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    Great Alternative to Pasta

    Pasta is one of those dishes that is easy to rack up the calories with. Most dishes do NOT include just one serving. But what if I told you that with a few variations you could slice those calories from approximately 221 to just 42? What if I also added that you could drop the carbohydrate content from 43 grams a serving to just 10 grams of carbs? Oh yes it is possible!!! What if I also promised that you wouldn’t sacrifice taste at all????? Now don’t be scared to try something new like I was. I told clients about this substitution for pasta but was afraid to try it…

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    I Can Only Imagine…..

    What words would you use to finish that statement? Maybe you can imagine a day that you can fit into those designer jeans you’ve been eyeing for the past several months. Maybe you can image being able to hike up a mountain without the need of a rescue chopper. Maybe you can image entering and finishing your first 5k race. Whatever it is that you want in life, imagine it, feel it, let it leave a burning desire of want in you. Now, what can you say NO to in order to make room for that dream to be your reality? Can you say no to that second helping at dinner? Can…

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    You’re Going to Hate Yourself in the Morning….

    Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed and if you have already given into the temptations of that sugary substance- Christmas isn’t going to get any better.  This is the time of year where we are faced with weekly if not daily temptations of fudgy goodness, Christmas Cookie exchange parties, work Christmas parties, family Christmas parties, gatherings, baked goods brought into the office, testing out new recipes for the office, and so on and so on. Once in awhile this isn’t a bad thing, but if you have already starting packing away the pounds in October, December is going to be a doosey and you will be left holding the button off…

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    I Hate Pushups

    By Julie Wilcoxson, CPt Welcome to the “Haters Club”. I know many of you have muttered these words when asked to do a push up. We all hate them because we can’t do them. Simply put, you hate what you need most. Remember that….. Think about it for a second, if you could knock out 50 pushups, then it wouldn’t bother you, you wouldn’t “hate it” anymore. So start doing the things you hate so that you can improve on them and learn to love them. Push Ups are awesome, they work just about every muscle in the body and if you want to shape up those shoulders and arms,…

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    Is Following Paleo Healthy or Just Another Gimmick?

    Those who know me know that I don’t follow fads of any kind. I believe in following the research and the scientific proof that backs it up. I have followed the typical “clean eating” diet for over a decade and have done well on it until the last 4 years it is then that I started looking for a better way of eating. I was tired of being tired all the time even though I was refueling my body every 3 hours with a source of lean protein, complex carb (starch), and a fruit or vegetable. I had mood swings as it got close to that 3rd hour, and I…

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    The Paleo Diet and it’s Impact on My Health

    If you are a frequent reader of my blog you know that I have been eating a Paleo based diet for nearly four months now. I have to say the benefits have been numerous. I basically removed all traces of grains, vegetable oils, and processed foods out of my diet. Now that me say that I have been eating a “clean diet” for over ten years. The last four years since being diagnosed with PCOS- (after gaining 30 lbs in a few months without changing my diet), I was annoyed that I couldn’t get my body to change. After seeing doctors, specialists, endocrinologists that just wanted to put me on…

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    The Power of the Mind

    Where are you with your health? What direction are you headed? How will you get to your goals? Many of us are walking around in circles undoing all our good intentions. Did you have a healthy grilled chicken salad for lunch only to pick up dinner at a drive thru? Did you set your alarm to get up earlier to do that cardio session only to skip breakfast? If this sounds like you, then read on.  You only have one body and one mind, don’t you think it’s about time you put it as a priority in your life? Forget all the crazy infomercials you’ve seen or the nutty Hollywood…

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    Dangerous Grains

    By Mary Vance | February 2, 2011 You’re a conscious eater, right? You stay away from those refined, bleached flours and eat only organic, whole grains because you’ve heard that’s good for you. Maybe you’re even buying gluten free flours or gluten free breads and products because you avoid gluten. What if I told you that the organic flour you’re using is cross-contaminated with genetically modified organisms or that the processing of today’s grains has denatured the proteins, yielding brand new “super toxins” and a grain supply with a different and higher protein content than ever before? That the grains we’re eating now in the U.S. certainly aren’t our parents’…

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    High-Fat Diet better for Weight Loss

    A new study shows that an Atkins-type high-fat diet is more effective for weight loss than a standard high-carb low-fat diet.  In this study, presented Friday at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Denver, researchers assigned 55 men and women who were overweight or obese to either a low-carb diet or a low-fat diet. The participants were all people with a waist circumference of 35” (women) or 40” (men), considered to be a measure of abdominal obesity and a good marker for both insulin resistance and heart disease risk.  Both groups did the identical amount of exercise: moderate endurance training (brisk walking) plus weight lifting, approximately 30 minutes…

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    High Carb Diet and Breast Cancer Risk

    The link between high-carb diets and the risk for breast cancer is an emerging research concern. The following article– abridridged from the original by AP medical writer Marilynn Marchione– explains the connection. Eating Lots of Carbs May Raise The Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Shows High-carb diets may increase more than just waistlines. New research suggests they might raise the risk of breast cancer. Women in Mexico who ate a lot of carbohydrates were more than twice as likely to get breast cancer than those who ate less starch and sugar, scientists found. The study is hardly the last word on the subject, but it is one of the few…