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Fiber Focus: Why You Need Fiber and How to Add It to Your Diet

On average, Americans eat about 10 grams of fiber each day – significantly less than the fiber recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. They advise men to consume 38 grams and women 25 grams of fiber each day, respectively.  It doesn’t have to be a chore to add more fiber to your diet, and the rewards are great.
 
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5 Ways to Make Weight Loss Part of the Back to School Routine


It can be a busy time of year, but with a more regular schedule than often found during the non-routine (for some) summer days, reaching your health goals may be even easier when you make that goal of weight loss part of the back to school routine.  Successful weight loss is all about making better choices every day, and here are 5 ways to do just that in between juggling kids, work, activities and more:

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20 Healthy Veggie Recipes

By Kristen Castillo

Problem solved! We’ve rounded up 20 recipes – using a variety of veggies from cucumber and zucchini and bell peppers – that are full of flavor!
 
  1. Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad. This cool and creamy salad makes for a hearty meal! Plus it’s low carb and paleo more...

Infused Waters: A Fresh, Fun Way to Stay Hydrated

By Kristen Castillo

The hard part? Waiting for your drink to steep. Make it fresh in the morning or even prepare it at night to enjoy the next day.
 
Experiment with different blends, and you won’t be bored by the idea of drinking water anymore.
 
Here are a few tasty and hydrating flavor combinations:
 
Get Tropical.  Whether you’re drinking water at the beach or at the office, give your more...

Fire Up Your Grill for Easy Summer Eats

By Rebecca Brundidge

Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill for friends, family, and delicious barbeque. Grilling keeps the house cool, minimizes clean up, and gets the family outdoors during the warmer, sunny months of the year.  It can be a very healthy (and weight loss-friendly) way to prepare your favorite foods. Knowing which foods to cook on the barbie will optimize your grilling experience and help you stay on track with weight loss goals.

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10 Summer Weight Loss Tips

In the world of weight loss, there’s often a countdown to summer that begins in January, slows or stalls around February, and then picks up serious speed in April.  It seems like everyone wants to lose some weight to look great at the beach when the weather heats up.  If you’re ready to lose weight, whatever your motivation, it may be time to start your own countdown clock.  One that starts today!  Summer is a great time to kick your diet and fitness more...

The Truth About Diets and Restaurants

Diets and restaurants don’t mix.

This is one of the most common myths out there when it comes to weight loss.  The truth is that it’s time to embrace restaurants as part of our diets, as a resource to help us succeed at our weight loss goals!

Statistics indicate that Americans eat out an average of about 5 times per week.  These meals include “I need to get away” lunches, “butterflies in the stomach more...

Drink Up for a Healthy Weight

By Sara Lucero

Weight Loss Benefits of Water
Drinking water is a common recommendation to help curb appetite and manage weight, and science is backing up this recommendation. Research is now focusing more attention on just how important proper hydration is in the weight loss equation. Various recent studies have uncovered interesting results on hydration and its link to weight and obesity:
  • A study out of the University of Michigan &ldquo more...

15 Skinny Cinco de Mayo Recipes

That’s right, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner.  It’s not the celebration of Mexican independence that so many Americans think it is, but that won’t stop us from spending time with friends, getting moving and eating some good, good food into our bellies.  These 20 recipes for Cinco de Mayo can help, and don’t miss the tips for making similar healthier choices at restaurants.
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10 Trendy Foods That Can Help with Weight Loss

Here are our top ten picks for rising star foods that do just that:

  1. Ancient Grains: Chances are you’ve been hearing more and more about these old school grains making a comeback.  They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and fab more...

Satisfying Snacks: Healthy Nibbles to Get You Through a Snack Attack

Healthy Dining dietitian Blaire Newhard, MLA, RD, suggests keeping a stockpile of healthy snacks in your desk, purse and/or car to keep from turning to unhealthy vending machine or convenient store options.
 
Newhard’s picks for snack foods worth keeping around:
  • Light, low-sodium soups or oatmeal
  • Whole grain crackers or pretzels and nut butter
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The Stress Weight Connection

When it comes to your weight, there are many different factors at play other than diet and exercise. From financial budgets to busy schedules, there are all kinds of elements that may be shaping your journey with weight and health — even if you don’t realize it!

But have you ever considered that maybe stress might be one of them?

Like many other mental health conditions, stress can have a significant impact on an individual’s body weight. more...

Weight Loss Benefits of Whole Grains

What is a Whole Grain?
Grains naturally have multiple layers. Untouched, unrefined grain – referred to as a kernel – contains the bran, germ, and endosperm inside of a harder, protective shell. The bran, germ, and endosperm are all edible and make up the “whole grain.” The bran is the outermost layer of the edible kernel and contains fiber and B vitamins. The germ is the reproductive part of the plant that contains B vitamins, healthy fats, and more...

12 Quick Dining Out Tips

Every once in a while, it’s OK to splurge, and it’s easy to do so when eating out. But if you eat out several times a week (or especially every day), here are some tips to keep your restaurant meals as healthy as possible to meet your weight loss goals:
 
  1. Before going out to eat, search for healthy meal choices on www.HealthyDiningFinder.com. Once at the restaurant, you’ll more...

10 Healthier Mug Cake Recipes to Cure Your Cravings

Having your cake and eating it too is as easy as 1-2-3 with tips like these:
  1. Enjoying healthier choices most of the time – focus on fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats
  2. Keep an eye on portions – follow MyPlate recommendations to build your plate and keep these portion sizes in mind.
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