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What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day Treats

  What is the perfect food gift for the superhumans of the world? We all know mothers deserve more than just the one option of a mass-produced, standard box of chocolates. I mean, these women do ...

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Hangry: The Psychology of Food

  Hangry. There’s your food and mood in one word. But how does it actually work? How does a food that we eat (or don’t eat) travel in our bodies to control our brains to tell us we can’t focus on an ...

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Celebrate a World of Flavors: National Nutrition Month

  My favorite thing about Chicago is the food. Specifically, the fact that I can go on a 15 minute walk and potentially get authentic bibimbap from the impossibly small counter-service kitchen in the ...

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How to make a Valentine out of Green Leafy Vegetables for Heart Health Month

  February is heart health month! We wouldn’t have the capability to love or be loved without the amazing muscles that are our hearts (I mean… we’d literally die… but that’s not the route I was going ...

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Once Upon a Jar of Coconut Oil

  Just like Smash Mouth’s “All Star” hit, coconut oil is past its peak but still appears in our daily lives. Touted as a belly fat blaster, an appetite suppressant and even an Alzheimer's treatment, ...

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The Bugs On Us

  Don’t freak out. There are bugs all over you. Over 100 trillion of them. But they’re not actually bugs; they’re microbes and they do some pretty phenomenal things for us, especially the ones found ...

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Superfoods are Superheroes

  Superfoods are the food industry’s superheroes: they’re touted as “powerful,” having “superpowers” and being “extra-nutritious.” I mean, who wouldn’t want a superhero in their life? I personally ...

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Is Plant-Based Meat Really Better For You?

  Plant-based meat alternatives, or meat analogs, are not just for vegans and vegetarians anymore. As the interest in plant-based diets has grown in the last few years, so has the market for meat ...

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Critical Thinking in the Click-Bait World

As a personal trainer and nutritionist, I am always being asked about my thoughts on the latest nutrition or health article, study, documentary, etc, especially when the claims being made are ...

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Do You Need to Curb Your Caffeine Intake?

  I love coffee and consume caffeine in the form of coffee and/or a pre-workout drink almost every single day of the week. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug (yes, caffeine is ...

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