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5 healthy lunch tips for when you’re in a hurry

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC October 8th, 2018

When it comes to healthy eating goals, many people fall short at lunchtime. Packing a healthy lunch takes time and forethought. If you’re in a rush or haven’t prepared anything in advance, you may resort to fast food or hitting the vending machine, which usually means you’ll consume far more calories than you planned and probably won’t get the healthy nutrients you need. Having a healthy lunch each day means you need to plan in …

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Easy weight-loss tips to try this summer

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

We tend to think of summer as relaxation season, but it’s easy to overload the schedule with parties, weekends at the beach, or outings with the kids. Who has time to focus on eating a healthy diet there’s all this fun to be had? Actually, you do — because there are plenty of ways to stay healthy and keep your diet on track without decreasing your summertime enjoyment. Try these easy weight loss tips to …

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Best foods for weight loss: Load up your plate with these fruits and vegetables

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

We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. But it can be hard to get all of your recommended daily servings. When trying to decide which ones to buy, are there some that are better than others? And are there any that are actually ideal foods for weight loss? The answer is yes. Certain fruits and vegetables, in addition to supplying your body with important vitamins, minerals, …

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10 foods that can cause a weight-loss plateau

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 20180 Comments

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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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 20180 Comments

Medical treatments for chronic disease and even weight loss are focusing more and more on the need to prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Studies show that inflammation is a common underlying factor in all major degenerative diseases — including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes — and that it can also cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The good news: inflammation is linked to several diet and lifestyle factors. By making key changes in …

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Counting macros instead of calories may help you lose weight

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 26th, 2018

Macros, or macronutrients, have different functions in the body — and their ratio and amount are important when you’re trying to lose weight.  The macro diet is focused on the balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. The macro approach differs from the traditional diet approach of cutting calories for weight loss.  Many people try the traditional weight loss plan and don’t achieve success, because calorie cutting is just not enough. Science is discovering more and …

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Your guide to a low-glycemic diet

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 24th, 2018

Have you ever tried a low-glycemic diet? A low-glycemic diet is one that focuses on foods with a low glycemic index, which is a number that indicates a food’s effect on blood sugar levels. The lower a food’s GI, the more slow and steady its effect on blood sugar levels. At Garcia Weight Loss, we have found that a low-glycemic diet is the best approach for promoting healthy, sustainable weight loss and other positive changes …

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How to fast for the best results

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 24th, 2018

Interesting in trying a fasting diet? Studies show that periodic fasting is associated with numerous benefits, including weight loss, cellular rejuvenation, reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure, and increased energy. Making fasting a regular part of your routine could lower your risk of disease and even extend your lifespan. But before you dive into the world of fasting, make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare — not just so your fast is …

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Why you should make health, not weight loss, your ultimate goal

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

In your weight loss journey, health should be your ultimate goal.  It is easy to focus on the number on the bathroom scale but your overall health is the priority.  Putting too much emphasis on weight or BMI can lead many people to make decisions that are actually detrimental to their health in their pursuit of weight loss — such as resorting to fad diets or other unhealthy eating patterns. Thin Does Not Always Equal Healthy …

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The 10 best diets for your heart

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

The good news is that many risk factors for heart disease are related to lifestyle and diet — meaning that you can reduce your risk with the right healthy habits. You can probably guess what many of these factors are: maintain a healthy weight, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and eat a healthy diet.  We’ve put together a list of the best diets for heart health, according to health …