Thursday, November 16, 2017

5 for Friday: Black Workout Leggings

Is there anything better in life than a pair of good black leggings? You know, the kind you say that are for working out, but they’re also for sitting on your couch in a hoodie and fuzzy socks. (You know you do it too!) Every time I go shopping for workout clothes, I tell myself not to buy another pair of black workout leggings. And just about every time I go shopping for workout clothes… let’s just say, I’ve lost count of how many pairs I have, but they’re my favorite and ones that I wear all the time. I mean, they go with everything! Here are my top five favorites.

Brooks Greenlight Capris (on sale for $42!): These are my hands-down favorite leggings, and I’ll always pick them from the top of the (clean!) laundry pile. They’re seriously reliable for every type of workout from CrossFit to running to OrangeTheory. Plus, the fabric is super-soft so that I can focus on getting a good sweat in and not on some awkwardly fitting tights.

Brooks Go-To Capri – Yeah, I think these are called “go-to” for a reason. I love these for similar reasons to the Greenlight Capris mentioned above, but they’re much more shiny and the material is a bit more sheer, but not see-through at all. The drawstring is key, so they stay up, no problem, so I can run and squat and never have to worry about them slipping down. They’re also often my go-to pair for traveling because they’re so comfy and move with you. I love them so much that I bought them in several colors besides black. (You’ve probably seen me in the burgundy ones a zillion times now!)

Athleta Highline Hybrid Ankle Tight – I frickin’ love these tights. They’re more of an athleisure style, and I don’t even wear them to work out. They’re much more stylish than workout leggings. I actually fell in love with these tights and went to the nearest Athleta because they were sold out online. I tried them on in-store and needed to have them in my life. Unfortunately, they were a bit too long, BUT Athleta sells petite sizes (online), so I ordered them that same day. Love, love, lovvveeee!

Lululemon Align Pant II – Lululemon pants are obviously never cheap, but they are SO WORTH IT! I want these in every color! They’re high-waisted, so they’re really flattering, and the material is seriously like butter. They also have a hidden pocket for keys, so they’re great for running.

Z By Zella High Waisted Blocked Crop Legging – Guys, these are so cute that I just want to wear them EVERYWHERE. (And I basically do.) They’re really stylish athleisure — I love the cutouts that give them a little extra flair. They’re also high-rise, so they’re super flattering too.

Question of the Day

What are your favorite black leggings? …and how many pairs do you have?? 

 

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Why I Take A Daily Organic Turmeric Supplement

I am careful about what I eat, but I am also careful in other aspects of my life too. I seek out things that are healing to my body… such as drinking clean filtered water, laughing with good friends, and taking exercise classes. I don’t want to just live… I want to be healthy.

Can you blame me? I want to feel amazing and have lots of energy. I want a clear mind, free of anxiety and sadness. And I want to live a long, happy life. Don’t you?

The problem is that there are toxins in many products and in our environment that can lead to disease. This is why I try to surround myself and my family with the purest, most natural products (including supplements). I don’t feel comfortable ingesting synthetic substances invented in a lab by a team of scientists… especially when these synthetic substances come with a long list of potential adverse side effects.

Many over-the-counter medications contain “inactive ingredients” that I wouldn’t normally put into my body – and most definitely don’t want to subject my body to when I’m trying to recover from something.

I personally like to heal my body naturally with treatments like acupuncture and some herbal remedies whenever possible. Some people think it’s crazy… but herbs and spices have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic (a medical system that originated in India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help a number of conditions. These natural remedies go way back in our history and have been used for a very long time to support good health.

I successfully healed myself naturally in the past…

Several years ago, I had a bad fall and injured my tailbone. When I fell, all the nerves surrounding my spine and lower back felt like they were on FIRE! I was traveling for work at the time, and had to be pumped full of painkillers just to get on the plane back home. I was bedridden for 3 weeks and miserable.

And to top it off, my doctor said I only had one option for relief – surgery to remove my tailbone. Hearing his prognosis was devastating to me, because it meant that I would be unable to sit for at least 3 months and endure lots of physical therapy to regain muscle and strength in my body.

Not to mention having a very expensive surgery, taking lots of prescription drugs, and missing work and life.

So instead of going under the knife, I chose to try a different path. And I did it through rest, lots of anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric and ginger, and regular acupuncture treatments (yes – needles right into my butt!).

