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6 Healthy Meal Plan Services to Simplify Your Life


Despite a Pinterest board full of healthy meal ideas, every time 6 p.m. rolls around, you find yourself scrambling to fill your plate. Maybe you’ve tried those fancy meal delivery services, but preparing all that food before it goes to waste can easily cue panic-mode. And wasn’t cooking supposed to …

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Frappuccino or Coolatta? The 7 Worst Iced Coffee Orders


Photo: Pond5 Put away your travel mugs — it’s officially iced coffee season! Whether it’s powering you through a morning workout or lending an energizing mid-afternoon boost, iced coffee is oh-so-refreshing on a warm day. But beware: Caffeinated beverages (like coffee-based milkshakes) from popular coffee chains can be worse for …

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8 Yoga Poses to Help Ease Lower Back Pain


Photo courtesy of Emily Adams / Bend Bloom Yoga Herniated disks, pinched nerves, strained muscles, poor posture — lower back pain can stem from many places. In fact, roughly 80 percent of adults will experience back aches at some point in their lives and roughly one-third of adults have complained …

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Why’s Everyone Drinking Lemon Water? Experts Weigh In


Photo: Twenty20 You’ve heard that drinking lemon water on the daily has seemingly limitless health benefits, right? The simple beverage is said to aid in weight loss, liver function and healthy digestion. It reduces stress and inflammation, and boosts energy levels, mood and immunity. It gives you fresh breath and …

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The 10 Worst Fast Food Sandwiches (Plus Healthy Swaps)


Bread. Meat. Cheese. How bad can that little sub be for your diet? It’s “fresh,” right? Sometimes, sandwiches are better than deep-fried fast food. But the calorie, fat and sodium counts can reach scary-high levels scary-fast, says Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, a culinary dietitian in Chicago. “The nutritional numbers can …

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Will Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help You Lose Weight?


Photo: Pond5 If you’re looking for a magic elixir that will help you lose weight, the online forums extolling the benefits of apple cider vinegar might have you sold. And with drinks like Switchel, a mix of apple cider vinegar and maple syrup, making waves all over the web, the …

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Top 5 Cookbooks to Get You Through Whole 30


Bye, brownies. Adios, old fashioneds. Sayonara, spaghetti. Farewell, frappuccinos. On the Whole 30 diet, all these items (and anything that includes sugar, alcohol, dairy, grains and legumes) are off-limits for 30 days. Designed as a total-body “refresh” and a weight loss jumpstart, the next-level Paleo plan is certainly strict. Luckily, …

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Infrared Saunas Are Hot Right Now. But Are They Safe?


Photo: Pond5 Saunas, sweat lodges, steam rooms — we all like a good sweat. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating, not to mention that heat has long been associated with a variety of health benefits across many cultures. The latest trend causing temperatures to rise — literally — are infrared saunas. Not …

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5 Beginner AcroYoga Poses That Are Totally Doable


Photos: Courtesy of Rebecca Weible, Founder of Yo Yoga! Crazy acrobatic moves are not just for the circus anymore. AcroYoga blends acrobatic technique with yogic sensibility and is having more than a moment on Instagram. Studios like Om Factory, Yoga Vida and Body Pole are even offering classes devoted entirely …

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7 Snowga Poses to Prep You for the Slopes


Photo: Twenty20 Since last winter, you might have seen pretty pictures popping up on your social feeds of people practicing yoga in the snow. Now, the yoga trend known as snowga has taken over ski resorts and vacation destinations across the country. In Bozeman, MT, there’s Flow Outside, which offers …

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