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7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Cooking More

As “wellness culture” keeps exploding in popularity, so too have the many mostly true, but nearly useless health advice cliches. “It’s not that hard to eat healthy! Just eat whole, unprocessed, organic foods! Incorporate movement into your life! Stop eating out and cook at home and eat as a family!” Those are all good things, but it’s not useful advice if you’re not already in the habit of doing them. Each of those “tips” involves changing a lot of ingrained habits. In this article, I’m going to outline some of the practical tips that have been the most useful for tricking myself into cooking at home more often. The problem with eating out Eating out is one of those conveniences of modern life that can free up so much time and energy for us, but can also be detrimental to our long term health. The infamously large portion sizes, oxidized…

4 Ways to Deal With an Unsupportive Tribe

How many of you have had the lovely experience of making positive lifestyle changes such as eating better, exercising more, or quitting bad habits, only to have the people closest to you make fun of your efforts, put you down about it, or even start treating you differently as a person? As it turns out, this is an incredibly common situation. One of the biggest challenges that people face when trying to get healthier can actually be their own friends, coworkers, and family! (As a disclaimer, the purpose of this is not to complain about how “everyone is holding you back” and how “they hate me cuz they ain’t me” but to explore how to navigate this common social phenomenon. We want to change, but those closest to us might seem to discourage it, especially if it’s a positive change. However frustrating it is, this is totally normal.) Say you…

Grape Seed Extract Protects Brain Cells and Improves Memory

History’s Sexiest Fruit The small but mighty grape has long been a symbol of youth, beauty, wealth, and sex. Would a Rennassaince painting be complete without bunches of grapes draped artfully over a bowl or body part, or pouring from a feast table? The Hebrew Bible constantly references grapes and vineyards in reference to blessings and wealth, and the Greeks and Romans had a major god dedicated to the fruit (Bacchus/Dionysus). They were a luscious, juicy fruit, with thick, bitter skins and tiny hard seeds. Now, fallen from their former glory, the antioxidant-rich skins and seeds have been mostly bred out to make them more palatable to the delicate sensitivities of the general public. You find them not on the feast tables of demi-gods (unless we’re talking about Chris Hemsworth, amirite?), but rotting in the back of the crisper drawer or as a half-assed addition to a fruit platter in…

14 Ways I Beat Anxiety Without Medication

Disclaimer: Mental illness is a serious issue so if you need help, please talk to a professional. This is my personal story that I’m choosing to share in hopes that it encourages someone else on their journey. It was my own decision to tackle anxiety without taking medication, and I am not in any way telling you to do the same thing or passing judgment on those who take medication. If you have a desire to discontinue psychiatric medication, please talk to your healthcare provider about tapering off. I am not a doctor and these are my own opinions–not medical advice. In our overstimulated Western culture, most of us suffer from one form of anxiety or another at least some of the time. We stay up too late watching violent TV shows, we eat food that makes us feel bad, we lack intimate social connections, our jobs are stressful and…

Lithium: Why You’re Crazy Not to Take It

Typically, when someone hears the word “lithium” the image that comes to mind is of either lithium-ion batteries, or severely mentally ill patients on lithium therapy locked up in a psych ward – and not exactly a substance that you would want to intentionally try to get into your body. The positive effects of lithium for those with severe bipolar disorder have long been known in the medical community, but recently, several studies have shown that lithium can have far-reaching benefits for a wider range of diseases and conditions, including depression, aggression and violence, Alzheimer’s disease, suicide, and even alcoholism! Lithium as an essential element in the human body has been vastly underrated, but if we could prevent and treat severe mental diseases with a microdose (a very tiny dose) of any element, shouldn’t we know about it? Even though very recent, high quality studies are somewhat lacking due to…