But then I decided to go to an amusement park, got on some really bumpy rides and re-injured the same spot. Oops.

Needless to say, I went straight back to acupuncture, started taking daily turmeric supplements, and continued on the same path of recovery – and guess what? I got better again.

Ever since then, I’ve made it a point to include anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric in my regular diet.

I like to juice turmeric – and really love to drink turmeric shots! I sometimes make turmeric lattes and cook vegetables with turmeric. And, I also like to take a daily organic turmeric supplement. That’s the easiest way to know I’m getting my turmeric in every day. I can travel with it, keep it in my purse, and never forget to take it.

Turmeric’s beneficial properties have been the subject of thousands of peer-reviewed and published studies. Turmeric is full of nutrients and antioxidants, which are ingredients in food that fight excess free radicals in the body that can damage cells and diminish health*. When I consume turmeric regularly, I feel better over all. Most recently, I began suffering from intense pain in my thumb and wrist, which many new mamas get from picking up their babies (which is why it’s called “Mommy Thumb”). In addition to acupuncture treatments and wrapping it, turmeric has helped with the inflammation*.  

One of the reasons why turmeric is believed to be effective is because it contains curcumin.

Research indicates that curcumin is an anti-inflammatory*. Chronic inflammation is a sneaky condition in the body and you may not even realize if it’s affecting you. It can be brought on by a number of factors… diet choices, environmental pollution, food allergies, stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes… and, understandably, affects a lot of people. Chronic inflammation is thought to increase your risk of several conditions*,

Turmeric is just one of the tools I use to feel healthy and vibrant – and I plan to continue taking it for the rest of my life.

Unfortunately the turmeric supplement I was taking was acquired by a conventional chemical company that I could no longer support. This is why I chose to create a Daily Turmeric Supplement as the first product in my new company Truvani.

Check out all the details here  – we are taking pre-orders until Tuesday (early-bird pricing ends tomorrow). Remember we believe in real food without added chemicals, products without toxins and labels without lies.

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Xo,

Vani

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12 Health Podcasts I’m Enjoying Lately

Inline_Health_Podcasts_11.16.17I love podcasts. They might be my favorite part of the Internet revolution. World-class lectures on every topic. Interviews with experts from every field. Hilarious comics ripping on each other. And it’s all free. Today, I’m going to list some of the health podcasts I’m enjoying lately.

First, check out the post I did several years back. All those podcasts are still great, and you should still listen to them. But as the movement has grown, so has the stable of health podcasts. It’s impossible to keep up with all of them, but it’s fun trying. Here are a few I’m digging lately.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 11.01.14 AMPrimal Blueprint Podcast

It might be shameless self-promotion, but I love what my team does. Primal Blueprint Podcast host Elle Russ always serves up great conversation no matter who she’s interviewing each week. You’ll find me there periodically, too, either talking with Elle about a new book or project or acting as host myself, as I did this week with Chris Kresser.

While we’re on the subject, I’ll mention that soon I’ll be announcing a new podcast that’s currently in the works…. Details to come after Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.52.00 AMBee the Wellness

I go way back with Bee the Wellness hosts Adam and Vanessa Lambert. They were featured presenters at PrimalCon. Vanessa worked with us doing expert consultations for clients. And we’re good friends. For the past few years, they’ve been making big waves in the ancestral health community with Bee the Wellness, a company devoted to providing health and fitness coaching and running paleo retreats all over the world.

They cover traditional “Primal” topics like health, fitness, and nutrition but also branch out into more esoteric arenas, including Burning Man, shamanism, life coaching, body work, and plenty more. There’s something for almost everyone.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.52.37 AMThe Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan Experience isn’t exclusively (or even primarily) a health podcast, but the health and fitness guests he has on are top notch (and the other guests are great too). I’ve been on the podcast. Robb Wolf has. Chris Kresser was just on. What’s great about the JRE is that the interviews run long, so you can really get into some deep conversations.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 11.00.42 AMPaleo Magazine Radio

By entering the physical magazine space—and not just surviving, but thriving—Paleo Magazine has broken new ground. Hats off to them. Meatspace is tough. Their podcast, Paleo Magazine Radio is just as impressive.

