How to Sneak Clean Eating Into Your Diet

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Written by culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN

A devout clean eater for 30 years, I chose this path to help resolve illness as a kid—terrible allergies, asthma, recurring bronchitis and pneumonia. After removing everything chemical from my diet including preservatives, artificial color, flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate, artificial sweeteners, trans fats and even too much sugar, I felt that my health began to improve. Inspired by “Food and Healing” by Annemarie Colbin, PhD, I opted for a diet of whole fresh foods from fruits and vegetables, to grains, legumes, nuts and seeds as well as thoughtful animal foods and healthy fat. Once I made the switch, I knew I’d found my passion for food and the impact it had on health.

So I encourage all of you to opt for clean eating, understanding that even small changes in your diet can make big everyday differences. Here are several steps that you can take to make health your bottom line. Commit to change and start to get an edible education. Read more  »

How to Make Fitness a Family Affair

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Making fitness a priority can be tough. We are all overscheduled, overworked and overwhelmed and have many things vying for our attention. It is hard enough for an individual to get into the habit of regular exercise. Coordinating fitness for the entire family might sounds daunting and impossible at first thought. But what if getting the crew together to workout was easier than going it alone? Research shows that it can be! Here’s why: Read more  »

Memory and Its Relationship to Sleep

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We’ve all had the experience of having our memory fail us, whether it’s forgetting a name, struggling to remember what you did the day before, or wandering in search of a pair of keys. Before you ascribe that fuzzy memory to a “senior moment” or to the frenetic pace of daily life, try putting your head to the pillow for a good night’s rest. Sleep–how much you get and how well you sleep–can have a powerful effect on your memory. Read more  »

Dry Skin Associated With Diabetes

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Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As a dermatologist, one of the most frequent skin issues I see associated with diabetes is very dry skin, particularly on the lower legs and feet. If the skin is so dry it becomes cracked, bacteria can enter and may cause infection, which can lead to more serious health concerns for some. Luckily, dry skin can be managed by establishing a good skin care routine. Read more  »

Celebrity Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger (Even in the Grip of Menopause)

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Written by celebrity fitness trainer, exercise and nutrition expert Kathy Kaehler

When you train some of the biggest names in entertainment – an industry bursting with youthful energy – you have to not only keep up, but also set the pace. I’ve been in the health and fitness business for more than 20 years, training many of Hollywood’s A-listers, including Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.

I work with these beautiful, fit-conscious women who seem to defy the laws of aging. However, the years pass no matter how deeply we’d like to suspend them. Read more  »

Killer Superbugs: Why They’re Happening

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Every year, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, otherwise known as superbugs, infect at least 2 million Americans and lead to at least 23,000 deaths. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) fear that the situation is only going to worsen on a global scale.

Why is this happening? There are many reasons, and those reasons differ between developed countries (like the U.S.) and developing ones (like India). We all have the same problem, just in different forms. Read more  »

Is It Urgent or an Emergency? How to Know and Where to Go

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I was at the urgent-care center because my ears had inexplicably clogged up while enjoying the hotel pool during vacation. But even though my hearing was severely muffled, I could hear the panicked doctor in the next room. He was urgently (pardon the pun) making phone calls to get an elderly patient transferred to the emergency room. This older patient had chosen to head to the urgent-care center when he started having chest pains, and he was having a heart attack. Right at that moment. In the next room.

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Winter Woes: Tips for Feet and Toes

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For those of us living the Northeast, as well as many other parts of the U.S., this winter has brought us its fair share of snowy conditions and cold temperatures. Whether you are a city dweller facing the cold terrain of the city streets or someone who loves outside winter sports, the sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on your feet. Here are some tips to keep your feet protected, warm and cozy. Read more  »