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21/2/2017 11:09 AM


Calories: Reading The Nutrition Label

Nutrition labels can be very confusing for individuals who are unsure what to look for. Some look at calories- but calories are not indicative of healthy or harmful ingredients. For example: two different granola bars can have equal amount of calories, but one is made up of refined grains and added table sugar, while the healthier version has calories from dried fruit and nuts. 

The point is, a calorie is not a calorie. Your body will not react the same way to 200 calories of doughnuts as it would to 200 calories of almonds. One will cause harm and probably be stored as fat, the other will be used as raw material to feed your cells.

Conclusion? Check the ingredient label and make sure those calories and grams of sugar come from naturally occurring ingredients- such as fruit and grains- rather than from added sweeteners. 

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17/2/2017 11:30 AM


Workout Your Constipation!

Many are not aware that going to the gym can alleviate constipation. Working out increases muscle contractions all over the body, including the colon! This will ensure your body excretes waste at a faster rate than without exercise. 

Tip: This advice can backfire if you don't ensure proper hydration while you work out! 

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Weight loss

9/1/2017 10:17 AM


Sleep Your Weight Off!

Nighttime is the ideal time for our bodies to reset, regenerate, detoxify and heal. Not getting enough sleep will inhibit optimal functioning. The process is further compromised when we eat heavy meals at dinnertime because the body's resources then have to focus on digestion instead of everything else. 
Furthermore, our hormones are produced and regulate in a major way during this night cycle. Cutting sleep short will eventually throw your hormones out of whack- specifically gherkin and leptin, our hunger and fullness hormones. 
Everything sums up to disorder eating, water retention and weight gain. 

To avoid these unhealthy patterns make point of eating a light and early dinner, ideally 3 hours before bedtime. Get enough sleep by retiring to bed earlier (no later than 10 pm). 

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28/12/2016 10:55 AM


War Against Cellulite 

Cellulite is the harmless accumulation of fat beneath the skin. Though being overweight can increase the amount of cellulite, even slim people can have it. The amount of cellulite varies from individuals and is essentially genetic. 

Besides genetic predisposition, other factors which contribute to the appearance of cellulite are:
- unhealthy dieting or poor nutrition
- lack of exercise
- hormones changes
- dehydration
- slow metabolism.

Inherited cellulite can never be completely eliminated, but the appearance of it can be significantly reduced. Ensure optimal functioning of the circulatory and lymphatic systems in your body by becoming physically active, maintaining proper hydration and avoiding tight-fitting clothing.  

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23/12/2016 15:38 PM


Acai Fad

You see it on Instagram, Facebook, and on the desk of your office buddy. Acai bowls have become a hit with today’s health-crazed youth. But is this satisfying sweetness too good to be true?
Let’s start with the actual ace fruit: like its berry relatives, acai has multiple nutritional and antioxidant value, that and more! Studies have also shown it to reduce appetite, which is why acai is used in many weight-loss supplements today.
The meal-replacement “bowl” however, is most likely filled with honey (still sugar), other sweeteners (coconut palm sugar or date), and juice or pureed fruit (fructose, still sugar). This takes what would be a very healthy snack to a not-so-great sugar-packed food. 
Conclusion: eat the acai berry, but avoid the hyped-up meal replacements. 

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21/12/2016 11:01 AM




That’s High Intensity Interval Training. In this type of routine you choose one high intensity exercise (such as running) and take short rests between intense repetitions. This means you alternate between high intensity work and low/moderate recovery. Example: Sprint or run for 5 minutes, then rest for 1 minute, repeat.

HIIT has been shown to increase endurance and fitness level. It also burns more calories in a reduced workout time. 
If your excuses for not working out include time-restriction or even boredom, HIIT is definitely for you. 

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Fernando Bruccoleri LILIANNE MISHAAN
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mishaan was raised in Montreal, Canada. She currently lives in Miami, Fl. with her children Sol (5) and Steven (3). Lilianne Mishaan has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Barry University, in Miami, Fl., and is nationally certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her focus is on health, healing and balance, and her mission is to end the myth of restrictive diets and fads, and bring back real food. She was mentored and trained by Dr. María Patricia Restrepo, physician and chemist.

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