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20 Women Who Changed Up Their Exercise Routines For Their Own Body Positivity Goals

Let’s face it: we stan a babe who has the drive to commit to healthy eating and an empowering exercise regime. Especially since it takes a hell of a lot of hard work to get ripped. So, we’ve put together a list of amazing pictures of Latinas who stood up to the trials and tribulations of their health goals for you to see.

And for good measure, we’ve also thrown in some facts about healthy eating and exercise.

A brain workout is still a workout, right?

1. It takes at least 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity per week to improve cardiovascular health.

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A brisk walk is enough to do this! But, how can you tell if your walk is “brisk” enough? Experts say that you should have trouble trying to carry out a conversation with a friend – you might be able to talk, but you’d be breathless if you tried.

2. You still get benefits from a 10-15 minute burst of exercise.

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So yes, if you dance like no-one’s watching to a couple of bangers, that’s still going to do you some good! The important thing is that you raise your heartbeat.

3. Not doing exercise has some pretty serious risks for heart health.

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Sedentary lifestyles, or, sitting at the computer all the time and watching too much Netflix, makes it more likely that you’ll develop heart disease, get high blood pressure, and have raised cholesterol levels … and even make it more likely that you’ll have a stroke!

4. Studies show that people put on 4-6 pounds in the colder months.

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One theory is that we turn to comfort food once it starts to get cold. It probably doesn’t help that the cold weather makes us want to stay inside!

5. Drinking coffee before exercising can improve your performance.

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Caffeine has been found to improve sports performance at a rate between 2-16 percent! It’s best to drink coffee about 45-90 minutes before exercising, and you’d need roughly two cups to really feel positive effects. That being said, if you’re not much of a coffee drinker, to begin with, you could probably feel a benefit from just one cup.

6. There’s a formula for working out your maximal heart rate during exercise.

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The formula is: HRMax = 208 – (0.7 x Age). So, for a 22-year-old, their maximal heart rate during exercise should be somewhere around 192 beats per minute (BPM). If you train at a level that gets you to your maximal heart rate, then that’s enough to start inducing physiological change. That means you may lose weight, build muscle, and generally improve your overall health!

7. You can’t lose weight just by exercising.

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You have to have a good diet, too! But, that doesn’t mean that you should suddenly invest in a bananas-only diet … or whatever the latest trend is. No, amigos, this means that you should look at eating more fruit and vegetables and having smaller portions of carbohydrates and red meat. And yes, those soft drinks are doing you no good.

8. Exercise reduces the risk of developing quite a few diseases.

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Beyond cardiovascular diseases and conditions, regular exercise can also curb the development of type 2 diabetes, dementia, and even some cancers by 30 percent!

9. Restricting carbohydrate intake close to endurance training sessions can help muscle recovery.

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Restricting carbohydrates is also linked to weight loss. However, it’s not necessarily the best thing for your body to stop eating carbohydrates altogether – taking carbohydrate restrictions to the extreme can result in ketosis. This can cause headaches, weakness, nausea, dehydration, and dizziness. The main thing to remember is that not all carbohydrates are made equal: wholemeal bread, pasta, and rice are more nutrient-rich than the white varieties. 

10. Yes, pregnant people can exercise.

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But, it should be done in consultation with a doctor. And, if anything like bleeding, contractions, amniotic fluid leakage, excessive breathlessness, dizziness, chest pain, and swelling happens, then it’s important to stop exercising immediately.

11. For professionals, exercising in warm conditions can improve performance.

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But are you a professional? Chances are you’re not, so if it’s really hot outside, then make sure to stay cool and hydrated!

12. Eating food enables you to prepare for, and recover from, exercise.

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So if you’re afraid you’re going to get hungry when you exercise, have a bite about an hour before you decide to go for a run!

13. The best kind of food to eat just before exercising is a small amount of carbohydrate food.

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This is because it can be digested relatively quickly compared to fat- or protein-based foods, and won’t leave you feeling discomfort while you sweat it out.

14. The best time of the day to workout … depends on your circadian rhythm.

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Basically, if you’re a morning person and workout straight after waking up, then you’ll feel the benefits of eating less throughout the day and may even maintain weight loss. But, if you’re a night owl, you may find that that evening workouts will give you better results since you’ll be inclined to work hard during the night. Basically, listen to your bodies, babes.

15. Completing vigorous exercise just before bed can have benefits.

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Swiss researchers found that working out one-and-a-half hours before sleeping can encourage you to fall asleep faster, prevent waking up throughout the night, and improve your mood. 

