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Not Just for Spooks: Pumpkin Power!

The sight of bright, orange pumpkins are not only a sign that it’s Halloween season. The rich, orange color is also a reflection of the wealth of nutrition a pumpkin provides! Pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, which gives the orange color to this winter squash. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant that has been found to protect against certain types of cancer and heart disease. Pumpkins are also a good source of iron, potassium, vitamin C, folate and magnesium.

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Weight Loss Tip: Celebrate Delicious Choices

Changing your relationship with food is essential to your weight loss success. This does not mean depriving yourself from food, but rather expanding your options. There are many low-calorie, nutritious food choices that can satisfy your taste and hunger, while helping you lose weight. Instead of thinking that you can’t consume favorite foods anymore, think about the new foods you’ll learn to enjoy. Celebrate what you can have on your Diet Center program.  Chocolate, Pizza, Pastas, Mexican Food, the choices are endless.

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September is Yellow Squash Month

Yellow summer squash may be a vegetable choice on your Diet Center program. This includes the crookneck variety. In a ½ cup boiled yellow summer squash, there’s about 1.3 grams fiber, which helps you feel full and helps lower cholesterol levels. There’s also some folate, which is important for blood cell formation and protein metabolism. Vitamin C, which helps fight infections and heal wounds; and magnesium, which affects potassium and calcium balance, are also provided. Check your Diet Center Meal Planner to see if you can enjoy yellow squash with your next meal. These squash are soft, so the rind and seeds may be consumed. Select small, firm yellow squash and try them in stir-fries or soups. September is the last month this vegetable is at its peak quality, so try to enjoy it soon!

Fiber Fix!

Fiber refers to complex carbohydrates that your body cannot digest or absorb into your bloodstream. Fiber is not used as energy like other types of carbohydrates, but instead is excreted. Fiber is a very healthy component of some foods and deserves much attention for its health benefits.Fiber may help prevent certain types of cancer, for diabetics soluble fibers help to control blood sugar levels and fiber may help lower total blood cholesterol. Fiber can also help in weight loss.

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Blueberries: Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Health

Blueberries are a low fat, nutritious fruit selection. They are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost our immune system, and enhances the absorption of iron from other foods. Vitamin C is destroyed by heat, so it’s best to enjoy blueberries raw. They are also a good source of fiber; which helps control blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, and helps you feel full.When selecting the best blueberries, you can look for plump, firm and indigo-blue colored berries with a silvery frost. Enjoy them topped on cereal, yogurt and salads, or just enjoy them alone. You could also blend them with a Diet Center Gold Premium Vanilla Shake Protein Supplement, 3 or 4 ice cubes, and 6 ounces of water for a refreshing, fruit smoothie. You can experience good nutrition and flavor by enjoying blueberries!

12 Benefits of Your Weight Loss Success

1. Improve Your Memory

Studies show losing weight can improve memory and cognitive performance. This study, presented at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual meeting cited that memory decline related to obesity is, in fact, reversible. Losing weight can increase your brain activity and improve your memory.

2. Lower Your Risk of Certain Diseases

Weight loss can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reducing your risk for certain illnesses like heart disease and hypertension. In addition decreasing your risk of certain heart-related diseases, weight loss has also been shown to reduce your risk of certain types of cancer as well as type 2 diabetes.

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Three Easy Exercises for the Road

For the most popular travel holiday of the year, Thanksgiving finds many of us stressed out in airports or on long road trips. But just because you’re stuck in a car doesn’t mean you should completely neglect your body. Here are a few easy car exercises that work your body while allowing you to stay focused on the road.

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Eight Holiday Survival Tips

The last six weeks of each year are the weeks that most people overeat and feel out of control. They just keep eating, waiting for January 1 when they breathe a sigh of relief that the holiday season is past. These six weeks are full of traditions, holidays, parties, office gatherings, alcohol, and food. The key is changing the way you view these activities.  When your priority is health and wellness, your focus is enjoying the atmosphere, scenery, decor, music, friends & family, fun and laughter, and less focus on food.

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Lipid Panels & A Healthy Weight

What is a lipid panel?  A lipid panel consists of a total cholesterol level, LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL( good cholesterol), and triglycerides. These levels are obtained by a blood test ordered by your physician. Some recommend that everyone over age 20 should get their cholesterol levels measured at least once every 5 years.

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Need Exercises That Actually Prevent Injuries?

The following exercises are efficient because you don’t waste time isolating one muscle group at a time, as some exercises tend to do, and instead work several major muscle groups in tandem. These integrated muscle movements use the body exactly as intended— the way you typically use them in daily activities and when you do sports and fitness activities. This helps you perform better and prevent injuries.

Start with 1 set of 8 to 15 reps of each move (unless otherwise noted), and gradually build to 2 or 3 sets.

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