Author Archives: Amanda

A review of Tiger Balm

Since I’ve bought it, this tube of “Muscle Rub” by Tiger Balm has not left my gym bag. Or my school bag. Or my side at all. I swear by it, and though I understand it’s just a pain reliever, when your IT band continues to act up and you’ve got muscle aches and pains, there’s nothing like this stuff. Nothing even comes close in comparison– not even your standard ibuprofen. So, how does it work, and why do I love it?

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On supplements for joint pain

One major issue I take with physicians and the medical industry as a whole (and I say industry because medicine has been completely commercialized) is that everyone immediately jumps to prescribing drugs to fix their problems. Not only has this contributed to impending public health crises like the opioid epidemic and antibiotic resistance, a lot of the time, significant research has been done on alternative, natural medicine that successfully treat a wide range of illnesses and symptoms. In this post, I’ll focus on a few more natural supplements that help with joint pain, and how/why they’ve been found to do so.  Continue reading

On Glutamine Supplementation

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while– probably for a few months, ever since I discovered the magic that is L-glutamine. I was working a shift at a GNC the second day after leg day, when the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) are at their worst, and a friend of mine fed me two l-glutamine tablets. Ten hours later, my legs felt almost completely better. And no, I’m not making this up.  Continue reading

On my haitus, and Israel

There comes a point when you realize that something doesn’t feel right. You’ve stopped walking around with a carefree attitude; the same things you used to love start to lose their glamor. You feel less enchanted with the people, places, and things around you. I know this is day to day for some people. Those are the people I like to call “drones”; some may refer to them as “worker bees.” I’d never considered myself one of them. I never wanted to be one of them.

But when every day starts to mesh together; when a week starts to feel like a year, and you’re about to go on a 3-week vacation and you aren’t even excited anymore, it’s a sign that something is wrong. People say “listen to your body,” but I think that phrase has bigger implications in mental health that sometimes, unfortunately, we tend to forget.

And then you realize you’re unhappy, and it all makes sense. Every day sucks because every day sucks. It’s more than just the grind that’s wearing you down. Other than a few minor moments here and there where you find yourself smiling, on the whole, it feels like there’s a big sad cloud hovering over you, following you wherever you go.

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On shrimp scampi

I got so much great feedback from my last recipe that I had to do it for you guys again. Here are the directions for my highly-requested and self-proclaimed-award-winning shrimp scampi!

Read on if you’d like, but beware. For one serving of this dish, the macros are as follows: 49g protein/10g fat/48g carb.  Continue reading

On balsamic chicken and veggies

I’m super proud of this recipe, guys. Like, extremely impressed with myself. I came up with this on my own (I believe good cooking comes from the soul, and only a special kind of person can throw something good together on the spot). I had this for dinner and it was amazing. It tasted super rich, like I was eating a cheat meal, but in reality? The macros are AMAZING and extremely friendly to those who are dieting: 7.3g fat/42.5g carb/67g protein.

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A four-step guide to calculating macros to cut

Hello friends! With summer upon us, and bulking season coming to an end, I wanted to follow up with my last post (and Tristan’s post) and give you all an easy way to calculate your macros for a diet/cutting season. If you have no idea what to do and you literally need it allllll laid out for you in a bulleted list, this is meant for you.

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On how I’ve meal-prepped

A friend from a while back who was into bodybuilding first instructed me with diet advice by saying, “only eat what’s natural.” When I was 117 lbs, I followed this general statement and I lost around 10 lbs easily.  So, this was generally good advice. However, I didn’t want to stop there, because I still felt heavy (especially for my height), and I wasn’t satisfied with how my body felt or looked yet (I’m 5’0″ for reference).

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