Think “Instead” of Rather Than “No” When it Comes to Food

Think "Instead" of Rather Than "No" When it Comes to FoodThe brain is quite powerful. The placebo effect can trick us into thinking something is having an effect when it’s not, and we can even use it to help us lose weight, too. One way to do this is by thinking of “instead” rather than “no” when it comes to food, specifically your snacking habits. This can be better than telling yourself that you can’t have something.

A blogger at Lifehacker wrote an interesting post about thinking of “instead” rather than “no” when dieting, which is based off something written in an office management book by author Heidi Grant Halvorson. Heidi said that the key to passing on snacks at the workplace–though this can work at home as well–is to think of what you will do when temptation strikes in advance. Her example is to tell yourself that you can have a cookie, but if you want a second, drink a glass of water instead. By using the water as a replacement instead of telling yourself no, you can more easily move past the urge to have that second cookie.

On a related note, researchers at Utrecht University found that the more you think about NOT doing something, the more likely you are to do it. Sitting around telling yourself that you won’t have that second cookie and that you’ll drink that glass of water instead might actually make you eat the cookie. Tell yourself ahead of time that you’ll have the water, but don’t sit around thinking about not eating the cookie. Focus your mind on other things instead of the delicious cookies.

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking that drinking a glass of water won’t take the place of eating a cookie (or pizza, or chips, or candy, or…) but I can guarantee that after you eat that second cookie, you’ll regret it and wish you had that glass of water instead. At the very least, this method is worth a try. Your brain might surprise you and this little mind hack could prove to be a useful tool when it comes to choosing the healthier option.

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Save Up to 25% Off Onnit Fitness Gear

Save Up to 25% Off Onnit Fitness GearAnyone who follows this blog knows that I’m a fan of Onnit as a company and of its products. I often talk about new products when they drop, review them whenever I can, and let you guys know when an Onnit sale is going on. Typically the sales are on the Onnit supplements and food products. Rarely do any of the Onnit coupon codes or discounts apply to the wide range of Onnit fitness gear.

That’s why I was surprised when I got an email from Onnit saying that it was slashing the prices of all its fitness gear by up to 25 percent. You’ll have to visit the Onnit Fitness page to view all the details, but you could save as much as 25 percent off any of the gear and exercise equipment that Onnit carries.

For the unfamiliar, Onnit has available traditional cannonball-style kettlebells, along with its line of Primal Bells, steel clubs, steel maces, clubbells, battle ropes, jump ropes, medicine balls, and more. It’s too much stuff to list right here, but there’s stuff if you want to build muscle or stuff if you want a more cardio-oriented workout as well.

This Onnit fitness equipment sale runs for less than a week and ends on October 9, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. If you’ve been curious about any of the fitness gear that Onnit carries, now’s the time to place an order. I doubt this stuff will be on sale again before the end of the year.

The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

The Healthiest Alcoholic DrinksI’ll admit it, I like to drink. I go out occasionally, drink way too many pints, get bad food on the way home, and wake up the next day hungover. Of course that day becomes a write off as well, mainly because I’m too hungover to get out of bed and do anything, so I mainly lie around and eat even more bad food. As you can see, one night of drinking can lead to days of overindulging and thousands of extra calories consumed that you otherwise wouldn’t have ingested.

With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to bring down the total amount of calories you’ll take in during a night of drinking, or at the very least make some healthier choices. One of my favorite blogs, Gizmodo, put together a list of the nine “healthiest” alcoholic drinks that you can have when you’re going to tie one on. I put healthiest in quotes because there aren’t really (m)any alcoholic drinks that will have a positive effect on your health–especially when you’re drinking a lot of them at one time–but there are definitely ones that aren’t as bad as others.

The standard for anyone who’s watching their weight is the vodka soda. Vodka is a spirit with a low amount of calories (relatively speaking) and the soda has no calories. In my opinion, this is boring and only recommended if you are looking to get drunk quickly. You don’t really sit around sipping and enjoying a vodka soda.

As I said, Gizmodo has compiled a list of other drinks in addition to the vodka soda that will appeal to anyone who’s looking to take a healthier approach to drinking, opting for drinks made with fruits and vegetables–or just straight alcohol–rather than ones made with sugary fruit juice cocktails and soda. Check out the list complete with recipes at the link below.

Via: Gizmodo

Save 18% During Onnit’s End of Summer Sale!

Save 18% During Onnit's End of Summer Sale!Wow! It seems like I haven’t added a new post to this blog in ages. Really, it’s been about a week, but that’s the longest stretch I’ve ever gone without making a new blog post, so first let me apologize for that. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my life that prevented me from making regular blog posts this week, including a trip to the hospital. Fortunately I am fine, and I hope to resume my regular schedule with this blog post.

Onnit sent me an email two days ago about its End of Summer Savings promotion that’s going on right now. It’s only on for a little over 24 more hours, so you’ll want to jump on this as soon as possible if you’re looking to stock up. What this sale does for you is shaves off 18% from any of the Onnit-branded supplements that you purchase between now and 11:59PM on August 23, 2013. Just enter the Onnit coupon code SUMMEREND when you checkout.

Some of the things you can save money on include Alpha Brain, T+ testosterone supplement, the DIY Total Primate Care bundle, Shroom Tech Sport, Shroom Tech Immune, New Mood, Stron Bone and Joint, Hemp Force, and more! The email states that you can save 18% off these supplements, but also that the 18% applies to Onnit gear and foods as well.

Speaking of Onnit foods, Hemp Force vanilla chai protein bars are now back in stock. Those of you who love these as much as I do will have noticed that they weren’t available for a long while in the Onnit shop. They are available again, and will hopefully be in stock from now on.

As I mentioned above, the Onnit End of Summer Sale runs until August 23, 2013 at 11:59PM CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. Just make sure to enter the Onnit coupon SUMMEREND to apply the 18% discount to your order during the checkout process.

Metabolate: Chocolate That’s Good for You!

Metabolate: Chocolate That's Good for You!Yesterday I wrote about how if you keep junk food out of sight and keep healthy food at the front of your cupboards and fridge, you’ll be more likely to make the better choice. But what if your junk food was actually good for you? Wouldn’t it blow your mind if you could keep chocolate at the front of your cupboard alongside your chia seeds, oatmeal, and other earth grown nutrients?

Well, now you can. We’ve all heard about how chocolate has a wide range of health benefits, but the chocolate you’re going to find on the shelves at 7-11 isn’t what I’m talking about. Onnit has just added to its website a new (to me, at least) kind of chocolate that is good for you. It’s good for your teeth, your health, and your metabolism as well. It’s even Dolce-approved, and man, it seems like that guy hates anything that even resembles junk food.

The chocolate I’m talking about is called Metabolate by Chocofree. It’s made from a variety of ingredients like organic cocoa liquor, Xylitol for sweetness, organic cocoa butter, green coffee bean extract, coconut flakes, chili flakes, and cinnamon. As you can see, this chocolate has zero dairy, zero sugar, and includes three food-based supplements (green coffee extract, chromium polynicotinate, and capsaicin) to help boost your metabolism.

Chocolate is one of the most craved foods by men and women throughout the United States. Because of this, it’s something that virtually everyone who is trying to watch their weight will miss, and possibly end up breaking their healthy eating habits to enjoy. With a bag of single-serving Metabolate chocolate bars in your cupboard, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings, and do so without any guilt. And you’ll be doing your body a favor, too!