16. Sex is a form of exercise.

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But unfortunately, it’s not the best kind of exercise if you’re looking to get real results. It gets your heart pumping, which is important. But, a solid bonk is about as good as walking gently for six minutes. So while it does get you moving, you can’t give up on exercising altogether just because you’ve been in bed.

17. An estimated 50 percent of people who start a new exercise program will give it up within six months.

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The best way to make sure you stick to it is by making it a part of your routine.

18. “No pain, no gain” is a myth.

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While intensity is good for building fitness, pain is the body’s way of telling you that you need to stop what you’re doing, or you’ll do damage to yourself. If you’re feeling a lot of pain regularly from your exercise regime, you may have to change your routine.

19. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” is not a myth.

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Even if you feel like you’re not seeing massive gains from your exercise regime, the reality is that exercising regularly still maintains your fitness and health!

20. You gain muscle, you don’t transform it

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People often think that fat molecules turn into muscle but this is simply not the case. Fat burns and muscles grow.

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Studies Say Women Are Struggling To Breastfeed For As Long As They Should, Fortunately, Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Tips

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Studies Say Women Are Struggling To Breastfeed For As Long As They Should, Fortunately, Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Tips

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If there’s one thing mothers know to be true it’s that the difficulty of motherhood doesn’t end with childbirth. When it comes to motherhood, breastfeeding in particular often proves to be one of the most difficult early steps. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 57 percent of women who breastfeed continue to do so six months after giving birth. It’s a surprising number considering the fact that the CDC also recommends that women pursue the act of breastfeeding for six months at least and that the benefits of breastfeeding are extensive. Breastfeeding has long proven to aid in the prevention of diabetes in both mothers and children, as well as the prevention of childhood obesity, allergies, SIDS, and serious infections.

Still, the process can be trying and hard.

Fortunately, Latinas are sharing their tips and techniques for keeping up with breastfeeding.

If you’re at the start of your early breastfeeding days, check out some of the tips to help you make it through below.

“Don’t give up! It gets better! Seek out help from a lactation consultant at your OB/GYN’s office or hospital — some insurance plans cover the visit at no cost. Or contact your local La Leche League for free support from other nursing moms.” –mami.guevara

“Breastfed 5 babies…best advice is relax…and every baby is different…it’s okay to ask for help…” –mommy_dee55

“Breastfed for 2 1/2 years; first 5 months were the hardest! Take your time and be patient but MOST OF ALL do what’s best for you and your baby!!” –vida_de_maddrre

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, you are a great mom. No matter how your breastfeeding journey goes, your child will be loved. That is the best you can do for your child.” –noramia1

“I say just relax it takes time for some babies to latch on. But do what’s best for you, if you can’t breastfeed DON’T be ashamed, (and others need to stop the Mommy shaming!) you can use formula, it’s not the end of the world. I have two daughters the first one breastfeed til 19 months and my 9 month old is still breastfeeding. It’s not easy but all you new mom’s out there, just know you are great.” –angie17_lo

“Keep pumping and try milkmakers lactation cookies. They are delicious and helped me so much along with fenugreek vitamins. Be patient use formula when you need to. Do what works for you mama you know best for your baby, if it’s boob great if it’s formula great. Good luck.” –rosebuds00

“One👏🏽Day👏🏽At👏🏽A👏🏽Time… Breastfeeding is NOT easy! Do what best works for you.. Even if you can only pump….but don’t give up!”nursesandy_83

“Bruh yes I’m barely on 3 WEEKS and wondering how I’m going to make it to atleast my birthday (May).” –gabrielagnunez

“Don’t hesitate to switch to formula. I was unable to produce enough to feed my baby. Formula is a safe and nutritious alternative.” –partunicorn

“If you and your baby are not thriving, switch feeding tactics. You’re not a bad mom if breastfeeding doesn’t work for you.” –alexandriatrece

“Pump when needed. The bottle and formula are fine too. As long as your baby is getting nourishment. My kid was too lazy to take the boob. I ended up pumping and giving her a bottle. She got breast milk and I had so much milk for back up. It all works out. She ended up being weened of the bottle quickly. Sipping cups were her fave. She’s 28 and very healthy!” –mrsclny

“Patience is everything. If you plan on breastfeeding you must know it won’t be easy (or it will) but every baby is different. You’ll be nursing around the clock sometimes for hours on the couch or bed. But it’s doable and for me the best decision for my kids. Sometimes I wanted to stop, but I saw their little faces and bodies growing. It was empowering that I was nourishing them. Hang in their moms, again every journey is different. Some have to go back to work, pump.. other are at home. Whatever you decided is your choice. I nursed both my kids until 3 1/2.” –glendamurakami

