Don’t Let the Holidays Sabotage Your Waistline

Holiday Food Blog

From candy canes and Christmas cookies to roasted meats, rich gravies, and buttery side dishes, the holidays bring endless indulgences. By now, your calendar is probably jam-packed with cocktail parties, holiday feasts, and cookie swaps—and all of these are bound to be accompanied by high-fat, high-calorie foods. When you’re surrounded by such dishes and desserts all season long, who doesn’t want to try a bite of this, a nibble of that?
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Secrets to Getting Your Sweat On—All Winter Long

Winter running Blog
Baby, it’s cold outside—but don’t let that stop you from heading out the door to work out. Exercise is perhaps even more important during the wintertime, when holiday parties (and indulgences) fill our schedules and beach season seems so far off. And outdoor exercise gives us exposure to vitamin D and a break from stuffy, recirculated indoor air. These easy adjustments to your usual workout regimen will have you staying fit all season long.
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Don’t Let the Flu Get You

Woman with flu-Blog

Short days. Black ice. Snowstorms. Of all the things to dislike about winter, the flu ranks high on most people’s lists. This seasonal plague is caused by the influenza virus, and there are many forms of influenza that can knock you down for days at a time. Typical symptoms include muscle aches and fatigue, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and headaches; some people will also experience fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. The flu can be especially harmful for people at risk for flu complications, including young children and the elderly.

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An Apple a Day

Baked Apple Delight-Blog
Everyone knows the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But although this phrase is corny and old-fashioned, there’s some truth to it! You may be tempted to pass by these familiar fruits in favor of fresh produce or more interesting-sounding fruits or those touted as “superfoods,” however there are plenty of reasons why apples should be part of your diet.

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Learn How to Live in the Moment

woman meditating
With Thanksgiving on the horizon and the end-of-year holiday season rapidly approaching, now is an incredibly stressful time of year for many people. Preparing meals for family celebrations, attending a seemingly endless series of parties, fighting crowds to shop for gifts for loved ones—the chaos of the season piles on top of our everyday stressors and difficulties, and the combination can feel overwhelming.
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Why Sitting is Ruining Your Health

Woman Sitting
According to a recent study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, people nowadays spend more time sedentary—as much as 9 hours per day—than they do sleeping. Whether working a desk job or lounging on the sofa, being inactive for many hours per day has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, several cancers, and heart disease, as well as higher rates of obesity and a shorter life expectancy.
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Fighting Breast Cancer with Food

Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage . . . these veggies aren’t at the top of many people’s favorite foods lists. Many children hate them, most adults aren’t fans, and some people find that these foods have an unpleasant odor and bitter flavor. But because these types of vegetables, known as cruciferous vegetables, are so good for your health—and can play an important role in fighting breast cancer—they are worth a second chance.
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Add Pumpkin to Your Pantry

Pumpkin Soup
You know it’s fall when: crunchy leaves litter sidewalks and streets, the air turns crisp, and everything has the word pumpkin in front of it. From pumpkin beer to pumpkin spice lattes and, as of recently, even pumpkin-flavored whiskey and pumpkin spice M&Ms (!), this flavor is everywhere these days.

But many of these seasonal treats are packed with artificial flavors and lots of sugar (and, in some cases, no pumpkin at all), so why not go for the real thing? Pumpkins are good for more than just for jack-o-lanterns. These vegetables of the Cucurbitaceae or gourd family are packed with a host of important nutrients—not to mention delicious.
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How to Adopt Healthier Habits

Juggling a family, a career, a social life, and a healthy lifestyle is a challenge for many people. And when faced with choices like whether to head to happy hour or to hit the gym, whether to stay up late working toward a deadline or tucking into bed early to get enough rest—well, greater temptations often push health to the back burner.

News reports are seemingly constantly coming out about habits that we should change, from avoiding sitting too long to getting enough sleep to exercising enough to eating all the right foods. Many of us feel bombarded by this steady stream of behavior-focused information, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start to adopt healthier habits.
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Pack a Healthy School Lunch

Brown-bagged or not, many school lunches contain too much fat, sugar, sodium, and carbohydrates and not enough fruit and vegetables. Studies have shown that access to high-calorie, low-nutrient foods in many school cafeterias causes children to have higher BMIs and increases their risk of obesity. Give your child a delicious alternative by providing a healthy packed lunch from home.
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