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Trending Now: Whole30

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 17, 2018

 

Chances are, someone in your office, neighborhood group, or exercise class has mentioned the Whole30 diet. Thousands of people have taken to the program, many after the holiday season. Wondering what it is? Here are your answers!

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Winter Detox Salad

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 13, 2018

Indulge a little too much this holiday season? You aren’t alone, it happens to the best of us. The plethora of decadent desserts and holiday treats are hard to resist. This salad is a great way to get back on the right track and jumpstart the New Year in better health!

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New Year, New Workout!

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 10, 2018

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to get back in shape this year? Jumpstart your new fitness goals by trying a type of workout you haven’t in the past! Moving forward, it will be important to continue to switch up your workout routine to keep your mind interested and your muscles most active. If you continue to change your exercise routine, you will burn more calories as you continually challenge your body. If workouts are too repetitive, they can bore both your mind and your muscles. Below are a variety of different types of workouts to incorporate in your fitness plan!

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Seven Healthy Holiday Gifts to Give this Season

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 20, 2017

Looking for a last minute holiday gift for a friend or loved one? Consider gifting something that can help them jump start their New Year in better health! The New Year is the perfect time to reset your habits and find the motivation to change. The following seven gifts will be certain to help!  

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12 Quick and Easy Ways to Reset and Destress

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 20, 2017

Feeling overwhelmed at work? Stressed about your to-do list? Concerned about meeting deadlines? Use these 12 quick and easy ways to reset yourself during the day.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 6, 2017

Vitamin D is not only essential for bone health, but could also protect against colds and help to improve your mood! The good news is that most people get enough Vitamin D, but it is always a great idea to make sure you are meeting your requirements.

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Five Ways to Think Positive for Good Health

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on November 29, 2017

 Positive thinking helps to control stress and improve overall health. Researchers continue to look into the effects of positive thinking on health, but as of now they believe it could increase life span, lower rates of depression, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Here are five quick ways to help you move towards more positive thinking!

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‘Better for You’ Holiday Baking Alternatives

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on November 22, 2017

 Trying to make your favorite, decadent baked good for family and friends this holiday season?  When making delicious cookies, gooey brownies, or even a nice crisp apple pie, you need all that butter, and heavy cream to make the dish worthwhile, am I right? Actually, this is not necessarily the case! Several healthy baking substitutions can be replaced with typical recipe ingredients to make your favorite dish healthier with the same, great taste.  You will have your family and friends speechless at the simple, healthier, baking substitutions!  Here are some of the most common recipe ingredients that can be easily replaced with more wholesome ingredients in your favorite recipe this holiday season.

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Five Nutrients that Naturally Boost Your Mood

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on October 25, 2017

 

Did you know that your diet can help to improve your mood?! Research has shown certain nutrients have beneficial effects on mental health.  Focus on including some of these five natural mood-boosting nutrients in your meals this week!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant proven to prevent cell damage. Free radicals are naturally produced by our bodies and unfortunately, damage our cells. Antioxidants work hard to protect against these free radicals! The brain is at risk for this cell damage, just like any other organ in our body. Consuming foods high in vitamin C such as oranges, kiwi, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli can help to keep brain cells healthy.

B Vitamins

Low levels of folate and B12 in the diet have been linked with depression. The science of the relationship is not fully known, but many research studies have found this correlation. Following a healthy diet that contains dark green vegetables, legumes, and fish can help to ensure you are getting enough B vitamins.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Low consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has also been associated with higher rates of depression. Many foods that contain B vitamins, also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Great fatty acid sources include anchovies, salmon, tuna, flaxseed, walnuts, and dark green leafy vegetables.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates not only provide brain power, but also have been found to elevate moods! This elevated mood is attributed to the increased presence of serotonin. Higher levels of serotonin in the body have been associated with carbohydrate consumption. Remember to choose healthy carbs such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. 

Protein

Proteins high in the amino acid tryptophan have also been associated with serotonin production. Having protein with your carbohydrate can help keep your energy level and your mood high. Turkey, chicken, cheese, yogurt, fish and eggs are all great sources of protein that contain tryptophan.

Changing your diet is just one way you can support your mental health! Practicing mindfulness, meditation, exercise, and a healthy diet is the recipe to success when it comes to regulating your moods.

 

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Five Teas to Tame Stress

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on October 10, 2017

Did you know that a nice cup of tea could decrease your stress level? Herbal teas have been used as a stress relief aid for centuries. They are a healthy way to calm your nerves when you are over worked and stressed out. Stress relieving teas help bring the body’s stress levels back to normal. Try a cup of one of these stress relieving teas tonight!

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