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Dec 7

Holiday Fitness Tips With Tiffany; How to Try to Stay on Track With Your Fitness Goals – News15 | Lafayette, LA – FOX 15

Holiday Fitness Tips With Tiffany; How to Try to Stay on Track With Your Fitness Goals - News15 | Lafayette, LA  FOX 15

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Dec 7

Tracee Ellis Ross’ Fitness And Health Habits Of 2019 – Women’s Health

Tracee Ellis Ross has been completely killing the Instagram game lately. The Black-ish star regularly shares snapshots of herself looking strong and confident in a bikini, going hard at the gym, and generally being her awesome, hilarious self. At 47 (yup, forty-freaking-seven), it seems like Tracee is really hitting her stride, health-wise. Here's *everything* she's shared about what she does for her general wellness and fitness on the reg to maintain such fantastic shape, inside and out.

1She makes sleep a priority

Tracee has made it clear that getting enough Zs is a huge thing for her. "Ive tried to choose sleep over working out, which I think is the right choice," she said on Instagram.

2She celebrates and embraces getting older

"I LOVE getting older and I LOVE my life," Tracee captioned a photo series on Instagram of herself in a bikini.

She went on to say, "Im so grateful to be living this life Im in. Ive worked so hard to feel good in my skin and to build a life that truly matches me and Im in it and it feels good. I remain curious and teachable and so it will all keep getting better." Heck, yeah!

3She's kind to herself even when she has to slow down

In one workout video on Instagram, Tracee confessed that she hasn't been working out as much lately. Then, she did herself a solid with this nugget: "Im trying to be really gentle with myself."

4She tries to work out regularly

Tracee has a full schedule, but she still works out three or four times a week, she told Health in 2017.

5But she's okay with taking breaks here and there

Sometimes you can't work out as much as you'd like to, and that's okay. "Life is in progress and sometimes that means stopping your routine. And thats ok," Tracee said on Instagram.

6She loads up on water

Tracee doesn't mess around when it comes to hydration. She makes a point to have about four liters of water per day, People reported.

7She takes workout classes

"I have to say that Tracy Anderson's workout the last five years has been really good for me," Tracee told Health.

Tracee is also not afraid to switch things up and try new forms movement (which she did with Tracy Anderson). "I find that, as adults, we stay so regimented in our movement, even if we get on a treadmill. The music changes all the patterns, and my body gets to move freely, so you feel amazingwhich is ultimately the point of the workouts, too."

8She eats foods that make her feel good

Tracee told Health that she has a "rule" about eating. Her food has to pass two tests: "Not only taste good in my mouth, but it also has to feel good in my stomach," she said. "So a lot of foods that are good in the mouth, 10 minutes later? I'm cursing myself."

9She gets inspired by other people at the gym

The feeling of watching a confident woman do her thing at the gym or in life can be contagiousand is worth celebrating, per Tracee. "One of the things that's most encouraging is you see a roomful of women working their asses off and looking beautiful," Tracee told Health. "You see women in their 40s wearing jog bras and their stomachs out proudly, walking in a stance that says, 'I love my body,' and that's exciting to me."

10She laughs...a lot

In one Instagram video, Tracee outlined her "five commandments for staying young." First up? "Giggle as much as possible."

11She has lots of workout buddies

Tracee coordinates her sweat sessions with several other very fit, and famous, friends. Earlier this year, she hit the gym with Gabrielle Union and Mary J. Blige, and posed for a badass selfie.

"I was soooo tired and not in the mood to work out this morning, so thank you @gabunion and @therealmaryjblige for the motivation and sister vibes, and @heartandhustlegym for the environment," Tracee wrote.

12She has plenty of sex

Another one of Tracee's five commandments: "Have as much sex as possible. Sorry, Mom, but its true! Brings out the best in your skin," she said, before cracking up. (Tracee added more specific instructions with text on the video: "consensual, connected, yummy, good & safe sex. Not just any sex.)

13She's not afraid to love

Tracee's final commandment: "Love with a full and open heart. Youll stay young forever I swear."

14She tries to work out even when she *really* doesn't feel like it

Some days, it can be tough to even get your butt to the gym. Well, Tracee knows the deal. She shared in one Instagram post that she was "WORKIN THRU THE JETLAG."

