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It’s all in your genes: How your DNA affects your weight

In Weight Loss by Jennifer Berry December 5th, 2018

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, chances are, you’ve asked yourself at least one of these questions: “Why can’t I lose this weight and keep it off?” “Why was that diet so successful for my friend but not for me?” “Why doesn’t cutting calories work for me?” For decades, we’ve all been told that simply eating less and being more active is the key to lasting weight loss. And in some respects, this is …

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12 stress relief tips for a happy holiday season

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC October 31st, 2018

Do you dread the holiday season because of the amount of stress it causes? Studies show that the holidays increase stress levels for many people, especially when it comes to demands on their time and financial difficulties. You can’t avoid the holidays, but you can take some simple stress-relief steps to minimize stress and make it to January without sacrificing your mental well-being. Here’s how: 1. Forget perfection Whether it’s your holiday party, your big …

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Stress, hormones, and low sex drive

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC October 31st, 2018

Sex has been shown to promote health benefits: it’s good for your heart, improves sleep, releases feel-good endorphins, and provides feelings of pleasure. But at certain points in your life, you may notice that your sex drive just isn’t what it used to be. When a person has a low sex drive, they may experience problems in their relationship with their partner. A lack of intimacy can lead to physical and emotional drawbacks as well. …

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The top 3 evidence-based weight-loss tips

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC November 5th, 2018

Have you tried to lose weight in the past, only to become confused and frustrated by all the weight-loss tips out there? There’s a reason that so much weight-loss advice seems to be contradictory: Not everyone responds to different foods and exercises the same way. Your health, and the likelihood of your to body to hang on to excess weight, is largely influenced by your unique genetic makeup. That said, there are some tried-and-true, evidence-based …

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10 ways to reward yourself without food

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 12th, 2018

When you’re trying to make healthy changes in your life, it’s important to keep track of your progress and celebrate major milestones. This is a great way to avoid frustration and burnout when the going gets tough on a diet and exercise plan. But how do you reward yourself for making progress on your health goals when many of our typical reward systems are based on food? You don’t want to undo your progress by …

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Don’t just track calories: 3 metrics that may be more useful

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

When it comes to weight loss, the prevailing school of thought is “calories in, calories out.” There are countless weight-loss programs and apps that encourage you to track calories as a means of losing weight. But it isn’t always that simple. If you want to find success with weight loss, you may need to take a different approach. The truth is, all calories are not created equal. If you’re focusing solely on calories, you may …

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Use your phone to achieve your health goals

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Smartphones get a bad rap these days. So many people are seemingly addicted to their screens, and many health experts say that smartphones encourage sedentary lifestyles and other unhealthy habits. But a smartphone can be a powerful tool to help you achieve health goals if you use it properly. Try these tips for using your smartphone to help you stay on track and build healthy habits: Get active Exercise apps are available for all ages …

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10 tips for keeping an awesome weight-loss journal

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

You probably already know that a weight-loss journal is a way to track what you’re eating and drinking each day. But it can be much more than this. A weight-loss journal is an indispensable resource on your path to better health — if you know how to use it to your advantage. Follow these tips to create a journal that will serve as a guide and inspiration as you work toward a healthier you. 1. …

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The mind-body connection: How your emotions influence your health

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 23rd, 2018

Our brains are deeply connected with our physical health. Research reinforces how emotions influence health. Health experts have speculated for years that positive emotions can make you healthier physically. Some medical studies have backed up this claim. We’ve all felt the physical effects of our emotions, whether we realized it at the time or not. Have you ever had sweaty palms before a big presentation or job interview? Have you felt your heart pound or stomach …

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6 benefits of walking outdoors every day

In Fitness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Going for a daily walk offers significant mental and physical health benefits. And although you can certainly walk on a treadmill to get your steps in, walking outdoors offers even greater benefits. If you live here in Florida or another area where weather permits, lacing up your sneakers and going for a daily walk outside can go a long way toward helping you reach your health and wellness goals. 1. Your mood will improve Exercise …