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Summer foods to eat for weight loss

Written by Jennifer Moehling on 7/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

Cherries are a fresh summer food that is packed with fiberFoods always taste better when they're in-season, and luckily, a lot of summer foods can also help you lose weight!

Here are five of the best summer foods for weight loss.

In addition to having a high water and fiber content, cherries also have anti- inflammatory effects that help with weight loss.

Best in the late summer months, tomatoes contain a lot of water, which helps stave off dehydration-related hunger. They are also super-high in potassium, which is key since potassium can help you beat bloat.

Jalapeno peppers
Research has shown that you tend to eat less food overall when you have something spicy. • Raspberries: Raspberries pack a powerful weight-loss combo of fiber and water.

Green iced tea
Next time you hit the Starbucks drive-thru, order an unsweetened green tea. Research shows that the catechins in this drink may have weight-loss benefits.

Remember, healthy weight loss is achieved by combining a healthy diet with lifestyle changes, like exercise and quitting smoking. To speak to a Community dietician about healthy eating, call 317-621-7771.

Source: Women's Health Magazine 

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Fit Friday: Step ups

Written by Health Coach on 7/25/2014 6:00:00 AM

What you'll need: A bench or stair
Muscles worked: Also a cardio move, step ups work your glutes, quads and calves

Find a bench or a stair to perform this move on. Simply step up onto the bench or stair and back down, brining your knee up at a 90-degree angle. Alternate which leg you step up with first, and repeat.

For a more advanced workout, step up with your right leg and then add a little hop as bring your left leg up. Life your left knee up as high as you can with that hop! Alternate starting legs.

Tags: cardio , Fit Friday | Posted in: Fitness

Six ways to reduce stress

Written by Kayla Tollison on 7/23/2014 6:00:00 AM

Relieving stress can be easy if you know how

As a society constantly on-the-go, multitasking has been normalized. Many of us are attached to work through our phones even when we're at home or on vacation. With the pressure of work and constant rush many Americans live in a state of stress.

Sadly, for some, business paired with stress have become a point of pride. “Oh you have to work 40 hours this week? I have to work 40 hours at both of my jobs this week,” is an example of this behavior.

So, how do we overcome the stress that is seemingly becoming a bragging right for some? Here are a few ways you can reduce your stress levels:
  1. Make time for yourself. Put your phone down and spend quality time with your family, relaxing, or doing something you enjoy to do when you are away from work. continue reading ...

Food highlight: Eggplant

Written by Jennifer Moehling on 7/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

Eggplants contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are good for your healthEggplant contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Research on eggplant has focused on a certain nutrient found in eggplant skin called nasunin. 

Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in the brain cell membranes. The antioxidants in eggplant protect blood cholesterol, prevent cellular damage that can promote cancer; and lessen free radical damage in joints, which is a primary factor in rheumatoid arthritis. 

So, eat up!

Tags: antioxidants , eggplant , nasunin | Posted in: Nutrition

6 ways to stay active as a family

Written by Jennifer Moehling on 7/18/2014 7:00:00 AM

A game of backyard baseball is a great way to get active in the summer

Now that summer is full effect, many people are making the transition to outdoor activities. A lot of people find it much easier to stay active throughout the summer, so here are some ideas on how to have fun as a family:

Bike rides.
This is a fun way to get the whole family outside, even if you have a younger one on a bike attachment. Strap on your helmets and head out on a ride around the neighborhood.

Game night.
Instead of the traditional board game night, mix it up and play tag outside. You can also play a variety of sports like baseball or football to get the whole family involved.

Family competitions.
If your family is anything like mine, we are all very competitive. By having a competition like who can get the most steps in a day, it will keep the family active while adding in a little extra motivation.

Hiking or walking.
If you live in an area where there is someplace good to hike or walk, take a relaxing walk with your family. It allows everyone to unwind, while getting added health benefits. A great place to start off would be your local park, or even just around your neighborhood!

Growing up, the pool was a must for me throughout the summer. Kids usually stay active enough at the pool to not even realize they are exercising, and mom and dad can swim some laps of their own!

Participating in a race.
There are so many fun themed races now, that it would be a blast to participate in one with your family, no matter the distance. Training for the race will be a great way to keep your family active and working towards a common goal.

Of course there are many other ways that you can keep your family active together this summer, but these ideas can get you started!

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