4 Surprising Reasons to Lose the Weight This Year

SubscribeButton-webweightLosstapeUnless you’ve been living in a bunker for the past decade, you’ve probably heard the news that obesity is now an epidemic. Sixty percent of Americans are overweight. But understanding health risks often isn’t enough to motivate people to lose weight. So here are four more eye-opening reasons to drop those extra pounds. Continue reading “4 Surprising Reasons to Lose the Weight This Year”

Nectarines: A Smart Summer Snack

The nectarine is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fruit of the month in July – and they’re a great source of nutrients necessary for optimal health!

Vitamin A. This retinoid plays a key role in cellular growth and vision.
Vitamin C. This antioxidant is necessary for the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels. It also has been shown to prevent or reduce the duration of the common cold.
Fiber. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, dietary fiber promotes longevity by decreasing risk of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Fiber’s widespread benefits also include aiding digestion and promoting weight loss.
Niacin. This B vitamin helps convert carbohydrates into usable energy and plays an important role in the nervous system, digestive system. It also promotes skin, hair and eye health. Many studies show niacin may even increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Tips for adding to nectarines to your day:

Shake-up breakfast. Add a cup of sliced nectarines and a cup of ice to your morning Reliv shake and blend.
Snack on the go. Grab a nectarine and a handful of nuts for a quick bite with plenty of fiber and protein.
Save for later. To enjoy this summer fruit throughout the year, arrange whole or sliced nectarines on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, store the nectarines in a plastic bag. When you’re ready to eat, run the nectarine under cold water to remove the skin. Prepare frozen nectarines as usual.

Simple Diet Additions to Subtract Weight

When you’re trying to lose weight, sometimes it’s not what you cut out of your diet but what you add to it. While there’s no magic food, ingredient or pill that will melt off pounds, research is showing some nutrients can add oomph to your weight loss efforts. Continue reading “Simple Diet Additions to Subtract Weight”

Slash Stress, Melt Pounds

Having trouble losing weight? Pounds mysteriously piling on? Stress could be the culprit.
Some stress is beneficial and can get you moving and motivated. But when stress is prolonged, leaving you feeling dragged out, your body’s chemistry begins to change. Continue reading “Slash Stress, Melt Pounds”

4 Golden Rules for Greener Health

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Living green means we recycle, create less waste and use fewer resources. These are all important ways to protect the environment. But what are you doing to green up your health? A healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. Let’s make every day “Green Health Day!” Continue reading “4 Golden Rules for Greener Health”

Say Goodnight to Weight Gain

SubscribeButton-webgood night obesityIn today’s busy society, we try to pack more and more into every day. As a result, sleep is usually the first thing sacrificed. But staying up late to get more work done, surf the Internet or watch television could be the culprit behind your weight gain or inability to lose weight. Continue reading “Say Goodnight to Weight Gain”

Go on the No-Diet Diet

SubscribeButton-webnon-dietA 2008 American Dietetic Association survey of nearly 800 adults showed that 43 percent do all they can to eat healthy and regularly exercise; 38 percent say they know they should do that but don’t do all they can; and 19 percent don’t feel a healthy diet and exercise are important. Continue reading “Go on the No-Diet Diet”