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Sweeter Than Sugar

Going natural can both satisfy your sweet tooth and add nutrition to your diet. By Cara Lucas We are all familiar with that sleepy feeling experienced in the early afternoon, somewhere between the dismal hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It’s post-lunch hour, and you still have a little left to go in your work […]
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Focus On: Stevia

WHAT IT IS: Stevia is an extract from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, which originated in the rainforests of Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is used as an alternative to sugar. The flavor comes from glycosides—particularly stevioside, which is 200 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar. Stevia is highly sought after because it is calorie-free, carb-free, […]
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Savour the Flavor: Summer Barbecues

Curt Hamilton, CNN Summer is prime time for barbecues, yet while great fun, many barbecues are laden with health-damaging foods. That being said, great summer food doesn’t have to compromise your health. Why not try a few easy recipes that will keep your family both well and satisfied? Whether you mix them up from scratch […]
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Melt Away the Pounds

This spring, shed your winter weight and keep it off By Cara Lucas The months between November and February have a tendency to be tough on the waistline when compared to the rest of the year. Starting at Thanksgiving and even pushing past Valentine’s Day, holidays and marketing schemes inundate consumers with savory notions that […]
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Be Aware of MS

Each year, thousands of people across the nation spend a week with their full attention turned to the crippling disease known as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a disease that involves an immune system attack against the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). Because the specific target of the immune attack in […]
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The No-Pain Diet

Foods to fight fibromyalgia Remember the last time you had the flu? You slept poorly and felt exhausted, sore, and achy. You couldn’t think straight, it was a task just to drag yourself through the day. If you have fibromyalgia, that’s how you feel almost every day—and unlike the flu, your symptoms don’t go away. […]
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Sweet Madness

Sugar changed the world, but don’t let it change you! By Brooke Holmgren and Cara Lucas Sugar is popular for a reason—it can make any food taste amazing. Sugar became a commodity in the early 1500s, yet there is evidence of people chewing sugarcane for its sweetness as early as 350 AD. While those who […]
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndome

With the stress of modern life, burnout is becoming a growing epidemic. Here is the best definition of burnout I’ve found: When your soul grows too big for the role you’re playing. By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD As people continue to spend more energy than they have, the problems can become more severe. When their “energy […]
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Trim Down & Tone Up!

Looking for a new workout that will torch major calories while building muscle? I created the following circuit routine this morning (at 4 a.m.—yep), and I’m still feeling energized and motivated. Try it for yourself to tone your chest, butt, and core—all while burning fat and boosting your heart rate! Bonus: This workout is super […]
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Attack of the Autoimmune Disease

You may hear a lot of buzz on the topic of autoimmune diseases, but what exactly does that mean? Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body. According to womenshealth.gov, 23.5 million people living in the US suffer from autoimmune diseases. These diseases are one of the top 10 […]
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