How to Make a Traditional Conch Salad from Scratch

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting any one of the 30 or so inhabited islands of the Bahamas, you have likely either had or heard of conch salad, as it’s indeed their signature dish. Now, a good conch salad is one that’s packed full of raw/live conch, veggies, citrus juices and zesty spices for maximum flavor and utterly enjoyable satiation. During one of my visits to the beautiful island of Nassau, I had the privilege of having a full batch of traditional conch salad made fresh for me by Mr. Tyrone Culmer, one of the towns best culinary talents, as part of an exclusive event catered by Circa1890 Lounge.

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Infographic: How Many Calories You Burn During Housework

Housework is one of my personal favorite forms of spontaneous physical activity. Although I’m a runner who regularly engages in weight training, I actually hate going to the gym. As such, I prefer to be as physically active as I can outdoors and at home – When it comes to being active at home, housework definitely does the trick for me!

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The Important Role of Metabolism in Weight Loss

Metabolism (or the metabolic rate) is the amount of calories your body uses to fuel all vital functions (breathing, blood pressure and brain activity). These calories are obtained from macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein) housed in the foods you eat. Your metabolism is affected by numerous factors, which collectively determine your body weight. If your health and fitness goals are centered on losing weight it’s important to understand the critical role that your metabolism plays.

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Natural Ways to Suppress Hunger and Appetite for Weight Loss

Constant hunger or increased appetite can greatly sabotage your weight loss efforts and possibly even lead to weight gain, especially if you regularly overeat. Now while hunger and appetite are complex processes driven by a number of different factors (mood, activity habits, and hormones), there are certain strategies you can implement to curb both. Here are five ways you can naturally suppress constant hunger and control your appetite to lose weight. 

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Five Strategies for Eating Well with a Lung Condition

When compared to the average person, individuals with lung conditions (chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema) use way more energy during breathing. Such breathing problems are primarily a result of narrowing and inflammation (swelling) of the lung's airways. In general, good nutrition is critical for good health and eating nutritious, well-balanced meals each day can play a significant role in the prevention of lung problems. Here are five healthy eating strategies that can help alleviate labored breathing and other symptoms of common lung conditions.

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About Me

About Me Nina Cherie Franklin PhDDr. Nina Cherie Franklin is a native of the Englewood community on Chicago's South Side. Like many African-American women and girls she struggled with obesity, leading a lifestyle of physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Inspired by her mother at an early age, Dr. Franklin distanced herself from many peer influences and had the wherewithal to affect real change by embracing healthier habits that have become her life’s passion and profession.

After graduating from high school, Dr. Franklin attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and majored in Kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement. During her tenure at UIUC, she also became a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Franklin worked in numerous fitness centers and gyms as a manager, trainer and exercise instructor. During this time, she also pursued a Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy at the Soma Institute in Chicago. After graduating and completing her national board certification exam, Dr. Franklin launched her own business, Complete Image, Inc., for which she provided personal and group training, fitness consulting, and clinical massage therapy services.

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A Simple, Effective Abdominal Workout

The abdominal muscles (or 'abs') are basically comprised of three parts: the rectus abdominus (commonly called 'the six pack'), obliques (internal and external), and transverse abdominus. Strong abss (in conjunction with the muscles of the lower back) are essential for performing many physical activities that require turning, twisting, and bending. The abdominal muscles also play a crucial role in stabilizing the spine, preventing the occurrence of lower back pain.

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Target Heart Rate: Are You Working Out Hard Enough?

As if getting motivated to work out isn't difficult enough, there’s also the question of whether or not you're working hard enough which is generally described in terms of "intensity". While you can achieve health benefits with as little as 30 minutes of low-intensity exercise (walking, leisure swimming or gardening), moderate- to high-intensity forms of exercise (bicycling, lap swimming or running) tend to result in greater improvements in cardiovascular function and overall fitness.

