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Recipe Challenge Winner–Clean Eating Pancakes

Recipe Challenge Winner–Clean Eating Pancakes

A couple weeks ago, I put out a request to send me your best recipes that include whole grains. We all need carbs, and grains, as a complex carbohydrate, are one of the best ways to get them in our diet. Whole grains are a fabulous source of fiber, often contain some protein as well, and include B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk…

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The Truth About Carbs and a Recipe Challenge

The Truth About Carbs and a Recipe Challenge

Every school seems to have a class that has a few bad kids, and the entire class gets the negative reputation. The class then carries around a stigma that nobody can seem to see through. They fail to see the good kids because of a few that hog all the attention, albeit negative attention. In the world of nutrition, this class is the carbohydrates. It’s true that there are some high-carbohydrate foods that aren’t very good for you. (Think sugary…

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Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

Negative Body Obsession: Is It Affecting YOU?

I see it everywhere. The friend who sends a Christmas card every year with beautiful photos of her children, but never herself. The lady on the side of the pool who hasn’t been swimming with her kids for years because there is no way she is wearing a bathing suit. The neighbor who loves hearing about your vacation, but still needs to lose 30 pounds before she can go.  The beautiful woman who has been hiding in her sweatpants and…

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How to Overcome FOOD Confusion

How to Overcome FOOD Confusion

“Simple, clear principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.” –Dee Hock-VISA International   Early in my volleyball coaching career, I attended a clinic to help me become a better coach. One of the first questions they asked all of us coaches is “Where do you get your methods?” The responses were things like: from a class I took, from something I read, or from other coaches. For me,…

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Food = Fuel

Food = Fuel

Two years ago, I participated in a weight-loss challenge. I had just had my fifth baby and wanted to lose the baby weight as quickly as possible. I worked hard, I was super disciplined, and I won! And then, in the following year, I gained over half of the weight back. Last year, I wanted to become healthier and just treat my body better. I joined a challenge that focused on practicing and creating healthy habits rather than focusing on…

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