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How Much Coffee is Too Much?

03/20/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In the United States, we love coffee. 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink a cup or two or more of java every day. The reasons for coffee’s popularity are simple: it tastes good and makes you feel more alert. The caffeine in coffee is what truly makes it the preferred wake-me-up of people all over the world. Caffeine makes you feel more energetic and awake for a short time after drinking it. Hardcore coffee addicts love the caffeinated feeling so much that they turn to the really hard…

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Women’s Health Risks: Genes or Lifestyle?

Women’s Health Risks: Genes or Lifestyle?

03/19/2015 | ExerciseHealthy Eating

Have you ever looked down at your hands to find fingers that look just like your mother’s? Does your smile curve just like hers? Physical traits passed through family stand out and give insights into our genetic makeup. Our genes explain the less visible traits we carry as well. We lean on genetics to make sense of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep irregularities, digestive trouble and obesity. However, those explanations can resemble excuses more than medical fact. While genes…

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The Dangers of Fad Diets

The Dangers of Fad Diets

03/06/2015 | Healthy Eating

Any diet that restricts certain foods or limits calories typically leads to weight loss. But what happens after the diet ends? Quick weight-loss diets or fad diets rarely bring long-term, sustainable results because people return to their poor eating habits as soon as the diet ends.  “I don’t ever advocate dieting. Diets don’t work and the only way to ‘lose weight’ is to get healthy and make a lifestyle change,” Dr. Angela DeBord Henriksen, a family medicine…

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Healthy and Green: Snacks that are Good For Your Body, Your Community and the Environment

03/03/2015 | Healthy Eating

When you’re hungry during the day, and you reach for a snack to sate your appetite, your choices may not always be very good for you. Cookies, chips, and other packaged products are high in sugar, preservatives, and calories. In addition, these highly processed foods are also covered in packaging that goes into the trash and ends up in a landfill. It is possible to snack smarter. There are plenty of healthy snacks out there that are also good for the environment. Here are some of our favorites.…

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Good Cholesterol, Bad Cholesterol and Everything In Between

02/10/2015 | WellnessHealthy EatingWomen's Health

If you try to eat healthy, nutritional trends can be confusing. Fat was bad for you. Now it’s good for you, but only if it’s the right kind of fat. Are carbs bad for you? What about gluten? One of the most confusing topics to many in regards to nutrition is cholesterol. It seems like every article you read about cholesterol says something different. So what are the facts? Let’s examine: What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in every part of your body. It is…

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Try a daily serving of avocado

01/09/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you’re overweight and want to lower your “bad” cholesterol, this study from the Journal of the American Heart Association recommends eating an avocado a day. But wait…aren’t avocados high in fat? IU Health nutritionists say that even though avocados are high in fat, the majority of this fat is “good” fat (monounsaturated). This type of fat is known for helping you lower your “bad” cholesterol. The study surveyed 45 healthy people between…

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The power of oatmeal

01/09/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you want to live a long life, skip the bagel with cream cheese or bacon and eggs. Your best bet will be grains. Harvard University researchers found this out by studying and quizzing 100,000 people for more than 14 years to find out how they lived and what they were eating. As it turns out, the people who lived the longest in this group were eating a bowl of oatmeal a day (about 33 grams). Compared to people who didn’t eat any whole grains, they cut their risk of premature death by…

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New Year’s Healthy Resolution

01/01/2015 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossHealthy Eating

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Most times, a New Year resolution is a step in improving the year ahead of you. There are many different resolutions that are made every year, most however focus on health.   For example, maybe they wish to lose weight; exercise more often; cook healthier meals;…

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How to Start 2015 the Healthy Way

12/29/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. Think about all you’ve done this year—all the great memories you’ve had, and the choices you’ve made for your health, for better or worse. Maybe you’re contemplating what you want to improve. How will 2015 be different than 2014? What will you change for the better? The start of a new year is a great time to make positive changes. It’s up to you to decide what works best for your lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions…

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

12/18/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

It’s the holiday season and we all know what that means—delicious favorite foods are everywhere. It can be hard to turn down that extra cookie or Aunt Jane’s famous sweet potato casserole, even if you know you’ll regret the extra pounds next month. Thankfully, there are ways you can have your holiday treats without weight gain. One easy idea is to modify your favorite recipes with healthier alternatives for common ingredients. For example: Instead of whole eggs: egg whites…

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