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Killing the Soda Cravings

Soda… the carbonated fiend, the peskiest diet murderer on the dietary block.

As much as soda quenches thirst on a hot day, it also dumps loads of unhealthiness into the body. Just think of all the sugar they use to sweeten soda up for your taste buds.

Of course, soda in moderation isn’t much of an issue. The thing about soda, though, is that it’s addictive. Once the body gets a taste, it can ‘t stop craving it.

But hold on, hold on… there HAS to be a way to stop those soda longings. Right?

There is, well, are.

Today, we’re going to discuss a few methods for beating the “soda bug”. Not all of these methods will work for everyone, so experiment and see which ones work for you!

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Recipes: Healthy Chips

Chips. Why are you so good yet so unhealthy?

I mean, chips are so addictive. You open a bag, stick your hand in, and before long, they’re gone. And unfortunately, they’re not always the healthiest choice on the shelf.

Well, we’ve got the solution to quell your chip cravings without sacrificing your precious diet!

The key is to swap the potatoes out for some veggies or dried fruits. You can still keep the regular texture of chips with some added kick or sweetness, depending on what you’re going for.

Let’s explore a few ways you can cook up some tasty chips to munch on free of guilt! You won’t want to go back to processed bags ever again.

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8 Global Dieting Tips That You Can Try Today

Let’s talk about Jennifer.

Jennifer is in her mid-thirties and has three kids. She’s super frustrated with her body shape and wants to slim down. Let’s say she finally reaches her breaking point and decides to make positive, healthy changes in her life.

She’s pumped. Her excitement translates to the gym, where she works out 5 times a week. She’s on the fast track to big-time weight loss when….

…. she gets hit with a wrecking ball of anxiety.

She doesn’t know how to diet properly.

See, someone once told Jennifer that being healthy is like driving a car. Your motivation is what twists the key in the ignition and exercise is the turbo-charged engine that motors the car down the highway.

But no car can drive without gas. That’s exactly what a good diet provides: energy to power you through the day.

Jennifer is nervous because she doesn’t know how to transform her diet for the better. She listens to dieting podcasts and reads health blogs, but gets even more stressed because she doesn’t know which tips actually work.

Believe it or not, countries around the world do dieting differently. It’s awesome to know health is a universal goal, but different regions use their cultures and perspectives in unique ways to stay healthy.

So, why don’t we help out our friend Jennifer and learn how we can improve our own diets from our neighbors across the globe? Here are 8 tips you (and Jennifer) might find helpful!

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How to Squeeze Exercise into Your Busy Schedule

Take a look at your schedule. Go ahead, take a long look.

Chances are, most of your days are filled to the brim with things to do. You might work a 9-5 job, or you might be a stay-at-home mom trying to keep up with your hyper-energetic kids.

Most people understand the importance of exercise. Still, so many of those same people skimp out on workouts.

Where is the disconnect between our ambition to work out and making exercise a part of our lives?

A hectic schedule is one of the most common reasons why people don’t work out consistently (and why they don’t believe they can in the first place).

Believe it or not, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to exercise, even in the middle of your volatile schedule.

Try out these quick-and-easy exercises that can be done on the go, in the office, at the gym, at the mall, etc. Time to keep those workout shoes glued to your feet and ready to go!

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Recipes: Asian-Inspired Dishes

Today’s recipes are all Asian-inspired and all delicious!

Whether you’re craving some vitamin-rich bok choy or want a nice chicken recipe for date night, these meals are perfect for a variety of occasions.

The best part? Each recipe calls for healthy ingredients and healthy preparation. You won’t have to worry about counting calories or watching your diet when you cook these meals!

Let’s check out these ways you can bring some creative Asian flare to your cooking repertoire.

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7 Dieting Mistakes Everyone Makes

When I say the word “diet”, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?

Perhaps you think of that friend that chows down on nothing more than salad and fish. Maybe you know someone that swears to ditch sweets, only to be back on a bender a week later.

Diets have always been known as the “magical elixirs” that cut body fat and get you in shape. Yet there are still plenty of diets that fail to deliver results, even though they are “scientifically proven” or tout case study success stories.

Why?

Well, it’s simple. Health studies often produces conflicting results, which confuse the public about what to eat and what to avoid. Only recently has research narrowed down core health guidelines to follow with any diet.

We thought it would be a great idea to fill you in on dieting missteps people often make. Maybe you’ll spot a few you make, and can change your eating habits for the better!

One thing to note: there are different diets that target different fitness goals. These are simple tips that relate to any healthy diet you choose. If possible, consult with a trained medical professional to determine the diet that is right for you.

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How Group Fitness Can Increase Your Self-Confidence

This is a guest post by David Dewar, a clinical hypnotherapist who specializes in unlocking human potential.

Exercise is one of the biggest self-confidence boosters out there. It helps you feel and look better through losing weight, strengthening and toning your body, reducing stress, and giving you a sense of achievement.

However, getting started on an exercise program and sticking with it can be quite the uphill task.

Group fitness classes have become more popular, leading to the creation of new workout programs and communities. They provide the support system, motivation, and camaraderie that make exercising fun and structured, which keeps you accountable.

Other than the physical results you can expect from group fitness classes, such as boot camp training, there are also several benefits of group fitness for self-confidence. Improving self-esteem will help you achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Here are some of the ways group fitness improves your self-confidence.

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Lowering Your Risk of Injury

What most commonly derails people’s progress in getting fit and staying healthy?

Injuries.

For people who lead active lifestyles, suffering a debilitating injury – such as tearing a knee or breaking a finger – can be demotivating.

While no one can avoid all risk to injury, there are certainly steps you can take to limit your exposure to getting hurt. While many of these steps take extra effort, they’ll pay off in the long run when your body is still strong heading into your older years.

So let’s talk shop on reducing the chance of those pesky injuries and freeing yourself of any worries about your health.

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Recipes: Omelettes

Today’s recipe is all about breakfast’s favorite little pocket of deliciousness: the omelette.

The awesome thing about omelettes is that they’re very customizable. You can make them healthier by substituting egg whites for regular eggs or by stuffing the inside with veggies.  Or, pack your omelette with some healthy meats or fishes to get a rich serving of protein.

Add some salsa or avocado on the side to jazz up the flavor without ratcheting up the calories. You can even pair this meal with some sweeter breakfast options such as yogurt and fruit to get a balanced meal.

One thing to keep in mind with omelettes is that they usually have a lot of calories. Try not going overboard with your fillings for a healthier omelette experience.

Below are three unique takes on the traditional omelette. Happy eating!

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How To Wake Up Early in the Morning

Imagine waking up just like the people in the movies. You leap out of bed, glowing from check to cheek. With only one giant stretch of your arms, you anxiously step outside and embrace the new day.

But the reality is that most people fail at this. Instead of embracing the day with warmth and optimism, they stumble out of bed and loathe every reason why they can’t sleep for an extra hour.

Here’s a little secret: your attitude is a choice. You can choose to let the morning weigh you down, or you can take advantage of the extra time awake and end the day feeling more productive.

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