Wanting to feel healthy and fit for the summer months? Look no further than Whole 30. If you haven't heard of Melissa and Dallas Hartwig's Whole 30 eating plan, you may need to look up and see if you are currently under a rock. This eating program has gotten national recognition since the release of the Hartwigs' best-selling novel, "It Starts With Food" released in 2012.
The Hartwigs suggest avoiding just four simple food groups for 30 days for tangible results. This isn't a crash diet where you drop 30 lbs in 30 days. In contrast, it's an eating plan that reorients your body away from cheap, processed junk to healthy, nutrient-rich, clean foods. You will not be disappointed with how you look, feel, and sleep after these 30 days. Their books tell it best, but here's Whole 30 in a nutshell.
What even are legumes?
Beans. With the exception of green beans, coffee beans, and snap peas, all beans are off the table. This includes Peanuts and Soybeans, which are commonly used for their oil. So watch out for these guys!
Why to avoid them?
Legumes are nutrient-binding, which keeps you from getting the beneficial nutrients that things like beans and other vegetables are supposed to be giving you. They are also difficult for your body to digest since they contain fermentable carbohydrates, these can off-set your gut bacteria and cause gas, bloating, cramps and related issues. No thank you.
Be wary of soy, which has compounds that function like estrogen, which could throw off your hormone balance. Also, keep an eye out for peanuts, which contain a certain protein that resists digestion and causes inflammation.
What is categorized as dairy?
From cows, sheep, and goats. Yogurt, cheese, milk, coffee creamer, soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk that isn't canned.
Why avoid it?
Dairy is great for strengthening babies-- like calves, goats, and even human babies. However, adult bodies do not do well with several of the components that are found in dairy, namely Lactose and Casein. These two portions of dairy products can trigger a series of disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and even become an underlying cause for hormone-driven cancers. Dairy can also cross-react with our immune systems, flaring up allergies, acne, and asthma.
What is categorized as sugar?
Basically everything happy and enjoyable in this life. Honey, agave, maple syrup, splenda and artificial sweeteners, (RIP diet coke) and fermented sugars, i.e. alcohol.
Why avoid them?
Here's the deal: Sugar is in everything. Bacon, spices, condiments…. Everything. This is not okay because added sugars are empty. They are high-calorie, low-nutritional value. It becomes a psychological issue, too. Overconsumption of sugar (and let's face it, how can you not overconsume sugar?) activates the pleasure and reward pathways in your brain. This creates a psychological cycle that causes your body to crave more. This is the same thing that happens with drug and alcohol addictions. Too much sugar will lead to metabolic irregularity, as well as hormonal dysregulation while also forming hard-to-break habits. These eventually can make you susceptible to disorders such as diabetes, obesity and many more. The same thing goes for the artificial sweeteners, and recent studies show that artificial sweeteners even increase your sugar cravings. Yikes!
What constitutes as a grain?
You have been deceived. Whole grains actually aren't as "healthy" as you thought. These include oats, barley, corn, quinoa, millet, rice, or buckwheat. All this time you've been trying to acquire a taste for bagels and whole-wheat toast for nothing. Take a minute, this is a tough pill to swallow.
Why avoid them?
These, like sugar, promote over consumption which leads to a slew of disorders and hormonal dysregulation. Grains also can create an imbalance of the good bacteria in your gut, which will elicit inflammation in the body (this is likely why you feel bloated after eating pizza or pasta). This inflammation can provoke several other issues too, including asthma, allergies, joint pain, skin conditions, headaches and even infertility. No thank you. Donuts are not worth it…. Sometimes. There are some good nutrients in grains, don't get me wrong, but these good nutrients are coupled with several nutrient-poor ingredients, which makes them less beneficial than fruits and vegetables.
Miley Cyrus' new album Younger Now promises to bring Miley Cyrus back to country music. In preparation for the album Miley has softened her image and bought a palatial country home in Nashville signaling that she truly desires to return to the music heritage of her youth. The first single off the album is the title track is a love letter written to country fans defending her past and laying out a hope for her future.
Taylor Swift's Web site is blank. Her Twitter profile exists, but there's no profile picture-- same goes for Facebook. Don't get me started on her Instagram-- she deleted all of the photos.
Just days ago Swift won her sexual assault case against a Denver DJ who groped her before a 2013 concert. Before that, we saw Swift in February during her only scheduled concert of the year. There was a brief commotion over the possibility of her being carried out of her New York City apartment in a suitcase and she supposedly has a new boyfriend, but really-- Swift has been totally off-the-grid.
Swift hasn't tweeted since May and her few Instagram posts this year were about new music from friends.
But, now a total blackout of her online existence? It can only mean one thing-- she's about to shut it down, only to bring it back to life like never before.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Swift because this is going to be epic.
Kelsea Ballerini knows what's up. Not only has she become a massive country music star in the last couple of years, she's also becoming known for her down-to-earth advice and very approachable vibe. A couple of years ago, people started comparing her legs to Carrie Underwood's-- a compliment for the ages, sure. But, when asked her workout routine she just said she walks her dog and tries to go easy on the chicken tenders every now and then. (Results definitely not guaranteed.)
When it comes to beauty advice, Kelsea's not trying to talk about some product you can only buy in France under a bridge from someone who once walked past Gwyneth Paltrow-- she's throwing out real helpful advice.
Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
But, really, she started slinging knowledge when she shared some advice from her mom, "My mom told me when I was younger... you either play up the eyes or the lip, but you can't do both because you'd look crazy."
This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
Everywhere you turn these days there is excitement for the solar eclipse. I can't blame people either. A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event so unique that people take vacations and travel oversees to catch them. But with all the buzz about the solar event, a lot of us still don't know exactly what it is. So who better to educate us that 8 year-old genius and Global Science Ambassador Romanieo Golphin, Jr?
Kip Moore's Video for "The Bull" Is a Wild Ride That Will Remind You Life is About the Ups AND the Downs
Kip Moore doesn't usually record songs he didn't write. But once you hear "The Bull," you'll immediately understand why he chose to perform this outside song.
Jimmy Kimmel recently spoke out against white supremacy during a late night monologue and upset a lot of people. Our publishing of said monologue created the same effect. Instead of going at his detractors with bared teeth, Kimmel simply read their thoughts out loud on air while blurring out their names, noting where they were right, and where they erred. If there's one thing that can begin to heal our differences it's a rational, calm, conversation.