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How To: Avoid Getting Wrecked by Travel

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This summer has been a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles. While travel can be wonderfully fulfilling, it can also throw your body completely out of whack. I love scouting out all the best pastry shops in Paris and food souvenir-ing my way through Barcelona, but I hate the feeling of returning home exhausted and wrecked. 
As I gear up for back-to-back trips to Los Angeles and Europe (lucky, I know!), I’m arming myself with key tips on staying healthy, courtesy of my friend and wellness expert Tammy Walker. 

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Keeping it Healthy When Dining Out: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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Making your healthy eating goals jive with a social life can be tough, especially if you love to eat out. Before I became a health and nutrition coach, I was a publicist for some of the best chefs and restaurants in the country. My career and social life revolved around checking out new restaurants, so I often dined out 5 or 6 nights a week.

In order to stick to my goals while having a good time, I learned some tricks for navigating restaurant menus and group dining.  As we sail into the weekend, I want to share a few of my favorite strategies.

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3 Spring Detox Foods: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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Along with open-toe shoes, daylight savings, and pastel nails, a light detox is one of my favorite signs of spring. I don’t mean the drastic, liquid-only measures that leave you hangry (hungry + angry) and dead tired. Those diets can often have a rebound effect (i.e. the inevitable post-detox “I deserve it!” bender) that negates the whole effort.

Instead, I recommend embracing more naturally detoxifying whole foods that support your liver, kidneys, and colon (the detox organs) in doing what they’re meant to do. This spring, hit the reset button, increase your energy and improve digestion by eating more of these in-season detox foods.

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Beat the Bloat: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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Few symptoms are more uncomfortable, energy-sucking, and inhospitable to skinny jeans than parade float-style bloating. It’s one of the most common complaints my clients seem to have. Whether it’s due to excess gas, hormones or the proverbial “food baby,” it all means one thing—your digestion is out of whack. Different things work for different bodies, so try each of these simple de-bloat strategies and see what works best for you.

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An abundance of bad gut bacteria can lead to the one-two punch of gas and bloating. Probiotics, the good bacteria, can overpower them and ease your digestive funk. Support the good guys with a daily probiotic supplement and a variety of fermented foods. Yogurt is a great one, but also try sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and kombucha. Variety is key as they all carry different strains of good bacteria.

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Overcoming Mindless Eating: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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One of the biggest roadblocks to managing your weight has zero to do with what you eat and everything to do with how you eat. If you’ve ever sat down with a giant bowl of pita chips only to “come to” minutes later reaching into a pile of crumbs (you know what I’m talking about), then this applies to you. 

Mindless eating is when we eat while distracted, hurried, or in a state of stress or high emotion. It’s also when we overeat without realizing it. Let’s look at what’s really going on in three situations that commonly lead to mindless eating and five techniques you can begin practicing today to become a more attentive eater.

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3 Foods Unworthy of Their Healthy Halo: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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While some foods totally deserve the health hype (three cheers for chia seeds!), there’s a surprising group of others whose wholesome reputation is iffy at best. These everyday foods may seem like the right choice for slim and clean eating, but as The Beastie Boys warned, “Listen all ya’ll, it’s a sabotage!” Here are a few secret saboteurs and my favorite healthy alternatives.

Multi-Grain & 7-Grain Breads

The halo: The more grains, the more fiber, the better!

Reality: Many multi-grain, 7-grain, and wheat breads are made with refined grains that have been chemically bleached, stripped of their fiber and minerals then pumped with synthetic versions of the real nutrients. If you see “enriched” or “bleached” in the ingredient list, keep it moving. It’s white bread with a tan.

Better choices: Anything with “whole grain” as the first ingredient. Even better, go with a sprouted grain bread like Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9, which has more protein, B vitamins and folate than regular whole-grain breads.

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