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How To Shop For Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Not all Olive Oil is the same. Last week, I shared why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the healthiest oil and you learned about the abundance of counterfeits. Here you'll learn exactly which certifications to look for and where to buy it!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is like wine. The region where the olives are grown influences the flavor and color. The process and care as to how the oil is extracted and bottled is another key to quality. And finally, if it's not stored properly, it will spoil. But...

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FAKE vs. REAL: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

fat healthy eating Mar 26, 2022

Have you been paying EVOO prices for counterfeits? Unfortunately Olive Oil is another highly unregulated space. Which means there are a lot of imposters wearing the label of "EVOO" or "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" that don’t truly qualify as an EVOO. Most oils aren’t tested to certify the true quality of the oil and what's on the label isn't validated or verified. 

Fake vs. Real: What's the Difference? 

Real EVOO is the highest grade of quality awarded to olive oil. This...

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Healthy Spring Chicken Recipe

 

Chicken, Cauliflower & Artichokes

Complete Meal, Protein, Meat

The flavors of this dish sing! The lemon coming through in the perfect way to make the dish the best spring time dinner in your rotation. 

TIP: Save time by using frozen artichoke hearts, available at Kroger stores and Trader Joe's.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 large artichokes, trimmed and sliced (or sub frozen)
  • one lemon, zest and juice.
  •  4-6 chicken thighs (bone in skin on)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1...
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Constantly Hungry & Fighting Cravings?

Hunger and cravings are the primary signals your body uses to ask for the three key nutrients it needs to survive and thrive. Once it’s properly fed it will tell the brain to “Stop eating, I’m satisfied”. Fiber, protein and healthy fat are the three key nutrients that manage hunger and work best when consumed whole, in real, unprocessed foods. 

Fiber is essential because it stays behind in your digestive tract to feed your good-gut-bacteria that literally...

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Surprising Ingredient Smuggles that Drive Appetite

diet healthy eating sugar Mar 11, 2022

Want to control your appetite? Check the ingredients! Unfortunately, what’s inside the carton, box or bag often includes appetite accelerates like: yeast, sugar, flour and monosodium glutamate. These nefarious “smuggles” have infiltrated even the most simplistic, basic foods like “Vegetable Broth”, “Heavy Cream”, and “Nut Butter”. 

Never trust, always verify.  

Even restaurants, like Starbucks, are known to "smuggle"...

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6 Ways to Make Healthier Popcorn at Home

Popcorn is a healthy high-fiber, whole grain snack, but not all popcorn is the same. It depends on how it's prepared and and the ingredients you use. 

Here are 6 ways to make healthy popcorn at home & seasoning tips below:

1. Whirly-pop: Doing all this research, it was highly recommended by all the experts! I just ordered this one & plan to try it this weekend! The key is aluminum thin version for best heat conduction.   

2. Air-Fry: With NO oil, it's the most...

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5 Motivational Quotes!

coach self-care support Feb 25, 2022

Below are five of my favorite motivational quotes! Below each graphic I also share some insights as to my perspective...hope they help motivate and inspire you too! 

I'm okay, right here. I've become more aware of when I get upset or frustrated. And instead, pause to reflect on my own journey. I've learned a lot along the way. I've always made progress, even if it's just a tiny bit! So I work to remind myself to stop making comparisons and instead, celebrate the moment where I am right...

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My Secret Motivation!

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Self-Love is my secret motivation! Why? Because I know, “You’ll quit what you don’t care about.” Which means, you’ll stop working to improve and maintain your health if you don’t have real self-love established. 

When I was upset with my body and feeling discouraged and frustrated with my excess weight, I’d tell myself, “I’ll love myself more once I get to my healthy weight.” But then I learned that the...

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Beer: Did You Know?

Beer is often referred to as liquid bread, because regular beer contains sugar in the form of maltose…that’s the sugary carb and the brewer’s yeast, which is used to make both bread and beer. 

UPDATE: May 3, 2022 Video Post "How I Buy Beer" click to watch! 

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10 Day Sugar Challenge!

Did you know, your taste buds regenerate every 10 days? Which means, you can actually improve the taste of natural, healthy food if you "reset your taste buds" with a 10 day rest! 

THE 10 DAY CHALLENGE: eliminate all "sweet stimulation" for at least 10 days so the sweet-receptor proteins on your tongue can reset. Then, after the 10 day "challenge", slowly reintroduce sweet taste and you'll find your tongue is more sensitive to sweet taste. You'll likely notice you don't crave sweet...

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