{Weekly Roundup!} Volume 15

IN VOLUME 15: SLOW COOKER SECRETS YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TOLD // 8 REASONS WOMEN NEED TO STRENGTH TRAIN // THE DAY I DECIDED TO START CHOOSING MYSELF AGAIN // WHY MORE CARDIO IS NOT THE ANSWER! 

 

NUTRITION

SLOW COOKER SECRETS YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TOLD

"While cooking in the slow cooker is pretty easy, sometimes things don't go exactly quite as planned. Since I've used the crockpot eight million and fifty-six times I have a few tricks up my robe sleeve that might be of some help to you." -Stephanie O'Dea
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LOW-CALORIE SWEETENERS: A SWEET SOLUTION TO LOWERING YOUR CALORIE INTAKE?

"Today, we know these options as low-calorie sweeteners, or LCS, but what do we really know about them? Turns out science knows quite a bit more than you may have heard. Here are few common questions (and answers) about LCS." -Kris Sollid
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CHOCOLATE CHIP CHICKPEA BLONDIES

"Flourless-Moist-Gooey-SIMPLE, & NO added refined sugar! These actually are REALLY good—chickpeas & all! Made another batch with my kids this afternoon!" -Rachel Maser
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QUICK BEEF BULGOGI & ROASTED CARROTS

"Because I do not often (ever?) shop at speciality stores, Beef Bulgogi is a fun Korean dish to make at home. You will recognize all the items in this ingredient list, and probably have most of them on hand already." -Rachel Schultz

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TRAINING

8 REASONS WOMEN NEED TO STRENGTH TRAIN

"Strength training will make you bulky is one of the most common myths I hear on the gym floor. Ladies, it’s 100% a myth. Strength training is probably the best thing you can do for your body other than eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein." -Katelyn Michaud
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HOW TO BALANCE RUNNING WITH YOGA AND CROSS TRAINING WITHOUT LOSING ENDURANCE AND SPEED

"I have become such a more well-rounded athlete as a result of mixing my workouts between running, yoga and various forms of strength training. Injuries are few and far between (knock on wood!), motivation is through the roof and my body just feels good and strong." -Jen DeCurtins
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WHY MORE CARDIO IS NOT THE ANSWER

"Many women are hasty in their decision to do more cardio when they stop seeing progress, hoping that another session or two per week on the elliptical is all that’s standing between them and their “goal body.” The bad news is that adding more cardio is rarely the best solution in this situation." -Jen Comas
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HOW RIDING INSIDE WILL LIFT YOUR OUTDOOR GAME

"If you don’t think studio pedal power can help you pound the pavement or compete in that cycle race that’s always been on your bucket list, think again. The fitness you gain from RPM is transferable to other sports." -Brittany Jordt
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LIFESTYLE

FEEDING BABIES: COOKING WITH MY NIECES

"I could pick out clothes or a new lego set, but what I really wanted was quality time with my nieces, who are turning 7 and 4 this month. My sister-in-law actually came up with the idea, I just needed to plan and execute a cooking class with them. I mentally prepared myself to forget trying to keep everything tidy and I asked them their favorite foods to be sure we made something they'd like." -Sarah Forte
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THE DAY I DECIDED TO START CHOOSING MYSELF AGAIN

"Surround yourself with people who love you back, who are winners and want you to win. Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious to this world and you get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept." -TheLifeofCalihan
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5 WAYS TO TAKE FITNESS OUTSIDE

"The great outdoors offers plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun's rays while you sweat your way to a fitter physique. Just ask fitness model and WBFF competitor Jen Jewell, who's no stranger to incorporating outdoor workouts into her routine." -Shannon Clark
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