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All the latest up to date information on the newest diet trends (not necessarily a recommendation) nutrition tips, and exercise blogs. Your one stop page for health and wellness.

8 Of The Most Important Morning Exercises You Should Do as Soon as You Get Out of Bed

You know that phrase, “Do what’s most important first thing in the morning”? That doesn’t mean check your email or scroll through Twitter and Instagram. It means perform some morning exercises. Considering the fact your day is mostly going to be spent sitting in front of your screen, the best thing you can do when you open your eyes is get your blood flowing.
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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (August 5-August 11)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®. If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, […] The post Skinnytaste Meal Plan (August 5-August 11) appeared first on Skinnytaste.
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Most of Us Misunderstand Metabolism. Here Are 9 Facts to Clear That Up.

We talk about metabolism like it's something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster. You've seen the articles headlined "Boost your metabolism" or "Try this high-metabolism diet to lose weight." But this obscures many truths about this essential, yet still somewhat mysterious, biological process. Here are nine facts to help you understand metabolism, and how to think about it in the context of weight gain and weight loss.
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Printable Meal Planning Templates to Simplify Your Life

Odds are good that you plan your vacations in advance. You probably plan your budget, too. You plan birthday parties, weddings and family gatherings. But do you plan your meals? Meal planning is the most effective way to start building healthy habits, says Jenny Champion, Daily Burn Nutrition and Fitness Coach. “You’re so much more likely to stick to your goals when you’re not winging it on a meal-to-meal basis,” she says.
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Episode 2: 7 Tips for Dealing With Food Cravings

In today's episode we discuss food cravings and the science behind them. Furthmore, I provide tips and strategies to help curb these cravings. These include everything from eating lower calorie options of the food you crave to possibly writing and documenting these cravings in a food journal. Hope these tips help!
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Back to school: The ABC’s of strength and conditioning

It’s that time of year again. Summer is winding down and kids are preparing to head back to school. Many kids have new clothes, a backpack filled with freshly sharpened pencils, and other supplies to get the year started. As our youngsters head back to school, how we think about progressing in education is how we should think about progressing strength training and injury prevention efforts for young athletes.
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