A Journey of Joy: Hoop Yourself Happy!

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by Leah R. Troiano One day I asked myself a very simple question: “What makes me happy?” Sadly, I had very few answers. How can that be? I am a vibrant and independent woman — a force to be reckoned with. At least I was before kids, packing lunches, and the daily cooking and cleaning. Ugh! Now I sound boring. When did that happen? Before kids, I lived in England, studied Shakespeare; traveled Spain and… Read More >


6 Steps Towards Emotional Wellness

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by Jennifer Reger I’ve spent the past five years on the quest for wellness, with much of my time, efforts and money devoted to better food choices. I bought organic, read label after label, avoided processed food, and experimented with various food plans before choosing a vegan, plant-based diet. With all my energy focused on food, and more recently a regular fitness routine, I managed to overlook a crucial component of health: emotional wellness. And… Read More >


Five Lessons Tragedy Taught Me About Living

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On July 7, 2005, I stood on the crowded Piccadilly Line tube on my way to work in London. I never got to work. Minutes after leaving King’s Cross station, a bomb went off in the carriage next to where I stood, killing 26 people and injuring countless others. I ended up with claustrophobia, the lungs of a smoker and an overwhelming fear of being caught in a situation I had so little control over.… Read More >


How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Foods

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by Natalie Duhamel So you want your kid to eat healthy foods, but they just want pink, green and blue cereal with stars and marshmallows. What to do? Kids are all about the fun factor. Think about it: When was the last time you heard a kid turn down fun in favor of something that’s good for them? Even kids who like things that are good for them (like reading, for instance) regard them as… Read More >


Will Feeding Your Spirit Release Excess Pounds?

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by Ali Shapiro Weight loss for the chronic dieter is not about willpower. It’s a wake-up call. It’s your body’s way of literally grounding you, often to a standstill. Those stubborn pounds are delivering a message: A lighter life is waiting. Spirituality and its relationship to weight loss don’t often get discussed. Why? Partly because spirituality is hard to define, but mostly because it doesn’t offer a profitable quick fix. Let’s start with a working… Read More >


Hey, Soy – Let’s Be Breast Friends Again!

By Jacki Glew MS RD LDN   |  23Comments|

Soy. That little three-letter word that strikes fear into the stomachs of so many. Why are we so afraid of soy? Well, I bet you’re asking … What’s so great about soy? The soybean is the only bean that is a complete protein on its own. It has lots of good stuff like phytic acid that can bind dangerous heavy metals, alpha-linolenic acid that helps control inflammation and isoflavones like genistein and daidzein that help… Read More >


Slow Food in a Fast Food World

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There is a movement taking the nation by storm: the slow food movement. With the release of several foodie films over the last decade, including the 2009 documentary “Food, Inc.,” coupled with a growing genre of foodie books such as Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” and Marion Nestle’s “Food Politics,” people are paying attention – finally! – to the food they eat. So what exactly is slow food and how you can you begin… Read More >


Keep Your Immune System Healthy This Winter

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With winter comes the solstice, holidays, friends and families; there also comes cold, stress, sugar and often illness. To make sure we enjoy all the beautiful and magical offerings of the winter season, it’s important to keep up with our health in some really easy and right-at-our-fingertips ways. So how do we stay vital and bug-free during winter? It can start with making a promise to yourself that self-care will be high on your list… Read More >


Deficiencies in a Meat-based Diet

By Gabriel Cousens MD   |  22Comments|

Many meat eaters claim that a vegan diet is insufficient without supplementation. While this is true, a meat-centered diet is also insufficient without supplementation. Meat eaters require supplementation just as much as vegans. Studies continue to emerge linking meat-centered diets and chronic disease. If plant-source-only eaters have less chronic diseases than meat eaters, why don’t they live significantly longer? One of main reasons for this is carnosine deficiency. Carnosine is two amino acids, L-histidine and… Read More >


Kris Carr’s 21- Day Crazy Sexy Cleanse

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What insane person would choose to do a 21-day cleanse in the first weeks of December with nothing but parties and festivities ahead? Me! On November 13, 2010, I declared myself a mess physically, mentally and spiritually. No spark, no twinkle, no joy and a muffin top that turned into a layered cake from under my bra line to my knees. With dismal blood results (nonexistent immune system) and a desire to have someone brutally… Read More >


Love List: Join the Crazy Sexy Diet Revolution!


