Are toxins making you fat?

Are toxins making you fat?

In a world focused on calories in vs. calories out, we’re still left with so many questions regarding our struggles with weight. I think it’s time to turn our attention and start looking at all of the other issues that are causing weight gain, or preventing weight loss.

Did you know that researchers have learned that environmental toxins are connected to weight gain?

4 Reasons You're Not Losing the Weight

4 Reasons You're Not Losing the Weight

So you've been hitting the gym everyday, sweating your butt off, staying away from ice cream like it's the plague and eating salads like it's going out of style.

And yet that scale just won't budge. And, yes we all know that the darn thing can lie but pants don't and those things still won't button all the way up. Let me tell you, I feel your pain. I wore a pair of pants the other night that were so tight I had to unbutton them halfway through dinner! No joke. It just ain't worth the pain!

4 Tips to Ditch the Sweet Stuff

4 Tips to Ditch the Sweet Stuff

So you're trying to cut back on sugar, and you're realizing you might need a little assistance when those dang cravings hit. Don't worry, you're not alone!

Sugar can be pretty dang powerful.

But I've got confidence in you, and I want to support you as much as I can. So I've come up with a few of my favorite tips for cutting out sugar. Try some out and let me know what you think!

Simple Zucchini Arugula Salad

Simple Zucchini Arugula Salad

Zucchinis have been a hard sell for me. Its usually the texture that throws me off. But I've found a trick for most things with texture issues...slice them really thin or chop it up. Its a whole new ball game now!

That's what I did with this zucchini salad. The key is the thinly sliced zucchini. For me, the thinner the better. But hey, if you love zucchini and all its texture attitude, then by all means forgo the slice and simply chop it into chunks. 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Boy do I have a treat for you guys today! Fall is here and we all know with that comes pumpkin flavored everything. And for a good reason, pumpkin is delicious. But so much of that stuff is filled with sugar, and chemicals, most of them don't even use real pumpkin. 

I've put together a delicious and uber healthy pumpkin treat for you. You can use this for breakfast, your midday snack or when you need a sweet fix.

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

Looking to shake things up a bit? Find some alternatives to the over-used white potato? How about you give the sweet potato a try? 

It's loaded with nutrients: vitamin A, some of the B's, niacin, riboflavin, and given it's bright orange color I'm sure you already figured carotenoids were on the list too (cause you're smart like that!).

Fructose Overload

fructose overload infographic

Discover the fructose content of common foods, beverages, sauces, and even sugar substitutes in our infographic "Fructose Overload." Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.

<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/fructose-overload-infographic.jpg" alt="fructose overload infographic" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Discover the fructose content of common foods, beverages, sauces, and even sugar substitutes in our infographic "<a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/fructose-overload.htm">Fructose Overload</a>." Visit our infographic page for the high-res version.</p>

5 Strategies for effective goals

5 Strategies for effective goals

We're coming up on that on that time of year again...you make your goals with so much hope and enthusiasm: this is going to be your year to finally lose the weight, or gain the energy, or kick the cravings.

This is going to be the year that you achieve your goals. But every year in the past you've gone through the same process with the same hope and enthusiasm, only to have everything fizzle out. And by February you're back to the same old routine and habits. The goals have been given up on and seem once again like another hopeless pipe dream.

THE REAL REASON FOR THOSE CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS

THE REAL REASON FOR THOSE CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS

I know you all know about SuperFoods and all the rage they bring. Well, there's another health craze, not quite as rage filled but still very enthusiastic. I'm terming it the SuperNutrients craze. 

A few decades ago the SuperNutrient was calcium. And this was great because we all want healthy bones of course.

And then the SuperNutrient moved onto Vitamin D, especially for those of us who are strangers to the sun majority of the year. Vitamin D became the king of all vitamins for immune support, fighting diseases, and healthy bones. 

THE STRESS EFFECT: and a counter-intuitive approach to deal with it

THE STRESS EFFECT: and a counter-intuitive approach to deal with it

STRESS: Webster's definition

  • a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.
  • something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety
  • physical force or pressure

We've been warned of the negative effects of stress for awhile now.
On your mental state, your blood pressure, your heart health.
And now we can add to that list your digestive health.

10 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY

10 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY

In a land of coffee shops on every corner and energy drinks on every desk it's a wonder that so many of us are still so tired. Energy is an interesting thing and some of the solutions to improve energy are counter-intuitive, and usually aren't answered with a can.

The best way to improve your energy is to get to the root cause. Do you have a nutrient deficiency or adrenal fatigue? Is your diet the culprit or is too much stress draining? If you're struggling with a lack of energy, take some time to reflect on what the cause could be. And read on for some simple solutions to improve your energy.

7 TIPS TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT THE GUILT

7 TIPS TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT THE GUILT

If you're anything like my family, you start planning the holiday meals weeks out in advance. Everyone wants to bring the best, most impressive dish (ok, maybe that's just us, we're a bit competitive!). 

But, it's so much more than that. Food is a huge part of the celebration, it brings us together to give thanks and enjoy each others company. 

Food is an integral part of the holidays.