Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Have you made the switch to dark chocolate?  If you’re a milk chocolate junkie like I was, it seems seriously impossible.  Whenever I used to taste dark chocolate, I had to choke it down- bitter and disgusting were two words I used to describe it.  I kept reading about the health benefits of dark chocolate, and I couldn’t ignore the facts.  I started cutting back on sugar in general, and began the process of...

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Healthy Snack Ideas

Healthy Snack Ideas

I snack all the time, and would be 500 pounds if I didn’t keep it healthy.  The best strategy for me is to not keep any really bad food in the house, or I’d suck it down in minutes.  I work from home, so it would be a slow torture knowing there’s stuff in the pantry that I shouldn’t eat.  If it’s a cold winter day, I try drinking a hot liquid like this coconut coffee drink to help stave off hunger- a low-fat milk latte...

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How Much Water Do I Need To Drink?

How Much Water Do I Need To Drink?

I have days when I know my grumpiness/tiredness/headache comes from not drinking enough water. After downing a few glasses of water the symptoms magically disappear.  A nutritionist I talked with assured me that my daily green tea and coffee counted towards my total water intake (phew).  You can also use an online hydration calculator to figure out how much fluid you need in a day.  Remember to bring a water bottle with you if...

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How Much Calcium Do I Need?

How Much Calcium Do I Need?

I’ve been dutifully taking a calcium supplement every day for years, but recently read about a possible link between calcium supplements and an increase in coronary risk.  Don’t you love how you’re working so hard to be healthy, following all the rules, and they suddenly change them on you?  So the new recommendation is to get all of your calcium requirements through diet alone.  I had no idea if my diet was meeting the...

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Great Garden Seed Sources

Great Garden Seed Sources

For those of you who don’t know my hubby, aside from being a great and wonderful guy, he researches the heck out of anything he does.  He spent an impressive number of hours researching the best seeds to order for our garden.  Luckily this is a big payoff for me and the kids.  We will hopefully be eating the tastiest, most succulent tomatoes for our zone, not to mention all the other great veggies he has in store.  The...

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Anti-Aging on a Budget

Anti-Aging on a Budget

Last week I went to my dermatologist for my yearly skin check, but came armed with many questions concerning my (ahem) aging skin.  I brought a pad and pencil and started scribbling madly.  Here’s the take-home message: You don’t need to spend a ton of money on super pricey creams and lotions- brands such as Oil of Olay, sold at your local drugstore- work just as well!  Here’s a skin care routine that will get you on track...

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