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How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian

November 13th, 2011 (No Comments)

It’s hard to ignore the evidence mounting against factory-farmed meat: Raising livestock for food is one of the largest contributors to global warming, accounting for 20 percent of man-made greenhouse gases emitted each year. If all Americans skipped their daily eight ounces of meat one day per week, we could save more emissions over the course of a year than if we gave up traveling by cars, trains, planes, and ships combined.

Why Breakfast Is Important

November 12th, 2011 (No Comments)

You’ve probably heard it said on countless news programs and in countless articles that breakfast is important. And yet, one-fifth of adults are ardent skippers. Many women forgo this vital meal to shave off a few calories in the day, not knowing they’re setting themselves up for health risks in an effort to drop a few vanity pounds.

We’ve all been there, hit snooze one too many times, can’t figure out what to wear, dash out the door without having breakfast. Next stop is Au Bon Pain and a muffin half the size of your head. Blueberry muffins are kind of healthy, right? Wrong! Or perhaps you’ve been in a no-breakfast rut. You’re low on funds to pick it up in the morning and you’re low on time. Here’s why you need to eat that first meal of the day and why you should never allow yourself to skip the meal that doctors and nutritionists repeat over and over again is the most important meal of the day.

Smart Food Shopping

November 8th, 2011 (No Comments)

Healthy food choices are important for good health and well-being. Eating well means eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods and beverages from the food groups of MyPlate and staying within your calorie needs. This, combined with choosing foods low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and salt (sodium) will help to ensure that you are eating a healthy diet while helping to maintain a healthy weight. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation.

Gym Workouts for Women

November 1st, 2011 (No Comments)

The gym is a jungle of shiny weight stacks, clanging dumbbells, and more than a few sleeveless beasts screaming through every rep. Then there’s the gridlocked cardio area (um, does anyone enforce the 30-minute-limit-while-people-are-waiting rule?), the dozens of group fitness classes — and what’s up with that 24-ingredient concoction they dole out at the juice bar? It’s no wonder women eschew this chaos for a simple elliptical routine. But when you’re shelling out an average of $55 a month to exercise, you should be getting more for your money. We asked fitness club owners, doctors, nutrition gurus, and trainers to share their insider info so you can make the most of every dollar.

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