5 Mindful-Eating Tips for a Healthier, Happier You

    We have all been there—that moment when you start snacking and you realize you just devoured the entire box of cookies or bag of chips. What would you do if you found out that you could have prevented that binge session by adopting the practice of mindful eating? 

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    Is Healthy Snacking the Key to Weight Loss?

    For as long as we can remember, dieters have always treaded carefully on the topic of snacking. But now, experts state otherwise with respect to healthy snacking. "Healthy snacks ensure you won't be ravenous come mealtime and keep your fat-burning metabolism revved up," says Aleisha Fetters of Health magazine. So those who may be worried that snacking will derail their health and fitness goals should think again. It may just support a number of benefits, including being the key to weight loss. 

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    Is the Soup Cleanse the New Juicing?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    6 Healthy & Effective Energy Drink Alternatives

    It probably comes as no surprise that Americans love to consume unhealthy things—from energy drinks to junk food—but where do we draw the line? And when does it start to impact our day-to-day functions negatively? Furthermore, when does it start to impact our health and fitness goals negatively?

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    5 Ways to Help Clients Create Nutritional Goals for the New Year

    For many, January 1st marks an imperative date for new beginnings and possibilities for the coming year. At the top of that resolution list are often health and fitness aspirations, like shedding those last ten pounds or finally running in the city marathon. However, one of the biggest mistakes we are all guilty of making is setting unattainable goals in a short amount of time (think January 1st to Valentines Day). "Setting goals is a great idea, but make sure they are realistic and feasible," says Tryone Holmes a writer for Active. "For example, a goal to lose 12 lbs by Easter is both reasonable and achievable." If your clients are starting to think of those inevitable new years resolutions, here are the tips you need to create realistic nutritional goals for your clients in the new year. 

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    6 Foods that Strengthen Immune System Function During Flu Season

    Tis the season for dinner parties, holiday-inspired dishes and...(sigh) cold and flu season. While your diet alone isn't enough to keep 100% healthy and virus free, researchers are continuing to find positive links between our immune function and nutrient-dense superfoods. If your patients continue to lose the annual battle to the insidious cold and flu, it's time to start filling up on the immunity-boosting foods that may already be stocked in their kitchen!

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