Fun Fact: Mantras Matter

Psychology has proven that HOW you think about dieting matters just as much as the diet itself in terms of success. And apparently, how you talk about it, even to your friends, can greatly influence whether or not you’ll be able to change your bad habits. 

Take this study into consideration: Psychologists took 100 people and split them into two groups. Both groups had to ditch a food they loved. The first group was told to tell themselves (and their friends) that they could not have that food, because they were trying to eat healthier. The second group was told to say that they did not eat that food, because they were eating healthier.

The results? Only 3/10 people in the first group stuck to the challenge for a full month, while 8/10 people in the second group succeeded with the task!

So there you go, when it comes to changing a bad habit, the way you talk about it matters!  

5 Things I learnt in my First Three Weeks of Crossfit

I’ve been doing crossfit for 3 weeks at this point. I’ll be honest, it stinks, but it stinks a whole lot less than when I first started it, and I like how hard it is. I always feel accomplished after a grueling WOD. I feel like I should share a few things I learnt. Maybe it might help a new person. Maybe i’ll find some people who agree.

1) Think more about what you put in your mouth than how much you can lift or run

I did paleo (with a vegan twist) for the last two weeks of crossfit. I felt my body improve in health. I felt less nauseous all the time. I wasn’t eating greasy foods, or a ton of grainy carbs, and although I missed them, I found myself eating a lot of greens to replace them. I saw my diet improve greatly and I feel as if that slowly reflected in my workouts. 

People say that weight-loss is 80% eating right and 20% working out. So eat right and work out. 

2) You are not competing with anybody but yourself

If you look at my past personal posts, you’ll see that I felt pretty bad about coming in last for almost everything (if not everything). I kept comparing myself to those in the on-ramp program with me, and as a past collegiate athlete, I really wanted to win. In the end I realized that I need to ficus on myself and make myself stronger and healthier. I need to push myself but not past what I am capable just to compete with others. 

I realized that to get better I need to pace myself and work hard.

3) Learn How to pace yourself

Pacing, to me, is such a runners thing. I hate running. If you follow this blog you’ll know that I think running is an evil device created by some cruel person out there. Anyways, contradictory to my thoughts, pacing is needed in a lot of stuff. In crossfit, you need to pace your rows, your running, your weightlifting, your breathing etc. You need to work at a sustainable pace

4) Don’t EVER feel like an impostor

When I first joined my local box, I felt like an impostor. I saw all these really fit people walking around, and I felt pretty awkward. Well, let me tell you what I always tell myself: Everybody starts somewhere. You are starting at the point you are currently on. Appreciate what your body is able to do and watch your body get stronger and healthier. You are not an impostor in your box. You are somebody brave enough to take that  leap into fitness. I know how it feels. I applaud you.

5) Scale if needed

I had to get a lot of stuff scaled when I first started crossfit three weeks ago. Some of the moves were too difficult for me to even complete a single rep in. Some moves put stress on my wrists (I had carple tunnel and it flares up every so often). I decided that it is better to scale a workout than hurt yourself. There is NO shame in adapting a workout to fit your abilities.  Remember, you were awesome enough to step into the box,  you’re working hard, and you’re  kicking butt.

I hope this helps somebody. Please feel free to add things (about crossfit, dieting, or general working out) that you think would be great for people to know.

Much love.

anonymous asked:

I've revisited SJM Celebrity Tour Guide for a bit more golden!Wook (although the colour wasn't as flawless as this time around; and I do like the red tint his hair has now), but I'd fatally forgotten what a world of Kyuwook feels that Taiwan long-stay was. And how much they ate. Which means chewing close-ups. *incomprehension at how people can look so cute while chewing*

Golden!Wook will truly be missed. Thanks to the original dark colour washing out/fading it is now going red. He said that maybe it would go red and it is lmao

Wow the Taiwan long-stay seems like sooooo long ago. Omg yes! They ate so much.. basically all they did was eat, well that’s what I remember most from the show anyway haha. I usually wouldn’t think someone chewing food as something cute but somehow Wook makes it cute. 

