Saturday, June 25, 2016

8 Warm-Up Exercises You Aren't Doing But Totally Should

These are the moves everyone should be doing.























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Warming up before a workout is key for reducing injury. Personal trainer and nutritionist Albert Matheny says that warming up "helps make sure you don't load your joints, tendons, and ligaments too much, too soon." So we asked Matheny, founder of SoHo Strength Lab and Promix Nutrition, to come up with a list of warm-up exercises everyone should do before any type of workout. It's time to get your gym on.























Walkout



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How to do it: Bend at the waist and reach down to touch your toes. Keep your legs as straight as possible and slowly walk your hands out until you're in push-up position. Then walk your hands back to the starting position. Try to keep your hands as flat as possible on the ground. Complete 10 times.




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Foot-to-Hand



Foot-to-Hand



How to do it: Start in push-up position. Move your left foot to your hand, keeping your leg at a 90-degree angle. Then raise your left hand and reach up, looking at your fingertips, and come back down. Then repeat on the other side.




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Sunday, June 12, 2016

21 People Who Have No Bloody Idea How A Period Works

“Do cat fish have menstrual periods?”
















This person who is just 50 shades of confused:



This person who is just 50 shades of confused:






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This person who can apparently lay eggs:



This person who can apparently lay eggs:






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This question which needs an explanation:



This question which needs an explanation:






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This guy who needs help mad swift:



This guy who needs help mad swift:






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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7 Convenient Ways to Cleanse Your Healing Crystals

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Amethyst, rose quartz, aquamarine . . . there are so many beneficial crystals to choose from that can complement your yoga lifestyle.

 

You might resonate with certain stones or be attracted to them based on your personal needs. You might be attracted to wearing emerald in the spring because of its connection to our third chakra, the center of transformation and change. Rose quartz can encourage love, while amethyst can take away anxiety. The fact is that the crystals pick you depending on your needs in a given moment.

 

Healing crystals are also referred to as gemstones or chakra stones. Whatever healing gemstone you may turn to, it's important to know that every stone should be cleansed regularly.

 

When should you cleanse your stones? Begin right after you buy or receive it. Then after that, if you wear a stone for healing purposes, it needs cleansing and “recharging” after each use. If worn as jewelry, you can opt to cleanse them daily or weekly, especially after they start looking dull. Crystals that are used to cleanse our environment (such as selenite in your home) should be cleansed monthly.

 

Healing crystals, or gemstones, are part of a category called “vibrational healing.” They both absorb and give energy, so it's important to discard any built-up negativity.

 

You can cleanse your stones based on their type and color. For example, for softer stones such as malachite or selenite, you can use sunlight or moonlight rather than water (so the water doesn't “wash away” any properties). Whichever method you choose, gemstone cleaning doesn't need to be a hassle.

 


Here are 7 of the most effective, convenient ways to cleanse and recharge your healing crystals:


 


1. Natural Water


Water neutralizes the negative energy stored in the stone and directs it back to the earth. Rinse and stimulate your stones with water by placing it under directly under natural rainfall for 4-5 minutes. If it's a dry season, you can also place your stones in a colander and run your stones under a faucet for about 10 minutes.

 

Important to note: Water does have a physical force, so be sure to only clean hard stones such as amethyst, turquoise or quartz with this method.

 


2. Sunshine


Sunlight and moonlight can charge and clean your gemstone. The sun will supply a newly harvested gemstone with yang solar energy that balances the stone's innate yin energy it received from the earth during its creation. For stones that are susceptible to discoloration under the strong sun (such as amethyst, rose quartz or amber, you can opt to put them out at dawn for an hour.

 

Important to note: Moonlight is a more delicate (and non color-altering) method that is especially effective with a full moon, because it's at its brightest and full potential, increasing the stone's vibrations.

 


3. Earth


You can use the elements of the earth by burying your stones underground for a full day. Let the earth soak up all the unwanted energies contained within the stones so they are cleansed and refreshed.

 


4. Fire Power


You can use fire or smoke to cleanse your stones, by quickly burning your stones or smudging. Direct fire immediately burns away any negative energy and is done in a matter of seconds over a candle. Smudging can be done with sage sticks, palo santo, or commercial incense like sandalwood or cedar, which is known to remove negativity. Wave your stone over your smoke source for 20-30 seconds to cleanse it while simultaneously purifying your home.

 


5. Salt Water


A salt water bath is one of the most common methods to clean your gemstones. Throughout history, salt has been used in all religions for rituals and as a vehicle to absorb unwanted energy. With this technique, soak your stones overnight in water with a pinch of sea salt. Ideally, if you have access to sea water, you can bring them back to nature and let them sit in the sea in a mesh bag. Make sure to give them a rinse in clear water after the salt bath to remove any residue.

