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Did you Know? (Facts about Nuts)

Did you Know… Did You Know? Not only do nuts make satisfying snacks, they also add a variety of flavors and textures to a dish. Studies have shown that some nuts, like almonds, pistachios, peanuts, and walnuts, can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure; raw or dry-roasted nuts are the heart-healthiest choices because they don’t include any added oils or unhealthy fats. You can get some very different and distinctive flavors by adding […]

Soothe Sore Muscles – Yoga for Workout Recovery

A strong bod, clear head, and increased energy are a few of the many rewards of hard work in the gym. But sometimes too much of a good thing leaves you stiff, sore, and tired. To maximize all the effects of your hard work, it’s important to take a little time out to recover and restore your body. This whole-body yoga sequence, is perfect for those days when you want to do something but also feel like you need a break or as an addition to your normal routine.

Getting Ready to Kick-Start Your Journey into Fitness

If you’re getting ready to kick-start your journey into fitness—whether it’s starting a strength training workout for the first time, finally lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement like you’ve talked about all these years, or taking a group fitness class like kickboxing or yoga—there’s likely a little voice in the back of your head giving you doubts. The voice might make you wonder if you can really do this—are you really prepared? Do you really know what you’re doing? Will you really see success? Very often, these doubts simply come from the fact that you don’t have experience with what you’re about to do and are worried there’s too much you don’t know. To help ease these doubts and make the transition into fitness easier, here are a few of the big things to learn during your journey to fitness.

Nutrition 101 – Micronutrients (Vitamins and Minerals)

When you pick up a new food in the grocery store and look at a nutrition label, where do your eyes first land? Do you instantly look at the calories or grams of carbs, protein and fat per serving? You’re not alone. We often choose foods based solely on their macronutrient content (carbs, protein and fat) without thinking much about what micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they provide. Find out more about micronutrients and what role they play in your bodies health.

Nutrition 101 – Introduction to basic Nutrition

With so many diets and quick weight-loss promises on the market today, it's hard to remember what a healthy diet really looks like. Start here with the basics of good nutrition. If you have ever wondered about food and nutrition how your body uses it, then read on. In this series, we'll give you some basics of food nutrition to help you make the best choices to improve your health and nutrition as you lose weight.

Nutrition 101 – Fats

You may remember the low-fat/high-carb craze back in the 1990s. Butterless bagels were consumed with reckless abandon and reduced-fat cookies, crackers and chips occupied most of the prime real estate on grocery store shelves. Thankfully though, the field of nutrition has recovered from this misunderstood fat-phobia due to more recent research that’s shown certain types of dietary fat can actually improve our health, lower our risk for heart disease and the function and development our brains. Find out how fats are used in the body and how to add the healthier versions to your diet.

Nutrition 101- Recap – 5 Tips to Eat More Nutritiously

Start by thinking about the basics of diet and nutrition again, and part of your everyday life. It won't be a diet, it won't be a fad, and it definitely won't be temporary. It will be your new healthy lifestyle, and when you think, "What's for dinner?" the answer will naturally be a healthy choice.

Nutrition 101 – Fiber

eat-your-fiber-300x300You probably know that fiber is important to good health, but do you know if you are getting enough? Even with the availability of fiber rich foods to choose from, Americans don’t eat enough . On average, we get less than half of what we need of this nutrient.  The average adult only eats 15 grams of fiber per day.

Fiber is more than just the stuff that […]

Intuitive Eating – Part 1 Introduction – What Is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive Eating is another piece of the weight management puzzle. Intuitive Eating goes hand in hand with mindful eating and the two together will help you develop a better more natural relationship with your body and food. The Interesting thing about intuitive eating is we all at one time had the ability to do it automatically. This is the introduction to a seven part series on Intuitive Eating.

Intuitive Eating – Part 2 – Principle #1 – Reject the Diet Mentality

Stop worrying about weight. What I mean by that statement is I understand that most of us decided to get the Lap Band for the purpose of losing weight. But the only way to sustain any weight you will lose is by developing a different relationship with how you feed and honor your body. The diet mentality is often to do something drastic for a short period of time to reach a goal....and then slowly watch it backfire as you go back to your normal lifestyle. It is not healthy to diet that way, yet that is the prevalent message in our culture today. This is part 2 of a seven part series on intuitive eating

Intuitive Eating- Part 3 – Honor Your Hunger

How easily do you recognize your hunger signals? Do you know what hungry feels like, in comparison to reaching the point of wanting to inhale anything and everything? Do you know what satisfied feels like, versus stuffed too full or having to convince yourself you have eaten enough? Hunger and fullness are two physiological signs that we should be able to easily recognize, but many of us do not.

Intuitive Eating – Part 4 – Make Peace with Food.

Often times it is easy to get caught up in advise or rules from this diet program or that diet book in the quest to shed those unwanted pounds but what is often over looked is researching the "best" way to eat for health. When the focus is solely on weight loss and not the health of the body there can be a tendency to choose foods that are optimal or hindering for our goals. Figuring out all sorts of rules, tips, and guidelines about how to eat. But, do we really need all of that? At some point, the information stops being helpful and becomes hindering. It can lead to restrictions, burn-out, guilt and stress. This is Part 4 of a Seven part series on Intuitive Eating.

Intuitive Eating – Part Five – Challenging the Food Police

What is the food police? It is that inner voice that tells you you can't have certain foods, should be following particular dieting rules, and have to pay time in the prison of guilt for not eating the "right" thing. Almost all of us have a food police voice in our heads. It comes from all the information that we get over the years and adopt as law for how we eat.

Intuitive Eating – Part 6 – Principle 5: Feel Your Fullness

Think about the last meal you had. How did it end? Did you eat the amount you had planned for that particular meal and stop afterwards, despite still feeling like you could eat a little bit more? Did you serve yourself a large portion because your “eyes were bigger than your stomach”, but finished your plate anyways? Or did you eat until satisfied, even if it meant leaving food on your plate or going back for more?

Intuitive Eating – Part 7 – Discovering your Satisfaction Factor.

Do you think being satisfied after eating plays a role in controlling your hunger? How often do you overlook the pleasure of eating? Have you ever made the connection between being satisfied after eating and food cravings? How can you take steps to ensure you will be satisfied after a meal? This is the last part in a seven part series on Intuitive Eating

Success of Another Kind… (Non-Scale Victories)

Losing weight is a huge accomplishment, but there are so many personal health milestones that can’t be measured in pounds. These Accomplishments are called Non-Scale Victories. Here’s a short list comments of non-scale victories people have experienced during their weight loss journey.


Eating healthy is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself. Giving your body the nutrients it needs, can help you function at your peak while keeping your weight in check. The problem for many of us is not that we don’t want to eat healthy, but that we don’t always know how to eat healthy. You may know you need more fruits and veggies, but what you really need to know is how to sneak more into your diet.


193These Smart Start menus are a good road map to putting it all together. You can follow them exactly or use them as an example and make adjustments.

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171-1Crustless Veggie Mini-Quiches: Veggie Mini-Quiches – love these for breakfast, but they are also great as appetizers or as a side dish. […]


193These Smart Start menus are a good road map to putting it all together. You can follow them exactly or use them as an example and make adjustments.

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56-1Low Calorie Raspberry and Mango Smoothie:

With only four ingredients, this raspberry and mango smoothie is super fast, especially if you store previously cut-up mango […]