When the seriously fit celebrity trainer Bob Harper suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago, I was just as shocked as most of the world. He works out for a living—the man's muscles have muscles—not to mention the fact that he's only 51 years old. But, heart disease runs in his family and genetics are a huge risk factor when it comes to heart health. The good news, Harper is recovering nicely if his Instagram feed is any indication. The avid cross-fitter has taken a less stressful and doctor-recommended approach to exercise. He's walking his dog in the park and performing a stress test with his medical team rather than hitting the gym hard (yet). The other key...read full post »
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I hear an awful lot about Tom Brady. I live in New England (Vermont, by way of Boston) and I'm married to a die-hard Patriots fan. And while I don't like Brady when he's beating my team on the field, I love that he acknowledges the importance of nutrition in athletic performance. Yes, you need to train right, but you also need to eat right (and I'm sure there is a little more magic in his secret sauce like genetics, recovery, being married to Gisele, etc.).read full post »
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2017, released earlier this month, ranked 38 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the seventh year in a row): the DASH diet.
Try It: Healthy DASH Diet Recipes
The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo, Whole30 or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their...read full post »
Whole roasts with all the trimmings surrounded by mounds of herbed stuffing, creamy green beans covered with crispy onions, baskets of dinner rolls, soft salty butter, savory gravy. This tablescape is all too familiar—the happy tastes and smells of the holiday season. However, since I was diagnosed with celiac disease, that tantalizing tablescape signals caution.
More and more people are being diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances or choosing to follow special diets. While this changes the holiday table we know, it doesn't have to change the holiday table we love. So let's take the stress out of navigating the holidays with dietary restrictions, shall we?
Related: Our Best Gluten-Free Holiday Meal
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Soup is pretty amazing when you're trying to lose weight or just eat a little healthier. Sure, some can be very caloric and have too much sodium—watch out for restaurant-style chowders or anything with a creamy base—but a lot of soups can help you keep your diet on track. Soup typically has a lot of water, which helps keep you feeling full. Plus, if it's packed with vegetables, beans or whole grains you're getting a healthy dose of fiber, which has shown to help you lose weight (among other health benefits of eating more fiber).
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