 

Important to note: It is not always advisable to use salt water to cleanse stones as the salt can damage certain delicate stones, such as hematite or pyrite.

 


6. Other Stones


Certain crystals and clusters (like quartz or amethyst) have the ability to absorb and regenerate other stones. One of the most popular cleansing crystals that can purify gemstones of their negativity is selenite. To cleanse your stones, lay them on selenite for at least six hours (but the longer the better). Selenite and clear quartz clusters actually amplify the energy of your other stones. They have the ability to absorb, neutralize and then recharge your stones with higher vibrations.

 











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7. Meditation


Yes, you can meditate your way to cleansed stones! There are ways to clean and meditate with your gemstones at the same time. You can balance your own energies during meditation by blowing balanced breath onto your jewels. It's important to state an intention so you can refuel your gemstone after you clean it. If you practice this form of crystal cleansing regularly, it will come naturally, and the calmness of your being will allow for true stone sterilization.

 

Important to note: Do not do this in vain. Make sure you practice this with relaxed and true meditation. A double whammy is to do a meditation-cleanse during a full moon!

 

 

Whether you are in the market for a new stone to add to your collection, or you just want to know how to maintain your existing stones, cleansing your stones regularly is important.

 

The color, texture and feeling of a stone plays a big role in reflecting a certain season, chakra and moreover, your own personality. As mentioned, our own personal vibrations are actually attracted to the stones we need to wear, so take care of your stones like you would yourself. Whatever stone strikes your fancy, just don't forget to start with a good crystal cleanse after your purchase!

 


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26 Times Squidward Summed Up What It's Like To Be Depressed

Tell me to ~just cheer up~ one more time.
















When you wake up on a bad day and have to face the prospect of getting out of bed.



When you wake up on a bad day and have to face the prospect of getting out of bed.






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And then when you actually try:



And then when you actually try:






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When someone asks how you are and you don't know if they want the honest answer or not:



When someone asks how you are and you don't know if they want the honest answer or not:






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When you try to do something you used to enjoy.



When you try to do something you used to enjoy.






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Monday, June 6, 2016

Can You Pick The Dunkin' Donuts Drink With The Most Sugar?

None of them are exactly not-sugary. But one of them in particular is pretty darn high in sugar.















31 Hawaiian-Style Foods You Should Try In This Lifetime

Poké bowls all day every day.























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Here I've listed a few of my favorites. Unfortunately, I couldn't include them all, so if there's any that I missed and you feel strongly about it, please include them in the comments!
















































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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Delicious Gluten-Free, Vegan Seed and Veggie Bread Recipe

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Whether you have Celiac disease, a gluten sensitivity or you just prefer not to consume gluten or wheat-based products, you probably miss really good bread. Regardless of your reason for avoiding wheat and gluten, rest assured there are numerous other grains to satisfy your bread cravings, along with countless recipes. If you follow a gluten-free diet but still crave a crunchy, crusty piece of bread, look no further!

 

Here's a healthy, gluten-free, vegan and veggie-loaded bread you can whip up in no time:

 


Ingredients:



  • 1 cup dry brown rice or 1 cup store-bought rice flour

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup almond meal or flour

  • 2 tbsp psyllium husk

  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour

  • 4 tbsp flax seeds

  • 1 cup vegetable shreds (such as carrot or sweet potato)


 


Tools needed:



  • Food processor, grinder or blender

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Bread pan or muffin tin


 


Yield:



  • 1 loaf or 12 muffins


 

Heat your oven to 375 degrees F. If not using store-bought rice flour, place the rice in a food processor (http://amzn.to/1X9hXdw) or grinder and blend until it forms a powder. Add the rice flour, almond meal, psyllium husk, tapioca flour and flax seeds into a large bowl. Using a spoon, mix everything together.

 











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Add in the olive oil and combine until it begins to stick together. At this point you can fold in the vegetable shreds. Stir well.

 

Next, put the mixture into a baking tin, bread pan or muffin tin. If using a muffin tin, place muffin cups in tin before filling. If you use a bread pan, you can simply put a dab of oil on the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking.

 

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until you can a pierce a toothpick into the center of the loaf and it comes out clean. Let cool before consuming.

 

This completely guilt- and gluten-free bread recipe is loaded with healthy fats and veggies that you won't regret eating. Have a piece with some tea for breakfast or use it as a bun with your veggie burger. Enjoy!

 

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