If you're vegan, you know that if you don't meal plan ahead of time, it's very easy to fall into the pasta-and-tomato-sauce trap. Once that happens, any and all weight-loss goals go totally out the door. Healthy veganism is about focusing on whole foods with plenty of vegetables and plant-based proteins that'll keep you satisfied without tacking on the pounds. There are tons of healthy options out there that don't sacrifice flavor. Here are 25 to choose from.Related:15 Healthy Vegan Dinner Recipes You Should Add to Your Rotation
If there's one thing we know, it's that switching up what we eat and trying out new recipes make eating healthy a whole lot easier. So, instead of reaching for the phone to order a sodium-filled meal of sesame chicken, just make a better version yourself! There are plenty of healthy, easy Chinese food recipes that will become your new "takeout," and we have them for you here.Related:25 Delicious Mexican Recipes That Are Actually Healthy - Yes, HEALTHY!
When a lot of people think about weight loss, it involves giving up all the foods that you love and busting butt at the gym five days a week. If you're a lazy girl like me, you've probably tried that route and failed more times than you'd like to admit. Here's how to successfully lose weight, the lazy way.1. Eat Things You Love (Just Less of Them)
You don't have to break up with carbs - or any food group - to lose weight. There is absolutely no reason to ban the things you love in order to lose weight. In fact, doing so may only increase your cravings and lead you to failure. The one thing you need to do to lose weight is eat fewer calories than you burn. Instead of giving up on foods you truly enjoy, be mindful of portions and try to balance every meal out with whole, natural foods.Related: This Is the Best Workout For Losing Weight 2. Skip the Gym (and Get a Step Counter)
What if I told you a gym membership is in no way necessary to lose weight? As long as you are watching what you eat, exercise is not even necessary to lose weight. However, if you want to speed up the process, upping the number...
Avocados have become a dietary staple for a lot of people during the last few years, and why wouldn't they? They're healthy and delicious and can be used in a variety of different dishes and are even allowed on diets like keto and Whole30.
The keto diet, which has been buzzing around this year as one of the hot new diet trends, relies on your body settling into ketosis for energy. Very low-carb and no sugar, the keto diet centers on proteins and fats for energy. And lucky for you, avocados are considered one of the fats that tend to fall in the "best" category for those on keto.
So if you can't step away from the avocado, you're in luck. We found a few delicious dishes that you can make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that will keep you on the right track.Related:19 Recipes Full of Flavor and Fat but Low in Carbs
Nothing stinks like failing to make a number two in the bathroom. If you are suffering from constipation or general digestive issues, it's time to take action by switching up your diet. Generally speaking, "diets including fruits, fluids, and probiotics are good for constipation," says the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). But specifics are helpful, so here are five recommended foods to eat if you just can't go to the bathroom.Related: Kick-Start 2018 by Adding Probiotics to Your Diet - Here Are the Best Kiwi
Kiwi is not only tangy and delicious, but it can go a long way toward smoothing the road to poopin'. According to studies, kiwi soothes a wide range of bowel complaints, from the not-enough to the too-much end of the spectrum, so no matter what you're experiencing, this fuzzy fruit is your guy.Prunes
Your grandma was right: prunes really do work. Dose yourself with juice or dried fruit - no specific amount, but be careful you don't go too hard too fast - and then take more as needed. If you suffer from constipation regularly, consider making prunes a staple part of your diet.Yogurt
All hail King Probiotic, seemingly responsible...
If you feel too tired to have sex late at night, you might want to make some shifts in your schedule to make room. It turns out that having sex before heading off to bed can actually improve your circadian rhythms and make for a sounder sleep overall. Seems like those few extra minutes may certainly pay off come morning. Besides, as orgasms can relieve stress and help you relax, it'll put you in a calmer state to help you fall asleep faster, too. Here's why a few "O"s with your significant other could be just the remedy for a good night's rest, better than any old natural sleep aid could be.
Related: What Happens During a Female Orgasm? You'll Fall Asleep Faster
"The concept of sex as a sleep aid raises interesting possibilities for those who may have difficulties falling and staying asleep. It's related to the production of certain hormones during sexual intercourse, but more specifically, at orgasm itself," Robert Glatter, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwell Health Department of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
"Achieving orgasm facilitates the production of oxytocin in the pituitary gland. Also known as the 'cuddle or love hormone,' oxytocin also has the benefit of inhibiting the release of cortisol, a key hormone...
The Paleo diet, also know as the caveman diet, takes its followers back to a simpler time - a time when humans only ate foods that the Earth gave to them naturally. So, while some may consider this just another modern-day dieting trend, this way of eating has actually been around longer than we have. But before you start picturing yourself heading out to spear fish, remember you don't have to live like a caveman to eat naturally.
