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Jennifer Christman, RDN, LDN, CPT, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Medifast, Inc. The holiday season can be a time of excess, both in eating and in celebration. It’s easy to overindulge in large portions of high calorie foods; tis the nature of holidays for many people. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to …

By MotivHealth High-Intensity Interval Training What Is It? High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, refers to short bursts of exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Studies show that HIIT is one of the most effective ways to exercise because of its fat-burning efficiency. HIIT workouts are made up of a series of “rounds.” One round, for …

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For some reason, family get-togethers are a breeding ground for fierce debate. Whether it’s dad bashing Obama or your cousin ripping on the wealthy, tension will find a way in. Here are some important things to remember to keep family gatherings joyful. 1. Politics, the president and elections Just acknowledge opinions, don’t contradict them. Family …

It’s the time of year so many people dread. Just when the last of the Halloween candy is either consumed or discarded; BAM! Thanksgiving. And the sugar binge begins anew. The holiday season is a three-month junk food marathon, but Thanksgiving is the foremost culprit. Why? The entire holiday is based around a meal! Sure, …

By MotivHealth It’s not typical to count calories over the holidays, but why eat sugar-filled Thanksgiving sides when there are healthier alternatives that taste just as great? If you’d rather not stray too far from your diet this Thanksgiving, check out the recipes below. Sweet Potato Casserole (With No Marshmallows) By Olena Osipov Ingredients: 2 …

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Green smoothies and protein shakes, vitamin water and coconut water . . . these drinks seem to be all the rage, but science suggests that they may be little more than expensive water. Maple water, a newcomer to the field of “superdrinks,” is collected from trees just like maple syrup. When the sap collects, it …

By MotivHealth Healthy Skin Month November is National Healthy Skin Month. Healthy skin is essential because the skin is your body’s largest organ, and it protects all your internal organs. Skincare has been at the forefront of the beauty industry for several years now, which is a step in the right direction, but also leads …

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By MotivHealth The Birth of Health Insurance A little over a century ago, healthcare had practically no regulations at all, and health insurance did not exist. This is because before the 1920s there was very little that physicians could do to treat illnesses, and healthcare treatment almost always took place in the patient’s own home. …

Hot Chocolate is a go-to during the holidays, but how can you make that hot comfort drink your own, and make guests notice something different? For people who want something more than marshmallows and peppermint sticks, keep reading. 1. Cinnamon: put a pinch of cinnamon in your hot cocoa to shake things up. Friends and …