Health & Fitness Roundup: The Latest In Chest Wrinkles, Clean Food Delivery, Superfoods, Calorie Burning Saunas, All You Can Read Magazine Apps & More!

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The holiday season is officially here, and so is that annual struggle to keep it tight. With an endless flow of stuffing, cocktails, and pumpkin everything, the struggle is definitely real. Thankfully, I’ve been sampling a few hot new items in the world of health and fitness this month and it’s helped to keep me out of trouble!

With the carefully portioned, month’s worth of clean food delivery from Fitzee Foods, and the super food snacks and baking ingredients from Navitas Naturals, there is no way I can justify a whole month of “dirty” eating. As icing on the cake, I had the chance to experience a “calorie burning” infrared sauna with SenSpa (too good to be true?), and the Zinio app is keeping me entertained through my boring elliptical sessions on low intensity training days.

Bonus: A wrinkle remover for the chest! Yes, that’s right, a between the boob de-creasifier (not a word). Read on!

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Simple Diet Wisdom, Margaritas & Chocolate: Tips From Annie at Collective Passions

Intuitive eating is tough, as is sticking to a simple diet. With the temptation of all the fad diets out there and the overwhelming urge many people have to find a quick fix to diet and weight-loss. Healthy eating is actually much simpler than the whirlwind of information in the media would have you believe. My friend and fellow lifestyle blogger Annie from Collective Passions is breaking down her basic approach to clean eating in this post, as well as sharing some easy recipes for healthy, non-restrictive treats. On her blog, Annie share tips and tricks from her own experiences as well as featured writers on how to get gorgeous, feel amazing, and get smart.

Do people ask you if you’re Vegan? Raw? Paleo? Why are we all so fascinated with putting a label on how we eat?

A few years back I read the book Skinny Bitch and literally, in a panic, turned vegan overnight. I stayed with the vegan label for almost 4 years, but eventually I started to feel overwhelmed with this style of eating. I started asking myself questions like, is this really me? Why am I labeling myself like this? And why am I putting this kind of pressure on myself to fit within a label?

It wasn’t until I was overwhelmed with working full time and going to business school full time at night that I realized I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. I took a step back and finally understood that I needed to listen to my body, not some book telling me what to eat and what not to eat. With this challenge I learned two important lessons about myself that anyone can apply to their lifestyle.

Eat in moderation.

Don’t put a label on yourself; instead eat what makes YOU feel good in moderation. Do you feel awesome after eating lean protein, such as chicken? Do nuts keep you full and give you energy? Or do you need a banana full of potassium instead? Cut through all the noise out there and do what works for you.

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This Chocolate Coffee Almond Butter Smoothie is a 10

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Opinion of a Fit Girl Part 2: Fake Sugar, Fasting, and Low Carb Diets

There are a lot of diet trends that are big in the media right now. As someone who’s been working out since high school and eating a clean diet forever (thanks Mom!), I’ve tried many things. I’ve been lucky to learn what works best for me and have managed to stay super fit through some insanely busy times ( Opinion of a Fit Girl Part 1 talks about my thoughts on some of the latest fitness trends ). Like this week for example – whew! While everyone is different, I feel like I have good insights into the sustainability and effectiveness of some of these diet trends.

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Hurdles to Eating Clean: 3 Easy Ways to Beat Them for Good

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Sticking to a healthy diet can be a real pain the butt. Through my years of loving fitness and experimenting with all things health-related I wholly believe the old saying “abs are made in the kitchen”. This makes the struggle to eat clean even more painful!

First of all, what is eating clean? To me, it means eating a diet balanced in fat, protein, and carbohydrate, heavy on vegetables and making the healthiest choices possible in any situation. It means nourishing myself with food that is as unprocessed and fresh as possible, and enjoying treats in moderation.

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