Where to Find the Healthiest Eating Habits Around the World

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Aug 10, 2015 9:00 AM

Many associate popular American cuisine with the likes of hot dogs, french fries and cheeseburgers—not exactly the healthiest of options if you ask us. As described by U.S. News, there's now research backing this perception: "America's waistline continues to expand, according to a study published today in The Lancet. The obesity epidemic remains the biggest public health issue facing the country, and despite awareness of the need to get in shape, more than a third of [America] is now obese."

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8 Healthy Food Alternatives for Summer Recipe Favorites

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Jul 2, 2015 9:00 AM

It's officially summer, which means barbecue season is in full-swing. If you or your clients are looking for new ways to enjoy your favorite, summer-inspired dishes without the bulk, we have you covered with some of our favorite alternatives that you can enjoy all summer long.

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How to Navigate Farmers Market Prices Successfully

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Jun 16, 2015 9:00 AM

What's your favorite way to spend Saturday and Sunday morning? If you're anything like us, you love getting in a little extra sleep after a long week, followed by a trip to the local farmers market. There's something so special about spending the morning supporting local communities, stocking up on healthy groceries and learning about local vendors that inspire us to make it part of our weekend routine. If you're just as eager to take a trip to your farmers' market, we have exactly what you need to get the most out of your next trip!

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Is the Soup Cleanse the New Juicing?

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Apr 3, 2015 9:00 AM

It's pretty well-established that we are huge advocates for clean eating, juicing and blending delicious smoothies. Though, of course, we're always on the lookout for the latest cleanse and letting you know which ones are here to stay. To cut right to it, let's talk about soup cleansing. 

Much like reaching for a freshly pressed juice, a soup cleanse nourishes our body with the whole, raw vegetables that we need to awaken the digestive system. And while that all sounds great, why do we want to cleanse and detox our body in the first place? It's simple, really. 

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Spring Cleaning: Helping Your Clients Start a Clean Diet Plan

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Mar 30, 2015 9:00 AM

Today, clean-eating has rapidly become a major movement in the health-and-fitness space. Everyone from major magazine publications to nutritionists—like you—are putting a huge emphasis on consuming food in its most natural state: aka, unprocessed or eating clean. Putting aside its popularity, replacing processed foods with fresh and nourishing whole foods will help eliminate the added preservatives that are potentially harmful to our bodies in the long-term. 

If your client is ready to start making changes to his or her lifestyle, we hope the title of this blog post is motivation enough to kick-start the spring season with colorful, light and savory dishes. And of course, we have a few tips highlighted below to give them the extra boost they may need. 

Getting your clients started with a clean diet plan

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Insane, But True Facts About Juicing

By Tanja Michiels | Mar 24, 2015 2:53 PM
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Can drinking juices increase your metabolism?  Drinking the juice from fruits and vegetables is an easy way of feeding the body with what it really needs, nutrients. When you drink juices, you drink the energy from live food. This energy will be used rather than stored, which tends to happen with high cooked or processed foods.

Juices are raw foods and they contain plenty of enzymes that really speed up your metabolism. These enzymes are destroyed during cooking and that is the biggest difference between a cooked and a raw meal regarding your metabolism. The plant enzymes join together with your own digestive system enzymes to promote the speed of your metabolism. Cooked foods take longer to digest and therefore tend to be stored in our body as fat. Raw food, and especially fresh juices, are digested very easily. This will lead to a slimmer you in no time.

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10 Healthy Smoothie Bowls You Will Crave Every Morning

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Mar 20, 2015 9:00 AM

If you have been on social media lately, you have likely seen smoothie bowl recipes and pictures surfacing everywhere. Even Health magazine recently praised the smoothie bowl as "the best thing you can do with a blender." Beyond its picture-worthy presence, the dish is one of the healthiest ways to start your morning, besides which it's satisfying and delicious. With fresh fruit and vegetables as the base, which is topped with superfoods such as goji berries and maca, you will have a diet-friendly breakfast in just minutes.

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Nutritionist-Approved, Protein-Packed Snacks for Pre-Workout

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Mar 12, 2015 10:30 AM

Providing your body with the carbohydrates and protein it needs is absolutely essential for fueling a successful workout. In fact, according to experts at Livestrong: "You can maximize your workout as well as your energy throughout the day if you eat the right foods pre sweat session." 

As a nutritionist, you will want to advise your clients to eat between 45 and 60 minutes before each workout, depending on what they choose to eat and the intensity of the workout. For example, if your client is going to perform a high-intensity interval workout he or she may want to reach for something lighter, like bananas or an apple with almond butter, but we will get into the pre-workout snacks in a moment. 

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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Food Ideas Everyone at the Table Can Enjoy

By AFPA Nutrition | Nov 25, 2014 8:00 AM

With the holidays right around the corner, there is always one thing on everyone's mind: savory dishes and holiday-inspired cocktails. That's right, the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, come with temptation - but your clients don't have to go cold turkey just to stay on track with their nutrition goals. 

With turkey, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cranberries and leafy greens at the heart of the dinner table, your clients (and even you) can stay on track even during the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season. So feel free to pull up a chair and indulge! Thanksgiving doesn't always have to lead to a food coma and the notorious "morning after" hangover - instead, use it as a jumping-off point for a savory and healthy holiday season!

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Healthy Meal Plan Ideas & Fitness Motivation for Trainers

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Nov 18, 2014 8:00 AM

As a personal trainer, you aren't just responsible for motivating your clients to be their best possible self, you have to do the same for yourself. Leading by example is one of the strongest, most powerful motivational tactics you can use when you work in the health and fitness industry. Think of it this way: To your clients, your role as a personal trainer is to inspire the people around you to push themselves and, in order for you to do that, you need to push yourself before you can effectively inspire and motivate your clients.

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