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@shannie123Good question! We've written about algae before: http://greatist.com/health/algae-spirulina-health-benefits, but haven't written about less common marine protein sources like sea cucumber. We'll look into it! :)

5 months, 1 week ago on The Ultimate Guide to Protein Supplements

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@swendt Thanks for reading! Unfortunately we don't know from experience whether almond milk will work as well as soy in this particular recipe-- our best advice would be to give it a try and see how it turns out :) Good luck!

5 months, 1 week ago on Recipe Rehab Challenge: Healthier Chocolate Cake

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@sb3lucid Thanks for pointing this out! This should be fixed now-- please let us know if you're still having difficulties viewing the piece!

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://greatist.com/health/21-healthier-trail-mix-ideas

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@BirdoMcDHey there! Completely relate to your sense of safety derived from the gym. Working out and controlling my food intake was always a way for me to foster a sense of control. Have you reached out to any mental health professionals? NEDA's website has some great resources. Cogntiive Behavioral Therapy has been very very helpful for me and other exercise addiction sufferers I've spoken with. 


They key in trying to move past the exercise addiction is simply doing something different — practicing other behaviors and learning to feel safe in other situations outside the gym. The hard part? Not easy to do. Especially when we experience setbacks. My first impulse when I'm feeling uncomfortable is to hit the gym. That's not the worst coping skill. But it becomes problematic when it prevents me from seeking something as simple as a hug or human connection or even confronting a problem with someone else. 


Do you have a close friend or family member you can talk to about this? How about trainers at your gym? It's been very helpful to me to find people I can talk openly with about my insecurities. Sometimes just airing them makes me feel less stressed...


I again stress the value of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The exercise addiction is really an ingrained result of repeating a behavior day in and day out, a behavior that's often a reaction to cognitive distortions (i.e., if I don't work out for two hours every day I will be vulnerable, unloveable, ugly, fat, etc....). CBT helps you override and correct those cognitive distortions, find a grey area, and become a bit more flexible. Nothing wrong with working out to burn off stress and feel good about yourself. But getting past exercise addiction requires familiarizing yourself with other outlets.


Not sure if this helps, but faking it till you make it is a motto that helps keep me up every day. I still don't feel that I have a lot of confidence when it comes to most things. But I pretend that I do and everybody seems to believe I have my proverbial sh*t together. If you're like me, you can rest assured that much of what you think people are saying and thinking about you is totally in your head. :). And you're a lot braver, safer, and more capable than you may assume.


Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Writing has been insanely helpful for me. Also: going to comedy shows and doing improv and standup. Strange but true. Deriving a sense of self worth from endeavors other than fitness helps teach our brains that there's more to life than the gym!


Again, easier said than done. Rest assured, you are not alone!


-Katie (Katherine Schreiber, the chick who wrote this article!)

5 months, 1 week ago on Passion or Problem? When Exercise Becomes an Addiction

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@AshBlue89 Good question! The key difference here is that a cold shower is temporary and (presumably) is followed by stepping back into normal/warmer temperatures so that the body's temperature doesn't remain low. In contrast, staying in a cold room/home for long periods of time can cause the body's temperature to drop and stay dropped, contributing to a sluggish feeling. Hope that helps to clarify things!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on 28 Scientifically Proven Ways to Boost Energy Instantly

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@JustinaMarieParsons  Thanks for reading! Since almond milk is low in protein, it is unlikely to provide all of the same benefits as dairy milk. A better non-dairy option in this case might be soy milk, which is also relatively high in protein. For more details on soy versus dairy, you can check out this article: http://greatist.com/health/skim-milk-vs-soy-milk-greatist-debate. Hope that helps! 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Screw Sports Drinks, Chocolate Milk Is the Best Post-Workout Drink

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@Nosidda  Thanks for reading! You can find the printer icon at the top right corner of the post (above the banner image and to the right of the social share buttons). Hope that helps! 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://greatist.com/health/complete-vegetarian-proteins

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@QuestionableArticle  Thanks for reading! As stated in the text, this article is not an endorsement of the efficacy (or lack thereof) of any of the medicinal practices outlined therein. Instead, it is meant to serve as an explanation for the basic concepts and mechanisms behind each of these practices, and to include research, where available, as to the efficacy of these practices. Hope that helps to clarify! 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on 11 Alternative Medicines Explained

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@happyhapa  Thanks for reading! We have not reviewed wodify, but thanks for putting it on our radar! 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Can GAIN Fitness" New App Solve the Problem of CrossFit Tracking?

