Q:I'm 5"5 and weight 144 lbs. how much should I lose?
How much you “should” lose depends on you. What does your doctor say? Are you at a healthy weight? How much muscle mass do you have? Do you have healthy habits?
Even all of those variables don’t magically spit out a “perfect weight.”
You do you. Love yourself. Don’t stress about the number, just be healthy.
Q:I recently started working out and I've been really hungry lately. Like I eat good healthy food but I'm always hungry. Do you know why? :/ it's weird.
When you work out, you need to refuel! The more you workout, the more you’ll need to eat in order to sustain your workout schedule.
Also, make sure you’re eating enough protein!
I like putting shaved almonds and granola into my parfaits of Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurt and less sugar, and the almonds and granola also add more protein. It’s a great snack in between classes!
Q:Hi, I run a blog called mental-health-advice. We help with every mental health related issues like self harm, eating disorders or relationship, gender and sexuality issues. We created a live chat and have dozens of pages. It would really really mean the world to us if you could follow/post this for your followers, so we can help even more people. But, make sure that if you do follow, it is on mental-health-advice rather than this (Rhiannon's admin blog) Thanks in advance, Pauline
That sounds like a great idea, and your blog is a good informal resource.
However, I still recommend people going to professional therapists or counselors or calling hotlines so they can speak to trained professionals. But if they need a place to start, your blog looks like a good jumping off point.
I just underwent nearly 80+ hours of RA training, and I toured my campus’s health center where there were the counseling and group therapy rooms. The counselors were super sweet and amazing so if anyone out there is a college student and needs someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to see what your campus offers! I know at my school we also have a 24 hour crisis hotline, too. Also, us RAs are a good starting place to help you find the right resources. Ask us about dealing with stress and just being happy in college and life, too. We’ve spent a long time training (I technically started training in January) and it’s our job to help you through your college transition (which can be challenging!)
So if anyone out there is going through something tough right now, know that you are not alone. There are resources to help you, and never be ashamed to ask for help.
Mental health is such an overlooked part of overall health!
Q:PLEASE keep doing the kitchen-less healthy food thing. I'm moving into a dorm this Sunday as a college freshman and I want to eat as healthy as possible in my room. SO helpful.
Done! Even though I have an unlimited dining hall pass, I cannot survive off dining hall food alone and not having a kitchen definitely requires some creativity to eat healthy.
I’ll be posting my first recipe tomorrow. We can survive without a kitchen together!
Where do I begin? It’s one of my favorite dining hall options and if you cook enough minestrone soup to feed a small family but you are just cooking for yourself since you’re in college unless you have roommates who like the soup you cook but the moral of the story is that you can just freeze it and be fed for LIFE.
This vegan soup is my life but if you live in a dorm like me now (I’m an RA so I have to be creative) you can find some healthy soups like Amy’s Minestrone Soup (not biased since that brand name is also my name)
ANYWAYS this has been a late night Tumblr post by yours truly. Expect more how-to-eat-healthy-sans-kitchen posts as I get tired of dining hall food and begin getting more creative
I know I’ve been away from this blog too long. Basically all I’ve been doing is taking cute pictures in pretty dresses and drinking lots of smoothies and being an Orientation Advisor and now training to be an RA. Oh, and producing a little web series, all while keeping up with yoga and running (from the law.)
Never fear, I’m engineering my groundbreaking comeback through dorm-friendly healthy meals and new plans on how we can use llamas to take over the world. #possible
Q:any alternatives to fix my sweet tooth? I'm a track athlete and train 4x a week
Cut out the sugary drinks first, and do it gradually. Learn how to replace foods (swap Coke out for Izze, milkshakes for homemade smoothies, etc.) and you will find your sweet tooth begin to fade as you eat more healthy foods. (seriously. cravings are caused by eating more junk.)
I used to drink root beer and eat tons of junk food— now I cut out all soda completely and am eating mostly clean. It changes everything.
Best of luck!
Q:I absolutely love running, but my knees kill me when I do it. I can only bear to do it once a week. I'd love to do it more. What's chasing the severe knee pain and how do I get it to stop??
I would ask your doctor! Also, maybe do some crosstraining and add in swimming and other low-impact workouts to your week to give your knees a rest.
Q:I am 5'5" 190 lbs and 15 years old. I want to get a lot more fit and thinner to feel more confident. My problem is that I have a very large stomach so I'm constantly eating and I know your stomach stretches and shrinks but I don't know how to shrink it without feeling like I haven't eaten
Hey there! Confidence is something that comes from within. Sounds cheesy? You bet. I know a lot of people who great bodies who have crippling insecurities, and I also know a lot of people of all different shapes and sizes who are confident and it shows and makes them beautiful.
Not really fitness advice, I know. But there are ways you can make fitness and health make you feel better: pamper yourself. Do yoga to treat your mind to rest and rejuvenation through meditation and heart-opening poses that will help you get in touch with yourself. Eat clean and treat your body with healthy, beautiful foods. Sleep well, drink water, and love yourself.
Yeah, it’s not fitness advice. If you want that I have a lot on my blog. Eat clean, train mean, and love yourself. Those are the three best pieces of advice I can give.
I know that doesn’t really answer your question, but I hope it helps out anyways :)
Q:How much weight have you lost since you changed your diet from your old one to the one you have now?
To be honest I haven’t really kept track. At the beginning of my journey years ago I did — I lost 20lbs right off the bat from cutting out milkshakes and going vegetarian and running.
I don’t own a scale now, and occasionally I measure my body fat percentage, but I’m happy with my body and am focusing on goals like doing handstands in yoga, running an eight minute mile, and improving strength and flexibility while eating more and more clean. I’ve shifted to goals that are more fitness oriented because I feel like once you’re at a healthy weight there’s no need to be obsessive over that. Some people find it a useful tool, but I just find it’s a distraction from my other goals, like doing an epic upwards dog:
Q:When starting working out. How do you endure or relieve the immediate muscle soreness that's sure to follow? and tips or tricks to relieve or endure the soreness?
I made a reality check for you (congrats you should feel so honored) but basically drink water, stretch it out, and eat protein immediately after your workout. There isn’t an instant cure for muscle soreness, but those generally help! #feeltheburn
Q:Tips for working out with a cold? Mine usually last like a month(s)
It depends on the kind of cold — you don’t want to do cardio with a chest cold because it makes the coughing worse. In fact, it’s hard to exercise at all with a chest cold and it’s probably better to rest, eat healthy, and let it pass. I wrote an article on how to avoid getting sick and you should check it out.
Weight training might be a good choice, or some light walking, but it depends on how well you’re feeling. Usually when you’re sick, you want to focus on eating healthy and sleeping a lot to get better, and you may want to see your doctor if you think your colds are lasting a long time.