It appears that Tracee doesn't force a workout if it doesn't feel good on her body or helpfulbut when it's just a bad attitude that's in her way, she fights through it and comes out stronger.

15She mixes up her fitness routine

"New program," Tracee captioned a too-funny Instagram video of herself doing a Tracy Anderson Method move and fake crying. My body is like, what the f is going on?

16She gets creative with kettlebells

Tracee regularly hits up the boutique gym Heart and Hustle, and she's found cool ways to use kettlebells beyond swinging them. Tracee's used them for squats and bicep curls, among other moves.

17She lets herself indulge

Tracee told People that she allows herself a once-a-week indulgence at one of her favorite restaurants where she enjoys a glass of wine. It's all about balance, folks.

18She stocks up on seasonal produce

Tracee told People that she's big on simple, whole foods, like seasonal produce from the farmer's market.

19She eats when she's hungry

My favorite meal of the day is an early dinner/late lunch between 4 and 6 p.m., Tracee told People. Still, she added, "I dont restrict my eating to firm meal times."

20She avoids foods that don't work for her

Tracee avoids dairy entirely, she told People, although she'll splurge on cheese once a year. (This isn't to say that anyone and everyone needs to ditch dairyeat what works for you and your body/goals.)

21She has fun with food

"I eat in the same philosophy that I live with: joyfully! Tracee told People.

22She has a post-workout bite

After she works it at the gym, Tracee told People that she likes to fuel up with a Berry Power protein drink from Erewhon. (It contains almond milk, bananas, blueberries, dates and Vega protein powder, in case you were wondering.)

23She's smart about snacking

Tracee has several snacks a day to stay properly fueled and energized, per People, like a Pink Lady apple and peanut butter, avocado toast, and chips and olives.

24She views exercise as self-care

Tracee says being healthy is a form of self-care for her. "Exercise helps make my body strong enough to do what I set my heart and mind to, I carry myself differently when I feel strong," she captioned a photo for International Self-Care Day.

25She thinks of should as a curse word

"It's literally worse than 'f,'" Tracee told Health. "'Should' has so much shame in it. There's nothing good. 'You know what you should do?!' It's awful! As I get older, I'm having fun being me for the first time."

26She takes it easy on caffeine

Tracee doesn't do coffee. "I tried coffee once in high school, and it was a bad thing," she told Health.

27She makes little tweaks to her favorite dishes

She may not eat dairy, but that doesn't mean she cuts out every dish that traditionally has dairy.

"I don't eat cheese anymore, except on Christmas," Tracee told Health. "But I love cheese. So now what I do is eat all the things you eat with cheese that make me feel like I'm eating cheeseso I'll eat the olives, eat the prosciutto, eat the dried fig, have the Marcona almond."

28She watches her sugar intake

Tracee has learned that she and sugar don't work well together. "Cake? I feel bloated. I get, like, hives from the sugar, and I feel like I'm having an anxiety attack," she told Health.

29She eliminates negative self talk

One thing Tracee's learned? She needs to "talk nice" to her body, per her interview with Health.

30She practices mindful exercise

Tracee doesn't just think of exercise as a sweaty calorie burn; she tunes into how movement and activity actually make her body and mind feel. "I feel the best when I work out," Tracee told Health. "I feel very strong."

31She's incredibly body positive

"I am on TV, and I don't want to lie to anybody. I'm not at my skinniest, I'm not at my fattest, but I live my life," Tracee told Health. "This is my body. Health and the functionality of my body are more important than what it looks like."

32She shows her butt some love

It took her into adulthood to appreciate certain assets. "In my 30s, I started to get comfortable with the largeness of my personality. The same thing with my butt. I tried getting really, really skinny, and I learned that no matter how thing I got, I was still gonna have a butt," Tracee told Health.

33She isn't afraid to s.w.e.a.t.

Tracee makes a point to *bring it* during workouts. "I don't starve myself, but I work my ass off at the gym," she said.

34She focuses on her glutes

"Gravity makes [my butt] drop and spread, so I try to lift and tighten," Tracee said. "[My trainer and I] specifically target it to make sure my butt is looking lifted and full. And I switch it up with other workouts, sometimes squats and lunges and deadlifts."

35She practices mindful eating

Tracee has made it clear that she loves food, but she's also mindful of what goes into her body and tunes in to eat bite. "I am aware of what I'm eating," she told Health.

