Writing by Resty

Freelance Writer and Web Developer

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New Blog Direction, More Content

Hey Readers!

Since starting my blog back in December of 2015, I’ve definitely been busy. I haven’t quite reached my blogging goals—not by far—but I’ve learned a lot.

On the bright side, I’ve discovered lots of very good blogs and found inspiration reading countless posts. I’ve also found a job writing at a website marketing company, so I haven’t entirely been unproductive since graduating with my Bachelors of Arts in Literature and Writing. Now that I’m older, one thing is for certain: I want to be an independent business owner and work on the road.

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Are you getting enough rest? Facts about sleep that help improve performance!

With so many distractions in today’s society like social media and endless streaming services, it’s no wonder people have such a hard time getting a full night’s rest. Sleep, however, is very important to both a person’s physical and mental health. We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and for good reason. Sleep is essential to the recovery process—it’s the time our brains shut down, our bodies build muscle and we process life using the subconscious.

Stress is Not a Bad Thing and Neither is Sleep

To improve, we undergo stress followed by rest. As much as many of us would love to take shot after shot of expresso and chase it with a gallon a coffee to get through the next few hours of work or study, it’s not in our best interest. Working too hard for too long overloads the brain and body and results in the opposite effect—the brain fails to retain information, the quality of work falters, and the body atrophies. It’s especially important to stretch your limits, but never to the point your threshold snaps.

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Are bananas healthy? A resounding yes!

Since it’s a known fact around my office that I love bananas (so much so that I’ve been called “banana-man”—I dig it), I get asked a lot, “why are bananas healthy?” In short, the benefits of bananas are bountiful. Bananas are an excellent source of energy as well as a reliable source of such vitamins and minerals as potassium and manganese.

Exploring the banana’s nutrition profile will give you greater insights into how much just one banana a day can benefit your health.

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Transferring my website from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

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Hello!

I’ve decided to take my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org using Bluehost as my registrar host. While I enjoyed the easy setup wordpress.com offers, their professional and business packages cost too much. Moving my domain to Bluehost and using the open source version of wordpress.org gives me greater customizability and tracking features, allowing me greater control over how I use my website at a much cheaper price.

It’s serious! Taking my blog from the easy-to-host version of wordpress.com to wordpress.org opens up so many doors—I can easily track user information without having to pay additional fees to add widgets and track my SEO scores using Google Analytics. Now I have complete control over of my website.

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January goals: reading, health and finance

larm-rmah-151478Here’s my monthly update nine days late!

At the beginning of the month, I like to set attainable, measurable goals that I can track throughout the month. I also categorize those goals to focus on one area at a time when the time comes to handle those tasks.

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Taking a look back on 2017 and making plans for 2018

ashley-knedler-75600Shortcomings and Triumphs

In 2017, I overcame a lot of challenges. I moved out, I traveled to Europe, and I made incredible strides in my writing ability—but these were not accomplished without having faced a few challenges. I made a lot of mistakes in 2017 as I’ve made in the past before that, but that’s not to say I haven’t done many things right. Those mistakes have taught me to look forward and continue pushing on. Having learned from my faults, I’ve made adjustments to my previous goals and set a new 12 for this upcoming year.

Last year, I made a few bad investments and I hurt my knee in April running 10 miles on the treadmill, automatically disqualifying me from two of my goals: run a half marathon and a regular marathon. I exacerbated the injury playing basketball and was sidelined for a long time. I was seeing results, but then reinjured the knee in October playing tug-of-war at a work event. I’m receiving physical therapy for my injury, which is good, but I need to be careful and nurse my knee until I’m able to start running again.

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Plant-based foods to prevent hair loss and promote volume

alexandra-andersson-424642.jpgStrong, healthy hair is a sign of youth. As we age, our hair thins, becomes brittle and falls out, leading to recession in men and overall loss of volume for women. This causes many to look in all areas for hair-loss solutions and ways to artificially boost hair production. While there’s nothing wrong with baldness nor thinning hair, many of us prefer to seek methods of keeping our hair well into our senior years.

While hair loss cannot be completely stopped, preventive measures in diet can be taken to avoid risk factors that lead to hair loss.

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A simple equation to improve performance at anything

lucas-favre-335248.jpgWe all want to perform our best, but we sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed and burnt out after having taken on too many tasks. Instead, it’s best to focus on what most important and alternate between steady habits of stress and rest to maximize improvements. Planning focused sessions that alternate between both these simple concepts are the key components to progress, helping those disciplined to follow reach their full potential in physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

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The real reason I went vegan: dealing with parents and getting healthy

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A few years ago, I was very sick. I didn’t receive a diagnosis from a doctor, but I felt horrible everyday. I smoked half a pack of cigarettes and carried a fat gut—I was skinny fat and disproportionately larger in the tummy area. I was losing hair, out of energy and I hated it. I hated myself. I was depressed. Then something in me told me to take responsibility and make a change.

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A quick and easy guide to understanding dietary fiber

jennifer-pallian-146555With all the focus on calorie intake in fitness, it can be easy to forget about making sure you’re getting enough fiber in your diet. Good fiber intake can cause weight loss and improve overall health.

Fibers are the edible part of a plant cell wall and a form of carbohydrate essential in digestion. A gram of fiber contains four calories, but isn’t broken down by the body and used for energy, so it can’t contribute to storing fat. Rather, both insoluble and soluble fiber aid digestion by moving product through the body and slowing down the digestive process. We’ll get to more of why slowing digestion is important a little later.

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