Today I want to talk about health in the information age. Sometimes I think the Internet is my ultimate blessing/curse. It is so awesome that I have access to SO MUCH INFORMATION, but at the same time, sometimes I have access to WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION. Does it ever just make your head spin? Here are a few conflicting views a simple Google search will offer:
- Wheat will make you strong like Popeye./Wheat is the devil and will give you a wheat belly.
- Soy is great for your health./Soy will turn you into a mutant.
- You should just take the stairs and forget about going to the gym./You should work out until you cry, you little baby (Jillian Michaels).
So what to do? How do we sift through this gargantuan amount of information? How do we live to become healthy, happy, gorgeous old ladies in swim caps?
Sorry, I don’t know.
But I do know that I’ve found a few things that are really working for me right now. They’re making me feel all kinds of peppy and motivated. Try them.
#1. GREEN SMOOTHIES
I was inspired to make this by a wonderful blog called Two Peas & Their Pod. Adorable. Blend together:
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 1-2 cups spinach
- 1 peeled orange
- …and enough almond milk to make your blender work
Trust me on this one. You get to drink something delicious and feel like a saint while doing it.
#2. AWESOME FITNESS BLOGS
I am flat-out crazy about the following two blogs:
- BePrettyThinkPretty.Blogspot.com. This blog is written by a sweet girl with some serious muscle. She is super inspiring and very hard-core. I LOVE her attitude. She is also laugh-out-loud hilarious.
- SherylYvette.com. Oh I just love unique people. Sheryl Yvette is a woman living in NYC who lost a huge amount of weight doing Weight Watchers and riding her Hello-Kitty beach cruiser in a pair of 4-inch heels all over the city. She is one of those people that make me thank my lucky stars I was born in the age of Internet-dom, because how else would I even know she existed? Read her. Be inspired.
#3. COMMON SENSE PODCASTS
I feel like there is just a whole lot of garbage circulating about nutrtition. I recently ran into the Fitness Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips, a series of podcasts, that give some common sense info about food, weight loss and dieting. I think I’ve listened to them all, here are my favorites:
- Can You Lose Weight Without Cutting Calories?
- Is Snacking Good or Bad?
- Are Steel Cut Oats Healthier?
This is the one I have. I am definitely not a huge fan of regularly measuring food and calories, because that kind of obsessing makes me go all crazy in the head. But sometimes it saves my bacon. Recently I became acquainted with this wonderful little treat that consists of peanuts covered in chocolate covered in powdered sugar covered in happiness. Oh baby. But I kept having panic attacks over them, thinking I was ingesting insane amounts of calories in the form of these little beauties. So I decided to measure them out into little portions. Turns out I was already eating them in completely reasonable amounts, but now I feel no panic when I grab one of my pre-measured little baggies and indulge.
#5. THE ZERO SCALE
This is just something I want. I read about it here, and it seems like a ridiculously good idea. I’m putting it on my wish list. (But let’s be honest, if you give me a scale for my birthday there are going to be words.)
And now a short list of things that are not helping my health cause:
#1. NUTELLA COOKIES.
Find any good health related tools/resources lately?