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Benefits Of HIIT Yoga Fusion

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                                                      (Photo credit: Health.com) If you know anything about HIIT or high-intensity interval training, you know that you only need to do 20 minutes a day to see results. Unfortunately, most HIIT workouts include sprints or burpees which can be uncomfortably hard and demotivating to want to get started. Typically people who don't do yoga might think it's only restorative and not a form of "real" exercise. However, that simply isn't true. Yoga provides several payoffs including upper and lower body strength, and toning of the butt and thigh muscles.  Physical aspects aside, yoga can also reduce migraine headaches, lower back pain, less sleepless nights, and better sex. HIIT yoga prevents joint damage and pain associated with regular HIIT workouts. Most HIIT yoga fusion workouts implement plyometric exercises such as jump lunges with your sun salutations to blast calories. Be expected to do the work if you want to burn f

Best Slow Cooker Lasagna

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                                            (Photo credit: Gimmesomeoven) Even though I'm watching what I eat including my carb intake, Italian food is usually my go-to cheat. Depriving myself of bread and pasta most of the time, makes me crave lasagna and garlic bread. Now because I only eat it occasionally it better be good. This crockpot lasagna is not only to die for, but it's also so convenient especially on busy weekends or weeknights. You have free reign to stuff the lasagna noodles however you like. You can do traditional lasagna with cheese, spinach, Italian sausage, ground meat, or go all-veggie. Choose whatever sauce you enjoy, red or cream.  Ingredients: 1 lb. ground 2 (24oz) jars of Italian pasta sauce 16 oz. uncooked no-boil lasagna noodles 32 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh basil How To Make It:  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground Ital

Types Of Laser Facial Treatments

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                                          (Photo credit: Kagan Institute) There are so many invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to treat the signs of skin aging. With facelifts, thread lifts, botox, and microneedling all the rage, laser treatments aren't getting the  acknowledgment they deserve. What Are Laser Facial Treatments? Laser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses a laser beam to ablate or vaporize the skin tissues. It allows the technician to focus on and treat scars, wrinkles, blood vessels, pigmentation, and blemishes. The laser beams remove the surface skin layer by layer. Laser facial treatments can treat: Aging concerns including; fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles. Birthmarks Spider veins Frown lines Uneven skin tone or dark spots Crows feet around the eyes Sagging eyelid skin Scars Skin tightening Vascular lesions Types Of Laser Facial Treatments Ablative Laser Treatments   These treatments improve skin texture and tone and reduces the ap

Being Honest With Your Doctor About Your Alcohol Use

Up until last month, I had never been honest with my doctor about my alcohol use, ever. I would avoid physicals at all costs but eventually would go to get it over with. I would always get asked the question "do you drink?" and I would ALWAYS say "yes, occasionally." Knowing damn well that two bottles of wine 5-6 times a week was not occasionally. My doctor would order labs, give me the sheet to take down there for a blood draw and I would throw it in the trash and never go. I was always too afraid to get the results, it was like I would rather not know.  For a few years, I would notice a dull pain in my upper right abdomen especially after a night of drinking. I chalked it up to inflammation from drinking so hard the night before. I figured it was nothing a ton of water and healthy eating that day couldn't fix. I figured I was right because the pain would go away later that day. This happened off and on until this past November 2020. I woke up one morning (afte

Most Popular Slow Cooker Meals

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Slow cookers or crockpots are the definition of set it and forget it. They're ideal for those working families or anyone who doesn't feel like cooking. I use my slow cooker not only because it's convenient, but I get to smell the aromas of all the ingredients marrying together. Below are the internet's most popular full-proof slow cooker meals you and your family will love! 1. Slow Cooker Pork Chops                                             (Photo credit: TasteofHome ) I personally can only eat pork chops if they're fork-tender.   I grew up in a household that favored well-done meats. I hated pork chop days as a kid because it was too dry and flavorless for me. I didn't start eating them again until later in my adult life. I make this slow cooker pork chop recipe a few times a month and now look forward to pork chop days. Dredging the chops in the seasonings and flour is the key to retaining the juices.  Ingredients:   1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided 1/2 ts

Yoga Practices You May Not Have Heard Of

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                                         (Photo credit: Yogajournal.com) Now that I have been practicing yoga every day and really reaping the benefits of it, I started coming across several types of practices I had never heard of. Currently what is working for me is Hatha yoga and vinyasa. However, I'm open to learning about new types of yoga that can improve my strength and relax my mind. With so many different styles of yoga, it can be overwhelming. With any exercise, you should choose what's right for you and what you enjoy. Below are several types of yoga beyond the mainstream to help you decide if you're in the mood for strength or if you're needing a more restorative type of practice. Yin Yoga Yin yoga has origins in both yoga and martial arts. Its style is slow, with poses held from one minute to five minutes long. The act of holding the poses for long periods of time benefits the mind by staying still.  It's an excellent practice to help increase blood flow

Best Yoga Practices For Fat Burn

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                                  (Photo credit: Times of India) Yoga typically isn't looked at as a form of exercise to lose weight. Yoga is more about de-stressing, encouraging patience, increasing flexibility, meditating, and becoming in-tune with your mind and body. However, that doesn't mean you can't use yoga as a weight-loss tool as well. There are many types of active yoga practices that help burn more calories during and at rest. Active yoga practices implement more difficult poses and movements with an emphasis on cardiovascular fitness and strength.  Those who already practice yoga know that it builds total-body strength. When you build muscle mass, you increase your metabolism. The following yoga practices will elevate your heart rate, increase your strength, and turn up the burn! Vinyasa Vinyasa works the entire body by moving from one pose to the next without resting in between. I personally love vinyasa yoga because no two classes are the same. This particula

What Is A PDO Thread Lift?

