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Better Health Through a Lifestyle Change

Did you know that January is Healthy Weight Month?  The benefits of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight go far beyond fitting into your favorite jeans.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, maintaining a healthy weight can also help you reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and contribute to a healthier mental and emotional state more...

Embrace Yourself for a Better Today

The dawning of the new year gives rise to one of the most difficult-to-obtain and more-difficult-to-sustain annual declarations – the New Year’s Resolution. For many of us, resolutions are formulated from one of two perspectives: gaining or losing. We want to gain more in our lives – freedom, time, wealth and love. Or we want to lose more – weight, insecurities, inhibitions, or the 10 years worth of junk that we have stored in the garage. While each of these is admirable more...

A New Year: Planning for Success

There are just a few days before the start of the marathon that are our goals for our New Year’s resolutions.  Even Ashton Kutcher has already started his plans to make his New Year’s goals a reality.  We can’t expect to just wake up on January 1st ready to drop all our less than stellar habits or run that 10K after more...

Loving Vegetables- You Can Do It

Adding more vegetables to your plate to make it look more like MyPlate can seem like a feat fit for Popeye, especially if you prefer a trip to the dentist to a side of mixed vegetables.  The good news is that the more you eat something (yes, even vegetables), the more you develop a taste for it.  That means the more you eat healthy veggies like broccoli, zucchini and bell peppers, the more likely you are to really enjoy them.  Here are a few tips to add more vegetables to your more...

Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables: Adding Fruit

Earlier this year, USDA unveiled the new MyPlate model, replacing MyPyramid.  While there has been some disagreement and confusion over the new model since it was revealed, this streamlined “How to” of healthy eating sums up the basics quite nicely: Eat fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low or non-fat dairy and drink water. 

Now, how do we take this from words on a page or statements in a press conference to the actual food you are cooking more...

Mangia Bene – Eat Healthy, Italian-Style

With the holiday season now in full swing, parties and shopping on the agenda and guests galore, what better time to take a break and enjoy a healthy meal out at your favorite Italian restaurant?  Italians are known for their love of food, and though we may think mostly of the cream sauces, piles of pasta and gooey cheese, traditional Italian food is loaded with vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins.  Here are some of our favorite traditional ingredients:

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Healthy Eating to Boost Your Immune System

Winter is coming fast and we all know that means overtime for our immune system.  What many people often forget is that healthy eating can boost your immune system and help keep you healthy.  Nutritionist Joy Dubost Ph.D., R.D., sums up some great tips on how you can incorporate healthy eating to boost your immune system in her article “Dine your way to a more...

Nutritious choices to boost your brain health and performance

Feel like you have a few mental cobwebs?  You may not be getting the nutrition you need to keep your mental edge.  An excess of simple carbohydrates (e.g., sugar and white flour) and not enough of the good stuff, like cold water fish, eggs, poultry, a wide variety of richly colored fruits and vegetables, as well as the foods below, could be to blame. 
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Nutrition to replenish and rebuild for your next workout

Whether you’re walking, swimming, playing sports or lifting weights, replenishing and rebuilding with a post workout meal is essential.  The ideal meal is eaten within an hour of exercise and is a combination of protein to rebuild and grow muscle and carbohydrates to refuel your energy stores.  This means lean proteins, such as fish, poultry, lean beef and legumes, along with complex and nutrient-rich carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 

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What you can do to lower your diabetes risk?

It is mind-boggling to imagine – an estimated 347 million people worldwide now have diabetes, according to a recent study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization published in the British medical journal The Lancet.  In most cases, this disease, like heart disease and stroke, is preventable through a healthy lifestyle. 

Here are a few facts:
  • Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in childhood and more...

Power your Workout with Nutrition

Looking for extra energy and nutrition before your workout?  The right 2:1 balance of carbohydrates and protein can give you the nutritional power you need to start moving and feel like a top athlete in no time.

Smoothies are a great choice at restaurants or at home.  Keep an eye on the calories, which can quickly add up more...

Carbohydrates

With the recent popularity of low-carb and no-carb diets, fear of the very much essential carbohydrate seems to abound.  We’d like to set the record straight – you can and should eat nutrient rich-and complex carbohydrates.  In fact, 40 – 60 percent of your diet should be these diet-friendly, energy creating carbs!  It’s the simple carbohydrates including sugar, white flour and processed foods that you should steer clear of.  So how do you learn to more...

Pack your Healthy Dining-style with these picnic ideas

There is something so relaxing and refreshing about picnics.  They can be perfect for any occasion, from a fun lunch with the kids to a long overdue get together with friends to an utterly romantic date.
  • Dinner Italiano – The long summer days almost beg you to eat dinner outside after the heat of the day.  Try an Italian-themed meal with a pasta dish, such as this Simple Summer more...

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