Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

My name is Lauren, and I come from a longstanding background of fitness and nutrition. Whether it be hiking, running, camping, or just enjoying cooking in the kitchen I have made health a focal point of my life. I love to incorporate movement, and wellness in everything I do!

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    Cloud Bread - Delicious White Bread Alternative

    One of the things most of us miss while trying to be good and eat clean is white bread. Here is good news! Whoever invented this delicious heavenly alternative should be thanked a lot. It is a saving grace for many of us white bread addicts. I thank you, whoever you are from the bottom […]

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    Lauren Jones

    My name is Lauren, and I come from a longstanding background of fitness and nutrition. Whether it be hiking, running, camping, or just enjoying cooking in the kitchen I have made health a focal point of my life. I love to incorporate movement, and wellness in everything I do!

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    Omnitrition Review

    The bottom line is this company is a scam...

    Review overview

    Summary

    Omnitrition is a multi-level marketing company that opened its doors in 1989.

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Over priced
    • Unhealthy calorie amount
    • Only 30-day money back guarantee
    • Little to no information on the products

    Ratings in depth

    • Effectiveness
    • Scientific Backing
    • Customer Reviews
    • Customer Support
    • Money Back Guarantee
    2 10 Bad

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    Isagenix Review

    "When dealing with multi-level marketing platforms, it can be hard to get a straight answer"

    Isagenix Review

    What Is Isagenix

    Isagenix was founded in April of 2002, and is a multi-level marketing business that aims to sign individuals up to be brand ambassadors. Based out of Chandler, AZ, they sell nutritional products such as protein shakes, weight loss supplements, diet snacks, and meals. When calling into their support line, I was routed through three different systems to simply talk to one person about some general questions. This was a long process to simply talk to someone real, so I would try to get your questions answered in one shot versus having to call in multiple times. When they try to sell customers on becoming millionaires by selling their product, I already have a gut feeling that this is too good to be true. To see the Isagenix program reviewed by the Better Business Bureau. When dealing with multi-level marketing platforms, it can be hard to get a straight answer because it’s difficult to distinguish between who was a rep trying to make their way up the pyramid, and who was a genuine customer with feedback. The Isagenix

    Conclusion

    You can purchase Isagenix on multiple different sites such as Amazon, the Isagenix site, and Ebay. I believe this company is just another multi-level marketing company that offers nutritional supplements with little to no benefits for your overall health. I would call them a multi-level marketing scam myself, because of the inaccurate reviews on their website versus the rest of the internet.

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    Medifast Review

    "Although the prepackaged meals can be a real convenience, they can also make social outings difficult"

    Medifast Review

    How Does the Medifast Program Work?

    Medifast was established in 1980 by Dr. William Vitale, and is essentially a meal replacement and meal delivery service for helping people lose weight. The Medifast plan menu consists of protein shakes, soups, and bars. There are over 70 meals you can choose from, and the program prides itself on its cu

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. *Results may vary.

    Do Dieters Lose Weight With Medifast?

    There has been mixed reviews on whether or not this program helps people lose weight for the long term. Because the caloric restrictions can go as low as 800 calories per day, it would be hard not to lose weight, no matter what program you’re using. A lot rides on your liking to the foods that are prepared for you, and whether or not you enjoy the taste. The cost is also a huge factor in people's weight loss success and or failure, as it is not a cheap program overall to follow long term. We found some outside reviews which were very helpful to read:

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    Weight Watchers Review

    Weight Watchers was named the 2017 Best Weight-Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report. The 7th annual list includes nine sets of Best Diets rankings; Weight Watchers was first, or tied for first place, in almost half the categories and was a runner-up in the rest. [1]
    And while Weight Watchers did not make the cut as the “Best Overall Diet”—the DASH diet took that prize—it’s arguably the world’s most popular diet. Anyone who has ever been on a diet to lose weight, and been successful even though it’s often not sustained, has been on Weight Watchers.you follow the plan correctly. Some users lose a pound a week, some three. It depends on the level of effort and your body. Regardless, if you follow the plan, you’ll lose weight. That’s what Weight Watchers promises. Does it deliver?

