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Diets

Here’s 7 Ways To Eat Less Sugar

If you want to quickly pack on a few pounds then eat lots of refined sugar. Oh, wait, why would you want to do that? Let’s eat less sugar, instead, and watch the pounds effortlessly slide off… We’ve been eating more and more sugar over the past 200 years, which has led to rising obesity numbers. Back in 1822 the average person ate only 6.3 lbs of sugar per year, compared to 130 lbs of sugar in 2012. That’s more than 20 times as much sugar in our modern diet! No wonder we are bigger than ever… (more…)

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Diets, Nutrition

9 New Rules of Lean Eating

You'd like your eating plan to work for you - to get you the results that you want without lots of complicated steps. The good news is that lean eating does not mean complicated eating...it just means eating smart. Read on for the NEW rules of lean eating that will make fat loss second nature. And don't worry, lean eating can still be very delicious. In fact, you'll find many of your new, lean meals to be better in flavor and more satisfying than your old, fattening eats. (more…)

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Health, Nutrition

Trending Super Foods for 2014

There are ongoing trends related to the local food movement which include ancient grains, raw and choosing high quality foods (including fats and calories) over fundamental calorie counting. Here are a few of the up and coming popular SUPER FOODS: Buffaloberry (Silver Buffaloberry)— is a tiny red fruit; loaded with lycopene (a cancer-fighting antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables) and phenolic antioxidants, this tiny new superfruit has been found to reduce cellular aging and prevent all types of cancer. It is highly acidic and originates from the Native Americans. It has a sweet but bitter taste and is found

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Children, Nutrition

Vacations: Hotels, Amusement Parks and Healthy Breakfasts

After a week-long stay-cation in a local San Diego hotel with my close and extended families, I was reminded yet again, why educating yourself (and anyone else that cares about health and wellness) is so important. We all chose to stay in a well rated hotel that, like almost all of the 3 to 5 star places, offer a complimentary breakfast and occasional snack and light dinner. Babies, toddlers and young children flooded the lobby slash cafeteria, filling their bowls with multi-colored fruit loops, fluffy Belgium waffles drowning in syrup with whip cream and powdered sugar, and a tall glass

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Health, Pregnancy

The Growing Belly and The Growing Vegan Trend

There is a positive growing trend in people researching and turning vegan, not just among celebrities and Yogi followers, and not just along the coastal regions of North America, but among those who seek improved heart, diabetes and weight health. Surely the horse meat scandal did not help the meat industry, but this popular interest and curiosity toward a lifestyle involving not eating or harming any animals (including bees and their honey) is a bit controversial. In fact, it is seen as many, especially people in the Western medical culture as unhealthy and dangerous. Now take someone who is pregnant

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Essential Oils, Literature, Nutrition

13 Healthy Trending Food and Household Substitutes

Most of us want to be able to have choices when it comes to eating, our foods and our lifestyles. Nothing gives us more pleasure than knowing we have the power to pick and intentionally choose what we are going to eat, activities to engage in and our immediate living environment  (well, I guess that depends on who you ask). As a huge natural food and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, I feel empowered when I learn about healthy alternatives to traditional food and daily habit go-to's. Here are the top trending healthy food and lifestyle substitutes that will make you and your family feel

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Nutrition

Top 10 Nutrition Essentials for the Home

I get a lot of emails from people asking me what are the most healthy and essential foods that they should eat on a daily basis and what are examples of foods I eat at home. Though it may seem near impossible to many to incorporate superfoods in every meal, especially for a busy, (sometimes traveling) and picky household, there are easy staples to base your meals from. I turn to the following 10 nutrition essentials when designing a meal plan for myself and for my family. Not only are they all power foods, they are versatile, delicious and should

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Health, Nutrition

Benefits of Amino Acids and Top Foods That Contain Them

Amino acids are extremely important, not just to athletes and bodybuilders, but to every person because it is imperative to the synthesis of proteins and the overall functioning of the body. In a nutshell, there are 20 total amino acids and 10 of them are classified as "essential," (not naturally made by the human body and must be obtained from foods eaten). When diets lack these essential amino acids, the body will begin to break down existing protein, (muscle tissue). Why must people get them through food? Unlike fat, amino acids cannot be stored in the body for later use.

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Health, Nutrition

14 Power Foods for Fat Burning and Lean Muscle Gaining

Eat these foods every week to boost up the fat burning potential of the body (increase immunity power and digestive wellness, too). Try to limit or cut out processed foods and high "bad" and trans fat foods that are deep fried and processed with damaging oils. Examples of both include: white pastas, packaged snacks, crackers (raw and sprouted are fine), cereals, high sugar or artificial sugar ANYTHING that does not come from mother nature (like fruit) and foods that spike and drop insulin without any other added benefits. There is a very very long and involved list of food additives and common

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