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3 sugar substitutes that are better for you

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC January 4th, 2019

Medical evidence has clearly documented that consuming added sugar is detrimental to your health in many ways. But reducing or eliminating added sugar isn’t easy, especially if you’re used to eating sweet foods and desserts. The thought of never eating another cookie or putting sugar in your coffee again can be difficult for many people to accept. And artificial sweeteners are no better. Sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose have been linked to weight gain, type …

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Your guide to a low-glycemic diet

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 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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7 unhealthy weekend habits to quit now

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

For many of us, weekends are a chance to relax, unwind, and have fun. No one wants to place rules or restrictions on their days off, but being mindful of destructive or damaging habits could benefit you physically, emotionally, and mentally — and ultimately help you reach your biggest health goals. If you’re guilty of any of these seven unhealthy weekend habits, it may be time to break the cycle and start spending your weekends …

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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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10 healthy alternatives to soda

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

Addicted to soda? You’re not alone. Despite soda’s health risks, one-third of Americans drink at least one soda every day. But giving up your soda habit is a lot easier said than done. One of the best things you can drink is just plain water. But sometimes you want something a little more appealing. These 10 healthier alternatives will help you meet your hydration goals without sacrificing flavor. 1. Water enhancers Water enhancers, sold as …

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Healthy holiday cookie recipes

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

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?  Good thing we have a list of healthy holiday cookie recipes for you! 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 …

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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC January 4th, 2019

Americans have been using artificial sweeteners for decades in an effort to cut back on sugar and prevent weight gain. Aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are just a few artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA as food additives. But in recent years, these sweeteners have been linked to several serious health complications including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Here’s a closer look at the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners, as well as healthier alternatives …