December 2017

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Editor's Letter

Why a Low-Carb Diet May Not Be Best For You

Last month, former editor Gretchen Goswitz tried out a ketogenic diet. After just two weeks of restricting carbohydrates, she dealt with hormonal imbalance. Dr. Kelly Brogan, a holistic women’s health psychiatrist, had a similar experience and now believes healthy carbs are essential to the long-term health of most people, especially women.

Tim Rawlings: Building RaWW (Plant-Based) Strength

This Olympic weightlifting athlete is making gains on a vegan diet and intermittent fasting protocol. He’s a renowned coach here in Austin—so meet the man himself at CrossFit South Lamar, where he focuses on teaching proper weightlifting technique.

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

December is here, and it’s time to knock out those final gifts. We’ve made it easy with a list that has something for everyone! Order now, so you can relax when everyone else is rushing around to crowded stores in a few weeks.

Fall Power Bowl

Soak up the last few weeks of fall with this flavorful, protein-packed dish. Loaded with healthy carbs, protein, and fats, this is a great post-workout meal that will fuel your muscles and brain. Most of the produce can be found at local farmers markets right now, so stock up there if you can!

Walk Your Way to Fitness

Tips to integrate more walking and natural movement into your daily routine.

Medical FAQ: Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick tissue that connects the heel to the bone, affects more than 3 million people a year. After initial onset, treatment is difficult. Mike Fuentes, Fitness Coach at Pure Austin, explains why this condition affects so many people and what we can do for prevention.

How to Crush Your Morning Workout

With the days getting shorter and colder, it can become more difficult to get out of bed for your morning movement. Try out some of these tips to ensure you get in that sunrise sweat session!

FML Workout: HIIT Boxing

Climbing Gym Clothes

Ask Sam Now

Welcome to Sam’s hot sauna! Home of straight talk without the B.S. Open and frank advice on matters ranging from practical to taboo. Topics of discussion include health, fitness, wellness, nutrition, supplements, and sex—so ask Sam now!

Part III: The Importance of Probiotics

“The Importance of Probiotics” is a series of three articles on why probiotics support a healthy gut, how to incorporate them into your diet, and how to shop for them. This is the third installment, which delves into how to include probiotics and prebiotics into your wellness regimen.

Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Due to rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in Texas, non-alcohol induced fatty liver disease is the number one need for transplant in young adults. We sat down with Dr. Poordad of the Texas Liver Institute to learn what is behind this epidemic. Even though Dr. Poordad himself pioneered the now FDA-approved treatment for Hepatitis C, he says we need to get to the root of the problem instead of relying on a pill to cure liver disease associated with obesity.

Grabbing Life by the Vines

Bruce and Ronda Prothro inspire us to continue to pursue our passions, stay active, and prioritize relationships and community at every age. They have found a challenging yet sustainable way to maintain these priorities through their winemaking. With their zeal for life, it is no surprise that their once hobby eventually turned into a successful business.

Austin Fit Magazine's Best of 2017

Our annual “Best of Austin Health and Fitness” results are in! Thousands of you voted on your favorite people and places in nutrition, lifestyle, wellness, and fitness. Each account could vote only once, so multiple votes by the same person were discarded. Check out the list to see Austin’s most popular mainstays of a healthy lifestyle in Austin. If you don’t see your favorite on the list, make sure to get involved next year by casting your vote!

8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Tis’ the season for stressful holiday travel. However, you can stay fit and healthy with these simple tips!

Discover: MoPac Mobility Bridges

New bike and pedestrian lanes enhance usability of urban trail network.

The Tastiest Local Vegan Treats

Holidays often mean lots of dairy- and gluten-laden indulgences. Do you want to partake in something sweet without the subsequent bloat? Here are our favorite vegan treats with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied but not swollen.

New to Austin: December 2017

Studios and stores for fitness-minded folks

The Essentials of Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great addition to any household, either for a natural, non-toxic fragrance or for therapeutic purposes. Add a few drops to an oil diffuser, a hot bath, or even shampoo and conditioner. Here we outline the most common uses of some of our favorite versatile essential oils that you can use for many home remedies.

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