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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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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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Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Do you love your breakfast? Do you have a short list of “go – to” recipes? Do you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again? Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses up a bunch of calories to absorb and metabolize it. So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your soon-to-be favourite new “go-to” breakfasts. Breakfast Food #1: High Fibre Cereals Fibre the indigestible part of any plant that does not get broken down…

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. But it doesn’t always stop there. Sometimes we overeat on regular days.  Or at regular meals.  Or All. The. Time. Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals. (Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!) Tip #1: Start with some water When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it’s too easy to fill a plate (or…

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What is the Satiety Index?

Have you ever notice that some foods keep you feeling full longer? And others give you the munchies an hour later? That can make the advice to “stop eating when you feel full” a bit tricky if you’re picking foods that aren’t filling. That’s a phenomenon called satiety. It’s the feeling of fullness, of being satisfied and satiated. It is the opposite of hunger and appetite. The satiety index is a rating of foods that have been tested for the satiating effect in a 240 calorie (1,000 kJ) portion size. The scale scores foods based on whether people feel extremely hungry, hungry,…

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How Do I Know If I Have a Leaky Gut?

How Do I Know if I Have a Leaky Gut?  “Leaky gut” is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It’s been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut. But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat for leaky gut? What is a leaky gut?  Simply put, your “gut” (a.k.a. “intestinal tract”) is a tube that makes up part of…

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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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Shannon

Before starting 10 Weeks To Wow! Weight Loss Program, I was nearly 200 pounds and completely unhappy with my body image. At 17 years old, that’s a place where I did not want to be. I knew that something needed to be done about my health. I had seen Terri’s ads for 10 Weeks To Wow! Program and decided that I would try the program. I can honestly say that it is one of the smartest decisions I have ever made. Terri created a program that was easy to follow and gave me helpful hints to eating healthy in a…

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Sandra

When I joined Womens Fitness I was at a cross roads with my diet. I needed to lose 25 pounds. I weighed 165 pounds. I had been trying for 3 years to diet and exercise on my own to lose body fat and get into shape after child bearing. On my own, the battle had become hopeless. Terri helped me fine tune my diet so that I was not starving myself and I was able to lose weight. My eating habits were terrible until I joined 10 Weeks to Wow and the benefit for me was increased energy and I…

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Kelly

I started the Ten Weeks to Wow program in mid March and by the end of June I had lost 9 pounds. What I really liked about the program was that it didn’t just focus on losing weight. It centered around making nutritious food choices to help develop muscle, strong bones and prevent diseases. Each week Terri provided articles related to various health issues such as heart disease, cancer, vitamins, minerals, and additives/preservatives. Now I am constantly reading the list of ingredients not just the labels on foods. If your goal is to lose fat, I think one of the…

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