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Sleep, Your Secret Weapon: 8 Tips to Get Your 8 Hours

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We at Belty have certainly touted the benefits of sleep before, but most people just don’t realize how important sleep is. The truth is that the duration and quality of your sleep impacts all parts of your life. Discover the surprisingly serious effects of lack of sleep and learn some tips to get your recommended nightly zzzs. To really drive home just how important sleep is, here are a few shocking examples of how missing sleep can effect you: After a night without sleep, your focus, memory and reaction time…read more

The Detox Myth

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‘Detox’ is one of the biggest buzzwords used to sell health and wellness products. There are literally thousands of ‘detoxifying’ products – from smoothies to soap – that promise a long list of health benefits. But with very little scientific evidence to support these products, many consumers are left wondering if they are worth the hype. Detox culture Detox culture is an extension of our society’s tendency to hop from one fad diet to the next in search for instant gratification. The idea that you can flush away that sluggish…read more

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

The Problem with ‘Superfoods’

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What we eat has changed more in the last 40 years than it has in the previous 40,000. Every time you open a food magazine, people are promoting the latest “superfood” from açai berries and kale to maca and spirulina. Before you hop on board with the newest fad, take a moment to understand the global environmental consequences of eating this way. What is a ‘superfood’ anyway? A ‘superfood’ is just sales jargon for any food that is nutrient-dense, with above average antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes or proteins. As you can…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