Nutrition

How to Win at the Healthy Eating Game (by Using an Instant Pot)

How to Win at the Healthy Eating Game (by Using an Instant Pot)

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m skeptical of most new things in the nutrition and fitness fields. Tried and true is usually the best course of action. Occasionally, though, something comes on the market that sparks my interest.

You may have seen the Instant Pot being sold in stores and online this past holiday season. I tend to not go to stores, I don’t pay attention to online ads, and generally I am the last to know about anything new.…

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The Critical Reasons HOW We Eat Matters More Than WHAT

The Critical Reasons HOW We Eat Matters More Than WHAT

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When I was a growing up, we had a sit-down family dinner every night. In high school and college, I regularly ate with friends in the cafeteria. When I started my first career, I went out for a proper lunch with coworkers almost every day.

But that was back in the day when the once common notion of the leisurely and social meal was the norm.…

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The 2 Most Powerful Tools for Nutrition Success

The 2 Most Powerful Tools for Nutrition Success

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I’ve been in health and fitness for over seventeen years. For most people, success in exercise comes easier then nutrition success. Nutrition concepts can seem simple enough: just eat lots of vegetables, adequate protein, healthy fats, and the list can go on. Execution, however, is another story.

Getting to the gym or exercising at home is something you either do, or don’t do.…

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Why You Need to Rethink Your "Healthy" Bar Eating Habit

Why You Need to Rethink Your “Healthy” Bar Eating Habit

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In 1975, Nature Valley introduced the granola bar. The initial reception was lukewarm as granola was seen as a “fringe” food. Shortly thereafter in the mid-1980s, Power Bar introduced the first “energy bar,” which was designed for endurance athletes like marathoners and distance cyclists. Power Bar, while popular, was also seen as a niche food intended for elite athletes.

Little did Nature Valley and Power Bar know that they had started a massive trend in the way we consume food.…

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How to Create a Foolproof Meal Plan for Healthy Eating

How to Create a Foolproof Meal Plan for Healthy Eating

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Whenever I tell people I am a registered dietitian who works with private clients, people assume I hand out meal plans and tell people to follow them. While this approach does work for short periods, it’s not ideal long term.

The real answer is to make your own meal plan.

This might sound intimidating but creating your own meal plan can actually save you time and effort.…

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5 Everyday Kitchen Essentials for the Beginner Chef

5 Everyday Kitchen Essentials for the Beginner Chef

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Today, I’m going talk a little bit about some of my favorite items to use in the kitchen. These are non-negotiables for me. These are things I use pretty much every time I’m in the kitchen. There are five “kitchen essentials” I’m going to talk about in detail in this article, and they’ll be easy for you to find if you want to outfit your own kitchen.…

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3 Sustainable Nutrition Strategies for the WLC Off-Season

3 Sustainable Nutrition Strategies for the WLC Off-Season

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How can you use the new WLC Off-Season to get the most out of the new WLC In-Season?

If you just came off the most recent Challenge, how can you maintain your progress while still enjoying yourself?

If you are playing the upcoming Challenge for the first time, how can you set a solid foundation for nutritional success while not starting the Challenge early?…

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6 Healthy Ways to Feel Awesome in Time for Spring Break

6 Healthy Ways to Feel Awesome in Time for Spring Break

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During the cold weather months, it can be so nice to enjoy comfort foods and warm, flavorsome meals with friends and family. Eating a creamy casserole with cheese and crusty white bread or warm apple pie is delicious and perfect for a winter’s evening, right?

Yes, it’s true, the odd splurge now and then won’t hurt you in the long run, but if we look as far back as the holiday season and consider all those back-to-back social gatherings that preceded the months of comfort food?…

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How to Eat All the Chocolate You Can and Still Be Healthy

How to Eat All the Chocolate You Can and Still Be Healthy

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I’m sure if I asked most people what their top favorite treats are, their list wouldn’t read, “Boiled lettuce wraps, plain tofu, and egg whites.” More likely it would look something like, “Chocolate, chips, candy, pizza, and many other comfort foods.”

As a Registered Dietitian, when I meet with a new client, I ask them what their favorite foods are, regardless of what they think is healthy.…

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What Elite Athletes Eat (and Do) You Should Too (or Not)

What Elite Athletes Eat (and Do) That You Should Too (or Not)

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Is there a difference between performance nutrition and nutrition for general health? We often hear on TV or the Internet about athletes doing an intensive nutrition program and using sports science to their advantage. Is this what we should all be doing? Why would athletes do something for a competitive advantage and not us?

Well, first off, much of what you’re seeing is marketing.…

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