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What is the HCG Diet and is it Healthy?

08/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In the last few years, many trendy diets have come and gone. One that managed to make some waves is the HCG Diet. So what is the HCG diet and is it healthy? HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced by the human body during pregnancy. The supporters of the HCG diet claim that by taking HCG (which is normally only available in prescription form from a medical professional) along with a calorie-restrictive diet- specifically a diet that limits calorie…

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Plant Power! 5 Fruits and Veggies to Add to Your Routine Right Now

08/13/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When thinking about eating healthier, many people think about removing some of their favorite foods from their diets. While eating less unhealthy food is an important part of improving nutrition for many, adding new, healthy, foods is also key. To really take your nutritional routine to the next level, here are 5 fruits and veggies to add to your routine right now. Berries for breakfast. Whether they’re raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries, berries are packed with anti-oxidants,…

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Why It’s Time to Throw Away Your Scale

08/07/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

When many people talk about their health and getting healthier, they also talk about their bodyweight. “Losing weight” for a very long time has been synonymous with getting healthy. While it is true that having an excessive amount of fat on your body is unhealthy, your body weight and the scale may not be the best indicator of overall health. What does the scale tell you? The scale shows you your body weight only. That’s it. While body weight is often a key indicator of overall…

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Diabetes

08/06/2015 | Healthy EatingDiabetes & Endocrinology

Over 29 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes. This common disease can lead to serious and life-threatening complications if blood glucose is not controlled. What is diabetes? Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. When you eat, your body turns foods into sugars or glucose. At that point, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin serves to open your cells to allow the glucose to enter, which provides us energy.…

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Fruits and Veggies That are in Season Right Now (and Delicious)

08/04/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Eating seasonal, local food is a good way to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s also a way to support your community by giving money directly to local farmers. The tricky part about eating local food is knowing which foods are in season where you live. If you live in Indiana, here are 4 fruits and veggies that are in season in the summer that are also delicious. Blueberries and Blackberries. As strawberry season winds down, blueberry and blackberry season starts up in the Midwest. Blueberries…

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Men’s Health: 4 Super Foods for Men

07/30/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In many ways, men’s and women’s health is similar. Eliminating drugs (including tobacco) and alcohol, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet are all important factors in the health of men and women. However, with a healthy diet, there are certain things that men can eat that will help them with the unique health needs of their bodies. Here are 4 super foods for men: Shellfish. Shellfish contains high levels of zinc, which is good for testosterone production.…

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What is Matcha Tea and is it Really Good For You?

07/29/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When you wake up in the morning, and you’re still a little groggy, do you reach for coffee? Tea? Or matcha? You may not have heard of it before but in the last few years, matcha, a type of green tea, has become very popular among trendsetters.  What is Matcha? Matcha is a type of powdered green tea. The process of harvesting it is slightly different then traditional green tea. Advocates of matcha claim this gives it a different, stronger flavor (the taste is similar to green tea but earthier…

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5 Simple Changes to Make Your Diet Healthier

07/20/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

  When you make the decision to eat healthier, changing your diet can seem overwhelming at first. It’s helpful when trying to make this major lifestyle change to start with simple, easy steps. Here are some simple changes you can make right away that will make a huge impact for your health. 1. Replace white breads and pastas with whole grain. Whole grains are lower in calories and carbohydrates and higher in fiber and healthy vitamins and nutrients than white bread products. By replacing…

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5 Ways to Help Your Mother As She Ages

07/20/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

For the first two and half decades of your life, your mother probably took care of you. She changed your diaper as a baby and saved money so you could go to college. As your mother ages, it’s your turn to help her. Helping an aging parent can be challenging- you may not even know where to start. Here are 5 simple ways you can help your mom maintain her health as she ages. 1. Spend time with her… exercising. Oftentimes, convincing an aging parent to get enough exercise can be extremely…

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5 Foods You Should Buy Organic and 1 You Shouldn’t

07/16/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

The “Organic” label you see at the grocery store is somewhat ambiguous. What does “organic” mean exactly? According to the USDA, “USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing among many other factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.” Simply stated, organic foods are usually better for the environment than non-organic foods. However, not all organic food is created…

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