Weight Control and Omega 3s

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If you are of a similar age to me, you entered your adult years with advertising and slogans shouting out at us to lower the fat intake in our diets. We became accustomed to thinking that if we grabbed everything with the right label, namely “low-fat," we would either lose weight, or gain no weight, and become totally healthy.  The truth is, a shortage of the right fats can make us significantly unhealthy.  New thinking  has shown us that fats like omega 3s (along with omega 6s - also called essential fatty acids or EFAs) are essential to our health.*  Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, while also protecting our musculoskeletal, intestinal, and immune systems.*   Adding to this – we have learned that proper intake of EFAs – particularly omega 3s - may actually help in weight control and weight management.* (more…)

24 Things Healthy People Do Differently

healthy habitsDoes quality of life trump quantity?  Many of us are focused on living each day to the fullest, while others want to squeeze out as many years as they can. But what if we didn't have to choose? Healthy people do one thing well--they create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy habits.  To many of us, these two phrases are hard to imagine, much less realize.  Read on to learn what exactly healthy people do so differently, adding years to their lives and life to their years.1.  They Get off Their Tushes - Healthy people exercise at least 20 minutes per day, giving them better heart health, increased blood flow for good health all around, and fewer muscle knots under their shoulder blades.  Exercise releases worry and tension, and it lifts your mood.  A recent study showed that fit people --those that exercised regularly--earned and added at least two to six more years to their lives. Exercise also helps brain health.  It increases cognitive flexibility, helps nerve cells communicate better, and helps minimize the decline in brain function that begins to occur in our late 20's. One study shows that it can even help make kids smarter.  Better yet, we all know that exercise burns calories, which helps with weight control. (more…)

Dietary Fiber: 21 Amazing Things You Never Knew

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While the word "fiber" conjures images of foggy sludge drinks and tasteless, twiggy cereal, we've come to know just how crucial getting enough fiber is to our health.  Getting enough through foods holds benefits beyond simple "regularity."  Read on to learn what a health champion fiber is, and why it has made a comeback in today's wellness market. (more…)

25 Superfoods To Turn Your Diet Around

diet superfoodsWith the beginning of a New Year, many people are looking to change their diets and adopt a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking to supercharge your diet, there is no better way than with superfoods!While results from diet changes vary from person to person, there are documented, common benefits that many may notice by adding superfoods into their daily eating plan.  Simply transforming your diet may have a profound impact on your health! (more…)

The Health Risks of Obesity – It’s About More Than Vanity

cancer obesityAs our weight climbs, we most fear obesity. As we creep into our thirties and forties, this number--our weight--duals with our age for first place as that number we'd like most to change. Many want to flaunt pilate-flat abs or to be able to pull off sporting skinny jeans without looking like a sorry hipster wanna-be. For some, though, stopping chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes drives the quest.  But rarely do we strive to shed pounds to ward off health risks like cancer and lung disease.But perhaps we should.  Obesity and morbid obesity can lead to cancer, lung disease, liver disease and arthritis, among other chronic health risks. According to a recent poll, most felt that obesity was the second most serious health concern, right up there with cancer.  But only five percent of those polled realized that being overweight raises the risk of cancer and lung disease. (more…)

7 Superfoods that Fight Disease

foods to fight diseaseIt's common knowledge that eating a balanced diet is essential to leading a healthy life, and certain foods pack more of a punch than others.  Many in the nutritional community refer to these as superfoods.What Is A Superfood?A superfood is a natural, unprocessed food that contains a high-concentration of complex nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients). They’re traditionally thought of foods that don’t just provide basic nutritional needs, but go beyond to assist in benefiting our overall health. (more…)

New Years Resolutions: 25 Worth Sticking To

New Year ResolutionHabits.  They sneak up on you when you're not looking, and then they overstay their welcome.   And with new year resolutions having become an annual American tradition, every new year brings with it mixed feelings of dread and excitement when thinking about changing these sticky patterns.  What surfaces most when we think about resolutions and changing habits are judgment and hard work: "I am doing something wrong" and "It's going to be hard to fix it". This year, as yet another opportunity for enhancement arises, instead of pronouncing your faults, think about how you can capitalize on your strengths to improve your life. Read on to find worthwhile measures that are certain to make a difference in the quality of your life in 2013 . (more…)

The Many Benefits of All-in-One Vitamins

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As we all know, doctors and dieticians recommend eating a balanced, healthy diet full of a variety of foods from all major food groups.  In an ideal world, we’d all do this.  But, unfortunately, life gets ahead of us and before we know it our day is over, and with it the opportunity to eat as recommended!You may think all is lost, but don’t fret!  Added vitamins can serve as a nutritional safety net and give you the nutrients your body needs for overall optimum health. (more…)

Fructose Versus Glucose: Which Should You Avoid?

glucose vs glucoseFructose.  Glucose.  Sucrose.  Sucralose. We are indeed, a nation with a sweet tooth. On average, Americans consume 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year, or 30 teaspoons per day! Much controversy, however, exists around sweeteners. Should you coat your oatmeal with brown sugar, or bathe it in agave nectar?  While moderation remains key with any food, crucial differences do exist in how fructose and glucose are digested and metabolized. (more…)

Nutrition and Exercise: Losing Weight and the Web

roundup weight controlAs windows darken with dinner time, and as we don jackets to temper the chill, it's tempting to munch comfort foods, conceal that "winter padding" under bulky sweaters and coats, and rationalize that we'll take care of it come spring.  But fitness experts remind us that weight loss is not only about how we look, but about how we feel, and our health. (more…)
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