“Hang in there mamis! It is so worth it. The pain, scabs, and unexpected let downs go away over a few weeks/months. It’s will be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done.” –chicadel77

“this is why i pumped for a year, instead of direct nursing. there was a lot going on in my life and latching a baby to the breast at all hours of the day just seemed like too much. i’m still super happy that i was able to provide breastmilk for a year.” –damarysocana

“Every mom & every baby is different. Do what works for you & your baby. Ignore any & all negativity that goes your way. You brought a little human to this world; that’s your priority. Focus on your precious baby & enjoy your time with him/her, the time goes by so fast!” –glass.of.oj

“It’s hard. I tried and tried. My baby wouldn’t latch on and would not stop crying. Eventually I tried pumping but my supply gave out. My son is now 17 and he is a healthy, strong, kind young man. I’ll say this, try as hard as you can but if it doesn’t work, you know you did your best. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Normalize trying but finding a solution that works.” –adris_world220

“Value your own mental health too and switch to formula if you want to. It’s a safe, nutritious alternative.” –vivrami

“Seek a lactation consultant! Also, keep at it! More challenging than giving birth, according to my SO.” –sints.slrzno

“One day at a time. I breastfed all of my three children so I know how difficult and anxiety provoking it can sometimes be. No shame in fórmula at all. Do what works for you and be good to yourself.” –belkise.elena

“Just don’t give up! Keep offering it to baby and pump so you don’t get clogs. It takes a while to get into a rhythm but it will happen just have faith!5d1 likeReply

“Do whatever works for you. If it isn’t working that’s fine. No shame in formula and no shame in whipping your tittys out in public. Do whatever the fuck is best for you and your baby.” – stuffonstuff

“If you have the resources, seeing a lactation consultant is helpful. Pumping so you don’t become engorged if the baby is skipping feedings. I would say it took about three months to get a rhythm with my babies. Good luck.”- clarissava


“Nipple shield! Turns boob into bottle! Also pump the milk if they don’t latch and just bottle feed the breast milk. But mostly… Don’t sweat it! Sometimes babies just ween themselves off the booby, it’s natural!”- queen_of_my_castle_xx

“Keep pumping and try milkmakers lactation cookies. They are delicious and helped me so much along with fenugreek vitamins. Be patient use formula when you need to. Do what works for you mama you know best for your baby, if it’s boob great if it’s formula great. Good luck.”-rosebuds00

“Be patient and enjoy the moment. It seems like a long time but, time flies and you’ll miss it.” –galvanizestem


“Nursed each of my 4 kids for 2 years. Patience and perseverance are key. Listen to your body and your baby. There is no right or wing way to do it, only your way. What works for your family is it. Be open minded and flexible. Best of luck.” –dianapatricia_66


“I’ve breastfed 4 babies. One Set of Twins, one baby exclusively breastfed until 2yo and my last baby until 3.5yo. Each baby is different. They latch differently and your body will respond differently to each one. Best advice is to relax. I know it’s hard to hear, especially if you have so many other things to tend to. They feel it when you are tense. and find their favorite nursing position …try them all. You’ll find a sweet spot eventually. And feel free to allow yourself the option to supplement when needed.”-crdguzman

“I breastfeed exclusively for 2 years (no bottle, no formula, no pacifier)! Breastfeeding is the best you can do for yourself and your baby! There are so many resources out there and honestly misinformation is what causes a lot of women to never breastfeed or give up. If anyone needs help let me know!”- niraarin

“Yes, as many moms have said before don’t give up. I am currently breastfeeding exclusively to my 10month old son. I have breastfed my 2 children prior. He has definitely been the hardest! The first 5 months was filled with feelings of self doubt, guilt and pain. Now that he is 10 months, I can say i am more than glad to still be breastfeeding. It is so much easier to not worry about formula, bottles or anything. All I do is whip out my breast and that’s it. He is a happy happy baby! First few months you do have to be next to baby all day because of constant feedings and keep in mind your baby has been used to being in your womb for 9 months, it takes time lose that attachment. But keep going and you won’t regret it! Take time for yourself every once in a while and remember you created a little human who you have the ability to nourish. Our bodies have been blessed with that ability.”- vivalayumyums

“Pump when needed. The bottle and formula are fine too. As long as your baby is getting nourishment. My kid was too lazy to take the boob. I ended up pumping and giving her a bottle. She got breast milk and I had so much milk for back up. It all works out. She ended up being weened of the bottle quickly. Sipping cups were her fave. She’s 28 and very healthy!”- mrsclny



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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

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