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Blend up a fast breakfast

Blend up a fast breakfast

April 28, 2015

Spring and summer mean it is finally getting warm enough for smoothies in the morning. These easy, delicious drink...

Tips to survive the heat

Allison Carey

April 21, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

The temperatures are rising, and it is going to get hot fast. Use these eight tips from ACTIVE.com to stay safe while you exercise in the heat: Get hydrated Getting enough water not only before, but also during your workout is very important. If you are going on a long run or hitting the gym for a longer sess...

Tips to avoid spring sniffles

Allison Carey

April 7, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

Spring has – kind of –sprung, and for a lot of us, this means allergy season. Trees, grass and weeds are to blame, and if you need to beat the snuff this season, use these tips. 1. Shower before bed. Allergens (hello, pollen) that have collected in your hair and on your body should be washed out before you jump...

Take your workouts outdoors

Allison Carey

March 31, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

The sun is out, and the days are longer. If you’re like me, you spent the winter working out inside and can’t wait to get back into the fresh air. Unfortunately, running shape comes slowly and goes quickly. Use this 8-week training plan from Runner’s World magazine to get off the treadmill and onto the pavemen...

Egg-cellent news

Allison Carey

March 24, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

Previous thoughts on cholesterol may be about to change with the pending publication of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines by the United States Department of Agriculture. It was previously thought that the intake of high cholesterol foods like eggs, meats and full-fat dairy products should be closely monitored. Now, the USDA has d...

Enjoying each and every bite

Allison Carey

March 17, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

It’s time to eat your cake and enjoy it too. We’ve all felt that pang of guilt in our stomachs when we reach for a piece of chocolate cake. However, a study published in a March 2014 edition of Appetite magazine may make you feel better about your favorite dessert. Men and women were asked to share weight loss goals and ...

Knowing your protein

Allison Carey

March 10, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

Protein is a popular pre-workout and post-workout drink. Use this quick cheatsheet to learn more about the most popular kinds of protein.   Whey Protein Milk is manufactured and separated down into curds and whey. Twenty percent of protein in milk comes from whey, which is separated from curds and processed...

The choice of one less can benefit your overall health

Allison Carey

February 24, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

More often than not, our lives come down to little everyday decisions rather than monumental, life-changing ones. That is why it is usually the combination of these little decisions that decides the direction we are going. Bentley University’s Choose OneLess program uses this idea to motivate college students to choose...

Keeping break healthy

Allison Carey

February 17, 2015

Filed under Columns, Life

Spring break is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to dive into water and spend time in the sand and sun. Use these quick tips to stay safe and healthy in an unfamiliar place and really enjoy that vacation.   Walk everywhere.   Why pay for transportation when you can get a little extra exercise i...

Giggling to a healthy lifestyle: the great benefits of laughing

Allison Carey

February 10, 2015

Filed under Life, Life Regular

We all probably know what it feels like to laugh, but did you know that laughing with friends can offer health benefits? Check out this great list from the Gaiam Life website: 1.  Laughing lowers your blood pressure, which will decrease your risk of stroke and heart attack. If you already have a healthy blood pres...

Don’t let the cold temperatures slow you down

Allison Carey

February 3, 2015

Filed under Life, Life Regular

It's cold out and the weather may be stopping you from hitting the trails. Use these quick tips from Runner's World Magazine to beat the cold and keep up with your routine. Shoes matter. With slush and ice, it is hard to keep your feet warm and underneath you. Avoid shoes with a lot of mesh and consider buying yourse...

The different diets

Allison Carey

November 11, 2014

Filed under Life Regular

Gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, vegan and Paleo. The names of these diets are thrown around all the time, and they can all blend together if you don’t know the differences. Here’s a quick cheat sheet: Gluten-free: Gluten is a protein found in grains — wheat, barley and rye. Those who are gluten-intolerant experie...

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