And it’s not just about grass-fed beef and whether legumes and dairy are paleo. They’ve covered diverse topics like cannibalism, nootropics, bone broth, and strongwoman training.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 11.01.48 AMRenegade Radio with Jay Ferruggia

Jay is a world-famous fitness professional. His show, Renegade Radio with Jay Ferruggia, focuses on fitness and health but, as tends to happen whenever you try to optimize your physical health, he’s expanded to encompass mental and psychological health. In short, he wants to help people become their best, most actualized selves. He pulls together some of the best and biggest names in the health, fitness, diet, and business worlds to help listeners achieve exactly that.

Some episodes are about full-body training vs split training and increasing chinupsprotecting your joints and building big arms. Others show you how to own a room and make people laugh, warn against excess estrogen, and discuss the importance of not caring.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 11.00.03 AMPrimal Endurance Podcast

My longtime writing partner, friend, and Primal Endurance Podcast host Brad Kearns covers the best around endurance training (he’s offers a great post-season rundown for rest and recovery), but he doesn’t stop there with subject matter. Everything’s game with Brad, and the podcasts never disappoint. I get a lot of questions about fitness in later decades, and for many of those interests, I’d recommend episode #117, “Scaring the Crap Out of Older Athletes” in which Brad takes up questions from older endurance athletes to cover the importance of recovery and a reframe of fitness and competition goals.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.53.39 AMPrimal Potential

Sometimes you don’t want to buckle up for a 3-hour epic podcast. Sometimes you want little nuggets of truth, wisdom, and advice. The Primal Potential podcast provides exactly that: 10-20 minute episodes full of tips for losing weight, staying motivated, following your dream, and pretty much anything else related to health and self-improvement. They occasionally run longer, like when I showed up to talk about keto.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.54.28 AMOptimize Paleo

Chas and Autumn Smith are a husband and wife duo who love talking to health and fitness experts. Luckily for us, they record these chats and upload them to iTunes for Optimize Paleo almost every week. On top of that, they make some great paleo products.

There’s always someone interesting on the show, whether it’s Chris Masterjohn showing us how to approach research, Christa Orecchio telling us how to build a super baby, or Terry Wahls laying out her plan for healthy aging and fighting neurodegeneration.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.55.03 AMLivin La Vida Low Carb

Say what you will about the ever-controversial Jimmy Moore, but at least he has on guests on his ongoing Livin La Vida Low Carb from all over the health spectrum—even if they disagree with him. That means there’s something for everyone on this podcast.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.56.22 AMThe Healthy Moms Podcast

Moms worry. They just do. But without data, education, and insight, worrying doesn’t do any good. On the Healthy Moms Podcast, Katie the Wellness Mama dives deep into seemingly every health topic you can imagine, from mercury and radiation in seafood, the dangers of ticks, the undesirable hormonal effects of birth control, why kegels might not be the answer, and so many more. This isn’t fear mongering, though. It’s informed worrying. You’ll also learn about the best solutions to these issues.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.57.33 AMKetogenic Athlete Podcast

If you’re keto and interested in optimizing your physical performance, the Ketogenic Athlete Podcast is perfect for you. Hosts Danny Vega and Brian Williamson cover everything a keto athlete might wonder about, from hypertrophy to bodyweight exercises to intervals. They also interview top keto athletes and experts, like our very own Brad Kearns.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.58.08 AMThe Failure Factor

Failure is a dirty word in our society. It shouldn’t be. Failure is a learning opportunity. It tells you exactly what not to do, what doesn’t work, and by process of elimination it improves your chances of getting things right the next time. So when I was asked to be on the Failure Factor Podcast to talk about what I’ve learned from my failures, I jumped at the chance. It turns out the rest of the podcast is fascinating, too.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.59.23 AMIron Radio

If you’re at all interested in strength training, bodybuilding, or powerlifting, you’ll want to subscribe to Iron Radio. This certainly isn’t a Primal or paleo podcast, but it will help you get stronger, faster, leaner, and more powerful.

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 10.58.54 AMThe First 40 Miles

I don’t get to go on as many long hikes or backpacking trips as I’d like, but it’s great to hear from people who do. The First 40 Miles is a backpacking and hiking podcast full of hacks for making your experience out in the wild more satisfying, adventurous, safe, and fulfilling. I’m not one to go for “hacks,” as you well know. But these are hacks that enrich the experience, not shortchange it. So, I’m totally on board.

That’s it for today, folks. You know what to do: What are your favorite health podcasts? What are your favorite podcasts that have nothing to do at all with health?

Thanks for reading.

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