Foods to Avoid

When I began writing this, I intended to title it the “Worst 5 Foods” but there were so many foods and meals from restaurants, desserts, drinks, and side dishes that my list was nearly endless. Instead, I decided to group some general foods together, although I do use a few[…]

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Effects of Stress

We all hear how bad stress is for us, and that we have to control it. But what does this really mean? What are the effects of stress on us? How Does Your Body React to Stress? When you experience stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol.  In small[…]

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Winter Weight Gain

Did you know that research shows the average winter weight gain to be five to seven pounds? Some people gain this extra weight because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder—a type of winter depression.  But most of us can’t blame winter depression for our tendency to pick up extra weight during[…]

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Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes

Walk into nearly any grocery store and you’ll see shelves filled with candy that many people now see and think of sugar and type 2 diabetes. Why? Because it touches all of us. In 1990, less than 5% of the population had diabetes. Now, it is more than 10%, with[…]

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Effects of Sugar

The warm breezes of spring mean that Easter is around the corner! From jelly beans to chocolate bunnies, empty calories abound, and the subsequent effects of sugar aren’t far behind. You need a plan to avoid this. Sugar Facts I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you[…]

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a pile of Reese's easter candy eggs to infer the large amount of sugar and its effects

Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day gifts can be hard to choose, especially as we get older. We want to give our Moms something they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, but that they deserve. In fact, whether you are a mom or not, this is for all the women out there who feel trapped[…]

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Probiotic Foods

Have you heard of probiotics or probiotic foods? Probiotics are good microbes that you can consume in your diet.  They then settle in your digestive system and get to work protecting you from illness and destroying the bad bacteria that may be living there. Probiotic Foods There are many foods[…]

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Food for Fuel

From weekend warriors to Ironman athletes, performance is directly tied to diet.  Food is fuel if you want to train at the peak of your ability and recover quickly. Be intentional about what you eat, taking care to feed your body what it needs, not what will only temporarily satisfy[…]

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Cortisol and Weight Gain

Understanding the relationship between cortisol and weight gain, and how relaxation plays a part is key to getting the body you want. The Role of Cortisol One of the most important reasons that relaxation is good for you is because it prevents the release of excess cortisol.  Cortisol is a[…]

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man stressed which causes increased cortisol that leads to weight gain

Mindless Eating

Do you suffer from mindless eating? You’ve been trying on some of your favorite pieces of clothing from last year.  If you are like many people, they don’t feel quite as comfortable as they did when you last wore them. The zipper is a little harder to zip, and the[…]

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