Some of your favorite meals, such as pad thai and meatballs, can be Paleo if you're mindful when selecting ingredients. Try these scrumptious Paleo chicken recipes to satisfy your taste buds the Stone Age way. Keep in mind, some of these recipes may need minimal substitutions to make them completely Paleo, such as swapping vegetable oil for olive oil.Related:Eat Like a Cavewoman: 42 Perfectly Paleo Recipes
We've been there: a bad headache hits and we're apt to reach for some meds - only to remember we haven't eaten anything lately and it's not wise to take pills on an empty stomach. But is it really such a big deal?
Stomach upset is among the most commonly reported side effects of ibuprofen. "The FDA advises ibuprofen be taken with food or milk in patients who have experienced stomach upset with this medication in the past," said Joshua Russell, MD at Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care.
Ibuprofen, like aspirin and naproxen (among other medications), is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). "These medications can seriously damage the lining of the stomach," Dr. Russell said.
Related: What's the Deal With Alcohol and Ibuprofen?
It has long been believed that food can help "cushion" the stomach from these effects, however, evidence of this has been largely anecdotal. "That being said, if you experience mild stomach upset when taking ibuprofen or other NSAIDs, it is worth trying to take the medication on a full stomach to see if it helps reduce discomfort," Dr. Russell advised.
When taken for the occasional headache, doses of less than 1,600 mg of ibuprofen over two to three days with or without food are generally well-tolerated in otherwise healthy people with a...
If you're sick of the treadmill, walk yourself on over to the rower. This machine goes overlooked, but it's so good for your butt. Although rowing looks like a workout that's mostly about pulling with the arms, your legs actually do most of the work. Correct form involves pushing into your heels as you glide your seat back, which not only helps target your tush and hamstrings, but will prevent back pain while rowing.
This workout incorporates rowing and two basic yet effective glute-growing exercises - dead lifts and squats. Rowing burns a crazy amount of calories (256 in 30 minutes!), and when coupled with these two strength-training moves, it's an amazing workout to shape and grow your booty.The Workout
Directions: Repeat this five-minute circuit six times for a total of 30 minutes. Choose a medium to heavy pair of dumbbells or use a barbell.
3 minutes of rowing at a moderate pace
40 seconds of dead lifts, 20 seconds rest
40 seconds of dumbbell squats, 20 seconds rest
Directions for each move are below.Related:This Rowing and Strength-Training Workout Will Torch Up to 1,000 Calories
A quad is one of the most difficult jumps to land in figure skating, and Russia's 13-year-old Alexandra Trusova just became the first woman ever to land two in a single routine. That's right - out of the many (mostly male) figure skaters who have incorporated a quadruple rotation into their lineup of jumps, no woman has given a clean landing since Miki Ando in 2002, and Trusova is the first female to ever deliver two.
During the International Skating Union World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on March 11, Trusova let her skills shine in a stunning, four-minute-long performance to violin-heavy music by composer Antonio Vivaldi. Not only is her entire routine captivating and executed nearly perfectly, but it also oozes passion. Of her history-making performance, Trusova told the ISU, "I am very happy to have won, but I'm even happier to have landed the two quads. I prepared for that and I did it."Related:Watch Figure Skater Surya Bonaly's Signature Move That's So Risky, It's Banned in Competition
Trusova landed both a quad salchow and a quad toe loop, which are fancy names for two of the five difficult types of quadruple jumps. The...
If you think Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) studios seem to be popping up all over the place these days, you're not mistaken. The bright colors, enthusiastic community, and unique logo are probably enough to make you want to drop in, and you've likely already read a good review that has convinced you to give it a shot. But first things first: how much does OTF cost?
Class pricing varies by region, so it's worth giving your local studio a call to find out the exact cost of a membership or class. Your first class at any OTF is free; after that, the studio's packages start at $59 and can go up to about $200 for an unlimited plan. The average price for a drop-in class for nonmembers is $28, with a few select locations costing slightly higher than this. Each workout is taught by experienced coaches and features upbeat music and the latest equipment, as well as men's and women's locker rooms and showers. Classes can be booked in advance through an online portal.
Most of OTF's classes consist of 60-minute workouts broken into cardio and strength training. Each workout incorporates endurance, speed, and strength elements by using equipment such as treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training, and free weights. According to the Orangetheory website, participants burn 500+ calories per workout.
All OTF workouts involve heart-rate monitors, which helps participants...
You may not think of frozen foods as being health stars, but they can be - as long as you choose the right ones. In fact, packing your freezer with fruits, veggies, grains, and lean proteins can make good-for-you meals come together in a breeze. No more dialing for takeout (that takes too long, anyway). Mix and match from our 25 picks - some of which you can snag at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods - and you'll realize just how clutch shopping from the frozen aisle can be.Related:These Are the 10 Trader Joe's Products 1 Fitness Editor Can't Live Without
Can we take a second to talk about how, sometimes, you have barely any energy left at the end of a long workday? Or how much willpower it takes to say no to takeout during your lunch hour? The solution to your energy and budget problems is meal prep. Simply carve out a time during the weekend to bang out some kickass meals you can throw into your office lunchbox or heat up when you get home from work, and your future self will thank your past self. This roundup features healthy and filling burrito bowls you can prep now and eat later. You are welcome.Related:19 Simple Meal-Prep Combinations Anyone Can Do
If you love a perfectly crafted yoga class, where one pose flows effortlessly into the next, here's a two-pose sequence you have to try. Dance-like and whimsical, Seated Straddle to Extended Fallen Star Pose will make you feel strong yet feminine. As a bonus, it's one of the best yoga poses for toning the arms and butt.
