Best Dark Chocolate Brands

For those of you who are  choco-holics like me, sticking to a weight-loss eating regimen can be hard when a sweet craving strikes (especially this time of year).  I’ve had a lot of recent success with the keto diet, but once in a while I need a little nibble of chocolate to get me through the afternoon slump at work.  One of my favorite sites, Eat This, Not That!, published this article after reviewing some brand name dark chocolate bars.  Check it out here to learn what you should nosh on if you’re in need of a fix.

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Lunch Break Changes to Shed Pounds

Tell your boss you need a break–a real one, and step away from your desk!  Those of us who spend 8+ hours behind a computer 5 days a week are doing a lot of damage to our well being.  Not only is it depressing to peck away at a keyboard all day, but it negatively impacts your weight, posture, and other aspects of your physical and mental health.  I’ve been a big fan of my daily walks for the past 2 years, usually clocking 2 miles with a co-worker throughout most of the year (we’ve even gone when it’s freezing out!).  It gives us a change to unplug from work, feel the sun on our faces, chat, and break up the day.  We’d come back into the office rejuvenated and ready to preform our best–so it’s a win for our clients and our company too!  If walking isn’t you thing, it’s still important to get out from behind the desk and move a bit.

You can read more about the benefits of daily breaks and other ways to change up our work routine to drop a few lbs from Eat This, Not That!: 20 Best Lunch Habits to Drop 10 Pounds.

Adaptogens!

I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work.  What are adaptogens?  They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance.  Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally.  They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.

I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives).  With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible.  I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness.  It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule.  Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.

Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were.  I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits.  Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!

Body’s Playing Tricks…

I thought this article from Best Life, 30 Ways Your Body Tricks You, was so interesting.  Our minds really are incredibly powerful!  My favorite was #7

Your feelings shape the world around you.

We’d like to imagine that we view the world through an objective lens and can trust what we see. But researchers have found that, in fact, the way we feel tends to filter the way we interpret the world—which may be “rose-colored glasses” or a “half-empty glass” or based on other feelings of fear, surprise, or hunger. Psychologists call this “affect heuristic” and it’s a way our brains filter information to make decisions quickly, but can often overlook much that is right in front of our eyes. And for more hidden body messages, see What Happens to Your Body on an Airplane.

Check them out and let me know what was most surprising to you!

30 Morning Rituals Nutritionists Do Every Day to Stay Slim

Those of you that know me are well aware that I’m NOT a morning person.  I try so hard to change my routine, and I’m still stuck in my night-owl rut.  I found this great article from Eat This, Not That: 30 Morning Rituals Nutritionists Do Every Day to Stay Slim.  Tip #15 is Get Your Sweat On, and I so wish I can be a morning person enough to do my workouts before work instead of after!  Maybe I’ll get there some day.  For Tip #16, Refuel Post-Workout, you can use my Crock Pot Protein Oatmeal recipe. And as far as Tip #19, Practice Gratitude, I generally do that one before bed, after I’d laid down and have been reflecting on the day.  I think starting the day with that practice would be a great head-start too!  Hopefully these tips and all the ones listed in the article can make a positive impact on your daily routine.

Alkaline Water?

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Several people close to me have recently been touting the benefits of alkaline water, so I decided to do some research.  There are claims that it improves yous skin, soothes acid reflux, promotes increased hydration, and even reduces cancer risk.  According to various sources including healthline, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  However, some of my friends and family members swear that it makes a noticeable difference.  Could this just be a placebo effect?  I think I’m going to have to find out for myself, so I just ordered some 5 gallon jugs from Tribeca Beverage Co. to give it a shot myself.

Photo: https://www.sdcwa.org/

SPF from Food?

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One of my favorite sites, Eat This, Not That, sends me regular emails with great nutrition and weight-loss secrets.  They have some awesome lists and are very informative, but this one article is a really new concept to me: you can get SPF benefits from food!  The idea never crossed my mind before.  And not only do you get sun-protection benefits from foods, but some of my most favorite foods in particular, like wine, bell peppers, almonds, and even dark chocolate!  No wonder I never burn–I’m making up for my lack of external sunblock by eating it.  Ha!  Seriously though, as I’ve been getting way more serious about skin-care, it’s so important to protect your biggest organ from harmful sun rays, regardless of the weather.  Now you can do it from the inside out. 🙂

Full article: https://www.eatthis.com/sun-protecting-foods/?utm_source=nsltr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=dehydrationstation&utm_campaign=etntNewsletter

P.S. The photo credit goes to Daily Burn and they have some tips for sun protection as well: https://dailyburn.com/life/lifestyle/sun-safety-best-sunscreens/