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Maintaining Good Health

Imagine it’s 12 months from now. You’ve just had your Spatz adjustable gastric balloon removed after losing 25 kilos. Now you want to maintain your improved health. Here are some tips to help you do so. In many cases, continuing the good habits you’ve developed over the past year will continue to serve you well.[...]
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What is Zumba?

If you’re tired of the treadmill and other boring, repetitive forms of exercise or just want to jazz up your exercise routine, consider a Zumba class. If you’ve heard of Zumba but aren’t quite sure what it is, think of it as a Latin music inspired dance party. Zumba includes cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo,[...]
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Why You Have No Energy And What You Can Do About It

Stress, packed schedules, not enough high quality sleep, lack of movement and too many nutrient poor foods in your diet can all contribute to feeling sleepy in the middle of the work day. There are some highly effective nutritional strategies you can try to boost your energy which may also help you lose weight. 1.[...]
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Is Junk Food Addictive?

Not only is junk food actually addictive, it’s designed to be that way on purpose. So if you find it hard to stop eating sweets, salty snacks and heavily processed foods, it’s because food scientists, who know how the human body and brain reacts to certain stimuli in foods, specifically designed these foods to get[...]
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The Surprising Role of Stress in Digestion

Our bodies are wired to cope with stress by shutting down all non-essential bodily functions so your body and brain can focus on survival. This state is referred to as the stress response. It’s when your sympathetic nervous system takes over. That’s very helpful when you’re facing acute, life-threatening stress, such as being in a[...]
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The Surprising Role of Relaxation in Digestion

I recently wrote about the stress response and how it’s counterproductive to digestion. When you’re in a state of stress, even chronic, low level stress, your body shuts down digestion. That makes calorie burning inefficient. Stress also signals your body to produce insulin and cortisol, hormones which tell your body to store fat. So if[...]
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The Myth of Calories In-Calories Out

We have been conditioned to believe that weight loss is a matter of burning more  calories than we take in for so long, many people don’t realize that the idea of “calories in-calories out” is overly simplistic, old, outdated science. Very simply, there are so many components to the whole formula of digestion and metabolism.[...]
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What Is Macronutrient Balance and Why Should You Care?

What is macronutrient balance and why should you care? Well, let’s start with a simpler question. What are macronutrients? Simply stated, macronutrients are the things we eat the most of. They are the major (macro) food categories, the kinds of foods from which we get the majority of our calories, namely protein, fat and carbohydrates.[...]
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Belly Dancing as Exercise

Belly dancers come in all shapes and sizes. Which means that, no matter what your current shape or size, belly dancing can be a great form of joyful movement for you to investigate. Here’s a surprise that many new belly dancers aren’t aware of. Most of the jiggly action that makes belly dancing so distinctive[...]
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Does It Matter How Fast We Eat?

Your central nervous system has a few primary states. One is called the sympathetic nervous system. This is when your body is responding to stress. Imagine that you’re being chased by a predator and you need to run fast to save your life. Your body, in its great wisdom, will shut down all functions not[...]
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