Posts tagged nutrition
My Favorite Clean (and Affordable) Skin Care Products

Did you know that approximately 60% of the ingredients in our skin and beauty care products we use on a daily basis gets absorbed into our bodies? With that being true, I want to highlight today the importance of choosing safe (and effective!) skin and body care products that support health in the same way eating nutritious food does. The products we use on our skin can have a similar effect as eating healthy or unhealthy food. They can cause disease, reactions and ill health the same way eating toxic ingredients can.

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Eating Healthy While Dining Out

Going to restaurants and eating out is an undeniably fun experience; tasty new foods, no cooking, socializing with friends or family, and no cleanup either! Although the fun can sometimes turn into a drag if you’re trying to eat healthy or on a “diet”. Worrying about what you’re going to eat, or feeling guilty afterwards might overshadow the fun. Restaurants aren’t notorious for their healthy options, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your goals or feel bad (physically or mentally) after going out to eat. With some ingenuity, fearlessness and know-how, you can manage to not feel deprived and keep enjoying going out to eat while doing it healthfully.

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Supplements - My Top 5 Recommendations

I get many questions about supplements from my readers and clients. With a supplement industry contributing $122 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, it’s no wonder why I get so many questions about it. Supplements are easily available everywhere, there's hundreds of companies and brands to choose from, they’re associated with good health and we all know someone who uses them, right? Chances are you’ve taken supplements at some point in your life, too! (Flinstones vitamins, anyone?)

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5 Ways To Balance Blood Sugar

Maintaining balanced blood sugar levels is such a key element of good overall health. So much so, that I’d consider it one of the top three things you can do to for your health besides maintaining proper gut bacteria and managing inflammation levels. Both high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can lead to many negative side effects, from mild to major. Tiredness, feeling “hangry” or angry after not eating for a while, inability to focus, headaches, low-blood pressure, and constant hunger may be all too familiar symptoms you deal with everyday.

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Ingredient Label Series - I

Welcome to the first post in the Ingredient Label Series, where we’ll be exploring how to read an ingredient label on a product!In this series, I’ll be highlighting several different common products that you can find in any grocery store and break down a few red flag ingredients in them. I’ll show you how to quickly and efficiently look at ingredient labels and determine what (if any) value the food product has to offer.

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The Real Way to Read a Nutrition Label

Today we are chatting about nutrition labels, how to read them, and what to really look at when gazing at the information on the back of a food product. You may think it’s easy to understand what all that information is, but there’s more to it! (Of course, because this is nutrition, after all!)

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Micronutrients & Why They Are So Important

We're taking a deep dive into one of the most important and essential lessons of nutrition today...micronutrients! What are micronutrients? Micronutrients are the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs to function. Energy metabolism, formation of cells and tissues, and enzymatic reactions all depend on vitamins and minerals, or micronutrients.

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Meal Prep 101

Meal prepping is truly one of the most useful nutrition and healthy eating tips I can offer you! Our lives are busy and finding the time for an entire day of healthy eating can be a challenge. Not only that, but even if we did have the time to cook a big meal each night, who wants to spend that much time in the kitchen?? With meal prepping, it becomes so easy to have a delicious meal on the table quickly without sacrificing time, nutrients or money.

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Let’s be honest, breakfast can be a challenge. I’ll be the first to admit, finding a balanced breakfast with good fat, protein and carbohydrates is hard. But, when you learn some tricks and new ideas, it becomes much easier to get a breakfast that’s satiating, healthy and satisfying! I know I’m not the only one that struggles with breakfast; I hear from people all the time that this morning meal is their biggest stumbling block to healthier eating.

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11 Secrets To Making Healthy Eating Easier

Trust me when I say that I know making the shift to healthy eating isn’t always easy. I have most certainly been there. No matter what your motivation is for making a shift to your diet, consider these tips on how to start eating healthier!

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How to Lose Weight The Healthy Way

So, you want to lose weight…?It’s January, and chances are either you, or someone you know is trying to lose weight this year. With so much misinformation about weight loss out there it can be daunting to know where to start or how to set a realistic weight loss goal.

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Healthy Travel Tips

Many of us have trips, vacations and travels nearing with the start of the holiday season approaching.  For many, this includes a break in our normal food habits and routines, different foods, more “treats and cheats”, different sleeping habits, more exposure to bacteria and viruses and overall less access to healthy foods. It can be stressful on our bodies and leave us feeling depleted and just plain “gross” after returning from a trip.

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Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread

Yes, it's that time of year when everything pumpkin is making its return!

I made this pumpkin spiced bread from Danielle Walker's site Against All Grain, and it's very tasty! Plus, it's grain free (and therefore gluten-free), takes only a few minutes to put together and is free of many common allergens, junky ingredients and additives. I added some dark chocolate chips on the top, just because a treat is not a real treat to me unless it has chocolate involved. 

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How To Build A Healthy Smoothie

Smoothies are one of my favorite go-to quick, healthy snacks or meal options! They're fast, taste great, portable and can be a great "vehicle" for nutrients. However, there is a right and wrong way to build a smoothie when it comes to nutrients and how it affects our blood sugar. Lots of "smoothies" should actually be considered "milk shakes" with the amount of sugar and empty carbohydrates in them. You want your smoothie to be macro nutrient balanced: protein, fat and carbohydrates just like any other meal or snack you eat.Let's clear up the confusion and let me show you how to put together a smoothie that is satiating, nourishing and won't spike your blood sugar!

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Healthy Finds At Target

I was walking around the grocery section at everyone's favorite store, Target the other day and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of healthy, real-food options they now carry! I A major road block to healthy eating is availability of healthier and nutritious foods, I hear it all the time from people. However, I know it's possible! It's becoming easier and easier to find healthy options, which is great news for you and I, but for people who are maybe somewhat less nutrition savvy and are being exposed to healthier foods in a more traditional grocery store.

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The Most Important Things You Should Do to Start Getting Healthy

Everyday we hear about new ways to lose weight, get healthier or some type of food we should avoid because of its supposed health effects. But, when you get right down to it, there are some basic ideas and things you can implement pretty simply to start getting healthy. It doesn't take a cleanse or a wacky diet to start feeling better. It takes some simple ideas and a little bit of mindfulness to see some big changes without a lot of work. Read on for my tips!

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