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Posts found under "Nutrition" within Fit Life

How to Pack Healthy Lunches for You and Your Family

By Gina Crome on Monday, September 22, 2014


Daily responsibilities present enough challenges for busy families—and lunch shouldn’t add to that list. With a bit of planning, family brown-bag lunches, even just one day a week, can improve your health and save hard-earned money.




How to Eat and Train for a Mesomorph Body Type

By U Rock Girl! on Thursday, September 18, 2014


If you’re struggling to meet your health and fitness goals, despite major efforts to clean up your diet and stick to your workouts, it could be that you’re eating and training for a body type other than your own. There are three dominant body types—mesomorphs, endomorphs and ectomorphs. In this first of a three-part series, learn how to eat and train most effectively if you have a mesomorph body type.




Food Swaps That Can Improve the Western Diet Lover's Health

By The Nutrition Twins on Thursday, August 28, 2014


If you find yourself consuming a typical American diet, the Nutrition Twins have some great tips to help you slowly ease out. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, these small steps add up and will help facilitate weight loss. And if you don’t consume a Westernized diet, consider this a checklist to make sure you’re on the right track when it comes to your diet.




The Lowdown on the Low-glycemic Diet

By Gina Crome on Monday, August 11, 2014


What is the low-glycemic diet and is it right for you? Registered dietitian and ACE Certified Personal Trainer Gina Crome explains how the principles of this diet, when combined with an overall healthy lifestyle, can be a helpful tool for weight management.




5 Secrets for Firing up Your Metabolism

By The Nutrition Twins on Thursday, August 07, 2014


There’s no question that some people seem to have been born with a faster metabolism than others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help yours move a little faster. The Nutrition Twins® share their fives secrets for firing up your metabolism so you can burn more calories all day long.




5 Steps To Being A Grocery Shopping Guru

By Kelley Vargo on Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Grocery shopping can feel like a huge chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Check out these five steps that will help streamline your weekly visit to the grocery store and keep you on track with your health and fitness goals, effectively turning you into a “grocery shopping” guru.




Snacks: Friends or Foes?

By The Nutrition Twins on Thursday, July 24, 2014


Having a small amount of food in between lunch and dinner is a perfect way to curb your hunger and sneak some extra nutrients into your day. But choosing the wrong snack can have the opposite effect. The Nutrition Twins explain the difference between a good and not-so-good snack and offer some great suggestions for your next between-meal break.




Fun Ways to Add Avocado to Your Diet This Summer

By Gina Crome on Monday, July 21, 2014


Cool, creamy and packed full of nutrients, avocados are a delicious addition to our favorite summer dishes. Here are some delicious recipes that make great use of the avocado’s unique flavor and texture.




How to Be More Mindful When You Eat

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, June 12, 2014


Do you find yourself rushing through your day, anxious to check everything off your to-do list? For many, mealtime becomes one more obligation that needs to be done quickly. Unfortunately, this habit can make losing weight an even greater challenge. Elizabeth Kovar explains how negative thoughts and what she calls “speed disease” could be keeping your from achieving your health and wellness goals.




When Coworkers Want to Be Your Co-eaters

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, May 22, 2014


If you’re trying to stick to your healthy eating plan and goals, the workplace can be full of landmines designed to trip you up—Halloween candy, birthday celebrations, dinner meetings. Even your well-meaning coworkers can derail or diminish your efforts. Dr. Michael Mantell offers five great tips for dealing with “diet saboteurs” and how to politely deflect their often less-than-positive influence.




Test Your Healthy Habits Knowledge

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Do you know what it takes to live your personal best? Take this quick quiz and test your healthy-habits knowledge. Fortunately, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. By slowly incorporating a few simple habits over time, you’ll be happier, healthier and reduce your risk of chronic disease.




Are You a Caloric or Intuitive Eater?

By Elizabeth Kovar on Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Are you a caloric or an intuitive eater? Knowing which category you tend to fall into can help you better understand your food choices—and help you utilize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses when it comes to eating better and achieving your health and weight-loss goals. Elizabeth Kovar explains how to identify your personal eating style and give yourself the best possible chances for meeting your goals.




How to Spring Clean Your Pantry

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Springtime offers a great opportunity to renew your commitment to better health. With spring cleaning at the top of your “to do” list, there’s no better place to start than your kitchen pantry.




