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Sugar! The Real Halloween Horror Story

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It’s that spooky time of year again—Halloween. While haunted houses and ghoulish costumes usually take top prize for most horrifying, Candy is the culprit we should really be afraid of. During this fun and frightening time, it’s important to be aware of the role sugar is playing in our holiday traditions – and our lives. Addicted to sugar When we eat sugar, the reward centers of the brain are stimulated – it makes us feel good. When we eat sugar-containing foods often, we develop a tolerance, which requires us to eat…read more

How a Personal Contract Can Help You Reach Your Goals

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Anyone with a cell phone or Internet provider knows how binding contracts can be. But do you know how powerful a personal goal contract can be? Creating a contact for yourself will help you stay dedicated to your personal goals and define the specific steps you must take to achieve them. Why create a personal contract? Research has found that eliciting this type of personal commitment is a powerful motivator of healthy behavior change. This type of contract also serves as a record of your original intentions and what you…read more

9 Ways to Boost Your Energy Now That Summer is Over

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Once summer is over and colder temperatures set in, it’s natural for the body to slow down to hibernation mode. While it may be natural to slow down a little during the fall and winter months, most of us don’t have a schedule that accommodates it. In fact, with Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-end reports on the horizon, many of us are left looking for a way to boost our energy levels during this season. Here are 10 ways you can increase your energy to get through the season with more…read more

A Simple Guide to Sustainable Eating

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Many people are becoming more informed about how their food choices affect the global agricultural and social environment. Savvy consumers are looking beyond their supermarket shelves and exploring local, sustainable food options. Here are 5 tips to help you develop sustainable eating habits. 1. Prioritize plants Experts suggest filling half your plate with vegetables and fruits as part of an optimal diet. Prioritizing produce benefits the planet as well your nutrition. Shifting to a more plant-based way of eating will help reduce freshwater depletion and deforestation —a victory for both your health…read more

Live Mindfully to Live Happily: My Beginner’s Guide

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It’s no secret that we live in the land of convenience. As technology has advanced, we have become accustomed to getting what we want, when we want and have been conditioned to think this is a good thing. However, this mindless approach to life leaves many of us feeling unsatisfied and unhappy. I invite you to consider the negative effects of ‘instant gratification’ habits and learn how to overcome them. What is ‘instant gratification’? We live in the golden age where convenience meets technology. Think of everything that is available…read more