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11 Dec

10 Ways to Reduce Salt

I caught a recent article about the widespread concern over the massive amount of salt found in the Standard American Diet. Because the average American gets 90% of his or her calories from processed foods, and because processed foods are typically very high in salt (sodium), this is a health issue on an epidemic scale. […]

4 Dec

10 Ways to Cut Calories

Ultimately, optimal health is more about what you put in your body, not how much. But “how much” does matter to some extent, regardless of what you are eating. A grass-fed steak may be one of the most nutritious foods on earth (bring on that saturated fat), but it shouldn’t cause your grocery cart to […]

20 Nov

This Week’s Herbalicious: Sage

If you’ve been following the blog this month, you’ve learned all about the nutritional, healing benefits of herbs like lavender and oregano. This week’s focus is the herb sage, a perfect complement to fall flavors and Thanksgiving recipes. 10. Those darn Mediterranean folks are at it again! Between the olive oil and the fish and […]

13 Nov

The 10 All-Time Most Tempting Junk Foods (and smart alternatives)

These common health offenders are incredibly tempting for even the most disciplined person from time to time. We bring you some sensible alternatives for those moments when you are wavering. 1. French fries This is the ultimate junk food for most of us – and America’s #1 consumed “vegetable”. (Shudder.) French fries satisfy that craving […]

30 Oct

Lavender: 10 Natural Health Benefits and Healing Uses

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be highlighting the health benefits of various herbs that offer natural healing properties. Lavender: Benefits

23 Oct

10 Great Uses for Vinegar (Ditch Those Chemicals!)

While we typically use vinegar for salad dressings and pickling, this beneficial acid has a multitude of wonderful household uses. Here are just a few. Be sure to add in your own tips in the comments below! 1. Better Tasting Coffee Once a month, brew up a pot of white vinegar. Follow with two cycles […]

16 Oct

Tips for Getting the Best Massage

With the right masseuse, massage is a healthy and luxurious treat for addressing everything from sore muscles to stress to minor injuries. Here are 10 great tips to get the most from your next (or perhaps very first) massage. Massage is also great for teenagers, particularly if they play sports. There are so many styles […]

28 Aug

The Best Low-Carb Fruits (and the Worst)

This one’s not just for all you low-carbers! Here’s a quick guide to the best and worst fruits according to their sugar content and nutritional value. If you enjoy sweets and find yourself relying (or perhaps suffering) on Splenda and mockalate far too often, enjoy a sensible selection of fruit instead.

21 Aug

10 Forgotten Stress Relief Tips

There are plenty of excellent stress guides out there. Some will offer spiritual tips, while others will give you practical advice. Still others offer nutrition and fitness ideas to mitigate stress. Stress comes in many forms – relationships, work, health, hormones, momentary dilemmas, and more – and there are just as many ways to tackle […]

7 Aug

When Do Foods Really Go Bad?

Ever wondered how long certain foods – dairy and eggs, for example – really last? What does the “sell by” date really mean? How long should leftovers be…left over? You asked, we’re answering!

31 Jul

The 10 Dumbest Drugs Ever Invented

When Big Pharma and the health care system get together to “treat” our health issues, it’s like a Dumb and Dumber convention. (It’s a treat, all right.) Allow us to present the ten stupidest drugs, ever. Well, at least the ten stupidest drugs, today.

24 Jul

Top 10 Ultimate Fitness Gadgets

Here’s the roundup: Mark and the Bees’ favorite workout gear, as tested and approved. Let us know your favorite exercise essentials! Vibram 5 Fingers Less shoe, healthier foot. Very Primal! Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS Get lost anywhere and find your way home! PumpOne Workouts on the go! Adventure Plus MacGyver would approve of this multipurpose […]

17 Jul

10 Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Workouts

10. Check out the local real estate. Walking through your neighborhood (or any neighborhood you admire) is a natural workout that is also an effective way to clear your head and reflect on the day. I get a 45-minute walk in while my son is at his music lesson. If you’re tired of walking around […]

10 Jul

10 Alarming Health Care Stats Put in Ruthless Perspective

Are we broken? All signs point to yes: the obesity “problem”, the diabetes epidemic, Sicko at the box office. Yet we risk developing psychological immunity to the spiraling health care problems we face, if for no other reason than saturation. Let’s put our health care problems in perspective. 10. The pharmaceutical industry’s profit margin is […]

3 Jul

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, […]

26 Jun

Ooh! I’ll Have the Stress, Please

We talk a lot about hot topics like Big Pharma and carbs. But today we’re going to share some of the best tips for both preventing and addressing stress. Stress is ultimately at the root of many, if not all, of our most pressing health issues, including aging. Of course this depends on your understanding […]

19 Jun

Ten Awesome Carbs

Here are ten delicious, natural, smart carbohydrates we enjoy at the Sisson household. For comparison, I’ve included unhealthy but popular items that I think these smarter choices can replace. The flavor and texture components aren’t a perfect match by any stretch, but I think there’s enough similarity that you’ll find it painless to switch to […]

12 Jun

Mold: Why, It Tastes Like Chicken! (and other mystery ingredients)

Welcome to 2007, where people eat food products full of interesting chemicals and fascinating representations of flavor. This is your food supply – and mold is just the beginning. 10. Ice Structuring Protein (ISP) Sounds harmless enough, right? ISP is used in many ice creams these days, especially light and low-sugar varieties. Translation: “genetically-modified fish […]

5 Jun

How to Eat More Chocolate and Drink More Wine Every Day

How can you turn this down? Health, in my view, is really about enjoyment and quality of life. It’s not all celery sticks and cardio – far from it. Dark chocolate and red wine shouldn’t be consumed with the reckless abandon I sincerely hope you reserve for vegetables, but they are reasonably healthy indulgences. Here’s […]

22 May

10 Sure Ways to Sabotage Your Weight Loss

The Tuesday 10 Want to derail a diet or perennially perch on the pound plateau? It’s easy – just be sure to do one or more of the following: 10. Drink Alcohol – lots of it! Ketosis, schmosis. Cutting out refined carbs and empty calories will definitely help you peel off those pounds, but it […]

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