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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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It’s a New Year, it’s a New Body


Each year we slip on our jeans that we fit into three years ago and as always, the button doesn’t clasp.  Our jeans don’t fit, our shirts are too tight and our bodies are slower than ever.  What happened to us?  I have tried every diet available, but I’m still not losing weight.  What should I do? You don’t need a crash diet to lose weight and in reality, you shouldn’t.  Our bodies are made to have food.  When we deprive our bodies of the…

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Four nutrition tips for post-marathon recovery

02/22/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineRace for the Cure

How you eat and drink after an endurance event can be just as important as your pre-race nutrition. We asked Heather Fink, a registered dietitian and consultant for IU Health Sports Performance, to share tips for a good post-race recovery plan. Rehydrate gradually. Whether you’re walking, running, swimming or biking, when an endurance event is over, your first impulse may be to chug water as fast as you can. It’s true that your body needs to replenish fluids, but consuming water too quickly…

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Endurance athletes benefit from race day diet plans

02/14/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Some long distance runners and endurance athletes are so conscientious about their race day routines that they enlist people like Heather Fink to create a diet plan to take them from training through the last mile of the course and recovery. Fink is a sports consultant and dietitian at IU Health Sports Performance. With eighteen marathons to her credit, she enjoys helping endurance athletes prepare for their races with solid nutrition plans and on-the-fly strategies to cope with unexpected difficulties…

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Can Dairy Really Help You Lose Weight?

01/28/2013 | WellnessHealthy Eating

While you work to keep that New Year’s resolution for weight loss, remember that losing weight is not only about eating fewer calories than you use; what you eat can have an effect on weight loss, too. Studies have shown that low-fat dairy products can help you shed pounds faster. The calcium in dairy helps regulate metabolism, the process your body uses to turn food into energy. Your body will naturally adjust your metabolism to the number of calories you consume. If you eat fewer calories,…

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Healthy Diet Tips for Busy Moms

01/21/2013 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

Many busy moms make healthy meal planning a priority for their families. When it comes to their own diets, however, moms are often scrambling to grab a bite between helping with homework, driving carpools and doing housework. To stay healthy, manage weight and boost energy, consider these tips: Eat real food. Don’t eat anything you wouldn’t give to your children. This includes processed foods and foods with hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup and a list of chemicals.  Protein…

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Bariatric Nutrition Myths

04/20/2012 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

1. Eating Organic = Healthy Diet Just because an item is organic, it doesn’t mean it is healthy. Think organic oreos, organic cake, etc. These are not the always the best choices. 2. Sea Salt is a better choice than regular salt. Sea salt seems healthy, but has just as much sodium as regular table salt. Sea salt has some extra iron and magnesium but misses Iodine. A small amount of salt in your diet is necessary. 3. A gluten free diet is necessary. Gluten is the new hot button in food. A gluten…

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Cutting Caffeine? Don’t Overlook These Foods And Drinks

01/09/2012 | Healthy Eating

Is eliminating or reducing caffeine your New Year's resolution? The health risks associated with the drug—including stress, anxiety, heart-associated troubles and problems sleeping—have prompted many to eliminate intake of the substance altogether. If you’re on a mission to curb your caffeine consumption, be sure to avoid the obvious culprits—coffee, cola, and tea. However, in addition to these beverages, there are many other sources of caffeine that aren’t immediately…

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Health Tips: Skip the Excess Salt

12/14/2011 | Cardiovascular

Salt is an essential mineral and helps regulate many of your body’s natural processes, like balancing of sugar levels, allowing for better nutrient absorption and regulating blood pressure. As with most things, however, too much salt and sodium in your diet can cause many problems and be a danger to your health. Too much sodium in the body has been linked to increased risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and cardiovascular death. It is recommended adults get roughly a teaspoon…

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