5 Good Reasons Not to Skip Breakfast

breakfast oatmealWe have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in many ways, it is. Whether you have breakfast as soon as you get up or after your morning workout, the first meal you eat sets you up for the rest of the day.  Unfortunately, only a third of Americans eat breakfast on a regular basis, many citing time as the biggest challenge.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. Continue reading “5 Good Reasons Not to Skip Breakfast”

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Resolution Series: 10 Good Reasons to Exercise

exerciseWe have reached the final chapter of our resolution series. Exercise should be an important part of everyone’s life, whether it is walking, yoga, swimming, playing sports or some other kind of movement.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it is recommended that most adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of both. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t come close to exercising 21 minutes per day.

If you need a few reasons to exercise, here are 10 good ones. Continue reading “Resolution Series: 10 Good Reasons to Exercise”

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Simple Tips to Improve Your Diet

colorful-foodsI am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s to lose 20 pounds, exercise 5 times per week or sleep more than 8 hours a night, almost 90% of people give up on their resolutions within the first 2 weeks of January.

The reasons our resolutions fail are many. But for most, they are unrealistic. If we aren’t making the progress we’d hoped for, we become discouraged and we quit.

I am also not a fan of “dieting,” or cutting out certain foods for periods of time to lose weight. When I talk about diet, I am referring to how you should eat every day, realistically and healthfully!

So the following four resolutions or tips are designed to be realistic and long-term, to help improve your diet. You can start off with one resolution and move on to the next when you are ready. Good luck and Happy New Year! Continue reading “Simple Tips to Improve Your Diet”

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9 Strategies to Lose Weight and Stop Dieting… Once and For All

healthy-livingStruggling with excess weight? Whether you’ve recently gained a few pounds or chronic dieting is a regular way of life, here are nine strategies to lose weight and stop dieting… once and for all. Ready? Here we go:

1. Kick Your Sugar Habit. If I didn’t have thousands of clients who’ve done it (including myself), I wouldn’t be as convinced that this is the single greatest, most important gift you can give yourself for lasting weight loss, energy and health. Imagine your cravings gone, fat melting away, endless, steady energy and so much more. That’s what happens when you kick sugar to the curb.

2. Find Your Motivation. There’s a deeply personal reason why you want to get the weight off. Sure you want to look and feel better, but dig a little deeper and what you’ll find is the real motivation behind the attempts you’ve made in the past. Do you want a new relationship, confidence to change careers, energy to keep up with your kids? Identifying your “why,” writing it down, and reading it throughout the day can help keep you motivated and on track.

3. Identify Automatic and Habitual Behavior. We’re creatures of habit and the majority of things we do throughout the day prove it. Just try to brush your teeth differently, put on the other leg of your pants first, or change your morning routine and you’ll see what I mean. How does this apply to weight loss? Continue reading “9 Strategies to Lose Weight and Stop Dieting… Once and For All”

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5 Life-Changing Benefits of Mindful Eating

mindful-eatingIf you’ve ever given any thought to what you eat, you probably feel that you’re familiar with the term “mindful eating.” While thinking about what you’re putting into your mouth is a great thing to practice when managing your weight, the many daily benefits of eating mindfully can be life-changing! The following mindful eating benefits can make all the difference to your success in:

Losing weight
Maintaining a healthy weight
Living a healthier lifestyle

5 Mindful Eating Benefits

1.  Mindful eating causes you to be aware of how much you’re eating, which in turn, makes you more in tune with your body’s signals. This is important, because your body will tell you when to eat and when it’s had enough. Because you’re paying closer attention to what your body is “saying,” you’ll be less likely to overeat. You’ll eat according to your body’s needs instead of:

A certain event
The clock
The show on TV

Continue reading “5 Life-Changing Benefits of Mindful Eating”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker
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