Take It Easy

One downside of pushing yourself hard at a workout? A bit of soreness that lingers afterwards. You may be tempted to spend the next day in bed, but some research has found that light exercise actually helps to ease muscle soreness. Many times, I hit the road and go for a long walk and catch up on my favorite Podcast. But rainy, icy or otherwise weather-prohibitive days come around and I still want to be active. I certainly advocate ...continue reading

Mexican Makeover

If you’ve read any article or books by the “Eat This, Not That” team, you’ve seen the damage that a salad can do to your diet—whether it is served in a fried taco salad shell or not. Salads can be a waist-watchers dream, but they can slip into calorie and saturated fat bombs if you’re not careful. With that in mind, here’s a quick and easy recipe that should soothe a Mexican craving while fitting ...continue reading

Relaunch

Hi all! As you may have noticed, Healthful Bites has spiffed up a bit! (Ooh, did I just say that? I am so my mother’s daughter). Anyways, I decided to switch backgrounds to make navigation around the site a bit simpler. Here are a few details that may be helpful for you my lovely readers: To comment (please do!), click on the date next to the post and share your brilliance in the Disqus comments section. Or if you have a short ...continue reading

Label Me a Label Watcher

Whoa. While daydreaming on the walk to class I just realized that I posted two consecutive “good for you news” posts about new labeling systems. To prove to you that labeling is not the only thing I’m reading about in interesting health-related news, here are a few other articles worth checking out… According to new research, aerobic exercise may be able to help you learn. And try huffing and puffing in a way that ...continue reading

This Photo May Be Harmful to Your Health

French politicians are taking on media images and hoping to mandate “warning labels” similar to those of cigarette packages, the UK’s Telegraph reports. This is a particularly interesting idea to me since I am embarking on a large research project about the power of media images of the body and current trends in image manipulation. Personally, I LOVED to see this more “average” sized woman (Lizzi Miller) in ...continue reading

Thigh It!

Want to tighten and tone your hips and thighs? Who doesn’t?!? All you need to try this fun move is a light to medium resistance band. Tie the band around your ankles with the knot near one end of the band (picture 1) so you can pull up and grab the other end while standing. Keep the circled band around your ankles/lower calves (picture 2) while you take four wide side steps (picture 3) one direction (right) then four wide side ...continue reading