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March 19, 2015

Step Into a Sugar-Free Life with Stevia

We get it – sugar is bad for us. But going to work and finding a big bowl of chocolates in the lobby and coming home to find your daughter is selling Girl Scouts cookies, really doesn’t help. At all.

Giving up sugar is tough, but there is a natural sweetener out there that you can use to help you along in the withdrawal process – so to speak.

Donna Gates, an expert in digestive health, diet and nutrition and co-author of The Stevia Cookbook: Cooking with Nature’s Calorie-Free Sweetener, suggests stevia. Gates introduced the natural sweetener to the United States in 1994.

Derived from a plant (Stevia rebaudiana), stevia has had a controversial history. The [...]

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March 13, 2015

Chia Power: Consider Adding This Superfood to Your Diet

What do President Obama, a house plant and a health food snack all have in common?

Hint: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

That’s right, the kitschy ceramic novelty planters that sprout “hair” from chia seeds and were all the rage in the late 1970s, and now bear the likeness of such notables as the POTUS, Newt Gingrich and SpongeBob SquarePants are also the very same seeds that health-conscious people spanning the globe have recently embraced as one of the most well-rounded superfoods available.

Appropriately, the ancient Mayan word itself means “strength” and at 137 calories, a one-ounce (28 grams) serving packs a wallop of a nutritional punch that breaks down as [...]

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March 12, 2015

Expert Contributor: 3 Popular Snacks to Avoid and 10 Healthy Alternatives for Busy People

Are you confused about what snacks are actually healthy? Do you have a busy and hectic schedule? If you answered yes to these two questions, then you need to keep reading…

Is this statement true or false?

It is possible to prepare healthy snacks that help you stay on track with your weight goals even on a busy schedule. 

Answer: TRUE

Before I recommend some of my go-to snacks, I need to get real with you regarding a few of the so-called healthy snacks that are constantly in the media. For the sake of time, I will tackle three: yogurt, edamame and popcorn.

3 Bad Snacks Disguised As Good Yogurt is up first. It gets a lot of attention. Advertising [...]

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February 7, 2015

You Are What You Eat and You Eat What Your Friends Eat

When Functional Nutrition Coach Alexandra Jamieson co-created the Super Size Me documentary with Morgan Spurlock, she was featured as his real-life vegan girlfriend.

“People around the world, both vegan and meat-eaters alike, began following me for recipes, health advice and inspiration to get healthy,” says Jamieson. “I was welcomed into the vegan community, wrote three vegan cookbooks and spoke to audiences around the country on my experience of healing my body from candida and hormone trouble with a vegan diet. Half of my friends were vegan, even while I helped everyone use food to get healthy, no matter what diet worked for them.”

But things changed in Jamieson’s [...]

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