36She drinks alcohol in moderation

"I don't drink a ton of alcohol. Alcohol makes the folds go deeperone glass of wine is like being on 17 airplanes; it just dries you out," Tracee told Health.

37She embraces the body she has in the moment

"Love the body you got now, because in 10 years, you're gonna be wishing that you had it," Tracee told Health.

38She makes up for lost workout time

Sometimes Tracee's workout schedule makes it tough for her to workout as much as she'd like. "Was underwater on Blackish and workouts were not possible. I took 3 weeks off," she wrote on Instagram. "This is from yesterday - day 2 in a row. I will be doing 5 in a row, 1 day off and then another 5 in a row. I'm not f---ing around!"

39She's learned to be okay being alone

"Im very pleased with my existence these days," Tracee told InStyle. "Have I had to learn to make friends with loneliness? Yes. I think if I were in a relationship, it would be the same.

40She's learned how to say 'no'

"Self-care does not mean going to the spa. Its learning to say no," Tracee told InStyle. "Its knowing yourself so you can make choices that are an expression of you. Thats self-care.

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Dec 7

Know People Who’d Always Rather Be at the Gym? These Funny Fitness Gifts Are For Them – POPSUGAR

Gym junkies, squat superheroes, dumbbell daredevils whatever you call them, they exist in your life if you're reading this. Finding a present that's right for those people might be tough since they most likely have every type of equipment under the sun. But, you can never go wrong with hilarious t-shirts, gym bags, or coffee mugs printed with spot-on gym references. Each is clever, fun, and a great way to say, "I support your PR goals and your gains!" Ahead, check out some of the most creative and funny gifts for fitness lovers we could find. Trust us, you'll want some for yourself, too.

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Dec 7

Eat the Frog Fitness Opens in Broadlands – Loudoun Now

Mark Twain once said if you have to eat a live frog, its best to do it first thing in the morning. Thats the mentality hundreds of residents have about their fitness routinesall of whom are members of Ashburns newly-opened Eat the Frog Fitness.

The studio officially opened its doors in Broadlands Thursday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. On hand for the occasion were franchise owners Julie and Travis Green and companyco-founders Joe Culver, a business entrepreneur, and Bryan Clay, an Olympic decathlon gold and silver medalist who was called The Worlds Greatest Athlete during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. The opening marks the companys first studio in the region and its 21st across the nation and Canada, withmore soon to open, including in the DC area.

Julie Green, whos been in the fitness industry for 27 years, said she opened the fitness studio in Ashburn with her husband because the type of fitness offerings that Eat the Frog features are workouts she thoroughly believes in.

Its what we do in everyday life, she said. Its everything I believe in in fitness.

After the ribbon-cutting, the Greens presented Mrs. Loudoun County Erin Lombardi with a $250 check to benefit Boulder Crest Retreata nonprofit in Bluemont that offers programs to active-dutymilitary, veterans, first responders and their families to improve their physical, emotional, spiritual and economic wellbeing.

While accepting the donation, Lombardi, also Tarara Winerys business development director, mentioned that her husband had returned home from a military tour overseas just hours prior to Thursday nights event.

Clay and Culver opened the fitness company in 2014 with an initial location in Maui, HI.Different than other fitness studios and gyms, Eat the Frog offers both live and virtual, 55-minute training sessions 24/7.

Live sessions includedynamic warm-ups, interval circuit training and cool downs. Virtual trainings are scheduled during non-peak hours and use a virtual coach on a projector screen to guide members through their workouts.

Regional Developer Mark Loev said the Broadlands location had 250 residents signed up before it even opened.

Eat the Frog Fitness Broadlands is located in Southern Walk Plaza. Its open Monday-Thursday from 4:45 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 4:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn more at eatthefrogfitness.com.

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Dec 7

LOCO Fitness officially opened and changing lives – Paris Express

Miranda Holman

FridayDec6,2019at11:59AM

Loco Fitness, the new gym by owners Britt and Laura Bauer, is now officially opened and changing lives.

The mission behind Loco Fitness was to engage the community of Paris in physical

activity, share knowledge about the benefits of physical activity, develop awareness about opportunities to be physically active and overcome barriers and negative attitudes

that may exist about exercise.

We have felt for some time that Paris and the surrounding area would be a great place to open a fitness center. Our objective will be different than anything Paris has seen, said Britt.

