Health & Wellness

Healthy Eating on a Budget

A common misconception about healthy eating is that it has to be expensive. It may seem all to easy to eat foods considered “unhealthy”, e.g. chips, cookies, pastries, and frozen meals, because these foods tend to be cheaper than more healthful options. Good news: this doesn’t have to be the case! Eating a healthful diet, such as one high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, eggs,…

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Sugar and Your Health

Oh, sugar. We all know about the sweet stuff. We’ve all tried it, and at one time or another, we’ve all added it to our food or drink. There’s no denying that sugar is sweet, tasty, and easily incorporated into just about everything. But just because it tastes good and is readily available, should we really be consuming as much of it as we do?…

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Snack Your Way Healthy

For many people, snacking is necessary to maintain energy levels throughout the day and prevent excessive hunger and dramatic drops in blood sugar. There are many benefits to snacking, and if done thoughtfully, snacking between meals can be part of a healthy lifestyle plan. Potential benefits of snacking include the opportunity to consume more vitamins, minerals, and fiber, as well as satisfy hunger between meals…

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The Basics of Building a Healthy Plate

With all of the health-related information available these days, it’s sometimes difficult to know what foods to choose for meals and snacks. Good news: choosing and eating healthy meals and snacks doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, and it can still taste good. One definition of the word “healthy” is indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health. By that definition, there are a few simple points…

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How To Read Nutrition Facts Labels

If you’ve been following along with the blog, you’ll recall several references to nutrition facts labels, which are found on packaged food products and can assist you in making health-promoting decisions about food. Specifically, these labels may come in handy when considering dietary fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber, and sugar.  With countless packaged food products available these days, nutrition facts labels can also be overwhelming and…

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Dietary Fat: The Good, The Bad, and The Yummy

Dietary fat has been a hot topic in nutrition for a long time. Should you eat fat? Is fat bad for you? Will eating fat make you fat? There’s a lot to consider, and it’s easy to become confused. The truth is that dietary fat is a necessary part of a healthy diet, but not all fats are created equal. Read on to learn about…

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Fiber: Why It’s Important and How To Make Sure You’re Eating Enough

You may have heard that you need fiber, but why is it so necessary? What is fiber, and how can it help you feel better? More importantly, how can you make sure that you’re eating enough fiber while on the road? Let’s start with the basics. Fiber is a carbohydrate found in some foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans are some examples. The body…

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Tips for Reducing Sodium Intake

Sodium is a hot topic in nutrition these days. Most of us know that this little mineral is a huge part of the American diet in the form of salt and that it’s found in excess in many foods. Some of us may even be dealing with the side effects of too much sodium and may be confused about how to reduce the amount of…

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Staying Hydrated: Why It’s Important and How To Do It

“Do I REALLY have to drink eight cups of water every day?” Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. Hydration refers to water absorption, and ensuring adequate water intake is a very basic function of health. Adequate hydration promotes the body working optimally. When the body is hydrated, the heart can more easily pump blood, and muscles can…

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New Year’s Resolutions: How to Keep Them All Year Long

What are New Year’s Resolutions? Why do we make them? And why do they fail? A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of improvement on New Year’s Day. Resolutions are made for a variety of reasons, but most people view the New Year as a good time to wipe the slate clean and have…

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