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An Update on Calcium: Are You Getting Enough?

Due to years of exposure to “Got Milk?” ads and the good old USDA food pyramid, most people understand that calcium – mainly found in dairy sources – is essential for building healthy bones. And if you didn’t see those ads, chances are your mom or dad preached that you needed to “drink your milk” to become big and strong....
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You Don’t Really Want Abs

(Forgive the controversial title, and please know that I’m not attacking other women who have abs or want abs.) I get it. There’s something about the idea of having a perfectly fit body that is super appealing. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with having a body composition goal. But we need to get real about WHY. Why do you want abs?...
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How I’m Shedding For The Wedding

As a bride-to-be, I notice there is an insane amount of pressure for brides to look the best we’ve ever looked in our entire lives on our wedding day. As much as I am on board with looking beyond weight and physical appearance for worthiness and happiness, I’ll admit that I’ve been feeling some internal pressure to look as good as possible...
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Hacking PMS: How To Solve 7 Common Causes of Premenstrual Syndrome

When I was at my lowest point of health in the last few years, one of the most frustrating symptoms I was experiencing was fairly severe PMS. While I’ve always had a little moodiness and cramping prior to the first day of my period, I was noticing far more disruptive symptoms such as exhaustion, severe cramping that would even wake me...
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My Pre-Wedding Skincare Regimen (Surprise: It’s not “All Natural” or “Paleo”!)

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without being worried about the way your skin looks as the big day approaches. And sometimes eating well, sleeping plenty, and exercising regularly isn’t enough to support healthy skin. I’ve been experiencing a serious acne and keratosis pilaris flare up over the past few months, which I attribute to stress and hormonal changes. My...
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Stress and Gut Health: How The Gut-Brain Axis Causes Your Digestive Symptoms

Has a doctor ever told you your gut symptoms are “all in your head”? Many conventional doctors attribute unexplainable gut conditions to “psychosomatic” causes, meaning their symptoms are primarily due to negative emotions or stress. Suffering patients are usually diagnosed with IBS, which is often accompanied with an “it’s all in your head” response from their doctor. Patients are sick...
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5 Reasons Not To Avoid Beans and Legumes

Hardcore Paleo advocates fervently argue that legumes are unhealthy and are to be completely avoided for optimal health. Their main concern with beans, lentils and peas surrounds the high levels of anti-nutrients in legumes, which they claim lead to poor nutrient absorption and inflammation. While there is some truth to these arguments and there are people who may benefit by...
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Do You Know How To Rest?

This year has started out a little rougher than I had expected. I’ve shared in the past how I’ve developed “adrenal fatigue” type symptoms from hustling for worthiness and up until recently I felt like I had really moved on from that type of lifestyle. Over the past year I had been feeling positively about my body image, flowing in...
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How To Bust Through A Fat Loss Plateau

This is a short preview of an article featured at GirlsGoneStrong.com Fat loss can be one of the most challenging and controversial fitness goals that a woman can set for herself. Especially women who are already relatively lean, for whom losing a little bit more fat can be particularly challenging. While the desire to achieve a certain fat loss goal isn’t...
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10 Reasons You Might Be At Risk For Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A is a nutrient that has gotten a seriously bad rap over the years, with most people (dietitians/nutritionists included!) under the false impression that vitamin A is dangerous, and that we need to be careful we don’t get too much. In my practice as a nutritionist, I find that many, if not most of my clients aren’t getting enough...
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