Hey hey! I hope you all had an awesome weekend, and you know what that means…another batch of the best health & fitness articles from last week! If you haven’t been following me for long, I pull together five articles each week to help keep you abreast of interesting bits of info, healthy recipes, and fitness trends so you can focus on your hectic life and keeping up with your fitness goals.
This week we cover how to beat a cold now that we’re inching closer to winter, whether dairy protein is right for you, some inspirational tops to keep you motivated, meal prep recipes that are both colorful and healthy, and a tasty grilled veggie quesadilla recipe.
5 Best Articles From Last Week
How to Get Rid of a Cold
No matter how hard you fight it, you’re going to get a cold this winter. It’s unavoidable just like taxes, it’s going to happen. The kicker is that you can do a few things to kick it quickly so it doesn’t linger and make your weight loss journey harder than it has to be. You’ve probably heard a few of these before from your parents back when you were a kid, but these still hold true to this day.
“Most colds run their course in 3-5 days,” Dr. Helmers says. “If it’s going much beyond that — or if you have a fever, chest congestion, intensely sore throat, or facial pain — then it’s appropriate to be examined.”
Staying hydrated will soothe your scratchy throat, thin out your mucus, and help your body fire on all cylinders. Eating healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals so you don’t compound your cold symptoms and end up feeling worse. Adjust your workout, if you’re up for one, and listen to your body throughout. If you start to feel off, you should cut it short and plant yourself on the couch. Get plenty of sleep to give your body all the time it needs to heal up. Take plenty of cold meds & remedies like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, gargling salt water, and adding honey to your fluids to ease throat irritation.
Should You Be Supplementing with Dairy Protein?
Studies are pretty clear that when it comes to certain targeted stats, like biological value, dairy is superior. Not that you can’t get ultimate performance from veggie sources, because you absolutely can, but dairy makes things easier.
If you’re a vegetarian, or thinking about going vegetarian, getting enough protein can be a bit of struggle after ruling out animal meat products. However, using dairy as your protein source is one of the easiest, and tastiest, ways to infuse your diet with the nutrition your body needs while working out. The good folks over at Beachbody have a phenomenal write up about the merits of infusing dairy based protein into your diet as well as some additional options in case you’re lactose intolerant.
7 Inspirational Tops to Keep You Motivated
No matter where you’re at in your weight loss journey, motivation is crucial. It’s why I put so much stress everyone join a support group! A shot of inspiration at the right time can make the difference between continuing with your workout regimen and falling off the wagon. Keeping the momentum rolling will get you through the toughest workouts and these 7 tops give you that daily dose of inspiration to stay focused. Check them out!
Colorful Meal Prep Plan with Recipes
When you’re following an intense workout program, you need to feed your body with clean fuel so you can stay energized for the entire length of a workout and still feel great all day.
Prepping your meals at the beginning of the week is one of the best ways to have on-demand energy and fuel ready to go at a moment’s notice. Giving your body the nutrition it needs when it needs it is one of the key elements in losing weight and keeping it off. These delicious meal prep recipes are as colorful as they are healthy and are perfect for anyone going through INSANITY and on a 1500-1799 calorie diet. Use these recipes to supercharge your body to get the results you deserve!
Grilled Veggie Quesadilla
We all love tasty foods and if you’re down South, Mexican food is part of your diet. (I’m a fiend for fajitas and quesadillas.) The problem is, it’s fairly easy to wreck your diet with the high carbs, high sodium, and so on. This healthy quesadilla recipe makes us e of grilled veggies and whole wheat tortillas to crank up the healthy factor. The mozzarella / goat cheese combo gives you that phenomenal gooey cheese texture and taste without packing in a boatload of bad fat and calories. If you’re a Mexican food nut like me, you definitely need to try this recipe out!