Don’t fucking joke about people’s eating habits.

I don’t care if they’re your friend or a stranger. Don’t.

It’s not funny to say, “Oh you’re not hungry? Guess you’re trying to be anorexic again! Haha!”

It’s not banter if you say, “How many burgers did you order? Wow, I can barely eat one…” or, “Didn’t you just eat? How can you still be hungry?” 

“Anorexic” isn’t an adjective. Appetite can’t be controlled. Don’t make fun of people for eating too much or too little or they’ll never want to eat again, I promise you. It doesn’t make them go, “Oh! You’re so funny and right. I’m going to eat how much you feel I should eat.” If someone has a problem with food, they’re probably aware of it, so your ‘jokes’ aren’t helping. They’re not funny. Stop making people feel bad about food when it makes most individuals feel conflicted enough on its own.

anonymous asked:

Hey, do you think a vegan would have a comfy life in korea? Do you know any vegetarians/vegans? I'm considering moving there but fear I'll get depressed If people won't understand me:(

i had one muslim vegan friend and she did fine but made a lot of jokes about it how people stare at her like she is crazy for not eating meat, since koreans eat a lot of meat but there are plenty of vegetarian/vegan foods also ! sometimes its better to ask if you are not sure, but even at home restaurants u can just ask the lady to give it without meat however they might wont understand it and stare weird, but i think it wouldnt be that much hard, just like when u have events to go out with friends they cannot understand if somebody refuse to think and/or doesnt eat meat.

Here's how much fruits have changed since humans started eating them

People have selectively bred crops for specific traits since modern agriculture began 10,000 years ago. Food crops are selected for size, taste, and productivity.

You can see how much our food has changed by looking at art. Specifically, as Vox pointed out, this 17th-century Renaissance painting by Giovanni Stanchi shows a very weird-looking watermelon:

The watermelon’s insides are pale, full of seeds, and not very fleshy. Whereas today’s watermelons are usually bright red and seedless.

So how did the watermelon morph from that strange whirly melon into today’s juicy red version? By picking to plant watermelons with fewer seeds and redder flesh humans influenced the genetics of the melon. And that’s not a bad thing: The red flesh comes from lycopene, a pigment that gives it and other fruits like tomatoes their bright red color, AND it’s good for you: Eating a lot of lycopene can help fight off heart disease.

This process of selective breeding has been used for all sorts of fruit. By the Renaissance many of our food crops were already pretty similar to how they are today. But go back even further in time, 7,000 years or so, and the food we know today looks even weirder.

The peach, for instance, went from a small cherry-like fruit that wasn’t too fleshy into the big juicy pinkish fruit we eat today.

A breeder was likely looking for good size, good color, good flavor, and that the tree would produce a lot of fruit year after year, consistently, according to Clemson University peach expert Desmond Layne.

Those breeders would then cross pollinate plants with those desirable traits to hopefully get a larger and flavorful peach, which eventually they did. This great infographic by James Kennedy shows how the peach transformed from a small fruit grown only in Asia to a larger and fleshier fruit grown all over:

Another well known crop that’s a great example of human breeding is corn. Long ago farmers would only plant the kernels that were bigger, tasted better, or from plants that were easier to grind and peel.

Over time this selective breeding resulted in the corn we have today whose ears are large and filled with row after row of tasty kernels.

While selective breeding by farmers created a lot of the foods we love today, we now have a more efficient and accurate method of making better foods for ourselves and the environment: Genetic modification.

We no longer have to rely on chance and hope that our selective breeding will actually result in a better crop. Scientists can now isolate specific genes that will make fruits grow larger, be resistant to pests, or produce more food. While genetically modified foods are controversial, they are as safe as traditionally farmed foods.

Genetic modification and selective breeding can also be used to engineer new types of animals. From something like a hornless cow, which won’t have its horns cruelly cut off by farmers, to creatures a bit more fantastic. Anyone want a unicorn?

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