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How hormones affect your energy and weight

Are willpower and self-control the real solution to low energy and high weight? Maybe not. It might actually be your (powerful) hormones…hormones that directly affect your blood sugar, metabolism, and appetite. Things that actually control your energy and...

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Eating for Energy

While it’s tempting to reach for a carb-laden, sugary snack or a creamy latte for a quick shot of energy as you hit a lull in your day, it’s really only setting you up to fail in the long run. These temporary energy sources send your blood sugar wildly soaring only to...

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Coconut 101

For centuries, island cultures have exclusively used coconut and coconut oil as a staple in their diet, and according to a study conducted in the early ’80s on Polynesian populations and published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, these people showed...

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Crispy Kale

I’ve recently discovered how to make homemade kale chips (and am now addicted to them).  I use kale quite often in my smoothies but don’t really enjoy it in salads or raw in general. So, a few months back, I was looking for other ways to enjoy kale and...

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Cool Creamy Cucumber Gazpacho

I was craving a cool creamy soup today so decided to whip up some cucumber gazpacho in my Ninja blender / food processor. This soup is really light and tangy and you can add some cold, diced shrimp or other seafood if you’d like to make a meal of it. I just...

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A Rainbow of Health

Americans are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than ever before; at the same time, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are at all time highs. While you may be aware that health experts recommend eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, did you...

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Establishing Work-Life Balance

With the lines between work and home ever blurring, it’s easy to lose nights, weekends, and family vacations to the job—and those minutes add up! But an on-call 24/7 work mentality can do more than eat up your time; it also takes a toll on your health and well-being....

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Enlist an Accountability Buddy—Today!

How many of you can relate to this familiar scene? The alarm rings at 5:45 a.m., it’s dark outside, it’s toasty in your bed, and the snooze button is all too close for comfort. The choice is made and the workout falls by the bedside—again. Blowing off workouts becomes...

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Our "bliss point"??

I just ordered the book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us and am eager to share my thoughts on this topic here. More (at lot!) to come….stay tuned! “Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in...

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Top 10 Stress Busters

Did you know that a whopping up to 90 percent of doctor visits are stress-related? Stress, practically a 21st-century epidemic, can wreak havoc on your health and happiness if you don’t learn coping techniques to keep it at bay—for good. In fact, some of the many...

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Why Work with a Wellness Coach?

From a very early age I loved anything to do with fitness, nutrition, and wellness in general. I was a very active child and involved with all kinds of sports and fitness activities from dance to figure skating, cheering, soccer, and many things in between.  I was...

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GMOs and Gut Health

There are many reasons to avoid eating foods that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), but the most important is to maintain good gut health.  Gut health plays an important role in overall health because more than 75 percent of your immune system resides in...

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Wellness That Makes Financial Sense

Diabetes Wellness can prevent a $35,000 amputation or a $100,000 heart attack. That’s wellness that makes financial sense! The graph on the right should be a real wake-up call to any company. Employees with diabetes have annual medical...

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Show Sugar Who's the Boss

Did you know the addictive nature of sugar rivals that of cocaine, morphine, and cigarettes? It’s no accident recovering alcoholics often turn to sugar as they cut out alcohol—it’s an easily available drug. According to a 2008 study out of Princeton University, “rats...

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Souper Squash Soup

Souper Squash Soup Ingredients 8 – 12 servings 1 large butternut squash 1 small sweet potato 1 small onion ½ head of cauliflower, chopped 8 cups of vegetable stock 1 Tbsp Olive oil Sea salt – a pinch/ or to taste Cinnamon – a pinch/ or to taste Maple...

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20 Healthy Swaps

By making small tweaks to your diet, you can realize some amazing health benefits over time. Here’s a list of 20 simple food swaps that will put you on a fast-track to eating nutritiously—and deliciously! Instead of potato or corn chips…  Go for organic popcorn (not...

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Diabetes Prevention

If present trends continue, as many as 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes in 2050. This is a staggering number! A February 2013 study directly correlates sugar intake to higher rates of diabetes.The study was conducted by four researchers, including Dr. Robert...

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Your Healthy Lifestyle Concierge

Simplee Wellness is an online wellness center and coaching practice that will provide you with the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to help you identify and achieve your health goals. As a Simplee Wellness member, you will be empowered to lead the healthiest life...

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How To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Every January 1st, 41 percent of Americans resolve to lose weight or get in shape. (More than half have made this same resolution for five years or more!) In fact, health clubs and gyms see an increase in membership of 25% during the first week of January alone! But...

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Your Summer Wellness Tune Up

Warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and the relaxed energy of summer make it a perfect time to focus on healthy eating, getting fit, and having fun. It’s also a great time to set the foundation for a career that brings you summer’s energy, freedom, and fun all year...

