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35 Healthy Snacks

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Want to know the best snack to eat? That’s easy. One that’s nutritious and you enjoy. I know, you’re thinking, well no duh. But for many of us it’s not that simple. Choking down a dry rice cake or a bag of potato chips seems like the norm. Sure they’re quick and easy but what are you getting out of them? Nothing.

The Problem with Most Snacks

The majority of snacks fool you into thinking they’ll cure your grumbling stomach, but an hour later you’re searching in the fridge again, never really satisfied . Why? Most snacks lack fiber and protein, or any nutrients at all. Fiber and protein take longer to digest, therefore keep you feeling full longer. Plus you’re wasting calories on junk food and leaving little room for the foods your body needs. Snacks are a great way to sneak in the foods you might have missed at your regular meals.                                                              . Read More

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Facing your Fears

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 By Christine Ardigo MSRD

What is Fear?

It’s really just an obstacle that prevents us from achieving our dreams. An illusion we create to make excuses for not trying new things. Is it really fear or excitement?

I always had a fear of heights and falling. Not sure if it’s that stomach-dropping feeling, not being in control, fearing pain, death? I remember hating when someone threw me in the air, tossed me overhead into the ocean, or pretended to drop me from a high altitude. (Okay it was only a few feet but still).

I hate roller coasters. I can do most of the slides at the water parks but spinning things? Freefalls? Upside down rides? Ah, no.

I receive a note in my mailbox the other day that I had a surprise present waiting for me on Sunday. Reservations were made and were nonrefundable. P.S. It would be the best five minutes of my life. I knew right away what it was.

Listen, when I lift weights, I don’t sweat. Thinking about my upcoming Sunday plans, I needed an entire bottle of anti-perspirant for the palms of my hands alone.                                                  . Read More

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Processed Foods vs. Whole Foods. Which are Safe to Choose?

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

What are Processed foods? What are Whole foods?

Confused by the two? Walk up to a tree, pluck off an apple, bite down and eat it. Whole food. The less you do to a food, the closer it is to a whole food and the more nutrients it has.

The supermarket provides a gamut of items and the majority of them are not even real foods. Froot Loops, Twinkies, Cheez whiz, Spahgetti-O’s. It’s amazing our bodies survive as long as they do. Then again, people are acquiring diseases 10, 20, 30 years earlier than their parents.                                                                                                                                                  . Read More

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