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Burn Calories Faster

This walking routine incorporates Tabata bursts, which are short intervals of heart-pumping resistance moves that help you burn more calories. If you simply strolled for 30 minutes at a brisk pace, you'd burn about 170 calories, but with this easy plan you'll torch 245. That's an extra 75 calories—gone! 
Posted 2/10/2014  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 1 comments   5,896 views
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The Best Foods to Eat at Every Time of Day

It's not just what you eat, but when you eat that matters. "Our food dictates everything from our mood and energy levels to sleep patterns and cravings," says Marci Anderson, a registered dietitian in Cambridge, MA. So whether you want to feel alert in the morning, blissed-out at lunch or sleepy at night, smart food choices can get you there. You don't have to eat everything that follows in one day; just pick what suits your needs. Keep clicking to find out how to maximize your meals throughout the day.
Posted 2/3/2014  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 2 comments   8,939 views
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4 Healthy Habits That Prevent Cancer

Staying well for your family is a top priority. And a few simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing cancer. From what to eat to which vitamins you need more of, these simple tips can keep you disease-free.

Check your vitamin D levels

Some preliminary research suggests that having optimal levels of this vitamin—a hormone your body generates when exposed to the sun—may lower breast cancer risk. Your doctor can give you a quick blood test to figure out if your levels are low and whether you need to take a supplement. (Vitamin D is hard to get through your diet because there are few foods that contain high amounts of it.) 
Posted 1/20/2014  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 3 comments   7,435 views
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7 Sneaky Ways to Trick Your Body into Staying Healthy

Avoid getting sick with these easy, unconventional tactics.

Mental Medicine
Surprise! Studies show the right thoughts and feelings may keep you healthier than a cabinet full of pills. So close that medicine cabinet and get ready to tap into your potent mental powers. Here, seven simple ways to psych out sickness. 
Have a chuckle to head off heart woes. 
Posted 1/13/2014  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 3 comments   10,307 views
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9 Surprising Ways Your Refrigerator Could Help You Lose Weight

Scale stuck? Shifting the food around in your fridge can actually retrain your brain to lose weight: It may help you crave healthy food, instead of diet-sabotaging fare, explains Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions For Everyday Life. But that's not the only way your refrigerator can keep you slim. Here, fresh solutions to make slimming down almost effortless.

Top Shelf: Store Healthy Drinks Here

"You're three times more likely to take the first item you see out of the fridge than you are anything else," explains Dr. Wansink. His suggestion: Stock your top tier with low-cal beverages, like skim milk, fruit and veggie juices (no sugar added) and a water pitcher. You can also stash water bottles here to grab for easy on-the-go hydration. "Staying well-hydrated naturally curbs appetite," explains Susan Albers, PsyD, clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of the book, Eat Q: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence. "Also, opting for low-cal drinks shaves calories from your diet," she adds. Use these slimming sips to cut out just one can of soda (diet included!) a day, and you could speed up your slimdown, say researchers at The University of Texas. 
Posted 1/6/2014  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 6 comments   11,836 views
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Natural Anxiety Remedies

Feeling anxious? From piling bills to your hectic schedule, a lot can make you uneasy. Start breathing a bit easier because these simple strategies can quiet your racing mind. Ahh, that's better.

The psychologist says…Know when to get help

If anxiety starts interfering with your life (you're avoiding social situations or having panic attacks, for example), then consider treatment. Anxiety responds well to non-pill methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, where a therapist teaches you to examine your thoughts and reframe them. So if talking to strangers stresses you out, your therapist may suggest approaching someone you don't know at a party and starting a conversation as practice. Often, it will go better than expected, which means you can say to yourself: "Despite my anxiety, most times when I talk to a new person it feels OK." Medication may be necessary if worries continue, but addressing the root cause rather than suppressing symptoms will serve you better in the long run. 
Posted 12/30/2013  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 2 comments   7,384 views
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7 Holiday Foods That Could Keep Your Diet on Track

It's the same struggle every year. You walk into a holiday party and you're greeted by the hostess, who encourages you to dig into the huge spread of tasty hors d'oeuvres. But how can you enjoy the evening without going overboard? It is possible! By focusing on popular party snacks that have health-boosting benefits, you can savor the season and drop pounds.