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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Loaf

I LOVE sweet potatoes! They’re super high in fiber, low-glycemic, and very nutrient dense. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins, potassium and even iron. In fact, some health experts consider sweet potatoes one of the healthiest...

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Pre-Easter Smoothie

My Pre-Easter Smoothie today… one of the best I’ve made so far! Ingredients: Green Swiss Chard* Baby Spinach* Fresh Ginger Root* Fresh Mint Leaves* Cinnamon Avocado Lemon Juice * Unfiltered Apple Juice* * Organic I am not one to do much measuring of...

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet Basics

Inflammation is your body’s innate way of providing acute healing to an area of your body, but when it persists on a low level throughout the body, it can do much more harm than good. Because chronic inflammation isn’t something you can see with your eyes, many suffer...

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Sweet On You: The Scoop on Natural Sweeteners

By now you likely know how detrimental highly processed, granulated white sugar is to your health. If you need a refresher, here are some of the many ways white sugar wreaks havoc on your biochemistry, courtesy of UCSF’s Dr. Robert Lustig, a crusader against sugar and...

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Make Simplify Your Mantra

Does the world sometimes feel like a crushing place with all the projects, engagements, and items on your “To Do” list? Do you crave stillness and silence and a way out of the stress that comes with too much? If so, it’s time to quiet your mind and reassess what you...

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Workspace Wellness Makeover

If you work in a 9 to 5 setting, you spend the majority of your week at work. And if your workspace was ergonomic, pleasant, and healthy wouldn’t it make you feel less stressed and more efficient? That’s the argument you’ll want to use with your boss as you request...

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Staying Calm Amid Chaos

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”  — Marcus Aurelius It is only by keeping calm that success comes in life. As a businessperson, mom, student, or a loved one to someone you can likely relate to this sentiment. But during the...

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Lifestyle changes can prevent 40% of cancers

Interesting article here regarding cancer and the impact that lifestyle can have on your risk of getting it. “Many people believe cancer is down to fate or ‘in the genes’ and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it,” study author...

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Tuscan Kale Salad

A True Food Kitchen restaurant exclusive! This traditional Tuscan salad is made with strips of Italian black kale, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, grated pecorino Tuscano cheese and bread crumbs. These bright, refreshing...

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Grilled avocados anyone?

Avocados are certainly superfoods with plenty of Vitamins E, folate, glutathione and monounsaturated (good) fats… just need to go easy because of the calorie density. Moderation is key but this recipe for Grilled Avocados with Corn and Tomato Salsa on...

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Mobile Apps for Productivity

I was out with some girlfriends last night in Chicago. We had been trying to plan a ‘girls night out’ for quite some time and were finally successful with coordinating schedules.  We started the evening at Carnivale on Fulton St. and then walked over to...

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Turbo charge your metabolism

Everyone’s heard of metabolism, but how much do you really know and what can you do to adjust your metabolism if you need to? Dr. Mark Hyman has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking...

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What is the Paleo Diet?

For those of you who are trying to better understand what the Paleo diet (or eating style) is all about, this is a wonderful infographic to explain it better.  The three main eating styles that I focus on with my clients are: Paleo Vegan/Vegetarian (sometimes referred...

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Thai-Style Sweet Potato

Thai-Style Sweet Potato by Alison Serves 4 as a main course Dish: -1 large sweet potato -1 red pepper -6 spring onions -6 ounces baby corn -½ a brown coconut -2 tablespoons sesame seeds -4 tablespoons raisins -3 ounces fresh coriander   Sauce: -5 heaped teaspoons...

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor – what??

Just reading a terrific article in NYTimes about how exercise benefits the brain. I have to say, this is most definitely how I managed a 4.0 up until second semester of my senior year in college…. lots of aerobics, running, working out prior to studying and...

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Rosemary

Starting up the recipes with this simple Delicata Squash. roasted or cooked on stove top. Slit the squash in the middle. Remove seeds. Slice it up. You can either roast it in the oven or on stove top. Toss the slices with some olive oil or organic canola oil, salt,...

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If only for the photos…

A few week ago I purchased a new juicer (old one is packed away somewhere and didn’t work well, was a cheapie) It’s the Breville 900-Watt Variable-Speed Juice Extractor- one of the most amazing kitchen appliances I’ve ever owned. This thing could...

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The Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Meal

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition Blog –  IIN Blog Prep: 30 minutes Serves: 2 generouslyIngredients: 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped 2 T minced fresh ginger 1 shallot, minced 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1/2 tsp. salt...

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Meditate & Help Your Brain!

When you’re under pressure from work and family and the emails don’t stop coming, it’s hard to stop your mind from jumping all over the place. But scientists are finding that it may be worth it to train your brain to focus on something as simple as...

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