Traveling from Los Angeles to Iowa, a group of 6th graders experienced the political process in a remarkable and personal way. The day of the Iowa Caucus, where the first votes for the next president of the United States will be cast, these kids were meeting candidates, interviewing political reporters and touring the site of this important event.
“As the next generation of voters, it’s important that we study the candidates, issues and process. Our classroom is on the front lines.” -Carlthorp Student
I followed their twitter feed throughout the Caucus, inspired and hopeful for the future. Here are their impressions and learnings in their own words… Continue reading →
I was 22 when I got my first gym membership.
This was post college. I had just moved to Nashville where the currency is biscuits and butter. My new roommate had just lost 80 pounds by exercising and switching her diet (translate: cutting out teenage overindulgences on pizza, burgers and anything you can heat up in a microwave) and I decided maybe I would give it a try too. She looked happy and she was an ordinary person!
But maybe you’re like me. I had long avoided the gym for a lot of reasons.
I was self conscious. I had no idea what half of the equipment did or how it worked.
I had been disappointed by a lack of results in the past.
I realized that the hard part wasn’t just the workout. For me, it was just as tough getting through the front door because of all the baggage I carried about my body, the perception of others, a myriad of things.
But I went. And these were some of the things I learned from experience and from my fellow gym goers: Continue reading →
Want to lose weight once and for all? Are you tired of crash diets and endless cardio sessions? Then you should change your approach to dieting and exercise. There is a lot of confusion about how to get a lean body. In general, women try to lose weight on strict diets with too few calories, which slows down their metabolism. Men, on the other hand, struggle to build muscle and shed fat at the same time. Unfortunately, this is not possible. The only way to get lasting results is to change your lifestyle habits.
Erin Spitzberg, MS, RDN, CDE, VIP Nutrition Coach and Author
If you’ve lost weight and gained it back, you’re one of the 95% of people who struggle with weight maintenance. Losing weight, although a challenge, is easy compared to weight maintenance. It has been proven so often, this statistic has become fact. What was your trigger for regaining the weight? Was there an injury so exercising became more of a challenge? Did life get so busy you began eating out more and planning less, or did stress allow emotions to take over? Whatever the reason, take comfort in knowing that setbacks are normal and to be expected. Here are 5 strategies to help you navigate your way around a setback. Continue reading →
For some women, yoga pantsare a part of their everyday uniform. These women may have yoga pants for working out, yoga pants for lounging around the house, their best yoga pants for going out and about with friends, and many others. But are yoga pants appropriate for every occasion? Some people think yoga pants are dangerous, but the truth is they are so popular for a reason.
The Downside to Yoga Pants
Not everyone is a fan of yoga pants, and some people believe there are good reasons behind that. Some feel that yoga pants are inappropriate for young people especially as they are tight fitting and can be made from a thin material. If a skirt or long shirt is not worn on top, yoga pants can be quite revealing. Some schools have even banned yoga pants for this very reason on the grounds that yoga pants on girls can be distracting to male students, as detailed here.
Yoga pants are not flattering on every body type, as they tend to cling and reveal body flaws. Some young women are extremely self-conscious in yoga pants. While yoga pants will stretch if you gain weight, they may not look good on you if the pants are ill fitting.
Some people feel that yoga pants are a lazy way to dress. They can become a uniform of sorts for teens and women who like them, and yoga pants are not appropriate for every occasion. Some prominent cultural icons have come out against yoga pants, like Fran Lebowitz. For instance, never wear yoga pants to a formal occasion or job or school interview.
Unless you really want to wear a loin cloth when practicing yoga, you probably have enjoyed the changes brought about by the evolution of yoga over the years. Today’s yoga practitioners have a wide variety of comfortable gym wear that wasn’t even possible 5,000 years ago, when yoga was first invented. It’s true that the practice of yoga began as a spiritual system of teaching to help students master the mind on their way to enlightenment, but that doesn’t mean that the core teachings in the physical asana won’t produce benefit in a chaotic and stressful modern world. Traditionalists may still want to visit India to get a first-hand view of older practices, but for most people in the Western world, the changes have helped this system to flourish and provide valuable guidance on health and fitness for millions, without the need for being stuck in the past. If you want to know what some of the changes are, here are just a few. Continue reading →
Being stuck on the road can be tough on your body. Sitting in hotel rooms, eating hotel waffles, trying to squeeze a workout in a hotel gym. Thankfully, Tara Stiles shared this video for continuing your yoga practice even while you’re on the go:
October is a month known for sweaters, pumpkins and fall leaves. It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time when we rally around survivors, family, friends and remember those who lost their battle to the most common form of female cancer. So what do we need to be aware of?
When it comes to killing germs, healing the body, and preventing future illness, you have two powerful “natural antibiotics” available to you without a prescription, no doctor’s appointment necessary, no cost, and no risk of dangerous pharmaceutical side effects.
Can you guess what they are?Plenty of sunshine and fresh air.Does it sound too good to be true?
These two alternatives to antibiotics are some of the oldest concepts in health and prevention of disease.Florence Nightingale actively promoted them as an effective way to save her patients.Her well documented measures of airing out sick wards, exposing patient rooms to sunlight, and many other changes in hygiene drastically improved how many of her patients lived!Continue reading →
Autism is treatable and recovery is possible.If I can do it, you can too!
As parents we find ourselves in an exclusive group, the Autism Club. No one asks to be a member but become a member because of our kids. Only another A-Club member understands what it is like to live on Autism Island day in and day out. It’s exhausting and the personal anxiety, stress and isolation you experience is overwhelming. As much as we’d like to, we can’t give up on our children, because sometimes we catch a glimpse of the kid we know is in there.
Please understand that parenting by the regular rules doesn’t apply when you have a kid with autism. I was consumed with self-doubt. I wasn’t a bad mother. But part of me actually believed my son’s behaviors were my fault. At first, I was in denial. I tried to pretend everything was okay. If I admitted that my son had difficulties, I also had to admit I wasn’t doing my job as a mother correctly. My personal hell became worse when relatives, doctors, teachers and other experts couldn’t wait to jump into the chaos to tell me I wasn’t doing it right. Moms sometimes think the reason our children are out of control is because of the things we do, or don’t do, or maybe ate, or maybe touched, or maybe…Continue reading →