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  • 5 Things You Must Do Before Jumping into a Detox

    by Lexi Petronis

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    If you've ever considered a juice (or not-just-juice) cleanse, there are actually lots of things to think about before deciding to go for it. And, speaking as someone who has tried out plenty of cleanses before (and is, in fact, logging day three of a just-juice cleanse right now--what can I say? I like guinea-pigging when it comes to writing about health!), these tips from Marissa Vicario, a board-certified health coach and healthy-living expert (who helms Marissa's Well-Being and Health blog) are especially interesting.

    1: Why do you want to do it? Before you decide to embark on a cleanse, says Marissa, give some good thought as to why you want to. "Hopefully, it's not because it's trendy or all your friends are doing it," she says. "If you want to drop 10 pounds fast for an upcoming vacation or 'undo' drinking and sugar binges, you'd be better off consistently exercising and sensibly cleaning up your diet for long-term weight loss and health since most of the Read More »from 5 Things You Must Do Before Jumping into a Detox
  • 4 Healthy Ways to Eat Chocolate This Month

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio
    Valentine's Day may be over--but that doesn't mean your chances for eating chocolate are too (thank goodness).

    We sometimes think that chocolate is a "don't," but the sweet stuff has been linked with some possible health benefits (like lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems). Still, it's often high in fat, calories, and sugar-but nutritionist Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of The One One One Diet, has some ways for indulging all month long.


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    Dark chocolate has a higher percentage of cocoa in it, less sugar, and more antioxidant power than milk chocolate. You can up the nutrition in your chocolate with a snack that contains heart-healthy fats, says Rania: "Kind's Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan bar contains whole almonds, and just 5 grams of sugar."

    Dutch-process cocoa is also a good option! "I like Dutch Cocoa Somersaults--they pair

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  • Recipe Idea: 5 Ways to DIY Granola

    by Amie Valpone

    Montrose Digital ArchiveMontrose Digital Archive
    Love granola, but don't love the additives of less expensive granola or the cost of the high quality stuff? Why not make your own? It's not as hard as you think! And when using your own ingredients (and imagination) the sky's the limit. Grab your mixing bowl and go, well, nuts!


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    Possible Combinations:
    1. Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cranberry-Nut Granola:
    1 cup of dried cranberries, 1 cup of crushed peanuts, 1 cup of Enjoy Life Foods dairy-free dark chocolate chips, 1 tsp. sea salt, 3 cups of Bakery on Main gluten-free oats.
    2. Cinnamon, Almond, and Raisin Coco-nola: 1 cup of almonds, 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 1 cup of coconut flakes, 1 cup of Earthbound Farm organic raisins, 1 tsp. sea salt, 3 cups of gluten-free oats
    3. Cocoa-Covered Pistachio and Cherry Granola: 1 cup of pistachios, 1 cup of dried cherries, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1 tsp. sea salt, 3 cups of gluten-free oats
    4. Sweet Seed Crunch-nola: 1/2 cup of Barlean's Read More »from Recipe Idea: 5 Ways to DIY Granola
  • Huge Health News: All CVS Stores Will Stop Selling Cigarettes and Tobacco

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kourken PakchanianKourken PakchanianWow. Today, CVS Caremark announced that it will stop selling tobacco products at every one of its 7,600 CVS stores around the country as of October 1.

    The drugstore chain has started focusing more on healthcare over the last few years--adding clinics as it works with doctors and hospitals--and says that providing tobacco products would be out of line with that mission. After all, tobacco is responsible for one in five deaths in the United States, and is linked with a slew of different cancers (including lung, larynx, bladder, stomach). Says Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark: "We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered."


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    The move will cost the chain $2 billion in lost revenue, but the retail chain is committed to stomp out smoking and also plans to expand its tobacco cessation offerings (including training staff to counsel people about how

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  • 4 Yummy Ways to Get More Omega-3s (A New Study Shows They Help Preserve Brain Health)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes

    Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked with lower risk of heart disease and maybe even Alzheimer's. A new study just found that older women who consumed the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids had better preservation of their brain as they got older.


    And, sure, you can eat servings of fish such as salmon, trout, and tuna to get an infusion of these heart-and-brain-healthy omega-3s. You can pop a fish-oil pill, or slurp it from a spoon (in my own personal experience, this leads to fish-flavored burps later--but that may just be me). But you can also find omega-3s in some non-fish foods too.

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    Eggs: But not just any eggs. The orbs produced by hens that eat plants and bugs--or are fed omega-3s in their grain--contain higher levels of omega-3s. "Organic" and "free range" designations can offer some clues as to how many fatty acids are in your eggs.

    Oatmeal: A bowl of oatmeal is heavenly on a cold morning.

