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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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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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How to Assess those “Best & Worst Diets” Ratings 

Every year media sources offer their assessments of popular diet philosophies, but what should we ultimately take from these rankings? 

If you’re like most Americans after the holidays, diets are on your mind - and media conglomerates know that. It's prime time to grab readers' attention with claims of which “diets” can make this year's health picture different (or better?) than the last. 

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5 Days to a Real Food Diet

How much of the food you ate today was "real"?

One of the most critical strategies for losing weight, increasing your energy and improving the way you look and feel is eating real, whole, naturally occuring foods.

Not only are we sparing ourselves the chemical ingredients, added sugars, and processed oils and fillers, but with real foods, we're invariably and dramatically upgrading our actual nutrient intake.

The result? We'll optimally fuel our bodies - and our metabolisms. 

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What about Salt?

For years we've been told that high salt intake leads to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Lately, however, new research has muddied the water a bit with more nuanced findings around the impact of sodium on overall health, particularly in certain populations. Do we really need to cut out as much salt as possible? Should we simply throw out our salt shakers altogether? Is it really a question of "how low can you go," or do we need to maintain a certain level? Is sodium simply a flavoring, or does the body have a legitimate use for it? Read on to learn more about the role sodium plays in our functioning, and what considerations should influence how salt fits into our Healthy Way of Eating plan.


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Does “Food Combining” Make Sense?

When we envision a healthy diet, we carefully consider our food choices. What do we buy? How do we prepare it? Do we have an appropriate balance of macronutrients and ample micronutrients to fuel our body and optimize our physiological functioning? Are we avoiding unnecessary toxins and additives and eating a clean diet? In addition to these essential questions, some sources suggest that how we combine our food selections can make a difference in our health and metabolism. They claim that some combinations offer the best chance for good digestion and optimum nutrient absorption, while others put us at distinct disadvantage. Are they right? In a Healthy Way of Eating routine, does the how, when and “with what” matter? Let’s take apart the philosophy of food combining.

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Staff Cooks: Favorite Healthy Cookbooks

A weight loss journey transforms more than our bodies. It can overhaul much of our lifestyle. Our schedules, our pastimes, and our eating habits usually look quite different once we’ve committed to a healthy way of life and made it our own. One of the more creative transformations we see happen with our members is a discovery (or rediscovery) of cooking talent! Maybe food prep was an afterthought before--or a nonissue for those who ate out most of the time. When we adopt the Healthy Way of Eating, we quickly learn that cooking is key to our success. While we needn’t become Iron Chefs, the more skills and bigger repertoire we have, the easier and more enjoyable our healthy eating will be. As much as online and magazine recipes offer in terms of variety, there’s something about an honest-to-goodness, hard cover cookbook to inspire kitchen creativity! With that in mind, check out these favorite cookbook recommendations from our Flourish staff.

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