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Saturday
Jun222013

8 Ways Our Partners Influence Our Weight Loss

“How much support do you have from your partner?” is a question I consistently ask during nutrition consultations with my clients. Let’s face it, when the one we love is on board with our weight loss plan, all of the new behaviors and changes we set out to make are easier to commit—and stick—to each day.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, their lack of cooperation can tank our success before we even begin!  Whether my clients’ response is positive or “less positive” to that initial question, it opens up the important discussion of how they can communicate with their partners about their goals and navigate the partnership dynamic in their weight loss journey—whether or not their partners are on board with the changes or not. Are you concerned about your partner’s influence on your progress?  Below are 8 ways your partner can either help or hinder your weight loss, along with an action plan for encouraging them to join in the journey!

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Monday
Jun032013

Staff Dishes: Meet the Flourish Staff 

Who are the people behind the Flourish publication? For instance, which one loves a good boxing workout? Who was first inspired by Conan the Barbarian? Which one grew up a picky eater who loved brown sugar toast? On a different note, how do they work with Life Time members today? What makes them so passionate about weight loss and wellness? What do they eat for dinner--or for the occasional indulgence...? Find out what Flourish writers enjoy most about working with clients, how they became interested in wellness, and what advice changed their health mindset.

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Wednesday
May152013

Clean Living, Part 1: Non-Toxic Laundry Options

Laundry can be a filthy job, but the mess might be the least of our problems. Beyond the sweat, dirt or food stains, we’re exposed to a multitude of serious toxins in everyday laundry products. They’re, in fact, among the very toxins that contribute to obesity, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases, including cancer. With the average American household washing between 400-600 loads of laundry per year, there are 400-600 chances to either be exposed to these chemicals—or not! Which will you choose? Luckily, going non-toxic is simpler and cheaper than you’d expect. Let’s look at easy and effective ways to switch up your cleaning routine and ditch the toxins lurking in your laundry room! 

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Wednesday
May082013

Do You Really Need Sunscreen?

Most of us have made sunscreen a staple through the summer months, lathering on lotions and sprays to spare ourselves the dreaded sunburn that can haunt us for days. We’ve been told by dermatologists and health professionals for decades now to routinely apply these products to prevent skin aging and, more importantly, skin cancer. Recently, however, experts are questioning the healthfulness of avoiding sun or using sunscreen with every exposure. Research continues to illuminate how sunlight benefits our bodies, including (but not limited to) our natural synthesis of vitamin D. In light of the findings, what should our sun routine look like? How do we optimize the benefits of sun exposure while minimizing skin damage?

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Wednesday
Apr242013

How to Get More Fiber

If someone asked you how much fiber you get in each day--or how much you’re supposed to get--would you know the answer? You probably know that fiber is important for your health, but if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably not getting enough. In my work with clients, I find that many don’t know which foods contain fiber. Others have a narrow, misguided understanding of fiber sources they absorbed over the years through food marketing claims. These clients often choose highly processed and unhealthy foods that emphasize fiber content on their packaging.  So, how much fiber do we really need, and what’s the best way to get that fiber in our diets?

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Wednesday
Apr032013

How to Eat More Protein

We all need protein. No matter your age, your weight or dietary preference, protein is essential to our health and often a primary recommendation when coaching individuals on how to improve their nutrition and meal quality. Although most people would say they know protein is important, many struggle to meet their full requirement. The reasons are many, but a little preparation and some creative inspiration go a long way toward ensuring the necessary intake. Do you get enough? Learn how much protein you need and gain how-to tips for working in more quality protein throughout your day. 

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Wednesday
Mar202013

Happiness and Health Series, Part 3: Happiness How-Tos

If you’ve been following our happiness series, you’ve learned how being happy can actually improve our health.

We’ve reflected on what research says about the difference happiness and life satisfaction can make in our health, what studies say genuinely makes us measurably more satisfied (not always what we think!) as well as the positive impact exercise can have on our mood.

Today, we’ll wrap up our series with a host of nutrition, fitness and lifestyle how-to tips. Consider it a go-to guide for reaping happiness and boosting your health each day.

 

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