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Do you drink milk?

If so, what kind? We have a lot of choices these days. It used to be simple – Whole, 2%, Skim. These days our choices take up an entire supermarket aisle! Almond Milk Made from almonds – thin and nutty. Best for dunking cookies. Soy Milk Made from soy beans – thicker and slightly sweeter than almond. Best for smoothies. Cashew Milk Made from cashews – thicker than most other nut milks. Best for salad dressings. Oat Milk Made from oats – rich and sweet. Best for pancakes. Goat Milk Made from goats – slightly sweeter than cow’s milk. Best for yogurt alternative. Coconut Made from coconuts – sweet and sour. Best for homemade soup. Hazelnut Made from hazelnuts –...

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The Fascinating World of Tea!

Did you know that after water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world? It originated in Southwest China, where it was used as a medicinal drink. Later, it spread to Europe as merchants introduced it on trade routes. Depending on where you are around the world, it may be pronounced “tea,” “cha,” “Ming,” “te,” or “Chai.” There are many different types of tea, but believe it or not, it all comes from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis. Like wine, every harvest is different, depending on the soil, climate, temperature and rainfall. However, we can categorize it into five different varieties, based on their level of oxidation. White tea is the least oxidized, or processed. It is...

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In Sports and Life, Athletes Know How to Win!

You’ve seen this image before. The jock in the back of the classroom; a specimen of physical perfection, but not very smart, disinterested in academics and has difficulties carrying on conversations about anything other than sports, dating, social life and pop culture. Typical characteristics include being conceited, self-centered, over-privileged, aggressive, and short-tempered. The historical origin dates back hundreds of years to when Greek and Roman athletes were criticized for spending an inordinate amount of time preparing for competition, while neglecting intellectual development. Philosophers at the time even characterized these individuals as useless and ignorant, with dull minds. However, in today’s world this couldn’t be further from the truth.     The “dumb jock” stereotype is just that, a stereotype. It carries...

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Meal Management

Not only is it critical to eat the right foods, but also meal timing, size and composition is equally, if not, more important. Fueling our body with the right ingredients throughout the day will help metabolize fat, increase energy levels and leave you feeling good. Timing Eating, small frequent meals and snacks, is the most important trick we can do to lose weight and maintain muscle. When we starve ourselves, the body panics and stores more food as fat; when we eat three large meals per day, the body struggles to digest all of that food, so the easiest option is to store it as fat. Additional benefits of eating more frequently: Maintains blood sugar and energy levels. Increases metabolic...

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What do you drink?

Water? Most people are familiar with the recommendation to "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." However, this isn't a hard rule and it really varies based on your gender, age, activity level and physical state.  Benefits of Drinking Water Regulates body temperature Lubricates and cushions organs Protects the spine and other tissues Helps eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements  Juice? Many of the fruit juices sold on supermarket shelves are artificially sweetened with added sugars like high fructose corn syrup. These juices contain only a small percentage of real fruit juice (most of it is diluted with water) and are subsequently devoid of nutrients. The added sweeteners pack on a lot of additional calories as well....

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