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Stop Obsessing Over Calories and Start Eating Better

I have very fond childhood memories of cracking and eating walnuts, pecans, and pistachio nuts with my father. This simple yet delightful food experience followed me into young adulthood. That is, until the day I started counting calories. …

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Fueling Your Run: What to Eat Before a Race

Marathon races are generally held during the early morning hours when temperatures are mild. If you’re a breakfast eater, this can be a real challenge, as you have to choose foods that boost your energy levels without filling you up and…

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How to Perform Cardio Exercise the Right Way

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage your body weight, better your health, and improve your overall fitness levels. In fact, as little as 30-45 minutes of daily cardio can help stave off unwanted weight gain…

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Simply Delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte

Tis’ the season for pumpkin spice-flavored everything! This holds especially true for all things coffee. Whether lattes, cappuccinos or plain old coffee, pumpkin spice varieties are on the menu of just about every major coffee shop chain. Problem is,…

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The Real Nitty-Gritty on Whole Grain Foods

With the widespread popularity of low-carb diets, a lot of high-quality foods have been unfairly demonized. This holds especially true for whole grain foods. Don’t be misled by all the hype, as whole grains are rich in quite a…

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Don’t Be Afraid To Skip Breakfast

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” This is an all-too-common phrase that I secretly dislike, as the supposed benefits of eating this traditional morning meal have been totally misconstrued by both health experts and enthusiasts.…

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Three Simple Hacks for a Healthier Labor Day Weekend

It’s Labor Day weekend. The last holiday of the summer season has finally arrived! Believe it or not, I generally suggest giving yourself permission to eat a little more during the holidays. This type of flexibility represents a realistic approach towards a healthy…

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The Skinny on Being Fat

Think having a “normal” body weight equates to being healthy? If your answer is yes, you’re sadly mistaken. Unfortunately, when it comes to measuring health, many rely solely on the scale. While the scale reading generally provides a quick…

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Protein-Rich Tacos with a Homemade Seasoning Mix

I’m an absolute and all-around fan of tacos. From soft to hard shell, traditional to creative, meat-filled to meatless, I’ve tried just about every type of taco there is. In my home, we have “taco night” once or twice…

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Better Than Ramen Edamame Vegan Pasta

Growing up, instant ramen noodles were among my most favorite comfort foods, especially the beef and chicken flavors. Who would have thought something so tasty and satisfying could cost just 50 cents to a dollar a pack?…

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What the Health: When Advocacy Goes Wrong

I’ve received dozens of emails asking me to review What the Health, a follow-up food documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, which is currently available on Netflix. I honestly didn’t want to watch it. From the teaser trailers and…

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Chicken and Kale Street-Style Tacos

I’ve always been a fan of tacos. From soft to hard shell, traditional to creative, meat-filled to meatless, I’ve tried just about every type of taco there is. Authentic “street tacos” are my personal favorite, though you generally won’t…

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Be Responsible: An Argument for Self-Care

I’ve never been shy about voicing my opinions about conventional healthcare, especially when it comes to shortcomings in preventive care quality. If you aren’t familiar with the term, “preventive care” essentially refers to any form of healthcare specifically aimed…