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The nutrition blog that makes you smarter. How to choose a root vegetable, cooking oil, crunchy snack, multivitamin, probiotic.

3 Easy Ways to Get Better at Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating has been around as long as humans have been eating. It’s the way we naturally eat when we are unencumbered by diet mentality, food rules, or the fear of being fat. That’s right, intuitive eating is not a diet or an “eating style.” It is not quantifiable because it is different for everyone…which makes it a bit scary if you’re used to rules or guidelines.

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5 Symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (and what you can do about it)

PMDD is like PMS x 1000. Many of the same symptoms are present in PMS and PMDD…but in PMDD they are much more intense. While most women (up to 85%) experience PMS to some degree, only about 5% of women have PMDD. And while mood swings, cramps, irritability, bloating, and other symptoms of PMS can be present throughout life, the average age of onset for PMDD is 26.

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5 Ways to Say NO to Negative Body Comments

It happens to celebrities who hire a nutritionist, 2 chefs, a personal trainer, a pilates instructor, and a boxing coach.

It doesn’t matter how popular or “fit” you are: people will feel obligated to make negative comments on your body.

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5 Foods to Improve Your Mood Now!

Magnesium helps your mood by relaxing tight muscles and helping overactive nerves chill out. B6 helps your body produce serotonin and GABA (mood boosters!), as well as use stored energy for fuel (energy!). Niacin (B3) helps create energy from food, as well as a bunch of other cool stuff that you won’t feel right away.

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5 Reasons Diets Don't Work for Weight Loss

You don’t need to go on a diet for any of that to happen. In fact, dieting can make your symptoms worse, and it can cause you to gain more weight! Here’s a short list of reasons why diets don’t work for weight loss (and might not help your other symptoms, either).

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5 Foods to Reduce PMS

Even though it’s common, I would argue that it’s not normal. Many times, an underlying disease, hormone imbalance, nutritional deficiency, or all of the above contribute to PMS. When these issues are resolved or reduced, PMS usually improves dramatically.

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How to Choose an Herbal Tea

Some teas elevate mood, and others promote relaxation. Some teas stimulate digestion, while others calm it. And yes, some teas taste better than others. You can mix and match many of these, and I’ve included links to brands that make combinations I love.

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How to Choose a Smoothie

So, you want to eat healthier.

Or you just need some post-workout protein.

Whatever your goals, smoothies can be a great way to get there!

Before we get to my go-to smoothie template, let’s talk about how to know what type of smoothie you need!

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How to Choose a Juice

Juice is one of the more controversial nutrition topics, and everyone seems to have an opinion on them. They’re have too much sugar. They don’t have any fiber. Why drink juice when you can just eat a salad or a piece of fruit? If you have juice, only cold-pressed juices made from organic ingredients are good enough.

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How to Choose a Salad

A lot of people eat salads out of obligation, because they’re “trying to be good,” “watching what they eat,” or “trying to eat heart healthy.” Well that’s nice. *yawn* How about we eat salads because they’re so delicious that we want to Behold: I give you the template for an awesome salad you won’t want to miss.

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How to Choose a Resolution

So rather than jump on the bandwagon of the pursuit of thinness, or fitness, or detox, or a new, better you, I’d like for you to do a little mindfulness exercise with me. This will help you identify what you truly want to achieve next year.

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How to Choose Party Food

Balance doesn’t come from restriction, but rather the conscious choice to include all of your favorite foods in moderation. This choice isn’t always easy, especially if you are accustomed to restriction or mindless eating. However, it is the best way to enjoy a party without guilt or a rumbly tummy. You get the best of both worlds!

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How to Choose a Multivitamin

If you’ve been confused about multis, you’re in the right place. It’s about to get more confusing, and then you’ll feel like a smartiepants.

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How to Choose a Cooking Oil

Some knowledgable souls will be disgruntled that I think temperature is the most important aspect of choosing a cooking oil. The truth is, fat quality is very important, but it won’t matter how nutritious it is if you burn it!

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How to Choose a Root Vegetable

When you slow down to focus on a recipe (new or old), you tend to infuse it with more love and care. Seriously, food tastes better when you do that. Here’s a few of my favorite fall vegetables and some recipe ideas to make them come alive for you!

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How to Choose a Crunchy Snack

Great for parties or snack trays when you’re going to layer with nutritious toppings! Use with avocado, sauerkraut, olives, goat cheese, peppers, capers, salmon, tuna salad, chicken salad, almond butter and apples, or really, whatever you want.

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How to Choose a Protein Powder

Protein powder does NOT replace quality whole food sources of protein. It should be used in addition to nutrient-dense foods to increase your total protein intake.

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