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December 16, 2020

Building Better Health With CBD: Three Ways To Include CBD Products Into Your Daily Life

Building Better Health With CBD

The legalised production, sale and consumption of CBD-based products and pharmaceuticals has led thousands of deals to hit the average global market. Consumers may have a whole set of reasons to use these products, but on top of that is to see how CBD benefits can be a game-changer in the medical field.

If you are ready to jump on the bandwagon of people using CBD to support their wellbeing but don’t know where to start, here we give you a few simple ways on how you can include CBD into your daily routine.

Anyway, just a gentle reminder: people may have different reactions and tolerances on any practicable routine, so it’s only you who can determine whether or not it is the best way to incorporate CBD in your life. It all depends on the effects you are looking for and the goals you are trying to achieve from taking CBD. To help you get started, let’s shed light on some examples of routines that could work for your needs.

Starting The Day Right & Healthy

Morning routines often begin with a short exercise session followed by a series of hygienic practices. You’ve probably ripped some muscles after doing some early workout riser. Well, good for you! Now, it’s time to have some CBD cream or balm to soothe your muscle pain. Soon you’ll feel a calming sensation in your joints and muscles.

Off for a bath then? If you are thinking of a great way to add CBD to your morning hygiene, you can use CBD-based shampoos, conditioners or body wash to enhance your shower experience.

Of course, nothing goes wrong with a healthy breakfast meal that will perk you up throughout the early part of your day. But, don’t forget that a special serving of cannabidiol can be a healthier cross point in your morning journey. CBD capsules or gummies are perfect supplements to the usual vitamins you take every morning. For some people, taking CBD oil tinctures or adding it in a cup of an invigorating coffee or tasty meals is also a perfect pick-me-up in the morning.

What To Have For Lunch Break? 

Some people, especially workers, tend to experience a mid-day downturn after lunch. Instead of going for a regular iced coffee, a packet of cigarette or some sugary snacks, you can try a CBD-infused energy drink or snack like CBD energy bar to get you going for the rest of the day.

Let’s Call It a Night!

Treating yourself to a warm bath after a long day will help clean off your day’s stress. And what better way is there than soaking in the essence of an aromatic CBD bath bomb, right? Before you hit the sack, you can add some CBD products (facial cleanser, night cream, lip butter, serum) to your night-time skincare routine. Last but foremost, take your CBD gummies or a full dropper of CBD oil for a good night’s sleep.

January 31, 2019

Is Eating Breakfast Good for Weight Loss?

is breakfast good for weight loss?

When it comes to dieting, you will always find opposing views. It’s hard to know what to believe. Remember when eggs were bad for you? And then good for you? And then bad for you again?

It is hard to know which side is the right side and which is the contrarian. I bring this up because the post I wrote just before this one talked about making breakfast the biggest meal of the day if you want to increase your weight loss. Now, after reading that article, I came across this one from vox.com that says eating breakfast is not a good weight loss strategy.

Which one should you believe? I’ll take a look at this Vox article and provide my thoughts below.

Is Breakfast an Important Part of Weight Loss?

The article starts off in the subheader with something that I long knew, which is the myth of “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Do you know where that mantra came from? A cereal company. Did they do any research to make this assertion? No. They simply wanted to sell more cereal, and customers ate it up. The saying about breakfast being the most important meal still persists today, even though it is wrong.

I liken it to a mattress company telling you that the weight of your mattress doubles every 8 years because of the collection of dust and mites and dead skin cells. They say you should replace your mattress every 8 years. Know why? Because then they sell more product! If a mattress kept doubling in weight every so often, there would be some of them out there that would require a forklift to pick up today. It’s simply not true.

Back to the point, there is more research on the myth of breakfast that is debunking the old mantra. In fact, it has been found that eating breakfast does not help with weight loss, and in fact, it may lead to weight gain. Controlled trials, whereby participants either ate breakfast or skipped breakfast, were conducted to find differences between the two groups. One trial followed 300 test subjects for 16 weeks and found that eating breakfast produced no effect on weight loss during the study period.

Simply put, there is no evidence that points to breakfast consumption as promoting weight loss. In fact, skipping breakfast altogether seems to be the formula for weight loss. It can, when done in a healthy way, be a useful strategy in reducing your weight. It is almost like a form of intermittent fasting (hlcomic.com/intermittent-fasting-for-weight-loss/), whereby you observe times of fasting and times of eating.

Overall, I think what is more important than the timing of your meals is what you eat. The nutritional value of the food you consume, and the quantity that you eat (keeping your calorie count in check) will provide the best strategy for reaching your ideal weight. So whether to eat breakfast or not, that is up to you – the point is to just watch what you eat, and how much you eat. Don’t worry so much about the when.

