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Signs That You Need To Change Your Diet

June 28th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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How can you tell if your diet is working for you? A good rule of thumb is that if you’re happy with it, it’s working. When you’re healthy, happy and feeling good, it’s a sign that you’re getting everything you need out of what you eat.

But not every diet is good for you. And if you’re feeling off, the food you eat could be to blame. Whether you’re eating to lose weight or cutting out foods just to eat better, switching up what’s in your refrigerator can have quite the impact on your health.

If you’ve experienced one of the struggles on this list, it might be time to change what you eat. But if the issues and symptoms you’re dealing with keep getting worse and worse, make an appointment with your doctor to make sure everything is OK.

Breakfast Beverages That Will Keep You Full Until Lunch

June 24th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if you do breakfast right, it will help you fuel through your day and make better diet decisions throughout it. If you need to start your day with something that won’t leave you hungry by the time you finish your first assignment of many, it’s time to make some space in your fridge for these breakfast beverages.

Whether you’re on a diet, tired of being tempted by the vending machines in the break room or just don’t have time to snack, these drinks will do the trick. Really pressed for time? Make any of these drinks the night before and pop them in the fridge. They’re all easy to grab on the go when you’re rushing out of the door.

Do you have your own signature breakfast beverage that you swear by? Give us the recipe in the comment section and we’ll give it a try.

“Fattening” Foods That You Should Never Cut From Your Diet

June 23rd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Finally, some good diet news: You don’t have to cut all of the fat from your personalized menu. This is especially true if you’re on a diet.

We’ve all been encouraged to grab the non-fat option when we have a few pounds we want to shed. However, recent studies have found that cutting out all of the fat in your diet isn’t always necessary. In fact, if you skip out on these foods, you could be missing out on some of the healthy stuff that keeps your skin beautiful and your hair strong.

The even better news? Some fatty foods are so good for you that they actually help you lose weight by keeping you full. So if you’ve been kicking these foods out of your fridge or saying “Thanks, but no thanks” when they’re offered to you at family gatherings, it’s time to give them another shot. Your taste buds and your waistline will thank you.

Are These Foods Killing Your Sex Drive?

June 21st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all know that food can be an aphrodisiac that gets people in the mood. Chocolate, strawberries, and whipped cream have a long history of getting the party started in the bedroom. But some foods are not so sensual, and we’re not just referring to the ones that give you garlic breath and bad gas late at night.

Some foods actually lower your sex drive. Have them before a dinner date and you might find yourself less excited about those moves he’s trying to make on you. Eat them all of the time in a long-term relationship, and you might find that your favorite snack could be the reason you and your partner don’t get as close as you used to when the lights go out.

If you want to give your libido a boost, it may be time to cut these foods out of your diet for the time being, or at least eat less of them.

I Got Hot Sauce In My Bag: The Health Benefits Of Spicy Food

June 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When it comes to food preferences, some of us just like it hot, myself included. As in, really hot–to the point of opening your sinuses and watering your eyes. Anything that’s too bland is in danger of being splashed with some hot sauce — even if I’m at someone else’s house. Want to eat what I’ve prepared? Better have a glass of water ready.

And as it turns out, a “hot sauce on err’thang” policy is a good one to keep. Have hot sauce at every meal and you can improve your health, live longer, and even battle the common cold. The spicier the hot sauce? The better the benefits of the heat inside.

So don’t be afraid to pour it on. And the next time someone teases you for keeping a bottle of Tabasco in your purse, take a moment to school them on all of the health benefits of hot sauce.

The Healthiest Choices At A Summer BBQ

June 15th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer grilling season is one of the best times of the year. Once the weather warms up, it’s time for a cookout. Every long weekend (or regular weekend–or sometimes even on a Thursday) is the perfect excuse to throw out some coals and grill some meats and veggies. Friends gather, family members pull out their famous recipes, and the good times roll until your pants feel tight.

Unfortunately, BBQ season and bikini season usually overlap. And if you’re watching your weight, back-to-back BBQs can expand your waistline — if you eat the wrong things. So we’ve put together a quick guide to help you navigate through the healthy and not-so-healthy choices usually offered.

Follow these rules and you’ll be able to enjoy the party and the food without feeling guilty about it the next day. But feel free not to completely deprive yourself of your favorites even if they’re on the “skip” list. Just remember to go HAM on the healthy stuff first and you won’t overdo it on the heavier options.

Surprising Foods That Can Cause Body Odor

June 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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It’s happened to all of us: you’re minding your own business at work and then suddenly, you smell something similar to onions. Your first thought? “Ugh. Something stinks.” Then you smell it in the next room and you find yourself having to second-guess your own hygiene. “Wait? Is that me?” So you fake yawn, lean your head to the side and discover that the not-so-fresh smell emanating is actually coming from you.

A tart odor catches everyone by surprise at one time or another, and sometimes it has nothing to do with the time of your last shower. Certain foods can leave you smelling “off,” especially when the weather warms up. So if you have a date, a long day or a crowded hot yoga class at the gym ahead of you, it may be helpful to avoid these foods and dietary changes. Or, if you can’t, at least be prepared with a little perfume, powder or baby wipes on hand.

5 Quirky American Dishes Worth Traveling For This Summer

June 9th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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There’s a reason fast food restaurants are so popular and it’s not because of the food’s taste; it’s the convenience. Sometimes it’s easier to just grab an allegedly charbroiled, mass-produced burger after work than cook one at home, but everybody knows that there are some restaurants whose food is so delicious, you’ll drive 30 minutes to get to the location and wait in line an additional hour for a table just to satisfy your craving for a dish you know you can’t make in your house.