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The Ideal Elliptical Stride for Working the Glutes

The elliptical trainer is an excellent low impact alternative to the treadmill in that you can get in a great full body workout without placing undo stress on your joints. Most elliptical trainers allow you to adjust the cross ramp angle to target the lower body muscle groups, including your legs, thighs, and glutes. Check out this clip to see the ideal elliptical stride for working the glutes. 

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What You Need to Know About Being "Big-Boned"

Ever heard the statement: "I'm not fat, I’m just big boned?" Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself.

Unfortunately, the "big-boned" theory is one that’s all too commonly misconstrued by people as justification for being overweight or obese when, in all actuality, they are simply carrying too much body fat. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly people with a predisposition to carrying excess fat and many who naturally have big bones, so being slightly overweight may be inevitable for some. However, the average person is not predisposed to weighing in excess of 300 pounds.

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Six of the Best Exercises for Sculpting Lean Arms

Oftentimes people ask me "how do I get rid of this?", pointing to the flab on their arms and around their shoulders. Some people even wiggle their arms for me in order to emphasize the point. If you have excess flab around your arms and shoulders, the only natural remedy involves a combination of sensible eating, fat burning with cardiovascular (cardio) exercise, and regular weight training, especially for the muscles of your arms and shoulders.

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Why We’re Really Sick: The Epidemic of Chronic Diseases

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I’m a firm believer that humans are designed to be physically active and that not doing so creates energy imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to obesity and other health problems. As evidence, over 500,000 people die each year from diseases linked to physical inactivity and obesity. Furthermore, rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer have all tripled over the past 30 years corresponding to decreasing levels of daily physical activity and increasing rates of obesity.

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Three Smart Strategies for Exercising with a Lung Condition

When compared to the average person, individuals with lung conditions (chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema) use way more energy during breathing. Such breathing problems are primarily a result of narrowing and inflammation (swelling) of the lung's airways. In general, exercise and other forms of physical activity are critical for good health and can play a significant role in the prevention of lung problems. However, the wrong types of exercise can induce inflammation and trigger breathing difficulties. Here are three smart exercise strategies that can help alleviate inflammation, labored breathing, and other symptoms of common lung conditions.

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Infographic: A Complete and Total Snorefest

These days it's pretty clear that a lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, smoking, and other lifestyle-related factors elevate the risk of chronic disease but did you know that a lack of sleep and frequent snoring can also increase disease risk? Yes, it's true! Check out this cool infographic provided by ResMed and see how. When you're done, click it and take the screening test to see if you're at risk.

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Stress: A Major Culprit Behind Weight Gain, Belly Fat, and Chronic Disease

Are you frequently exposed to stress due to work or school, conflicts with family or friends, or even while sitting impatiently in a traffic jam? Although such situations may seem harmless, with prolonged and repeated exposures these simple stressors can set off a progressive cascade of events leading to unhealthy weight gain, poor health and, ultimately, disease.

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A Chicagoan’s Perspective on 'Food Deserts'

I grew up in the Englewood community on Chicago’s South Side. Among the 5+ apartments in which I resided with my family, I spent a large chunk of the 80’s near 63rd and Ashland – in a Food Desert. ‘Food Deserts’ are getting a lot of press these days, and for good reason on many levels. By definition, a Food Desert is a “district with little or no access to foods needed to maintain a healthy diet but often served by plenty of fast food.” One bothersome theme that has entered the conversation is that Food Deserts are the main reason why people have poor diets and engage in unhealthy eating behaviors. The argument has become a crutch in a few circles and is now cropping up on national television via public health professionals and TV pundits.

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Product Review: Why I Recommend LifeSpan Workplace Solutions Treadmill and Bike Desks

With the widespread promotion of regular physical activity for good health, new breeds of exercise equipment are hitting the market each and every day. Most of this equipment is specifically designed for performing low-to-high intensity levels of cardio exercise and resistance training either at a gym or at home. However, thanks to LifeSpan and their Workplace Solutions product line, there are now specialized forms of equipment specifically designed for regular use at work or in a home office.

