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Overloaded With Information, People Give Up on Health Advice, Studies Find

Nutrition counselors have arguably the lowest success rate among all healthcare professionals. We have plenty of repeat customers, especially after the holidays, but we are also faced with a large percentage of “drop-outs,” meaning clients who eventually give up on weight control, regular exercise, and improving their lifestyle choices. Some say, it’s not the people who are failing to heed our advice, but that the messages we give are failing the people.

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The Scary Side of Halloween – Artificial Food Dyes

While kids are focused on planning their costumes and candy collecting routes, many parents are worried about sugar content and how to manage their youngsters’ appetite for sweets. I have written about ways to handle candy in the past, but today I am targeting food dyes. From cereal to yogurt, food dyes are infused in countless items in our food supply. In the candy category, it’s usually off the charts.

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Silence Please!

The fact that people make (or have to make) themselves constantly available via cell phones and social media increases the risk of “burnout,” commonly defined as physical or mental collapse by overwork or stress, experts warn. The pressure of always being within reach can affect how our brains function. Over time, this may lead to lasting damages. To counteract this, we need regular breaks and time out to recover.

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Health and Happiness

There is abundant evidence that our mental state also influences all aspects of our physical wellbeing. Besides, the point of being healthy is to enjoy life more. As I have written repeatedly before: Healthy people have more fun. If fun isn’t happening, then true health probably isn’t either. In other words, for good health, happiness matters.

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For Healthy Aging, Less Is More

Several recently published studies on aging all seem to lead to the same conclusion: when it comes to diet and lifestyle choices, older adults are well advised to practice moderation. Whether it concerns weight management, physical activity, or alcohol and tobacco use, health experts urge people to consider their limitations and changing needs as they approach their senior years.

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The Calm Years

Much has been written in recent years about the blessings of life after work and parenting. Aging baby boomers were told that the best was still to come if they only kept dreaming big. What was traditionally considered a time of well-deserved rest and leisure now became “the power years,” where people could finally realize their true potential. But clearly not everyone has bought into this concept. There is a new yearning for rest among today’s older adults, although not quite in the same way their predecessors envisioned it.

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Five Ways to Never Get Stressed Again

Everybody gets stressed and knows the feeling intimately at times, but very few people think about what stress actually is. Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If that’s true, then we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us.

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