A Lifetime of Healthy Thinking

By Leslie Caron

Why is it that after we have taken steps to lose weight and then achieve a considerable amount of weight loss, we so often gain the weight we lost?  This seems so counterproductive, yet it happens countless of times to many of us.  We gain back the weight that we lost, because we revert back to our former eating and activity patterns.  When we reached our weight loss goals, when we “crossed the finish line”, we thought we were “cured” and that we could be “normal” again.  The problem is that our perception of what is “normal” is to revert back to old eating habits, along with less activity and exercise.
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Give Your Pantry a Healthy Makeover

By Mabelissa Acevedo, LDN, MHA

A well-stocked pantry is a must for busy people; it will save you over and over again when you find yourself in a dinner pinch. And to stack the healthful-eating odds in your favor, it’s essential to stock your pantry with great-tasting, healthy choices (the key phrase here is “great-tasting” — healthy food won’t do anyone any good if no one eats it).

Giving your pantry a nutritional makeover is as easy as 1-2-3! Follow our three simple steps to transform your pantry into one that will help you eat light and right.
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Strength Training for Women

By Shelly Barbic

Strength and resistance training is an important component to a regular exercise routine in order to keep the body and mind strong for women through all ages. Stressing the body with weights and resistance provides maintenance to muscular balance, bone density, and metabolism.
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What Women Need to Know to Protect Themselves From Heart Disease

By Dr. Joseph C. Maroon

American women are often under the delusion that heart disease is a man’s disease.  The fact is that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the US.  The difference is women tend to have a later onset of heart disease, but are still just as susceptible as men to poor lifestyle choices.  Poor diet, lack of regular exercise and smoking all can affect women to a greater degree than men to increase their risk of heart disease. 

I have recently authored the book The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, in which I address many ways to reduce poor health risk factors by improving your choices.  Specifically, I have learned about the molecule called resveratrol that is found in red grape skins, which can have very positive health benefits, especially for the heart.
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Get Ready For Spring Season

Mabelissa Acevedo, LDN, MHA

New Year resolutions came and went. Spring is lurking around the corner and you find yourself still wanting to lose weight and in need of motivation. Let this new season motivate you to make a fresh start. Spring will motivate you with longer days and a much wanted warmer weather. You are not training for Boot Camp or for the New York marathon. Just getting more activity than what you are used to is a great start! It’s time to break down barriers, face fears, look at a healthier future, and finally make fitness a way of life.
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Belly Fat Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

Jeff Gilliam, MHS, PT

Even women who are considered to be normal weight have shown that it is possible to have excess body fat. Fat stored around the abdominal region raises the risk of carrying an increase in visceral fat (fat stored around the internal abdominal organs). In fact a study of 800 people with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed that 45% of the thin women and 65% of the thin men carried excess visceral fat. Normal weight females who had a significant amount of additional body fat had a 2.2 fold increase in risk of cardiovascular mortality compared to normal weight females who had low body fat. Those people who have increased amounts of abdominal fat are at increased risk for cardiovascular events. A waist measurement over 35 inches for females and 40 inches for males increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

So how do you get rid of belly fat? Increase your monounsaturated fats…olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, and dark chocolate. Diets rich in monounsaturated fats have been shown to prevent fat stored around the abdominal region better than diets high in carbohydrates and saturated fats.

Reduce the stress in your life…
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