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Satisfy ANY Cravings with THESE Snacks

Do you snack during the day? I’m definitely more of a grazer — eating a little lighter and more frequently throughout the day.  For body weight it doesn’t matter.  Others have told us it’s too time consuming to think about eating 5 or 6+ meals each day.  But for us it works. What about you?  Here’s a scenario I hear about time and time again. You’re at work.  It’s 2 PM.  Your eyes are starting to roll to the back of your head and your stomach is starting to “yell” at you. It’s the vending machine “calling.”  Obvi…
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The Truth Exposed – White Carbs are HEALTHY!

Sugar. White bread. Giant, doughy bagels. Breakfast cereals with a cartoon on the box. Krispy Kreme donuts. Yup, these are ALL white carbohydrates. And these are horrible for you.  Even the “whole wheat” Krispy Kreme that is an embarrassment to anything remotely healthy. On the flipside, garlic, cauliflower, onions, oats, oat bran, white button mushrooms, chick peas, and shallots are also white carbohydrates.  They’re just not refined white carbohydrates. So, I admit – I’m a fraud.  I have told you in the past that “white carbohydrates are bad for you.”  But now I’m…
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The Worst (And Best) Cereals to Snack On

I grew up on cereal. And not just the occasional bowl for breakfast. I mean eating the stuff morning, noon, and night when my brother and I would line up the boxes on the table, mix and match pounds of the various flavors, and down these overly refined carbs by the spoonful. And raise your hand if you’ve ever purposefully poured extra milk into the first bowl with the sole intention of knowing you’d need extra cereal so you wouldn’t “waste the milk.” (Every true cereal eater does this.) Now if you take a stroll down the cereal aisle, there are so many options you don’t know where to turn. Gr…
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Read this If You LOVE Bacon, Butter & Cream

When I was in 8th grade I was overweight.  Well, I was overweight for most of my childhood, but it was in 8th grade that I had to make a change. I played football but always played with the grade above me since I never made weight. Well, then 8th grade happened and it’s not an option to play with the high schoolers, so I had to lose 20 pounds to make weight and play. I did. And now 20+ years later I’m even more interested in nutrition than I was then. I bring this up because when I was losing weight and learning about doing so … … low fat diets were “all the rage.” So as any…
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How Long Does it REALLY Take to Form a Habit

Have you ever heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit? Of course, we all have. But interestingly, while we’ve all jumped on that 21 day bandwagon and preached it like it was gospel … …it had no scientific truth or merit whatsoever. NONE (the real answer is at the bottom of this blog) Sorry if that disappoints, but it’s just the truth.  And there’s actually scientific research to confirm this. Now, we will say that 21 days is certainly a great start.  And every day you successfully work on a habit is another day closer to making that habit permanent. But accordin…
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5 Fake “Health” Foods (shocking truth!)

Maybe it comes down to what we believe is really healthy—or maybe it’s clever marketing that’s rattled our brains—but it’s becoming easier for you to get tricked into thinking something is good for your diet when, in fact, there’s much hiding under the surface that makes a "health food" as bad as a candy bar. Try to nix these five common foods from your regular diet and work in the healthier alternatives instead. Sushi Fish has healthy omega-3 fatty acids and can be high in protein. Rice is a healthy grain. This has to be good, right? Don’…
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PROCESSED FOODS RULE!!

A couple nights ago we had taco night in our house — fun for the girls, as they can pick and choose what they want and create their own mix (which often means half on the floor half on their plates) — but always good to get the kiddos involved in the kitchen as much as possible. We had a combo of ground beef and mushrooms, then had caramelized onions, guacamole, black beans and hummus … … all wrapped up in a Bibb lettuce wrap. I bring this up because the other day I was in a conversation at the grocery store.  By "conversation" I mean a person who happened to be near…
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‘Weird’ Body Makeover Trick

There are a lot of body makeover tips, strategies and techniques thrown around. Recently the hot trend is on intermittent fasting. Of course gluten has also caught a lot of slack for everything from obesity to inflammation. Then we have the "typical" body makeover tips: Eat breakfast daily Get more sleep Drink less calories Eat more fruits and veggies The list can go on … But this one flies under the radar and, well, frankly, is a little "weird" in the sense that it goes against some of what we know and what’s often recommended. Ready?  Be a boring eater &#…
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A Fat MORE Dangerous Than Trans Fat?

Dietary fat has always been a hot topic of debate. You likely saw the recent report about how the FDA is slowly but surely removing trans fats from the food supply, citing the 1000’s of deaths caused by these dangerous fats. From the emergence of the Atkins diet several decades ago to the fat free craze in the early 90’s, dietary fat has been embraced by many and shunned by others. It’s safe to say that at least amidst all of the confusion, there is agreement among most experts that quality is crucial and we have to shift our focus away from just “fat is good” or “…
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71 Tips to Lose Fat

Have a clear goal that anyone in the world can measure and understand. Drink tea. Research suggests that those who drink tea (black, green, or white, as long as it’s from real tea vs. herbal tea) have lower BMI’s and have less body fat. Eat cayenne pepper.  A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that when compared to placebo, capsaicin (the active ingredient in cayenne) increased fat burning. Decrease/eliminate simple carbs.  They do nothing for you outside of creating a favorable environment for gaining fat. Eat more veggies. They fill you up, without providing…
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