The Science Behind Sugar

Kick Your Sugar Habit For Good

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We all know that excess sugar is bad for us, but does this actually stop you from eating it? The answer is likely no and you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic diseases that can linked back to poor nutrition and the overconsumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates. It is an epidemic that needs to be addressed through education about how the food we eat affects our bodies now, and in the long run. Chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, are largely preventable through nutrition and lifestyle improvements which is great news for those us willing to make some small but highly effective changes! Let’s take a deep dive into exactly WHY sugar is bad for you and what you can do to stay healthy for the rest of your life!

Top 10 Foods for a Healthy Heart

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. 

If you experience a combination of any of these symptoms, it’s important you or your caregiver calls a health professional to get the help you need.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen ankles and legs
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Aching in shoulder and chest
  • Snoring and sleep problems
  • Irregular Heartbeat

A healthy diet and regular exercise are the main components in protecting against heart disease. 

Galentine's Day Ideas

Celebrate Friendship!

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This very special day, immortalized in the show Parks & Rec by the hilarious Leslie Knope, was created to celebrate, in an official capacity, the joys of female friendship (GALentine-get it?)

Celebrated the day BEFORE Valentine’s Day is meant to be spent with your beloved female friends (or truly all platonic friendships) because without our friends, we lose out on all the joys that they bring.

As we grow older, it’s harder to find and maintain friendships. Life can get in the way, but on THIS day, we are meant to carve out time to celebrate the joys of having friends.

As Leslie Knope says, Galentine’d Day should be celebrated:

“While eating waffles and drinking fizzy cocktails, celebrate the women in your life, Knope-style, by sharing with each one in attendance why you treasure her friendship.”

Pucker Up!

3 Tips to Keep Your Lips Healthy in Winter

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Lips, that delicate, thin skin that gets exposed to all elements of winter. Do you find your lips to be much dryer in the winter even though the weather is cool? They dry out, become chapped and then crack! 

Here are 3 simple tips to keep this from happening:

7 Exercises for Beginners

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Many women starting an exercise program are walking into a gym for the first time, or the first time in a very long time. How do they feel when they walk out? In many cases, they may walk out feeling defeated, incapable of keeping up, or even injured trying to keep up beyond their ability. What I love about Kaia is the commitment to making every woman feeling successful, every workout, no matter their fitness level.

Women who are new to exercise must be given exercises appropriate for just starting out. These exercises will prepare their joints for the heavier loads to come. The right exercises will provide stability and strength to the joints. The right exercises will improve awareness of the mechanics of movement and muscle activation. If given appropriate exercises, beginners will leave our classes not only injury free but feeling successful and prepped for the harder work to come. Basics before Burpees!

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