Articles Posted in the Mind and Body Category

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    100 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Exercise

    I look at the gym like I look at diets: I hate them both. They’re good to do if you need it (and I do), but I would much rather live an active lifestyle. Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending $50 a month at the gym or half of your day on the treadmill. For […]

  • 6 Tips To Prevent Chronic Inflammation From Damaging Your Health

    Stubbed toe, twisted ankle or fractured bones – these are injuries that can lead to pain, swelling and redness. This type of inflammation is nothing but normal when your body is trying to heal. It is in fact a sign that your immune system is responding and taking action at the damaged areas in your […]

  • 4 Tips for Healthier Holiday Eating

    Guest Post by Sara Upton If you’re trying to lose weight and fit into smaller-sized clothes, the holidays tend to have a lot less “comfort and joy” and a whole lot more discomfort and guilt. With all of the mouth-watering homemade desserts, high-fat snacks, and delectable little candies lying around, it’s no wonder this time […]

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    How I Lost 30 Pounds Without Running or Counting Calories

    Guest Post by Jen Hayes A few years ago, I began taking a medication that has the unfortunate side effect of increasing hunger, and I rapidly gained 50 pounds. I tried eating a healthier diet and exercising more, but I couldn’t lose even a few pounds. It seemed that no matter what I did, I […]

  • 4 Reasons to Go Vegan

    Guest Post by Beth Kelly Who’s Afraid of Vegans? Recent trends indicate that more Americans have gone vegan in recent years than ever before. And while the philosophy of avoiding meat and all other associated animal byproducts isn’t necessarily new, as more facts regarding the positive benefits of veganism come to light, living a vegan […]

  • Fixing a Broken Food System

    Guest Post by Beth Kelly   That common phrase uttered in most of our childhoods by those in charge “finish your dinner, there are starving kids in (insert impoverished nation here)” might actually have had some truth to them. Coming from the land of plenty – if not too much – many Americans fall into […]

  • Ways to Start Losing Weight on a Tight Budget

      Guest Post by Stacy Crosby The key to weight loss, as with pretty much anything, is consistency.  Consistency doesnt cost a dime.  If you have a goal in mind and remain consistent in doing the things required in order to reach it, chances are you will reach that goal.   For most of us, […]

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    Movies That Will Make You Rethink What’s on Your Plate

    Guest Post by Beth Kelly   In modern times, the farming of animals has transformed from a natural process to an industrialized system that creates factories rather than farms. Concentrating stock into such systems has serious detrimental effects on animal welfare, and most of these animals are raised under unacceptable living conditions. The increase of […]

  • 5 Ways Fitness Improves Wellbeing

    About the Author: Sara Upton is a recent college graduate and health and fitness blogger. She is a firm believer that anyone  can find time for a healthy lifestyle if they get active in a way that they enjoy. Her favorite activities include running with her dog, yoga and strength training.  It’s common knowledge that a regular fitness routine can help you […]

  • How Your Weight Loss Resolution is Probably Going

      Okay, you started out the new year with a resolution to lose weight. Lose all the weights!  You were going to get fit. Really fit. And sexy too. You are powerful and fierce.  Rarr. So you went to the gym to start the new year off right. And you were actually enjoying yourself. You […]

  • Losing Weight Diet vs. Lifestyle Diet

      A few days ago a friend that started a new diet said if I started this diet, I couldn’t eat bananas or pineapple. “That’s bullcrap,” I thought, “it’s fruit! How can I be on a diet that won’t allow me to eat something as simple and healthy as fruit?!” So I wrote the diet […]

  • Healthy Eating On Vacation

    When you are on vacation, you may be surrounded by fast food options, theme parks filled with food such as cotton candy and funnel cakes, and a lack of exercise opportunities.  In addition, the long hours spent traveling by car or plane does not benefit a healthy lifestyle.  Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks […]

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    WYSIWYG Grazing – How to Eat Simpler, Cheaper, and Healthier

    Please allow me to share the nerd side of me for a moment.  In the website building world, there is something called a WYSIWYG editor, meaning, What You See Is What You Get. When you edit content on a website, like text and images, the WYSIWYG editor shows you what it will look like on […]

  • 8 Super Simple Steps to a Healthier You

    8 Super Simple Steps to a Healthier You

    Please welcome my friend, Mary Buchan from to Broke & Healthy. She is a Nurse, Nutrition Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Instructor, Certified Life Coach, and Wellness Program Coordinator. In short, she is legit and so is her advice.  Wash Your Hands Often Not only just before you eat a meal, but because most people touch their eyes or […]

  • Grace, Shame, and Why Diet Pills Made Me Fatter

    In 2011 I lost 35 pounds in 6 months. It was awesome. I was surging with energy and felt great. My friends and family complimented me left and right. I liked how I looked in photos—the true test of self-confidence. But I have a confession. I didn’t lose it naturally. I lost it with the help of […]

  • 7 Ways to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

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    7 Ways to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

