Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what? Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery – and feel better! Fuel…

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Do Broccoli and Kale Deserve the Desired Superfood Status?

Broccoli and kale are often touted to be “superfoods.” And, yes, they really are amazingly healthy for you. If you’re wondering what exactly is in these green powerhouses that makes them so “super,” I’ve dived into the research to give you some nerdy reasons to make these a staple in your diet. To start, they’re…

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What Makes a Food Processed?

The world of food can be so confusing at times. There was a time when it was clear what food was – it came directly from nature – whether foraging, hunting, or farming. Now there are so many things we eat that don’t resemble a natural food. Michael Pollan has a famous quote, he said:…

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7 Simple Ways To Eat More Mindfully

Eating as mindfully as we might on vacation, for example, is not realistic for many of us, especially with work, busy families, physical routines, and all the other daily distractions. Here are seven simple ideas to help you establish more mindful eating habits, and perhaps start to reconnect the body and mind again. 1. Tune…

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Red Wine: Is it really good for you, and just health hype?

If you’ve heard that red wine is one of the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages, it’s for good reason. Thanks to the antioxidants found in the skins of grapes from which it’s made, red wine has been widely publicized as being “healthful”. The kind of antioxidants found in red wine, like RESVERATROL, have powerful anti-inflammatory…

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What to Eat if You Get Constipated

Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea – it’s when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it’s drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass. Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).…

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Processed Food Additives: Thickeners. Are They As Bad As They Sound?

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat. Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they’re added to. Emulsification allows fats…

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Prebiotic – What Is It and What You Need To Know?

“Pre”biotics? Yes! They’re the food that we feed our probiotics, the friendly gut microbes that are oh so important for good health. Our gut microbes are alive, and they need to eat too. Their favorite foods are called “prebiotics” and include dietary fiber and resistant starch. The same fiber that keeps us feeling full slows…

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Intermittent fasting 101: What is it and will it help me lose weight?

In a nutshell, intermittent fasting is just that: fasting intermittently. It’s limiting calorie intake during certain hours/day or days/week. It’s more of an eating pattern than a diet. It limits when to eat, and not so much what to eat. And that’s part of it’s appeal to people who don’t want to count calories or…

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Antioxidant Foods vs. Supplements

Antioxidants are just that: they fight (anti) oxidation. The chemical process of oxidation is like rusting metal. A molecule loses electrons and creates the infamous free radicals.  Oxidation is also the reason why apples, bananas, and avocados go brown when the skin is broken, and they’re exposed to air – they’re getting oxidized. Free radicals…

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