Monthly Archives: November 2014

Are You Expecting? 5 Reasons to Stay Active During Your Pregnancy

Remaining active throughout your pregnancy is great for both your baby and you. Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Yoga Instructor, explains some of the many benefits of prenatal exercise.

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Easier Labor and Delivery

Desi says that most mothers report an easier labor and delivery after exercising throughout their pregnancies. The endurance and core strength you’ll develop help to better prepare your body for the physical demands of labor.

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8 Classic Thanksgiving Recipes, Lightened Up!

A classic Thanksgiving dinner is often high in fat and calories.  Stay lean this holiday season without missing out on your favorite dishes with these lightened up Thanksgiving recipes.

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Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes are a great comfort food, but they’re often pretty high in fat and low in nutritional value.  This Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes recipe from Jennifer’s Kitchen is not only low fat, but also high in fiber.  Instead of loading the potatoes with butter, Jennifer uses cashews for that creamy, rich texture.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing

This Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing from Good Life Eats makes a great, nutrient-rich addition to your Thanksgiving spread.  By using quinoa, this dish is high in protein and fiber, and would even make a great main dish for vegetarians!  In addition to traditional stuffing additions like garlic, celery and parsley, this stuffing gets great flavor from the butternut squash, kale, cranberries and walnuts. Continue reading

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5 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Health and How to Combat Them

What Is Stress?

Whether it’s a short term frustration like a long line at Starbucks or a major life event like a divorce, psychological stress can affect our bodies.

Though a little bit of stress is certainly more than normal, about 70% of doctor visits and 80% of serious illnesses are exacerbated by stress.

The good news is that exercise, meditation and more can reduce the impact of stress on your life. Here are 5 ways stress can affect your body.

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