Diet soda – is it actually better for you?

You don’t have to be a health nut to know that soda isn’t good for you. But is it really all that bad?  Is it ok to just have it once in a while? And if you’re going to have it, is it better to have the regular ol’ sugar-filled version or the zero calorie “diet” kind?   Well, let’s weigh-in on the facts:  Regular soda – as bad as they say?  PROS:   It doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin) that have gotten a really bad rap lately  CONS:  The sugar! A 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons; almost the daily limit…

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Everything You Need to Know About Omega-3 Fats

There’s a lot of talk about healthy fats these days. People are including more fat in their diets and forgetting about the fat-free diet crazes of the past.    You’ve probably heard about omega fats in the mix, but what exactly are they?  What are Omega Fats? Do they all perform the same function in our bodies?  Omegas are a group of fatty acids known as Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. They’re numerically named based on their chemical composition.    Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The body is capable of producing some fatty acids on its own, like Omega-9 – meaning…

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Red Wine – Is it really good for you, or just health hype?

If you’ve heard that red wine is one of the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages, it’s for good reason.  Thanks to the antioxidants found in the skins of grapes from which it’s made, red wine has been widely publicized as being “healthful”. The kind of antioxidants found in red wine, like RESVERATROL, have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.    Inflammation and oxidation are considered the root causes of most disease, so consuming antioxidant-rich foods is a key component in disease prevention.    Moderate consumption of red wine has been linked to improved heart health, along with other health benefits, like decreasing the risk of:    Alzheimer’s…

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Essential Oils 101: All the Basics You Need to Know!

The power of essential oils (EO’s) is real – have YOU made them part of your everyday life yet?   We’re going to lay out all of the basics so you can get on this one bandwagon that’s here for the long haul. And when you learn about the history of EO’s, you’ll know that they’re not even new. In fact, EO’s have been around for centuries!   Some essential oils come from seeds while many others are extracted from the leaves of the plant. Because EO’s are so highly concentrated, it takes a tremendous amount of plant to produce just one…

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7 Simple Ways To Eat More Mindfully

Eating as mindfully as we might on vacation, for example, is not realistic for many of us, especially with work, busy families, physical routines, and all the other daily distractions.    Here are seven simple ideas to help you establish more mindful eating habits, and perhaps start to reconnect the body and mind again.  Tune in to your body’s signals Rather than just eating on emotional cues (different for each of us, like sadness, anger, frustration, loneliness, stress or even just boredom) we can learn to tune into and be better listeners of our body’s actual hunger signals.    For example, is your…

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What the numbers on the bathroom scale really mean/daily weight fluctuations

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!    Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:  1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.    2| When you wake up after fasting – usually for around 12 hours, you’re completely dehydrated…

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Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what?  Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be.     Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery – and feel better!   Fuel your machine  You’d never head out on a long road trip without filling your tank with gas, right?!   Skipping your pre-workout fuel is the equivalent to hitting the road with an empty gas tank. You may get off to a good start, but you’ll likely be…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Fatigue…Naturally!

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next – literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.    The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.   Get off the blood sugar roller coaster.  One of the simplest ways we can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When we don’t eat enough food throughout the day or when we eat foods that…

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SIBO: What is it, and how do I know if I have it?

There may be something lurking within your gut, when and where you least expect it.   You’re probably already in tune with keeping the large intestine healthy, balanced and well- populated with good bacteria (got probiotics?).   But, what about the health of the small intestine that is located before it in the digestive tract?    The truth is, this is where the serious business of nutrient absorption happens before the waste products are sent through to the large intestine or bowel to be expelled.   As you can imagine, there’s quite a slippery slope that ensues when the flora in this critical stretch of digestive…

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How to Beat Negative Self-Talk and Limiting Beliefs

A little self-criticism is a normal shared human mental pattern, and can even be healthy for the most part. But, we can also just as easily open the door to that overly vocal “negative nelly” voice in our head.    However, if your negative voice is preventing you from doing what you want or need to do in your life, then it has to get booted back out the door. This kind of mental chatter has no right to set up shop in your mind.   Deeply held negative beliefs, especially when they’re firmly rooted in your unconscious, stress you out, damage relationships and…

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