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on Feb 13, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

If you count calories, you’re probably familiar with the Nutrition Facts Label, the panel found on the back of packaged foods outlining calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients. You also might have noticed that potassium is often missing from the included information, even on foods that are known to contain potassium, such as canned beans, vegetables, and milk and yogurt. This is because, as of now, food manufacturers aren't required to include potassium on their labels – unless a product is making a specific, potassium-related health claim.

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on Feb 11, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Any dish can benefit from an ingredient that adds extra flavor and nutrition with only a few extra calories. Luckily, these ingredients aren’t hard to come by. Fruits, vegetables and spices, for example, are low-calorie nutrition power houses easily adaptable to most recipes. An ingredient that helps you burn more calories and fat, on the other hand, may seem difficult to find, but isn’t. These five ingredients can help you maximize fat burning and rev up your metabolism, not to mention add a finishing touch to any dish!

 

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on Feb 09, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

My recent obsession with watching MMA fights on TV made one thing clear: martial arts can be challenging. There are over a dozen forms that exist, each requiring different levels of physical and mental fitness. If you’re looking for a new workout, give one these 5 forms from around the world a try. 

 

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on Jan 26, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Whether or not you’re splurging on an expensive top 5 yoga mat, you want to make the most of it. This means going beyond the downward dog to take advantage of the better traction, balance, and cushioning your mat offers. Try this simple, no frills workout at home. It incorporates balance, speed, strength, power and flexibility moves, giving you a light workout in minimum time (perfect for a quick break right after this read!). You can follow the noted times or perform each move at your own pace. Specific instructions can be found in the provided links.

 

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on Jan 21, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Is cooking at home really healthier? You know it’s healthier than eating out, and you finally get to control the ingredients, the flavors, and the nutrients to make a dish exactly to your liking. Ideally, nothing can go wrong, but realistically some cooking habits do get in the way. From snacking to stress, here are 5 common pitfalls of cooking at home and what you can do about them.

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on Jan 19, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Reaching your health goals comes one step at a time, but time doesn’t always bring the progress you like to see. The reason may be out of your control. For example, medical conditions like thyroid problems or prescription drug effects may be to blame. Your daily routine could be the other culprit, and luckily it is one that you can fix! Ask yourself these questions to pinpoint what you need to work on to achieve your goals. Be honest with your answers, as they’ll get you on your way to happy and healthy!

 

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on Jan 14, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

It’s true: a healthy diet costs more than an unhealthy diet by about $1.50 per day. It may not seem like a lot, but the numbers definitely add up! Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to spend the extra buck to nourish our bodies. Luckily, smart shopping can fill your kitchen with nutritious food…and may even make a healthy diet cheaper than an unhealthy one! Try these tips for a healthier waistline and fatter wallet.

 

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on Jan 12, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Do you remember the start of your journey to a healthier you, when you were faced with dozens of nutrition and workout options paired with vast amounts of information?Every day somebody embarks on the same journey, and may need some help getting off on the right foot. Whether in real life or on the Calorie Count forums and groups, try these tips for motivating others to succeed.

 

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on Jan 07, 2014 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

We already know that “healthy” tops the trend list of 2014, but which specific foods will be making their big debuts in the months to come? You’ll probably see these “super” foods, from greens to grains, gaining popularity throughout the year. Read on to be in the know when you come across them in supermarkets and recipes, and decide for yourself if they’re worth the hype.

 

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on Dec 26, 2013 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

With the end of 2013 upon us, forecasts for popular 2014 trends are brewing! Experts and consumers alike are predicting foods and nutrition-related topics that will develop throughout the New Year. Luckily, predictions suggest that “healthy” is on everyone’s minds. Let us know what you think of these top 5 trends. They might just be something you want to get caught up in.  

 

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on Dec 22, 2013 09:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Remember those days when a homemade gift was the best kind of gift, when the thought and work behind its making was highly appreciated? Those days aren’t gone! As adults, a homemade gift is still perfectly acceptable, and what’s better than food? If you’re scrambling for a gift, get creative with these cheap ideas. They are easy, fun to make and perfect for foodies (or those that just like food). 

 

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on Dec 03, 2013 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

As cold and flu season rolls in, let your food be your medicine. Compounds found in some everyday foods act as anti-microbials, boosting your immune system and giving you extra protection against pesky germs. Combined with proper sleep, a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine you’re set to survive the season. The best part is you can simply incorporate these ingredients into a main meal or as a side, no hassle required. 

 

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on Dec 01, 2013 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Have you ever delayed your scheduled workouts because you had no idea what to wear? I have a whole shelf of workout clothes yet find myself standing in front of the closet, at a loss, time and again. Whatever you choose, the bottom line should always be that it’s comfortable, you feel comfortable in it, and that it doesn’t hinder your workout. There’s always the “you can’t go wrong” outfit, but sometimes specific sports call for specific wardrobe measures.

 

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on Nov 26, 2013 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

One of the most shameful kitchen sights has to be a trash can full of leftovers and rotting produce, a sign of wasted money, time, and food. It’s sad to see, but sometimes the situation is hard to prevent! Lack of time and ideas, poor planning, an abundance of food…multiple excuses can leave you with no choice but to toss things. Sound like a common occurrence? Here are a few tips for putting good food into your body instead of into the trash (and keeping more cash in your pocket).

 

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on Nov 24, 2013 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

 

Confession: I’ve spent several nights watching (OK, obsessing) over inspiring videos promoting races and competitions. There is The Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, various marathons, the Color Run, MMA meets, triathlons, 5K’s and more. There’s something for everyone and training for one, either alone or as a team, can motivate you to keep up with workouts. Imagine yourself among the people, the excitement, the cheering, the sweat, finishing and feeling accomplished. If this sounds like fun, what are you waiting for? Read on to get started.

 

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