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  • Whoa, Come See How Even One Fast Food Meal Impacts Your BMI

    by Lexi Petronis

    Chris GentileChris Gentile

    You know...sometimes, our daily lives are so busy to the point that the only way we are going to possibly have lunch is to make a quick stop at a fast-food joint. Totally get it. And while there are plenty of ways to eat well on-the-go, that's pretty hard to remember that when your stomach is rumbling and all you can think about is FOOD. NOW. But! This new research may give you some more--er, you know, food for thought. According to a new study, for every fast-food transaction, the average body mass index of the whole country (in which that transaction took place) went up by .03.


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    OK, so--experts aren't all in agreement as to whether or not BMI is the most perfect weight measurement (for example: someone who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 149 pounds has a BMI of 24--a healthy weight, according to the BMI charts. But if that same person gains a pound, her BMI registers as "overweight," and who knows?

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  • 5 Health Goals to Check Off Your List (or at Least Attempt To) by Age 30

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes

    I have a bunch of friends who are turning 30 this year, and they're--well, let's just say they're a little freaked out by it. I totally get it. I felt that way too. But I'm here to tell you--from the other side--that 30 was one of my favorites. And you know what? If you get some of these health habits in line by the big 3-0, you'll know that you have even more ammunition to make this (fabulous, I promise) year the best one yet.

    Get more calcium: Until you're about 30, your body is still working on making your bones as strong as they can be--so make sure to get your dose of the recommended 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. (If you're past 30 already, don't fret--you can still prevent bone loss by making sure to get in 1,200 mg daily, preferably through foods such as yogurt, dark leafy greens, cheese, and sardines.)


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    Stop smoking: It's not good to light up at any age, of course, but there's something

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  • Shake Up Your Sandwiches: Swap the Bread for These Green Alternatives

    by Amie Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital Studio
    When my favorite taco bar started offering their tasty fillings served up in a lettuce cup it got me thinking--why don't I skip the flour in sandwich bread for a bread-free, gluten-free, low-cal vitamin-packed alternative? A few ideas:


    1. Dairy-Free Turkey Avocado Kale Wrap: Place 2 steamed kale leaves on a cleaned, flat surface and fill each with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, a handful of arugula, sliced avocado, 1 slice GO Veggie! Vegan Cheese and 1/4 cup of cooked and salted quinoa. Wrap and enjoy.

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    2. Pesto Turkey Collard Wrap: Place 2 steamed collard greens leaves on a cleaned, flat surface and fill each leaf with 3 tablespoons of pesto, 2 slices of organic Applegate turkey, and 1/4 cup of cooked millet. Wrap like a burrito and serve.

    3. California Swiss Chard Wrap: Place 2 leaves of Swiss chard on a cleaned, flat surface and fill each with 1/4 cup Sundried tomatoes, 1/4 cup of cooked chicken

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  • Bloating Remedies: 4 Healthy Ways to De-Puff

    by Lexi Petronis

    photo by Romulo A Yanesphoto by Romulo A Yanes
    There are those mornings when you wake up and the pants happen to feel a little more snug than they did yesterday. Maybe the boots don't zip up over your ankles quite as easily, or you feel like you have sausage fingers when your rings don't slide on as quickly as usual. This...is the dreaded bloat. And, as someone who likes salty foods, I have periodically found myself feeling just like this puffer fish...only wearing too-tight jeans.

    While you sleep, you actually lose about a pound during the night--through sweat, exhaling water vapor, and, interestingly, carbon atoms.

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    Still, bloat can sneak up on you, leaving you with extra water weight (when water is stored around your body in the tissue or between blood vessels). But, because bloat usually happens due to something in your diet (like salt) or lifestyle (like not exercising), it's not too hard to fix:

    Drink water: When you're dehydrated, your body

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  • Brushing with Chocolate-Flavored Toothpaste: Would You Do It?

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio
    When it comes to toothpaste flavors, I have to admit: I'm a fan of the classics. (The bubble-gum-flavored stuff the dentist uses sometimes? Er, no, thanks.)

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    But that must not be true of everyone, because Crest is launching Be Adventurous next week, which is a variety of--well, adventurously flavored toothpastes: lime spearmint, vanilla, and mint chocolate.

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    According to Procter & Gamble, the company behind Crest, the toothpastes still offer the "foundational benefits needed for oral health including cavity protection, cleaning, fresh breath, and whitening"--despite their less-than-usual flavoring. The toothpaste doesn't actually contain chocolate--it relies on sodium fluoride and flavoring--although some dentists say that certain components of chocolate (like cocoa butter) could actually help coat your teeth and keep plaque from sticking to them.

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