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Your Thyroid: Foods and Nutrients to Help

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that releases hormones. Thyroid hormones help your body regulate a few things – not a big deal – just the metabolism of ALL cells. And this is critical for maintaining a healthy body weight and having the energy to live your life. (Yes, your thyroid IS a big deal!) It’s estimated that at least 3.7% of US adults have an underactive thyroid. When you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, it’s called hypothyroidism. This can result in the slowing down of your metabolism and cause difficulty losing weight; and even weight gain….

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Five Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

You knew there was a bit of an over-emphasis (borderlining obsession) about cholesterol, right? Before we jump into some myths let’s make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to what exactly cholesterol is. Myth #1: “Cholesterol” is cholesterol While cholesterol is an actual molecule what it is bound to while it’s floating through your blood is what’s more important than just how much of it there is overall.  In fact depending on what it’s combined with can have opposite effects on your arteries and heart.  Yes, opposite! So cholesterol is just one component of a compound that…

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Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

You totally want to ditch your scale, don’t you? You may have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”. I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously). What you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent. Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine). Waist Circumference (AKA “Belly Fat”): Do you remember the fruity body shape descriptions being like an “apple” or a “pear”?  The apple is kinda round around the middle (you know – belly fat-ish, kinda beer belly-ish) and the pear is rounder around the hips/thighs. THAT is what…

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight.  Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen?  Why do metabolic rates slow down? What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy.  And there are lots of factors that affect how quickly (or slowly) it works, i.e. your “metabolic rate” (which is measured in calories). But don’t worry – we know that metabolic rate is much more complicated than the old adage…

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you! The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it. Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind.  People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for…

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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

  STRESS!!!   Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?   Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flew. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.   You’ve probably heard of the main stress hormone, called “cortisol.”  It’s released by your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s also naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep.   Did you know that too-high levels of cortisol are…

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What is Metabolism?

This word “metabolism” is thrown around a lot these days. You know that if yours is too slow you might gain weight.  But what exactly does this all mean? Well technically “metabolism” is the word to describe all of the biochemical reactions in your body.  It’s how you take in nutrients and oxygen and use them to fuel everything you do. Your body has an incredible ability to grow, heal, and generally stay alive.  And without this amazing biochemistry you would not be possible. Metabolism includes how the cells in your body: Allow activities you can control (e.g. physical activity…

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Which Foods Can Help with Blood Pressure?

Guess how many people have high blood pressure? A billion! It is said to be the “#1 risk factor for death and disability in the world” If you have high blood pressure, it’s best that you are monitored by your healthcare professional. And if you’re on medication for high blood pressure never change that without speaking with a medical professional. Today, we’ll talk about what exactly blood pressure is, and which foods and lifestyle factors can help with it. What is high blood pressure? It’s something your doctor commonly checks. You can even do it yourself in many pharmacies, or purchase at-home blood pressure monitors….

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Mediterranean Diet 101

  Mediterranean Diet 101  The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there. It’s based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50 years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier than Americans. And they had lower levels of heart disease, the #1 killer. So, they set out to find what was so healthy in this part of the world. And the research keeps coming in. And it’s pretty impressive. Eating a Mediterranean diet is linked…

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Vanda

Terri and her “10 weeks to WOW program” literally saved my life. Due to high blood pressure and diabetes during both my pregnancies, which required medication and insulin injections, I am now at a high risk of getting both in near future. Terri’s knowledge, passion, continuous support and now great friendship helped me to turn my life around. Now I know how to eat and exercise properly so I can ensure all of my family does the same. My boys will not suffer from child obesity, I will make sure of that. Thanks to your program Terri, you had an…

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