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8 Small, Smart Summer Swaps With Large Health Benefits!

I absolutely love the idea of making small, but significant food swaps and hope you do too. Similar to SMART goals that are S (specific), M (measurable), A (attainable), R (realistic) and T (Time-bound), be smarter about making lasting and simple healthful changes instead of changes that will make you 'slip up' on your new way of 'cleaner eating'.  For instance, unless you have Celiac Disease or are allergic to wheat, there is no reason to give up gluten. Gluten in and of itself is not 'evil'. Just limit the quantity of bread you eat and watch that it is a quality choice too. Be deliberate in choosing your food battles! 
After all, who doesn't love a toasty brioche or slice of warm, crusty sourdough bread on a limited basis? Have a sugar craving? How about making attempts at minimizing your sugar intake by not adding any to your morning coffee or having plain nonfat yogurt with fresh or frozen berries and a sprinkling of cinnamon instead? It so restrictive to …

Quiz: What are the best & worst foods for belly fat?

Isn't it frustrating to know that you can be so diligent with your workouts -- then, you realize that you can 'undo' all your hard work by eating some not so good food choices. Remember though that it is not only the food choices that are chosen, but the quantities by which they are eaten. Portion-control is so important too! Just visualize your good hard work benefitting you when you step on the scale, sleep better at night and just have more energy throughout your day! It's worth it!
Those 'not so good food choices' along with not paying attention to better portion control contribute to belly fat which is the worst kind of fat in our body. This kind of fat is linked to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Even if you have genes that contribute to it, you still can do quite a bit of prevention by eating right and exercising.
Now that you know how dangerous belly fat is for the body, see a list of fat burning workouts geared for women that target this ar…

What part does food play in our wellbeing?

As we explore the world of health and wellbeing, we must not overlook the whole picture of what health provides for us. What is the whole picture? Good question to ask, but there truly is no one good answer. 
Wellbeing encompasses so many moving parts starting with our surrounding environment, how we nourish (or don't nourish) ourselves, how we challenge ourselves through a healthy mental eagerness to learn, how satisfied we are in our social circles and let's not forget personal accomplishment and fulfillment. 
We tend to focus on food, right? Why not, food is something that we need not only to survive, but to nourish us as well. But think of all of the delicious and nutritious foods that we have available to us. For those of us fortunate enough to live in well-populated areas with good working infra-structures, we even have more choices in the foods we eat. How about variety? Variety in fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains is essential, so then why focus merely on what …

What are 'stripped' carbs anyway?

Carbohydrates -- we love them -- we hate them -- can't decide whether or not to forget about them all together or simply not care and eat every carb imaginable, right? Why do we hear that carbs are bad and therefore we need to go on a 'low-carb diet' or we need to 'carbo-load' before a race? There is a difference between good carbs and bad carbs and I believe most people know this, but regardless a decision for 'all or nothing' seems to be heard by many. 
Roxanne B. Sukol, a preventive medicine specialist and medical director of the Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Enterprise believes that people should refer to the refined carbs as 'stripped carbs'. That is, stripped carbs have no nutritional value. 
Interestingly enough, refined carbs start out like whole-grain carbs, but once 'processed' by food makers, they lose their fiber-rich properties. Once this process happens, good healthy choices go out the window. So, as the article points out, …