Fat 101

Fat is an essential component of our food choices, necessary for good health. We’ve see-sawed between fat-free eating plans to high-fat plans that involve adding butter to coffee. Just like in so many things, the middle ground may be the right place. Let’s take a closer look at fat! What is Fat? Fats in foods…

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Using food to tame the body’s abnormal immune response

When viruses, bacteria, or injury strike, your body has a natural defense system in place to heal itself. One important part of your body’s immune response is inflammation. When foreign invaders are present, your white blood cells and other chemicals fight off the infection. Inflammation is the sign that your body is working hard to…

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Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

  You totally want to ditch your scale, don’t you? You may have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”. I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously). What you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent. Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine). Waist…

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The dangers of indoor tanning

You can often pick them out of a crowd—those people (and they’re not just women) who regularly visit tanning beds. It’s the dead of winter and their skin looks like it’s not missed a single day of summer sun. Their tan may be an abnormal shade of bronze or their skin may be prematurely wrinkled.…

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Heart Health? Check!

Keeping heart disease under control. Cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, is a broad term used to describe a wide range of heart and blood vessel conditions. A few of the most common include heart attack, heart failure, coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke, high blood pressure, angina, and valve problems. Once you’ve been…

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Your Pulse, Decoded

Knowing your heart rate can improve your fitness. Minute after minute, day in and day out, year after year, your heart is busy keeping you alive by pumping blood to your body. The number of times your heart beats per minute is known as your heart rate or pulse. When you’re at rest, this number…

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8 Ideas for Feeding Picky Eaters

Are you stressed by your kids’ refusal to eat your famous meatloaf? Have meals become battles you can’t win? You’re not alone. A recent study by Nancy Zucker of Duke University suggests that at least 20% of parents of young children struggle with picky eaters (1). In addition, new research in Britain finds that heredity…

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Halt Prediabetes with 5 Diet Tips

If you are one of the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, your best chance to avoid developing type 2 diabetes is to boost your body’s insulin sensitivity. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes happen when the body becomes unable to make enough insulin to deal with insulin resistance. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are really the…

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Every time you lose weight it seems to come right back…

Can you ever say goodbye to those extra pounds for good? Maybe it’s your freshman 15, baby weight, or the pounds that have slowly packed onto your frame through the years. However you’ve gained the weight, you’ve seen it come and go numerous times between all the fad diets and exercise kicks you’ve tried. In…

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight. Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen? Why do metabolic rates slow down? What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients…

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