The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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Forget trying to bake your mum’s zucchini and French leek quiche, or trying your hand at one of Gordon Ramsay’s recipes (you’ll end up cursing more than Ramsay when the preparation time takes nearly as long as a five-day Test match).

Instead, whip up our five easy and healthy bloke-friendly recipes that take less time to make than it does to drink two beers (apart from the Madras curry, but trust us – that one’s worth the effort)! Every bloke aspiring to achieve a heathy, balanced diet needs to be feasting upon a good mix of carbs, veggies and protein on the daily, as well as 3-4 palm-sized portions of juicy red meat like...

1. Eat more, eat right!·         

It's very common to extend the time between two meals when we're trying to lose weight. However, it works against you because you tend to eat more and fast when super-hungry.

Instead, try to eat something light and nutritious every couple of hours

Several studies show that eating a spicy hot appetizer before a meal curbs your appetite. Reason?Eating anything slowly gives your brain an impression that you are full. Also, spicy food contain chili pepper that's great for boosting metabolism.

Alternatively, you can consume snacks that are rich in fiber (like sprouts, apples, berries,...

Sleep … it’s something we all love and need, yet we don’t always have it. Too many people either don’t get enough sleep, or don’t get quality sleep. And if your career depends on focus and productivity, it’s possible your lack of sleep is holding you back, professionally.

The Relationship Between Sleep and Productivity

In the past few years, successful organizations have finally started to view sleep deprivation for what it is: a productivity killer and employee health issue. As a result, they’re actively pursuing ways to gently encourage their workers in the right direction.

“A growing awareness of the...

For most people, work occupies a substantial part of their life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, people spend nearly nine hours on work-related activities during their day.[1] Other studies, such as a 2014 survey by Gallup, suggest that the average number was actually closer to forty-seven hours per week. Add another eight hours for sleep, and you are spending more than 70% of your day on sleep and work alone.[2]

With so much time spent on work, it goes without saying that a healthy and positive work environment is vital to your health. According to the Center for Disease Control and...

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By now you should know that there’s no such thing as a quick-fix when it comes to weight loss as well as getting lean and staying lean. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline for most people to stay consistently ripped all year-round and many of us that go on a weight loss journey know all about the ups and downs of trying to strip off fat. But there is a way to get weight off and keep it off and it starts with consistency.

Yes, genetics play such an integral part of how hard each person has to work to stay lean and ripped. Your body type and your metabolism will dictate how much you have to train and how clean you have...

There are some things us blokes just don’t enjoy doing. It’s fair to say that shopping for, preparing and cooking food rate highly on the list for most. And unlike arguing over furniture layouts with the in-laws, it doesn’t have to always be this way.

Truth be told, it can be really simple to maintain a healthy, balanced diet by making a few savvy choices when it comes to food. Some require a little planning; others just require a little willpower. So here are 10 quick, easy and effective hacks to ensure you stay on track with your eating habits.

  1- Do Some Reading

Make it a habit to glance at food labels when you...

If you’ve started to experience symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats, don’t be discouraged; although these symptoms of perimenopause are all too common, it doesn’t mean that you have to suffer. There are a variety of natural options to treat unpleasant symptoms. Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of French maritime pine, is one such effective remedy. Take advantage of the pycnogenol benefits for perimenopause that will help you get through menopause with as little discomfort as possible.


What is pycnogenol?

Pycnogenol is a plant extract, taken from French maritime pine bark. There is a long list of...

In 1535, a French explorer by the name of Jacques Cartier found himself ice-bound on the St. Lawrence River. Along with the rest of the crew, he developed symptoms of vitamin-C deficiency.

Luckily, the Native Americans told them about a tea prepared from the bark of a certain tree, which miraculously led to complete recovery. So begins my look at the natural supplementpycnogenol (French Maritime Pine Bark Extract) benefits.

Almost 400 years later, Dr. Jacques Masquelier from France came across Cartier’s account and started to look for the active ingredients from the bark of the tree. He later extracted proanthocyanidins from...