GMOs… Are They Really Harmful To My Health?

GMOs… Are They Really Harmful To My Health?  Genetically modified organisms, GMOs, GM foods… terms we likely come across in any typical grocery store visit. These are also terms that can strike concern and even fear in the minds of the typical consumer.    But, could this be due to a lack of understanding about this biotechnology, or could GMOs actually be harmful to our health?   Let’s splice up the facts and see what we can unearth…   GMOs: What Are They… Exactly?  What results in a genetically modified organism (GMO) is when the genetic material (DNA) of an organism (i.e. plant, animal or…

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Help! My Negative Mindset Is Sabotaging My Health!

Help! My Negative Mindset Is Sabotaging My Health! When we don’t see the results we want, like hitting a weight loss goal, it’s all too easy to blame the outcome on external factors… I didn’t have time to exercise. It was too tedious to meal plan and eat healthy. I couldn’t afford to keep working with a Nutritionist. I was consumed by job stress and didn’t have the bandwidth to focus on anything else. My family didn’t support me and follow my plan with me, so I couldn’t stick to it. I’m too far away from my goal, so why…

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Are “Organic” Packaged Foods Better For You?

Who doesn’t love the convenience and the taste of many packaged foods? Heck, the packaging is often alluring enough for us to make a purchase alone! (possibly influenced by your kids pleading for it!)    But, even though many packaged foods now have persuasive sounding labels on them like ‘healthy’, ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, and may even contain some organic ingredients, can we trust that they’re a healthier choice than their non-organic counterparts?    And, should they have a place in our everyday diets?    Let’s take a look underneath those persuasive labels and find out.  How Do Packaged Foods Stack Up Against Real, Whole Foods?  Well,…

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Resveratrol – Do You Really Need To drink Red Wine Everyday To Benefit From It?

So, you’ve heard that drinking a glass of red wine a day can be good for your health – or bad, depending on which day it happens to be in your news feed!   Health experts have attributed this to the polyphenol RESVERATROL. Incidentally, when the media references this substance, they’re talking about trans-resveratrol.   In case you were the inquisitive kind of health seeker, polyphenols are antioxidant-rich plant compounds = phytonutrients that are amazing for your health!    Lycopene in tomatoes, lutein in carrots, EGCG in green tea, and flavonoids in raw cacao are other examples. Resveratrol is in the same class of polyphenic bioflavonoids…

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60+ Sneaky Names For Sugar – And Why You Crave Every One Of Them!

Sugar, ah honey, honey, I’m gonna make your life so sweet…    You might call your beloved “sweet thing” or maybe you’ve got a song on replay in your head about the sweet stuff, but let’s put the cute nicknames and catchy old tunes aside…   Because the granulated truth is that sugar is added to many processed foods, and manufacturers often use several different types, by several different names, so they can hide the real amount.   If you think about it, it’s no wonder we crave sugar so often (and intensely) as it’s literally everywhere – and avoiding it is no easy task either.  …

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The Pros & Cons of Fasted Exercise

It’s no secret that if you’re looking to see better results at the gym, it helps to pay attention to your nutrition. Eating your veggies, as well as consuming healthy carbs, protein and healthy fats can really amp up your fitness gains.   But, what if the secret to increased fat loss had more to do with what you didn’t eat as opposed to what you did?   For years, fitness pros have been encouraging gym-goers to perform morning workouts on an empty stomach in an effort to increase fat burning. It’s called “fasted exercise”, and it’s been around since the early days of bodybuilding. (hello, Arnold who is…

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Hungry For More? Which Type Of ‘Hunger’ Are You Experiencing – Physical Or Emotional?

Contrary to today’s diet culture, it’s OK to be hungry!    It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the willpower to stay away from unhealthy foods. It’s just the body’s natural signal that it needs food for energy and fuel.   This is physical hunger – the signal that is sent via the vagus nerve from your stomach to your brain, due to fluctuating levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone.    It’s also typically accompanied by feelings of emptiness in your stomach, rumbling sensations, and growling noises.   Or is that really the whole hunger story?    PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL HUNGER – HOW ARE THEY…

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ACNE… At My Age?!

You know how it goes… you’re getting ready for a big event, primping like a champ – and then you notice it: a brand new pimple just trying to make its way to the surface of your skin, all shiny, red and inflamed.    But, I’m in my thirties (ok, ok, forties!) you gasp – why am I still getting zits?! Adult acne is certainly frustrating and often embarrassing to deal with, but you’re definitely NOT alone my clear-skin-seeking friend!   Let’s squeeze out the truth about this all-too-common skin issue and get to the bottom of why you’re still seeing those pesky pimples…

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What Is All The Talk About Inflammation – AND Should I Be Concerned?

Inflammation is a trending topic in the health & wellness world lately, and for good reason…   According to LiveScience, “inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.”   It sounds like a pretty beneficial and necessary physiological process, right? So, is there actually a downside to inflammation? (because that’s what popular media keeps telling us!)   Yes! The downside is when inflammation becomes widespread (and unrelenting!) in the body. However, there’s…

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INSULIN: Are You Sensitive Or Resistant?

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about these terms while perusing your daily health news feeds, but do you truly understand the role that insulin plays in your body and the difference between these two physiological states?   Let us give you the sweet lowdown on insulin and the importance of the chemical messages it’s trying to give your cells.  What is insulin’s job?  INSULIN: a biologically critical hormone secreted by the pancreas.    Glucose, also known as blood sugar when it’s in the body, is our main source of fuel. We get it from the breakdown of carbohydrate-containing foods like grains, fruits,…

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