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New Year, New You (with us!)

  Although it’s the dead of winter here in Chicago, January is certainly a time of renewal. We dive back into our routines after holiday travel and take a moment to reprioritize. On many peoples' ...

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Buddha Bowl: The Ideal Vegan One Bowl Dish

  Eating healthy during this holiday season can be really hard. I’ve recently started adding more vegan/vegetarian meals into my daily routine. The recipes are easy and pretty quick to make for a ...

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Improve your Digestion with (Dairy-free) Yogurt

  If you have experienced any kind of digestive upset or issues, chances are, your doctor has recommended that you take a probiotic pill or eat more probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are living ...

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A Key Ingredient for Weight Loss and Wellness

  I’ve learned the secret to life-long health. It’s not a diet or a pill, and it’s actually found in many of the foods you may already know and love. If you’re like me and simply live for life’s ...

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Which Country has the World’s Healthiest Diet?

  Have you heard of The Blue Zones?  A few years ago, author Dan Buettner published a book of the same name where he researched 5 regions of the world where people not only lived longer than the ...

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Proteins, Carbs, and Fats: What is a “Macro”

  Now that you have a fridge full of nutritious foods and a better understanding of how to determine how many calories to consume to meet your goals, let’s go into some more detail about what ...

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Salads that Will Make You Smile and Fill You Up

  I love to make healthy salads that leave me full and gratified. Here are some tricks to making delicious salads that won’t leave you rummaging through your kitchen cabinets an hour later looking ...

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Resist the Drive-Thru in Favor of Quick Healthy Meals

All I wanted to do was pull up to the bright light, speak my order into the backlit menu, order a burger and fries, then sit on the couch and relax. I’m just like you, but my schedule fluctuates: ...

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Grocery Shopping for Summer: What’s in a Bodybuilder’s Fridge?

  As a personal trainer, I work with lots of people who want to lose weight. No matter how hard and how often you exercise, if you aren’t eating in accordance to your goals, you aren’t going to have ...

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Why Budget Friendly Grocery Shopping Doesn’t Have to Be a Nutritional Nightmare

As often as we find BOGO deals for junk food, it still comes as a surprise that so many nutritional foods are actually fairly cheap and budget friendly. Knowing what to shop for and when to buy is ...

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