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7 Superfood Menus to Supercharge Your Diet 

How nutrient dense was your diet today?

Some foods offer us nothing positive for the calories and artificial ingredients they contain. These are the "empty" options that we want to let go of on the way to better health and successful weight loss. 

On the other hand, there are foods that serve as pinnacles of nutrition. Within an overall healthy diet, they can take our nutrition from good to great.

But what does a superfood diet really look like? How far will it take me from my normal tastes and routines? Read on for a list of the top superfoods you can enjoy - and seven menus that will help you incorporate them today. 


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How a Nutrient-Dense Diet Fights Fat 

While blasting calories away at the gym does help offset some of what we consume, it’s not the primary answer to fighting fat. 

Ask any of our most successful clients, and they will all simultaneously tell you proper nutrition is the ticket. 

Have you not quite bought into that approach? Read on to see just how this model is possible. 

Still skeptical? Try making these shifts in your diet for just 30 days (Heck, even 10 days!), and see how your life (and pant size) changes.


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Sugar Shock

Imagine if your food was tainted with an addictive, dangerous substance without your consent. Now imagine that you were consuming it regularly - several times a day, in fact.

Over time, it caused you to inch closer and closer to a life of high blood pressure medication, heart attack scares, and obesity. Imagine consuming between three and four cups per week - every week.

How would it feel to know your parents, children, and friends were as well?

Finally, what would you think if you knew the conventional wisdom for managing these resulting health problems dictated eating a diet containing more of the substance that contributed to their development in the first place?


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Does an Acidic or Alkaline Diet Matter?

Another day, another diet fad... Whether you find it in the magazine rack at the grocery check-out, on late night T.V. commercials or among the Internet hot topics, somehow diet trends are always in the lime-light. It reflects our society's constant search for the holy grail of what sheds pounds in the slickest, fastest way. Lately, a topic of discussion among health and nutrition enthusiasts has been the influence of so-called acid- or alkaline-promoting foods. What's the full story behind the "alkaline diet," and should you buy in? Read on to gain a better understanding of the hype versus the benefits! 


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Quiz Time: How Good is Your Nutrition? 

March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s the perfect time to take inventory of your dietary habits. What healthy practices have you adopted? Which are still a work in progress? Have you made these good choices daily priorities? How about for each meal? The key to positive change is to choose one healthy behavior at a time until it becomes routine. Whether you’ve been on this journey for quite some time or are just getting started, read over the list below and rate which of these healthy practices you’re doing and how often: never, at most meals 1-2 days a week, at most meals 3-4 days a week, or at most meals every day?

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The Healthy Way of Eating

So long food pyramid. Life Time’s version of the famous triangle has given way to a bold new infographic. Beyond the vivid design itself (which makes for a great t-shirt, by the way), the image offers a visual story for the Healthy Way of Eating philosophy.

You could say the mixed colors and fonts of the graphic suggest the inherent variety of a healthful diet. The varied script, however, also illustrate the concepts of balance and proportion in our diets--the priorities we should bring to our eating each day. While the image serves as a great conversation starter, there's more to the infographic story. For those interested in a little more detail, we're happy to offer that below. You can dig even deeper by downloading the new version of our core nutrition manual Eat Well. Live Well. and by reading more of the articles on Life Time’s website.

Little by little, our goal is to generate more awareness of what a healthy diet looks like. We think the infographic is one more dimension of that message. The image--as well as the results-quickly speak for themselves.

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200 Health and Fitness Tips for Our 200th Issue of Flourish

The blog posts on the Life Time Weight Loss site started as a Microsoft Outlook weekly newsletter for our Health and Fitness Professionals. Issue 1 was sent out February 15, 2009. Fitness, nutrition and weight management is a subject that’s always refined by new research. We learn more every year about how we can optimize our health and more easily achieve the type of body we want. Even though we learn more, we continue to battle against the obesity epidemic and a growing number of health complications in our population. Our goal with these blog posts, and the Flourish newsletter is to provide inspiration and education to help our readers make better decisions every day.

Since February of 2009, I’ve written between one and three articles every week. The more research I’ve read to write the articles, the more I’ve realized how confused people must be by the misinformation or half-truths they’re exposed to each day. I hope that 200 issues from now, we’ll have made greater strides in informing the public about what good nutrition, lifestyle and exercise choices really are. As I thought about what to write for issue 200, I thought I’d do something a little different. I sat down and typed out 200 thoughts I’ve shared with people over the years as they asked questions about nutrition and weight management. It’s a pretty long list.

I hope you find a few nuggets to take with you or share. Once you get through the list, I’d love it if you could share one or two of the 200 ideas and thoughts in the comments section below. Tell us which ones mean the most to you.

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