Loco Fitness opened its doors in October and offers a 24-hour secure, safe and intimidating free area for women to work out in. Loco also offers a childrens room, complete with games and toys that parents can use while enjoying the gym facilities.

We dont have child-care as of yet, but we hope to add that in the near future, said Laura.

The gym also offers locker rooms complete with showers.

Give the gift of health to your loved ones. Start the year off right and let us help you meet your health and fitness goals.

For the month of December new members can join the womens fitness for $20 or HIIT Group Classes for $40.

Tanning beds will be added to the gym soon.

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Dec 7

We’re Embracing Winter With These Health and Fitness Products For December – POPSUGAR

As we head into December, the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and our schedules get busier with all the holiday celebrations. Our editors are staying on track with their healthy lifestyle through it all with their favorite clothing, gear, and snacks. Check out what we're coveting this month.

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Dec 7

How to lose weight like this guy who lost 42 kgs by implementing these changes in his life instead of dieting – GQ India – What a man’s got to do

The tricks to lose weight are aplenty but only a few are sustainable and long-term in nature. Aditya Chaubey, a student by profession and self-proclaimed fitness freak by choice tells us that there is no one rule that fits all when it comes to weight loss. However, there is one cardinal sin that many people (including me) indulge in while trying to lose weight and that is dieting.

You see, dieting, at its core means restriction. And no human being enjoys being placed under restrictions. Moreover, no diet is sustainable in the long run, he says. One should strive to adopt healthier eating habits and not a diet, he adds. A healthy lifestyle does demand certain sacrifices, but it is worth it in the long run! I used to feel ashamed of how I looked (at his heaviest he weighed 110 kgs or as his father would say Quinton and 10) and as a result, I was afraid to even step inside a gym, he adds.

Add to that the fact that my father is an army officer, well, I think you can understand my discomfort. So, I took up running, he explains before revealing his step-by-step approach to weight loss by making small changes in his daily life instead of resorting to a diet plan an approach that helped him shed 42 kgs and trim from 110 kgs to 68 kgs.

Running is the best form of free physical exercise, which actually burns more calories than any other form of cardio workout as it requires many different muscles to work together. It also helps burn belly fat and preserve lean body muscle.

Says Aditya, my goal was simple to be able to run a 5K in under 20 minutes. But, when I started, I could barely get run 100 metres before I was left gasping for breath. However, I was encouraged by many people to carry on, no matter what. Honestly, this was perhaps one of the best motivational bouts during those tough initial months.

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Make no mistake, it didn't get any easier, I just got used to it and within 2 months I ran a full 5 Km without stopping in about 45 minutes. Granted, it was not what I wanted, but it was a start. And, now, I was ready to join a gym! During this phase, my college started and I had to leave my beautiful support system behind."

"I joined my college gym but still continued going on runs. It is the best form of exercise, it builds cardio-vascular strength, and one can do it anywhere, anytime. Below, Aditya breaks down his new weight loss workout routine.

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The key is to train hard, day in and day out, each workout should demand a better you. For me, it was running on alternate days with a continuous attempt to increase the distance with each progressive day and then at the end of the week (usually Sunday) go for a long run (10 km). I used to hit the gym 5 days a week. I targeted 2 muscle groups in each session doing 4 exercises of each muscle group. Apart from this, there was my one complete rest day. No gym, no running, nothing!

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I followed the principles outlined in this brilliant book, titled, "Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight" by Dr. Rujuta Diwekar. It helped me develop healthier habits. To give you a gist:

- The key to weight loss is to consume small meals spread over the course of the whole day instead of binging and making conscious healthy choices even when you are forced to dine out. For example: I eat tandoori roti instead of butter naan, tandoori chicken instead of a rich chicken curry and pasta instead of pizza. I also make sure that the food I am consuming is not calorie-rich but is rather rich in nutrients.

- Don't leave your staple food. As far as our varied cuisine choices are concerned one should think global but eat local. In essence eat the local cuisine, dosa and Idli for Southern India, momos and Chinese in hilly areas, etc.

- Even during weight loss, it's important to meet your body's basic nutrient and energy needs. Over time, not eating enough can lead to nutrient deficiency and serious health problems. We are looking to improve our health, not sabotage it. Use a calorie tracker app to guide you through this, I personally recommend MyFitnessPal or Samsung Health.

