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Easy Pork Chop Recipe

Guest blogger, Trisha DeHall, shares this delicious (and easy!) recipe for pork chops.

Lean cuts of pork are high in protein and low in fat. Add a side of veggies and you’ve got a clean meal that delivers all the right nutrients without waist-expanding carbs. Servings: 4

Here’s what you need… Continue reading

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Making the Right Choices at the Grocery Store

Making the right choices when navigating the grocery store aisles can be a challenge.  You need to provide yourself with knowledge and a plan to achieve the most nutritional purchases. Continue reading

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Germs Are Hiding in Surprising Places

We have all developed a keen sense of understanding about the importance of washing hands after using the restroom, before you eat, when out in public places, or if you have a cold. There is another place where germs hide, and hide well!

Is it in your bathroom? It can be, but a germ filled offender may surprise you; it’s your kitchen! Continue reading

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Exercise Your Way to Happy & Healthy

Working out in the morning is a great way to jump-start your day, get your blood flowing, and your energy boosting.  I exercise at home, while my children are sleeping, with DVDs.  I am dedicated because I love the way it makes me feel (energized, flexible and strong) and look.  I enjoy the loosening of stiffness from sleeping, and having personal time to start out my day.  Not everyone is a morning person though, so working out during your lunch break or evenings may be better for you.  Continue reading

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Getting Healthy Is Easier With A Little Help From Your Friends

The idea of successfully getting fit and healthy in a group setting is re-enforced by a lot of important research. It is also made obvious by the success that many people have found with Weight Watchers and Spark along with the supporting communities that they have generated. Continue reading

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My Favorite Weight Loss Tips: Part I

Here are a few of my favorite weight loss tips.  These helpful steps are effective and easy to incorporate into your life.  I’m breaking this list up over 2 days so check back tomorrow for Part II. Continue reading

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Take Control of Your Medical Bills

When you receive health care coverage summaries from your insurance company or from a hospital after a procedure, it is very important to stay on top of your bills and organize your own test results. You are your best advocate when you interact with the medical world. Continue reading

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Are There Any Real Benefits In Buying Organic Produce?

The controversy continues over the nutritional and health supremacy of organic fruits and produce over conventionally grown.  

Every week a new ‘definition’ point of view is established.  

Paula Maier - OrganicThese are some facts to take into account.

It has been found that in about 60% of studies that organic food is higher in some nutrients than conventionally produced food.  

These statistics can be refuted by other studies, but you need to look if the studies that are being compared are done on the same physical area over-time.  Otherwise you are comparing apples to oranges because the soil being tested is not the same.

Polyphenols are antioxidants and may be one of the main reasons fruits and vegetables are healthy for us.  

One issue to consider is what the organic growing process filters versus conventional growing.  

Plants grown organically have to grow stronger from the start because they have to fend off a range of insects and growth disease on their own.  

This ‘defensive compound’ they create may help to keep us healthier according to Charles Benbrook, a researcher at Washington State University. He is with the National Academy of Sciences as chief science consultant for the Organic Center.  

He states. “If you keep putting on more and more nitrogen fertilizer the way conventional farms do, you drive yields up and produce bigger plants.  But, this dilutes the plants’ levels of vitamins, minerals and polyphenols.”

Shelf-life and sugar content

Apples, celery, pears, potatoes, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and sweet potatoes are higher in pesticides on the Dietary Risk Index (DRI), and lower on the Organic Risk Index (ORI).  This affects their shelf-life, and sugar content.  Also to be considered is if the plants are grown domestically (where they are subject to our mandates and regulations about growing procedures) or abroad.

Bottom Line?  Seek out the information in DRI from the EPA and other agencies, and imported vs. domestic statistics when you are making decisions about whether you want to buy organic or domestic fruits and vegetables.  

Make informed decisions with all of the facts.

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The Many Benefits of Whey Protein

Whey protein is an important way to stimulate the way cells build proteins as you age. 

According to the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism (Feb., 2012), whey protein helps increase muscle mass after exercise, but it also helps with sarcopenia.  Sarcopenia is the decrease in muscle mass that comes with age.  This process can create a decrease in quality of life, and even premature death.  Whey protein stimulates the protein synthesis that helps to preserve muscle mass.  According to the study, daily consumption of at least 35-50 grams of whey protein will prevent muscle loss. Continue reading

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