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@AjFawver  Thanks for reading! Unfortunately we are unable to provide calorie counts for our recipes at this time-- but this is a feature we're hoping to include in the future, so stay tuned! 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://greatist.com/health/easy-coconut-granola-healthy-recipe

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@wizpopstars  Thanks for reading! Unfortunately we are unable to offer calorie counts on our recipes at this time-- but this is a feature we're hoping to include in the future, so stay tuned! 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://greatist.com/health/twice-baked-broccoli-and-kale-stuffed-potatoes

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@keneash86  Thanks for reading! At Greatist, we believe that everyone gets to define what "healthy" means for themselves. Some people are comfortable including some sugar in their diets; others aren't-- and both choices are okay. Our job is to empower our readers with information and options so they can make their own choices about what kind of lifestyle helps them to feel and be healthier. 

If you'd like to try this recipe but are concerned about sugar intake, here's a roundup of healthier substitutions for sugar: http://greatist.com/health/30-sugar-substitutes-any-and-every-possible-situation. Hope this helps! 

6 months ago on Recipe: Oatmeal Banana Bread

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@lgarcia690  Thanks for reading! Unfortunately, we are unable to provide calorie counts on our recipes at this time. But we're planning to include nutrition info for our recipes in the future, so stay tuned! 

6 months ago on Recipe: Oatmeal Banana Bread

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@AustinDovel  Thanks for the heads up-- we've updated the broken links! 

6 months ago on I Want to… Do a Pull-Up!

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@SamanthaG  You're right-- thanks for catching that! This is an update of an older article. We've now tweaked the text to reflect the fact that Lauren has already had her baby. 

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://greatist.com/fitness/lauren-fleshman-running-and-blogging

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@acropoler11  Thanks for reading! Since every body responds differently to different nutrition programs, one of the most helpful things is to experiment with what works for you-- maybe even keep a food log so you can track which meals help you to feel energized (and for how long), which leave you feel sluggish, etc. Then make any changes accordingly. You might also find these resources helpful: 


http://greatist.com/health/complete-guide-workout-nutrition-infographic


http://greatist.com/fitness/50-awesome-pre-and-post-workout-snacks


Hope that helps! 

6 months, 1 week ago on Begin to Lose: A Guide to Starting Fat Loss

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@eat4me  Thanks for reading! There are a host of factors that can affect heart rate, so unfortunately we're unable to assess your individual situation. If you haven't already, it might be useful to invest in a heart rate monitor to track your heart rate and detect any patterns around when it starts to speed up. If you find that this doesn't help you, it might also be useful to talk to a doctor just to rule out any medical causes. Best of luck! 

6 months, 1 week ago on The Ultimate Guide to Running Lingo

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@BriDesiree  Thanks for reading! Unfortunately we are unable to answer your question because we are not the creators of the recipe. My advice would be to contact Eating Well, which seems to be the original source of the recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/. Hope that helps! 

6 months, 1 week ago on 77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes

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@sanzar  That's a good question-- this is a subject of some debate. While we're not qualified to give a definitive answer one way or the other, here are a few sources that may help to address your question: 

1. http://chriskresser.com/dairy-food-of-the-gods-or-neolithic-agent-of-disease

2. http://chriskresser.com/beyond-paleo-moving-from-a-paleo-diet-to-a-paleo-template

3. http://www.empiricalzeal.com/tag/lactase-persistence/

Hope this helps! 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Debunking Diets: Paleo Pros and Cons

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@pasa si  Good question! Wooden floors can be tricky because they vary in regards to type of wood, varnishes used, level of wear and tear, etc. Our research turned up mixed reviews of various non-toxic/DIY cleaning options for wood floors: Some sources recommend against using olive oil (as we noted in this article) because it can leave a slippery residue, while others say it's fine to use so long as you're willing to wipe any excess oil off the floors with a rag when you're done cleaning. Some sources say that just using vinegar will leave the floors streaky; others say that it works just fine. 

Given all this, the best bet is probably to experiment with a few non-toxic wooden floor cleaning recipes in order to discover what suits you and your floors best. Here are a few recipes to get you started: 


1. http://www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/natural-cleaning-for-clean-floors-that-you-can-make-easy.html

2. http://www.cleanmama.net/2013/04/diy-homemade-cleaners-hardwood-floor-cleaner.html

3. http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-Wood-Floor-Cleaner-28991618


Hope this helps-- happy cleaning! 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 27 Chemical-Free Products for DIY Spring Cleaning

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@MariaEckersley  Hi Maria, and thanks for reading! If the brand you're referring to is a yogurt or yogurt starter powder, that should work just fine as a starter (although it can be useful to experiment with different brands to find a taste and texture profile that you like best). The important thing is to choose a yogurt or yogurt starter powder with live active cultures. If you're using yogurt as a starter, it's best to use plain/unflavored varieties. Hope that helps! 