Why to Buy Produce In-Season

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Despite their well-known health benefits, research shows that few of us are eating the recommended amount of daily fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, the taste and flavors of store-bought, out-of-season produce leaves much to be desired. The solution? Purchasing in-season, locally grown fruits and vegetables from stores and farmer’s markets. Learn why changing your shopping habits can help improve your physical health and the financial health of your community.




Breaking Down Beans

By The Nutrition Twins on Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Vegetarian and vegan diets are becoming increasingly popular, as many people seek to reduce the amount of meat and saturated fat they consume. Beans make a fantastic high-protein substitute—the trick is learning how to incorporate them into your diet. The Nutrition Twins explain the benefits of some of the most common varieties, as well as how to utilize the unique flavors and textures of each type of bean.




Improve Your Heart Health with These Tips

By Gina Crome on Monday, February 10, 2014


While most people associate February with Valentine’s Day, it’s also American Heart Month. This is a great time to think about ways to improve our heart health, which is so important given the high incidence of heart disease among Americans. So, while you’re celebrating your love this month, here are a few simple things you can do to improve your health and keep you celebrating for years to come.




Healthy Recipes for the Big Game

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, January 31, 2014


Are you ready for some football? If the answer is yes, you’re probably gearing up for a day of feasting on high-fat foods, as well. But if you want to make sure your Super Bowl Sunday is as healthy as it is fun, try these guilt-free game-day recipes from EatingWell. These delicious dishes will help you stay true to your diet without sacrificing flavor.




5 New Foods to Try in 2014

By The Nutrition Twins on Wednesday, January 08, 2014


Interested in which foods will be popular in 2014? The Nutrition Twins have the inside scoop on the five hottest foods for the upcoming year—and explain how to integrate these dietary trends into your own healthy diet.




Sabotaging Thoughts Can Wreak Havoc on Your Waistline

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, December 05, 2013


For many people there’s no more challenging time of the year than the holidays to test your commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Equipped with the best ways to think about eating and exercising, however, you’ll enter January feeling better than you could ever imagine—guilt-free, healthy, fit and happy.




3 Scrumptious Smoothies That Pack a Nutritional Punch

By The Nutrition Twins on Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Have you jumped on the smoothie bandwagon yet? If not, now is the time—smoothies are a great way to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. If you’ve been thinking about making your own smoothies at home, but aren’t sure where to start, here are three easy-to-make, incredibly healthy and delicious smoothie recipes that you’re guaranteed to love.




Tailgate Without Putting on the Extra Weight

By Gina Crome on Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Looking for some healthier options to serve this weekend while tailgating or watching the games with your friends and family? Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring—here are some great ways to lighten up traditional fan favorites, including bean dip, buffalo wings and nachos.




The Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, October 11, 2013


It’s one of the hottest diets around, with everyone from celebrities to CrossFit followers touting the benefits of going Paleo. But is this caveman-inspired diet as healthy and beneficial as adherents promise? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth looks at the available




Pre- and Post-workout Snacks for Different Workout Durations

By Gina Crome on Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Ensuring our body has the optimal nutrients at the right time may help to enhance workouts and minimize recovery time. Of course, nutritional demands differ based on the type of workout you’re doing, as well as the timing of your snack. Here are some great ideas for pre- and post-workouts snacks, whether your workout is 30-, 60- or 90-minutes long.




Take the Quiz: Are You Making Healthy Choices When You Eat Out?

By The Nutrition Twins on Wednesday, September 11, 2013


How savvy are you when it comes to making healthy choices while eating out? Give this nutrition quiz a try, developed for ACE by the Nutrition Twins, to learn whether your choices are helping or hurting your efforts to eat a healthy, balanced diet, even when you’re not at home.




Are You an Emotional Eater?

By Michael Mantell on Tuesday, September 10, 2013


It’s no secret that, for many of us, eating is a about a lot more than simply satisfying hunger. Emotional eating can quickly sabotage even the most committed weight-loss efforts, but Dr. Michael Mantell offers important advice on how to tell the difference between physical and emotional hunger, as well as what steps you should take to get emotional eating under control.




