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The health dangers of sugar

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Sugar is one of the most health-damaging substances you can possibly eat, yet this ingredient is abundant in many foods, including most processed and packaged foods — even non-dessert foods. High sugar intake is primarily associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, but is also linked to a number of other serious health risks such as cancer and heart disease. Understanding the dangers of sugar can motivate you to steer clear of this ingredient, or …

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Are fat-free foods making you fat?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

If you have a choice between two foods — one that’s “regular” and one that’s low-fat — it’s better to choose the low-fat version, right? Not necessarily. There’s a lot more to a food’s overall health value than whether it can be considered low fat. The low-fat mentality is so ingrained in our culture that most of us reach for these products without even thinking, but in some cases, they could be worse for you …

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How to eat healthy while you’re on vacation

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

We love vacations! You can stay healthy the next time you go on a trip, you don’t have to go off your diet. Vacations are a chance to relax, spend time with the family, and explore a new place — maybe even a new culture. They’re also a time notoriously associated with indulging. Calories consumed on vacation don’t count, right? Unfortunately, they do. Have you ever gone on vacation only to come home and realize …

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Liven up your meals with these non-boring salads

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Salads are a great way to get more nutritious, healthy greens and vegetables into your diet. And they’re easy to make, whether you’re throwing one together for a quick lunch or making a family-sized version to take to a summer picnic. Think salads are boring? Try mixing it up — literally! — with some unexpected ingredients to create a seriously flavorful dish that works as a side dish or a main dish. Many of these …

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10 “healthy” foods that are making you gain weight

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

With all of the conflicting nutritional information available these days, it’s easy to get confused about what’s healthy and what’s not. Although these products and others lining the supermarket shelves try to pass themselves off as healthy, there are certain telltale signs that give them away as foods that will actually contribute to weight gain. The culprit in most of these and other types of packaged foods is sugar, in all its various forms. Foods …

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Plant-based diet weight-loss tips

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

When you think of vegetarians or vegans, what comes to mind? While many people adopt vegan and vegetarian diets due to animal welfare concerns or environmental reasons, there may be another reason to adopt a plant-based diet: it can help you lose weight. A review of several studies found that individuals on a vegan or lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet (those who still eat dairy and eggs) lost more weight than individuals in a control group, who had no …

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How to get more greens into your diet

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Green foods are some of the healthiest foods you can eat (and no, that doesn’t include green M&Ms). Green foods like spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli, and cucumbers offer numerous health benefits: they can help regulate blood pressure, lower cancer risk, promote bone strength, aid in vision, protect against heart disease, and strengthen your immune system. Eating a diet high in plant foods also helps protect the digestive tract and keep things running smoothly. Boost your …

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Small changes in food choices add up over time

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

If you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health, the idea of overhauling your diet can seem overwhelming. Are all your favorite foods going to be off limits? What do you do when it seems like all of the healthy options are unappealing? You don’t have to change your entire diet all at once Don’t panic! Losing weight, getting in shape, and improving your health are all part of a larger process that takes …

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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

In 2018 Testionials, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

There is a direct correlation between being overweight and having Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have Type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for …