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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

Stop Diet Hopping and Start Practicing Sensible Eating

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With so many diet trends and a new ‘superfood’ emerging every few months, it’s hard to ignore the temptation to see what all the fuss is about. People have become obsessed with jumping on the newest fad diet in an effort to drop weight and get healthy quick. Here’s why it’s a bad idea: What is diet hopping? There are hundreds of diets out there to choose from, each touting their own benefits. While it’s fine to try different diets and experiment to see what works for you, it’s dangerous…read more

4 Barriers to Changing Habits and How to Overcome Them

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How do you create good habits? Most of us have tried and failed to change our habits many times. There are several common barriers to changing your behaviours, but there are ways to overcome them. Here are 4 common barriers and how to overcome them. 1. Trying too much too soon When you’re trying to change a habit, or create a new one, you need to start small. Choose a small behavior and do it often. It’s best if you plan to do it immediately after something you already do….read more

Boost Your Productivity: 5 Tips to Start Your Day Right

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Most of us roll over, grab our phone and start looking through notifications. Others dive into the shower or head to the gym. Still others eat breakfast or get the kids ready. However you get going, there is a lot of research to support how much your morning routine dictates the course of your day. 1. Set the Tone The first thing many of us do when we start work each day is check email and voicemail. This is actually one of the worst ways to start your day. It…read more

Is It Really Genetic? How Lifestyle Choices Impact DNA

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Cracking the human genome was deemed essential in order to help us better understand diseases, our susceptibility to them, and how to best treat them. But now, many scientists believe our lifestyle habits are actually much more important in determining how our bodies develop disease. The Human Genome Project  The human genome is the complete assembly of DNA that makes each individual unique. The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international research project intent on mapping the entire human genome. The results were predicted to, among various other applications, help us better understand disease, better…read more

Biggest Benefits to Improving Wellness in the Workplace

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Health in the workplace has become a big priority, and wearables are a huge asset to putting wellness initiatives into place. Companies are working to find the best ways to use wearables like fitness trackers and smart devices to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees. Here are the three biggest benefits to improving wellness in the workplace. Building morale Employers are learning how important it is to promote a healthy work-life balance. Some companies are taking further responsibility for the health of employees by implementing unique wellness programs to engage…read more

Five of the Coolest Trends in Hearables

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Within the realm of wearables, hearable devices are making waves. Hearables can change the way you perceive your environment, reduce stress and change how you experience music. Here are 5 of the coolest trends happening in hearables. 1. Sounds for stress It’s no secret that music plays strongly on our emotions. It can evoke feelings of happiness, sadness, fear and anticipation. It is also very useful as a relaxation tool. As technology allows us to collect more data from ourselves, a new device has found a way to perfectly tailor…read more