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The Best 16 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness Blogs for 2014

The Best 16 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness Blogs for 2014

Millions of people all over the world write blogs, and millions more people read these blogs. With so many blogs about every topic imaginable, it can be hard to tell which ones have accurate information and which ones do not. For instance, when it comes to health and fitness blogs, it is important to get accurate information. That is why we have compiled this list of some of the best health and fitness blogs on the Internet.

1. Precision Nutrition

This blog talks about healthy eating and helps people make the best dietary choices for their lifestyles. Blog posts are geared towards average people and are loaded with great information.

Precious Nutrition

    2. Ask Lauren Fleshman

    Get all the information you ever wanted about running from professional runner Lauren Fleshman, five-time NCAA champion middle-distance runner and 15-time All-American middle distance runner.

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    Lauren

      3. Time to Cleanse

      Learn about cleansing diets, as well as many other health-related topics for the entire family, including furry family members. Don’t forget to take the quiz to discover your body toxicity.

      TimeToCleanse

        4. Fit-Bottomed Girls

        This blog promotes healthy activity, sensible eating, and having positive views about life, as well as about health and fitness. Find recipes, exercise routines, reviews on new fitness gear and books, and more.

        FitBottomed

          5. Sprouted Kitchen

          Learn about whole foods, seasonal vegetables, and how to create meals with these foods that are as delicious as they are healthy.

          Sprouted

            6. James Hamblin (at The Atlantic)

            Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Hamblin writes about many health topics, including caffeine, anxiety, autism, sex and more. Readers can expect new columns daily.

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            Atlantic

              7. Mile Posts

              Most runners have had moments when they have no get up and go. This blog tackles overcoming obstacles for runners. Writer Dorothy Beal has overcome three chronic illnesses to become a runner, and offers fitness tips, as well as words of motivation.

              Mileposts

                8. Q by Equinox

                The Equinox chain of gyms provides fashion magazine quality photos, as well as videos and endorsements from celebrities. Topics include fitness, lifestyle topics and even vacation tips.

                Q

                  9. fANNEtastic Food

                  Creator Anne Mauney is a Registered Dietician and online nutritionist who offers loads of healthy recipes, as well as tips for preparing and eating healthy foods. She also provides information about running, working out and general health tips.

                  Fannestic

                    10. Strength Running

                    Jason Fitzgerald writes about the benefits of strength training for runners. He teaches people about preventing injuries, recovering from injuries, and exercises to improve strength. This is a great blog for anyone who loves to run but who has had past injuries and wants to avoid more in the future.

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                    Strengthrunning

                      11. Oiselle

                      The apparel company provides a blog with information about stretching, strengthening, race information, and more.

                      Oissle

                        12. iRunnerBlog

                        Marathon runner Scott Miles offers resources for runners, including information from athletes, trainers, physical therapists, and nutritionists. Other topics include workouts, racing, and apparel.

                        IRunner

                          13. Dean’s Blog

                          Dean Karnazes, runner and writer for Runner’s World, writes about all things related to running.

                          RunnerWorld
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                            14. MindBodyGreen

                            This is a blog that is about a lot more than just physical health. It is also about relationships, finances, stress, spirituality, and many other things that affect overall mental and physical health.

                            MBG

                              15. Black Girls Run

                              Founded by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, this is a blog devoted to African American women who want to get in and stay in shape. Topics include fitness, healthy living, beauty, and fashion. Carey and Hicks have started almost 70 female African American running groups.

                              Black Girls Run

                                16. Om Gal

                                Yogi Rebecca Pacheco writes about the benefits of yoga and stretching, and also posts videos. This is her online diary, and one that is popular with many yoga enthusiasts.

                                Omgal

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                                  14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                  14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                  Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                                  What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                                  The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                                  Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                                  It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                                  Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                                  In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                                  Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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                                  Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                                  1. Quinoa

                                  GI: 53

                                  Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                                  2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                                  GI: 50

                                  Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                                  3. Corn on the Cob

                                  GI: 48

                                  Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                                  4. Bananas

                                  GI: 47

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                                  Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                                  They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                                  5. Bran Cereal

                                  GI: 43

                                  Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                                  6. Natural Muesli

                                  GI: 40

                                  Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                                  7. Apples

                                  GI: 40

                                  Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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                                  8. Apricots

                                  GI: 30

                                  Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                                  Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                                  9. Kidney Beans

                                  GI: 29

                                  Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                                  10. Barley

                                  GI: 22

                                  Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                                  Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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                                  11. Raw Nuts

                                  GI: 20

                                  Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                                  12. Carrots

                                  GI: 16

                                  Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                                  13. Greek Yogurt

                                  GI: 12

                                  Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                                  14. Hummus

                                  GI: 6

                                  When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                                  Bottom Line

                                  If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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