Post-Lunch Dip? The “food coma” explained.

Post-Lunch Dip? The “food coma” explained.

Sit up, look alive and wipe that drool from your face. If you felt great until lunch, but now you'll jump at the chance to catch a few Zs anywhere, chances are your diet is throwing you off. Quantity and Quality of Carbs: I'll keep this short at sweet. Carbohydrates...

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Green Lights, Red Lights and Body Sabotage

Green Lights, Red Lights and Body Sabotage

It's one of those days. You didn't get the best night of sleep. You had the longest day and have no energy left. One little cookie won't make that big of a difference. You cut your workout short because you needed to [fill in the blank]. Being healthy is great - there...

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Dessert for Breakfast: 5 Morning Meals to Avoid

Dessert for Breakfast: 5 Morning Meals to Avoid

It's safe to say that the general public is well aware of its collective sugar addiction. For many, sugar fixes start in the morning and end in the evening, sending our insulin levels on a dangerous roller coaster ride that is out of control.  The only thing more...

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Weight Loss, Eating Out and Becoming Food Conscious

Weight Loss, Eating Out and Becoming Food Conscious

If you eat out often, chances are you may have a harder time managing your weight than if you ate every meal at home. Restaurant food portions are usually out of control and as consumers, we really don't know how much junk is actually added to our entrees. I have a...

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Thai Turkey Chili…delicious and good for you, too!

Thai Turkey Chili…delicious and good for you, too!

  Yesterday I hosted a chili cook off. Over a dozen crock pots filled with variations of veggie, turkey or meaty chili lined my dining room table. Everything was really good, but there was one pot that stood out from the rest, probably because it tasted most...

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Workout Happy: Traci’s Top 10 Endorphin Boosters

Workout Happy: Traci’s Top 10 Endorphin Boosters

Love and pain are forever intertwined thanks to neurotransmitters called endorphins. Endorphins are produced in the brain and, when in love, well...gives us such amazing lovey-dove feelings that, even if they sky fell,  everything would be ok. They're also produced in...

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Turn Back the Clock with this Juice

Turn Back the Clock with this Juice

I made a promise to myself to start juicing more in the New Year. I've got this great juicer and it wasn't getting the attention it deserved. I'm not really interested in juicing just oranges, red apples, grapes or other high glycemic fruits because a) I don't drink...

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No Excuses (Bike -n- Run) Workout #24

No Excuses (Bike -n- Run) Workout #24

I made a resolution to start racing more in 2012. A few years ago, my race of choice was triathlons. I love them because they break up the monotony of doing just one thing. The drawback is time-consuming training. That said, my favorite training day was always "brick...

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Food, Fitness and Fat Loss

Food, Fitness and Fat Loss

Fueling your body before and after a good workout is important, but not hard to do after you get into a good routine. If you're eating healthy foods that are right for your body type, the rest is all about timing, portions and how you choose to sweat! When are you...

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Eat Right for Your Body Type: the dinner edition

Eat Right for Your Body Type: the dinner edition

        Over the last couple days, I've written about foods that are right for your body type. Today I'm moving onto dinnertime. Need a recap? You can always jump back to the breakfast edition and the lunch edition. Here are a couple ideas for...

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3 Tips to Lose 16 Pounds in 3 Months

3 Tips to Lose 16 Pounds in 3 Months

Losing weight that stays off is easier than you think.  Here are a few tips to lose up to 16 pounds in a few short months. Stop Eating When You're Full:  A lot of people continue to pick at food on the table or in the kitchen long after their stomach says, "enough!"...

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What Would Happen if You Never Exercised Again?

What Would Happen if You Never Exercised Again?

Let's say you stay active, to some degree, most days of the week. Then one day you decide to call it quits for one reason or another. Maybe it's an injury, work, a relationship or sheer boredom. Regardless, you hang up your running shoes and close the drawer on your...

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Fertility, Disease, Food and BPA

Fertility, Disease, Food and BPA

In the spring of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will decide whether or not to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic.  The greatest concern of this chemical comes in the use of  water bottles, food containers and as the lining of canned goods....

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Healthy Tips for the Holiday Traveler

Healthy Tips for the Holiday Traveler

Whether you’re traveling by car, plane or just walking downstairs to your living room - it’s easy to fall out of the healthy eating and exercise routine at the height of the holiday season. No one can be perfect, but there are numerous things you can do to try to...

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No Excuses (Cardio) Workout #23

No Excuses (Cardio) Workout #23

Here is a short and sweet workout that will get your heart rate up and hold it up for several minutes with a two minute rest. Repeated three to five times and you've got a high intensity workout that opens up your lungs, burns fat and gets you in and out of the gym...

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