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A Fall Equinox Flow For Finding Your Balance

9 soothing yoga poses to help you ground and center while honoring the seasonal shift.The 2020 fall equinox is on September 22. Aside from being a regular seasonal and astrological shift, this time of year also has a strong practical and spiritual significance.These final days of summer carry an energy of brilliant abundance, bountiful gardens, perfect sunsets, and a satisfying feeling of completion. In a simpler society, this was the time to take stock of the harvest, draw inward, and preserve resources for the coming winter.Over the years, I’ve shaped my yoga and spiritual teachings around these primal and innate connections to the Earth’s consciousness. By deepening our awareness of these seasonal energies and planetary shifts, we are connecting to something larger. We are plugging into the inherent wisdom of the Earth. We can utilize that connection in our spiritual and self-care practices.For an eco-friendly yoga mat for your practice, try Ajna Eco Organic Yoga MatHarnessing Fall…

7 things that can stand in the way of weight loss

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Certain habits can hinder your attempts to lose weight - and keep it away.
If you've changed your eating habits to focus on healthier foods and taken your workout seriously, you can expect to lose weight. However, the reality is that despite what you may have believed, weight loss is more complicated than calorie consumption versus calorie consumption. If you are trying to lose weight, check these habits that may interfere with your efforts.
1. You save on protein.
If you normally eat a muffin or avocado toast for breakfast, you may need to increase your protein intake. Research has shown that a high-protein breakfast can help alleviate hunger, so you may be less tempted to have a morning snack.
Protein is also important at lunch and dinner. If you routinely eat salads or sip gazpacho without accompanying protein - such as boiled egg, yogurt, beans, meat, poultry, or fish - over time, this can lead to a decrease in muscle tissue, which means that your metabolism will slow down and mak…

Cherries and Weight Loss: 5 Surprising Reasons This Fruit is a Summer Superstar

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Life may not be a bowl of cherries, but a bowl of cherries may do wonderful things for your life. We’re here to tell you why this summer fruit is the cherry on top of your healthy diet. When it comes to these sweet little red gems, you’ll be shocked that something so delicious can be so good for you. Our health and wellness experts have done some research on the benefits of cherries and how they can help you reach your weight loss goals. Superfood Saturday: Why You Should Eat More CherriesRead More Here are five reasons to add cherries to your SmartCarb shopping list:1. Cherries put out the fire.Cherries can help you keep the pounds at bay during your weight loss journey by reducing a damaging process in your body called inflammation. Research shows that obesity can cause inflammation. It’s a chemical reaction triggered by your immune system that, in response to an injury, can help it heal. The problem is that when it becomes chronic, inflammation can cause significant damage to your a…

Cool Off & Slim Down: 3 Delicious Protein Popsicle Recipes

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As a child, perhaps you found nothing more satisfying than the sweet treat of an ice-cold popsicle. The trouble is, traditional popsicles are packed with sugar and offer no nutritional value whatsoever. But what if there was a way that you could have a popsicle that not only satisfied your craving for something sweet, but also packed in some serious protein power? That’s the case with these three delicious recipes for protein popsicles, each of which has protein-rich ingredients that up their nutritional goodness. That means that with any of these recipes, you can let go of the guilt associated with indulging and simply just enjoy your treat to the fullest. 12 Mouthwatering Pudding Recipes to SavorRead More Check out the recipes for these three delicious protein popsicles that won’t derail your healthy diet:1. Raspberry Lime Protein Popsicles >With just four simple steps, these yummy popsicles are easy to make while still being full of flavor. The unique flavor combination of raspbe…

5 Tips to Plan a Diet-Friendly Backyard Summer Picnic

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Planning on a staycation this year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Join the crowd in not joining the crowd. Not going to the beach, the lake, the mountain or the water park puts a lot of pressure on your backyard to be the place you want to be, especially for fun summertime activities. Now is the time to plan for a summer picnic… and to have a plan to keep it healthy and diet-friendly!Here are five fun ways to enjoy backyard summer picnic food and still lose weight:1. Load some veggies on that grill.Even veggie haters find grilled vegetables to be irresistible. That’s probably because this particular cooking method brings out their inherent sweetness. Slice up some onions, zucchini, eggplant, carrots and even cabbage “steaks,” then grill them up as a healthy side.To keep your meal diet-friendly, load up half of your plate with veggies. Trending now: the carrot “hot dog.” Cook whole carrots on the grill and serve them on a whole wheat frankfurter bun with all the fixing…

10 Summer Pie Recipes for a Satisfying Sweet Treat

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Pies are among America’s favorite desserts and a classic indulgence in the summer season. There’s nothing quite like a nice slice of pie to finish off a delicious BBQ dinner. Unfortunately, these summertime favorites and epic Labor Day desserts are traditionally packed with fat and sugar that can easily derail your healthy intentions and weight loss journey.But don’t get discouraged! While store-bought pies and traditional summer dessert recipes will have you loaded up on white flour, butter and sugar, our recipe developers at Nutrisystem and The Leaf Weight Loss Blog have created some diet-friendly options. Our healthy recipes will provide you with your fill of pie while keeping your healthy eating plans on track. These 10 summer pies use simple swaps and healthy ingredients to lighten up some of your favorite summer desserts.Here are 10 summer fruit pies for a seasonal and satisfying sweet treat:1. Fresh Peach Pie >Nothing screams “summer” like a big slice of peach pie. Summer is…

7 Sneaky Ingredients to Avoid for Weight Loss

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Sometimes, it can feel like you’re doing everything right on your weight loss plan—you’re eating your four servings of non-starchy vegetables each day, calming junk food cravings the right way and practicing your weekly meal prep and planning. However, you still aren’t seeing the scale budge! You’re eating foods you think are healthy but you’re not getting the diet results you want. It’s possible that some of those “healthy” foods could be not so healthy after all—either because you’re preparing larger portions of them than you think you are, or there’s a secret, sneaky, calorie-heavy component hiding inside. Either way, the result is the same: Your weight loss is sabotaged! 6 Sneaky Ways You’re Ruining Your VeggiesRead More Don’t let sneaky foods fool you any longer! Watch out for these seven ingredients that could be adding unwanted calories to your day:1. Nuts and Nut ButtersAdding more nuts to your diet can help your heart and reduce belly fat, according to research, conducted by P…

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