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Thursday
Sep032015

Happiness Series, Part 2: The Exercise-Happiness Connection

We’ve probably all been there at some point.

We’re crabby and tired. It’s been a less than stellar day. We’re tempted to skip the gym and stay home to nurse our inner grouch instead.

Still, in spite of our bad attitudes, we convince ourselves to go, and the resulting workout remakes our mood - and our evening.

Alternatively, we have to miss our workout one morning because of an early meeting or a sick child, and suddenly by noon we notice an unusual agitation getting the better of us.

It’s all part of the inherent and powerful connection between exercise and mood. 

 

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Tuesday
Sep012015

5 “Must-Know” Facts for Bone Health

The mighty skeletal system: it’s the protector of organs, manufacturer of blood cells, reservoir for mineral stores, provider of structure, and even functioning component of the endocrine system.

Yet, it appears our bone health is getting short shrift.

With osteoporosis affecting 1 out of 10 women over the age of 50, and 20% of hip fracture patients dying within a year of injury, it’s safe to say we need to prioritize our skeletal strength.

Additionally, we need to reassess the assumptions we may have about what supports good bone maintenance. Read on for 5 must-know strategies to support lifelong bone health today.

 

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Sunday
Aug302015

Healthy Eating: 10 Ideas for Summer’s Harvest

It’s that time of year when there is so much to take advantage of - warmer weather, more sunlight, vacation days and great food. 

With the end of summer upon us - and Labor Day gatherings gearing up, what better time is there to stock up on the summer produce you know you like? It’s also the perfect time to try new foods in some of your meals, snacks and party dishes. 

Check out these 10 tasty ideas to implement with so many veggies and fruits at their peak this summer harvest season.

 

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Thursday
Aug272015

6 Reasons to Detox

Whether you want to begin fall with a clean slate, jump start your fat loss goals, or detoxify from an indulgent summer, there are many reasons to seek out a safe and effective detoxification program.

Each day we’re exposed to a variety of toxins through the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use on our skin. How well we fare depends on how well our bodies can keep up with removing these substances.

By supporting our body's own natural processes with a well-balanced detoxification system, we improve our ability to function at our best and to maintain optimal health. Detox benefits are varied and significant. Let's look at the top six advantages detoxification can offer. 

 

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Tuesday
Aug252015

What Do You Learn in a Grocery Store Tour?

With the average supermarket containing over 45,000 different food items to pick from (the majority of them being unhealthy!), it’s little wonder we’re confused on what to buy as soon as we walk through the doors.

For that reason, a grocery store tour is, by far, one of the best learning experiences you can take advantage of as you adjust your diet.

In fact, as a registered dietitian, it’s my absolute favorite way to engage my clients with practical nutrition advice they can use to make their health journeys easier!

Could your confidence use a boost when choosing the right foods or brands in this environment? Learn some of my best strategies for healthy grocery shopping as well as tips for getting the most out of your food budget!

 

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Sunday
Aug232015

Product Primer: Our Top Supplements for Weight Loss

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what I thought of the latest Dr. Wizard “magic pill” endorsement, I’d be able to fly to your house to discuss this topic with you in person.

The fact is, there’s no magic supplement product, but there are definitely reasons to supplement.

Weight loss programs are simple in theory but difficult in terms of execution. The journey to long-lasting results is not a linear path but for many people is wrought with obstacles, challenges and setbacks. Many of those hurdles are specifically related to our food choices, nutrient adequacy and physiological re-programming.

That’s where strategic supplementation fits in. 

 

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Thursday
Aug202015

The Three As of Intensity: Active, Aerobic and Anaerobic

If you’re like the average American, you probably consider yourself an “active” individual. In fact, 2 out of 3 people claim that.

In actuality, however, only about 5% truly fit that label.

Contrary to what most people would think, it’s not just about how many times we hit the gym each week or even what we do when we’re there.

Being active is about movement as well as exercise. It’s the total sum of our activity - in other words, how much time we’re not sedentary.

Once we’ve understood this general principle, we can look at the three intensity levels of our total sum activity: Active, Aerobic and Anaerobic. While all are critical for our health, each creates distinctive changes in the body’s metabolism. When we understand how each of these intensity levels affects us, we can make better choices about our movement and exercise priorities.

Let’s break down these intensity level categories for a better look at their specific characteristics and impact.

 

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