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Integrative Nutrition
4:02 PM

Set an Intention, Not a Resolution

Is it almost the New Year already? It seems like just yesterday we were setting resolutions, hopeful about accomplishing new goals and making positive changes in our lives. But while we often do our best to stay focused, resolutions don’t often pan out the way we’d like. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
4:51 PM

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Feeling under the weather? When the temperatures drop, we tend to spend more time indoors, get less sunshine and fresh air, and consume more indulgent, comfort foods. This combination leads to higher exposure to airborne organisms and decreased immunity, which means you're more likely to catch a cold or flu. Don't fret, nature is chock full of remedies that can help you boost your immunity and alleviate symptoms of sickness. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
1:37 PM

5 Superfood Swaps That Will Save You Serious Cash

Healthy foods, especially superfoods, have a notorious reputation for being expensive, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to grab fast food and sacrifice their health. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods proven to protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and more – that won’t break the bank. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
2:55 PM

3 Ways to Create a Wellness Tribe Wherever You Are

Isn’t it nice when you can let your hair down and just be yourself? When you can share your personal passion, struggles, or vision for the future, and have someone to turn to with questions, someone who actually “gets” you on a deeper level? That’s what a wellness tribe is all about! Read More

Integrative Nutrition
9:38 AM

5 Simple Systems to Help Reach Your Goals

We all have big dreams and long to-do lists but why is it that some people are so good at actually accomplishing things, while others constantly feel like they’re struggling to catch up? Read More

Integrative Nutrition
11:52 AM

Is Hummus Healthy For You?

Have you ever wondered if those little tubs of hummus you find at the grocery store are actually healthy for you? Hummus is marketed as a healthy snack option, but is it really? Read More

Integrative Nutrition
11:27 AM

How to Detox Your Body, Mind, and Home Without Dieting

Whether you want to lose weight or get a promotion at work, you need to master productivity. You’ll never be able to fit in workouts, healthy meals, and meditation if you’re constantly procrastinating and not making the best use of your time. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
1:25 PM

The Only Productivity Tool You Need

Whether you want to lose weight or get a promotion at work, you need to master productivity. You’ll never be able to fit in workouts, healthy meals, and meditation if you’re constantly procrastinating and not making the best use of your time. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
4:11 PM

7 Simple Ways to Get In More Exercise

You probably already know that physical activity is key to good health, but are you actually integrating movement into your daily routine? Read More

Jacob Tanz
6:32 PM

6 easier changes you can make to start seeing impprovments

Here's my way of skipping the main course and just heading straight to the dessert. This newsletter is all about No frills, no wasted words, and just straight actionable advice. Here are 6 of the easier changes you can make to start seeing improvements to your body.

Rule 1) Sleep more at night

Researchers from Harvard University studied more than 68,000 people and found that those who sleep less than 6 hours a night weighed 5.4 pounds more and were 15 percent more likely to be overweight than those who slept more than 7 hours a night. The weight gain is no coincidence: When you sleep less, you experience a drop in the hormone leptin, which controls your appetite, and an increase in the hormone ghrelin—which forces you to reach for more food. The result: Those who sleep less eat an average of 220 more calories per day say researchers from the University of Chicago. What’s more, researchers from the Netherlands found that people who were sleep-deprived were rated as less attractive and less healthy looking by random observers.

Fix #1: Do you want to eat less and look better? Aim for 8 hours a night and don’t allow yourself to sleep for less than 7.

Rule 2) Eat the way YOU want

We all have heard that 5 or 6 meals per day for fat loss. The rationale was simple: When you eat, your body requires energy to burn away the calories from your favorite meals. So the reasoning went that more meals would equal more calories burned. Only one problem—it’s not how frequently you eat, but rather what you eat that impacts how many calories you’ll burn during mealtime. So if you consume 2,000 calories in a day, it doesn’t matter if it’s in three, six, or 20 meals. You’ll burn the same amount of calories, assuming that the foods you eat are the same.

Fix #2: No need to feel forced to eat more or less frequently. In an attempt to burn more calories, you might have been accidently overeating and sabotaging your weight loss goals. It’s up to you to decide the times and frequency that work best.

Rule 3) Snack smarter

While the number of meals you consume doesn’t matter, the size of your snacks do. According to Purdue University researchers, the biggest problem with our snacking behavior is that snacks have become meals, and meals have become feasts. In the last 30 years, bite sizes have increased from 360 to 580 calories. That’s a whopping 220 extra calories per snack. And when you consider that the average woman snacks twice a day during the workday, you’re looking at almost 500 extra calories per day. In just two weeks, your oversize healthy meals can contribute to an additional pound of fat.

Fix #3: Enjoy your food, but do it wisely. The lean, nutritious snacks in the meal plan will help you crush your cravings and shrink your waist.

Rule 4) Drink Water

Want to instantly drop a dress size? Conduct a quick inventory of what you eat and drink every day, and then remove all of the beverages not named water. Now add up the calories. If you’re like most, you’ll find that you can cut your nonmeal calories by more than 50 percent, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, 65 percent of Americans indulge daily in calorie-rich beverages, and those drinks are often the real culprit behind your weight loss struggles—not your metabolism.

Fix #4: Stick to water. Aim for 80 oz of Water per day. Remember that any sugar drink—whether it’s soda or a fruit juice— besides being bad for your body, should be considered the equivalent of a dessert.

Rule 5) Lift weights more often

Elliptical or treadmill workout might make running seem like a calorie loss marker. That’s because the more miles you log, the more efficient your body becomes at running and the fewer calories are burnt. Running may initially help you drop some pounds, but progress will flatline as soon as your body adjusts to your exercise regimen. Also, running long distances on a regular basis takes a physical toll (in the form of injuries, like runner’s knee), which can severely dampen your enthusiasm. Ultimately, all that pain and boredom can cause many people to burn out and give up.

Enter weight training. Pumping iron isn’t just for the boys. Just three days a week of resistance training will keep you burning calories and will offer the metabolic boost you need to slash fat and look hot in whatever outfit you choose.

Fix #5: Head to the gym three times a week—but if possible, don’t make the cardio room your priority.

Rule 6) Get more Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There’s nothing fishy about fish oil, especially when it comes to your lean body goals. Pennsylvania researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids might be the secret ingredient to burning fat and gaining muscle at the same time. The scientists believe that omega-3s help fights against cortisol—the stress your body produces that makes it easier for you to store fat. By shutting down your cortisol production, you keep the extra weight off your hips, thighs, and stomach, and have an easier time adding lean, calorie-shredding muscle.

Fix #6: Take fish oil daily, whether it’s by a supplement or a whole food source like salmon or sardines. A good starting point is about 2 to 3 grams of fish oil per day.