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10 Types of Dieting Resources to Reject

Oftentimes, people who are trying to lose weight fall victim to one or more of the hundreds of dieting programs and books on the mainstream market. I'm sure you've done it at least once. Now, some of these do actually contain useful advice and tips but, unfortunately, most make empty promises. With that said, in order to achieve a goal of PERMANENT weight loss, you should REJECT dieting programs or books with any of the following 10 characteristics:

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How to Lose Weight Without Getting Flabby Skin

Has your dramatic weight loss resulted in an unsightly appearance of loose, flabby skin? This is a common occurrence when a large amount of weight is lost through calorie restriction (dieting) and/or excessive amounts of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise. The overall "flabulous" appearance is generally a two-fold problem resulting from losses in body fat and muscle. 

Why does this happen?

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The Truth About Colonics

Many years ago, I played secret shopper and became a victim of fraudulent activity masked as 'colonic' cleansing. I pretended that I knew nothing about the human body and proceeded to ask a 'colon tech' about the logic behind the colonic cleansing process (also known as colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy). Subsequently, I participated in the process so that I would have had the full experience when I criticized it later.

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How to Get More Out of Your Walk

Walking is by far one of the most common types of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise, as it’s easy to perform, requires little or no equipment, and can conveniently be incorporated into your everyday routine. Through its beneficial effects on the heart, lungs and blood vessels, regular walking has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of obesity and numerous chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and various forms of cancer.

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Infographic: Are Deceptive Food Labels Making America Fat?

Did you know that the average American eats and drinks about three pounds of sugar each week? To burn off that much sugar you’d actually have to run 2.8 laps around the planet earth. Is such overconsumption of sugar linked to American’s insatiable sweet tooth? Or, is this simply due to deceptive food and beverage labeling gimmicks that provoke misinformed purchases?

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Stop Calling Me Skinny!

Have you recently experienced a dramatic weight loss and are now sensing that people are treating you differently? Are you suddenly hearing things like you’re "getting too skinny" or that you "look sick"? Well if the answer to either of these questions is yes you’re certainly not alone. Unfortunately, this is something I’ve been dealing with for most of my adult life – and I’m not even naturally skinny.

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Using an Exercise Ball as an Office Chair

With so many people sitting in chairs and in front of computers these days the back has become one of the most vulnerable areas to chronic pain and muscle injury. One way to potentially counter this problem is by replacing your traditional office chair with an exercise ball. When properly seated on an exercise ball your core muscles become activated, which may improve your sitting posture, balance, and overall stability. Check out this clip to learn how to use an exercise ball as an office chair.

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Nutrition Tip: The Importance of a Balanced Diet

When it comes to weight loss, far too much emphasis is placed on calorie restriction at the expense of a balanced diet with good nutrition. While losing weight is primarily a matter of creating calorie deficits, you can successfully manage your weight, improve your health, and substantially lower your risk of disease by simply eating a wide range of nutritious foods on a day-to-day basis.

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Belly Fat: Five Ways to Lose the Pooch

These days belly fat is indeed one of the most widely targeted areas of the body among men and women alike. Walk into any gym and you’ll find countless people spending a large majority of their workout time engaging in 'belly fat boot-camp' on "ab" prefixed machines while simultaneously downing placebo meal replacement shakes that promise to 'melt away' the fat.

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Major Conditions Associated with Low Back Pain

At some point in time, almost everyone will experience low back pain as its prevalence greatly increases with age. Exercise plays an essential role in both the prevention and treatment of low back pain but to learn more about this condition, visit The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.

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A Simple Guide to Eating Sensibly

I always emphasize that eating sensibly is an absolute must for successful weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. But, what does it actually mean to eat sensibly? Eating sensibly essentially involves incorporating a diet that’s rich in nutrient-dense foods, which are those that supply an abundance of high-quality "nutrients" relative to the number of calories they provide. It’s actually simpler than you might think. Here’s my quick and easy guide to sensible eating.

