How to Counter the Chemistry of Cravings

The Chemistry of a Craving and How to Curb it

Most of us have fallen victim to an unyielding urge for a candy bar, a bag of chips, or a chocolate chip cookie. Cravings have the ability to make us lose control, abandon healthy habits, and give in to an immediate desire to satisfy what feels like a primal need. So what is a craving and what makes us willing to drive a few miles out of our way just to get our hands on a double chocolate milkshake or a greasy grilled cheese sandwich?

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

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8 Foods You Need in Your Healthy Nutrition Plan

I asked my friends on Facebook to list their favorite healthy foods. I had some really good responses, and it was a great way to continue this fitness blog’s conversation about healthy living on that social network. In fact, the responses were so good that I decided to write an article about them, and I don’t want you to miss out on these fantastic additions to your nutrition plan.

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Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Seafood Watch = Sustainable Choice

Informed choice. It is what matters in pretty much every purchasing situation you’ll encounter. Where did this thing I want come from? How much harm might getting it to me cause, or did it help someone or many someones along the way? Is the place from which I am purchasing a company that I feel good about giving my dollars? Is the thing itself something I need? Do I need a new one of these or would a gently used one serve me just as well?

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Healthy Encurtido Salvadoreno

Encurtido Salvadoreño
(Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage)

This recipe, adapted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is one of an entire cookbook creating heart-healthy versions of beloved Latino recipes.

Ingredients 

1 medium head cabbage, chopped
2 small carrots, grated
1 small onion, sliced
½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
½ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ cup vinegar
½ cup water

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Watermelon Extract Lowers Blood Pressure

By Emilie Croisier / The Intelligent Optimist

More than a summer treat, research has found that watermelon extract can lower blood pressure.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Top 5 Tips to Decrease the Bloat and Improve Digestion

Stomach ache, bloating, cramping and digestive discomfort are all common concerns and symptoms I hear from many of my clients. Here are my top 5 tips to decrease the bloat and improve digestion!

1. Increase Probiotics

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Sarah Lefkowitz, Registered Dietitian (RD) was raised in an “organic foods only” home which taught her first hand the importance of a healthy diet. She developed a passion for cooking, farmer’s markets, food nutrient composition, yoga, nutrition education, and living a healthy and active lifestyle. Her philosophy revolves around the idea of food as medicine; looking at the properties of individual foods and harnessing them into life-long health and vitality. Earning her Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Science she moved to LA to study nutrition in the UCLA Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. She has worked within health care as part of the patient care team, rounding with doctors in ICU (intensive care unit) and trauma centers. Additionally, she provided outpatient counseling in a digestive disease clinic, wound care clinic and center for geriatric health. One of her greatest accomplishments within health care, was starting a hospital funded garden in Lynwood, CA, that provided low income families with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stepping out of health care was a highly anticipated change of pace within her career and opened her eyes to a world beyond the hospital. Working with a start-up company run by the former CEO of AOL and Myspace, presented an exciting amount of new challenges. She was involved in education, branding, social media and marketing of a widely popular woman's athletic wear company. Going further into her career she led the Los Angeles Dietetic Association as President and continues to build a community under the name FearlessFig that is focused on health and wellness, creating a support system for a healthy lifestyle.

"My passion for nutrition and helping others has taken me on an incredible journey and I want to share that with you.” 

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08/25/2015
The Chemistry of a Craving and How to Curb it Most of us have fallen victim to an unyielding urge for a candy bar, a bag of chips, or a chocolate chip cookie. Cravings have the ability to make us... read more
close up of pink and green kale
08/15/2015
I asked my friends on Facebook to list their favorite healthy foods. I had some really good responses, and it was a great way to continue this fitness blog’s conversation about healthy... read more
ocean floor with school of fish
02/21/2015
Informed choice. It is what matters in pretty much every purchasing situation you’ll encounter. Where did this thing I want come from? How much harm might getting it to me cause, or did it help... read more
many green cabbages in a pile
01/20/2015
Encurtido Salvadoreño (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage) This recipe, adapted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is one of an entire cookbook creating heart-healthy versions of beloved... read more
08/08/2014
By Emilie Croisier / The Intelligent Optimist More than a summer treat, research has found that watermelon extract can lower blood pressure. Beloved as a refreshing summer treat,... read more
05/26/2014
Stomach ache, bloating, cramping and digestive discomfort are all common concerns and symptoms I hear from many of my clients. Here are my top 5 tips to decrease the bloat and improve digestion! 1... read more

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colorful graphic of dinner place settings
08/25/2015
The Chemistry of a Craving and How to Curb it Most of us have fallen victim to an unyielding urge for a candy bar, a bag of chips, or a chocolate chip cookie. Cravings have the ability to make us... read more
close up of pink and green kale
08/15/2015
I asked my friends on Facebook to list their favorite healthy foods. I had some really good responses, and it was a great way to continue this fitness blog’s conversation about healthy... read more
ocean floor with school of fish
02/21/2015
Informed choice. It is what matters in pretty much every purchasing situation you’ll encounter. Where did this thing I want come from? How much harm might getting it to me cause, or did it help... read more
many green cabbages in a pile
01/20/2015
Encurtido Salvadoreño (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage) This recipe, adapted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is one of an entire cookbook creating heart-healthy versions of beloved... read more
08/08/2014
By Emilie Croisier / The Intelligent Optimist More than a summer treat, research has found that watermelon extract can lower blood pressure. Beloved as a refreshing summer treat,... read more
05/26/2014
Stomach ache, bloating, cramping and digestive discomfort are all common concerns and symptoms I hear from many of my clients. Here are my top 5 tips to decrease the bloat and improve digestion! 1... read more

Pages