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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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50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice

Got hygge?! (Funny enough, in Denmark and Norway it’s pronounced “hoo-ga”)   Self-care, self-love, self-support, self-nurturing or hygge… whatever you want to call it, it’s one of the greatest investments you can make for your physical, mental and emotional health & wellbeing.    Because when you nurture yourself, you’re better equipped to help others. But, self-care isn’t all about rewarding yourself at the end of a hard day or stressful week. It’s about engaging in something that is self-supportive and looks after your own needs first.   “Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s mandatory. Fuel your soul so you can give your best to your people. We need…

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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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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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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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7 Diet and Lifestyle Tips to Adopt for Better Hormone Balance

Your hormones are involved in every minute aspect of your physical and even mental & emotional health, and you need them in very specific amounts for your body to function properly. But what happens when these important chemical messengers aren’t working optimally? Well, your body starts to show some telltale signs. What are these signs and how can you go about re-balancing your hormones? Read our latest blog post to find out — and get an easy recipe for hormone-support too!  People lead stressful and busy lives – that’s an unfortunate but undeniable fact these days. Then, when you factor in…

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Can I Still Lose Weight If I Don’t Want To Give Up Wine/Alcohol?

It’s no lie that alcohol and weight loss goals generally don’t mix, and if we’re being honest, there really are many reasons to reduce or even give up alcohol from our diets and social habits.  On the other hand, having a glass of wine, or whatever your drink of choice may be, is also a cherished pastime, a conduit for connecting with friends and is infused into most of our social gatherings.  How alcohol influences metabolism  But, word on the street is that alcohol messes with your metabolism – big time! There’s a reason why they call it a “beer belly”….

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Do You Need Better Sleep? Here are 6 Ways to “Biohack” Your Sleep

When was the last time you woke up without an alarm, refreshed and didn’t need a big bucket of coffee to get going in the morning? There’s no question that we all want better sleep! But, with all of the distractions, and stresses of daily life-it’s a wonder how any of us sleep at all…ever! I blame it on today’s culture of “we’ve got to rise and grind!” in order to succeed-where we’re in a constant state of digital stimulation, hustle and bustle. Truth is, not getting enough sleep impacts our brain health and memory long term, and even our…

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Can You Really Lose Just Belly Fat?

The quick ‘n dirty answer is Yes…and No. The ‘NO’ part is that “spot reduction” or losing fat from just one area on your body has officially been labeled as a myth. Fat can’t just choose to come off from only one area! So, it truly doesn’t matter how many crunches you do or the number of ways you exercise your abdominal muscles – you’re not going to suddenly be equipped with a 6-pack unless you focus on the bigger body composition picture – and that’s a combination of exercise AND nutrition. But, the real question should be this: why…

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Vegetarian, Vegan, and Plant-Based Diets – What’s the Difference?

The popularity of cooking reality shows in recent years has brought about more discussions than ever before about the topic of food. Food as nourishment, fuel and sustenance. Food simply for eating and taste enjoyment. Even food as art!    But, included in these discussions are various thoughts and ideas about what food people should and should not be consuming – and numerous reasons as to why.    And it’s not just about what food people enjoy eating, but which foods are healthy and unhealthy, and which foods are considered by some to be acceptable and unacceptable to eat.   These days, there seems to…

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