Several months ago, I decided to lose 50 pounds (and I’ve lost 35 so far!). I was sick and tired of gaining more and more weight. I knew that if I didn’t make some major changes to my lifestyle, I would keep putting on the pounds. I started exercising 5-7 times per week, and I drastically changed my diet – I now eat a vegan, whole-food diet.
There is a common misconception that eating clean is exorbitantly expensive, but this is simply not true. A whole-food diet certainly can be expensive, but if you follow these tips, your healthy diet doesn’t have to break your budget.
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight? The gyms are always jam packed in January, and by February, they already start emptying out. So many people try to lose weight, get frustrated when they don’t see results, and give up. I’ve been there. (more…)
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Obesity has become the leading cause of death in the United States. For the first time in history, children will now live shorter lives than their parents did – because of the high prevalence of obesity in America.
Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, skin infections, infertility, and numerous types of cancer.
Diet plays a critical role in obesity, and it’s common knowledge that processed food and fast food aren’t healthy. Still, many of us often minimize the negative effects of junk food and continue to eat an unhealthy diet. These five documentaries are truly eye-opening and just might make you rethink your current eating habits.
I recently went on a (frugal) road trip with friends and had a blast. It had been seven years since my last road trip with friends, so I was really excited for this one. As a frugal person who is trying to pay off over $100,000 of student loan debt in three years, I don’t travel very often. But my hubby has friends and family who live in Iowa, and Iowa is a super cheap travel spot, so we decided to take a mini-vacation. I knew we wouldn’t spend too much on the hotel or entertainment. I love how cheap everything is in a small town! But I was concerned about how much I would spend on food.
A few months ago, I made a commitment to lose 50 pounds. I started eating a whole-food, vegan diet and exercising daily. I’ve lost 25 pounds so far! I was worried about how I would eat healthy (on a tight budget) while on this trip. But I managed to do it!
Here are five tips for how to stick with a diet on a frugal vacation.
During my last semester of college, I began taking a medication that has the unfortunate side effect of increasing appetite. I constantly felt like I was starving no matter how much I ate. It’s not surprising that I rapidly gained 40 pounds. Several months ago, I made the decision to stop taking the medication because the benefits no longer seemed to outweigh the cost.
After stopping the medication, I was frustrated to find that although my appetite had decreased a little, I still felt hungrier than I should. I would eat a full bowl of crackers or cheerios, and instead of feeling full, I’d feel even hungrier than I had before I’d started eating.
I gained another 10 pounds and my BMI went from “overweight” to “obese”. I hadn’t been happy with my weight for the past few years, but it had at least remained stagnant for a while. Seeing it increase again, even though I had stopped taking the medication that had initiated my weight gain in the first place, scared me.
More than 1/3 of adults in the United States are obese, and obesity is the number one leading cause of death in the United States. Many overweight Americans have tried to lose weight at some point, and they know it’s not an easy thing to do. Losing weight requires frequent exercise, a diet that’s drastically different from what we’re used to (fast food and junk), and dedication.