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The 4 Best Foods For All-Day Energy

By Tawnya Manion | August 5, 2013

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Photo: Boz Bros

Energy, we all want it, but sometimes getting that extra boost from a cup of joe or a concoction in a can leaves us with an afternoon slump. Instead, switch to nutritious, whole foods to help you stay vigilant through-out the day. Energy boosting nourishment is packed with nature’s natural revitalizers such as omega-3 fatty acids and B-complex vitamins. To rev up your engine and avoid feeling sleepy midday add these four stamina inspiring foods to your daily diet. 

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Bottled, Filtered, or Tap: Rethink What You Drink

By Tawnya Manion | July 29, 2013

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Photo: dibytes

When it comes to drinking water, the difference between bottled and tap, in most instances, isn’t much. But as the popularity of the packaged version grows, we must ask ourselves why this type of H2O is often chosen over water that comes directly from the spigot? With misleading names that often depict a serene or “pure” source it is easy to lose track of why we choose to drink bottled water in the first place, but do not be fooled, this version often comes from the company’s local water source.

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Sugar: The Bitter Truth

By Ashley Beck | July 24, 2013

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sugar cubes

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The low-fat diet for the last 30 some odd years has not only been all the rave, but in fact endorsed by health institutions and nutritionists alike. The one thing that has been overlooked, however, could be the one reason we have the highest obesity and  other metabolic syndrome (hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes) rates than ever before. Read More

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The Best 3 Foods to Protect the Skin

By Tawnya Manion | July 23, 2013

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Photo: Benson Kua

Photo: Benson Kua

We all apply sunscreen and cover up with big sunglasses and a hat, but did you know that what you eat can protect your skin too? Certain foods’ antioxidants have the ability to protect the epidermis from UV rays; plants produce these natural agents to  protect their own cells from decomposing, and when we consume the same compounds, they safeguard us from premature aging. So it’s imperative when trying to take care of your skin to incorporate foods that contain copious amounts of vitamins and minerals, which will protect the body from the wear and tear of every day life. A little confused on which fare to eat for better defense against  beams? Here are the Top Three Foods that can help protect you from sun damage.  Read More

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How to Lighten Up Any Recipe

By Tawnya Manion | June 20, 2013

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Photo: SliceOfChic

It’s swimsuit season, area you ready? If yes, good for you. If no, take this opportunity to make the necessary changes to get a beach ready body. These modifications include becoming more physically active, switching food choices from heavy, sugar-laden edibles to lighter fare, and drinking  at least 64-oz of water a day.

Photo: swimeditor

Photo: swimeditor

Switching your diet from high-fat, sugar, and salty sustenance to fresh, whole foods doesn’t mean giving up your favorite dishes, it just entails making some changes to the recipes. The first step in salubrious cooking involves analyzing a recipe to see if there are any unnecessary calories. Look for excess butter, cheese, or oil as well as salt and sugar. Generally, the amount of fat and salt can be reduced by half in most cooking instructions. Here are some tasty, healthy tips to help you lighten up your favorite recipes. Read More

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5 Do’s and Don’ts Before Bed

By Ashley Beck | June 18, 2013

Ever find yourself tossing and turning at night? Find it hard to fall asleep in the first place? Or maybe you wake up in the middle of the night and feel hopeless about getting back to sleep. If you answered yes to any of these, it may be because of what you do right before going to bed that affects your sound sleep. It may even be exactly the things you believe are helping you sleep that are actually doing just the opposite.  And with studies showing that a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, we’ve decided to give you a few tips on how to get to sleep faster, stay asleep throughout the night, and feel refreshed in the morning. Read More

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Caffeine Withdrawal Classified As Mental Disorder

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 17, 2013

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coffee, caffeine, coffee addiction, caffeine addiction, caffeine withdrawal

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More than once, I’ve suffered through a bad headache only to realize, midday, that somehow I left my regular cup of coffee out of my morning routine. Annoying as it is, it’s an easy problem to fix…with a cup coffee.

According to the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, caffeine withdrawal is a mental disorder, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Read More

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Boost Your Mood With Food

By Tawnya Manion | June 13, 2013

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When life gets tough the tough eat salmon? Ok, that’s not how the saying goes, but if the tough want to keep their spirits high through trials and tribulations they might want to consider such notions.

We all know that maintaining a healthy, balanced diet contributes to a sense of well-being, but did you know that vitamin and mineral deficiencies effect state of mind too? Or that even the act of cooking can reduce stress? It’s true, especially if you love to cook. Follow these three tips to boost your mood with food.

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