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Episode 1: Simple Strategies To Eat Healthy

My very first podcast for Health and Wellness Journey. I discuss simple strategies to help you eat healthy on a regular basis. Stayed tuned for Episode 2: 7 Different Ways to Deal With Irresistable Food Cravings.
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7 Fruits and Veggies That Are at Peak Ripeness Right Now, Plus Our Favorite Healthy Ways To Use Them

Eating seasonally—meaning piling your plate with foods that grow naturally at the current time of year in your region—is not only extra flavorful, but is especially nutrient dense, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly. While it isn't always accessible, August is peak harvest season for many growers across the country.
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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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13 Complete Protein Sources for Vegetarians and Vegans

Despite what some people may think, there are many ways to get enough protein on a vegan or vegetarian diet. However, not all plant-based proteins are complete proteins, meaning protein sources that contain adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids.
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How to Curb Sugar Cravings Effectively

A lot of people love sugar and you’re probably one of them. In fact, you need to have anything sweet after every meal. However, sugar is not only addictive, but too much of it is not good for your body and your health. With this, you may want to start breaking the habit, so you can kick these empty calories out of your diet. While you may think it is difficult, stopping yourself from grabbing a chocolate bar is actually easy with these methods:
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Should I Cut Out Alcohol to Get Rid of Fat?

First, I’ll toast you to a good question here. (I’m drinking green tea right now, but feel free to have a sip of whatever you wish.) When people ask “does alcohol make you fat,” or “should I stop drinking to lose weight,” the answer is complex
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