I'm a former runner turned walker, and in my opinion, walking is the perfect exercise. Here are 10 reasons why I hope you'll fall in love with walking too:10. Walking has been shown to boost your immune system, open up your circulation, and improve digestion, all of which play a role in preventing cancer.9. Regular walks boost bone density, and protect against the loss of bone tissue as you age.8. Walking lowers blood pressure, "bad" or lousy LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.7. Walking is versatile - you can walk alone, with your family, your dog, or with a friend.6. All it takes is a good pair of shoes – no gym membership or special equipment needed.5. You already know how. It's second nature - after all, you've been doing it since you were about one year old!4. Walking improves mental and physical stamina. Instead of draining you, a brisk walk can actually help your energy level soar and boost your productivity.3. A single walk can transform your body image. Research shows that all forms of exercise improve personal body satisfaction, even without weight loss. That means in one 30 minute walk, you can return home feeling entirely different in…
In the eating plan from S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches a Daily Dark Chocolate Escape is mandatory. Why? Chocolate is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and research shows that eating a small portion every day can curb your cravings for not so healthy treats, from chips to cookies.   Here are 10 reasons why you MUST eat dark chocolate every single day:1. Compared to milk chocolate eaters, those who downed dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories without even trying and reported fewer cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods.2. Dark chocolate contains unique natural substances, including some that truly create a sense of euphoria, similar to the feeling of being in love!3. Dark chocolate contains magnesium, a mineral that can help alleviate PMS symptoms, including cramps, water retention, fatigue, depression, and irritability.4. Chocolate contains the same type of antioxidants found in red wine and tea, which have been shown to boost brain activity.5. Dark chocolate has been shown to help correct imbalances in the body related to stress, and can significantly reduce levels of stress hormones (a surge in stress hormones is linked to more belly fat).6. Dark chocolate has a caffeine kick, but…
When it comes to getting enough sleep, I have to admit that I struggle with my goal of clocking eight hours every night. And according to the National Sleep Foundation, I’m in the majority – over 60% of Americans miss the mark. But I’m fully aware that making sleep a priority is one of the most important things I can do for my health, and I encourage my clients to do the same.  Too little sleep has been shown to rev up hunger hormones, increase inflammation (a known trigger of premature aging and disease), up the risk of obesity, depression, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, and negatively impact emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity, and performance. Yikes!If you’re like me, you may think, “I don’t have time to sleep!” but getting even a little more can result in a big health pay off (including weight loss results). Inadequate sleep creates a "sleep debt," which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid, and until then, a cascade of side effects continue to wreak havoc on your health.Despite how normal you may feel, research shows that the human body isn’t very good…
The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems. You may not feel it, but you’re constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding your body. Here’s how it works, and why what you put on your plate is so very important:  Every cell in your body has a “shelf life” – a stomach cell lives about a day or two, a skin cell about a month, and a red blood cell about four months. So each and every day, your body is busy making new cells to replace those that have “expired.” And how healthy those new cells are is directly determined by how well you’ve been eating. A diet filled with highly processed food that’s low on nutrients doesn’t give your body much to work with. I always say it’s like constructing a house with cardboard and tape instead of bricks and mortar. But a clean, nutrient rich, whole foods eating plan can help you build cells that work better, and are less susceptible to…
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