Reading: It Does the Brain Good

…What I’m reading lately.

Wait…You’re Christian and eat Paleo?!


This blog and article is written by a person friend.  You may remember me writing this guest post on her blog. While I don’t consider myself ‘Paleo’ at this point,  even though I am basically eating Paleo on The Virgin Diet, I think this article answers some very important questions.  I have heard the same hesitations from people about being a Christian and eating Paleo.  It comes down to where do you stand on evolution.  Personally, I don’t support the philosophical underpinnings of the Paleo lifestyle.  But, you don’t have to support those to eat this way. At its root eating Paleo is a food choice and not a religious conviction.  Simple.  The Paleo Mama does a great job explaining this.


20 Tips for Breaking Free From Binge Eating


Here is another one from one of my favorite women in the fitness world, Nia Shanks. I just love her slogan, “Lift Like a Girl: Be the Most Awesome Version of You.”  Yep, I think that explains it pretty well.  And, DARN!, she beat me to that awesomeness.  Anyway, this is a great article of tips on how to prevent yourself from binge eating.  These tips just make sense and they help create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle…..not just another diet. I just love it when people provide awesome advice like this.


20 Ways to Build a Whole Foods Kitchen on a Budget

Lord, knows it is hard to eat well and stay on a reasonable budget. I don’t know about you but I am not rich and I have to control what I spend. A common response to eating whole foods is, “But, it is cheaper to buy the chips than the carrots.” Yes, in the short term it is cheaper but in the long term, with doctor bills, it becomes far more expensive. But, I digress. Here is 20 ways you can build up your kitchen and pantry for success on a whole foods lifestyle. Once again, this article is full of “it just makes sense” advice.  Check it out!  Take one tip to work on and then build to two. Next thing you know you are eating whole, REAL foods most days.  How does THAT make you feel?? 🙂

I’m an introvert, and I don’t need to come out of my shell


This article is not fitness related but pertains a lot to me. Over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that I am not shy and anti-social.  I am an introvert.  I have been reading a fair amount about what it means to be an “introvert” and what I’m reading makes perfect sense. I especially enjoyed this article.  It explains ME and other introverts so well.  Check it out and you’ll understand me a little better.


10 Ab Training Mistakes You Need To Stop Making continues to be my favorite website for training advice and they did not disappoint with this article. How many people do you know who are either constantly talking about their abs or are constantly training their abs. Everyone wants that tight core and dare we pursue the goal of a six-pack? A tight midsection is THE mark of a fit body these days. For that reason there is so much information on how to get that tight core …. good and bad advice. Here is good, sound advice for you. But, always remember. If you don’t have your diet in check you will never achieve the abs you want. A thousand ab moves a day will not give you a six pack if you are eating fast food every day. Cold, hard truth. Check out this article if you want to get abs the sensible way.

There you go. Let me know what you think! And if you come across an excellent article please share with me!!!

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Reading: It Does the Brain Good

What I am Reading Lately…

I am a big reader if you haven’t figured that out lately. I love my books and I love my on-line articles. So, I thought I would bookmark articles I particularly liked and would share the links when I had enough collected to share with you.


Strong Vs Toned: The Truth About Gender-Specific Workouts


There is a lot of information, some true and much false, about how men and women should train differently. I strongly support women training like men and in that process obtaining the tight body they always wanted. Women should lift weights and women should lift heavy weights. Women should train with the same intensity as men.

However, it is still an undeniable truth that men and women have different shaped bodies and because of that there are specific needs. This article goes into more detail of these differences and what we can utilize that information in our own training.


Change Only 1 Habit and Lose Weight


This article was written by John Beradi of Precision Nutrition, my favorite nutrition information resource. John Beradi has been coaching people in nutrition for years and has quite a bit of experience under his belt. Over the years he has taken note of certain behaviors that are evident in his successful clients.

In this article he talks about the top eight habits. Pick one habit you have not developed and start working on it.

This is good stuff. Bookmark this article and keep going back to it. There is a lot of wisdom here.


How Weight Loss Makes You Fatter


Oh yes, Weight Loss. That is such a HUGE topic in America these days. It is also a HUGE market for those who offer weight loss products.

This article is rather eye-opening and it also makes perfect sense. All this ‘weight loss’ is making us FAT!

Two quotes…

“But what we might not realize is that yo-yo dieting actually makes us fatter in the long run, even if our weight always bounces back to its typical set point.”

“Cyclical weight loss and then gain over years leads to a relatively fatter physique and a less responsive metabolism. Ugh.”

This article goes into more detail how constant dieting actually does more damage to our bodies than good. But, that the author does not leave you there. She then provides a simple solution.

Read this!

A Lion in Iron: Strength Doesn’t Have a Gender

I LOVE this article. I love it so much that I have web-clipped it into my Evernote app so that I can go back to it whenever I want and wherever I am.
(Note: There is some inappropriate language in this article. I am sorry about that but 99% of this article is spot on.)

Here is a quote that sums up this article…

“Strength is mental. Strength is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s a choice. That isn’t a gender”

There you have it.

I believe with all my heart that women are STRONG. By throwing away the scales and society-generated body images and training for strength, women can find the strength and confidence that was there all along. It just had to be uncovered.

Good stuff right here, folks. 🙂


If there are any articles that you love please share in the comments.  I am always looking for awesome reading material!! 🙂

What I am Reading Lately…