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The Science Behind Mindful Eating - Infographic

Posted on 2017-06-05

Always strive to be mindful while eating. Mindfulness can be difficult to adopt, but there are countless benefits including reductions in emotional and disordered eating, weight loss, improved mood, and greater enjoyment of the foods you eat. Together with Summer Tomato, we’ve made it a bit easier for you to practice mindful eating to promote a happier, healthier meal time. (read more)

Clean Carb Essentials For The Glucose Driven Athlete

Posted on 2017-06-01

There’s a lot of information (science and opinion) regarding carbohydrates. Regardless of how confusing it all may be, the good news is that it all boils down to a few, easy to understand, principles: What are Carbs? Carbs are what keep us going. They are the primary fuel for our entire lives and essential to our nutrition. Most of us have learned about them since grade school, but we still may not fully understand the basics. (read more)

Get Ready For Summer With NordicTrack

Posted on 2017-05-22

Summer is coming! Are you ready? Getting ready for summer can be a lot of fun – warm sun, good friends, stylish seasonal clothing and fun activities outside. Getting your body ready for summer can be a bit tougher, as you struggle to melt away the last few pounds of winter weight and beef up those muscles again. Fortunately, NordicTrack has a few hints on how you can get ready for summer. (read more)

Blending Vs Juicing: Getting The Most Out Of Your Daily Drink

Posted on 2017-05-04

To juice or to blend? That’s a good question. As both practices rise in popularity, the question becomes ever more pressing: which one is better for fitness and wellness? The answer isn’t simple, as with so many things in life. However, it can be determined based on a number of variables. First, Let’s Look At The Research In 2012, Texas A&M researchers conducted a study that, many suggest, settled the debate. (read more)

Nutrition: Whole Grain vs Multi-Grain

Posted on 2017-04-07

Grains are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which our body needs to survive. Many people get those grains in the form of bread from the bread aisle in the grocery store. That aisle can become difficult to navigate when each loaf of bread uses different healthy sounding words like, “enriched,” “multi grain,” “12-grain,” or “whole-wheat.” Many runners know their body needs quality whole grains, but the abundance of labels can stand between them and good health. (read more)

Fairweather Runner No More! Here Is Your New Winter Treadmill Running Regimen

Posted on 2017-03-30

It’s not always sunny, it’s not always warm. The roads aren’t always free of snow or puddles and sometimes the wind gives you a lot more resistance than you were hoping for. From the professional or competitive athlete to the casual jogger, training in any weather can serve as either a friend or a foe. There are runners that ignore the weather and run whenever they can — rain or shine, sleet or snow. (read more)

Adaptations Of Athletic Performance With Age - Infographic

Posted on 2017-03-14

Adaptations Of Athletic Performance With Age - Infographic We’re all aging, even if we don’t notice until our late 20’s as our knees start to ache and our waistlines expand. It can be disappointing when you reach your mid 30s and realize that speed doesn’t come so readily and sports injuries seem to happen from the smallest of accidents. Don’t fret though, friends. Thanks to technology and tons of expensive research, staying fit into our golden years and beyond isn’t something left up to chance anymore. (read more)

Where The American Public & Nutritionists Disagree On Food Health

Posted on 2017-03-01

Food fads and hard science don’t always line up. Is quinoa really a superfood? How reliable is the term superfood anyway? How about butter, that’s the worst, right? It’s easy to make assumptions about the nutritional value of food based on marketing, trends, and public opinion, but that doesn’t mean it’s accurate. According to a New York Times study that compared the perceptions held by the public and those of nutritional sciences, we’ve got a lot to learn. (read more)

A Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning: Tips for Success

Posted on 2017-02-06

It’s 6PM. You’ve just gotten home from work after a hectic day, and you’re hungry. The last thing you feel like doing is cooking, and you’re not even sure you’ve got enough ingredients on-hand to create a meal from scratch. You resign to calling your go-to takeout restaurant instead of cooking at home for yet another night, willing yourself to eat better tomorrow. Sound familiar? If you’re tired of wasting your money on eating out and take-out food—and if you’re serious about preparing more nutritious meals in the comfort of your own kitchen, it’s time to get started with meal planning. (read more)

8 Ideas to Help Your Child Eat Healthy Foods

Posted on 2016-11-04

Encouraging children to develop healthy habits begins with their eating habits. When you start encouraging healthy eating habits and proper nutrition at a young age, your children naturally develop a preference for healthy food choices. As a parent, you want to make a balanced diet a part of your lifestyle. By taking steps to improve the dietary habits of your entire family and focusing on getting your children to eat healthier food choices, you limit the risks related to nutrient deficiencies and poor diet. (read more)

Tracking Your Health Goals For The Holiday Season

Posted on 2016-10-15

It’s that time of the year once again where tradition and celebration meet. No matter what holiday you’ll be celebrating, there’s a very good chance you’re going to be doing some feasting and relaxing. It’s easy to forget about your health goals in the name of a merry time, but here are some things to keep in mind to keep you on track: Be Conscious Of Your Intake It’s almost tradition to get carried away when you sit down for a holiday feast; your family didn’t slave away in the kitchen all day for you to not get a second or third helping, right? (read more)

