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  Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, improving your outlook, and transforming your lifestyle into a healthful one. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these … continued…

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  We all know that good nutrition is an integral part of achieving and maintaining a health body. Food is a gift to your body. It reflects your self-love, self-worth and self-acceptance. That is why it is so important to understand the various benefits that food brings to your life. A few of those benefits include: energy, recovery and health. These benefits can come from a balanced nutrition – the key word being balance. To enjoy these benefits, you don’t … continued…

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  So now that we’ve put the holidays and the pumpkin pie behind us, how are we pledging to better ourselves in 2016? New Year’s resolution season is here folks and can you guess what the most popular resolution is again this year? That’s right. Getting in shape!   As it turns out, 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken within two months. But why is that? Well, there are many reasons, like setting impossible goals or just “wishing … continued…

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September is Cholesterol Awareness Month and chances are you’ve heard all this before, but the sad truth is there are still 71 million American adults (33.5% of the U.S population) with high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol.  In other words, one out of every three adults in America has high cholesterol levels.   So what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. However, too much of it in your blood can lead to build … continued…

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Before you know it, Summer will be over. Days will be shorter and it will be time again for backpacks, homework …and for many, loads of snow, ice and slush. So make the most of the next few weeks to get out there and finish off the season with some fun activities!   WATER + BALLONS = FUN!   Alright – so if you haven’t yet enjoyed a good old water balloon fight, this is an absolute end of Summer … continued…

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Watermelon: The Perfect Family Fun Month Treat   Family Fun Month is here and what better way to enjoy the summer season than with some delicious watermelon. For those of us who haven’t grown out of the excitement that comes from the sight of watermelon alone, here are some fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy! Remember these are just some thought starters. There are so many more ways to have fun with watermelon so enjoy!       … continued…

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We’re all guilty of it. Waiting “til last minute to get dad a gift – which usually results in some epic gift fails. In case you’re wondering, dad was not ecstatic last year when you gave him a brand new set of tools. He smiled yes – but secretly he hated it. Dad won’t tell you that, but we will… because darn it, we love dads and they should get super awesome gifts on their day. So here are some … continued…

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Jerky is revolutionizing the world of snacks in unimaginable ways that will change the world as we know it… Ok maybe that was a little exaggerated. But we agree that jerky is definitely trending as a tasty, practical, low-cal protein-packed snack. So what’s the scoop on jerky? Well, here are 10 interesting facts about this delicious delight that many are calling “the hottest snack in America”. #1 Taste Meets Health So yes we agree that Jerky is high in sodium … continued…

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In honor of National No Housework Day (April 7) here are six ways to make kitchen cleanup quicker. Kitchen time-saver: place dirty utensils, plates, etc in soapy water as you cook. Click To Tweet 1. Before you start cooking, fill one side of your sink or a small plastic tub with hot soapy water. Then, as you are done with utensils, plates, pans, put those things straight into the soapy water. No residues dry out on the utensils and whether … continued…

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I admit to being a tech geek. I love using my iPad, even in the kitchen. But I still also love a great new cookbook filled with lovely photos and great notes or even essays, a book I can page through and mark up with post-it notes to remind me of recipes I want to try. So even while I aim for a paperless office, I’ll never give up on my cookbooks!   Here are (relatively) new releases worth a … continued…

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