January 31, 2019

Lose Weight By Eating Earlier in the Day

It turns out that it doesn’t only matter what you eat, but also when you eat it that affects how much weight you can lose. I was intrigued by the headline of this interview on cbn.com today that I had to check out what it is all about.

From the get-go, I was hooked on what I could learn from this article. As it starts off, “even if you eat the same number of calories, you’ll lose more weight if you eat them earlier in the day rather than later on.” They quote Dr. Michael Roizen, who is the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic and the author of the book What to Eat When.

I was curious about the science behind this, and present my findings below.

How the Timing of Meals Affects Weight Loss

So, after visiting the article from CBN, I found that instead, it was an interview with the doctor. I encourage you to visit their site (linked above) to watch the full video yourself, but here are the main points that I gleaned from it.

The biggest tip that I took away from this is that you should be eating your biggest meal of the day at least 8 hours before bedtime. Additionally, you should be eating your dinner for breakfast. I know that would be quite a big adjustment, but there is a reasoning behind this.

book review of What to Eat When

The thought behind this orientation of your meals is that your dinner is traditionally the largest meal that you eat each day. When you are asleep at night, your metabolism slows down. Your metabolism is much more efficient during the day when you are more active. It makes sense that if you eat a big meal within the hours before bedtime, you don’t have enough time to fully metabolize it and digest it. Rather, it stays in your stomach and is converted into fat.

By avoiding eating within a few hours of bedtime, and also by moving your biggest meal to the breakfast hours, you avoid this period of non-digestion overnight that just adds to weight gain. If you eat your biggest meal at the earliest point of the day, you have the whole rest of the day to be active and make much more efficient use of those calories.

What are your thoughts on this meal plan? Do you think that you could avoid eating a meal for at least 8 hours before bedtime? I know that it would be a big adjustment for me. It’s almost like a modified version of intermittent fasting. How about making breakfast your biggest meal of the day? I know that life can get crazy and you want to get all the sleep that you can, and breakfast often falls by the wayside due to time constraints. Could you work this into your routine? Leave your comments below!

Macro Diet

counting macronutrients

It seems like everybody these days that are trying to improve their physique is not dieting, but rather they are “counting their macros.” What does this mean? And does it work? I take a look at this dieting practice to see how easily it can be implemented, and if the results are worth all the meticulous calculation.

What is Counting Macros?

The reason why most diets do not work is that they restrict us to a low-calorie amount every day that just leaves us deprived, hungry, and reliant on calculating our carbs or calories on a daily basis.

Rather than starve yourself on a calorie-restricted diet, what if you were to take it to a higher level and eat as much food as you want but instead you count macros? 

The goal of a macro diet is to be eating the right ratio of foods to help you achieve dietary goals or reach a certain body type. It is not just dieting for the sake of weight loss, as it can also be a beneficial practice if you are looking to gain weight or add muscle.

The concept behind it is calculating the right ratio of macronutrients to help you hit your body goals.

how to count macros

What Are Macros?


I mentioned the word already above, but macro is short for macronutrient. When it comes to having a healthy body, we rely on micronutrients like vitamins and minerals, as well as macronutrients which are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, and water (defined further here). While this type of nutrient counting primarily started with bodybuilders, who wanted to hit the perfect ratio to help them build more lean muscle and cut fat to stay shredded, it has been adapted to different ratios for the goals of weight loss as well.

Benefits of Macro Counting


The biggest advantage of counting macros, instead of lowering your calorie intake, is that it allows more flexibility in your meals. You won’t be eliminating entire groups of foods like other diets tend to do. It can be a much more sustainable diet to stick with as it provides so many options that are left out of many of the other popular diets.

Difficulty of Counting Macros


However, while it can be a more enjoyable experience, in terms of the kinds of foods that you eat, it is a much more disciplined practice and can be very tedious to keep track of. You not only need to keep track of the grams of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates you eat (in a certain ratio that is relative to your body goals), but you also need to take into account your height, weight, and activity level. There is no “one size fits all” calculation to make sure you are hitting the right ratio. It takes commitment to tracking your food intake, as well as planning your meals, to make sure that you are getting it right.

However, if done properly, it can be a highly effective way to reach your diet goals no matter what they may be. As written in this post, it is not so much about how much you are eating, the more critical component is what you are eating. If you get the ratios right, you will be well on your way to meeting your objectives.

December 27, 2018

Tips to Eat Better in 2019

If you want to eat better in the new year to hit your weight loss goals, it’s time to learn from the mistakes that you made in the past year that put you in this shape in the first place. The New York Times put together a year-end wrap up that highlighted some of the best diet articles that they wrote over the year, as voted by their readers. Implement these into your lifestyle in the next year to help reach your goals!