I also followed this adage - eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper to emphasise portion control.

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I have been able to maintain my weight by regularly running and gymming. Although I have dialled back the frequency and intensity of my workouts, I still make sure that I indulge in at least three workout sessions and one long run every week.

I also monitor my calorie intake and check my weight daily. I didn't come this far just to gain it all back. One has to be consistent and relentless when it comes to weight loss.

Here are a few pointers which I gleaned through my journey:

1. Always be truthful to yourself. Only when you are honest with yourself about your body, will you strive to be able to change it.

2. Be consistent. If you want it bad enough you'll find a way and you'll also find the time otherwise you'll find an excuse.

3. The weighing machine is your best friend and the mirror is your most brutal critique. Check your weight weekly and at the same time, don't forget to glance in the mirror to see how your body is transforming.

4. Keep taking pictures of yourself throughout the journey, and when you feel demotivated or those extra kilos refuse to drop; look at your pictures. They will re-energise you.

5. Keep varying your exercise regime to break the monotony of the routine. Following the same pattern takes a toll on our mental state as we start getting bored with it. As a consequence, we don't put in as much effort as we can and the weight stagnates leading to immense frustration. Each workout should stimulate both your mind and body.

6. The most important step - keep a track of everything and not just calories what you eat, how much youve exercised today, how much ran...you get the gist. The devil is in the details, and it's these details that will ultimately help you analyse the ways to make your routine better. Losing weight is simple mathematics, burn more than you eat. Everyone burns some calories even while resting. This is known as Basal Metabolic Rate. There are online calculators to find one's BMR. After determining your BMR, aim to maintain a deficit of 150 calories and whatever happens, do not exceed 300 calories.

Notably, Aditya informs that during his weight loss journey, he also fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a certified mountaineer from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Our instructors were some of the most elite climbers that the country has to offer and many of them were from Special forces. As you can imagine my physical fitness and weight loss increased dramatically during this phase. This coupled with the above strict routine helped me get in shape.

Disclaimer: The diet and workout routines shared by the respondents may or may not be approved by diet and fitness experts. GQ India doesn't encourage or endorse the weight loss tips & tricks shared by the person in the article. Please consult an authorised medical professional before following any specific diet or workout routine mentioned above.

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Dec 7

The ketogenic diet may help fight against the flu – Big Think

The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet might not just be good for your waistline; it could also keep you healthy this flu season. Yale University researchers discovered that mice who were fed a ketogenic diet were better at fighting off flu infections that those fed a high-carb diet instead.

People can use the keto diet to quickly lose weight by capitalizing on a metabolic state called ketosis. Normally, the human body gets most of its energy from glucose (i.e., blood sugar) derived from carbohydrates, but the body doesn't have a good way of storing glucose. Because of this, the humans need an alternative energy source to get them through periods when they can't get access to any food. Once the body is deprived of glucose, the liver begins to break down fat into an alternative energy source called ketones that can keep the body going long after it last ate.

Luckily, we can jump into this metabolic state without having to actually starve ourselves by simply eating no or very little carbohydrates eating more fats and proteins keeps us feeling full while our bodies still burn fat to make ketones.

Interestingly, the keto diet seems to have a lot more effects other than weight loss. Ketosis appears to have wide-ranging effects throughout the body, with potential beneficial outcomes for diabetics and epileptics. There's also some evidence suggesting a correlation between the keto diet and improved mental health and better outcomes in cancer treatments though the research is still far from conclusive.

The researchers discovered that a keto diet appeared to activate genes that produce a specialized type of immune cells called gamma delta T cells. Tissue samples from the lungs of mice in the keto group confirmed that they had higher levels of these cells. The researchers suspected that these elevated levels of gamma delta T cells killed infected cells in the mice's lungs, and they also appeared to increase mucus production in the lungs, helping to trap more of the virus.

Furthermore, when the researchers fed a keto diet to mice specially bred to lack the genes that code for gamma delta T cells, the diet had no effect on their survivability, confirming that ketosis was somehow upregulating these genes.