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Different Types of Weight Training Equipment

When it comes to weight training, you need to choose exercises and equipment that tax all the major muscle groups of your upper and lower body. A good weight training routine should include at least eight different exercises which can easily be performed with machines as they guide your body through the desired range of motion and don't require much coordination. Machines are also great for isolating muscle groups. Check out this video clip to see some of the best weight training machine exercises.

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Drinking Pink: The Disease-Fighting Power of Rosé Wines

Rosé wines ("pink" or "blush" wines) are some of the most underrated and overlooked wines in the United States. As main dietary staples in Provence these wines offer a crisp, acidic yet mildly sweet flavor that pairs very well with nutrient-rich Mediterranean foods like fresh vegetables, olive oil, and fish. In spite of being an avid wine drinker and one who follows a Mediterranean-style diet, I too am guilty of undervaluing rosé wines, often limiting myself to reds and whites. Not any more!

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Building a Sculpted Chest

The chest muscles, or pectorals, are primarily made up of three parts: the upper, middle, and lower pectorals. To completely train the pectorals you must perform exercises that develop each of these parts. Strong pectorals are essential for performing many physical activities like pushing a shopping cart or a lawn mower, throwing, and serving in tennis. A strong chest is also crucial for shoulder stability. For women, toned and sculpted pectorals give an appearance of fuller, firmer, and shapelier breasts, which can greatly enhance the overall appearance of the upper body.

Related Article: Losing Weight Without Losing the Boobs

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How to Reduce the Appearance of a Pear Shape

If you have a pear shape you tend to carry excess weight in your lower body. Excess body fat can make the pear shape look highly exaggerated but a lack of muscle tone makes it look a lot worse. In order to really reduce the appearance of a pear shape you'll need to perform targeted resistance exercises that slim your lower body. Check out this clip for three of these exercises.  

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Are You Eating Too Much Turkey?

Over the last 10 or so years I’ve observed a complete turkey takeover. I’m not talking about the traditional Butterball that dresses the holiday table or even the shaved lunchmeat that’s typically inserted between two slices of bread. I’m referring to the dramatic rise in turkey-based products that are heavily marketed towards people who, for whatever reason, choose to abstain from eating beef or pork.  

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3 Common Behaviors That Sabotage Healthy Eating

Your attempts to eat healthy can be thwarted by a lack of understanding of what makes foods "healthy" in the first place. Some foods are considered healthy because they promote proper functioning of the body while others are labeled "healthy" simply because they are lower in calories. It's important to understand that healthy foods are not always fair game and abusing them can do more harm than good when it comes to your efforts to eat healthy. Here are three common behaviors that can really sabotage healthy eating.   

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Two-Day Fasting: A Viable Option for Healthy Eating

Two-day fasting is a type of intermittent fasting regimen that’s associated with exceptionally high levels of adherence. What makes two-day fasting especially beneficial is that it encourages substantial reductions in body weight, body fat percentage, and visceral (belly) fat, which is the type of fat that's linked to disease. I’ve practiced two-day fasting and other forms of intermittent fasting for years and I often recommended this way of eating to serious clients who are committed to maintaining a healthy body weight in the long-term.

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Infographic: Are You Losing the Dieting Game?

Research shows that 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States is trying to lose weight yet nearly 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese suggesting that the popularized dieting and exercise programs aren’t working. Why aren’t they working? Well, it’s primarily due to a lack of compliance, which, in most cases, explains why over 75 percent of individuals who resolve to lose weight each year abandon their weight loss programs by the end of January.

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Why You Shouldn’t Abandon Traditional Strength Training Methods

These days, many gyms are going away with traditional strength training machines and sometimes even free weights opting instead for trendier fitness techniques like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata boot camp workouts. While such exercise methods can substantially improve muscular endurance, boost metabolism, and enhance fat burning for weight loss, progressive strength (resistance) training with machines and free weights remains at the core of a well-rounded fitness program that’s both safe and sustainable.

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Fat-Shaming: Are Legitimately Unhealthy Fat People Hiding Behind the Term?

The Urban Dictionary has defined 'fat-shaming' as "a term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body". As an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and research scientist who studies obesity and one who’s battled the disease all my life, I’m not diametrically opposed to this definition in cases where the term 'fat' isn’t used maliciously.

