Ok I’m over my whiney rant from Wednesday. Thank you so much to those who have reached out with your encouraging words — I know that I really need to take care of my health before I worry about everything else, and all of your comments, etc. help to reiterate this! So truly, thank you. Have I ever told you how much I love my readers? :)
Anyway, I’ve been doing a good amount of reading lately, trying to gain some inspiration for some new posts. As I mentioned, I have some good things in the works, but while they’re still in process I thought I’d share some of the awesomeness I’ve come across. There’s a lot of brilliance in the blog world (and also a lot of idiocy too, but I’ll leave that for another time), so this is my way of wading through the bullish*t for you and just giving you the good stuff. You can thank me later!
The Planet Fitness Nightmare – from T-Nation. I’m all for people finding the kind of workout that works for them, and I really try not to shame people who are at least doing something to better themselves. Planet Fitness seems to work really hard to invite criticism though, unfortunately at the expense of their members.
How To Attain A Slender Look (Like Jessica Alba and Zoe Saldana) – From Bret Contreras. Don’t let the title turn you off like it almost did to me! The title of this piece is actually misleading, as Bret touches on in the article itself, as it is impossible to look like Jessica Alba or Zoe Saldana unless you share their genes. The thing I like about this is that as much as I hate to admit it, not every female wants to have a muscular physique, but that doesn’t mean that strength training can’t help them to reach their goals. Bret touches on how to use strength training whether your goal is to become muscular or slender, and acknowledges that as personal trainers, we need to realize that there is no one way to train all females — especially when their goals vary so greatly.
Edible Bugs and Insects – From Precision Nutrition. Remember when I talked about wanting to try some cricket flour? Well this makes me want to try it even more! I seriously need to get my hands on and start cooking with it, if only so that I can trick my friends into eating bugs. Muhahaha. No but seriously, I think this an under-utilized source of protein, and could be great for people who don’t like to eat a ton of meat/poultry.
The US Government Is Full Of Bad Ideas About Food – From the folks at Breaking Muscle. I whole-heartedly second the statement that fruits and vegetables should be at the base of the food pyramid – or whatever My Plate scheme the USDA is going with these days. I have long had issues with the government dietary recommendations, for many of the same reasons mentioned in this article. Besides, haven’t the USDA guidelines gotten us to where we are now as a country? Something needs to change.
Two Ears, Two Eyes, and One Mouth – From Tony Gentilcore. Tony reminds us to listen and observe twice as much as we speak, which is advice that I think we can all use a reminder of every once in a while! There are a lot of differing opinions out there, especially in the world of fitness and nutrition. Is there one right answer? Usually, no. Play nice, listen, and learn what you can from others. It’s helpful, I promise. Even when you think you’re right.
That’s all for today! Enjoy the links, and have a wonderful weekend everyone!