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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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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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Walking For Fitness – Is It Really Enough?

Walking often gets a bad rap when it comes to fitness. A lot of fitness pros may even scoff at the idea of a walk being a “true” workout. You may even find yourself feeling like a bit of a slacker on the days you choose to walk rather than run or do a higher intensity workout.   But, many experts do agree that not only does walking yield a ton of health benefits, it also improves your overall fitness too.   So, before you go ditching those comfy walking shoes, let’s learn how the experts are weighing in on the link…

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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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Is The 80/20 Rule For Nutrition & Exercise A Myth?

You may have heard that abs are made in the kitchen…  Or you may have eaten an extra piece of dessert because you exercised that day, so you feel like you “earned” it dammit!  In order to see results at the gym, lose weight or even maintain overall health, we’re told that it’s an 80/20 balance. Meaning 80% of your results comes from the food you eat and only 20% of your results come from your workouts.  But is this actually true? …that food is THAT much more important than exercise when it comes to our health and our results…

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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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