Monday, April 7, 2014

Oil Pulling

If you would have told me a month ago that I would be swishing around coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes a day, I would have called you a liar and gone on with my day. Yet, here I am, swishing coconut oil around for 20 minutes in the morning. What can I say? I'll do anything for my health. So, this oil pulling that's all the rage is supposed to whiten teeth (plaque is fat soluble, so the oil essentially dissolves it), keep gums healthy, and extract toxins from your body, among other things. I've been oil pulling for about a month now, and I can honestly say it does whiten my teeth, and I've noticed myself sleeping a whole lot better which I've concluded may have something to do with extracting toxins from my body. And I'm not the only one who has seen these results; the blog-osphere is filled with testimonials about how great oil pulling is, and celebs like Shaliene Woodley and Gwyneth Paltrow have been raving about it. So, is it a myth? Is it for real? Who knows if oil pulling is actually as beneficial as it has been made out to be? I don't, but as long as I keep seeing results, I'll keep on oil pulling. You can decide for yourself whether you oil pull or not, but this blogger has given his two-cents about it! 

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Injuries

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Just after Thanksgiving I injured my knee, and to this day it is still not fully healed. I start physical therapy tomorrow, as a matter of fact. But this post isn't to whine and complain about my own injury; this post is going to be about how to cope with an injury that prohibits you from exercising (in my case, running). So here are the methods I have used and am still using to cope with my knee injury:

  • Use the time to focus on other areas of your fitness. I have used the time that I haven't been running (or doing much of any cardio) to focus on my weight training. In fact, I have incorporated cardio into my weight routine through super sets.
  • Use the time to focus on eating well. Since I haven't been staying at the gym as long because I don't have to get in any cardio sessions, I have more time to prepare meals and such. I have experimented with a lot of different recipes and snacks, and it's been very refreshing.
  • Have a positive attitude! Throughout my time being injured, I have kept a positive attitude and always think forward to the future and know that I will be running when I get better. It really helps me feel better!
  • Practice mental health techniques. Since my injury I have taken up meditation. I'm not very good at it, but I'm working on that! So far, I can tell that it keeps me calmer and gives me a better mindset altogether. 
So, there you have it. I may be injured, but I'm not unable! Having an injury does suck, but it doesn't have to suck that much. So if you're injured, cheer up, buttercup!