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Gluten-Free – ­More Than Just a “Fad” Diet

08/19/2014 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

You probably know someone who is following a gluten-free diet. As the popularity of this diet increases, the thought of it as a “fad diet” is also becoming more prevalent. However, there are clear indications for a gluten-free diet, including some indications for which becoming “gluten-free” is a medical necessity. Gluten is the main protein component of grains including wheat, rye and barley.  Gluten is the part of grain that helps make bread chewy and retain its shape.…

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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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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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Juicing: Healthy or Hype?

06/05/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

The latest trend in healthy eating is actually all about drinking. Juicing has become a popular way to increase the number of fruits and vegetables in our diet. Of course we know that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is important. However, is juicing truly healthy or is it just the latest hype? Here’s what you need to know: It is an easy way to eat more fruits and veggies. Juicing packs in a ton of important nutrients in a single glass. So you get the benefit…

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Understanding Weight Loss Supplements

01/19/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

If you resolve to shed some extra pounds in 2014, it’s important to know the steps you should take – and those to avoid – to help improve your chances of not only losing weight, but maintaining a more ideal weight over time. Fundamentally, the most effective way to lose weight – and keep it off – involves modifying your lifestyle to include regular physical activity and healthier dietary choices. In an attempt to jump start weight loss, some people turn to weight loss…

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Planning on Good Health in the New Year

01/02/2014 | Exercise

Reflecting back on the past year is essential to clearing the way for a healthy new year ahead. Whether you achieved your health goals in 2013, or you’d like to do better in the coming year, now is the time to look to the future and take charge of your health in 2014. Start by assessing your progress in the last year: What are you most proud of accomplishing? What are you most grateful for as you look back? What were some roadblocks to your health goals? What worked and what didn’t work?…

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