6 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Make Your Own Yogurt

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@EAtravels  Thanks for the tips! If only evolution had stamped out mosquitos by now... :) 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on The 26 Best Places to Pitch a Tent in the U.S.

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@JessLK721 Thanks for sharing your experiences! They're a perfect testament to the fact that every body responds differently to different training regimens. That's why experimenting with what works for you, as an individual, is so important! 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on 25 Ways to Run Faster Now

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@jackweber78 Thanks for sharing! We'll be sure to check Run Practice out 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on 11 Best Mobile Apps to Run Faster and Smarter

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@laltieri138 Thanks for the tip! We'll check it out should we update this list in the future

7 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Healthier Beers (and How to Choose the Right One)

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@Curious jorj Thanks for reading! Unfortunately, we do not have the medical expertise to weigh in on individual circumstances. That being said, our research suggests that the healthiest choice is to go whenever you feel the urge (or at least as soon as you can find a toilet!), rather than holding it in. If you are concerned about your personal situation, the best advice is always to seek the input of a medical professional.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Poop Health: Everything You Want to Know But Haven"t Asked

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@loxo39Thanks for reading! Unfortunately, we're not qualified to offer individual medical advice. Our research does show that whether or not constipation is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer is still up for debate (see: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022081228.htm, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9647901, and http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v108/n6/full/ajg201352a.html). If you're concerned about your bowel movements, the best advice is to consult a medical health professional. Best of luck!

8 months ago on Poop Health: Everything You Want to Know But Haven"t Asked

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@mosner2 Hi, and thanks for reading! Unfortunately, we're not qualified to offer medical advice for specific conditions. That said, it's safe to say that your mother's bowel movements and routines will likely change as a result of a changed diet, lifestyle, and prescription plan. The best advice is to talk with you mother's caregivers to understand how these factors may affect her bowel health going forward. Best of luck!

8 months ago on Poop Health: Everything You Want to Know But Haven"t Asked

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@boxing5252 Thanks for reading and sharing your personal experiences-- it's great that you and your girlfriend have found a lifestyle that works to promote your happiness as both individuals and a couple. I agree with you that communication and respect are absolutely key to making any relationship work, regardless of the form it takes. Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

8 months ago on The Dirt on Dating: My Open Relationship

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@kieran_ot93 Hi there, and thanks for reading! Unfortunately, we're not qualified to offer medical advice for specific conditions. If you're concerned about your poop routine, if your poop routine changes for no apparent reason, or if it's interfering with your daily activities, the best advice is to consult a medical professional. Best of luck!

8 months ago on Poop Health: Everything You Want to Know But Haven"t Asked

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@psbThanks for reading, and great question! Here are two resources to get you started: http://greatist.com/health/surprising-high-fiber-foods and http://greatist.com/health/high-fiber-snacks.

8 months ago on Poop Health: Everything You Want to Know But Haven"t Asked

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@drrobindThanks for reading and taking the time to comment! While our mention of the expense referred to up-front costs, you are quite right that IUDs often pay for themselves in the long-term. Unfortunately, those without insurance (or an insurance plan that covers IUDs) may still find the up-front cost prohibitive. But here's hoping these options become increasingly available!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Ultimate Guide to Contraception [Infographic]

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@ChristinaPoel Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Best of luck in finding a diet and lifestyle that works best for you-- let us know how it goes!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://greatist.com/health/what-is-the-best-diet

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@vicpenThanks for reading! You're completely right that obsessively using social media and spending too much time alone can be just as damaging as never getting some personal down time (In fact, we wrote an article about the downsides of never unplugging: http://greatist.com/happiness/unplugging-social-media-email.). Ultimately, I think it's a highly individualized issue that comes down to what works best for you as an individual. Here's hoping we can all find a healthy balance!

9 months ago on How Much Alone Time Do You Really Need?

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@cpomerleauHi, and thanks for reading! Unfortunately, there is no one right answer to your question-- it mostly comes down to personal preference. Most sources I've found recommend starting with a brand that you already like, since that's most likely to yield a flavor that you like in the homemade version. 

A few other factors to consider: 

-The yogurt should have live, active cultures

-The yogurt should NOT contain flavors or added sweeteners (like sugar, Splenda, or Aspartame)

-It's best to avoid a yogurt that uses additives or thickeners (like pectin, gelatin, or dry milk powder)

-Fat content doesn't matter


Personally, one of my favorite yogurts (especially when it comes to taste) is Stonyfield Plain Whole Milk Yogurt. That's also the yogurt that our photographer used to create these photos, and (as you can see) the consistency turned out pretty well. But for the most part, this is a process of trial and error-- experimenting with what consistencies and flavors taste best to you. Hope that was helpful!

9 months ago on How to Make Your Own Yogurt

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