1. Switch out coffee for tea. You still get your caffeine fix without compromising the calories, sugars, and fats. There are also various flavors and sugar/calorie free sweeteners for tea if you don’t like the taste.
2. Cut all sodas, energy drinks, and artificial juices out of your diet. Switching to just water is insanely beneficial for weight loss, nutrition, and to generally feel better.
3. Use mouthwash before your brush your teeth, not after. Mouthwash helps to break down colonies of bacteria in your mouth, and loosens them from your teeth and gum surfaces. Brushing your teeth is what completely gets the bacteria out of your mouth. Mouthwash before brushing=whiter, cleaner, healthier teeth.
4. Switch to unscented men’s deodorant. Women’s deodorant is generally weak af, stains clothes, and doesn’t last nearly as long as men’s.
5. Switch to men’s razors for shaving your legs/armpits/pussy. It has finer, sharper blades for a clean shave without nicking your skin.
6. Never ever ever use douches, scented pads/tampons, or strongly scented soap for your pussy. It fucks with your natural pH and can cause yeast infections, UTI’s, and just generally throws off your pussy ’s health.
7. Lotion/moisturize your skin (preferably with SPF) every single day. Aside from easing dry and dead skin, it helps you tan better and more evenly during the summer. Using SPF protects your skin from harmful UV rays and makes your skin younger, more radiant, and more flexible.
8. Do a mini workout in your bathroom right before your shower. I like to do 50 squats, and then 30 sec side planks on each side while waiting for my water to warm up. It kills any “no time to workout” excuses, and you can wash any sweat or grime right off immediately after.
9. Switch up your workouts every 3 months to avoid plateuing. Keep your body challenged and excited during your workout.
10. Eat at least 3 meals a day, each with a serving of protein and fiber. Don’t skimp on fruits and vegetables, and try to cut unnecessary starches and complex carbs.
11. Make some bomb ass workout playlists to keep you jamming and motivated when you exercise. Be sure to switch up playlists and songs to keep it interesting, too. I like to use songs I don’t know the lyrics to; I learn the lyrics through working out, and when I know the song word for word I switch it out for another song.
12. Stretch before bed every night for a better nights sleep and less soreness in the morning.
13. Be sure to have an even balance of weight training and cardio in your workouts, to strengthen your muscles, bones, and your heart without exhausting or neglecting any one part of your body.
14. If your insurance covers it, or you can afford to, go to a chiropractor every few months for a regular adjustment. It releases endorphins, fixes your posture, relieves any pent up spinal pressure, and feels just as satisfying as a massage.
15. I like to make sure my feet are smooth, soft, and pedicured at all times. Buy a small pumice stone to rub your heels and soles in the shower with soap and water. Always moisturize your feet after you shower, and avoid being barefoot in wet, populated surfaces (public bathrooms, showerhouses, etc)
16. Before brushing your teeth, dip a cotton swab in some diluted hydrogen peroxide and run it over the surface of your teeth and gums. Hydrogen peroxide kills many harmful bacteria in your mouth. This will leave your teeth cleaner, whiter, and stronger.
B1: Maintains healthy hair,
nails and skin and aids in mental focus and brain function. -Nutritional yeast, pine nuts, soymilk, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, green
peas, asparagus, most beans, rice bran, watermelon, whole grains, macadamia
nuts, artichokes, coriander.
B12: Red blood cell production, needed for optimal brain function to prevent
depression and mania. Aids in digestion and improves iron uptake. -Fortified almond milk, fortified cereals, spirulina, vegan protein powder
and nutritional yeast. I just take a B12 tablet J
B2: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Whole grains, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach, fortified soy milk, mushrooms,
quinoa, buckwheat and prunes.
B3: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Chili powder, peanuts, peanut butter, rice bran, mushrooms, barley,
potatoes, tomatoes, millet, chia seeds, whole grains, wild rice, buckwheat,
green peas, avocados, and sunflower seeds.
B5: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Nutritional yeast, paprika, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, whole grains,
broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, soy milk, rice bran and sweet potatoes.
B6: Aids in maintaining homeostasis, prevents anxiety by helping the amino acid
tryptophan to convert to niacin and serotonin for healthy nerve function. Also
helps ensure a healthy sleep cycle, appetite, and mood. Helps with red blood cell
production and immune function. - Almonds, chia seeds, peanuts, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, onions,
oats, tomatoes, carrots and walnuts.
