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Saturday
Feb062016

Super Mason Jar Salad

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  5 minutes

Yield:  4 Mason Jar Salads

Do you avoid salads because you hate lettuce? I hate lettuce. I really do. Spinach, iceberg, romaine, kale, whatever—I rarely use it in my salad making at home. I simply prepare and consume salads (while dining out) merely for the guts of it—the protein, the nuts/seeds, and the other vegetables.  

Mason jar salads are a huge hit for me and my clients. Not only are they easy to prep and pack but the combinations are endless—perfect for someone on the go who likes continued variety and perfect for those, like me, who really just enjoy the guts of a salad and no lettuce.  

 

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Friday
Feb052016

Sugar: It's Addicting and Hidden

Tuesday
Feb022016

Why Gut Health Matters for Metabolism

What organ is the source of greater metabolic activity than the liver, supplies over 70% of the immune system, and consists of 10 times the number of cells than the whole rest of the body put together? The gut!

An amazing and surprising fact: 70% of Americans have digestive symptoms or disease, yet don’t think twice about its impact on their weight and health.

Gut health breaks down due to many factors in our lifestyles and environment. These factors can over-activate the immune system and ultimately cause internal havoc. Conditions such as migraines or chronic headaches, food or environmental allergies, autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome and celiac disease have all been shown to correlate with digestive dysfunction.

Today, we'll discuss the roles of the gut, what factors disrupt its functioning, and tips for improving gut health to ultimately enhance metabolism, weight management and overall health.

 

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Sunday
Jan312016

10 “Forbidden” Foods You Should Be Eating

Food fallacies are never-ending, but I’m here today to share with you some surprisingly great news! Not all foods that get a bum rap deserve their bad reputation.

Take a peek at each of these 10 foods, but also be sure to read up on what exactly makes them healthy and what varieties to look for when purchasing.

Yet, it’s not quite as easy as loading up on butter and bacon every day now (sorry). If your nutrition intake is veggie-heavy (think nearly half your plate at each meal), lower in grain-based carbs, and rich in quality proteins, then these foods can be beneficial for both variety and flavor. Enjoy!

 

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Thursday
Jan282016

Espresso Chip Energy Balls 

I have several things in my life I refer to as my “reliables.” This recipe is one of those….

Sure, I always seem to have the ingredients on hand. However, even if I “screw up” the mixture or measure wrong, it always turns out deliciously well. Maybe that’s why it’s my go-to energy ball recipe. I switch the ingredients up fairly often depending on my mood or the season, but this is without a doubt my favorite. 

Why is it so “knock your socks off” good? Obvious reason first: coffee. Obvious reason number two: dark chocolate. 

 

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Thursday
Jan282016

5 Reasons You Should Do a Weight Loss Competition

Humans are competitive by nature. We enjoy a challenge, and we love to win.

In our “want/need to lose weight" society, it’s no surprise that weight loss competitions have become so popular over the past several years. From a local pool with your coworkers all the way to a popular, dramatized T.V. show, these contests encourage keeping your eye on the prize.  

Unfortunately, many people dismiss the prospect of joining a competition because they feel they have no chance of actually winning.

In a weight loss competition, however, winning the challenge shouldn't be your only possible—and positive—outcome. Imagine what participating could do for your journey, and check out these five favorite reasons offered by our past 90-Day Challenge participants.

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Tuesday
Jan262016

5-Part Tension Release