How to Have Your Treats and Lose Weight, Too

April 19, 2017

You’re working on weight loss, and that means eating the right amounts, at the right times, of the right foods—and usually, it means cleaning up your diet act by avoiding junk food and treats.

Happily, you really don’t need to eat “perfectly” to be successful with your weight loss goals. Here are some strategies for indulging in your favorites while staying healthy and losing weight.

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Getting More Protein into Your Diet

April 5, 2017

While there are variables when it comes to the amount of protein we should include in our diet for optimal health, many of us active folks focused on fitness could benefit from a little more.

vBecause your protein can come from whole foods from both animals and plants, supplements like powders and food products like bars, we compare a few easy sources you can count on.

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Caffeine: Pros, Cons and Effects on Your Body

March 21, 2017

Caffeine occurs naturally in some foods, but is it good for you? When it comes to fitness and physical performance, it goes beyond what’s inside the morning cup o’ joe for many athletes.

There have been numerous research studies that have produced a lot of different conclusions about caffeine. Let’s take a look at what it is, how it affects your body, and if you should indulge.

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Cast Iron Cooking - Easy, Fast & Healthy

March 8, 2017

If you’re focused on food intake to help with nutrition and weight, there’s one key aspect of keeping things lean and healthy that you might not think as much about: how you cook.

Sure, what you eat – and how much – is important. But the cooking method makes a big difference too. A cast iron pan is a fantastic choice for many of us. Here are some of the benefits.

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Quick & Easy Portion Size Guide

February 21, 2017

If you’re serious about maintaining a balanced diet with the right ratios of nutrients to help you meet your goals, you’ve probably heard the notion that you should practice portion control.

That’s because when it comes to weight management and healthy nutrition, the amounts of foods you eat can and do matter. Here’s a simple way to judge serving sizes just by looks alone.

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Two Top Fats to Support Fitness -- Olive and Coconut Oil

February 9, 2017

Fats and fitness—it can be confusing. After all, it doesn’t sound like fat should be in the diet of someone who wants to be lean. And yet we know fat is essential…so, which fats are best?

Clean fats like avocado and raw nuts are a good starting point, and, cooking fats are likely to account for a lot of your daily fat intake. Let’s take a look at two top choices for oils in general.

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Winter Citrus: It Brings You More than Vitamin C

January 24, 2017

Fresh citrus fruit shipped in from warm-weather climates is a special treat for most northerners in winter. Bright and tasty, citrus also offers us many health benefits.

When we think about oranges, limes and grapefruits, we might think first of Vitamin C, but there’s more goodness there to be found, including fiber, minerals and antioxidants.

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Purge your Pantry and Start the Year Right

January 12, 2017

It’s that time of year again when many of us are ramping up our self-care so we can move away from our bad habits, get fitter and healthier, and maybe lose a few pounds.

You can take care of many of those goals by paying close attention to the food you put in your body. A deep pantry purge helps you clean up your diet and start the year right!

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The Quicker Winter Kitchen—Hot, Healthy Meals, Fast

December 29, 2016

One big reason many people are derailed from weight loss and fitness goals involves eating right…. eating the right amount of the right foods at the right times takes work.

Plus, it takes time, and a bit of skill, too. Since eating well requires fresh ingredients and cooking meals, it can be tough in a busy winter life. Batch cooking to the rescue—fast!

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