B7: Converts food to energy,
helps reduce blood sugar by synthesizing glucose, helps make and break down
fatty acids needed for healthy hair, skin and nails. -
Almonds, chia seeds, peanuts, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, oats, onions,
tomatoes, carrots and walnuts.
Folate: Merges with B12 and Vitamin C to utilize proteins and is essential for
healthy brain development and for healthy red blood cell formation. - Spinach, beans, lentils, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli,
avocados, mangoes, oranges, whole grains, basil, peanuts, artichokes, peanut
butter, cantaloupe, walnuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cauliflower, sunflower
seeds, peas, celery, hazelnuts, and chestnuts.
Vitamin A: Keeps skin healthy, improves immune system function and aids in the
production of healthy blood and cellular function. - All leafy greens, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, winter squash,
wheatgrass, grapefruit, cantaloupe, red bell peppers, orange bell peppers, and
Vitamin C: Helps fight inflammation, improves your mood, and helps fight off
diseases and colds. Beneficial for skin, hair and nails and supports natural
collagen function in the body. - All leafy greens, all vegetables, all fruits, chestnuts, goji berries.
Oranges, lemons, limes and fortified orange juice are the best sources.
Vitamin D: Helps with bone
health, digestive health, overall metabolic health, and important in preventing
muscle weakness, cancer and depression. -
All types of mushrooms, fortified cereals, almond milk, soy milk and the sun!!
Vitamin E: Protects your skin, fights the look of aging. It’s a powerful fat
soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damaged caused by
free radicals. Helps with cholesterol. -
All nuts, all seeds, avocado, spinach, rice bran, wheat germ, whole grains,
broccoli, mango, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, swiss chard, olives, mustard greens and
Vitamin K: Helps with blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding. Also helps
prevent blood clots. Important for protecting our bones and prevents easy
breaks and fractures. -Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, parsley, Brussel sprouts, broccoli,
cabbage, blueberries, prunes, grapes and raspberries.
Calcium: For bone building, as well as responsible for proper muscle
contraction, maintenance of the heartbeat and transmission of nerve impulses. -Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, kale,
sweet potato, chickpeas (hummus), lentils, pinto beans, black beans, kidney
beans, fortified almond milk, fortified soy milk, whole wheat, fortified orange
juice, orange and raisins.
Copper: Helps with bone and connective tissue production. Also helps produce
melanin. Without it you can cause osteoporosis, joint pain, lowered immunity
and helps absorb iron. -Kale, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds,
chickpeas, prunes, avocado, and tofu.
Iron: Needed to make proteins, such as hemoglobin and myoglobin in the blood.
It helps carry oxygen from our lungs to our tissues. Iron rich foods should be
eaten with foods high in Vitamin C to help with absorption. -Molasses,
dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, tofu, whole grains, beans, nuts and
Important nutrient for a host of regular enzymatic functions throughout your
body. Helps with energy, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, lack of energy and
fatigue, joint pain, low blood sugar, lack of concentration and PMS. -Oats, almonds, cashews, cocoa and cacao, seeds, all leafy greens, bananas,
sweet potatoes, whole grains, beans and brown rice.
Manganese: Required by the body for proper enzyme functioning, nutrient
absorption, wound healing and bone development. -Hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews,
pistachios, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame and flax seeds, whole wheat
bread, tofu and beans.
Phosphorus: Required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong
bones and teeth, making of ATP, and helps with anemia, muscle pain, bone
formation and weakened immune system. -Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, Brazil
nuts, tofu, beans and lentils.
Potassium: Important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues and
organs in the human body. Helps with your nervous system and shin splints or
locked toes. -Lima beans, swiss chard, sweet potato, potatoes, soy milk, spinach, avocado,
lentils, pinto beans and coconut water.
Selenium: Mineral that is needed in small amounts by the body to help regulate
the thyroid hormones and support a healthy immune system. It is also an
antioxidant that protects cells from damage due to free radicals. -Mushrooms, couscous, whole wheat pasta, rice, oats, Brazil nuts, sunflower
seeds, tofu and beans.
Sodium: Needed for proper muscle contractions, nerve transmissions, maintaining
pH balance and hydration. -Everything has sodium, don’t worry about this one. If you use table salt, you
are good. (But don’t use too much or it will cause bloating). Drink lots of
water when consuming sodium. Zinc:
Helps your body with carbohydrate metabolism, efficient production of
testosterone to prevent estrogen dominance, helps enhance skin and nails, helps
enhance your sense of smell, healthy growth, healthy eyesight, wound healing
and your immune system. -Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, oats, wheat germ, and nutritional yeast.
