TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
TED Talks - short talks put on by thought leaders in all fields - are designed to spark curiosity. These talks offer insight into the latest research on science, motivation, leadership and change, as well as many other subjects. If you're not already an avid TED Talk listener, it's time to add a few talks to your inspiration bank. The following 10 talks aren't all directly related to exercise, but they all offer insights that can help enhance your pursuit of fitness and overall well-being.
1. Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others
By: Emily Balcetis
Time: 14 minutes
Topic: Why do some people struggle more than others to lose or maintain weight? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that looks at how vision - literally what you see - can affect your view of diet and exercise.
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2. Your Genes Are Not Your Fate
By: Dean Ornish
Time: 3 minutes
Topic: Think you're destined to be slow, heavy or subject to heart attacks because your parents were? Think again. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.
Fun fact, I actually carry a gene for obesity, but I've never been obese in my life. We are not destined to be only a product of our genes.
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3. How an Obese Town Lost a Million Pounds
By: Mick Cornett
Time: 15 minutes
Topic: Hey, if a city can lose a million pounds, surely you can lose five or 10, right? Mayor Mick Cornett shares how Oklahoma City, as a group, decided to overcome their reputation as one of the most obese towns in America. He walks listeners through the changes that helped OKC drop a collective million pounds.
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4. Try Something New for 30 Days
By: Matt Cutts
Time: 3 minutes
Topic: When you have almost no time at all and need a little "oomph" in your motivational step, this three-minute talk from Matt Cutts will get you up and running... if only for 30 days.
Watch now >>
5. The Key to Success: Grit
By: Angela Lee Duckworth
Time: 6 minutes
Topic: This short TED Talk from Angela Lee Duckworth may be related to education, but the message is bigger than success in school. It's about grit, and how long-term success doesn't come from a sprint, but from marathon-like tenacity.
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6. Why Dieting Doesn't Usually Work
By: Sandra Aamodt
Time: 13 minutes
Topic: In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old, which is a terrible, terrible shame. Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt shares her own story and shares how the science behind dieting sets people up for failure, doing more harm than good. Luckily, she also provides a better, healthier solution to the typical diet.
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7. The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding
By: John Wooden
Time: 18 minutes
Topic: John Wooden may have been one of the most obviously successful basketball coaches to ever coach the game, but he doesn't define success the way the world defines it. With simplicity, he shares his definition of success and how it's possible for each of us to find our own success, regardless of external or materialistic perceptions.
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8. The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
By: Carol Dweck
Time: 10 minutes
Topic: Carol Dweck's "growth mindset" research touches on the importance of the phrase "not yet." It's the idea that just because you're faced with a challenge, or even a failure, your mind still has the capacity to grow and you have the capacity to succeed, just maybe "not yet." It's a powerful way to think about physical challenges in fitness, weight loss and sport.
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9. What a Bike Ride Can Teach You
By: Shimon Schocken
Time: 15 minutes
Topic: When Shimon Schocken brought the world of mountain biking to juvenile inmates in Israel, amazing change took place - not just for the youth, but for Schocken, too. His stories are evidence of how challenge, physical activity and the great outdoors can affect a person's life.
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10. A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit
By: Judson Brewer
Time: 10 minutes
Topic: Bad habits - we all have them, and they're certainly not easy to break, particularly when it comes to unhealthy habits like stress eating and smoking. In this TED Talk, psychiatrist Judson Brewer shares a simple solution - curiosity - that can be implemented to help anyone learn more about their habits and how mindfulness can help lead to a change in behavior.
Watch now >>
I hope you find these TED talks full of inspiration as you work to meet your fitness goals!
Original article from about.com
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If you have been following along on my blog, Instagram, or snapchat recently, you might have noticed my latest obsession with zoodles.
They are so easy to make - not to mention a healthy alternative to pasta noodles. I have been experimenting with different foods to add to my zoodles so that I don't get burned out them.
This week, I made a big batch of Turkey Basil Pesto Zoodles to take for my lunches each day. This dish turned out great! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Ingredients for the basil pesto sauce:
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup olive oil
Ingredients for turkey basil pesto zoodles dish:
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 3 zucchini
- 3/4 cup of basil pesto sauce
Instructions for the basil pesto sauce:
- Combine basil, garlic, and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Season with pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified.
Instructions for turkey basil pesto dish:
- Cook ground turkey
- Use spiralizer to slice zucchinis into zoodles
- Add zoodles to pan with turkey. Cook on low until zoodles become less firm
- Stir in basil pesto sauce and simmer on low until cooked together thoroughly
That's it! So easy and so delicious!
I have really been trying to step up my yoga game lately, but sometimes between CrossFit and running - and all the other things to get done in a day - I find myself lacking in the yoga department. I will always choose to attend classes when I can, but for those times that I just can't make it to a class, I have been using the FitStar Yoga App.
FitStar Basic includes one personalized yoga session per week and one Freestyle session. You can choose either FitStar Premium, which is a paid, time-based subscription, or FitStar Basic, which is completely FREE. With the premium option you’ll get unlimited access to all of the FitStar Premium programs and all Freestyle Sessions for the length of your paid subscription.
So, whatever your reason might be for not getting to a yoga class, try out the FitStar Yoga App at home!
Let me just explain to you how unbelievably thoughtful and sweet my husband is. I have been trying my best to follow a Paleo lifestyle. I have a lot of work to do, but I am trying. I rarely crave any type of dessert or sweets - I normally fight off temptations for anything with bread :) -, but a few weekends ago I was in need of something sweet. Josh to the rescue... To my surprise he found a recipe off of Pinterest and made me these delicious Paleo No Bake Brownie Bites!
