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56 Different Names for Sugar

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56 Different Names for Sugar

If you want to cut sugar out of your diet, the best way to do that is to read labels and look for sugar in the ingredient list. Now, if looking for the word sugar in an ingredient list were all we needed to do to avoid the stuff, it wouldn't be so hard! Unfortunately, sugar goes by over 50 different names, and whether it's plain sugar, dextrose, evaporated cane sugar or brown sugar your body treats it all pretty much the same. Use this handy list next time you're shopping or to just get familiar with all of the different names for sugar. 

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Ease Your Holiday Stress and Anxiety

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Ease Your Holiday Stress and Anxiety

I'm a huge fan of adaptogens. I first heard about them on Dave Asprey's Bulletproof podcast and have been hooked ever since. Adaptogens have been used for hundreds of years in Chinese medicine and have played an important role in helping me manage my anxiety and fatigue. 

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6 Ways to Get Better Sleep

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6 Ways to Get Better Sleep

Have you ever heard that saying "I'll sleep when I'm dead"? I caught myself saying that a few years back almost as if it were a badge of honor. It's like I was saying it to prove to people that I was working harder, longer hours and on my way to big success. In my head less sleep = more hours in the day to get stuff done which meant more productivity and in turn, more success. Makes sense, right? 

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Ask Your Health Coach: 5 Burning Health Questions I Get From Clients

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Ask Your Health Coach: 5 Burning Health Questions I Get From Clients

Can I eat carbs? How many hours of sleep do I need? Is fat bad? In this Q&A I answer the questions I'm asked most often by my clients. Some of my answers might surprise you, but they're almost guaranteed to help you feel happier and healthier in no time. Do you have other questions that you don't see answered here? Ask in the comments below! 

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The Science Behind Your Sugar Addiction and How to Kick the Habit

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The Science Behind Your Sugar Addiction and How to Kick the Habit

Why do most diets fail? Because many of the foods that we eat today are biologically addictive. That means that our food is so chemically engineered that it tricks our brains into thinking that our stomach needs more. This brings me to our current view on diets and of those who are overweight and obese. Do Americans simply have a complete lack of willpower or is food addiction a real thing?

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The Best Way to Achieve Your Health Goals

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The Best Way to Achieve Your Health Goals

Have you lost weight only to find it creeping back a few months later? Or did you promise yourself that you'd commit to a new "diet" on Monday only to find yourself elbow deep in a box of cookies on Wednesday night? Maybe you find that you're struggling with your sleep or feel anxious and stressed all of the time? 

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Here's how to fend off the flu this winter

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Here's how to fend off the flu this winter

Unlike what most of us think, "the flu is not a season! It is simply our inability to adapt due to decreased sun exposure and water intake, combined with increased sugar intake and stress". This means that we all have a lot more control over getting the flu or a cold than we think. 

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I Gave Up Coffee for 6 Weeks and Here's What Happened

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I Gave Up Coffee for 6 Weeks and Here's What Happened

If you know me, then you know that I have a serious coffee addiction. It all started back when I was about 12 years old. I was always so much taller than everyone else in my grade and couldn't help but be really embarrassed about it. I had long limbs and seemed to trip over anything and everything on the playground. Not cool. 

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5 Day Reset :: My Hawaii Prep

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5 Day Reset :: My Hawaii Prep

Tomorrow I leave for Hawaii, so this surf and sun girl is really excited. I grew up by the ocean and almost aways in water, so needless to say I can't wait to get some salt and sun in my hair. Oh, and get a little bit of vacay time in too! 

To get myself as bikini ready as possible, (which can be quite a feat right after the holidays) I followed my quick 5 day "cleanse" protocol.

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Learn to "Crowd Out" This Holiday Season

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Learn to "Crowd Out" This Holiday Season

Okay, it's so hard to eat healthily during the holidays. Like really hard. So do me a favor and please give yourself a little break. That doesn't mean go eat the whole pecan pie or drink a bottle of wine to yourself, but enjoy the season, amazing food, parties, friends and family. Now, how do you do this without jumping off the deep end into baked good la la land? CROWD OUT. 

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A Beautiful Holiday Reminder

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A Beautiful Holiday Reminder

 During the holidays things can get pretty hectic. There's a lot to do, stress is high and sometimes we can lose sight of what is really important; love and family. This letter from George Carlin is a beautiful reminder during this busy time and something I encourage you all to read and really take to heart. This really struck a cord with me and I hope that it does the same for you. Happy Holidays and lots of love! 

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Total Well-Being Quiz

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Total Well-Being Quiz

Before I started focusing on integrative nutrition and holistic health, I was a total diet freak. I was rigorous about what I ate, had incredibly high standards for exercise and would punish myself for missing a day at the gym or eating something just a little bit "bad". I thought that if my diets was perfect and I exercised enough, then I would look like a Victorias Secret model. Well, surprise, surprise....I was miserable and hated how I looked. I couldn't sleep at night, I was stressed out of my mind and I wasn't in as great of shape as I should have been for how rigorous I was with my diet and exercise.

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Add Bone Broth to Your Daily Routine :: Here's Why

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Add Bone Broth to Your Daily Routine :: Here's Why

Bone broth is an ancient food remedy that has been around for thousands of years. I'm sure you remember your grandma telling you to eat chicken soup if you were coming down with a cold or feeling sick, right? Well, most soup nowadays is full of processed noodles and antibiotic filled meat that will probably end up doing more harm than good. But, the idea that soup heals you has its roots in truth. 

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Eat Fat Burn Fat!

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Eat Fat Burn Fat!

Back in the 80's scientists recommended that the US adopt a low fat, low calorie diet in order to lose weight. Unfortunately, the very next year obesity skyrocketed and has continued to climb steadily ever since. Why exactly did this happen? “Fat calories speed up your metabolism. Fats have to be burned. They don’t spike insulin and aren’t easily stored in the body”, Dr Mark Hyman explains.  

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Learn to Navigate Airport Food

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Learn to Navigate Airport Food

Eating at airports normally isn't very fun. Like I mentioned in my last post, I try to travel with as many snacks and meals as possible and also do my best to eat before I have a long travel day. But, life happens and sometimes you've just gotta eat!

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Your Business Trip Essentials

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Your Business Trip Essentials

This week I'm leaving on a four day business trip to Orlando, Florida. I'm going to be up early, getting to bed late and running at 100 miles per minute. With that in mind, I'm doing my best to prepare by bringing quality snacks and foods with me.

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