Full-fat cheese is packed with protein, so a small amount will satisfy you quickly, which means eating some of the real deal (versus lowfat or fat-free) may actually help you lose weight. Choose hard, full-flavor cheeses like Parmesan or aged Gouda, because their sharp taste helps you conquer cravings fast. These cheeses are slightly higher in calories than soft ones like Brie, but they have more protein. Stick with 1 oz—or four to five small cubes—per day. 
Posted 12/23/2013  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 2 comments   6,609 views
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9 Ways to Stay Comfortable at Your Work Desk

Spending so much time at work can make you worse for wear—and not just mentally. Sitting improperly can up your chances for shoulder, wrist, back and neck injuries. Worse, you may not recognize your body's warning signs, such as muscle stiffness, aching and fatigue, says Jean Duffy Rath, Dip MDT, a physical therapist in Syracuse, NY. That's why it's important to change your workstation to fit your needs. "You wouldn’t drive without first adjusting your car seat—you need to do the same for your desk chair," says Dr. Duffy Rath, who suggests readjusting weekly. Here's exactly what to do to minimize pain at a desk job. 
Posted 12/2/2013  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 0 comments   7,200 views
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Easy Ways to Improve Your Memory

Altering just a few of your daily habits can go a long way, protecting your noggin in the process. Even having just one more cup of coffee or one more hour of sleep can keep your mind sharp for years to come. Continue reading for advice from a nutrition researcher, an exercise expert and a scientist. 

Eat Berries

One study found that eating two or more ½-cup servings a week delayed the onset of Alzheimer's by 2½ years. 
Posted 11/25/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 6 comments   10,437 views
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5 Cooking Tricks That Make Vegetables More Nutritious

Yes, eating a lot of vegetables is crucial for good health. But the way you prepare them can also ward off disease. Keep clicking for five easy ideas for getting the most out of your favorite veggies.

1. Stir-fry carrots or steam broccoli.
Chopping and then heating them releases carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that may help fight cancer
Posted 11/18/2013  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 8 comments   15,115 views
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9 Home Remedies You Should Never Try

There's no denying the secret curing powers found in certain everyday items. Salt water, for instance, can take the sting out of a sore throat. And an oatmeal bath can ease eczema. So how about soothing a burn with butter? Not so fast. That and other common home remedies aren't just ineffectual; they can actually exacerbate the issue. So before you go DIY on treating bad breath, colds or cuts, check out these nine tactics to avoid. 
Posted 11/11/2013  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 9 comments   50,863 views
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9 Surprising Little Ways to Cut Calories Every Day

When you think of shaving calories from your day, a strict diet and exercise regime may come to mind. But it doesn’t have to be that hard! The following simple changes to your daily routine could help you stop snacking, get your body to burn extra calories and more. It's the little things, right?

1. Exercise at night.

Evening sweat sessions can curb cravings that watching TV can't. According to an April 2013 study in the journal Obesity, our circadian system makes us hungriest a few hours before bedtime. But you may feel fuller after working out: A different study in the journal Metabolism found that perceived fullness was higher among participants after 12 weeks of aerobic training than before they were exercising. So a brisk walk after dinner each night may make you less likely to snack before bed. 
Posted 11/4/2013  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 6 comments   21,371 views
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The Best Heart-Healthy Fruits and Vegetables

A delicious way to protect your ticker: Eat colorful fruits and vegetables. From watermelons to pineapples, there’s a rainbow of potent nutrients proven to help your heart. Read on to find out which produce is worth stocking up on. 
Posted 10/21/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 5 comments   10,511 views
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10 Healthy Home Remedies

Treating minor health problems doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you may already own some of the miracle-workers in this slide show. Click through to find out which foods, drinks and craft supplies (yes, craft supplies) can make you feel better fast.

1. Soothe a Sunburn with Vinegar

Plain white vinegar helps ease the pain and itch of a recent burn, and may also prevent blisters from forming. If the burn is on your face, soak a cotton ball in vinegar and dab onto affected areas. If it's on a larger part of your body, use a washcloth or paper towel and cover your skin for 15 minutes. 
Posted 10/14/2013  6:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 7 comments   12,837 views
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3 Easy Ways to Fight Fall Allergies

Ragweed, the biggest culprit of autumn allergies, starts pollinating in mid-August and ends with the first hard freeze. Read on to keep symptoms—like a runny nose and congestion—to a minimum.

1. Start meds before you sneeze

RX nasal corticosteroid sprays prevent your body from releasing chemicals that react to ragweed. The medication works better if it's already in your system once the allergen is airborne. 
Posted 10/7/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 3 comments   7,182 views
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