    The Weight Watchers Plan

    The current program is pretty simple: “Every food gets a value. Smart Points are based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. Just follow your budget [of points] and start seeing results.” [3]
    There’s no forbidden foods. That said, the junk will quickly suck up points, so it’s better to eat good foods and manage points wisely. That’s the ‘diet’ part.
    Next? Get moving. “Every move counts. Earn FitPoints for walking, cleaning, gardening—you name it. Sync your fitness device with your account and start earning!” [3]
    Perhaps the most important part of Weight Watchers is the “I got this” mindset: “Get your head in the game with science-based techniques that go beyond food and fitness.” [3]

    The Bottom Line: Is Weight Watchers Worth a Try?

    Yes. As long as you keep an eye on the billing (and report them to the Better Business Bureau if you run into problems), the program itself works. If you haven’t done Weight Watchers, try it. If you follow the diet religiously—and it is very doable—you absolutely will lose weight, usually in the neighborhood of a pound or two a week. The tricky part is keeping the weight off once you’ve met your goal. But hopefully, the habits learned while on Weight Watchers will stick. With Weight Watchers, you can’t lose. I mean, you can—you can lose.

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    Conquering Running in Cold Weather

    It’s that time of year again, when the gloomy skies and unfriendly cold air make your workouts a freezing nightmare. If you are anything like me, you do not like paying for expensive gym membership fees when you can utilize so many different outlets of fitness that Mother Nature has to offer. I am a former professional tennis player by trade, but developed a love for running marathons a few years ago. I am currently training for the 2016 Boston Marathon, and because of the duration of my runs I wouldn’t dare go inside on a treadmill, no matter the elements.

    1. Prepare With Your Footwear

    If you are reading this, chances are you know a thing or two about running shoes. To break it down for those of you who don’t, invest in a good pair of running shoes early on and your whole body will thank you! When thinking about running in sub freezing temperatures, it is always a smart idea to get crampons. These nifty devices clamp onto the bottom of your shoes to create traction for running on ice and snow. There is nothing worse than taking a tumble on the ice, injuring yourself and cutting your run short.

    1. Know Your Running Style

    Runners can be weird about who they run with, and for how long. Determine right away if you are a social runner, or if you like to endure the elements alone. If you enjoy company, the toughest conditions are the perfect times to grab a partner. They keep you accountable, and they can be your voice of reason for making the decision to get out there when no one else wants to. If you enjoy battling the elements alone like I do, make no excuses when the weather is bad. I like to take my dog, and my music to keep my motivation going in the worst of circumstances. The truth is, the hardest part of your run will be getting yourself out the door.

    1. Start Slow

    A good long warm up is essential to prevent injuries in the stiff conditions you are about to face. Start off at a pace 30 seconds slower than you would normally run for about 5 minutes. Getting your knees, ankles, calves, quads, and hamstrings firing correctly will do your body a favor. Chances are, there are not many people out in the conditions you are so don’t worry about “looking too slow.”

    1. Dress For Success

    The worst situation for a runner is getting into a pair of tights that chafe your skin, or an insulated long sleeve that doesn’t keep you warm. In the minds of the dedicated, there is no such thing as bad weather but there is such a thing as bad gear choices. This is vital for overcoming the weather, and feeling as comfortable as possible. For sub zero temperatures it is important to invest in an insulated fleece jacket, long sleeve shirt, neck warmer, face cover, gloves, fleece-lined leggings, wool socks, and a winter hat of some sort. Stay away from cotton, because when wet it becomes heavy and impossible to dry again. You will want to seek out thin, wicking layers for your clothing if possible

    1. Hydrate

    When it is pouring rain outside or snowing so hard you can’t see in front of your face, the last thing you want to do is drink water. This is important for cold weather runners, because they are burning a higher amount of calories running and trying to stay warm. With the fluids that are being lost as a result of running in the cold weather, nutrients are being lost. Cramping, and dehydration are possible scenarios that could happen if you find yourself out on a long run with no hydrating options. Do yourself a favor, and bring a small amount of water with electrolytes in it next time you run.

    1. Go Bright

    Sadly, winter running means potentially having to run in the dark, due to the days being shorter. Even if you are not running in the dark, the days just seem darker in general. Grab a colorful jacket, reflective gear, or a headlamp that is bright and stands out to protect yourself from any accidents. Being safe is always your first priority when battling the elements, as avoiding to do so can result in potentially life threatening scenarios.

     

    Whether you are living in a place with bad weather all winter, or going on vacation to an area colder than what you are used to, these tips will help you confidently get your workout in no matter what the weather is doing!

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    What is Cryotherapy, and Should You Try It?