Even though the original recipe is not mine, these little drops of heaven are too good not to share with you all.
Makes 12 one inch balls
2/3 cup raw walnut halves and pieces
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 heaping cup soft medjool dates, pitted (about 17 - 20 medium sized dates)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut milk OR any liquid sweetener, like honey, agave, or maple syrup if you want your brownie bites to be sweeter.
2/3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- Pulse coconut in food processor for 30 seconds to a minute to form coconut crumbs. - --- Remove from food processor and set aside.
- Place pitted dates in a bowl of warm water for a minute to soften them up.
- Add unsweetened cocoa powder and walnuts to food processor, blend until walnuts become fine crumbs, but do not over process or you will get some kind of chocolate walnut butter.
- Drain dates and place in the food processor with the cocoa walnut crumbs.
- Add vanilla.
- Process until mixture starts to combine. It may not fully combine until liquid is added. - --- Add coconut milk or liquid sweetener (if desired) half a tablespoon at a time. Pulse. You will know the consistency is right when the dough combines into a ball in the middle of the food processor.
- If dough is too runny add a tablespoon or more cocoa powder to bring it back to a dough like state.
- Transfer dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cold dough is much easier to work with. I left my dough in the fridge over night. You could put it in the freezer if you need to speed the process up.
- Once dough is cold, put coconut crumbs from earlier into a shallow bowl. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough and roll them between hands to form balls. .
- Roll balls in coconut crumbs, pressing the crumbs gently into the ball. Continue until all dough is gone. You can moisten your hands with water if the dough begins to stick to your palms as you roll.
- Keep chilled, they taste best that way. Bites will keep in fridge for quite some time, and freeze well also.
Original recipe from The Lucky Penny Blog
As many of you know, I am an ambassador for NuttZo. NuttZo is a medley of seven organic nuts and seeds. Currently, they are blending up 2 delicious flavors – Original Peanut and Power Fuel (non-peanut-paleo-friendly-blend).
At NuttZo, it’s MORE than just nuts and seeds. They are passionate about nutrient dense, delicious snacking that fuels your body AND your life.
Their mission is to inspire a new way of eating, living, and being on this planet.
What is even better is that sales of every jar of NuttZo help support NuttZo’s non-profit of choice, Project Left Behind – helping orphaned children around the world. How cool?!
Now with all of that being said, I am so grateful to be able to help represent such a great company.
YOU can get in on this too!
When purchasing NuttZo, use code voll-20 for 20% off!
Don't just take my word for it - get yourself a jar and give it a try. Let me know what you think!
I read Me Before You awhile ago, and really loved it. So, when I found out there was a second book that followed it, I knew I should add it to my 'want to read list'. Well, I have finally got it from the library (it is in high demand!) and started reading it. I will really need to pick up the pace on this one because since it is such a hot commodity at my local library, I can only borrow it for a short amount of time. I might even end up buying it if I can't finish in time - my hopes are pretty high for this book!
When one story ends, another begins. After You is the “Charming sequel to Me Before You” (People Magazine).
“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” --Miami Herald
“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
Life balance seems to be the topic on everyone’s mind of late.
What does it mean to be balanced? To me, it means that you have a handle on the various elements in your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind are being pulled too hard in any direction. More often than not, you feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated.
Being balanced can be a tremendous boost to your productivity and career or business success as well. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions, and moving forward in a meaningful way.
The elements in life that require the most balancing can be divided into two categories: internal and external. Often times, people focus on one more than the other.
For example, you may find that you focus on external things, like work, relationships, and activities, and that you pay very little attention to what is going on inside your heart and mind.
On the other hand, you may find that you spend so much time being self-reflective that you sometimes miss out on the experience of living.
Other people may be fairly balanced between the two but might want to balance out some specific elements within each category.
Examples of Internal (Mind, Heart, Health)
If you feel pulled in any one direction and uneasy about it, these steps may help you get your life aligned:
1. Acknowledge. Take some time to really look at your life, your state of mind, and how you’re feeling. Be honest with yourself and notice the areas of your life that you’re neglecting.
2. Examine. Notice if you’re leaning more toward an internal or external focus, or if there are areas within each category that you would like to be more balanced.
3. Set Goals. Look at the outline to help you decide which ways you want to balance your life. Make a list.
4. Plan Tasks. Make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that you will need to do to achieve each of these goals. What have you tried in the past? Did it work? If not, what can you do differently?
5. Reflect. What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished in the past? How did you stay focused toward this goal? How did you handle your fears, doubts, anxieties, worries, and negative self-talk? How does it feel to know that you accomplished the goal in spite of these parts of yourself?
6. Prepare. What is your inner “stuff” that will try to keep you from sticking to your plan (fears, worries, doubts, negative self talk)? Can you specify the things you will say to yourself to push you off track? (For example: “Just one more bite, I’ll start eating better tomorrow”) Make a list.
7. Empower. What do you need to remember in those times? What are things you can say to that self-sabotaging part of yourself? Be kind to yourself. Balance won’t feel good if you’re cruel to yourself in creating it!
8. Connect. Is there a person or a tactic you can use to keep yourself supported, motivated, and focused in those hard times? I highly recommend connecting and sharing your inner process with someone. Find someone who can help you challenge your inner demons, and celebrate your little accomplishments.
9. Plan. Just like accomplishing any goal in life, it takes time and effort to overcome your habitual patterns and create new ones. If you stay on track with this detailed and intentional process for three whole months, then there is a good chance you will create new habits to enjoy a more balanced life going forward!
Each one of these can be a daily struggle for me. I have found that following this outline has helped me prioritize my life balance, and I hope it can help you too!