• If you rely on over-the-counter nasal decongestant spray during spring allergy season like you usually rely on, say, water or air, you’re going to want to cut back. Turns out, ODing on nasal decongestant spray can actually leave you more congested. Say it with me: NOOOOOOO. [Women’s Health]
• Who knew you aren’t supposed to down your vitamins at the same time you chug your morning coffee? Not me. (Turns out, caffeine screws with the absorption of certain vitamins.) And who knew that you’re supposed rinse canned beans because they are covered — like completely drenched — in sodium? Not me. (Rinsing the beans knocks almost half of it off.) And another thing: Did you know that not all yogurt is probiotic-packed? Here, 10 nutrition mistakes that even healthy people fall victim to. [Washington Post]
If you’ve grown bored of your usual sweaty haunts — and your usual post-workout grab-and-go meals, too — do note: There are plenty of new spots for you to write down on your bucket list. Here, we’ve rounded up 16 fitness and healthy foodie openings in Philly to be excited about now, from boutique fitness studios and juice shops that just opened their doors, to soon-to-open produce markets, Megaformer studios and jaw drop-inducing fitness clubs. Here’s to switching it up!
I’m just going to say it: Whole Foods is kind of a weird place to me. It’s a little bit intimidating with all of its trendy healthy foods. Some I’ve never even heard of, let alone know how to cook or cut into (I haven’t even mastered cutting mangos, so don’t you dare confront me with a jack fruit. Am I alone? … Help!). But they do have the Chao Vegan Cheese Slices I love, so I have popped in a few times to pick up some of that goodness.
I have not yet visited the new, beautiful and heath-foodie-friendly Whole Foods location on Pennsylvania Avenue (the shame!). But don’t worry, it’s on my to-do list for this weekend (really!). And now I have a cheat sheet of sorts for my first trip (and so do you!): Here, we got a slew of Philly personal trainers to dish on what they throw in their carts at Whole Foods. Their answers: 15 mostly healthy, must-try foods, from $3 frozen samosas to nori sheets you can sub in for wraps, and more. So grab some paper and a pencil because your grocery list is about to get a little bit longer. (Psst: If you’re headed to Trader Joe’s this weekend, we’ve got Philly fitness pro-approved buys for TJ’s here.) Read more »
• If you follow every health-obsessed, acai bowl-Instagramming food blogger alive like I do, then you are well aware of the fact that Expo West, a giant healthy-food expo where companies showcase their latest creations, went down in Los Angeles last week. Here, the Well + Good team predicts, based on what they saw there, the seven healthy food trends — from mushrooms in everything to specialty canned and bottled coffees (hey, La Colombe Draft Latte) — we’re about to see all over the place. [Well + Good]
Boys and girls, hang on to your hats, because the time has come: This Friday, March 17th, Stripp’d Juice’s brand-spankin’-new Fishtown location will be hosting its grand opening shindig from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. And, let me be the first to tell you: You’re going to want to get there right at 10 — the first 10 people in the door will get a free ginger shot.
• There is nothing worse than sticking to your gym schedule with the same level of commitment Kylie Jenner applies to her lip-plumping game (that’s a LOT of commitment, I would assume), only to see no change in your body. When this happens, chances are, you’ve hit a fitness plateau — but before you swear off the gym, do know, you can bust through it. Here, five strategies to help you start seeing results again. [Men’s Fitness]
• Excuse me while I sound like a new mom bragging about her infant: I have always been a really good sleeper. Like, the kind of sleeper who zonks out on a plane or a train or on hardwood floor (I went to one of those weird, super-liberal high schools where we called our teachers by their first names and slept wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted) with no problem. So it’s really bothered me that over the past few months, I’ve started waking up around 2 a.m. every morning, unable to fall back asleep. If you have similar sleep issues, or trouble falling asleep in the first place, this 4-7-8 breathing technique could help you get into snooze mode fast, says integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. Hey, worth a try, right? [POPSUGAR Fitness]