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Keep Popping!

Bea January 17th, 2018 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks
If you are looking for a healthy snack, look no further than popcorn! Well, okay, there are some guidelines that you should look into before just grabbing any bag of popcorn and assuming that is a healthy snack. Popcorn that is drenched in butter, salt, sugar, chocolate, or something else is probably not going to be a good, healthy snack for you. However, plain
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Matcha: The Unfamiliar Superfood

Kimberly Hays January 10th, 2018 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods
We are constantly discovering new superfoods that we can add to our diets. Although matcha may be something you have not heard of before, it has been around for over 800 years. It was used in ancient China as a medicine. It eventually made its way to Japan where it was used in ceremonies, and it is still used today. The matcha is a green tea leaf,
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Nuts About Nuts

Bea January 3rd, 2018 | Diet Strategy, Workout Fuel
As a vegetarian, I have to be a little more conscious the foods that I am eating. In order to have a successful workout that yields a healthier and stronger body, I have to eat the right type of foods. For example, I could be in the gym every day, trying to bulk up, but if I do not eat the right proportions of  protein, I will not build that muscle that I want to build.

That being said, I am a big advocate of nuts. They are a great snack for pre or post workout, but not all nuts
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The Drop 10 Diet

Kimberly Hays December 27th, 2017 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy
The Drop 10 Diet was developed around superfoods that help you lose weight by keeping calories from holding on. Superfoods that are those that are high in nutrition and full of fiber, there are also some tips to keep you on track while eating superfoods that are fairly simple to do, and are easy to include in anyone’s lifestyle. You can go over a list on WebMD by clicking here. After you choose the superfoods that you like best, read up on these additional tips for this diet to help you lose 10 pounds in five weeks, even
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New Year, New You: Healthy Snack Recipes

R. Carnavale December 20th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks
The new year's just around the corner, so why not consider revamping your snack choices? India's Ayurvedic herbal medicine uses several types of herbs and fruits that allegedly slow down the aging process and make the body perform at its best while bringing vitality and peace. Healthy snacks made from these herbs, in addition to being tasty and filling your body with nutrients, may help your body fight aches and pains and neutralize free radicals and oxidants. While snacking is generally not recommended in Ayurveda, especially if you're Kapha (heavyset), if you're Vata (thin) or Pitta (average weight), you
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The Powerful Pomegranate

Kimberly Hays December 13th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods
The pomegranate season runs from September through February, so this is the perfect time to advantage of this wonderful superfood that can be found in most grocery stores this time of year. Many have believed for centuries that this fruit holds super-powers. This may be in part to the fact that in Peru, it is believed that in the Garden of Eden, Eve actually at a pomegranate instead of an apple. Also, the Ancient Egyptian’s used to bury the dead with pomegranates, as they believed that they gave eternal life. Though they may not have super-powers, they are a
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Helping Your Body Fight the Cold

Bea December 6th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Workout Fuel
While fueling yourself properly is imperative for every workout, it becomes especially important when you exercise in the cold. As our bodies are made up of over 70% water, being in freezing conditions means that your body is going to be less elastic and more stiff. Have you ever
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The TLC Diet

Kimberly Hays November 29th, 2017 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy
The TLC Diet is similar to the DASH Diet and the Ornish Diet. It was designed to be a cholesterol lowering diet, but research has shown that it is also a good diet for heart health, for helping with diabetes, and weight loss and maintenance. It is considered a safe and healthy diet that is also healthy for children, so this is a diet where the whole family can reap benefits so you will not have to make a meal for yourself and a different one for the rest of your family.

The diet was created by Created by the
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Sweet Vegan Treats

by James Maynard November 22nd, 2017 Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks
More people are choosing a practice of eating vegan food. Many vegans say their dietary choice helps keep them in shape and healthy. For some people trying this the first time, they may find sweets, especially chocolate, hard to replace. That does not need to be the case, just by following a few simple recipes. Nearly anyone can create these sweet vegan treats.

The best news is, you don't need to cut out chocolate! You only need to eat better forms of the sweet treat. Milk is not a critical ingredient in chocolate, and it is only used as a
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Move Over Brown Rice! Black Rice is Better!

Kimberly Hays November 15th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods
Black rice has only recently gained popularity. Honestly, I had never heard of black rice, but noticed it in the grocery store and did some research on how it is different than the white and brown varieties we are used to seeing on the grocery shelf. What I found was that black rice is a powerful superfood that we should all be incorporating into our diet. Cultivated in Asia, but now also being grown in the Southern US now, it is an unmilled rice, meaning the outer husks are left on. It has immense nutritional benefits, which we will
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Coconut Water as a Substitute for Water

Bea November 8th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Workout Fuel
Are you nuts for drinking coconut water? There are so many different types of recovery drinks out there, but one of the more natural ones that you might want to get into is coconut water. Note, we will be chatting about coconut water here, not coconut milk, which is a bit different. However, coconut milk is also great, and is fantastic as a non-dairy milk substitute in smoothies or other nutritious drinks.