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Healthy Grocery Shopping: Easy-to-Find Foods That Should Always Be on Your List

If you're trying to eat healthy but having a difficult time finding the right foods to buy, a trip to the grocery store can be quite intimidating. For weight management and overall good health, it’s important to eat a wide variety of food sources of carbohydrates, fat and protein that are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Your local grocery store houses hundreds of foods that meet these criteria. Here are some of the healthiest to add to your grocery list, even if you have a frugal food budget.

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Nutrition Basics: Your Daily Protein Intake

Protein is an essential macronutrient that’s primarily responsible for building, repairing, and maintaining cells in the body. It’s also an important structural component of muscle, bone, skin, blood, and other body tissues and organs. When the body's supply of other macronutrients (carbohydrates and fats) is insufficient, protein is used as a source of energy (or calories). Every gram of protein provides approximately four calories.

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Exercise vs. Physical Activity for Weight Loss

There has been some chatter on the web about the notion that losing weight only requires one to ‘diet’ and ‘move’ (move meaning being physically active). It has also been suggested that exercise isn’t an essential component in the weight loss equation. This misconception about exercise is what prompted me to respond in this video clip.

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The Ultimate Cure For A Saggy Butt

Not satisfied with the lower half of your body, namely your rear end? Do you have a mild to severe deflation in this area with surrounding skin that appears loose and lax otherwise known as a "saggy butt". These days, more and more women are opting for expensive, invasive cosmetic butt enhancements to correct this situation as opposed to putting in a little hard work and dedication.

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Holiday Weight Gain: Eating Too Much or Stress?

The holidays are a popular time for eating socially, which oftentimes leads to unwanted weight gain (click here for simple eating strategies that prevent holiday weight gain). However, when it comes to holiday weight gain, overeating isn’t always the culprit, as numerous other factors like physical inactivity can also play a role. Of all the factors that can cause you to pack on the pounds during the holiday season one of the most overlooked is stress.

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Is Aspartame Making You Sick and Fat?

I have a confession to make: When I drink coffee, I prefer to add an Equal low-calorie sweetener to it. Yes, that would be aspartame. And guess what? My reason for using an occasional packet of Equal has absolutely nothing to do with a desire to avoid carbs, spare calories, or even lose weight. Quite frankly, I just prefer the quick burst of sugariness that this particular sweetener provides in my coffee – only my coffee. That’s it!

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Health and Fitness Tips: July 2012

A Point to Ponder:

The first half of the year has come and gone. Many of you are likely experiencing success in keeping a new year's weight loss resolution. If this is the case, try not to reward your efforts by splurging with unhealthy foods that are high in fat and sugar. Using food as a reward feeds the notion that dietary discipline is a temporary behavior rather than a lifestyle change. Try choosing other methods for rewarding your success like getting a massage or shopping for a new outfit.

The Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is It Really a Fad?

Gluten-free eating is the latest craze among health enthusiasts and folks seeking to lose weight. In fact, if you’ve visited your local grocery store lately, you’ve probably noticed that the shelves are packed full of foods labeled as "gluten-free". Unfortunately, for a large majority of the population—say 90-95 percent—such gluten-free foods are an unnecessary investment.

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Waterleaf: The Perfect Restaurant for the Nutritionally Conscious Foodie

If you’re ever in or around the Dupage County area in Chicago’s Western Suburbs you absolutely must check out one of my new favorite eateries – Waterleaf Restaurant. As a research scientist and true advocate of health and wellness, this wonderful establishment of modern fine dining encompasses a combination of three things I utterly love: academics, education, and of course, nutritiously delicious food. 

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3 Tasty Ideas for Incredibly Nutritious Meal-Replacement Smoothies

Whether you're constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies make great meal replacements. Choosing the right ingredients can greatly boost your intake of protein, healthy fats, high-quality carbs, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here are three simple recipes for incredibly delicious and nutritious smoothies. For each recipe, add all the ingredients to your blender in the order in which they are listed.