Diet Tips for 2019

If you want to eat better next year, take a look at some of these NYT articles for some great diet tips that can help you shed some unwanted weight. These were the favorite topics from their readership over the course of the year and provide a wealth of information that can be easily implemented into your lifestyle.

Eating a Low Carb Diet


It was found that adults who cut carbohydrates out of their diet and replaced them with healthy fats were able to lose a considerable amount of weight.

This helps your body reach a state of ketosis (described here), whereby you are burning fat for your body’s energy as opposed to carbohydrates. 

diet tips from NYT

It is said that individuals who follow this kind of diet can burn, on average, up to 250 calories per day more than someone on a regular diet.

If you’d like to read the full article regarding this topic, you can find it here.

Practice Diet Quantity, Not Quality


Rather than focusing on how much you are eating by counting calories and portion size, instead you should be focusing on the kinds of foods that you eat. It is much more beneficial to be getting more calories from meals that are rich in nutrients than it is to starve yourself and getting your limited calories from less healthy food options. Don’t stress over calories. Rather, make smarter choices with what you eat.

You can find more information on this topic in their article here.

When You Eat is Important


Just like the article provided above focuses on what you eat, another critical component is when you eat. It was found that our bodies function at their best when we follow an eating schedule that is aligned with our natural circadian rhythm. Eating late night snacks or having meals too close to bedtime can disrupt our natural schedule, messing up our metabolism and causing weight gain and a host of other issues.

Read more about the timing of your meals in the NYT article here.

Tips for Eating Less Sugar


If you want to lose weight, you need to cut out unhealthy snacking and make smarter choices. However, it can be tough to cut sugar completely from your diet. This article goes into detail on how you can reduce your consumption of sugar while still having sweet treats in your diet. It has a lot of helpful advice and snack alternatives that you may end up enjoying more than the unhealthy snacking you’ve been doing!

December 27, 2018

What is the OMAD Diet?

how does the OMAD diet work?

One of the biggest diet trends of the year was intermittent fasting, which involves cycling between periods of starvation and indulgence as a means to throw your metabolism a curveball and keep it guessing. This way, your metabolism doesn’t become accustomed to a consistent eating pattern and stays at peak efficiency at all times.

Just like with any diet that becomes popular, many spin-offs come to capture the attention of dieters and make a buck with a hot new program. I talked about another variation of intermittent fasting with my write-up on the Snake Diet in this post, and today I’ll fill you in on another form called the OMAD diet.

Does the OMAD Diet Work?

A new diet was introduced the mainstream this year in the form of the OMAD Diet, which is an acronym for One Meal a Day. You can get the gist of the diet based on its name alone – there is nothing clever here and it’s very easy to understand. More specifically, it involves eating a single meal during a specified one hour of the day and then fasting for the other 23 hours each day. During the fasting hours, according to Women’s Health, you are still allowed to drink black coffee and other beverages that have no calories (like water). This is consistent with other intermittent fasting plans.

With this diet, you have a window of 4 hours each day in which to take your one-hour meal break. It is best to keep this time range consistent each day and try to eat at roughly the same hour. One of the biggest mantras of this diet is consistency.

Guidelines of OMAD Diet


Aside from preaching consistency, there are four guidelines in this diet that they refer to as the “Four Ones”. These include:

  • Only eating one meal per day
  • You can only eat your meal within one hour, during the four-hour eating window you have determined
  • You must eat your meal off an 11-inch diameter plate
  • Your meal should not be more than 3 inches high on your plate

While a meal piled three inches high on a plate that’s about a foot wide makes it seem like you can just freely gorge yourself during your one meal, that is not the intention.

It is more to set an upper limit on how much you are allowed to eat. For the sake of your health and reaching your weight loss goals, it is recommended that the meals are balanced and rich in nutrients.

You only have one meal per day to get your nutrition, so make sure to load it up with food that is dense in nutrients with essential vitamins and minerals.

Does It Work?


Plain and simple, this is a starvation diet. If you are limited to one meal per day, your calorie intake will be lower and there is no other result than losing weight. It can be an effective diet, but it is certainly not for everybody.

Drawbacks


While you’ll lose weight, there is a lot to dislike about this diet. One of the biggest risks of this diet is malnutrition due to not getting the nutrients you need on a daily basis since you are constricted to one meal. You have to be smart with what you include in that meal! The malnutrition from this diet can lead to mood swings, muscle loss, and hormone imbalance, among other issues. For women, it can even disrupt or completely stop your menstrual cycle.

My Advice


If you don’t eat much, of course, you will lose weight. But is it worth the risk to starve yourself like that and put your health in jeopardy? There are so many other diets to follow that lead to healthy weight loss, as I compiled in this post here: https://www.hlcomic.com/best-weight-loss-diets-reviewed

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