Weekly Blog Roundup August 30, 2020

As I am putting together this blog roundup I am thinking back over our week. It was once again a very busy one in our household. Bill had his 45th birthday! Happy birthday to my wonderful husband!

Ice Cream cake doesn’t last long in the desert, even with AC!
I didn’t add 45 candles, I didn’t want to hurry the melting along!

Our son, who is now a freshman in high school, moved to the garage. We have an air-conditioned room out there that the previous owner had made out of half of the 2-car garage. He wanted more privacy and a place to be able to be a bit louder and we were ok with that!

Of course, the health and fitness content creators online stayed super busy this week and for that we’re always thankful. It is amazing the amount of talent, creativity, and hard work that abounds around us. I am so thankful each week when I’m putting together this blog roundup to be able to read, listen to, and watch such awesome folks!

I’m also really glad to be getting to know so many of you, rather we talk on social media, over email, or message each other I really enjoy the conversations I get to have and the insights I get. You all rock!

Anyway, without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s blog roundup! Thank you all so much for reading.


Mindful Eating

Susan from A Humble Delight brings us a really insightful post about mindful eating. I know that when I decided to get healthy one of the things I realized about my eating was that it was habitual.

I didn’t really enjoy it, sometimes I wasn’t even that aware of it, it was almost mindless eating. Susan shows us how to do the exact opposite. This is something that I learned on my own but I wish I had her blog post a few years ago to help me through!

She eloquently explains the importance of being present while eating and listening to your body and then gives great tips to help you develop a mindful eating practice. I definitely think that this is something almost everyone could use and that’s why it’s in our blog roundup. We get so busy in our lives and rush through everything, including meals, or we zone out while Netflix is playing and snack without paying any attention.

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

This delicious recipe is from the lovely and talented Chenée from Chenée Today I love cauliflower and we eat a lot of it so when I find a new recipe for it I am always excited to throw it into my weeknight circulation!

Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorite side dishes and she amps it up with the delicious flavors of garlic, lemon, and scallions mmmmm! Do not miss this recipe!

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

How Much Water Should You Drink in a Day?

You’ve probably been told that you need to drink more water. Better hydration can help prevent headaches, stave off hunger, improve your complexion, and get you through the two o’clock slump. So, how much water should you drink in a day?

The exact answer seems to be elusive, is it an ounce for each pound you weigh? 8 glasses a day? A gallon of water each day? We find out in this article.

How to Prevent Muscle Loss in a Calorie Deficit

Rob from Nothing Barred Fitness had a really great post with strategies on how to keep from losing muscle while you are maintaining a caloric deficit. I’m at the point in my health journey where I’m trying to gain muscle and not am basically in maintenance as far as my caloric intake goes.

However, as Rob points out, we naturally start to lose muscle as we age, and ya’ll I just turned 40! So, I got a ton of great information out of this post but of course, I recommend it for anyone who is actively losing weight currently.

Rob does a great job of showing how building muscle (and keeping it) helps you burn more fat while at rest, makes it harder for your body to store fat, and how more muscle is better for your long-term health and wellness.

The strategies he gives including lifting heavy and resistance training are solid and he explains everything thoroughly. I included it in our blog roundup because I think it is pertinent to so many people. Make sure you read this one!

“But Those Weights Will Make You Look Like A Man!”

Another post about lifting really struck me because of how often I have heard this! Ladies, this is just bunk! Carrots ‘N’ Cake is one of my favorite sites and Tina is one of my favorite fitness writers. She is fierce, she lifts heavy, and she definitely doesn’t look like a man!

In this post she outlines all of the ways that women benefit from lifting and there are so many! I can tell you from experience that just the feeling you get from lifting, that you are strong and capable, is amazing. It carries over to so many other aspects of your life, for real!

Essential Nutrients – What They Are & How to Get Them

We are constantly told we need to eat healthful foods, get our vitamins and minerals in, and strive for a balanced intake of all of the essential nutrients but has anyone ever really defined what that means? This article takes a look at what the essential nutrients are, why we need them, and ways we can make sure we are getting them every day.

Therapeutic Ketogenic Diets With Joy Kiddie LCHF RD

In this episode of Vinnie Tortorich’s Fitness Confidential Podcast, Vinnie sits down with Joy Kiddie who is a Registered Dietician. They discuss her own weight loss journey that happened after she had already discovered low carb/keto and had been recommending it for her clients for 2 years!

I really enjoyed this episode because listening to Joy describe how she just felt sick but couldn’t really put a finger on why or what was wrong reminded me of exactly how I felt for years before I found the ketogenic diet.

Joy kept a record of her own journey online and you can read about it on her website. She recorded and tracked everything as if she were her very own patient. It is incredibly interesting.

Joy uses therapeutic ketogenic diets to help her patients with seizure disorders, glioblastomas, and type 2 diabetes. She uses different types of low carb diets with different people and tailors them to their specific needs.

20 Minute Quick Thigh & Leg Workout!

This workout is isolated for thigh sculpting, slimming, & toning and doesn’t require weights. It is brought to us by Cassey Ho from Blogilates and is a lot of fun!

All right everyone that is all for this week, I hope that you enjoyed this edition of our weekly blog roundup! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have an amazing weekend and that next week is full of everything you need it to be!


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