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Archive for August 2012

How To Get Motivated To Work Out

It may seem obvious, but I’ll say it anyway: You can’t achieve success if you’re not willing to take the first step. Sure, I can give you all the tools you need for weight loss, but if you’re not willing to get off your butt, you won’t get anywhere. You need to find that inner…

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About Breastfeeding

I referred above to a study in which PCBs were found in mothers’ breast milk. The thought of passing toxins to your baby through breast milk may be scary, but don’t let it stop you from breastfeeding. Experts say the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential dangers from toxin exposure. If you are breastfeeding, you…

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Why To Avoid Dioxins and PCBs

Some metabolism-wrecking toxins, such as processed foods, hydrogenated fats, and high-fructose corn syrup, are easy to avoid because they’re listed on food labels. But some — polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins, for example — aren’t. These pollutants, by-products of manufacturing, found their way into our lakes and streams long ago, with the result that they’ve…

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Toe Cramps?

Is there any way to prevent toe cramps? Short answer: no. Long answer: All muscles are capable of cramping, but the ones farthest away from your spinal cord-in your feet and lower legs, for example-tend to be the most vulnerable to seizing up. The long, spindly nerve cells that run from the spinal cord to…

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Worried About Garlic Breath?

Aside from being a great-tasting topping on your pizza, garlic packs a punch when it comes to detoxifying your body, especially your liver. Garlic, like scallions and onions, helps lower your total cholesterol, an important component in fighting obesity and diabetes. In fact, two cloves of garlic can be as effective as some cholesterol-lowering drugs.…

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A Healthy, Summer Pizza

There’s no doubting that pizza is one of the most popular and widely consumed foods out there. Unfortunately, it can do a serious number on your daily calorie allowance. This delicious Thai Chicken Pizza is a healthy alternative that’s easy (and fun) to make, perfect for leftovers, and can get the whole family involved. You…

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Give Yourself a Hand

If you’re rocking your legs as you crunch, you’re missing the mark (you’re actually working your hip flexors, not your lower abs). If you aren’t sure if you’re doing reverse crunches correctly, place your hands on top of your pelvis, right below your hip bones. You should be able to feel your abdominal muscles working…

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Lose That Lower Gut Flab

Ugh, the lower gut — it’s often the last thing to go, right? Lower-abdominal flab can be downright persistent, but it can be reduced with the right diet and exercise regimen. If your gut instincts are telling you to start crunching, you’re on the right track. Although crunches by themselves won’t burn belly fat, they…

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Rescue Me

When life throws you curveballs, you can dodge them or let them hit you right between the eyes. Sometimes, though, you don’t get a choice. For the moments when you can’t avoid them, create a “Rescue Me” list. What kinds of healthy activities make you feel better? How about enjoying a bubble bath, taking a…

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Overcoming a Setback

It happens — you miss a few workouts and you feel like you’ve fallen off the weight-loss wagon. It’s tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.) Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is the Old You. The New You knows how to…

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