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Oh, Go Ahead... Enjoy Chocolate This Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2011 - Elissa Goodman

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Chocolate was once considered a wicked, guilty pleasure - remember "Death by Chocolate"?  But today, chocolate - particularly the darkest types with sky-high cocoa percentages - is beginning to seem more like a health food (high flavanol cocao on aisle 3!).  Eating a little bit of chocolate a few times a week can be not only good for the heart but your soul too. The trick is to make the most of that little bit of chocolate, while dialing down the fatty, sugary ingredients chocolate so often it keeps company with.

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Slipping on Your New Years Resolution? Strategies to Stay on Track

January 23, 2011 - Elissa Goodman

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As we approach the 4th week of the New Year are you finding your well-intentioned resolutions beginning to slip and fade away? Here are a couple of simple, but effective ways of keeping them on track:

  • Keep resolutions precise and reasonable
  • Write them down
  • Remind yourself of them each day

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3 New Year's Resolutions You Might Actually Keep

January 06, 2011 - Julia Austin


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I love New Year's Eve. It’s an excuse to wear sequin without looking like a flapper girl (or worse!). Then, there's the emotion. I always get a little teary-eyed watching the ball drop.  Finally, as a single gal, at midnight I can shamelessly grab the guy I’ve been eyeing all evening and lay a wet one on him.

 

 However, although, I’m all for time-tested traditions, I do have an issue with the holiday. There’s this mad rush to come up with some extraordinary, completely new way to improve your life. The reality is, if you hadn’t just naturally thought of making the change before, it’s probably not something you’re going to stick to.

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Flaxseed: A Tablespoon A Day

January 05, 2011 - Elissa Goodman

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Everyone seems to be talking about flaxseed these days and there's good reason.  In fact, I recommend adding it to all of my client’s diets. Here's the lowdown on why, as well as some tips for incorporating the nutritious seeds into your diet.

Benefits

For such a tiny seed, flax packs a powerful punch, providing an important essential omega-3 fatty acid and about 3 grams of fiber per tablespoon of whole flaxseed. A handful of studies have found that flaxseed decreases inflammation, reduces blood sugar, and insulin levels, and also lowers cholesterol.

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When Mints Aren't Enough

November 21, 2010 - Elissa Goodman

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Party season is about to kick-in  which, for many of us, means nibbling the night away with cocktail chit chat, sometimes at close range.  There's nothing more gross than talking to someone with bad breath or wondering if - dare we say it  - you could be grossing someone out!  If you (or someone you regularly smooch) has a case of bad breath that even Altoids can't fix,  I've got some suggestions - all things you can do before you put on your party dress.

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Why What You Drink is as Important as What You Eat

November 08, 2010 - Elissa Goodman

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Lately, it seems, we Angelenos don’t know how to dress (bathing suit or sweater?) or what to drink (iced or hot beverages?). I can't remember the last time temperatures were in the 90’s in November. My clients are complaining of being tired, unmotivated, having headaches, dry mouth and skin. While many of them are eating healthy, they're not drinking healthy.  The problem is simple to pinpoint – Dehydration!

It's important to remember what you drink (or don't drink) because it impacts your health. If you eat well, but drink excessive amounts of soda, fruit beverages, coffee, black tea, and/or alcohol you're probably not as healthy as you could be. That's because these beverages contain a variety of substances that, when taken in excess, are not good for you. These substances include refined or artificial sweeteners, artificial flavorings, artificial colorings, synthetic preservatives, and caffeine.

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Halloween is Over, Now You've Got to Deal with the Candy

November 01, 2010 - Elissa Goodman

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Eyeing that bag of Halloween candy your kid left in the kitchen?  Those Milky Ways are pretty tempting - aren't they?  For some of us, those sugar cravings happen not just on Halloween, but throughout the year - whether hormonal or mental. Here are a couple of smart ways to deal with your desires - whether you choose to partake or avoid. 

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Coping with Workout Injury: Keeping Your Shape and Your Sanity

September 27, 2010 - Julie Diamond

IMG_5182 If you're reading this, chances are you're like me, and working out is more than just a means to being fit and healthy.  For me, my daily workout keeps me balanced, it calms anxieties, and focuses my mind.  It also kicks in endorphins.  

 

So, when you're basically addicted to working up your sweat and injury occurs, whether mild or catastrophic, the emotional toll is as difficult as the physical. 

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Slow Down Your Life, Rev Up Your Metabolism

September 21, 2010 - Elissa Goodman

51ZSMPXG0AL._SS500_ I just finished an amazing book called, "The Slow Down Diet" by Marc David, a nutritionist with a master’s degree in the psychology of eating. If you've been to Canyon Ranch, you might have seen his name.  He's been a leading nutrition expert there for years.  

David's book is about slowing down life to speed up metabolism. What he means by “slowing down” is becoming more aware: open, centered, present and balanced. The author says if you create this experience for yourself your mind, body and breath will naturally align in a synergistic state. The result?  You'll burn calories at an optimum rate. You'll digest and absorb nutrients at peak efficiency. Plus, you'll feel more alive, energized and abundant. And, if you add quality food choices to your new awareness, you’ll begin to create the kind of metabolism that deep down inside you were meant to have.

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Juicing vs. Eating Green Vegetables

September 14, 2010 - Elissa Goodman

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Juicing your greens is not nearly as healthy as eating them, provided that you use healthy cooking methods when you prepare the greens. For example, if you overcook the greens, you'll lose nutrients. But as long as you don't cook the greens too long, the rule of thumb is you're better off eating the veggies whole.

 

So, why is this? Juicers usually separate the juice from the solids in the leaves, stems, or stalks (commonly referred to as "pulp"), all of which are then discarded. Unfortunately, these parts often contain the majority of nutrients, including fiber and many phytonutrients. If you added all of the discarded portions back into the juice, you'd get close to the same nutritional benefits. However, many people find a juice with 100% pulp to be unpleasantly thick and displeasing - almost bitter -  in taste.

 

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