Traveling? Stay Healthy!

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Kudos to you for committing to a healthy diet and fitness routine! When you’re traveling, however it can be tricky to eat healthily and exercise regularly, especially since you’re in a new location with unfamiliar surroundings. Here are some useful and convenient ideas to help you keep tight, toned, and feeling great!

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Teach Your Children to Eat Well

March brings with it many things. There is the excitement of spring, festive holidays and of course, National Nutrition Month. The goal of National Nutrition Month, which is to take pause and think about the connection between nutrition, our health and wellness, is very much aligned with the renewal that comes this time of year. The 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”, provides an ideal message for parents to share with their children and help guide them toward making healthier food choices. Here are 15 ways parents can present good nutrition and fun foods to their children.

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National Nutrition Month

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The theme of National Nutrition Month 2013 is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. I can’t think of a more perfect theme to remind people of what it takes to be successful at meeting nutrition goals. This theme reminds us that no matter who you are, young or old or whatever your whole health picture includes, if you don’t establish what makes eating well work for you then you are unlikely to be able to “eat right” for the long run.

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Nutrition 1-2-3

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People are often curious about how I would break down the many, many nutrition messages out there into three things that everyone should start doing. To answer this critical question, I offer three strategies for healthier living that I truly believe lead to a better relationship with food, help maintain a healthy weight and ultimately enable […]

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The Things We Do for Love

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Many of us have been there. You are sitting in your doctor’s office and he/she tells you or a loved one that it’s time for a diet change. Suddenly, you feel overwhelmed; almost paralyzed, as you take in information with no action plan, no awareness of where you go next or what “change” should look like. I have met many people both in my office and in the aisles of the supermarket that are facing this fear and truly don’t know where to start. Well, like most things it starts with a plan.

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What’s in a Portion?

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According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, portions have grown significantly over the years, and with them, the divide between what we think we need to eat and how long it takes us to work those calories off. Guiding Stars makes it simple to know what foods are the most nutritious to eat, but for many of us, knowing how much of each food to eat can be a challenging question. We’ve gathered a few resources to help you know how much to eat and some tools your family can use to avoid common struggles with portion along the way.

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Debunking a Myth: Winter Weight Gain

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A quick Google search of “winter weight gain” reveals 28,700,000 results with link titles like “Winter weight: Surprising Reasons,” “Avoid Winter Weight Gain” and many more. It’s enough to make you believe that it’s an epidemic, spreading like the flu. Of course, with related searches that include “fall weight gain” and “summer weight gain,” you have to wonder just how real winter weight gain is.

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Weathering the Winter with Fitness

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There are people that enjoy the winter and then there are those who dread every moment, fear every weather report and loathe the cold. While on the surface this may simply seem like a matter of opinion, I believe that there is something greater that separates these two groups. Winter lovers tend to get out and appreciate the season for what it offers–crisp, cool air and a chance to enjoy a landscape that looks so very different than it does in the warmer months.

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