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Kidney-Friendly Diet Tips for Barbecue Lovers

Barbecues are great. They bring families and friends together to enjoy a beautiful day together, and the lure of delicious food is just the sauce on the steak (so to speak). However, those who suffer from kidney disease have many limitations in their diet, which can really put a damper on a barbecue lover’s spirit. Great news for those who … Read More

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Serious Gains: 3 Muscle-Building Meals to Try at Home

Looking to put on muscle? For many individuals, gaining quality muscle can be a challenge — and often it’s because they’re not eating right. You don’t need fancy protein powders to put on the muscle mass you’re looking for (unless you’re a bodybuilder or professional athlete) — everything you need is in your kitchen.  Here are three delicious muscle-building meals … Read More

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Getting the Vitamins Your Body Needs While on the Keto Diet

The Ketogenic (Keto) Diet is a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat diet. It’s recently been highly publicized on social media and in certain health circles. This diet has a host of health benefits, but is not without its challenges. Getting your fruit and vegetable-based vitamins and minerals, while keeping your net carbohydrates low can be a difficult balancing act. … Read More

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5 Everyday Things You Can Do to Improve Your Outlook on Life

Life is short, so it’s important to enhance its quality as much as possible while you’re living it. There are so many messages out there about what you should be focused on that it can be hard to figure out what to do. Here are a few things you should be prioritizing. Exercise Exercise can help you in monumental ways. … Read More

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New to CrossFit? What to Expect From Your First Class

You’ve heard a lot of people talking about CrossFit, and you’ve decided it’s finally time to see what all the chatter is about. Maybe you’ve called a few gyms and finally decided on one, or maybe you just scheduled your first class. Now you’re completely overwhelmed and intimidated, and you have no idea what to expect. It’s okay. We’re here to … Read More

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5 Keto Friendly Ways to Increase Protein Consumption

Combining your crossfit training with a Keto Friendly diet that balances fat, protein, and carbohydrates requires constant maintenance. It’s a careful balance because too much protein could throw you out of ketosis, while too little could result in muscle loss and hunger. Protein is the most satisfying macronutrient and necessary for building muscle, so here are a few ketosis-friendly ways … Read More

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Back in the Groove: How Veterans Find Purpose After Returning Home

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “Then nation’s majority suffer from mental illness, alcoholism or substance abuse…” So how do veterans discover their purpose and find true meaning in life? After returning home from battle or active duty, you might feel lost, without purpose, or irritated. It’s natural to go through these feelings of grief and loss, but … Read More

Can Keto Dieting Damage Your Kidneys

Can Keto Dieting Damage Your Kidneys?

While some studies indicate that kidney damage may be possible due to a large amount of protein and fats ingested, most research shows that there is no correlation between the keto diet and kidney damage in people with normally functioning kidneys. It is true that too much protein causes the kidneys to work harder; however, the goal of keto is … Read More

Sincerely Yours: Dear Crossfit

Dear CrossFit, At first I didn’t like you. At first you scared me. Then I got to know you, very slowly. And it turns out you were nothing (like) what I had expected. I met you just over a year ago and I must say, today I don’t know what I would do without you. You have given me confidence, … Read More

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My name is Sami Etheredge. I’m 37 years old and live in Longview, TX. I have been married to my husband, Keith, for 11 years and we have two children together, Ellee who is 8 and Easton who is 5. We currently own and operate three Zippy J’s convenience stores and are in the process of building our 4th on … Read More