Further experiments confirmed that ketosis itself, rather than just a low-carb diet, seemed to be the triggering factor. The researchers fed some mice a high-fat diet with less carbs than the standard diet but more than the keto one. Specifically, the keto diet contained less than 1 percent carbs, the standard diet contained 58 percent carbs, and the high-fat, high-carb diet contained 20 percent carbs. While the high-fat, high-carb diet did elevate gamma delta T cell levels, it did not appear to do so to the degree where any benefit could be gained.

While this exciting finding does suggest that the keto diet may help you power through flu season, it's important to remain realistic. For one, this study was conducted on mice, not humans. Animals respond differently to both treatments and diseases than humans do, and some researchers have found that animal trials tend to be conducted under different circumstances than human trials and can be less rigorous as well, sometimes resulting in biased findings.

What's more, the keto diet may come with many health benefits, but its also not without its risks. The high meat component of the keto diet can damage your kidneys and cause gout, and the diet's restrictive nature can lead to vitamin deficiencies. It ought not need to be said, but pregnant women and young children shouldn't be put on the keto diet the diet tricks your body into thinking it's starving, which is not ideal for development.

Ironically, quickly switching from your normal diet to a keto one can actually give you flu-like symptoms. The "keto flu" is a temporary side effect of rapidly removing carbs from your diet that can cause nausea, headaches, weakness, issues with concentration, and other symptoms. Hardly ideal if you're trying to stay ahead of the flu bug!

Fortunately, most of these negative effects can be mitigated or avoided by building a healthy keto meal plan and transitioning gradually into a keto diet. Undertaking any diet with the goal of improving your health will require doing some homework to figure out what works, and the keto diet is no exception. It's also important to remember that the keto diet probably works best as a short-term diet. Few people can stick with the diet over the long term, so hard evidence on its long-term impacts is scant, but it's unlikely that excluding healthy components of a normal diet (like fruit) would be sustainable. That being said, if these findings are verified, then it might not be a bad idea to try the keto diet once flu season rears its ugly head once again.

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Dec 7

How Fans Are Handling Their Favorite Influencer Going From Vegan To An All-Carnivore Diet – BuzzFeed News

This is Please Like Me, BuzzFeed News newsletter about how influencers are battling for your attention. You can sign up here.

Emily Schuman is an OG blogger. In 2008, she started her fashion and lifestyle blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere, as a way to document the things she loved. She quickly became one of the most recognizable and influential personalities in the lifestyle blogosphere and quit her job in media to run her site full-time. In 2010, she designed a bag with Coach and now has a line at Nordstrom. She has written two coffee-table books and her website has a full-time staff of 10, besides Emily and her husband Geoff. In the golden age of blogging, she was an A-lister.

The online landscape is very different now than it was in 2008. Influencers are the new bloggers, and everything is on social media. While Emily and her blogging peers grew their audience through lengthy posts, sometimes multiple times a day, now all it takes is an iPhone and photos with captions to become a fashion influencer. The bar for entry is much lower, and the competition is much fiercer. Bloggers like Emily have had to convert their audiences to new platforms to remain relevant. Not that Emily has been unsuccessful in many ways she is the model example of this. She has more than half a million Instagram followers and her brand is chugging along just fine.

There are bound to be hiccups, though. And this week, Emily had a big one when she did an #ad for a new at-home company called P.volve. P.volve offers streaming classes and unique fitness equipment to go along with its low-impact training method. One piece of equipment is the p.ball, a rubber ball attached to a band that fits between your legs for glute and thigh work.

Last week, Emily uploaded a video of herself using the p.ball during a at-home workout. The caption read: Luckily wasn't feeling too intimidated when the only other members of my @pvolve workout class were my cats. #ad.

Emily immediately got completely read for filth by her followers for the ad, which you can watch here. They had two main gripes. The first is that Emily has many times written about how she doesnt really exercise. She has explained in blogs that she has a somewhat complicated relationship with fitness and has said she remains slim due to her naturally athletic build and a naturally fast metabolism, along with dabbling in intermittent fasting. So followers felt that Emily suddenly shilling an exercise product was extremely inauthentic, a mortal sin for bloggers and influencers.

Come on Emily!! Im sorry but this is SO ridiculous. It is soooooo off brand and unauthentic. It comes off like all you care about is making money, no matter the cost or how it comes off, wrote one.

The second gripe: They thought the video was just plain weird and awkward. Some of the commenters trolled her. (Maam this is the olive garden...lol.)