This just in; one of the reasons that humans are such a wildly successful species is that we are broadly omnivorous, and can eat and extract nutrition from just about anything that doesn’t kill us outright.
With this in mind, realize that the whole fucking clean eating raw veganism thing is absolute fucking horseshit.
Food is not dirty.
Humans can and do eat just about goddamn well anything. And we’re adapted very well to extract nutrition from just about anything we shove in our face. It’s why we can adapt to live anywhere from the arctic circle to the Sahara desert. We, like rats, are not dependent on any one food source, but can utilize whatever is available. If it’s a high fat high protein diet, like those of nomadic peoples of the high Mongolian steppes or the native Inuit of the arctic? We’ll be fine. If we have access to grains and vegetables and little meat? We’ll still survive.
But keep this in mind; on a diet of only lean protein, or only vegetable matter, you will slowly starve to death. You need fats and proteins and carbs. You need them. Your brain and muscles and bones need them.
Just…eat some goddamn fruits and veggies because they’re good for you, and some protein, and carbs, and it is literally that fucking simple.
Can you eat too much fat, or salt, or sugar? Sure. But a little of any of those things is not going to hurt you, and is in fact good and necessary.
Unless you have allergies to certain foods, you, by virtue of being human, can eat a dazzling array of foods. And no. Gluten is not bad for you, unless you actually have a gluten allergy.
I have had it up to the fucking eyeballs with goddamn fad diets and superfood bullshit I swear to the fuckin gods old and new.
Hi, I want to ask about the azawahks in your last post, what qualifies each as "healthy" or "obese?" The healthy one doesn't seem to have enough fat or muscle to cushion its bones and the obese doesn't have near enough fat to impair movement or put excess pressure on its joints. Is their weight being judged by how healthy and comfortable the animal is or by how cool it looks?
Here’s another similar ask on the subject that came in:
You recently got into a discussion on dog body types and obesity and ended up comparing the body of a healthy azawakh and an overweight one, but in the picture you used for the healthy dog you could see its ribs. So I was wondering what about the breed or any type of dog could lead to that being a healthy appearance. Is is something with what the dogs were originally breed for or maybe the environment? (it was also mentioned that azawakhs are capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures)
These are the dogs involved in the question, for those just tuning in:
Correct weight azawakh above, obese below.
I asked @desertwindhounds to answer this for me because she’s got a huge background in sighthounds, both from her own breeding and extensive research. Here’s her take:
Azawakh have what is known as very ‘dry’ musculature and skin. The muscles are very flat and the skin is very thin and tight, and their coat is typically very thin with very short hair. Combined with the lack of body fat, what you get when you are looking at many Azawakh is the same effect as a human body builder (without the deliberate dehydration.) This is an endurance runner, not a sprinter with big bunchy fast twitch muscles like a racing greyhound. The look is simply the way the dog is constructed.
The purpose of fat and muscle is not to 'cushion the bones’ on any dog, muscles move the dog and fat provides insulation or energy storage. You do NOT want a layer of fat on a working sighthound, it insulates the body. Running produces a lot of heat and some of that is dumped through the skin, a fat layer prevents that and the dog will overheat. Most sighthounds appreciate a bed to lie on, but something I have never seen in a country of origin dog, which don’t typically have cushions or blankets, they sleep on the ground, in a basic shelter, or in a den, is pressure sores. COO Azawakh have a large variety of appearance, and many do not have the extremely dry look that is appreciated by Western breeders. It’s a matter of personal preference in Western breeding.
Note that the coat has a good deal of influence on how thin and dry the dog looks. A smooth Saluki in hard condition with no body fat and a very short coat can have a similar dry appearance. A feathered Saluki in the same condition would not, because the coat is long enough to smooth out the appearance, it hides the extreme contours. With coated sighthounds like Borzoi or Afghans you’d never see that degree of dryness, the hair hides it. Sighthounds also have much thinner skin than other dog types, and a good sighthound will have very tight, elastic ligaments, including the layer under the skin (if you pull the skin up on a sighthound, it should pull back strongly), so the skin will actually 'cling’ more tightly to the dog, emphasizing the musculature.
It is really difficult to explain this to someone who is freaked out by the appearance. It helps to get your hands on such a dog. They do NOT feel frail or sickly, they feel solid and muscular, dense, and they should have plenty of muscle over the loin and along the withers. It feels, frankly, like running your hands over a human marathon runner with little body fat. Same thing, actually, except that humans are constructed in such a way that they don’t have a lot of pokey boney bits that are visible.
