Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tapout XT notes, what to do when you're expecting (to get sick), and more...

So you may have noticed that here at La Vita Vegan we have been a bit quiet on the blogging front.  Well, September is a strenuous month for us, as we both work in education, so we've been a bit busy.  I promise, though, we'll start kicking it up now that we've gotten into our routines and are (finally) healthy.  Finally healthy?  I thought you were vegan!  Being vegan doesn't make you God-- and sometimes with the things I see posted on the internet for pro-veg sites, I begin almost think most people believe that a vegan diet makes you invincible.  Alas, it is not true.  Your diet is not medicine.  You cannot eat away your cancer.  You cannot eat away many of the problems you may have.  To twist veganism into an anti-medicine/pseudo-scientific holistic health regiment which cures all only makes veganism appear to be out of touch with reality.  Sorry if it offends you, but food is not medicine.

This is not to say diet cannot have an impact on your health.  Of course it does.  But don't overestimate its value.  Because you eat broccoli and kale every day doesn't mean you won't ever have a tumor, or a disease, or cancer.  To paraphrase Slovej Zizek-- I imagine the day all of these health nuts are in the hospital, dying, dying of nothing...

Anyways, the point of bringing this up is that we have both been sick.  Ashley managed to get Lyme disease, which was swiftly followed by shingles, which was swiftly followed by the cold that I had caught from (probably) one of my many students.  Diet will not make this not happen.  It is not an indictment on a leafy diet that we were able to get sick, nor does it suggest that we eat unhealthily.  Overworking is one great way to put yourself at risk of getting sick, regardless of diet.  For example, my day job has me at work from 7-3, and then I teach night school until 9 o'clock at night, at which point I make the 45 minute trek back home, only to repeat for the rest of the week.  Over-exhaustion x 120 kids = 1 sick teacher/adviser/career specialist/any other hats I wear during the day.

So while trying to figure out my schedule, working out usually goes on hold.  That's the reason I dropped the ball the past 2 years, and I didn't want to fall into that rut.  What had happened in the past was I would try to keep up a 6-day-a-week workout schedule, and within 2 weeks I'd be down to 1 or 2 days, and ultimately say "whatever, 2 days isn't even worth it then" and drop it until school got out, with the plan that I'd get on the bandwagon when I got to rest up.  Two years later, I still hadn't gotten onto the bandwagon full-time.  This year was going to be different.  I would allow myself time to adjust into my schedule and work out 3 days a week until I felt I was ready to add another day.  Two weeks into the school year, however, I managed to get sick.  A nice phlegmy head-cold.  Love it.

At first, I thought, hey, I'll work out a little.  Or should I?  Well, this is a great question. I haven't been sick in almost six years, I can't even remember what I've done in the past.  The thing about working out when you're sick is that when you get the blood pumping, it helps clear everything out.  You feel great!  You almost forget that you're sick.  And then a half hour passes by and you feel like a zombie.  The trick with working out when you're sick is to remember that you are, in fact, sick.  Don't overdo it.  With that, it also is important to remember how you're sick.  Is it a head cold?  Is your chest congested?  If it's your lungs, running probably isn't a good idea.

As I was dragging myself through work, work, workout, I ended up dropping Tapout XT.  Why?  I found myself getting frustrated with the workout program and how it works so hard to have very unique exercises; while I thought the workout was very good at producing results, I found myself getting tired of getting in awkward positions for most of the moves with bands wrapped around weird parts of my body.  There was something about these moves that made the workouts feel slow and very long.  I found a few that I enjoyed-- Buns & Guns being one of them, and there are definitely moves that I'll be taking with me to my free weight workouts, but I don't think I'll be spending time on this workout soon.  I found myself, to be honest, going back to Insanity & P90X.  I'm hesitant to start a particular hybrid workout from these, and I've been floating on what I've enjoyed.  Much of the arms work from P90X I've memorized, so I've been including half of an arms workout before doing an Insanity, which has been good as of yet, but the time it's eating up has been killing me.  Hopefully Insanity 2  will tackle this when it comes out, as Shaun T has stated that he addressed the issue of arms workout in this new one.

How's your workout going this fall?  Have you held strong so far as the season has changed?

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