, legumes (that means no peanuts, soy, or beans!), sugars, and bad oils. Basically what’s left is meat, fish, veggies, fruit, nuts, and eggs.

There are numerous health benefits of Paleo: decreased inflammation, better sleep, relief from GI issues, more energy, weight loss, the list goes on and on. Eating this way has offered so much relief from many of the symptoms I have suffered from for so long and as great as I feel there are so many things I miss eating! Chocolate chip cookies are the one thing that I miss the most, but thankfully there are a million blogs out there with their own version of Paleo cookies. I’ve pulled from a few and here is my favorite recipe for them:
paleo cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cup almond meal (Trader Joes has the best and cheapest!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (you can also use organic honey [make sure you melt it] or agave nectar, but I find they taste best with the pure maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups DARK chocolate chips (the darker the chocolate chip, the more ‘paleo friendly’)

 Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grab a cookie sheet- I always make these on either parchment paper or aluminum foil, both work great and make for super easy clean up!
  2. Combine your almond flour with the salt and baking soda
  3. In a large bowl, combine your eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and maple syrup
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and add your chocolate chips
  5. Scoop the dough onto the parchment or foil and stick ‘em in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, the longer you keep them in the crispier they will be, which is how I like them!
  6. ENJOY!


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Skinny Pulled Pork Recipe

via Healthy Yummy Eats

I always heard that pulled pork tasted great in a slow cooker so I decided to make some skinny pulled pork! I love that I can just prepare this in the morning do all my things during the day then dinner is ready, it feels like I don’t have to cook at all. I used to low calorie BBQ sauce from the store, it’s all up to your discretion on how much BBQ sauce you want to add, I went easy on the BBQ sauce so I could save the calories. I used whole wheat buns, you can also serve with some coleslaw on the burger or on the side, I added some hot sauce and a pickle on mine since I love spice!

pulled pork

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lb boneless porn loin roast
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup of low calorie BBQ sauce

Directions

  1. Place pork in slow cooker and season with red wine vinegar, hickory liquid smoke, garlic powder, and salt.
  2. Cover and set for 6 hours on high
  3. Move pork on a large dish, reserve liquid in a cup and save
  4. Shred pork with 2 forks and put it back in the slow cooker
  5. Add 3/4 cup of the remaining liquid and add BBQ sauce
  6. Cook on high for one more hour


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21 Little Lifestyle Changes That Will Help You Get Healthier

via Peggy Wang – BuzzFeed

These small tweaks will put you on the path of healthier habits.

1. Invest in a good water bottle.

Invest in a good water bottle.
Whether it’s polar-insulated, or you just like the feel and the design of it, having a really good water bottle can go a long way to keeping you hydrated.

2. Grow an herb garden.

Grow an herb garden.
If you have fresh herbs and vegetables at your fingertips, you’ll be more likely to cook at home.

3. If you have a hard time sticking to any diet, go with just one simple rule: NO MORE PROCESSED FOODS.

If you have a hard time sticking to any diet, go with just one simple rule: NO MORE PROCESSED FOODS.
If you’re especially reliant on pre-packaged foods, you’ll start feeling better within a week just following this one rule. Cutting out high-fructose corn syrup will make a huge difference unto itself.

4. Use the 20-20-20 rule at work to keep eye strain at bay.

Use the 20-20-20 rule at work to keep eye strain at bay.
Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

5. Slather on the sunscreen every single day.

Slather on the sunscreen every single day.
This is pretty much the No. 1 way to keep your skin from aging.

6. If you absolutely must order fast food, get the kids’ meal. Or order a couple things off the dollar menu.

If you absolutely must order fast food, get the kids' meal. Or order a couple things off the dollar menu.

Two things off the dollar menu and a salad. This will satisfy your craving without making you feel completely gross afterward.

7. Invest in a slow cooker.

Invest in a slow cooker.
The food will be ready for you once you get home from work, eliminating the impulse to eat out because you’re too tired to cook. And many of the recipes simply involve throwing ingredients into a pot.

8. Employ the two-bites rule.

Employ the two-bites rule.
Take two bite-size morsels of whatever you’re craving. Fill up a glass of ice cold water. Eat your first bite. Chug a glass of water. Wait 1–2 minutes, then eat the second bite.

9. Take a food-based multivitamin.

Take a food-based multivitamin.
The cheapest form of health insurance.

10. Do 10 sit-ups and 10 push-ups every morning.

Do 10 sit-ups and 10 push-ups every morning.
Eventually you’ll be able to increase the number, and you won’t be able to fully wake up without doing them.

11. Drink your coffee black.

Drink your coffee black.
You’ll save calories without the extra additives, and the unmitigated coffee will jump-start your digestive system in the morning.

12. Keep a pair of dumbbells under your bed and another set in your living room.

Keep a pair of dumbbells under your bed and another set in your living room.
Have a few go-to exercises and perform them when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. Keeping a pair of dumbbells near wherever you watch television will make you compelled to do a few reps during commercial breaks or bouts of boredom.

13. Invest in a Vitamix.

Invest in a Vitamix.
It’s basically the Porsche of the blender world. And you WILL be compelled to put kale in your smoothies because it will be Vitamixed so seamlessly in with your fruit.

14. Memorize the “Scientific 7-Minute Workout” and do it at least every other day.

Memorize the "Scientific 7-Minute Workout" and do it at least every other day.
Forget all the other “easy workout routines.” This one is endorsed by The New York Times. Read more about it here.

15. Make sure that half of every meal comprises veggies, and always eat them first.

Make sure that half of every meal comprises veggies, and always eat them first.
This is a great rule to employ if you eat out a lot. Chances are, you’ll be less likely to eat an entire basket of French fries out of sheer hunger.

16. Trade your soda addiction for seltzer.

Trade your soda addiction for seltzer.
If you’re trying to drink less soda, transitioning to seltzer is much easier than going straight to water.

17. Stretch for 5–10 minutes before going to sleep.

Stretch for 5–10 minutes before going to sleep.
Learn a few calming yoga poses and practice them before going to bed. You’ll sleep deeper and feel more in tune with your body.

18. Get used to cold showers.

Get used to cold showers.
If you’re feeling creatively stunted or just a little brain-dead, a cold shower will jolt you back to life. It’ll also encourage you to waste less time in the shower. Read more here about why you should switch to cold showers.

19. Start a CSA box subscription.

Start a CSA box subscription.
With a fresh box of vegetables at your fingertips, you won’t have any more excuses not to eat more vegetables. And since the veggies are fresh, in season, and organic, they’ll taste better.

20. Only use your small plates.

Only use your small plates.
Wait at least five minutes before refilling your plate to evaluate whether or not you really need seconds.

21. Do your kegels.

Do your kegels.
For guys and girls: You can do them anywhere, they will improve your bladder health.