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4 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Your week is full of play dates, soccer games and after school music lessons, right? So you're probably not too concerned about how active your child is. Most days, if it wasn't for your thermos full of coffee and priceless 5 hours of sleep, you would barely keep up with them. However, there's more to raising healthy kids than enrolling...

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How to Build a Healthy Salad

As I recall from my childhood, my very first salad was not a very healthy salad. Smothered in Ranch dressing, croutons and bacon bits, it would appeal to most 8 year olds (like myself). Both my sister and I agreed to eat broccoli and cauliflower at dinner time, but only under these conditions. Who wouldn't love the creaminess of a...

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Natural Remedies for Overcoming Fatigue

We've all been there. You're on your 3rd cup of coffee, writing out the grocery list while talking to your mom on the phone. Once the kids are in bed, you're determined to overcome the all-too-familiar daily fatigue. You have no other choice. The floors need to be cleaned before your in-laws arrive this weekend. There's laundry to put away....

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4 Tips for Smarter Snacking

It's 3pm. Your stomach is rumbling as you sit through your team meeting, anticipating the Italian dinner you'll be eating at 7pm. You consider the idea of snacking once the meeting ends. After all, the vending machine is around the corner and you won't be eating for another 4 hours. A bag of candy will hold you over until dinner,...

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Beating the Bloat

You step on the scale and see that you’re up 3-5 pounds since the day before. “How did this happen??” you ask yourself, as you recall the pasta dinner you ate the night before and wonder how many miles on the treadmill you’ll have to log in order to drop the pounds. Is bloat to blame? Before you lose your...

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The Pros of Probiotics

If you were to tour my kitchen a couple of years ago, you would have found shelves lined with tubs of protein powder. Quest bars. Multivitamins. Fish oils. NeoCell collagen. Apple cider vinegar. The benefits of these products (and the oh-so-good flavor of a Quest bar!) makes them a staple in my diet. As a vegetarian, I do my best...

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5 Ways to Improve Immune Health

Regardless of the time of year, it happens to the best of us. We hustle from appointments to errands, from work to our workouts. The rhythm of everyday life creates a momentum that prioritizes the must-dos and bypasses all of the distractions. This unstoppable mentality keeps us grinding from A.M. to P.M. until, without warning our immunity is compromised and...

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More Than Manners

Today’s mindfulness story is courtesy of my 6 year old stepson, Courtney Meisner. Courtney is a "tornado wrapped up in a hurricane," as my mother-in-law likes to say. He enjoys eating sprinkled donuts on Saturdays after basketball games, wrestling with our pup, Snoozer, and collecting Pokémon cards that can be found inside of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal boxes. His favorite store...

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Timeout Tuesday: The Benefits of Healthy Fats

Do you find yourself drawn to foods labeled, "Fat Free! Reduced Fat! Low Fat!"? After all, if a food is high in fat, it must make you fat. Seems logical, right? Years ago, this theory resulted in a plethora of foods with additives and higher amounts of sugar, meant to replicate the taste and textures only fats can provide. I...

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It’s OK to Crave Comfort Food

  "Stay away from the buffet table! Avoid second helpings! Say no to the cookies and cake!" How often do you hear these voices? Whether they're shouting out loud or whispering in your ear, these thoughts are often self-imposed and, while meant to keep us healthy and accountable, can do more harm than good. Sure, over time, repeat helpings of...

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