@thrtreasons Request: “pls zach x reader where they dated for a long time and they were super goals but then they broke up idk why and he’s still in love with her and you know he’s not doing well after the tapes and she notices and helps him?? i mean he tells her everything and thinks she’ll hate him etc anyway thank you💫”
It has been exactly one month since you and Zach have broken up, and it was over something extremely stupid. It was over an argument that the two of you had. An argument over the fact that you and Bryce were “too friendly with each other”. Clearly Zach had gone mad. Because you would never cheat on him, and certainly not with Bryce Walker. That guy was a complete asshole and a pervert. If anything, he was always flirting with you, even though you were dating one of his best friends. But you had no intention what so ever to cheat on Zach with Bryce. You loved Zach, you truly did. And he loved you, but clearly not as much as you though because he couldn’t see how it was not you being “too friendly” with Bryce but the other way around.
It has been a painful month for you after the break up. You and Zach were perfect for each other, in your eyes and in the eyes of most of the students at Liberty high. You two were the “IT” couple. Always the talk of the school on how cute the two of you were together and how others wished that they had what you and Zach had. Why did things have to end between the two of you. You remember the night where everything went downhill, like it was yesterday…
“I’m not ‘all over Bryce’ Zach! That’s ridiculous!” You yell.
You and Zach were sitting in your living. Your parents were gone for the weekend on some business trip and Zach had promise to keep you company in the time being. So he had come over to your house so the two of you could cuddle and watch some movies. But things turned south pretty quickly…
“Sure you’re not.” Zach scoffs “You two are always flirting with each other! And right in front of me too!” He booms out.
“You know I’m really surprised that you haven’t left me for him yet, slut…” He breathes out the last word that you nearly missed what he said.
But it’s too late. You heard it. And you have never been more humiliated and furious in your life.
You look at him straight in the eyes, seething, and slap him. Hard. Right across his face.
“You know what!? Fuck you Zachary!” You spit out. “I fucking hate you! Get out!”
Zach scoffs and then says with malice, “Sure, I’ll leave, but know this, we’re fucking done (Y/N). I don’t even know why I went out with such a slut like you in the first place.” Then Zach walks out your door.
I’ve spent too much time in the humans are weird tag. It is about humans, well, being the weird ones compared to aliens. I’ve seen a “Humans” Pamphlet thrown around in posts, so I’m going to try my hand at it!
Do not imagine how he mumbles “no. no. no.” when the alarm goes off.
Do not imagine how he decides to go dead weight on you to keep you in bed.
Do not imagine how his first steps would be unsure, as if his body needs to reorganize it‘s muscles and bones.
Do not imagine how he‘d probably miss the first step on the stairs and do not imagine how he‘d walk down the rest of them super carefully. („Dying is not very nice at 10 am, so I‘m being careful.“ You try to figure out for 20 minutes why he only realizes now that „Dying doesn‘t sound pleasant“)
Do not imagine how he‘d tap his foot impatiently while waiting for his coffee to be drinkable.
Do not imagine how he‘d give you a kiss and then frown because „Mm. Bad breath is not cute, is it?“
Do not imagine how he‘d grin when you shake your head no, because he still got a kiss.
Do not imagine how he‘d have his hand on the small of your back while you are getting the tea bag out of your mug.
Do not imagine how he‘d put his mug down and holds you by your hips when he helps you unto the counter. (And his hands would linger for a tiny moment and give a little squeeze.)
Do not imagine how when you try to escape his tickling hands, your tea would almost swoosh out of your mug and both would stare at it in shock. („I should stop doing that. The morning would be ruined if I emptied boiling tea on you.“ No kidding Shawn. No kidding.)
Do not imagine how he‘d get his own mug and then stand between your legs, his eyes alight with laughter when you drink your tea. (That makes you laugh and almost snort out tea. And then he laughs. And chokes. It‘s a neverending cycle, really.)
Do not imagine how he‘d take a stand of hair and try to dunk it into his coffee. (You shriek in outrage. He apologizes immediately. „I really don‘t know what that was, sorry.“)
Do not imagine how he‘d he lay his forearm on your shoulder and ask you what you‘d want to do that day.
So, I really had to much time on my hands these last two days. -E
He’ll never admit it out loud, and he’s grateful that Cas never mentions it when he gets like this. It makes him feel too open, too visible, when he gets in these moods, and he isn’t sure he could handle his present state being acknowledged. But he can’t help it and can’t stop it.