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How to survive your first few weeks of clean eating

So, you have made the decision to switch to clean eating. That’s great! Before you get too overwhelmed by the changes, here is a quick start guide and some tips that are going to help you with the first few weeks of eating clean and whole foods. The Start to Clean Eating – Learning the…

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Simple Clean Eating Meal Ideas

As you begin your journey of clean eating, don’t forget the importance of meal planning! This will keep you from driving through McDonald’s or picking up a vending machine snack that is anything BUT clean. Here are some easy meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast Flavored Oats Don’t rule out something as simple…

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Protein – How Much is Enough?

Protein is not just for great skin, hair, and nails; it’s critical for health. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to repair damage, digest food, fight infections, build muscle and bone, create hormones, and even think and have good moods. Higher protein diets can help fight high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Not to mention…

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Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

Inflammation. It’s not just for health headlines. It’s a fact. Scientists are measuring levels of inflammation in our bodies and finding that it can be pretty bad for our health; this is especially true when it’s chronic (i.e. lasts a long time). Inflammation has been linked to obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes, just to…

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What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

Glycemic this and glycemic that. Does it matter? You’ll notice that they both begin with “glycemic.” That’s one tip that they have to do with sugars and carbs. Not only how much sugar is in foods, but more importantly, how it affects your blood sugar levels. In general, diets that are high on the glycemic…

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The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

We all have some level of stress, right? It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic). Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving. Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well. It’s…

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Phytic Acid, The Mineral Reducer

Do you soak or sprout your nuts, seeds, grains and legumes? Is it to help improve their digestibility? To help increase their nutrition? Perhaps, it’s to reduce phytic acid? Phytic acid is naturally present in most nuts, seeds, grains and legumes; it is the plant’s storage form of the mineral phosphorus and is used as…

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Mindfulness and Meditation…Do They Really Work?

Well…yes, they do really work. The fact is, science shows definite health benefits for people who use mindfulness and meditation. Before we dive in, let’s just make sure we’re on the same page when we say “mindfulness” and “meditation.” “Meditation” is the ancient practice of connecting the body and mind to become more self-aware and…

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Heartburn – Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

The odds are that you or someone you know experiences heartburn. Around half of North American adults experience it at least once per month. Somewhere between 10-20% have it at least once per week!Heartburn, also known as reflux, occurs when the strong acid in your stomach creeps up into your esophagus. It can feel like…

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Pumpkin Recipe of the Day: Pumpkin Overnight Oats

•1/2 cup pumpkin puree •1/2 cup Greek yogurt or non-dairy alternative •1/3 cup old-fashioned oats •1/2 teaspoon cinnamon •1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Put all ingredients in mason jar, stir and cover. Refrigerate overnight. Top with toppings of your choice. Pumpkin Health Benefit #5 Keeps your immune system strong. We’ve all heard of vitamin C…

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