If a surgical face mask doesn’t quite make the fashion statement you’re hoping for, but you still want an effective physical barrier to protect yourself against cold and flu germs, there’s this: stylish scarves fitted with high-tech filters to prevent germs from reaching your mouth.
5 Gorgeous Running Trails to See Fall Foliage
Get up close and personal with the changing leaves.
Barre3 Is Opening Two Studios in Our Area
With a week of free classes at both locations.
PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground Pop-up
What you missed at our secret workout and ice cream social.
Introducing the Yogi’s Table
These new yoga-and-dinner events in Fairmount are awesome.
» You can vote for Tanya on our Facebook page October 14th through 20th. Mark your calendar!
Name: Tanya Sen
Occupation: Nutrition program manager at the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and program director for the Coalition’s Green Light Pantries, a healthy food pantry program
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I just feel better when I eat healthy. I can really tell the difference in my energy level, mood and overall health when I eat well.
I have to admit that sometimes I can be a tad judge-y when it comes to omission diets. There are tons of books touting dairy, gluten or sugar avoidance with amazing results guaranteed. I’ve consistently maintained a solid position on team “everything in moderation.” But while I still stand by my position, I’ve recently made a major modification out of necessity: my exclusively breast-fed baby hates when I eat dairy.
So here’s my new stance: Omission diets can be a lifesaver for certain people, if and when they actually help you feel better (or they help your baby not to scream like a fighting raccoon). This quinoa granola is a wonderful, high protein start to your day whether you’re avoiding dairy (or gluten, if you use gluten-free oats) or not. Serve up about a third of a cup (granola is high calorie, so watch your portions, please) with fresh fruit and almond milk for a quick and naturally sweet meal.
If you live in Philly and not under a rock, you probably heard that Wawa is selling pizza now. In the few days since its debut, the convenience store’s focaccia pizzas have gotten mixed reviews. The folks over at Philly.com got their hands on three of the five available pies—there are plain, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, veggie and bacon-jalapeño in all—and were generally unimpressed. But over on Twitter, people seem to be digging it—or at least digging the concept.
Salad for breakfast might sound like some cruel form of punishment that you totally don’t deserve—until you get a glimpse of these drool-worthy concoctions, that is. Who knew that getting your daily dose of morning veggies could be so Instagram-worthy?
And these breakfasts aren’t just a pretty plate: Chowing down on an egg-topped bed of kale (or spinach, or arugula) is an easy way to squeeze in your morning veggies without downing a green juice. Because green juice is great and all, but having it every single morning can get a bit old, am I right? But enough talk about salad for breakfast—let’s get to the recipes: Here, six salad-for-breakfast dishes that you’ll want to eat for lunch and dinner, too.
• Apparently, adding a plant to your desk can boost productivity, creativity and all-around well-being at work. And on a Tuesday morning, I’m sure we could all use a little boost in those departments, right? So, what are you waiting for? Go scoop yourself up a sweet succulent, stat. [Huffington Post]
All you need for this week’s workout is a medicine ball and set of weights (or a weighted bar, if that’s more your style). And maybe a towel—you know, to wipe up your buckets and buckets of sweat. You’re going to do a circuit of six exercises, with 20 reps of each exercise per set. The goal is get through the full circuit five times. And if you’ve ever tried doing a push-up with your hands on a medicine ball, then you know: It’s not going to be easy.
Happy sweating, friends!
» You can vote for Pastor Herndon on our Facebook page October 14th through 20th. Mark your calendar!
Name: W. Lonnie Herndon
Occupation: Pastor at Compassion Ministries
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Family—as a husband and father, I owe it to myself first and my wife and daughter to be healthy. In addition, as a role model for the thousands of members that call me their pastor and to the community who looks to me as a leader, I believe it is my responsibility to set the example to live a healthy life.
I don’t understand people who don’t love fall. The cooler (but not yet cold) temperatures make it perfect for outdoor fitness. The red, yellow and orange leaves are drop-dead gorgeous. And pumpkin—wonderful, glorious, delicious pumpkin—is a main ingredient in just about everything. What’s not to love?
If you’re looking to take full advantage of the season, consider this your bucket fitness list: five off-road running spots where you can get up close and personal with our region’s beautiful fall foliage. (Note: I’m not including the Wissahickon or Fairmount Park on here because, well, duh.) See how many of the parks below you can hit over the next couple of weeks, and check them off as you go.
Challenge accepted? Thought so.