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60 Must-Read Health & Fitness Blogs for 2012

60 Must-Read Health & Fitness Blogs for 2012
There's a dizzying number of blogs out there, all tempting us to procrastinate at work. But it's hard to know which sites are truly trustworthy, entertaining, informative, and Pinnable. So we went ahead and scoured the blogosphere to narrow it down to these standouts. They're keeping it real (no #fitspo here), using science to back up claims, always staying positive and inspiring, and delivering content we can't stop reading and sharing. We went after blogs that address interesting and timely issues and feature useful, upbeat (but never in an annoying way) posts that reflect Greatist's mission of making healthy living a little bit easier and a lot more fun. Note: Blogs are arranged in no particular order.

20 Foods to Boost Your Metabolism Delicious, nutrient-dense foods like chocolate and avocado can help you lose weight. When trying to lose weight, we tend to fixate on the foods we aren’t supposed to eat. We salivate over cheesecake at the coffee shop, eyeball our partners’ pizza and dream about cheese, glorious cheese. Instead, shift the focus to the delicious and healthy foods that actually speed up metabolism, aiding in weight loss and preventing the storage of more fat. You might just get so hooked on green tea, yogurt, avocado and hot peppers that you find yourself cheating on your former favorites, not on your diet.Green tea If you want to get your metabolism revving, choose green tea over black tea or coffee. Apples That oft-repeated adage about apples and doctors is backed by solid science. Low-fat yogurt Probiotics in products that contain live bacteria, like yogurt, help beneficial bacteria in the gut process food more efficiently. Celery Cinnamon Did you know that cinnamon is a natural blood sugar stabilizer? Oats

Clean Eating Snacks for All-Day Energy 146 I don’t think about food much and am not one to cook much either. I’m on healthy-eating autopilot and that suits me just fine. But why should I keep my eating lifestyle to myself? I like to share, even if I don’t like to think about food much. I snack because it keeps my blood sugar at an even keel – I’m wicked cranky without a regular infusion of food. I consider healthy eating to be a lifestyle, not a diet. Snacks should be a balance of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. You can use the following list as pre- or post-workout snacks, mini-meals, between-meal snacks, or evening snacks. I’ve put these snacks together in a certain way here, but feel free to mix ‘em up any way you please. For each snack below, choose one protein and one complex carbohydrate. You may also be interested in: You may also enjoy:

Ten Great Books to Expand Your Horizons I've always been a voracious reader and even though I get most of my reading fix from scientific journals these days, I try to squeeze in an interesting book whenever I get a chance. "Interesting" to me usually means whatever topic I find interesting at the moment. And when something piques my interest, I binge read. I'll plow through scores of books on a topic, and I'll only slow down when my obsession wanes. In my youth, I was obsessed with the horror genre, fantasy books, and science fiction. I took my reading very seriously, and kept a notebook in which I reviewed each one of them once I finished. In my late teens, after I discovered strength training and became interested in nutrition, I read everything I came over on those topics. In my early twenties, I kept reading all sorts of books on nutrition and physiology, but I had periods where I drifted into entirely different subjects - like film theory, evolutionary theory, behavioral science and psychology, for example. P.S. 3. 4. 5.

7 Ways to Fix Rude Tween Behavior When my daughter, Anna, got home from school the other day, I told her, "We've got to get you new shoes. Take a quick break, and then let's jump in the car. " In response, my usually mellow and mild-mannered 12-year-old threw down her backpack and snapped, "Oh. My. God. I JUST got home and you're not EVEN gonna let me rest for five minutes? "We don't have to leave this instant," I said. "NO! "Hey, calm down. "YOU rest! "What's wrong with her?" "I think the hormones have arrived, " I said. "What the...?!" "The first time I heard her say something under her breath, I was surprised," says Gamin Summers of her "extra-sweet" 9-year-old daughter. This may be especially true if it seems that your kid has gone from happy to snappy before her time. And then, of course, there are myriad outside influences. It's worth noting, too, that regardless of when tween 'tude sets in, boys and girls tend to act out differently. The Blunder Years? Some tips to help you both make it safely to the other side:

Arriva Leo Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Headset Review My airline travel has recently picked up the past year and I find myself on planes for more hours than I can remember. And if you have ever spent any time in coach on an airline, you know the value of a good set of headphones. I have tried every earbud known to man and have come to the conclusion that there is no good earbud. Before getting my hands on the Leo my day-to-day stereo Bluetooth headset was the Motorola S10-HD. Let’s start out with some photos: The Arriva comes with a micro-USB charger, 3 sets of earbud covers in addition to 1 set already on the earbuds, and a hard foam round carrying case that holds the Arriva quite nicely. 2 sets of the earbuds have a little loopy things (yes, that is a technical term) that extend from the earbud to push against the inside of your ear to hold the earbud in place. Here is a better picture of what it looks like on the back of my head. The next picture is a closeup shot of the main unit on the headset. Where the Leo has no teeth:

Maintain Your Lean, Mean Racing Machine If you are looking for those magic nutrition tips to drop 10 pounds in two weeks, don't read this column. If you expect fast results from a highly restrictive or prescriptive diet, it's not here. If you are interested in a life-long eating strategy that has sustainable results, read on. Early in the year typically means more cyclists than usual will pay me a visit or give me a call to review training plans and diets. Tip #1: Think about your diet and nutrition plan as a long-term goal. You will never reach your full potential as an athlete if you are not healthy. Tip #2: Enjoy food. While eating fresh vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat dairy products might be close to a religion for some people, they may not be the only food products you want to consume while on earth. The 80-20 rule applies to eating, I believe. Tip #3: There is no perfect plan for everyone, find what works for you. Tip #4: Think about your calorie balance like a bank account.

Following the DASH Eating Plan - NHLBI, NIH The DASH eating plan is easy to follow using common foods available in your grocery store. The plan includes daily servings from different food groups. The number of servings you should have depends on your daily calorie (energy) needs. To figure out your calorie needs, you need to consider your age and physical activity level. If you want to maintain your current weight, you should eat only as many calories as you burn by being physically active. This is called energy balance. If you need to lose weight, you should eat fewer calories than you burn or increase your activity level to burn more calories than you eat. Consider your physical activity level. Use the chart below to estimate your daily calorie needs. Daily Calorie Needs for Women Daily Calorie Needs for Men After figuring out your daily calorie needs, go to the table below and find the closest calorie level to yours. DASH Eating Plan—Number of Food Servings by Calorie Level Fat content changes the serving amount for fats and oils.

How to Choose Appetizers for a Dinner Party from Better Homes and Gardens Select Your Appetizers Appetizers come in salty, sweet, light, rich, hot, cold, and any flavor combination you can imagine. Think of appetizers as falling into families of foods. Select from these appetizer families: Garden: raw, cooked, and stuffed vegetables; potatoes; olives; fruits; and berries Starch: finger sandwiches, canapes, pizza, dumplings, filled phyllo pastry, bruschetta, breadsticks, crackers, biscotti, rolls, and buns Protein: meat and fish dishes, such as meatballs, riblets, sliced meats, skewered meats, chicken wings, shellfish, fish, sushi, plus egg and cheese selections Snacks: nuts, chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, popcorn, and other mostly savory finger foods Dips and Spreads: dips, compound butters, tapenades, pates, guacamole, relishes, and other spreads Get Our Appetizer Quantity Guide. Check out these cheesy appetizer course recipes. Try these easy appetizer recipes.