    I don’t mean to sound like Miss Grumpy Pants at such a festive time of year, but hear me out. I don’t like New Years Resolutions, and I’ve stopped making them. People make them because they want to better themselves, which is all good and lovely. But it may be a little trickier than that. […]

  • Being Unhealthy Does Not Make You a Victim

    Healthy food is just too expensive.  Everyone goes out to lunch at work so of course I go with them.  The gym is too expensive.  I’m just way to tired after work.  It’s too hot to work out outside, and plus, it’s unsafe to run where I live.  Being addicted to sweets is genetic, I […]

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    How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes

    Why I Make Homemade Baby Wipes My mom had suggested using cloth diapers since my first pregnancy for both financial and eco reasons, but I always refused thinking I wouldn’t be able to handle it. But over the years, I heard more and more about them. I looked into them a tiny bit when I […]

  • Stop the Cycle

    As controversial as this commercial may be, it’s pretty powerful. We must stop the cycle of obesity, starting right at our own dinner tables! What do you think about this?

  • Why You Should Live Like You’re Sick {Even Though You’re Not}

    I’ve spent the past few days feeling slightly “under the weather.” More sleep, more soup, more tea, more water. More saying “no” to things if it is going to exhaust me more than I already am. The moment I cheat on something in this list, I pay for it the next morning. I’m reminded that […]

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    Why You Should Live Like You’re Poor {Even Though You’re Not}

    I’m not a financial advisor and I’m not wealthy, let’s just get that straight. But common sense tells me that becoming wealthy is a lot like losing weight: Earn more than you spend, burn more calories than you eat. It’s simple math. Seems to me that until one can make this equation fit my life, […]

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    Why I Want to Stop Popping Pills {and DayQuil}

    I want to stop using medicine. That’s easier said than done, especially if you’ve grown up in America where we pop pills the first sign of a runny nose. I don’t plan to ween myself off of medicine all at once. Rather, over the course of the next few years I want make a habit […]

  • 50 Techniques to Help You Sleep

    Sleep deprivation is serious business. In the short run, not getting enough sleep can leave you just plain exhausted, it can impair your memory and cause plenty o’ stress. However, in the long run, sleep deprivation has been linked to strokes, high blood pressure, cancer growth, heart disease, depression, obesity, ADD, and a lot more […]

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    28 Food Documentaries + Ratings, Trailers & Links to Watch

      These trailers are listed based on ratings from Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t let the ratings fool you, though. Sometimes the best things are the least popular.   Food, Inc. (2008) (site) Watch on Netflix King Corn (2007) (site) Watch on Netflix     Our Daily Bread (2005) (site) Watch on Netflix   Supersize Me (2003) Watch on Hulu Watch on […]

  • A Free, Guaranteed Method to Avoid Hip Problems

    A couple years ago, I worked in Ethiopia for a few months, helping a team take care of AIDS and leprosy patients. I had the privilege of visiting a leprosy hospital a few times, and happened to stumble upon a book called The Gift of Pain in the midst of my visits. I won’t get […]

  • Does Your Diet Affect Gallstones?

    I like to entertain thoughts in my head regarding diet and disease.  Recently, I was talking to an acquaintance about gallstones.  Gallstones form in the gallbladder and cause severe pain.  Usually removal of the gallbladder is required, especially if a stone is blocking the release of bile. The gallbladder is an organ located right up […]

  • 3 Tips for Healthy Meal Plans

    It is a known fact that eating a healthy meal is key to living a healthy life.  Sooner or later, you will have to stop indulging in fatty foods because this will lead to heart complications, high blood pressure, and will eventually bog down your system. Despite this,  it’s difficult to stick to a healthy […]

  • 6 Life Skills I’ll Teach my Children (When I Have Them)

    1. The Art of Simplicity It’s funny how many life lessons I’ve learned through cooking. Take, for example, a true Italian dining experience. Most famous Italian chefs would agree that our food should be simple, and shouldn’t be masked by too many flavors or spices. It’s authentic, it’s simple, it’s not pretentious—it is what it […]

  • Watch “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” for Free

    Sweet, it’s free to watch on Hulu! If you’re not familiar with the film, I’ve put the description below, here’s the site, here are some of his juice recipes, and enjoy! “100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the […]

  • Fitness on the Cheap

    Are you trying to get back into shape, but worried about how you can afford to do so? Whether you’re going through tough economic times or you’re trying to save some money, it’s never been easier to work out without belonging to a gym. Both cardio and strength exercises can be done on your own […]

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    Your Handy A-K Guide to the 13 Vitamins

    Alright, so I have no idea who originally did this diagram but I’m not taking credit for it, so don’t sue me. This is a guide you should keep handy for the major vitamins you should be taking, including the good things it does, what the deficiency symptoms look like, and what the overdoes effects […]

  • Self-Trust & Diets: Do you Trust Yourself?

