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Do Diets Work for Weight Loss?

We have probably all at some point in our lives been on a diet. Weight loss is a very popular topic in United States culture, particularly after the holidays once the new year starts. It is estimated that 45 million Americans go on a diet every year (Drillinger). The US diet industry is worth about $72 billion dollars and companies spend billions of dollars annually promoting their products (AP News). However, do diets really work for weight loss? While dieting may work for short term weight loss, most diets are largely unsustainable. As a result, the dieter commonly gains the weight back and sometimes even gains more weight. For those looking to lose weight, making sustainable, healthy changes are best in order to achieve weight loss that is sustainable. This post will discuss different popular diets that are commonly used for the purpose of weight loss and why sustainable, healthy eating behaviors are best for sustainable weight loss.

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Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner. This Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide is great for a friend or family member who is a health & wellness enthusiast. It’s also a great time to stock up on a new kitchen gadget or other food & wellness products that you may be able to find on sale during the holiday time.

My Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide includes some of my favorite kitchen gadgets as well as some more sustainable and nontoxic products. This list includes a variety of items, both big and small. It also covers a wide price range and gift items are listed from least expensive to most expensive.

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Easy Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies To Your Breakfast

It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are good for you! They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that are so beneficial and necessary for our bodies to properly function. Consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, in conjunction with a healthy diet, can help reduce risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. According to the 2015- 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should eat 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day (Dietary Guidelines for Americans). However, according to a study done by the CDC in 2017, only 1 in 10 Americans is meeting their fruit and vegetable needs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So how can we increase our fruit and vegetables intake? Let’s start with breakfast. See below for three easy (and delicious!) ways to add more fruits and veggies to your breakfast.

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Is The Keto Diet Healthy?

Since I’ve started studying nutrition, hands down the most common question I get asked is about the ketogenic diet for weight loss. I’ve previously discussed this on my instagram story (@wellbymel_), but since I get asked this so often, I also wanted to write a blog post on this topic- Is The Keto Diet Healthy? This post will discuss the ketogenic diet and some considerations for the diet when used for the purpose of weight loss.

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Whole Fruit Versus Juice: Which Is The Better Option?

You may be thinking: if juice comes from fruit then fruit juice and whole fruit must be the same nutritionally. However, when comparing fruit juice versus whole fruit, whole fruit is the nutritionally superior option. This may be surprising considering the popularity of juice bars and juice cleanses and their association with health. Drinking 100% fruit or veggie juice is not an unhealthy option. In fact, fruit and veggies contain antioxidants and vitamins and drinking juice is a means of getting these beneficial nutrients. However, when given the choice between whole fruit versus juice, the whole fruit is the better option. Here’s why…

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Great Groceries to Stock Up on During Quarantine

During this COVID 19 quarantine, many of us may find that we are at home cooking much more than usual. If this is not something that you are used to doing, it may be a challenge to navigate what groceries to purchase at the grocery store. I wanted to share some of my favorite groceries to purchase that I find tend to last awhile. Not all of these groceries are nonperishable, so be sure to check the sell by date to ensure it is safe to eat!

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How To Brew Kombucha

Kombucha is great. It’s a lighter caffeine alternative to have in the morning. Or a refreshing carbonated drink to have during the day with the perfect level of sweetness. I even like using it as a cocktail  mixer. It is fizzy and delicious and contains probiotics with provide beneficial bacteria to support your gut microbiome. I love drinking kombucha, but I don’t love the cost. I’ve seen kombucha sold anywhere from $3 to $7 per bottle. If you’re drinking a bottle of kombucha everyday, this adds up quick. I started brewing my kombucha as a cheaper method of obtaining kombucha- it’s also pretty easy to make. The majority of the process includes just letting the mixture sit and ferment.

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How to Make Your Own Almond Milk 2

I’m really passionate about eating real food. I feel my best when I eat fresh, real foods and minimize my consumption of processed foods. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is very simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here.

I recently tried using blanched, sliced almonds to make my own almond milk vs. regular raw almonds. It was a complete game changer! This almond milk comes out naturally sweet and so so delicious! The recipe is very similar to the one I recently posted using regular, raw almonds just replaces them with blanched, almonds.

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Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Almond Milk

I recently posted about homemade almond milk and all of the benefits to making your own almond. If you missed it, check it out at the link here.

Homemade almond milk is a very clean milk alternative and it’s also very easy to make. By itself, it does taste very plain (it tastes like almonds), as it should because it is only made with 2 ingredients- almonds and filtered water. However, for a little more flavor you can sweeten the almond milk (the natural way!). This recipe sweetens the almond milk with fresh dates and cinnamon.

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