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Healthy Lifestyles that Last Blog 2015

How to Spot a Fad Diet in 30 Seconds or Less

Every week there's a new "miracle" diet and every year you can't help but wonder: Is THIS the weight loss diet that will finally work, once and for all? There are weight loss programs that work, but there are many more "fads" out there that will temporarily drop your weight (or perhaps make you...
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Mindful Eating: A Conscious Approach to Health

To better understand the concept of mindful eating it will be helpful to first consider mindfulness in more general terms. To be mindful is to use our minds to look inside, outside and all around; to consider our actions and how they affect ourselves, others and the world around us....
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Umami Like!

Last weekend I was in Chicago and came across a restaurant called Umami Burger. This jogged my memory back to my college days when I was learning about food and nutrition. I always liked the word umami because it conjured feelings of something savory and extra yummy. A Little on Umami...
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Get Back into the Swing of Spring

It was a long winter and many of us may be experiencing some lingering weight gain from the holidays or others may have made some resolutions that didn't pan out but there's no reason to despair! Spring is a time of renewal and the perfect time to revive yourself and your overall well-being. Here...
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Recipe Rescue: Homemade Eggnog

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is all of the yummy drinks such as eggnog, pumpkin beer and hot wassail. We all know that these drinks tend to me high in calories which can really add up since they go down so smooth! So how can we indulge in some holiday cheer without feeling...
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a jar of homemade herbal jelly next to the jelly on toast and a sprig of mint

How to make herbal jelly

One reason I love July is the abundance of herbs growing in my garden. They are beautiful additions to the landscape and they smell wonderful when you brush past them. My favorite thing to do is incorporate them into new and old recipes alike. I like to enhance my meals with a fresh and earthy...
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Golden Kraut: Step-by-Step

Do you like the bold flavors of garlic and ginger and want to reap the benefits of a natural probiotic food source? If so, this golden sauerkraut recipe is just for you. Making sauerkraut at home may seem a little daunting but to be honest waiting the 4 weeks...
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DIY: Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Rhubarb is good for more than just pie! This homemade barbecue sauce, a.k.a. Victoria Sauce, is a delicious accompaniment to any kind of meat that you want to grill, bake, or broil. It's extremely easy to make and you'll be surprised at its depth and complexity. This is no ordinary bbq sauce. If...
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Tart Cherry Ice

Foraging for local berries is a fun and rewarding activity. The best part is that you get to make some yummy desserts afterward. Unfortunately, I can only take so much pie and cobbler before I never want to see it again. Now that summer is here, I'd rather opt for something a little more light and...
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Avocado Smoothie

This green smoothie is one your little leprechauns will surely enjoy! Enjoy it on St. Patrick's day and every day in between. Why is it one of my favorites? only 4 ingredients lots of flavor its not overly sweet (unless you add extra honey) its full of healthy...
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6 Healthy Energy-Boosting Options

Last week I shared some of the not-so-healthy ingredients that are commonly found in popular energy drinks and shots that could have negative side effects and drug interactions. Since these are marketed as "herbal supplements" they are not regulated by the FDA which means they may not contain what...
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The Low-Down on High-Energy Drinks

Sleepiness and fatigue are often used interchangeably but they are quite different in terms of cause and treatment. Fatigue can be acute or chronic- if you are experiencing chronic fatigue, you should see your health care provider as this may be a sign of a serious illness or mental health...
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I'll Take a #5. Hold the Antibiotics.

I'm lovin' it! On March 4th of this year, McDonald's USA announced their new menu sourcing initiatives which will now only include chickens that have been raised without the use of antibiotics "important to human medicine". This is a step in the right direction as it is important to minimize the...
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