The five foods below are those types of meals — the kind that on your death bed you should be able to say you had at least once. So trust us when we tell you these quirky dishes are more than worth traveling for.

Birthday Cake Croissants By Union Fare-New York, New York 

Located in the heart of New York City, the Birthday Cake croissant was created by Chef Thiago Silva at his bakery in Union Fare. Noted to be buttery and flaky, the croissant’s interior has a rich dose of funfetti icing and colorful sprinkles galore that’s perfect for millennials who are still nostalgic about Dunk-A-Roos.

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The Higgy By Dreamy Weenies– New Orleans, Lousiana 

While the internet continues to argue about whether there should be salt or sugar in grits, you can head on down to the Big Easy and take a big bite out of the Higgy hot dog. Dressed in chili, cheese and “7th ward” grits, this hot dog will ruin your desire for ever having a regular hot dog with ketchup again.

Lucky Charms Donuts By California Donuts– Los Angeles, California 

If you’re tired of acting and eating like an adult, travel to Los Angeles’ most talked about bakery—California Donuts. Not only is the bakery noted for their tasty treats but they combine everyone’s love of donuts and childhood cereals for tasty treats comprised of Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Pork Belly “Agridulce” By Tacos Tequila Whiskey– Denver, Colorado 

For only $3.75, the Pork Belly “Agridulce” taco stands out as a favorite at Tacos Tequila Whiskey. Slathered in sweet and sour sauce, the braised pork belly has candied garlic, cabbage and cilantro slaw. It’s a must try before catching a show at Adams Mystery Playhouse.

Fried Pimento Cheese Balls By Green Pig Bistro– Arlington, Virginia

Pimento Cheese is addictive on its own so imagine it fried! Served in the city of Arlington, which is located 20 minutes outside of the nation’s capital, Green Pig Bistro created Fried Pimento Cheese Balls for you and your taste buds to be magically indulged.

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Diet Cheating You Can Get Away With During The Summer

June 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer is the season for getting away with it all. I’m talking daisy dukes, floppy hats and those sky-high wedges. It’s for using up those vacation days, having a few drinks out on the patio, and hitting the grill just because it’s gorgeous outside.

And summer can be the season for cheating on your diet, too. Sure, it’s bikini season, and yes, shorts get shorter every year, so you want to look your best. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t occasionally bend the rules when it comes to indulging.

Whether it’s the food options, the weather, or the fresh air, something about taking a break from your health-conscious meals and trading them in for these summer diet cheats just doesn’t feel that bad. And they definitely make the season much more enjoyable. This summer, you don’t have to be afraid to eat at the beach, in the backyard or at that food festival — as long as you do it right.

5 Ways To Get A Handle On Your Cravings When You’re A Late-Night Eater

June 7th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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There’s a reason you should take your behind to bed at a decent time during the evening. Not only is more rest good for you because it helps you to be productive and keep your stress levels down, but it also keeps you from ballooning in weight. And I’m not just talking about the cortisol struggle. I’m talking about the fact that the later you stay up, the more likely you are to start snacking and end up packing on pounds if you make it a regular nighttime habit. I can relate to this battle with the fridge at night because I constantly find myself wanting to indulge on popcorn, granola bars, ice cream and all the things that don’t fall into the fruits and veggies category when I’m up late catching up on reality TV. So how does one deal when you want to do better but just so happen to be a low-key insomniac?

Brush Your Teeth

If you really think about it, doesn’t everything taste terrible when you throw it into a freshly brushed mouth? There’s just something about flouride and mint that puts a damper on your favorite salty and sweet snacks, and that’s why it’s the perfect way to put a stop to your cravings. Brush your teeth after your last meal of the day to refrain from snacking for the sake of snacking. Not only will you keep yourself distracted, but you will also show your teeth some TLC.

Drink Flavored Water

I know you’re sick and tired of us telling you to drink more water, but seriously, the benefits make it necessary. Not only will you be hydrated (because sometimes we confuse the need to quench our thirst with needing to chew on something), but you will also feel full. And if you jazz up your water with different flavors, including some of these fruit-infused options, you will really enjoy your beverage instead of feeling like you’re drinking a whole lot of dull nothingness.

Do Some Light Fitness Moves

When that craving hits, hit back at it with something that will take your mind off of food and put it back on your fitness goals. How about some planks? Maybe some v-ups or crunches? Swing a kettlebell in your living room or do some dancing (to music or with a quick Zumba workout). Being physically active is a great way to avoid, or at least counter some previous snacking by helping you burn a few quick calories.

Keep Things Out Of Reach

The things that get you in trouble don’t need to be sitting in your cupboard and really shouldn’t be welcomed into your home. But if they must (because we all like to test our moderation abilities sometimes), they need to be hard for you to gain access to every 15 minutes. Having a pack of Oreos next to your bed? Sounds like trouble. Having them on top of the fridge? Still pretty accessible. But using a step stool to place them out of reach? The effort might not be worth the work to obtain your trigger food from way up high when the cravings come knocking at 2 a.m.

Talk To Someone

Not an expert per se, but literally, phone a friend. Have you ever noticed how much work it is to eat and talk on the phone at the same time? Doing one makes it difficult to fully concentrate on the other. So, if you’re struggling with some strong cravings in the late evening, have a friend (or romantic interest) to call to not only help keep you on track, but to just catch up with in general.

Go To Bed Already

If it’s that much of a struggle, you need to make a better effort to go to sleep at a reasonable time. Sitting up past 1 a.m. to watch Netflix movies is no big deal on the weekend. But doing it every night? You’re just looking for an excuse to pour some popcorn or scoop out a few spoonfuls of ice cream. For many of us who love food, staying up late and being bored are reasons we reach for crap. But if you go lie down, sleep can take over instead of those cravings.