Foods That Fight Muscle Soreness

By Gina Crome on Thursday, September 05, 2013


Muscle soreness is a common side-effect of exercise, but preliminary studies suggest that eating the right foods may help to minimize at least some of the pain and post-exercise recovery time. Here is the lowdown on the best foods for fighting muscle soreness and getting ready for your next tough workout.




Lighten Up Your Labor Day Cocktails

By The Nutrition Twins on Friday, August 30, 2013


Looking forward to relaxing with a few cocktails over the holiday weekend? Be careful: Most cocktails pack a caloric punch, which can quickly derail your health and fitness efforts. Instead of drinking up unwanted calories, try these light and delicious versions of some of your favorite drinks, which also contain a wide range of nutrient-boosting benefits.




Easy to Make Gluten-free Recipes That Taste So Good

By Alysa Bajenaru on Monday, August 26, 2013


Eating gluten-free can be a huge challenge, especially for individuals with celiac or those with an extreme sensitivity to gluten. ACE-certified fitness professional and registered dietitian Alysa Bajenaru who was diagnosed with celiac two years ago, shares some of her favorite g-free recipes, which are not only healthy, but also quick and easy to make.




Is Peer Pressure Leading You to Make Poor Food Choices?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 23, 2013


Research suggests that the influence of friends shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to making healthy diet and exercise choices. Dr. Michael Mantell explains the three degrees of influence and how to counteract negative peer pressure that occurs when our friends and family make less-than-healthy lifestyle choices.




Superfood Dynamic Duos

By Gina Crome on Monday, August 12, 2013


Superfoods are commonly thought of as the superheroes of nutrients. So what happens when you pair up these nutritious gems? You get superfood dynamic duos that pack an extra punch and taste great together as well. Here are four combos—along with delicious recipes—you’ll definitely want to try.




Game-changing Staple Items You Should Have in Your Kitchen

By The Nutrition Twins on Thursday, August 01, 2013


When it comes to stocking your pantry with must-have items, don’t limit yourself to basics like flour and sugar. Instead, take the advice of the Nutrition Twins and consider adding some new favorites to your pantry shelves. Not only do these foods pack a nutritional punch, they’ll add flavor and variety to your everyday meals.




Feel-good Foods To Help Boost Your Mood

By Gina Crome on Monday, July 29, 2013


A better mood could be as close as your refrigerator. Learn which foods are powerful mood boosters and how you can time your meals to minimize blood-sugar fluctuations and maximize health and well-being.




Fuel Your Runs Right

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, July 22, 2013


Regardless of what time of day you exercise, it can be a challenge to discover the right combination of foods and fluids that will fuel—but not disrupt—your training runs. Top registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts share the pre-workout foods they use to fuel their own runs, and offer great post-workout options that will help you recover before it’s time to hit the road again.




Navigating Nut Butters

By The Nutrition Twins on Friday, July 19, 2013


Perhaps the one upside to the rapid rise of peanut allergies seen in recent years is the greater availability of a wide variety of nut butters, including almond, sunflower, cashew and hazelnut. Each nut butter has its own unique flavor and characteristics, along with specific health benefits. Here’s the lowdown on the most popular varieties, as well as tips for incorporating these health-boosting butters into your diet.




Foods You Didn’t Know Pack a Nutritional Punch

By Gina Crome on Friday, June 28, 2013


Most people know they can get a boost of calcium from dairy products like cottage cheese or a surge of vitamin C from an orange. Nutrient sources aren’t always so obvious though. Check out some foods rich in vitamins and nutrients that you may not be eating. Add some potassium, fiber, calcium or vitamin C to your diet in new, delicious ways.




Green Juice Recipes You Should Be Sipping On

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, June 25, 2013


It seems everybody is into juicing these days, but not every blend is as healthy as it could or should be. Here are some great green juice recipes to try, along with a rundown of the benefits you can expect from sipping on these colorful concoctions.




Secrets to Controlling Your Appetite

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, June 18, 2013


When it comes to losing weight, why you eat can be just as important as what you eat. Here are some great tips from registered dietitians and psychologists on how you can set yourself up for weight-loss success by keeping your emotions and hunger in check and changing the way you look at food.




