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What’s the deal with calories? What happened to the food pyramid? How can I possibly start meal planning?

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Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

There is a huge trend going around nowadays. Every other diet I see is low carb. Some even aim to eliminate them completely! Popularized by Dr. Atkins with the Atkins diet, folks have been cutting out entire food groups just to drop a few pounds. Now, we see low carb diets like Paleo and Keto everywhere. We’ve seen progress pictures of weight loss and heard of people having crazy success consuming butter and bacon. Say what!? Let’s take a closer look at…

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How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

Calorie control is important for weight control. Whether you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, calories count! Whether you’re counting meticulously or just curious, it’s a good idea to know how to calculate your calorie needs. Related Reading: What is a Calorie? Calories = Energy To know what we are calculating, we need to understand how our body uses energy throughout the day. Even just sitting there reading this article, your cells are hard at work using up…

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 1

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays: Part 1

It’s officially that time of year, folks! Between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are at least five weeks of holidays. For most of us, this means indulging in lots of food, and not always the healthiest foods. Not to mention, winter is coming (Game of Thrones fans, are you out there?) and for many of us, that means staying indoors. I live in Buffalo, and let me tell you – when the snow flies, there is nothing more I want…

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Shopping Seasonally

Shopping Seasonally

The season has just changed over from summer to fall. Gone are the days of fruit salads, slices of watermelon, and dipping cucumber to keep cool. And here comes the onslaught of pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Apple picking. Winter squashes. Cranberries. Aside from staying cool and warming up, there’s a reason we eat certain foods with certain seasons. It’s more than just the marketing ploy of “PSL is back!!” and “We always have sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving!” Those…

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How to Start Meal Planning (and why you should be doing it!)

How to Start Meal Planning (and why you should be doing it!)

Are you tired of asking “What’s for dinner?” Do you tend to skip cooking dinner because you’re just too tired to think about what to even cook after a long day at work? Do you maybe have a big collection of recipes (printed or pinned?) just waiting for you to someday try it? I have a solution for you. It’s not even hard. It takes about 15 minutes once a week. It’ll save you time and money and frustration. Meal planning!…

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10 Awesome Benefits of Living a Healthy Lifestyle

10 Awesome Benefits of Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Okay, so we all know that there are benefits to living a healthy lifestyle. We know we’ll be stronger, be closer to a healthy weight, and give our body the good stuff it needs. But there are probably a few things that are affected that you hadn’t thought of! Here’s the list of how I’ve personally benefited from a healthy lifestyle.   1. Weight Loss I have almost always been overweight. I’ve struggled with overexercising and starving myself and all…

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MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

Food groups, nutrient recommendations, calorie control…they all come together here with the new tool to plan a healthy diet. Meet MyPlate! History Remember the food pyramid? A visual representation of what kinds of foods and how much we should be eating every day, the pyramid was a busy and hard-to-memorize tool. In 2005, the pyramid was updated to include exercise, but was still – and arguably even more – confusing to read and understand. In 2011, MyPlate was rolled out….

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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. We’ll go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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What is a Calorie?

What is a Calorie?

What is a calorie? We hear it all over the place: “That cheeseburger has, like, a billion calories!” People who are trying to lose weight are often talking about how many calories something has, and how they’re counting them. But when even is a calorie, anyway? If we want to be technical about it, a calorie is defined as “the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of 1g of water by 1ºC. Ummm, that’s not helpful. Let’s…

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