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Intermittent Fasting As A Teen

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You'll notice that while I'm not a total sack of dough I'm... on the heavy side for a teenager. What you won't notice is that during that time I also wore glasses and had braces. At seventeen years old--the prime of my metabolic life--I was pushing 210 pounds at 6'3" (and that's assuming I didn't shave off 10 lbs for the record, which, I very well may have). Let's say I was Honest Abe though. Plugging those numbers into a BMI calculator puts me about +1.2 points into "overweight". It's not terrible, but I'm sure most of you dear readers underwent enough insecurity in high school to know that combining overweight with glasses and braces... doesn't exactly feel good.

Is there such a thing as a 'normal' family?

Is there such a thing as a 'normal' family?

In 2006 a peppy 6 year old boy with a head of insanely curly hair piled into the car with his father, his mother, and his adored 3-year old baby sister--who worryingly couldn't yet talk in sentences. The boy's mother was breathing hard and speaking urgently as they hastily drove to a Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, Florida. That visit wore deep into the night, yet the boy didn't notice how tired and sullen his dad looked, or how his mother was supposed to be out hours ago. He did notice the Disney Channel on the waiting room TV.

Awake at 2:00 AM

Awake at 2:00 AM
A twelve-year-old kid sits up from his bed. He pulls himself to the side and buries his head in this arms. He blinks and wipes his frustrated tears on his sleeves and looks at the clock.

2:00 AM.

He hadn't woken up yet. He'd never even gone to sleep. He'd been just...

My Sore Back, Powerful Patches & Miracle Medicine

My Sore Back, Powerful Patches & Miracle Medicine

A month back I volunteered at a food bank, and the project of the week was redesigning and reorganizing the entire meat locker. If you've never had to move large amount of meat at once, I can tell you that:

  1. Boxes of meat run very heavy, and;
  2. Meat lockers have a LOT of boxes of meat in them.

... And today I was supposed to be finishing the job. I remember thinking “There’s no way.”

Fave Healthy Zeal Smoothie Recipe With Frozen Fruit

Fave Healthy Zeal Smoothie Recipe With Frozen Fruit
Here’s a recipe Sarah created recently that took the whole family by surprise for both flavor enjoyment and nutritional oomph! Text “ZEAL” to 209-264-5220 for more info.

What Does Intermittent Fasting Mean and What Are The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting?

What Does Intermittent Fasting Mean and What Are The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not starving yourself. It’s not depriving your body of energy or nutrients. It’s not injuring yourself through lack of nourishment for days on end. Intermittent fasting has changed my life.

Long Term Side Effects of Energy Drinks and Coffees On The Body and Healthy Alternatives

Long Term Side Effects of Energy Drinks and Coffees On The Body and Healthy Alternatives
Caffeine is addictive for the simple reason that it’s use alters the brain’s chemistry. It’s like “putting a block of wood under one of the brain’s primary brake pedals.”

DIY: Scented Body Wash

DIY: Scented Body Wash
Scented body wash is a fun way to wake up your senses in the morning or calm them down at night. Scented body wash can provide valuable nourishment to your skin, if it contains the right ingredients.

DIY: Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

DIY: Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Looking for a festive and fun way to spread Christmas cheer? Try this fun candy cane scrub made with Peppermint essential oil! This scrub takes only a few ingredients and...

How To Make Essential Oils

How To Make Essential Oils
If you’re not a big time do-it-yourselfer then learning how to make essential oils is not for you. If you are a big time do-it-yourselves then learning how to make essential oils is... still probably not for you.

DIY: Essential Oil Lip Gloss Colors!

DIY: Essential Oil Lip Gloss Colors!
Commercial lip gloss can contain artificial colors and fragrances. Make your own natural lip gloss that is easy, fun, and can be customized with y...