Snack on These 5 Summer Superfoods

By The Nutrition Twins on Monday, June 10, 2013


If there is one season when most of us want to look and feel our best, it has to be summertime. Here are five great superfoods that promise to give you more energy, boost your mood and even improve your skin, virtually guaranteeing a great start to your summer.




Weight Loss 101: The Link is What You Think

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Does dieting or trying to make healthier choices make you feel out of control or unhappy? Dr. Michael Mantell explains why the key to lasting weight loss isn’t found in the latest diet book or fad, but in your own thought patterns. Learn why the link is what you think—and how you can change your thought patterns to create a healthier, happier you.




Nutrition and Fitness: Fact vs. Fiction

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Trying to stay on top of all the latest research related to nutrition and fitness can be challenging, to say the least, especially when so much of what’s reported appears to contradict earlier findings. To help you separate fact from fiction, here is the lowdown on three hot topics in nutrition and what you need to know to maximize your workouts.




Track to Attack Your Fitness Goals

By Julz Arney on Monday, May 20, 2013


Are you struggling to make progress on your fitness or weight-loss goals? The secret to success could be in tracking your food intake and activity levels. Sure, tracking sounds like a lot of work, but several new products make it much easier—and even fun—to track your progress and help you identify factors that might be holding you back.




How can I incorporate some competition into my workouts?

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Looking for some fun ways to add some variety and challenge to your workouts? With or without a partner, you can up the competition factor—and enhance the intensity and effectiveness of your workouts—with these creative techniques.




The Resolution Solution

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, January 03, 2013


Wondering how you can make those healthy resolutions really stick this year? Dr. Michael Mantell explains the steps you can take to psychologically and physically enhance your willpower and give yourself the best possible chance to succeed in making 2013 your best—and healthiest—year yet.




How can I stay fit while traveling this holiday season?

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Thinking about ditching your usual workout when you head out on vacation? Don’t do it! Try these awesome and efficient resistance-band exercises instead—you’ll be so glad you did!




Top Fitness DVDs to Keep You Active During the Holidays

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Looking for the perfect fitness gift or a new workout to carry you through the holiday season? Check out these three newly released (or soon to be released) workout videos that made our “Best of” list.




10 Health Tips for Surviving the Holidays

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, November 09, 2012


Don’t let your fears of gaining weight this holiday season keep you from celebrating with friends and family. Use these 10 tips to stay healthy and happy, and away from bad habits.




Does the Season Change Affect Your Health and Fitness?

By Michael Mantell on Friday, November 09, 2012


Whether it’s the winter blues or a more serious mood disorder common during this time of year, research has shown that shorter days and less sunlight can definitely affect the way we feel. Check out some ways you can keep working toward your health and fitness goals despite the holiday drag.




How can I give thanks and give back while getting fit?

By Julz Arney on Thursday, November 01, 2012


With Thanksgiving fast approaching, how about channeling your competitive energy into doing something good to support an individual or a cause you believe in? Learn how you can use your healthy body and turn your fitness into thankfulness by supporting some great causes. From walking shelter dogs to cycling to raisefunds for cancer research, your efforts can go a long way toward making the world a better place.




You Should Be Dancin!

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Dancing is not only a fun way to release some energy and show off your personality, it’s also a great way to burn calories. Whether you're dancing at home to your favorite Glee episode or showing off your Gangnam-style moves, ACE’s Julz Arney’s dance tips will appeal to everyone from the shyest wallflowers to the hippest dancing divas!




How to Create Workout Music Magic

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, September 05, 2012


If you’ve ever walked into the gym and realized you left your headphones or music player at home, you know how energy-zapping it can be. Explore some tips on how you can avoid that blunder, and new places you can go for music online to help you fuel your workout. From iTunes to Spotify, there are literally millions of songs at your fingertips!




How can I mentally prepare for a big race?

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Is your head ready for the big day? While you may not be competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London starting July 27, you may be getting ready for a triathlon, half or full marathon, a tennis match in your club, a swim meet or even a race at an upcoming family picnic. Regardless of the size of the audience, you want to win – or at least be seriously competitive.




Gizmos for Your Get-Up and Go (Part 1 of 2)

By Jonathan Ross on Thursday, May 17, 2012


We spend an average of 50 minutes per day on our mobile devices and the average adult spends about four and a half hours per day watching TV. When technology is involved, it's a safe bet we're using it to wind down or relax. But not all gizmos are created equal. Here's a quick run-down and review of gadgets that inspire you to get-up and go, and how you can use to make the most out of your workouts.




