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Recipes: Easy Turkey Meatloaf

Time to dig into some scrumptious, hearty turkey meatloaf.

This week’s recipe is all about one of America’s favorite hunks of meat. Don’t be deceived by the size of this classic dish, though, because you can turn it into a healthy and guilt free entrée!

Not only will you get a healthy serving of protein with this meatloaf, you can make it even healthier by simply using organic turkey as your meat.

With a side of veggies, this is the perfect meal for plenty of occasions, from a quiet night in to a large family gathering. Happy eating!

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The Art of Warming Up Before You Work Out

It’s an age-old adage you’ve probably heard a thousand times: stretch before you work out.

Yet so many people at gyms and with personal trainers ignore this step completely. They hop right onto the treadmill or pick up weights before any of their muscles are primed to perform. Or, they’ll do the stereotypical arm-across-the-chest stretch, not to get loose but to trick themselves into thinking they’re ready to exercise.

The result? Injuries, discouragement, and a lack of weight loss.

So why are stretching and warming up the best things you can do for your body before exercise? It’s all because our muscles need to be eased into the exertion of exercise.

Whether it’s lifting a dumbbell, squatting, playing a sport, or running a marathon, working out requires blood flow and flexibility. A tight body with tight muscles that tries exercise is a recipe for disaster.

We thought warming up was so important that we decided to give it some shine in this week’s blog post. Here are a few of the many ways you can effectively prepare your body for a productive workout. Try these at the gym, on the field, at home, or wherever else you train!

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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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Recipes: Rosemary Lamb Chops

Today’s recipe is a hearty one: rosemary lamb chops.

Just picture a sizzling slab of lamb chops, broiled to perfection. Mix in a side of veggies and you have the perfect meal for a variety of occasions, from family dinner to date night.

But these lamb chops are more than just delicious. They can also be relatively healthy if you cook them properly, not to mention the high serving of protein you’ll get by eating them.

You can make these lamb chops low fat, too. Try broiling the lamb chops to minimize the amount of fat in the dish. Before you cook, you can also slice out any fat that hangs from the lamb chops.

Check out these rosemary lamb chops, and stay tuned for more healthy and amazing recipes weekly!

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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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The Effects of Stress and How to Overcome Them

Stress is the most uncomfortable feeling in the world.

Heart palpitations. Sweaty palms. Overbearing thoughts.

From something as small as losing $5 to something bigger like a family feud, anything can cause stress.

When people care deeply about something (an event, a person, their identity, etc.) they fear anything negatively affecting whatever they value. When that happens, it induces stress.

The question is not whether you will encounter stress. Rather, understanding what stress can do to you and crafting positive habits will help ease your tension levels.

That’s what our topic is for today. So relax and check out how bad stress can be for your health.

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