Like most people trying to lose weight, I listened to the experts. Instead of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I started scheduling meals and snacks so I was eating five or six times a day. This worked out to noshing on something every couple hours - 7 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. snack, 12 p.m. lunch, 3 p.m. snack, 5:30 p.m. dinner, and sometimes a late-night snack. The purpose was to ensure my hunger was satiated to prevent feeling so famished at each meal that I'd overeat. But then I realized I was eating all day long and never feeling hungry. I was also not losing weight. I was watching the clock instead of listening to my body. So which is better?
When I asked certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD of Whole Health Nutrition to answer that question, she said, "It's better to eat when you are hungry. This is the concept of mindful eating." Every time you go to put something in your mouth, ask yourself if you are hungry.
She also adds that it's important to know what hunger is, since feeling hungry is important for weight loss. "Some people have stomach growling, some have salivation and increased food thought." Being aware of the hunger scale will help you decide when it's time to eat. You want to eat when you're at about a three on the hunger scale, feeling hungry...
You can skip the crunches because plank is one of the most effective core-carving poses. But don't forget to spend a little time on your obliques by adding these side plank variations to your strength-training routine.Related:I Did a 2-Minute Plank Every Day For 2 Weeks - Here's What Happened
Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetable out there that lends itself to a multitude of recipes. This snow white veggie is definitely having a moment because of its versatility and ability to act as a substitute for popular carb-heavy dishes. The veggie is also packed full of nutrients and is low in calories so it's the perfect ingredient when trying to hit those health goals. These 18 recipes put a twist on the veggie staple and include unique dishes that will keep your healthy goals in check.Related:25 Healthy Avocado Recipes to Enjoy All Day Long
Once a lover of bacon and burgers, Bob Harper has made a drastic shift to his diet and is now mostly plant-based. "I'm a big fan of eating more plant-based," Bob told POPSUGAR. "Eating vegetables is a great weight-loss tool." But despite being a fan of a plant-based diet, the lifestyle change has been difficult for Bob, who used to be Paleo.Related: Bob Harper Says If You Do These 4 Things, You're Guaranteed to Lose Weight - and Keep It Off!
The Biggest Loser star said, "It's been a real challenge for me, because when you find something that you thought was really working for you and you have to go back to the drawing board, it's a big adjustment." Bob mentioned that he was "reluctant" to make certain dietary changes but that the payoff has been fantastic. His new book, The Super Carb Diet: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food, outlines a more carb-friendly, veggie-heavy diet that's geared toward weight loss and maintenance.
"I had to go back to the drawing board and figure out how this [new] diet plan's gonna work with me," he said. "My doctors want me...
Working out is full of so many numbers, from reps to sets to seconds in between exercises. It's a lot to keep up with! It's like trying to color-coordinate your closet after a huge vacation – no easy task. To make the effort you put in worthwhile, it helps to know you're doing the right amount of exercise in order to see results. Once you've figured out whether to do cardio or strength training, you're left with one important question: "How often should I work out?"
To get you a straight answer on this ever-elusive question, we got expert advice from certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Youfit Health Clubs' Master Trainer, Philip Cruz.How Many Days Per Week?
A great place to get started is making a calendar and scheduling out all the workouts you plan to check off for the week. Cruz recommends you aim for at least three workouts a week on nonconsecutive days.
"If you choose to work out more often, plan on changing up the intensity of the workouts so that your body can recover after a tough workout," he told POPSUGAR. That means if you just tackled a day full of lower-body exercises, like squats, lunges, and deadlifts, you'll want to balance out that workout with a lower intensity cardio session to help with recovery.
Cruz also cautioned that, if you do work...
For as long as there's been birth control pills, there's been women timing their period to avoid special occasions like their wedding or a vacation. Some women, though, may be doing so in order to be in tune with the moon as well.
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The concept kind of makes sense. By nature, women's bodies and cycles are influenced by lunar stages. It's no coincidence that the length of our menstrual cycles is synced up with the moon, occurring around every 28 days.
But how can we get on the moon's schedule? It's easy. "Figure out when the moon starts and stop taking [birth control pills] three days before in order to start your period when you want it. That's assuming you've taken the pills for 10 days or more - and you've started them with the cycle before," says gynecologist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh.
But we say forget the moon - try syncing it with your life. "Since we no longer live in times where we need to be exposed to nature, for our cycle to occur on a regular 28-day basis, we can...