      I’m a big fan of the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. At my “real job” (a corporate setting), I was heavily encouraged (forced) to learn about this book and spend lunch hours listening to seminars about it. Admittedly, I had a bad attitude about it at first. I had always thought this […]

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    1st World “Poor” vs. 3rd world “Poor”

      Whenever I’m in a situation that I’m not sure how to handle, or if I’m trying to make a tough decision, I have a rule of thumb I try to maintain: Step back and look at the big picture. I mean the really big picture. I’m a human on this thing called Earth and […]

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    Broke & Vagabonding

    I just bought a plane ticket to Paris. I’ll be there for 2 months and, out of those 2 months, I have 2 weeks planned. The rest of the time I’ll just wander about Europe and see where things take me. I made a joke about marrying a Spaniard and moving up to the village […]

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    4 Confessions of a Healthy Food Blogger

    This weekend I watched the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix. I liked it. It challenged me in several ways and I felt pumped to drink a lot more fresh juice. But, like most food documentaries, it left me feeling guilty for not being a health food & fitness superstar. In the downward […]

  • 8 Ways to Make Fitness Fun

    Everyone is different & there is no right way to be fit.  I’m only 21 years old, but I’ve learned that any exercises that I do must be enjoyable to me in order for me to work out consistently. You enjoy being fit much more if you enjoy what you’re doing & don’t have to […]

  • Celebrate 100 Things in 100 Days

    I’m sure you’re well aware of the Casey Anthony trial, the verdict, and all the controversy surrounding it. I’ll explain what little about it that I do know, if you haven’t heard already, but if you want more info, take a look at this Wikipedia page. Essentially what happened was this: A young mother was […]

  • How Much Vitamin D Should I Take?

    Multiple factors influence how much vitamin D you need to take.  While vitamin D is made in your skin during exposure to sun, if you have dark skin, are a senior, or live in a higher latitude your skin is not able to synthesize vitamin D adequately. The best way to find out if you […]

  • 6 Ways to Prevent Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis (literally porous bone) is a disease that affects 10 million Americans. An estimated 35 million Americans are at risk for developing osteoporosis in their lifetime.  It is estimated that half of all women over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.  This disease is not limited to only females. About 20 percent of […]

  • The “Ryniak” Diet Plan – Part 1

    Lately, I concocted a personalized meal plan based on a few diets that I’ve tried that never worked and were always missing something. I have very few rules for myself and I have dessert every night…sometimes two helpings! I’m going to start this article with my rules and breakfast options. I don’t have very many […]

  • Desperate Times Call for P90X: Part 2

    From a Nalgene-toting, salad-eating outdoor sports nut, to a suburban-living, “Lost”-watching wife at a desk job, Rachel’s life has changed quite a bit. But her and her husband have decided to get back to the way they used to feel with some big goals and a small budget.

  • Desperate Times Call for P90X: Part 1

    From a Nalgene-toting, salad-eating outdoor sports nut, to a suburban-living, “Lost”-watching wife at a desk job, Rachel’s life has changed quite a bit. But her and her husband have decided to get back to the way they used to feel with some big goals and a small budget.

  • 4 Dietary Supplements Everyone Should be Taking

    What dietary supplements should you REALLY be taking? No one likes to waste money- so before you start poppin’ useless pills, let Dr. Jason Brown breaks it down for us. Learn about 4 basic supplements that should form the basis of all of our dietary supplementation.

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    How Eating Real Food Has Changed Me

    When I was away at university, I would constantly go to the doctor’s office for a new prescription. On a regular basis, I would simply HURT all over my body for no reason whatsoever. I was so depressed, so stressed out, my body was trying to tell me to stop. When I moved to Florida […]

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    9 Weight Loss Tips from Someone Who’s Never Lost Weight…Till Now

    Recently, over the past 6 months, I’ve lost about 30 pounds. I’ve never lost a substantial amount of weight at one time. It’s always been a slow growth over the years due to a sedentary lifestyle. This, as you can imagine was incredibly discouraging. I’m sure some of you can relate. I’ve compiled some of […]

  • Breaking Dependence from Recipes and Using Common Sense

    If I was ever cool enough to write a “cookbook”, this would be the subtitle. Look, I like recipes just as much as anyone else. In my spare time I’ll flip through magazines or browse websites looking for cool ideas. When I’m baking or cooking something complicated, that’s a different story, recipes are my friend. […]

  • Eating Healthy Impossible for the Poor?

    I’m going to take a break from recipes and post this article ABC posted about poor people eating healthy. I think it’s very interesting and deserves a read. Half the reason I write on this site is to prove to myself and others that eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive, as you’ve already seen. […]

  • Broke & Unhealthy Gets You Nowhere

    I weigh more than I should for my height. I’ve visited Taco Hell more than I should have. I love real butter and sweets. I’m not a dietitian. I don’t even have a college degree. I’m poor and “don’t have the time” to make “real food”. Because I have a full time job (well, I […]