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How the “Selfie” is Affecting Self-Esteem

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Never has the dictionary caused more controversy than when the word “selfie” was dubbed 2013’s “word of the year.” Selfies may be seen as silly, harmless fun, but they can also trigger serious self-esteem issues, especially for women.

Why We Love the Selfie

Let’s face it – nothing gives you a quick self-esteem boost quite like taking the perfect selfie. Your eyes are sparkling, your skin is glowing, and you know you look good. When you post it on social media and watch the positive comments roll in…that feels even better.

The selfie has become the digital version of the artist’s self-portrait. But while not everyone has the artistic skills to paint a great self-portrait, everyone can take a great selfie. It’s our way of showing who we are, of asserting ourselves and our individuality to the world. What could be more powerful?

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How to Stay Motivated and Avoid Bailing on Your Fitness Classes

stay motivated 2You’ve decided to get started on that New Year’s resolution early, this year you’re really going to start going to the gym regularly, you’re going to get yourself in the best shape of your life, you want to prove 30 is the new 20…but after footing that pricey bill for a gym membership or a 20-class pass you find yourself dragging yourself out the door or skipping class altogether.

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Easy Recipe for Healthy Breakfast Cookies

cookiesTemptations are everywhere – even more so now that the holidays are just around the corner. It’s no secret that eating healthy takes willpower and motivation, but what if I told you there are a few ways to make it easier?

One of my favourite tricks to a healthy diet is to eat a nutritious breakfast. A morning meal that will fill you up and give you the right kind of fuel is the key ingredient for success. What if that meal could also be a cookie? Sounds too good to be true – but I promise I wouldn’t tease you like that. What I am about to share with you is a healthy treat that you can feel good about devouring at any time of the day! This breakfast cookie combines healthy fats and natural sugars to give your body the boost it needs to get your metabolism revved up for the rest of the day – using only five ingredients. It is also raw, vegan and gluten and dairy free, which makes it safe for [almost] any dietary restrictions.

Enough mumble jumble though – let’s get to the cookies.

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Are Fitness Classes Worth the Money? An Expert’s Opinion

fitness classes 2Fitness classes are an excellent method of getting fit and optimizing health.

I personally grew up in fitness classes. My mother was a Jazzercise instructor and had me in head bands and leg warmers for as long as I can remember. Even after years of education in the health/wellness/fitness field when I’m feeling like I need a little fun or extra motivation for my workouts, you will surely find me attending a nearby fitness class.

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Want a Ripped Body? Here’s Where to Start.

ripped body 2There are numerous factors involved in getting ripped, I am not to keen on the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen” because I am a believer of developing all areas not just one.  Please keep in mind; the major factor involved in getting ripped is being CONSISTENT.  Just like anything else, it takes time, along with hammering at it on a daily basis.

1. Nutrition Is Key

It is important that you are in a negative energy balance. In order to see your abs, you must lose the body fat covering the abs, in order to drop the body fat you must be consuming fewer calories than you are burning. This can be achieved through a number of modalities including metabolism, nutrition, cardio, training etc. The easiest and simplest way to control this is by monitoring your nutrition intake.

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Top 4 Benefits of Cardio

benefitsofcardioCardio on a regular basis, ideally performed on most days of the week for 30 to 45 minutes, will help us to live a longer and healthier life. The body will physiologically go through several changes during cardiovascular exercises; examples include running, cycling or swimming. The body will increase its use of oxygen, produce hormones and chemicals, body temperature increases, heart rate increases and breathing increases. Many of these changes lead to many health benefits when cardio is done routinely.

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The Most Delicious Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ever

green smoothie recipeI’m sure you’ve heard these statements before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, skipping breakfast can be harmful to your health, and the kicker, omitting a morning meal can lead to the development of obesity. While I am not here to take a side on the validity of these statements, I do know that eating breakfast makes me a more productive, energetic and peppy person. But sometimes, the thought of preparing and chewing an elaborate healthy meal in the morning is too much too handle, which is why I’d like to give you another breakfast idea – the green smoothie.

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