Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Teens and Calorie Counting

By Christopher Stewart | June 4, 2013

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Photo: Jeannie

“When calorie information is available at a fast food/chain restaurant, how often does this information help you decide what to order?” 

Ever since the additions of calorie counts have been placed on menus across America in recent years, this question has been lingering over diner’s heads. Recently, studies show that it’s now a question being asked to teens, not adults. Published online from the Journal of Public Health, a new study has reported that out of 721 teens surveyed, 40% of tweens and teens between the ages of 9-18 years old pay attention to calorie counts and calorie information when it is available in fast food or chain restaurants. Read More

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Summer Foods to Beat the Heat

By Tawnya Manion | May 30, 2013

Photo: John P
Photo: John P

Photo: John P

As temperatures begin to rise it’s important to consume foods and beverages that help lower your body temperature and make you feel refreshed and light. Luckily, nature provides an abundant array of seasonal fruits and vegetables that enable everyone to stay cool and revitalized all summer long. So, next time the heat robs your ambition to cook or dampens your appetite, try these tips to stay cool in and out of the kitchen.

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How to Lighten Up Your Favorite Recipe

By Jennifer von Ebers | May 28, 2013

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WP_20130516_018One of my favorite things to do is to make comfort foods that are notoriously unhealthy and try to re-create the same thing with much fewer calories (of course I still want it to taste amazing). I love the recipes on Marcus’s site and I saw a recipe that at first glance doesn’t fit into any healthy eating plan: La Mitraillette (Belgian Machine Gun) Sandwich. The original sandwich called for 2 beef patties on a baguette with a cup of french fries, caramelized onions and ketchup. Needless to say it’s not the lightest dish out there.

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Safe Grilling for Summer

By Tawnya Manion | May 23, 2013

steak, grill, summer foods, safety

When summer finally settles in, no on wants to be stuck inside slaving over a hot stove. However, the popularity of grilling outdoors has recently suffered a backlash due to recent research revealing that foods cooked over a hot grill may become contaminated with carcinogens. This doesn’t mean you have to give up barbecue forever. Follow these four tips to minimize carcinogenic agents and enjoy grilled foods that are delicious and safe.

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Get Ready for Summer

By Tawnya Manion | May 20, 2013

Photo: Ruthieki

With summer comes a plethora of great things; outdoor entertaining, beach parties, fireflies, a bounty of fresh produce, and great opportunities to get fit. And though you might prefer one over the other, say beach parties over exercising, neither should be ignored. Winter is officially over. So, get out there! It’s time to get moving,  and enjoy the sunshine. Here are some tips to help you out.

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Healthier Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Chips and Dip

By Kendall Kish | May 9, 2013


There’s nothing like a good dip to round out your appetizer table at your party. However, store-bought dips are often loaded with fat and calories, having mayonnaise and/or sour cream as the base. And the potato chips used to serve the dip are full of sodium and preservatives, leaving you with a calorie-laden appetizer that is just plain run-of-the-mill. Read More

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Ancient Health Secrets: Ayurveda Diet

By Tawnya Manion | May 9, 2013


For over 5,000 years, people in India have followed the Ayurveda diet to promote wellness and vitality. This ancient medicinal practice originated from the Hindu scriptures called the Vedas. The word stems from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit; ayur meaning life, and veda meaning knowledge. People who follow this diet philosophy consider it a sacred way to nourish the body, mind, and soul. In short, they believe food that enters the digestive system not only effects how the physique feels but the spirit too.

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer

By Ashley Beck | May 8, 2013

ramen, fasting, healthy, vegetables

When you see a 101-year-old man, who only started long distance running in his 80s, cross the finish line of a marathon you wonder, is it merely genetic? Or is there something else in his regimen that has kept him surgery free, medication free with no signs of heart disease and active for 20 years longer than most people live? His answer: “It’s because of what I eat: fresh foods, small portions.” So we may not all be running marathons at 101 years old and we may not be able to change our own genetic make-up. But we can change the way we eat; not just what, but how and when. It’s what Marcus likes to call “eating with a spiritual compass“. Read More

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The Art Of Mindful Eating

By Tawnya Manion | May 2, 2013

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Photo: Smaku

Photo: Smaku

Paying attention to the foods that come across our mouths and plates is easier said than done. In today’s fast-paced world, most of us miss the chance to experience the fulfillment of consuming a meal, instead we hastily gobble down our food in order to rush off to the next endeavor. The practice of eating in a scamper can lead to overeating and choosing foods that do not benefit our health; however, the art of being present at each meal allows for a connection with the mind, body, and soul.

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Top Five Foods to Avoid

By Kendall Kish | April 30, 2013

ice cream, worst foods to eat

Everyday there are new reports on what you should and should-not eat, new diet trends, and new food buzz-words. Of course if you eat a balanced diet of whole grains, lean protein, fruit, and vegetables, it’s okay to indulge every once in a while in your favorite guilty-pleasure food of choice. But there are certain foods that should be avoided as much as possible, and luckily there are plenty of flavorful and healthy substitutions you can make so you don’t have to feel like you are making sacrifices. Read More


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