What strategies can I follow to plan healthy meals and snacks?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Time constraints from work and family life may make it difficult to plan healthy meals and snacks. Instead of heading to a drive-thru restaurant, follow these simple steps to achieve eating healthy, balanced meals.




How can I make sure I meet my fitness and nutrition New Year's resolutions?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Are you excited about setting your New Year's resolutions, but tired of always failing to meet your goals? ACE Fitness Expert & Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, provides practical tips on how to revolutionize your resolutions — so you can meet your fitness and nutrition goals this year.




How can I avoid burnout in the New Year when motivation to meet my resolutions wanes?

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Ready to reenergize, refuel and reset your health in the new year? Keep yourself on track with these 6 tips designed to help you move beyond exercise burnout, allowing you to remain focused and committed to your health, fitness, happiness and wellbeing throughout 2012.




How can I get myself motivated to exercise?

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Knowing what motivates, or de-motivates, you to exercise is more important than knowing the right athletic shoes to purchase for your feet or remembering the combination to your gym locker door. Find out what motivation is all about and discover ways to get excited about starting and sticking with an exercise program.




Will Eating More Protein Help Me Get Stronger?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 25, 2011


From athletes to dieters, high protein diets and their promises of muscle gain, weight loss and improved health appeal to a wide diversity of people. But how much and what kind of protein is best, and does the macronutrient fulfill its promises?




What are the best ways to pick fresh spring produce?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Spring has finally arrived and Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores across the country are blossoming with flowers and fresh spring produce. Here we highlight some of the season’s most nutrient-dense and tasty fruits and vegetables and how you can pick for maximum flavor and nutrition.




Any quick tips on how I can go about adjusting my approach to improving my overall health?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Spring is a time of year that is often associated renewal, reorganization and change, and is a perfect opportunity to re-think your approach to leading a more active, healthy lifestyle. Let’s discuss just three ways to “spring clean” your overall approach to health and fitness.




My yoga teacher regularly mentions the concept of “mindfulness.” Are there ways in which I can become more mindful, and are there health benefits associated with doing so?

By Beth Shepard on Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Practicing mindfulness is gaining popularity as a pathway to personal peace, well-being, and better quality of life. But what does being mindful really mean? Let’s explore the concept of mindfulness, discuss the health benefits of practicing regularly, and discover ways in which you can train yourself to become more mindful.




Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Sometimes a healthy diet and exercise alone are not enough to fight obesity. For people who are severely obese, gastric bypass may be the answer to help drop significant amounts of weight which in turn leads to decreased health risk and increased quality of life. But does gastric bypass really work? That is, do people really lose all that weight and more importantly keep it off?




Should I Eat Organic? When Does It Really Matter?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Many people happily cough up the almost double it sometimes costs to go organic whereas others balk at such a high price for a food that usually tastes no different than its conventional counterpart. So who’s right? Well, it turns out that it depends.




How can I boost my willpower to achieve my weight loss goals?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 12, 2011


With the New Year underway, discover ways in which you can increase your willpower and experience weight loss success.




My child is obese. Now what do I do?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 05, 2010


As doctors and health professionals do a better job diagnosing childhood overweight and obesity, more children and their families find themselves in the uncomfortable position of trying to figure out what to do next.




I'm experiencing discomfort in my low back after sitting at my desk for an extended period of time. Are there any tips or exercises I can do to help with this?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Muscle imbalances can lead to poor posture, increased pain and aches in muscles and joints, as well as increase the risk of injury. In order to improve posture we must activate and strengthen weak and neglected muscles thereby reducing muscle imbalances.




How do I fight boredom with my current cardio workout?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Experiencing boredom while exercising may be a sign that your current workout program is need of a facelift. To combat boredom, the first thing to do is evaluate what exactly it is about your program (e.g. running on a treadmill) that you find to be boring. Once you’ve pinpointed exactly what it is that is a bit lackluster, try adding some variety to the activity at hand.




I can easily start an exercise program, but lose motivation long-term. What can help?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Are you searching for long-term motivational strategies? Then look no further!