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People have been consuming both chia and flaxseeds for centuries, but there is still a lot of confusion about their health benefits. This Buzzle article will compare the nutrition data of these seeds and explain the differences between the two.
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For many years, yoga and I had a very on-again, off-again relationship; I traipsed in and out of classes and studios during my high school and early college years but never allowed myself the opportunity to truly commit to a physical or spiritual practice – I was very busy, after all. After a few semesters of overeating, overthinking, and overpartying, I felt disconnected from my body and knew it was time to get serious about my health. Though I grew up dancing and cheering, I was never much of a conventional athlete – the idea of running a mile made me shudder – but yoga seemed just my speed.

After keeping up with a consistent practice, my body and mind started to reap the benefits. Here are a few of the gifts I never could have expected receiving from yoga.

I Started Paying Attention to My Body

Yoga gave me a kind of awareness about my muscles, joints, and mental state that I had never experienced. Once I began regularly practicing, I found myself checking in with my body in and outside of the yoga studio, realizing things I had never been cognizant of before. As I started listening to my body and began to take my practice seriously, the shift spilled its way into other facets of my life. I started eating better, partying less, and supporting my needs more. For the first time in my life, I moved and fueled myself in ways that felt caring.

I Was Forced to Face Fear Head-On

If you’re serious about your practice progressing and evolving, you have to step out of your comfort zone. At one point, I thought that I would be able to wake up one day with the magic ability to tackle tough arm-balancing postures, but I soon learned this wasn’t the case. Those yogis you see in class holding a Firefly or Handstand so comfortably? That took years of trying, falling, and making loud (sometimes embarrassing) noises in class. Once I stopped being so concerned about how advanced I appeared in class, I was able to move past my mind’s limitations, feel the fear, and trust my own body’s strength.

I Learned How to Breathe . . . Seriously

When you want to learn new poses, it’s essential to feel free and relaxed in your body and align your breath with your movement – this too did not come for me overnight. I had always considered myself to be a relatively “chill” person, but as I would feel myself tighten up and become frustrated in difficult poses, yoga helped me realize just how much tension and anxiety I was holding in my body every single day. Learning how to check in with my breath and slow things down has made a huge difference in the quality of my practice, and far off my mat, it began to transform my relationships and day-to-day responsibilities. Taking this quality of breath to my everyday life has helped me calm down, see things clearly, and take a step back when necessary.

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This Buzzle article presents nutrition data of the Pangasius fish, a mild-flavored, farm-raised fish, that is mostly produced and exported by South Asian countries. Here’s how it can be a healthy addition to your diet…
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To drink or not to drink? It’s a question not easily answered – at least when it comes to our health.


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We’ve all been in that yoga class where we can’t help but glance over at someone flowing beautifully through their practice with utter calmness, poise, crazy strength, and natural flexibility. Whether in a basic forward bend or an unbelievably still and strong forearm stand, you instantly feel inspired. You don’t have to step into a studio for that. Allow these yogi Instagrammers to inspire you anytime, anywhere.

Source: Instagram user tugbayoga; Front Page Image Source: Instagram user lady_yogaga, Instagram user tugbayoga

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Fallout anticipated from U.S. housing crisis,

Study found that bacteria followed people into their new home


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Have we been wrong all along about breakfast? For years experts have touted the first meal of the day as a weight-loss wonder, but recent studies have found that those who ate breakfast didn’t lose any more weight than those who did. Is it time to dethrone breakfast as the most important meal of the day?

In one study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers followed 300 volunteers over four months; some ate breakfast every day, some skipped it, and the rest just ate as they normally would. At the end of the 16 weeks, the scientists found that there was no difference in how many pounds someone lost based on whether or not they ate breakfast.

In another study, also published in the journal, lean participants were randomly assigned to skip or eat breakfast, then tracked with activity monitors. This study found that while the ones who ate breakfast did move around more in the morning, they also ate as many calories as they burned. The result: no difference between weight loss in the two groups, although the breakfast eaters did have more energy.

These results may point to the pointlessness of eating breakfast if you’re not hungry, but it’s important to remember that a morning meal could be beneficial in other ways. Many trainers recommend eating a high-protein breakfast within 30 minutes to an hour of waking up in order to feed muscle growth, which could help you burn more calories and be leaner in the long run. And whether you eat your breakfast before or after a morning workout, it can offer the fuel you need to push yourself harder or recover faster after exercise. So, even if it just boils down to preference, we’re all for starting the day with a healthy, protein- and fiber-rich meal – here are a few of our favorite healthy breakfast recipes that prove it!

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If you love Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream but don’t love that a half-cup serving is 200 calories, get out your food processor, a spoon, and a smile. This homemade ice cream is chock-full of cherry and chocolate goodness but without saturated fat and cholesterol.

Made with just four ingredients – fresh cherries, a banana, almond milk, and chocolate chips – this creamy recipe couldn’t be easier to whip up. And the flavor? Holy sweet cherry ecstasy! Seriously. You can see the fruitiness just bursting out of the bowl.

And because it’s made with fresh cherries, you get the antioxidant benefits, the filling fiber, and the potassium you wouldn’t get with a bowl of ice cream. But really, it’s the creamy texture and luscious flavor that make this recipe a winner – all for just 126 calories per lip-smacking serving.

Vegan Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Notes

If you put the ingredients in the freezer the night before, this recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Ingredients

2 cups cherries, fresh

1/2 banana


1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk


3 tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Wash and dry the cherries, and remove all the pits. Place in a freezer bag or glass container, and freeze for at least three hours. If you don’t have the time, you can use frozen cherries.
  2. Peel a banana, and place half in the freezer.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the almond milk into ice cube trays (save the other 1/4 cup), and freeze those as well, for at least three hours.
  4. Place the frozen cherries, half a frozen banana, the almond-milk ice cubes, and 1/4 cup almond milk in a food processor, and process until completely smooth, several minutes.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips, and enjoy immediately!

Source: Calorie Count


Nutrition

Calories per serving
126 calories

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DNA changes appear to rise with more years of

But years of research remain before this therapy could treat brain disorders, experts say


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We’ve all been there: we’re on our last set of squats, or slowly trudging through our last mile, when we hit the wall. That’s where the wise words of ballerina and Under Armour spokesperson Misty Copeland come in. Like any elite athlete, Misty has endured her fair share of physical pain and mental struggle as a daily part of her job. In fact, she’s powered through thoughts about quitting more times than the average person. “The mental strength that dancers have are beyond most,” she recently told us. “The mental capacity to be able to stand in the corps de ballet and stand on one leg when you’re framing the principal dancers – those mental tests really gave me so much character and strength in my life in general, to be able to push past all those voices in your head that are like, ‘You’re in pain; walk off stage; it doesn’t matter if you get fired.’”

Now a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty has a little advice we can all keep in mind the next time our gym instructor tells us to hold our plank for 30 more seconds. “Find a zen space in your mind, even if it’s just singing to yourself,” she advises. “Just pass the time and keep a steady breath.” Just staying focused and calm, she says, will help you push past not only physical barriers but also those negative thoughts that can hinder your workout. So the next time you feel like quitting your workout, channel your best inner ballerina with Misty’s words of encouragement.

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