December 2014 Articles

Aids and Supplements—What Every User Needs to Know
December 1, 2014
This article is the first in a series that will evaluate the evidence regarding some of the most popular dietary supplements and ergogenic aids on the market, including branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), caffeine, carnitine,...
Reviewing Meal Delivery Services and Kits
December 1, 2014
I have been watching the increase in popularity of meal kit delivery services with some enthusiasm, wondering if they’re worth it. For me, whether something’s “worth it” includes cost, but let’s be honest; sometimes getting...
Fit Finds: Austin’s Blue Genie Art Bazaar Keeps Holidays Merry
December 1, 2014
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar, now in its 14th year, is a fixture of the Austin holiday shopping season. Open from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, the Bazaar...
Weight a Minute: How that Training Program Can Lead to Extra Pounds
December 1, 2014
It's 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, and I'm sitting at Magnolia Cafe about to slam down a couple of breakfast tacos and a short stack of chocolate chip pancakes. Dude! I ran 12 miles...
Athlete Readiness and the Autonomic Nervous System
December 1, 2014
Organisms must adapt to environmental and physical demands to ensure their survival, and the athlete organism is no different. Adaptability and physiological variability ensures an athlete’s success in competition, in training, and in recovery....
Q&A with TOMS owner Blake Mycoskie
December 1, 2014
It was a beautifully sunny fall day, and Blake Mycoskie, founder and owner of TOMS, was taking it easy at the store and café on South Congress. Patrons walked in and out without giving...
Start Out Right with Good Kettlebell Form
December 1, 2014
This month, Diane Vives is at Total Athlete ATX with Kathy Sharp, who is demonstrating the movements. This series of exercises is designed to prepare and build up to performing a proper kettlebell swing....
Barbara Bergin Stays Fit in Body and Mind
December 1, 2014
Who is Barbara Bergin? Orthopedic surgeon, horseback rider, author: the list goes on. But ask Bergin if she could’ve predicted the directions life has taken her, and she’ll say no—she’s been discovering possibilities all...
Kids Take Over the Kitchen for Whole Kids Foundation Cooking Challenge
December 1, 2014
How can you not win when you combine great kids with wholesome, fun to prepare recipes? The Whole Kids Cooking Challenge—this year, with five winners, thanks to the addition of the new Whole Foods...
Nutrition: Triathlon’s Fourth Element
December 1, 2014
The saying “what goes in, comes out” perfectly describes how a good nutrition plan can influence triathlon training and racing. Just like for general training and workouts, it makes sense to apply periodization to...
Camille Styles’ Carrot Soup with Cumin and Ginger
December 1, 2014
Since holiday parties are usually brimming with not-so-good-for-you menu items, I love offering guests something that’s delicious and completely guilt-free, like this carrot soup with cumin and ginger. It’s a cozy weeknight dinner option...
Learn How to Cook Dried Beans
December 1, 2014
To prepare dried beans:  Soak beans overnight in four times as much water as beans. Discard soaking water. Place beans in a pot and cover with two inches of water. Cook for one to...
How to Avoid a New Year’s DWI
December 1, 2014
New Year’s Eve celebrations often involve a party, and a party often includes alcohol. Unfortunately, Texas leads the nation in crashes and fatalities due to drunk driving. Make the holidays festive and safe by...
Charity Runners Log Miles to Benefit Many
December 1, 2014
Almost a decade ago, Peggy Sharp found out she had breast cancer, just a few months after her sister, Jackie, was diagnosed with leukemia. She started volunteering with the Susan G. Komen organization and...
The Pulse: December 2014
December 1, 2014
Who says Austin doesn’t get snow?  Dec. 21, 1929 – 5.5 inches  Nov. 22, 1937 – 9.7 inches  Jan. 30, 1949 – 6.5 inches  Feb. 23, 1966 – 6.0 inches  Feb. 14, 2004 –...
New to Austin: Wash Cycle Laundry, Wayward Chocolat, and more
December 1, 2014
WaywardChocolat.com Looking for something with a decided “wow” factor to share this holiday season? Wayward Chocolat’s boxed Parisian-style chocolates impress on many levels. In the spirit of full disclosure, AFM received a box to...
Trickle Down Health
December 1, 2014
In April 2014, a sea of red-shirted runners and walkers took to the streets for the Capitol 10K. This October, those same red shirts helped raise a record-setting amount of money for the American...
FAQ: December 2014
December 1, 2014
  I am scared to death that I will go to the gym and pick up the Ebola virus from the equipment. Is this even possible? A: Take a deep breath. Ebola, while scary,...
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