From the Bride to the Guests

Well, we’re right in the middle of wedding season – and fall weddings rising in trend, it doesn’t look like the nuptials are going to stop anytime soon. Whether your the bride to be or a guest’s plus one, weddings are stressful and of course, you always want to look and feel confident! But you can’t just drop everything and dedicate all of your time to working out We’ve created an easy to follow 6-week workout plan, that’s a great mix of cardio, strength, and active rest to help you get…

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Homegrown Peppers: Tips and Tricks

Red, orange, yellow and green: Peppers brighten our meals with vibrant colors and rich flavors. And they’re loaded with many essential nutrients, including substantial amounts of vitamins A and C, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Homegrown peppers light up gardens and containers, too, with their vivid hues and unique shapes. They’re easy to grow and there are lots of different kinds to choose from, so you are sure to find one or more that suit your tastes. Whether you’re an experienced green thumb or gardening for…

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Summer Weight Loss Mistakes | The Leaf Nutrisystem Blog

Summer tends to be the most fun and active time of year. And all kinds of delicious and nutritious foods are fresh and abundant in this season. Those are great reasons why summer is prime time to work toward your healthiest weight.But the hot weather, along with picnics, cookouts and other parties that pop up on the calendar, present a variety of temptations that can derail progress to your weight loss goal. You can avoid these pitfalls if you remember that you have better options that can be satisfying without…

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The Kettlebell 6 – Teach Yourself the Fundamentals

  There are 6 tutorial videos in the Kettelbell Basics Tutorial Series here. They will cover all the fundamentals of movement that you need to begin, reshape, or refresh your kettlebell practice. The videos are free but do require you to register to use. We suggest you follow them in the order below, but as you develop your proficiency, you will be able to return to any of these videos when you need to renew your work on a particular movement.      So, each tutorial can stand alone or…

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5 Ways You’re Ruining Your Smoothies

Ready for a healthy smoothies reality check? At one fast food restaurant, a 250-calorie low-fat strawberry-banana smoothie contains a whopping 38 grams of sugar. Translation: Roughly 9.5 teaspoons of sugar, just a fraction of a teaspoon less than in one 12-ounce can of cola. That means about 60 percent of the calories in one seemingly healthy smoothie comes from sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than nine teaspoons of added sugar a day, and women consume no more than six teaspoons. Male or female, indulging…

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Lentils: Why We Love This Superfood

Lentils may be tiny, but they pack in tons of nutrition. This superfood is part of the legume family because they grow in pods. According to the Mayo Clinic, these pebble-like legumes are high in fiber and protein and low in fat, making them a great substitute for meat. They are also rich in folate, iron, phosphorus and potassium. They cook up soft and tender and can be mixed in a variety of dishes or even served on their own. You may be surprised to learn that there are many…

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8 Easy Ways to Deal with Vacation Weight Gain

The average American gains 0.7 pounds while on vacation, according to a 2016 study by researchers at the University of Georgia in Athens published in March in the journal, Physiology & Behavior.While that doesn’t sound like much, the news when you drill down isn’t so great. Some of the 122 adults in the study gained as much as seven pounds. And that itty bitty three-quarters of a pound hadn’t gone away when the study participants were weighed six weeks after they returned home. It likely became another factor in what…

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6 Foods You Should Never Eat Before Bed

A good night’s sleep is just as important as a good diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight. Many studies have found a link between lack of sleep and weight gain. One big reason: Your hormones—specifically the ones that regulate hunger. One study, for example, found that sleep-deprived people had higher levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin and lower levels of leptin, the hormone that tells you when you’re full. You know what happens when those two are out of balance. Another reason: When you’re tired, your energy…

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7 Delicious Fruits You Never Knew Existed

You know that fresh fruit is one of the foundations of a healthy diet and it can often satisfy a craving for sweets between meals and at dessert time. Good news: You have lots of choices of fruit to enjoy beyond the old stand-bys, apples and oranges. In fact, here are seven tasty fruits you may never have heard of that are loaded with flavor and nutrients. STAR FRUITCarambola, or star fruit, has light-green to yellow skin and juicy pulp that can be sweet or slightly tart, depending on the…

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The 6 Worst Things You Do After Gaining Weight

Put on a few extra pounds this summer? Don’t sweat it! By getting back on track and opting for healthier choices, you’ll slim-down in no time. Just be sure to avoid these six blunders, sure to wreak even more havoc on your progress.Beat Yourself UpIn a study published in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012, positive self-talk was a distinguishing factor between people who maintained their weight loss and those who gained weight back. Don’t blow your weight gain out of proportion. Tell yourself you had…

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