Clean Eating: 3 Recipes To Get You Started

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So you’re thinking about giving clean eating a try. What is clean eating anyway?  Clean eating is a way of life that encourages you to enjoy whole foods. Foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.  Eating clean means eating plenty of fruits and veggies, lean meats and avoiding sugary drinks. Here are 3 clean eating recipes from Cooking Light that will get you … [Read more...]

Developing Healthy Eating Habits That You Can Live With

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Image Credit: Weighttraining.com As an adult I have always struggled with maintaining my weight. My key problem? LACK OF CONSISTENCY in my diet and workouts. I hate to use the word diet because really what is necessary is a lifestyle change. You see I have been every size between 7 -24 and as a grown woman I know from experience the toll that my weight gain and even sudden … [Read more...]

Veggie Tales: More Options for Healthy Options

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Eating healthy sometimes can get a little dull or boring, so I’m trying out vegetables that I’ve never had and/or never attempted to cook. While I’m adventuring I’ll share with you how I did and what I thought. I know some of these many of you may already eat or cook but I know as I’ve shared with some of my co-workers there are still some that have not ventured to eat some of … [Read more...]

Erica Watson Interviews Aja Davis, Your Friendly Neighborhood Cellulite Fighter!

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About 4 years ago I walked into a pizza shop in Brooklyn to get a slice. As I stood there trying to figure out which slice of pie I would devour, I noticed a flyer on the wall for a new fitness boot camp that was being started by a young woman named Aja Davis. Instead of buying the slice, I took the flyer home and called Aja. A week later I was in her first boot camp class. It … [Read more...]

How Risky Are Energy Drinks?

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As a coffee drinker I’ve always been a little leery of energy drinks. I have enough caffeine in me already so I can only imagine what an energy drink combined with coffee will do to my nerves. Combining the two sounds a bit risky and it’s a risk that I prefer not take.  Don't even get me started with the energy drink/alcohol beverage combination. According to the FDA (food and … [Read more...]

Simple Ways To Fight Prediabetes

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Sheryl Lozicki, RD, MBA, a nutritionist in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, suggests setting three main goals if you're at risk of prediabetes or have been diagnosed with it: eat regularly (no skipping or delaying meals); exercise for a total of 30 minutes daily; and get an average of eight hours of sleep each night. "When you short yourself on sleep, it leads to … [Read more...]

National School Lunch Week: Healthy Snacks For Kids

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October 15-19 is National School Lunch Week, a week all about celebrating the positive changes that have been made in school lunch programs across the country. Here are a few “better for you” on-the-go snack and beverage alternatives when packing your child’s school lunch. Swap out soda, sugary drinks and energy drinks for Sparkling ICE - Great tasting, bold-flavored … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly, Kid Approved Dishes

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Budget Friendly, Kid Approved Dishes With a tough economy and picky eaters, parents have a difficult time finding kid approved, budget friendly dishes. Let's not forget healthy too! Here are a few of my favorites: Fruit and Yogurt Parfait I know there are many brands out there that come already made.  The only thing with that is the cost is higher and you have added … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Add Fruits & Veggies To Your Diet

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Most people aren't eating the required daily dose of fruits and veggies.  In a recent informal poll by HealthyWomen, 42 percent of respondents answered that question with a resounding no, reporting only consuming 0-2 servings a day. A close second (40 percent) say they consume 3-5 servings, which is still lower than the American Heart Association’s suggested amount, which calls … [Read more...]

Picks for the Picky Eater

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If you’re a parent of a toddler then you are more than familiar with the picky eater syndrome. Its where one day your child may love a specific food or meal and the next they won’t touch it.   It’s also where they decide not to eat fruits or vegetables, which I understand is a lifelong battle for some. I recently found some relief to this issue and wanted to share. Dried … [Read more...]

Do Fat Women Want Fat Babies?

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According to a recent study, overweight moms tend to think their overweight toddlers are not overweight and/or they want them to be bigger. The article published on Yahoo News says that the study suggests that parents are trying to fatten up their toddlers. My problem with the article and study is that it doesn't seek to find out why or where these moms are getting their ideal … [Read more...]

Ten Tips to Help Caregivers Field the Toughest Questions of All

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There are few jobs tougher than caring for seriously or chronically ill people. That’s true whether you’re a healthcare professional or the family member of a very sick loved one. But of all the difficult tasks you face—cleaning bedpans, changing sheets, helping patients cope with pain—fielding questions can be the toughest and most intimidating task of all. Questions that fall … [Read more...]

Will A ‘Fat Tax’ On Sweets Reduce the Rate of Obesity?

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The U.S. may be following the lead of Denmark and France by imposing a tax on unhealthy food and drinks. This tax that the British Medical Journal is in favor of suggests that a 20% increase may slow the rising rates of obesity and halt the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. Additional reasons for imposing the “Fat Tax” is to prevent chronic diseases such as hypertension, … [Read more...]

The Benefits Of Drinking Green Smoothies

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I have always enjoyed fruit smoothies, but never considered adding greens and other veggies to up the ante. I have to admit that at first, it really didn't sound too appealing. However, from the very first day that I added some fresh baby spinach to my banana, soy milk, and frozen strawberries, I was utterly hooked! It tasted wonderful and I noticed the positive side effects … [Read more...]

Family Fit Time: Walk Together

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I have been walking with my family for over three years now. After a very tasty dinner we all go for a walk to the local park. It does help that we live two blocks from our park. We walk almost the entire park and bring our family dog with us. There is nothing more supportive than to have that walking buddy to entertain you while you walk. I happen to enjoy the conversations … [Read more...]

Top 5 Super Foods

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Most of us by now are aware of foods that fit into the "healthy" category and which ones do not. There are many types of everyday foods which help to give the body all the essential and non-essential nutrients that it needs. There are some foods however that have earned the title "Super Food" because they pack so many nutrients and health benefits. It is always important to … [Read more...]

10 Health Tips for the Men in Your Life

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We all know that it's common for men to skip the doctor until they become sick, injure themselves or are faced with a serious health problem. And a majority of men will postpone seeking care for a few days to see whether they feel any better. It's the whole "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" line of thinking. But there are steps the men in your life can take today to improve … [Read more...]

Paula Deen Reveals She Has Type 2 Diabetes

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Diabetes is a very serious matter so when The Daily reported that Paula Deen had a secret that involved her having type 2 Diabetes, a number of rumors began to surface.  One rumor in particular involved her signing a deal to endorse a diabetes medication from major pharmaceuticals company Novartis.  Although there is nothing wrong with using your celebrity voice to encourage … [Read more...]