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Xtreme Eating Awards 2014! Part 3!

Xtreme Eating Awards 2014! Part 3!

If you think about your diet and what you eat, what’s your instant reaction? Do you feel as if you eat a lot of fresh, healthy dishes or do you sometimes weaken and grab junk food? What about when you eat out? Do you check the calorie, fat and sugar content of dishes or do you opt for what you think might be a less indulgent option? With nutrition being so important if you want to follow a firm fitness track, you certainly need to be aware of foods that are part of the Xtreme Eating Awards 2014!

We’ve already looked at six out of nine of the ‘winners’ of the Xtreme Eating Awards 2014, an annual list of some of the highest calorie restaurant meals that are often high in saturated fats, salt and sugar.

And relax…with yoga!

And relax…with yoga!

As well as being incredibly energizing and inspiring a real zest for life, yoga can be the ultimate relaxation-inducing practice. This makes it a perfect complement to a more intense, cardio workout, with a greater focus on stretching and flexibility than on calorie burn.

5 Tips to deflect negativity!

5 Tips to deflect negativity!

Negativity can get you down and when you are making a valiant attempt to make healthy changes to your life, it can also slow you down and create an uphill struggle. Of course, you can simply try and battle your way through the negative obstacles in your way but you might save energy and get further if you confidently and proactively find ways to deflect negativity successfully!

You don’t have to bounce around with a big grin on your face every time you work out – although with us we wouldn’t blame you! – but you do need to keep motivation levels up and this means feeling positive about what you can achieve and how you are going about it.

Exercise success in the mind! Part 2!

Exercise success in the mind! Part 2!

Getting fit might be all about the physical but you can give your body workouts a boost if you engage your mind in some workable fitness strategies too. The attitude and approach you bring to each and every workout can determine whether you not only enjoy keeping fit and integrate it into your lifestyle but also ultimately whether it works.

The junk food snowball effect!

The junk food snowball effect!

Everyone knows by now that eating junk food that’s high in saturated fats, calories and sugar, is not going to do your waistline any favors. But did you know that unhealthy foods could be messing with your brain so that you no longer naturally have an appetite for a balanced diet? In fact, by not eating healthily you are putting yourself at the center of a junk food snowball – and it could run away with you!

Junk food could change your reward signals

Recent research suggests that a junk food diet could change responses to signals in the brain connected with rewards and food making your appetite for new foods and healthy food diminish considerably; so in other words junk food could affect how your brain makes decisions about what to eat and could weaken our innate behavior to choose a diet that is good for us.

Yoga neck pain relief!

Yoga neck pain relief!

When your neck starts to ache and you feel the tightness run down into your back and shoulders it can be a real pain…literally! Keeping active and even massages aren’t always enough to help and what is sometimes needed is to employ some exercises that are focused on this part of the body, with the aim of releasing tension.

African American women and exercise

African American women and exercise

African American women who exercise regularly could be lowering their risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. While links between breast cancer and exercise levels and intensity have been found in previous studies involving women, the participants have primarily been white women.

Quinoa ancient space food!

Quinoa ancient space food!

It’s been around for thousands of years; NASA could be sending it into space; and the UN General Assembly thinks it could be important for future nutritional needs and to help eradicate poverty. Quinoa is a superfood in more ways than one and has recently had a resurgence of popularity.

Teach your brain to like healthy foods!

Teach your brain to like healthy foods!

Chocolate, french fries, cakes and mac and cheese; surrounded by tempting treats it’s not so surprising that people crave unhealthy foods and snacks. Let’s face it, a celery stick is not as moreish as a stick of candy for most of us. But is this all in the mind? Is it a case of simply resisting temptation or can you actually teach your brain to like healthy foods?

Do you remember as a child how much you loved anything sweet? It’s easy to come up with the theory that such is life – we are programmed somehow to love high calorie, high fat and high sugar foods.

5 More reasons we love yoga!

5 More reasons we love yoga!

What’s not to love? Yoga has been around for centuries and is a fantastic way to turn your body into an agile and flexible wonder. Last month we looked at five reasons we love yoga and just to remind you: you feel great; it stretches your whole body; stress reduces as you relax; movements offer resistance and challenge; and you move your body in a different way.