Coconut water comes from immature coconuts (do not worry, they won't make you immature). It is the water that is in the coconut before it becomes absorbed and
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The Step Diet: No Calorie Counting, More Moving

Kimberly Hays November 1st, 2017 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy
This diet plan sounds simple enough in theory – there is no counting of calories, forget about counting carbs, too. This is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. In addition to adding exercise, you just learn a new way of permanently changing your eating habits without a lot of food restrictions.

The ‘step’ process in the diet is referring to taking 10,000 steps per day. Having a pedometer will be necessary for this
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Inexpensive Superfoods

Kimberly Hays October 25th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods
When I discuss superfoods with people, it seems the most popular reason why they say that they don’t add them to their grocery list is because of cost. There are some, that when they are not in season, can be a little pricey, but none are really that expensive
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Do You Really Need More Protein?

Bea October 18th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Workout Fuel
Some people say that athletes need more protein. Okay, so that is true, but it is a little misleading. Athletes need more protein, but just as much as they need more carbohydrates and fat. This is because more calories are burned. So, before you go ahead and chug those protein shakes, be sure to balance your diet. Overwhelming yourself with protein is not healthy either. It certainly will not make your workout better!

Many inexperienced no-meat athletes run the risk of getting protein the wrong way. They believe that because they are not eating meat, they should up their protein
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How to Stay Fit by Practicing Taekwondo

Editorial Team October 17th, 2017 | Cardio
Getting and staying healthy with the help of taekwondo is easy as long as you stick to a simple set of ground rules. On the one hand, you have to make sure that you get enough training so as to avoid losing muscle and your skills. On the other, you can always resort to training at home, whether you do it with the help of a taekwondo kicking bag or with a human opponent.

There are many benefits to practicing this sport. It can reduce stress, improve your self-esteem and concentration, better your leadership skills, as well as make
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Actively Reducing Stress Increases Health At The Genetic Level

Editorial Team October 16th, 2017 | Mind & Body
Have You Ever Heard Of Telomeres?

If you’ve tied your shoes, you can understand telomerase. This is a substance that, for purposes of illustration, let’s say is found at the end of your DNA strands. Now, when you’ve got tape on a shoestring, that tape ends up keeping the lace together. Because of the tape, the lace doesn’t unravel.

Telomeres are concentrations of telomerase at the end of DNA which function the same way. Here’s the thing: over time, telomerase wears away. What does this primarily is
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French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet

Kimberly Hays October 11th, 2017 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy
Mireille Guiliano brought the French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet to America when she wrote a book on the subject which explains how French women stay so slim and beautiful. The premise of the diet is that you rid your life of fad diets, and learn how to eat small portions. The French indulge in chocolate, wine, baguettes, and cheese. You are not denied anything that you want to eat on this diet, but instead, slowly learn what true portion
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Gluten-free Snacks for Health & Well-Being

R. Carnavale October 4th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks
Maybe you or a loved one can't eat foods that contain gluten, but that's no reason to miss out on yummy snacks. It's still possible to prepare gluten-free snacks that are nutrient-rich and delicious. Fortunately, these days supermarkets and bakeries are filled with delicious gluten-free treats, but you can save money and increase your selection of gluten-free snacks if you make your own gluten-free snacks
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12 Tips for Healthy Snacks at School

R. Carnavale September 28th, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Healthy Snacks
It's snack time! Children always look forward to taking a break from their studies to eat something delicious. Snack time at school gives your children a chance to refuel, helps them remain alert for the rest of the day, lets them stave off hunger pangs, and helps them to not overeat at lunch. As a parent, you're always looking for ways to teach your children how to eat right and provide the best meals possible, so try the following inexpensive snack ideas to prepare nutritious and delectable treats that your children will crave when it's time to eat a
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Superfood Supplements to Boost Your Health

R. Carnavale September 21st, 2017 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods
Why not boost your health by taking superfood supplements? Chia seed, flax seed and hemp seed are a great source of Omega-3 proteins and magnesium and they're easy to spread on yogurt and smoothies or to mix into baked goods dough. These superfood supplements are relatively low in calories but they're high in amino acids,
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All health and fitness information is provided for educational purposes. Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.