    This “icy-therapy” has become all the rage in the athletic and weight loss worlds..

    Cryo- Comes from the Greek word “krous” which is also know as icy, or frosty. So it makes perfect sense that this “icy-therapy” has become all the rage in the athletic and weight loss worlds alike. What exactly is this therapy, and is it really even safe? WBC also known, as Whole Body Cryotherapy is a process in which an individual submerges themself into a tank or chamber of cold temperatures reaching -250 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, you read that right. It is said to work wonders on body recovery, and other key areas of life, as I will mention below.

    It’s Purpose

    The purpose of this freezing cold tank is to submerge your body for about 3-4 minutes and reap the benefits. You strip down to merely your underwear, and wear booties and gloves. Before you step into the chamber you are to wear a bathrobe. Once the bathrobe comes off and you step in the chamber, an employee working at the therapy lab will start to cool the chamber by pumping liquid nitrogen inside. You are encouraged to be completely dry, as anything wet could cause immediate frostbite due to the negative temperatures.

    Some of the benefits of this therapy include complete alleviation of sore muscles in athletes, promotes weight loss, as well as tightens the skin for an overall “glowing look.” In the athletic world, there are soccer teams, tennis players, and rugby players at the highest of levels who swear by Cryotherapy treatment as a daily routine to keep their bodies running smoothly and injury free.

    We have all treated ourselves to some form of Cryotherapy whether we used an ice pack on a rolled ankle, or a bag of frozen peas on our jaws after getting wisdom teeth removed. The type of therapy that I am writing about today is amped up 400 times what an ice pack could ever do for an injury. Professional sports teams such as the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Royals all partake in the sub-freezing Cryo-tank and they see many positives from it.

    Because of the low temperatures it quickly zaps any inflammation in the body, which can also lead to better looking skin. Some of the people who regularly use this therapy and pay nearly $300 per month for it have noticed a big difference in their skin, and the way they have aged (for the better!). They have also commented on the treatment boosting their metabolisms, as well as giving them a better energy throughout their entire day. Everyone’s bodies are different, so nothing is quite proven with this therapy, but it is fun to learn about.

    What About Weight Loss?

    The idea behind weight loss with Cryotherapy is the idea that your body has to work harder when it is exposed to colder temperatures (aka burning more calories to stay warm.) The treatments have been said to burn hundred of calories just in one session, which as we know only last 3-4 minutes. Now that is a quick way to blast a couple hundred calories! But is it proven? No, it is not proven and there are many people that are skeptical it will really work in the long run for weight loss. There is no easy way around weight loss, and it comes with hard work and determination along with a change of bad habits and diet. It still doesn’t hurt to try out the treatment, but be cautious as this treatment is not for the faint of heart!

    Overview

    While many professional athletes use this form of treatment for sore muscles, and recovery it is not tested and approved by the FDA. This trend has been around for over 30 years and has been used in Europe since that time, but we are just now catching onto this chilly trend in the states. It is not for everyone, and there are definite health risks if you do not follow instructions but there has been good results to come from it. While it is not proven for weight loss, it will definitely give you more energy in the long run as you are wide-awake when the treatment is over! It is rather expensive, costing over $100 dollars for a single session for about 3-4 minutes. Proven or not, many professional athletes swear by it. Cryotherapy’s main focuses are repairing muscles, ligaments, and tendons for better recovery.

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    What You Need To Know About High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

    High Fructose Corn Syrup processes just as rapidly as regular table sugar, and all the while it has negative effects on your blood sugar levels and waistline.

    We can all agree that limiting the daily amount of sugar ingested on a daily basis will do a body good in the long haul. There are so many different names for sugar, that they all become clumped together and seen as bad in the big picture, but does the body process them differently? High Fructose Corn Syrup otherwise known as (HFCS) is cheap, mixes well with ingredients found in processed foods, and has a long shelf life. All of these qualities match up perfectly with processed foods found at the grocery store, and convenient stores worldwide. While there has not been extensive evidence found that High Fructose Corn Syrup processes anymore rapidly than regular table sugar, it still has a negative effect on your blood sugar and waistline.

    The Background On High Fructose Corn Syrup

    HFCS is a sweetener that is made from corn, and there are two different types you normally find in the grocery stores:

    • HFCS-42 which is essentially 42% fructose, and 58% glucose.
    • HFCS-55 which is essentially 55% fructose and 45% glucose.