  I am blown away, humbled and stoked! Guess what? We find out whether we made the New York Times Bestseller list TONIGHT. Am I nervous? No. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb, against all my superstitious judgment, and say that I think we did it! I think YOU did it. But you know what’s bigger than the acknowledgments? The movement we’ve created. I see it firsthand. I see it in the bookstores,… Read More >

Anti-McDonald’s Commercial Could Save Lives

By Neal Barnard, MD   |  16Comments|

Sometimes doctors have to be a bit blunt in order to make a point. My organization recently produced a TV spot that shows a dead man on a gurney clutching a half-eaten cheeseburger. The golden arches appear above his feet. The ad ends with the words, “I was lovin’ it.” The commercial has aired in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and it has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube. This ad is definitely… Read More >

Kris Carr

Love List: Top 15 Crazy Sexy Diet Tips


Crazy Sexy Diet Posse! I’m bowled over by the massively supportive and enthusiastic response to Crazy Sexy Diet! It’s now the #1 best selling book on Amazon. Holy green juice! It filled me with joy to see hundreds of health crusaders ready to take 2011 by storm at my New York City book tour events this week. And did you happen to tune-in when I rocked the plants on Good Morning America? If you haven’t… Read More >


Your Genes Don’t Determine Your Fate

By Mark Hyman MD   |  13Comments|

The decoding of the human genome at the dawn of the millennium carried the hope and promise of the beginning of the end of human suffering. However, after more than a decade of intense exploration of the human genome, the burden of human disease and suffering has only increased across the globe. Heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as allergic and autoimmune disorders, have all continued to skyrocket. Hope has given way to disappointment… Read More >


Smart Nutrition: 3 Ways to Boost Your Athletic Performance

By Brendan Brazier   |  8Comments|

Becoming a great athlete requires work. Hard work, that’s a certainty. But the often-overlooked “smart work” can play an equally large role in athletic success. While there’s no substitute for diligent training, there are a few natural nutritional “helpers” that can directly complement the effect of exercise for a compounded performance boost. The best way to enhance the odds of becoming a better athlete is to put the body in a position in which it… Read More >


The 411 on Probiotics

By Tracy Piper   |  24Comments|

Probiotics – sometimes called “good bacteria” – help to keep a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. There are many strains that come together to allow this, but the two most prevalent are Lactobacillus, which make up the majority of the probiotics living in the small intestines, and Bifidobacterium, which is more prevalent in the large intestines (colon). They help to maintain healthy colon cells as well as promote bowel regularity. Recently,… Read More >


Vote for Your Thoughts

By Laurie Gerber   |  5Comments|

You have the right to vote for which thoughts you want to listen to and which ones you want to ignore. Usually it’s easier to convince my clients they can choose how to act than to convince them they can change how they think. Thinking just seems so automatic that we believe we can’t change it. The truth is we are not very talented at controlling our minds because we don’t practice, and we don’t… Read More >


The Lupus and Gluten Connection

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Today I am healthy, vibrant and pain free, but it wasn’t always this way. A few years ago, I became afflicted with intense, severe muscle pain and joint swelling, leading to hospitalization. It wasn’t until I discovered I had a severe gluten intolerance that I was able to turn it all around. My symptoms began with random traveling joint pain. Then more joints started to ache. My feet were so swollen that my shoes would… Read More >


New Year’s Intentions


Each year at this time I sit down and write many drafts of my new year’s resolutions. This year I’m changing it up a bit. Instead of resolutions, I’m writing intentions. Instead of making a long list (most of which I don’t stick to or even remember for that matter), I’m focusing on the power of three. After all, three is a holy groovy number. Rather than burying my intentions in my journal, I’m posting… Read More >


Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

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Does sugar feed cancer? Well, yes and no. Um, OK – yes. All cells use sugar – aka glucose – for their primary fuel source, so sugar does indeed feed all cells. But if you’ve ever had a PET scan, you know that before you get your scan, you get to drink a lovely shake of radioactive glucose or get an injection of a similar concoction. Cancer cells are very greedy; they like to gobble… Read More >