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Healthy holiday cookie recipes

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For many people, the holiday season is synonymous with cookies and other sweet treats. So what do you do when you’re trying to lose weight? Believe it or not, you don’t have to give up the holidays cookies in order to keep your health goals on track! Making a few healthy substitutions will allow you to continue to enjoy some of your favorite seasonal treats without derailing your diet. For example, did you know that …

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What to eat if you HAVE to eat fast food

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If you’ve ever taken a road trip or vacation, been stuck at an airport, or simply found yourself rushing from one kid’s activity to the next, chances are you’ve found yourself in a situation where fast food is your only meal option. What to do if you’re in a rush but don’t want to derail your diet? Although fast food is generally not the healthiest option, there are ways to eat on the go that …

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Ingredients to watch out for when grocery shopping

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Whole foods like fruits and vegetables are among the healthiest foods we can eat. These foods are generally unmodified and packed with nutrients that lend to good overall health. But eating fresh fruits and vegetables isn’t always practical. Many of us rely on packaged foods with longer shelf lives due to the convenience or simply because we prefer the taste (and when many packaged foods are loaded with salt and sugar, it’s no wonder they …

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How practicing gratitude can improve your health

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Is giving thanks good for your health? More and more research is indicating that practicing gratitude can have a significant impact on a person’s health and overall well-being. Gratitude helps us feel more connected with ourselves and our environment. It essentially has the opposite effect on the body as stress, which can elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. Because stress triggers hormones that contribute to weight gain, using a daily gratitude …

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From the doc: 10 foods that help fight stress

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Anxiety and stress have been shown to cause a number of negative effects on the body, including hypertension, depression, and an increased risk of cancer. Stress can also contribute to weight gain due to its influence on certain hormones that help regulate processes related to blood sugar control and metabolism. In turn, this can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The ways that stress leads to weight gain are both …

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7 tips for a healthy Halloween

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Resisting treats and goodies around Halloween can be tricky when you’ve been managing a healthy eating plan. One or two treats may not do much harm on their own, but when you start losing track, small treats here and there can add up, and derail your health goals. By the end of the year, you may once again find yourself back to making New Year’s resolutions surrounding your food choices. But what if you could …

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6 things your food cravings may be telling you

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Craving specific foods often indicates that your body is trying to send you a message that has something to do with your current state of health. Since most cravings people experience are for junk foods like candy, pizza, and donuts, suffering cravings regularly can lead to weight gain and health problems like type two diabetes and heart disease. Do you find yourself frequently experiencing cravings? Here’s a look at what food cravings might mean for …

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6 common foods that have been linked to cancer

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Carcinogens are substances that have been proven to cause cancer, or that have been strongly linked to cancer — such as tobacco, asbestos, and pesticides. Carcinogens are also often found in everyday foods that you and your loved ones may be eating on a regular basis. Alcohol, blackened meats, and processed meats like hot dogs and pepperoni are among the most common foods linked to cancer, though there are many more that may be lurking …

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Recovering emotionally from disaster

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Many of our patients, staff, friends, and family members have been affected by Hurricane Irma in one way or another. We are fortunate and grateful that the storm weakened before reaching Tampa, sparing us from the devastation experienced in areas such as southern Florida and many parts of the Caribbean. However, we know that many Tampa area residents are dealing with various aftereffects of the storm, and that Irma has taken an emotional toll on …

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Symptoms of common vitamin deficiencies

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Degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are commonly attributed to risk factors like genetics, overeating, and lack of exercise. While these factors can definitely lead to serious illness, sometimes the true underlying culprit is poor nutrition. Vitamin deficiencies are linked to more health problems than you might suspect, which is why eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight and good overall health. The following are some symptoms …