Is CrossFit Right For Me?

is crossfit right for meCrossFit is awesome and I have nothing but respect for the men and women who participate in it. It is crucial however for anyone who wants to start CrossFit to know what he or she is getting into. I have prepared the info below so that you can take a quick look and decide for yourself. As I mentioned before this blog is about giving you the information to help you make the right decisions for yourself. Continue reading

3 Steps to Successful Stress Management

 

Stressed woman

You can cope with stress if you have the right tools. Image by africa

Previously I talked about “The Crippling Effect of Stress on Your Organs”. We discussed the negative physical effects caused by stress ranging from heart problems to multiple sclerosis (MS).

Managing stress is all about taking charge of your life and your attitude towards dealing with problems.

Today we are going to look at the 3 steps that will help you manage and even overcome stress so that you don’t have to worry about the damage that stress can do to your body.

Step 1: Identify Source of Stress

Young woman pondering

The first step is successfully identifying the source of your stress.
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Let’s face it; identifying the source of stress in our lives is easier said than done. We can easily overlook our own negative behaviour such as stress-inducing thoughts and negative attitudes. Continue reading

Journeying from Hollywood to Healthy

Journey from Hollywood to HealthyWhen The Zeit contacted me with an invite to become a contributor, I was beyond excited that my writing style & my one-month-old baby blog, The Gist of Life, had caught the attention of such a fantastic site showcasing relevant, honest insights into self care – both mental & physical. I started researching The Zeit & pretty soon jumped from ‘beyond excited’ to full on, knock-my-socks-off THRILLED when I found the following on the About page in regards to the health industry:

“…There are a lot of truly dedicated individuals and organizations that are sincere and have good products, advice, and services. However, it takes knowledge to know what is real and what is not. Knowledge is power and we at The-Zeit want to furnish you with the knowledge so you are able to make all the right choices.”

To share a little about myself, I’ve spent the last several years as an actress in Los Angeles. You’ve seen me on FOX, Lifetime, Disney Channel, ABC Daytime, among other places. You know what that means? My entire world has been a game of “what is real and what is not” for quite some time now. Because in Hollywood, if you can’t tell the difference between real and fake, then you’re doing something right. Right? Continue reading

3 Healthy Habits You Should’ve Ditched in 2017

 

3 healthy habits you should ditch.

3 healthy habits you should’ve ditched. Image by Apolonia

So 2018 is around the corner and you’ve probably found your journal that has been lying under the bed since 1 January 2017. You have dusted it off and are ready to write down your resolutions for the New Year.  If you are making resolutions for a healthy you, and you are doing one of the following things, make sure one of your resolutions is to ditch them.  Continue reading

9 Insane Facts About Your Food That Will Give You The Ultimate Shock!

9 Insane food facts

1- The most expensive coffee in the world is brewed from beans partially digested and defecated by toddy cats. How do you take your “poo”? With sugar and cream please.

2- The common bread ingredient L-cysteine is derived from human hair. Don’t believe it’s only hair from your head if you know what I mean; eeuww!

3- Chicken McNuggets contain industrial chemicals. TBHQ, a petroleum derivative, is used as a stabilizer in oil field chemicals amongst other things. TBHQ has been linked to stomach tumors. Another chemical used as an ingredient is Dimethylpolysiloxane which is a type of silicone. It is used as a filler for breast implants, and is the key ingredient in Silly Putty. Continue reading

Reduce Your Odds of Breast Cancer by 90%

breast cancer

Take the necessary measures to prevent breast cancer.
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Men, before you look away, know that breast cancer is not exclusive to women. As long as you have breast tissues (who doesn’t?), you are a candidate for breast cancer.

Now for the good news! It is possible to drop the odds of getting breast cancer by nearly 90% according to a study.

What is Breast Cancer?

“Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.” –Cancer.org

Why do Asian Women Have Extremely Low Breast Cancer Rates?

 

Asian woman

Asian women have much lower rates of breast cancer.
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Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide. Yet in Asia breast cancer rates in women are six folds lower than in Europe and North America. Continue reading

The Crippling Effect of Stress on Your Organs

Hooded kid with headache

Stress is much more damaging to your body than you think.
photo by Ambro

We have all heard about how stress can harm us physically. But how many of us know exactly which organs suffer damage and to what extent?

Skin

Some of the most serious skin conditions are caused by stress.  photo by stockimages

Some of the most serious skin conditions are caused by stress.
photo by stockimages

Stress has been linked to major skin problems the likes of which are mentioned below:

  • Acne
  • Blisters
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema and other dermatitis types

Brain

Young man with a headache

Headaches and migraines are the most common symptoms of stress.
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Stress causes headaches and migraines due to a build-up of tension around the head, neck and shoulder.

Chronic stress stimulates the growth of proteins that might cause Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Continue reading