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5 Things That Mess with Your Gym Confidence When you walk into that shiny lobby, membership card in hand, the gym seems like an endless world of possibilities. Once you’ve spread out your mat amidst the sea of spandex-clad people, however, the gym can be a major confidence-drainer. After all,

Gluten-Free? Surprise! 30 Foods That Contain Gluten

If you have celiac-disease, gluten-sensitivity or for some other reason you’re not eating gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—your probably aware of avoiding the obvious offenders like bread, pasta and baked goods. But you may be surprised to learn of certain foods that contain gluten. Below is a listing

Blood Type Diet Review

The book, Eat Right for Your Type, makes the astounding claim that people with different blood types should eat different foods. Type O’s are supposed to be like the hunter and eat a lot of meat, whereas people with type A blood are supposed to eat less. A systematic review of the evidence supporting blood […]

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Doctors’ Lack of Nutrition Knowledge

 The World Health Organization blames literally millions of deaths every year on inadequate fruit and vegetable intake. Almost as deadly as smoking. So if we care enough about ourselves and our families to not want to die a horrific death from smoking, we should put the same effort into eating more fruits and vegetables.

Paleo Diet and Paleolithic Lessons

Paleo Diet and Paleolithic Lessons An evolutionary argument for a plant-based diet is presented, in contrast to paleo fad diets. A review published recently made an evolutionary argument for a plant-based diet, given the fact that we apparently evolved eating huge amounts of whole plant foods. 200,000 years ago it’s estimated that

What’s new about dieting in 2014

What’s new about dieting in 2014 More than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. fall within the obesity radar — a grim notion for a country that is also known for its cardiac and diabetic issues. Good health is intrinsically linked to good a body-mass index and a balanced weight that naturally

Breast Cancer and Wine

After diagnosis, women with breast cancer may cut their risk of dying nearly in half by just instituting simple, modest lifestyle changes—5 or more servings of fruits and veggies a day and walking 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. But what about preventing breast cancer in the first place?

15 Ways to Change Your Exercise Routine

15 Ways to Change Your Exercise Routine Looking for ways to spice up the exercise routine and add more challenging movements to your day? Here are a few to try if you haven’t already. 1. Give planks a try instead crunches to work that whole core. 2. Interval workouts to rev up the

The Health of Our Nation

The Health of Our Nation Do American’s embrace the fact that we are responsible for our own health, or do we as consumers continue to feign the obvious that is at the end of our fork? Ignorance regarding what we eat, how we live, what and whom we believe [government, media,

Older Adults: Build Muscle to Live Longer

New UCLA research suggests that the more muscle mass older adults have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition — and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI — isa better predictor of all-cause mortality.