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10 foods nutritionists never eat

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Curious about which foods the experts refuse to put in their bodies? 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 — they do tend to agree on certain foods that they simply won’t touch. Here are 10 foods that nutritionists avoid at all costs. 1. Artificial sweeteners Sugar-free is always better for you, …

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10 tips for losing weight before Christmas

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It’s common to gain a little weight during the holiday season — not only are decadent foods everywhere, but you’re likely socializing more and busier in general, which leaves less time to plan and prepare healthy meals. While it may be tempting to put healthy eating on hiatus and get back on track in the new year, doing so can compromise your health — not to mention make it more difficult to reach your health …

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10 tips for avoiding holiday overeating

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The following is an excerpt from our new e-book, Creating a Healthy Holiday Season. Download your copy now and get more great strategies for making healthy choices during the holidays! It can be incredibly easy to overeat during the holiday season. The spreads at holiday parties and buffets can present a wealth of tasty food options that could be detrimental to your waistline, such as cookies, fondues and cheese dips, chocolate fountains, fried appetizers, and …

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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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Eat fat, lose fat: 6 ways to add healthy fats to your diet

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It may sound like a contradiction, but certain dietary fats are healthy. In fact, healthy fats are necessary for many functions throughout the body. For many years, all foods high in fat were thought to be the driving factor behind weight gain and obesity. It’s true that foods high in trans fats like donuts, French fries, and cookies can lead to weight gain, since these unhealthy fats increase LDL “bad” cholesterol, and suppress levels of …

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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 foods that can stall your weight loss

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If you’ve suddenly stopped losing weight despite eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, it’s possible you could still be making a few unsuspecting diet mistakes. Foods that are generally viewed as healthy or non-threatening such as rice cakes, granola bars, and diet soda could actually be impeding your progress and causing your weight-loss plateau. Fortunately, scaling back on these foods or avoiding them altogether often helps people get back on track immediately. Have you recently …