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Ready to start losing weight? Start with these 5 habits

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC February 6th, 2019

Many factors are at work in determining how easily you can lose weight and keep it off. Some are not in your control, including your DNA and genetics. But, if you focus on small, doable changes, you can get started on the path to a healthier you. Start with these 5 simple weight-loss habits. 1. Start a food and drink diary A food journal can help you identify your own personal diet patterns and determine …

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8 things you’re probably doing that cause inflammation in your body

In Health and Wellness by Jennifer Berry February 6th, 2019

Inflammation is a natural response produced by the body’s immune system. The immune system activates this inflammatory response in order to heal an injury or acute (short-term) illness. This involves the release of white blood cells, immune cells, and infection-fighting substances. When you sprain your ankle and it turns red, warm, and swollen, that’s inflammation at work trying to heal the injury. We often hear that we should fight inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs or by …

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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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4 things that happen when you stop eating sugar

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

Thinking about quitting sugar, but wondering if it’s really worth the effort? It can be challenging to stop eating sugar, but doing so can have a positive impact on your overall health as well as your waistline. Check out these science-backed benefits that you can look forward to when you cut sugar out of your diet! 1. It’ll be easier to shed pounds Aside from the obvious extra calories, sugary foods and drinks can sabotage …

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11 ways to eat less sugar

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC January 3rd, 2019

Sugar: it’s the food everyone knows is bad for them, yet seems impossible to give up. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t blame yourself. Humans have been designed to crave sweets because in ancient times, foods with sugar were hard to come by. Today, however, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction: it’s downright difficult to avoid sugar because it’s in so many foods. And as a result, even people who are avoiding …

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3 ways sugar affects your weight

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC January 3rd, 2019

You probably already know that sugar is bad for your health. Today we’re going to take a closer look at at one of the biggest risks of eating too much sugar: weight gain. We know that sugar contains calories, and excess calories are one of the reasons people gain weight. But sugar has a unique ability to cause weight gain in some other not-so-obvious ways. Much of this has to do with the fact that …

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68 different names for sugar

In Nutrition by Jennifer Berry January 4th, 2019

It’s not an easy task to avoid or limit your sugar consumption these days. Many processed foods, even ones you wouldn’t expect, contain added sugar — some in alarmingly high amounts. You may assume that you can look at the ingredients list to see if there’s added sugar. Unfortunately, this isn’t always reliable because there are many different names for sugar — nearly 70, as you’ll see here. And to add to the challenge, food …

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From the doc: 5 reasons too much sugar is bad for you

In Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. December 31st, 2018

Sugar can be found in all kinds of foods, from the obvious (cakes and cookies) to the surprising (marinara sauce and salad dressing). We know that sugar contains excess calories, which can contribute to higher body weight — and the health problems that go along with being overweight. But what if you’re overall pretty healthy and aren’t trying to lose weight? Should you still cut back on sugar? Yes — and I’ll give you a …

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5 foods that are bad for your skin

In Aesthetics, Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC October 31st, 2018

Your skin is your largest organ and is intricately connected with the other systems in the body. This means that something that is good for your body is usually also good for your skin, such as getting enough sleep. Things that are bad for your body, such as chronic high stress levels, are also bad for your skin. But even if you you’re making an effort to live a healthy life, you may be aggravating …

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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 …