The Checkup: Why You Should Eat Dinner At Least This Many Hours Before Bed 

• If your usual post-work routine involves you getting home after the gym around 8:45 p.m., shoveling a plate of food into your mouth, washing your face, then rolling into bed, that’s probably not doing your digestion any favors. According to gastroenterologist Joseph Murray, in order to give your stomach time to break down food, you should avoid eating a big meal for at least three hours before bed. (If you’re currently saying “Oops,” I’m with you.) [Men’s Health]

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Whole Foods Is Offering an Insane Deal on Beauty Products This Friday 

This year's Beauty Bag | Photo via Whole Foods Market

This year’s Beauty Bag | Photo via Whole Foods Market

Whenever I go to Whole Foods, I peruse the beauty aisle in the same way I peruse the Lululemon website. That is, with very little intention of purchasing anything unless it’s on sale, because a face moisturizer that costs the same as a week’s worth of Sweetgreen salads (lookin’ at you, Dr. Hauschka) — no matter how lovely and Goop-appropriate the packaging — just does not fit into my budget. And this, my friends, is why Whole Foods Market’s Beauty Bags, a piece of their annual Beauty Week celebrations, are like a gift dropped from the heavens. In said bag, you get 11 popular beauty products from the aisles of Whole Foods for — wait for it — 18 bucks.

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What Philly Fitness Trainers Buy at Whole Foods

Whole Foods | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Whole Foods | Photo by Adjua Fisher

I’m just going to say it: Whole Foods is kind of a weird place to me. It’s a little bit intimidating with all of its trendy healthy foods. Some I’ve never even heard of, let alone know how to cook or cut into (I haven’t even mastered cutting mangos, so don’t you dare confront me with a jack fruit. Am I alone? … Help!). But they do have the Chao Vegan Cheese Slices I love, so I have popped in a few times to pick up some of that goodness.

I have not yet visited the new, beautiful and heath-foodie-friendly Whole Foods location on Pennsylvania Avenue (the shame!). But don’t worry, it’s on my to-do list for this weekend (really!). And now I have a cheat sheet of sorts for my first trip (and so do you!): Here, we got a slew of Philly personal trainers to dish on what they throw in their carts at Whole Foods. Their answers: 15 mostly healthy, must-try foods, from $3 frozen samosas to nori sheets you can sub in for wraps, and more. So grab some paper and a pencil because your grocery list is about to get a little bit longer. (Psst: If you’re headed to Trader Joe’s this weekend, we’ve got Philly fitness pro-approved buys for TJ’s here.)  Read more »

The Checkup: Ah-ha! This Is the Best Day to Find Markdowns at Whole Foods 

• Interesting! Whole Foods food editor Molly Siegler spilled some insider sale intel to the folks over at POPSUGAR, and turns out Wednesdays — the day when Whole Foods’ sale cycle turns over — is the best day to shop the aisles for markdowns, with the chance of finding twice as many sales at once. Say whaaat? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: The Easiest Brown-Bag Lunch Ever (Bonus: It’s Under 400 Calories)

• Meal prepping is like a Monday morning in that most people dread it. But setting yourself up to have healthy lunches throughout the week doesn’t have to be a huge pain. Case in point: This four-ingredient brown-bag lunch of a chicken salad-stuffed avocado, which rings in under 400 calories. I suggest adding hemp seeds to ramp up the filling factor, and BOOM: You’ve got yourself filling lunches for the week with little to no effort. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Victory! Whole Foods Sells Wine Now

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If you live in Center CityWynnewoodDevonGlen MillsPlymouth Meeting or Allentown, your local Whole Foods now sells wine.

No, really! Basically, if the store you’ve been going to for your cruelty-free cleaning products and free-range alfalfa also sells beer, then they will now be selling wine, too. And this all just started today.

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You Can Now Buy Wine At Whole Foods

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If you live in Center City, Wynnewood, Devon, Glen Mills, Plymouth Meeting or Allentown, your local Whole Foods now sells wine.

No, really! Basically, if the store you’ve been going to for your cruelty-free cleaning products and free-range alfalfa also sells beer, then they will now be selling wine, too. And this all just started today.

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This Laid-Back Dieting Approach Is About to Be Huge — And More Insights From Whole Foods’ 2017 Trend Predictions 

Purple everything, including veggies, will be big in 2017, according to the folks at Whole Foods. |  william87/iStock.com

Purple everything, including veggies, will be big in 2017, according to the folks at Whole Foods. | william87/iStock.com

When Whole Foods Market buyers and experts announce their top trend predictions in the food arena, I have to wonder if it’s a chicken-or-the-egg situation. Like, does a food trend become a food trend because Whole Foods says it’s trendy, or was it already a trend before Whole Foods took notice? Regardless, last week, Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts — the folks who spot trend for their 465 stores — announced their list of the top 10 food trends to look out for in 2017, and they’re making us hungry.

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The Checkup: Whole Foods Employees Spill on How to Save Money

The new produce section at Pennsylvania Avenue's new Whole Foods Market | Photo by Adjua Fisher

The new produce section at Pennsylvania Avenue’s new Whole Foods Market | Photo by Adjua Fisher

• I will never tire of learning ways to cut down on my seemingly always astronomical Whole Foods grocery bill (I like overprice kombucha — sue me). If you are constantly looking for ways to stop your receipt from inducing tears, take note of these money-saving tricks and tips from Whole Foods employees. [Thrillist]

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