    To give an example of what this can equate to, table sugar is composed of sucrose and glucose in even parts so the high fructose portion is taking the place of sucrose. The body does not digest these sugars any differently as they are both pretty much straight table sugar.

    The only real difference with table sugar and HFCS is the way the body breaks down the sugars. With table sugar the body has to digest both the fructose and glucose before it can absorb into the body. With High Fructose Corn Syrup both fructose and glucose are mixed together therefore the body does not need to digest the sugars before the body’s insulin is affected. All in all both table sugar and HFCS have the same effect on the body.

    Cost and Economy

    There is definitely a negative connotation around HFCS, as many believe it is directly related to the obesity epidemic around our nation. While this could be true, the cost of the syrup is extremely cheap compared to other products due to the government’s corn subsidies. This makes perfect sense why it takes the place of other sweeteners in your day-to-day processed food items at the grocery store.

    According to the Iowa Corn Community, there is a significant impact that HFCS leaves on their economy.

    • 2,600 jobs that the corn refining industry currently employs with potential for more jobs to be created
    • $170 million in salaries from these jobs – which are considered to be high paying
    • $1.9 billion worth of value is added to the 163 million bushels of Iowa corn used to make HFCS.

    Back To Our Health

    While it is great that such a product produces jobs to local Americans, is it all that beneficial for our health? The answer sadly is no, as too much sweet may lead to long-term health effects down the road. This goes for any sweetener, not just HFCS. Be mindful of your serving sizes, as the daily recommended limit for sugar is:

    • Children: 3-4 teaspoons per day (12 grams)
    • Adult Women/Teens: No more than 5 teaspoons a day (20 grams)
    • Adult Men/ Teens: No more than 8-9 teaspoons a day (36 grams)

    Just how much is a teaspoon of sugar, since we are constantly reminded in “grams” how much sugar is in our food? One teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.

    Sadly, with many foods in our diets containing well over the daily limit we are setting ourselves up for daily sugar overdoses. It has been said that sugar is more addicting than powerful drugs such as cocaine, so limiting your consumption of it will also limit your want more for more than you need. This can come in the form of HFCS, table sugar, and other sweeteners not mentioned in this article. Many people consume well over 30 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is way over the limit. With our food options today, it is easy to do so:

    A Starter List to Foods That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup

    • Breakfast Cereals
    • Breads
    • Most drinks that are not water
    • Baking and Cooking Ingredients
    • Condiments
    • Cookies and Cakes
    • Cough Syrups
    • Crackers
    • Dairy
    • Ice Creams
    • Jams, Jellies, Syrups
    • Salad Dressing
    • Sauces
    • Snacks
    • Soups

    While this list is relatively condensed, as you can see there is High Fructose Corn syrup in a large majority of our everyday foods. This obviously excludes many other artificial and modified sweeteners in foods that are not on this list.  It is always important to be conscious of your sugar intake for yourself, and your family to avoid long term health issues such as diabetes, cancer, and weight gain. With the way the food monstrosities markets sugary foods to us around each corner, be aware of your daily limits and gravitate toward more wholesome foods that can’t be placed on a shelf for weeks at a time!

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    3 Best Foods For Your Heart

    Heart disease still ranks as the #1 killer for Americans. Roughly every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack, and every 5 minutes someone dies from a stroke.

    3 Best Foods For Your Heart

    Heart disease still ranks as the #1 killer for Americans. Roughly every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack, and every 5 minutes someone dies from a stroke. These are health conditions that are too well known in our country and many times the condition runs prevalent within many of our families. While healthy living such as exercise, sleep, and genetics play a huge part, your diet does as well. There are a couple of foods you can enjoy that will help maintain your heart health, as well as increase your quality of life!

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    7 Tennis Elbow Home Remedies

    The frustrations of tennis elbow, and how to heal properly

    7 Tennis Elbow Home Remedies

    We have all been there at some point in time, and find ourselves on the side lines with an achy elbow unable to do even the simplest tasks. Lifting, pushing, and or merely waving can be painful endeavors that leave us frustrated. Tennis elbow comes from simple overuse of the tendons and surrounding muscles. Whatever has caused your tennis elbow, there are ways to find relief, and answers to your questions which I will talk about below.

    The common description of tennis elbow or “lateral epicondylitis” is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. (Ortho Info, 1).

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