What is carrageenan and why you should stay away from it.

by forloveofcarrots on March 4, 2015

Some of you may or may not have heard of carrageenan. But if you haven’t it is something worth educating yourself on.

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Carrageenan: a substance extracted from red and purple seaweeds, consisting of a mixture of polysaccharides. It is used as a thickening or emulsifying agent in food products.

What is is used for: It is used as an additive to a lot of everyday products you probably eat. It is a thickener. In liquid products it basically makes products stay mixed and could easily be eliminated if the company just wrote on the package “SHAKE WELL.”

Why is is bad for you?: It is not digestible and has no nutritional value. Carrageenan is destructive to your digestive system. It triggers an immune response similar to that your body has been invaded by pathogens like salmonella. It can cause inflammation which can lead to ulcers and bleeding. Many people report reacting strongly to carrageenan with symptoms of skin rashes, digestive troubles and other health related issues.

While research may still be shakey on whether or not it is a carcinogen I have yet to see any research reporting its health benefits. So, I will continue to avoid it.

How you can avoid it: Read labels of everything you buy, especially nut milks. Companies like Almond Breeze still have it in their milks and a lot of store brand nut milks. Starbucks, Stoneyfield and Applegate are some other companies who have been reported having carrageenan in it. You can also read this list before your next grocery shop.

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Fitness Fashion Finds Friday: Accessories

by forloveofcarrots on February 27, 2015

Happy Friday! After work I am off to Delaware/Maryland for a long over due girls weekend with my college girl friends! Needless to say, lets hope this day fly’s by!

Continuing with the new Friday Trend I wanted to talk about fitness accessories today!

Hair ties: My favorite hair ties are the no slip ones like Scunci or the no slip and no crease hair tie like Emijay.
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Headbands: While I don’t always where them when I do I am a fan of Sparkly Soul or no slip headband that Athleta and Lululemon sell.

Grippy socks: these are perfect for Barre and keep your feet from slipping when you are in different poses. I usually buy the ones my pure barre studio sells but I also really enjoy my rock these socks.
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Leg Warmers: you already know how I feel about those.
leg warmers

Compression Sleeves: When I was running a lot and training for half marathons compression sleeves were my saving grace! I usually wore them for my longer runs and they really helped me with preventing shin splints. My favorite brand is pro compression.
compression sleeves

What are some of your favorite fitness accessories?

What are you doing this weekend?

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Why I’m drinking Aloe Vera Juice

February 25, 2015

Working in a health food store forces me to try a lot of things I most likely would have never gone out and tried on my own. I do a lot for myself supplement wise, more than I EVER thought I would. One thing I have added into my morning routine is drinking aloe juice! […]

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What it’s like to swim for the first time after 5 years

February 23, 2015

I recently decided to get back into swimming since 5 years of not swimming! re: my last swim meet I declared, I am never swimming again and I hadn’t until now.. Getting myself to the pool was the hardest part about it. It was cold out, why would I want to jump in a cold […]

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Fitness Fashion Finds Friday

February 20, 2015

Wohoo! Happy Friday! This week has just flown by. I am continuing my fitness fashion finds Friday trend with a little Yay or Nay. Leggings with rips/sheer in them Yay or Nay? I used to think Nay. I never really got them, especially the ones that are sheer down the sides of the legs. They […]

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