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                                        (Photo credit: Cosmopolitan)   Every year as we age we lose collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin by 1.5%. This results in unsightly wrinkles, loose skin, and fine lines. Most men and women really notice this by the time they reach their mid-40's. Being 41 myself, I can attest to noticing the beginning stage of sagginess in my jowls, cheeks, neck, and eyebrows. When the facial skin loses volume it creates a fatigued appearance. No one likes to hear "you look tired" especially, if you aren't. Instead of going under the knife and having an invasive facelift, a PDO thread lift sounds like an attractive option in more ways than one. If you've already had a facelift, a thread lift could be a great way to maintain your results without undergoing a second surgery.  What Is A PDO Thread Lift? The Kardashians, Jenners, and Bella Hadid are just a handful of celebrities that have had PDO thread lifts. The thread lift procedure involve

The Lip Lift Procedure

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                                  (Photo credit: Andrew Frankel ) Lip fillers are one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the U.S. The problem with hyaluronic lip injections is they are temporary lasting only about 4-6 months and around $1,200 each time. You also run the high-risk of the duck lip look. Now, there's a procedure called the lip lift that is becoming a more appropriate procedure aesthetically for many patients that's also permanent.  Why A Lip Lift? A lip lift raises the upper lip so you see more of the pink without injecting any dermal fillers. As we age, our upper lip can become elongated, losing its volume and plumpness. A lip lift will shorten the upper lip area making it appear more curvaceous and volumized. Most people opt for a lip lift to shorten the space between their nose and upper lip for a more aesthetic look. Dermal fillers aren't the best solution when it comes to correcting long philtrum distances. They can only do so much to lift th

Desserts On A Diet

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The only diet that has ever worked for me is a low-fat diet. Keto diet lovers can feel free to click out of this post. I did keto for a while because it was easy for me to stick to since I love meat and cheese. However, having a physical 8 months after, I found out I was in the worst health I had ever been but that's a whole other post. These desserts are low in calories and fat without compromising flavor and decadence. I eat one off of this list at least 5 times a week and am still building muscle and losing weight.  1. Iced Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies                                            (Photo credit: Jennifer Causey/Cooking Light) Using whole-wheat flour doesn't mean your desserts will come out bland. Whole grain flour intensifies the flavors of vanilla and butter more than all-purpose flour can. These cookies are only 84 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving.  Ingredients (cookies): 2 cups whole-wheat flour 1/2 tsp. salt 10 tbsp. butter 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cu

Top 5 Best Gluteus Maximus Workouts

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The gluteus maximus not only gives us our shape, but it is the most powerful muscle in the body. No matter how big or small your rear is, it's probably weak and tight. Add glute-strengthing exercises into your current workout regimen will help build this essential muscle and prevent you from becoming quad dominant. Also, if your goal is to grow your glutes, you can't be afraid of lifting heavy.  You must lift heavier weights if you want to increase mass to your.....  1. Table Tops   I do this exercise a lot when I'm doing my daily morning yoga. It's also an excellent exercise to start your butt workout routine as it activates your glute muscles. I do an article on glute activation HERE and why it's so important for muscle growth and results.  1. Start in a seated position with your legs stretched out in front of you. Place your hands on the floor behind you, fingers facing away from you.  2. Place all your weight on your heels and lift your butt off the floor, hips

Raw Food Diet Recipes

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Vegetables and fruits lose most of their essential vitamins and minerals once they're cooked. Eating a raw diet ensures you're getting a full supply of these nutrients. You don't have to be vegan or a raw food diet enthusiast to prepare these meals. I add any one or all of these 5 great recipes when I want to detox my body after the holidays, heavy meals,  or cheat days.  1. Carrot And Zucchini Pasta With Avocado-Cucumber Sauce The creamy cucumber avocado sauce really makes missing gluten-laden pasta a non-issue. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and Whole30 friendly. You can read my article on the Whole30 diet HERE . Ingredients: 2 large carrots 3 zucchini Micro-greens or sprouts for garnish Avocado Cucumber Sauce: 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced 1 avocado, peeled and pitted 1 lemon, juiced 2-3 garlic cloves salt and pepper to taste How To Make It: 1. Start by spiralizing the carrots and zucchini. If you don't have a spiralizer, here is a video from Just A Taste on how