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The Secret to Achieving Permanent Weight Loss in the New Year

For many people, January is the most important month of each year. It's the month when most of us feel renewed, refreshed and full of hope and promise. It is also the month during which people start working towards their goals to lose weight, get healthy and become physically fit. Unfortunately, without proper planning and foresight about 90 percent of these goals result in failure and this usually occurs by January 31st.

If you have resolved to lose weight in the new year, here are three tips for making your weight loss a success, permanently. 

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BeTwixed, Bothered, and Bewildered

A while back I was talking to my husband about a bad habit that I’d picked up when I was pregnant. Before I tell you what it is, let me tell you a little bit about me. I’ve always been extremely structured and very disciplined when I put my mind to something. Even when I had weaknesses, they were consistent. I loved salty foods as a child, as opposed to sugary snacks, so that’s all I ate. In fact, up to the time I was pregnant, I didn’t eat sweets at all. Talk to anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that this is a true fact.

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What Free Radicals Really Do To Your Body

If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness, and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the phrase "free radicals" tossed around, oftentimes in conjunction with the term "antioxidants". In fact, many health food manufacturers swear that their shakes, smoothies, vitamins, and other supplements will defend the body against these 'boogeyman' chemicals, which leads to billions and billions of dollars in sales to consumers seeking optimal wellness in a glass or bottle.

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Quick and Easy Ways to Slim Your Thighs Without Weights

When it comes to effective thigh slimming workouts many people think about those funky looking inner and outer thigh machines at the gym. While these machines are believed to strengthen and shape the muscles in the thighs, hips and buttocks, in reality they’re better suited for taking "active" rest periods between sets. How many times have you observed people using inner and outer thigh machines while simultaneously engaging in gym chatter, reading, text messaging, talking on the phone, or even clipping their nails?

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3 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Jiggly, Wiggly Arms

Oftentimes women ask me "how do I get rid of this?" pointing to the backs of their arms. Some women even wiggle their arms for me in order to emphasize the point. I was most amused when a young lady in my weightlifting class asked me how she could get rid of her "jiggly, wiggly" arms. I loved that terminology, so much so that I decided to write a little article about it.

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How to Tone Your Thighs with Dumbbells

There are many resistance training exercises you can perform to give your thighs a sleek and shapely appearance. Dumbbells are great for working the thighs and other muscles of the lower body as they are relatively cheap and pretty easy to use. Here's a clip in which I demonstrate four great exercises for working your thighs with dumbbells

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Building a Sculpted Lower Body

The lower body is basically made up of three parts: the gluteals, thighs, and legs. The gluteals are comprised of several muscles that attach to the hip joint: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. The gluteus maximus is the largest gluteal muscle and is usually referred to as the 'butt'. The thighs are comprised of multiple muscles that attach to both the hip and knee joints. The muscles on the front of the thigh are collectively called the quadriceps while the muscles on the back of the thigh are called the hamstrings.

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How to Build Your Cycling Speed

Whether performed outdoors or indoors on a stationary machine, cycling is an excellent exercise for increasing your cardiovascular fitness and overall health. For maximum benefits, it is a good practice to continually work towards building your cycling speed. Check out this video clip to learn how you can easily do this.

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Beginner’s Tips for Running a 5K

Training for a 5K (3.1 miles) is pretty simple but if you’re a beginner allow yourself about 6 weeks to train adequately. Your program should involve 3 days of walking, jogging, or running and 2-3 days of cross training (bicycling, swimming, or elliptical training) for a total of 5-6 days of cardiovascular exercise each week. Start your 5K training program by implementing a schedule similar to the one below:

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The Skinny on Being Fat

So you think you’ll never get fat because you’ve always been skinny? Do you consider your body weight to be 'healthy' because your bathroom scale says so? Well, if you’re slacking off on healthy habits like exercise and other forms of physical activity, you’re sadly mistaken as you are indeed living a sedentary lifestyle. One of the most dangerous effects of a sedentary lifestyle is being fat, even when you’re skinny.

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