Preworkout drink or post workout meal

Posted on 2016-08-31

When it comes to drinking a daily workout shake everyone seems to have a different opinion. Before asking when, your first question should be what. Depending on your answer, you’ll know the scientifically based best times to supplement. PreWorkout Nutrition Amino Acid Intake If you want to drink pre-workout, think essential amino acids. One study suggests that consuming an essential amino acid-carbohydrate supplement immediately before resistance training improves protein synthesis for up to two hours post exercise. (read more)

Sustaining Snacks for Long Distance Training On Your Treadmill

Posted on 2016-06-03

Running is an art. Orchestrating the perfect run requires you to put the right nutrients in your body. When doing a long run on a treadmill, consider this list of snacks that will keep you going strong. Energy Bars Energy Bars are a seeming no-brainer. Something with "energy" in the name is perfect for your run, right? Not so fast. Before you grab just any energy bar, make sure you [check the nutrition label](https://www. (read more)

Top Superfoods for Runners

Posted on 2016-04-27

Most runners will say that what they decide to eat while training can be just as important as the training itself. Making proper food choices is an essential component of any type of athletic training. Recent studies have shown that certain foods that have a wider range of nutrients, called “superfoods,” can aid in faster muscle recovery, contain anti-inflammatory properties, and help improve strength. Many who hear the word superfood think of exotic ingredients only found in remote locations around the world. (read more)

Nutrition - Oil: Coconut vs Olive

Posted on 2016-03-22

If you’re cooking for health (and who isn’t these days?), you’ve probably read a great deal about extra-virgin olive oil for cooking healthy over the years. More recently, though, you may have heard of coconut oil for adding nutritional value to food and cooking light and healthy. But, how do the two really compare when cooking for full flavor and for health? Nutritional Breakdowns of Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Before moving forward, it’s a good idea to breakdown the basic nutritional components of each oil. (read more)

Nutrition: White Vs. Brown Rice

Posted on 2016-03-03

Rice is rice, right? Wrong. Just like other foods within the food pyramid, there are a number of nutritional differences between white rice and brown rice. Nutritional Breakdown To begin to understand the differences between brown rice and white rice, it’s important to learn about the nutrition facts of both. The table below illustrates the nutritional value highlights of both brown and white rice. 1 Cup Serving Brown Rice (long-grain, cooked) White Rice (long-grain, regular, cooked) Calories 216 205 Manganese 1. (read more)

Amazing Post Workout Benefits of Chocolate Milk

Posted on 2016-03-02

You’ve just got done with your workout and you’re feeling great, but now that you’re home you notice that dreaded sweet-tooth is starting to act up again. You just had an amazing workout and you don’t want it to go to waste by eating that chocolate bar you have saved in the cupboard, so you reach dubiously for that sports drink. Believe it or not, there is a way to curve that sweet-tooth craving as well as replenish some needed nutrients and it is as simple as making up a nice cold glass of chocolate milk. (read more)

Skip the juice, eat the whole fruit

Posted on 2016-02-26

Americans are eating more fruit than ever. In 1970, American’s consumed 34.7 pounds of fresh fruit per person. In 2010, that number had jumped to 46.5 pounds per person, an increase of over 30 percent. This is proof that many of us are taking healthy eating seriously. When it comes to fresh fruit, bananas and apples are at the top of America’s most popular fresh fruit list. On average, we each consumed 10. (read more)

How to Track your Eating

Posted on 2016-02-25

Weight loss is a process that requires careful management of your dietary habits as well as regular exercise. While it seems simple in theory, counting calories and tracking the foods you eat with a calorie calculator is often more complicated and annoying than you might think when starting a weight loss plan. Fortunately, tools and options are available that make it easy to track your caloric intake without wasting time writing in a journal, using a calculator to tally up your total, or following a complicated and stressfully strict diet plan. (read more)

How to Read a Nutrition Label

Posted on 2016-02-18

Nutrition labels are a part of the packaging of every prepared food product purchased in the United States. These “Nutrition Facts” can be found of the sides of boxed foods, on jar labels, and on the sides of cans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that over 50 percent of us read nutrition labels, at least before the first time we purchase a product. A Brief History The history of the nutrition label can be traced back to 1862 when President Lincoln appointed Charles M. (read more)

Foods for Before and After Your Workout

Posted on 2016-01-27

Foods for Before and After Your Workout Exercise plays an important role in establishing and maintaining good physical, mental and emotional health. Most experts and health professionals agree that eating before exercising is necessary. Our bodies need energy to power through workouts to obtain the maximum benefits. Fueling up our blood sugar helps us work harder, giving us the energy and endurance that we need. In addition, we can improve muscle tone and burn more calories by consuming the right foods. (read more)

Top Running Bloggers Feedback On The Impact Of Food On Running

Posted on 2015-11-18

We caught up with four running bloggers: Erika Howder, Jennifer Boudreau, Jason Saltmarsh and Beth Risdon to discuss good pre-race health. Having the perfect pre-race health means something a little bit different for each blogger. But, the overall idea is to take precautions to keep your body healthy and strong. That means eating right, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and keeping a positive attitude. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy supply of carbs, proteins, "good" fats, whole grains and veggies are the key to energetic training and racing success. (read more)

How the Food Industry Is Sneaking Sugar Into Your Food

Posted on 2015-09-29

Humans love sugar. Since the dawn of man we’ve been drawn to sugary foods as a simple form of energy, evolving to convert it to fat for times when food was scarce. A whole industry has risen up around sugar. We crave it. We’re literally addicted to sugar. The presence of sugar alone isn’t bad for you. It occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, dairy, some grains, and other unprocessed foods. (read more)