I see both sides here. On the one hand, I understand it can be frustrating to follow someone for years and watch them seemingly sell out with inauthentic ads for money. Fans highly value the authenticity of influencers: It builds the trust that allows their recommendations to be taken seriously. Also, I think this is a microcosm of a growing trend of frustration about how ridiculous some ads on Instagram are becoming.

On the other hand, it has to be incredibly difficult to build your brand around your life and maintain that brand authentically for more than a decade while simultaneously remaining relevant from a business standpoint. The competition for #ads is incredibly tough, and Id imagine it is hard to ensure sponcon is also perfectly on-brand all of the time. I bet it has been harder for Emily to jump from blogging to Instagram influencing than we think. We reached out to Emily for comment.

I think we can all agree, though, we are all lucky we have never had to film ourselves doing as awkward a workout as the p.ball machine, and then post it to 500,000+ people.

Stephanie

If social media helped convince people to go vegan, its now creating a bit of an identity crisis especially for the people who were at the forefront of pushing the cause.

In 2019, famous vegan bloggers have either been outed or have come forward to say theyre no longer vegan. And the fallout has been explosive and difficult for their followers. Many seem to understand that people can change their diets for health reasons, but others feel flat-out duped.

In the case of Yovana Rawvana Mendoza, earlier this year, she was caught eating meat in her private life as she was still proselytizing and profiting off a vegan diet on her YouTube channel. Her fans understandably had trouble with this.

For others, its more complicated. Alyse Parker is a lifestyle influencer who became well-known at one point for advocating an all-plant diet and making exercise videos. She recently came out not only as a meat-eater she announced that shes on an all-meat diet.

The Carnivore Diet first came into my awareness when a close friend shared with me all of the benefits that he was experiencing by eating this way, Alyse wrote. She also said she woke up the next morning feeling more mentally clear, focused, wholesome, and healthy than I had felt in years.

The responses to her newfound carnivore diet was a mess. Some fans congratulated her, told her she was brave, voiced their support, and others were...profoundly mad. And took it very personally.

When I reached out and DMd with two commenters who voiced their anger, they explained exactly what upset them so much about Alyses changed diet: Both of them said she directly influenced their own decisions to go vegan.

Nicole Zach, a 20-year-old who lives in Santiago, Chile, told me Alyse was an inspiration to her, and after watching her videos, she then started a successful vegan lifestyle.

When she announced she was eating meat again I couldnt believe it, Nicole said. She used to be so devoted to veganism.

Nicoles issue, as a fan or, er, former fan was how extreme Alyse seemed to have jumped from one ship to another. And that she fears because she was so effectively convinced to change her lifestyle, that this might influence others the same way.

She can do whatever she wants of course, I just hope this change of diet and lifestyle doesnt affect others. I would hate to see some of Alyses followers getting confused and considering eating animals again, she said.

Another fan named Haley told me shes been following the influencer since 2014. Up until [Alyses latest Instagram post] I would still reference her and be proud that she inspired me, said Haley. However, now I feel as though I listened to a hypocrite.

Haley said she grew skeptical about Alyses motivations after seeing her do a complete 180 about her lifestyle choices.

Considering much of her product and basis of her career is on health and helping the environment, I do not think she has a care for anything besides herself, Haley said.

Both Haley and Nicole said they remain vegan and are happy about their decisions theyre just let down by someone who they once saw as a heroic figure.

Ive reached out to Alyse, but did not immediately hear back.

Its always a sad reality to face when youre empowered by a message, but disappointed by the messenger. And someone you almost viewed as superhuman now continues to show you theyre...just human. And that they might loosely wield their power of influence. However, it sounds like going vegan is a decision Alyses followers are now actively making for themselves, independently, and thats pretty great.

Until next time plant yourself at home this weekend, or go meat someone out. Do whatever the hell you wanna do.

Tanya

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7 foods that the world’s longest-living people swear by, from wine to nuts – Business Insider

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Olive oil is eaten with bread, salads, and veggies, in addition to being used to cook nearly everything in Blue Zones, Buettner noted in the cookbook.

It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which has been found to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and in turn reduce the risk of heart disease.

It's also anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants. This can help reduce the risk of many types of chronic illnesses, like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, metabolic syndrome, and even arthritis.

Even though olive oil high in fat and calories, it's also been linked to weight loss.

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