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Do You Know How Alcohol Affects Your Body?

08/19/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

After a long week at work many people kick back with friends to relax and enjoy an alcoholic drink. However, alcohol can have harmful physical effects. It is important, if you do drink alcohol, that you always drink responsibly. While it is often overlooked, alcohol is a drug and can be harmful and addictive if not drank responsibly and in moderation. A common misconception is that alcohol only damages the liver. While it is true that liver damage may occur from heavy drinking, it is not the only…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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The best fuel for your kids’ body before, during and after a sporting event.

06/20/2014 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

Summer can be a busy time if your children are participating in baseball games, swim meets or other sporting events. You make sure they have their team uniforms, water bottles and equipment before they head out the door. But are you making sure they are practicing healthy eating habits before, during and after their workout? Healthy eating before, during and after events is important to ensure your child is performing to the best of his or her ability. Here are some guidelines for choosing the…

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Kale—What is it good for?

06/20/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Kale is a nutritional superhero. This leafy green vegetable is packed full of vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus! One serving of kale has only 40 calories with three grams of protein and 2.6 grams of fiber. This is one vegetable you will want to be sure to add to your diet. Kale is great for adding to your salads, soups, wraps or sandwiches. You could also try substituting chopped kale into your baked dishes, such as quiche or lasagna or…

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Protein Diet Mythbusters

06/13/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Are you the kind of person who craves a big, juicy cheeseburger, or do you prefer a crisp salad instead? The fact is, most Americans eat foods that contain meat and dairy products, which can lead to serious health problems. The trick is to find the right mix of protein, carbohydrates and fat for a balanced, healthy diet.  No matter what you eat, chances are you’ve heard a few things about protein that simply aren’t true. We’ve compiled a list of protein myths and the truth…

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3 key reasons you need fiber in your diet (and how to get it!)

06/12/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Incorporating fiber into your diet is important when trying to meet weight loss goals or to improve your overall health. Not only is fiber used for helping regulate bowel movements, but it is also beneficial to your body in other ways.  Here’s how! Fiber lowers “bad” cholesterol levels Oats and beans are a few examples of fiber rich foods that help lower blood-cholesterol levels by reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. High LDL levels are not something…

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Snacking & carbohydrates: We’ve ranked healthy snack ideas by how many carbs they contain

06/12/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Sticking to your nutrition plan during the long hours between lunch and dinner can be tough. Luckily, eating healthy doesn’t mean snacking is not allowed. However, it should be done thoughtfully. When food cravings hit, it can be easy to eat half a box of your favorite crackers without even realizing it.   Snacking gets a bad rap for being high in carbohydrates and sugars. While this may be true for many snack options, there are many healthy snacks to choose from. Eating small meals…

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The anatomy of a vitamin packed morning smoothie!

06/12/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you think grabbing a highly caffeinated morning latte or soda is the only way to get yourself energized in the morning–think again! Vitamin-rich fruit and vegetable smoothies can do just that without all the sugar substitutes. Instead of unnatural sugar, what your body needs is vitamin-rich fruits and veggies at the start of your day. Vegetables can be hard to incorporate into your breakfast routine, but with a smoothie it can be easy. Simply mix together some of your favorite fruits with…

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Ten Best Breakfast Foods

06/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

With our on-the-go lifestyles, it can seem easier to skip breakfast or to just grab a pre-packaged or sugary item. Skipping breakfast, or eating high-calorie, low-substance foods, will only set you up for a mid-morning crash and overeating later in the day. A healthy breakfast is key to starting your day off with the energy you need to keep your mind and body sharp. You’ll feel better and be more productive, too. Here are the 10 Best Breakfast Foods to give you the fuel you need to make…

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What to eat (and not to eat) at the concession stand this summer!

06/06/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Summer can be jam-packed with outdoor activities like swimming pools, baseball games, concerts and festivals. Attending summer events should be an enjoyable time for everyone, but with all of these events come concession stands and temptation to eat unhealthy. It’s easy to reach for the nachos and large soda when you’re busy having a good time. To ensure that you make the most of your summer, being smart about your food choices is key. Use this guide to help avoid high-calorie snacks…

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