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10 foods that can cause a weight-loss plateau

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

Have you recently stopped making weight-loss progress? It could be your diet. Certain foods can cause a weight-loss plateau, even if you’ve otherwise been making healthy choices and exercising regularly. Many foods generally touted as healthier options — such as granola bars, diet soda, and rice cakes — could actually be stalling your weight-loss progress instead of helping you reach your goals. Fortunately, scaling back on these foods or avoiding them altogether can help you …

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From the doc: Proper portion control for weight loss

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that if you eat a lot of “healthy” foods, you’ll drop pounds. But losing weight is, unfortunately, not that simple. How much you eat matters just as much as what you eat. This is where portion control comes in. Portion control means that no matter what food you’re eating, you pay attention to how much you’re consuming in that serving. You know the portion size that is …

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Are sugar alcohols healthier than sugar?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

We all know sugar is bad for us, but it’s tough to give it up! Even if you are actively trying to avoid sugar, it’s often surprising how many foods contain hidden sources of sugar. And artificial sweeteners are billed as a safe alternative to sugar, their use has still been associated with health issues such as weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there is another alternative: sugar alcohols. If you’ve never tried these natural …

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The 10 worst drinks for your body

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

What you drink can have more calories than an entire meal, not to mention loads of sugar, artificial ingredients, and other unhealthy additives.  Some of the worst drinks for your body are marketed as “heath drinks”. It doesn’t help that many beverage labels are misleading. You may think you’re making a healthy choice by choosing a drink that reads “all natural,” but this type of language isn’t regulated by the FDA, and food manufacturers could …

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10 foods nutritionists never eat

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

There are foods nutritionists never eat. We’ve pulled together a list of 10 foods that nutritionists avoid at all costs. Nutritionists may not necessarily always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet — in part because differences in our genetic makeup influence how people respond to and process different foods. 1. Artificial sweeteners Sugar-free is always better for you, right? Not necessarily. Artificial sweeteners, also referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners, have been linked to numerous …

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Ingredients to watch out for when grocery shopping

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

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 taste so great). But there are some ingredients to watch out for when you’re grocery shopping. Packaged foods are also often loaded with harmful chemicals and additives. Research shows that 61 percent of the foods Americans consume are …

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Do you know what these common food labels really mean?

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

Grocery shopping for healthy foods can often be confusing, since many unhealthy foods are labeled with misleading terms and phrases that make them sound good for you. What many consumers don’t realize is that some food labels are deceptive, and that food companies are often able to stretch the truth to convince health-conscious individuals to buy their products. Knowing what these types of food labels really mean can help you arrive at healthier choices when …

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10 “healthy” foods that are making you gain weight

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

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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7 healthy grocery splurges worth the cost

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

A common complaint about eating a healthy diet is that it’s too expensive. If you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health, and you’ve noticed your grocery bill increasing, it may help to know which foods are worth spending a little bit more on. Grass-fed beef? Go for it. Organic gummy bears? Leave them on the shelf. Not only will investing in healthy foods provide immediate benefits such as increased energy and an improved …

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8 tips for grocery shopping when you’re trying to lose weight

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

Stocking your kitchen with healthy foods — and keeping junk food out of the house — is key to meeting your health and weight-loss goals. But navigating the grocery store when you’re trying to lose weight can seem like a losing battle. How do you keep all of the tempting treats out of your cart? And what sort of foods should you buy? Follow these grocery-store tips to make sure you stay on track with …