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Evil Sweeteners and Diet Soda

Ah, sweeteners. Another spawn of the devil? Or something that is once again completely overblown and hyped up by the Dr. Google experts? I know another controversial topic, and hey, I want to provide you with the most fact- and evidence-based information possible.
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Intermittent Fasting – Live Webinar

Join me on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 6pm MST for a FREE Live Webinar. In this webinar, we are talking about intermittent fasting and the evidence around it. Is it just another diet fad? Are the health claims true or are there potential risks?
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To Carb or Not To Carb? – Live Webinar

This webinar originally aired live Wednesday, February 17, 2021. In this webinar, we answer questions surrounding carbs and a healthy diet. Specifically discussing - what is a Ketogenic Diet?
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What is Persistent Metabolic Adaptation?

Metabolic adaptation is thought to occur in order to counter weight-loss - because our body is kind of like a needy stage 5 clinger and wants to hold onto as much energy as possible in case the zombie apocalypse happens. Let's look at a study based on the Biggest Loser competition.
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Insulin and Carbs. The cause of the Obesity epidemic?

When I consider some of my biggest pet peeves with practicing in obesity and weight-management medicine, I would say one of the more prominent ones is the unnecessary controversy around insulin. In this article, I dive into the science behind Insulin, how it helps our bodies function, and why insulin has been dubbed the fat-storage hormone.
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Managing Your Weight in the New Year – Live Webinar

How to Create Lasting Changes!Free Live Webinar with Dr. Dan This webinar originally aired live on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. In this webinar, we focus on expectations and what sustainable
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Weight-loss

Apple Cider Vinegar has a number of potential health claims. Diving into the research, I found that most of the health claims are unsubstantiated and, in some cases, blatantly wrong. For some claims, there was some decent research, and there continues to be ongoing research. Is this your magical ticket to weight-loss and extraordinary health benefits?
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What is a habit?

Want to learn how to change bad habits? First, you need to learn what a habit actually is. Read on!
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How to eat healthier (when you don’t like cooking)

How to start eating healthy? It starts with learning to change your habits. Is it possible to learn to like cooking? Dr. Dan says YES! Read on...
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How to define success

How we define success matters. To you, what does it mean to be successful? Dr. Dan talks about the importance of defining success in a healthy way that focuses less on material items and more on emotion.
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The challenge of weight loss maintenance

The problem with most diets is whenever the diet stops... you gain the weight back. In this blog, we share an article written by a Health Psychologist explaining a model for maintaining weight loss.
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A Body in Motion Stays in Motion

What can I do to get motivated? TAKE ACTION. In this blog, we discuss how taking one small action will build the motivation to tackle your goals.
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How to Change Your Mindset

Beau Cowan, a motivational speaker with Cerebral Palsy, shares his struggles with mental health and his tips for creating a mindset to DOMINATE your day.
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Should I feel guilty because of my privilege?

As Dr. Dan reflects on the death of George Floyd, he shares vulnerable insights about his feelings of privilege. How should one manage feelings of shame or guilt during this time?
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Happiness vs. Joy – What’s the difference?

There is a stark difference between happiness and joy. One is finite, the other is a culmination of moments in life. Find out why both are integral to your health journey.
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Treat yourself as you treat those you love

If you want to build self-confidence, live happier, and feel less guilt or shame during your weight loss journey - it begins with how you speak to yourself.
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Perspective is Everything

Our perspective comes from multiple places - it can depend on your mood, how much sleep you had, preconceived beliefs, etc... AND it can make or break whether you achieve your goals or live a life filled with joy.
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How to Build Healthier Habits

For a habit to occur - there must be a CUE - CRAVING - RESPONSE - and a REWARD. Dr. Dan explains to change a habit, you must have all 4 components... especially the right REWARD!
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Why is obesity considered a chronic disease?

Have you (or someone you know) lost a lot of weight, only to gain it back (and then some)? We explain why diets don't work, share a study of 10,000 people who've lost weight and the reality of how they kept it off.
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What is Obesity?

What is obesity? How do I know if I'm obese? What are the risks associated? Dr. Dan explains it all - and whether BMI is a good tool to measure obesity.
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What are Powder Greens (and other superfoods)?

Superfoods such as Green Powder, Goji Berry, Turmeric, etc. have gained popularity over the last several years. But are they worth it? We break down what they are... and why you may want to incorporate them into your diet.
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How to Stop Wasting Food

With the Coronavirus Pandemic, ALL OF US are looking for ways to save money at home. One big grocery money-saving tip is preventing food waste and getting creative in the kitchen. Read on!
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Healthy Easter Recipes & Treat Ideas

We've compiled healthy Easter recipes, healthy (and healthy-ish) Easter treat ideas, non-candy Easter basket stuffers, and family activities you can do online.
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Sugar: The Ninja of All Ingredients

There are many different kinds of sugar/sweeteners. Learn about sugar's many 'disguises' - and how you can reduce the amount of sugar you eat daily.
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Keep Your Sanity During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Having a motto or setting an intention can help you navigate tough times. In this blog, we highlight a certain phrase that many parents/grandparents will know, and some of our top suggestions for staying sane and healthy during the COVID pandemic.
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Why is sugar so addictive?

Does it feel like sugar/sweets have control over you? Where you just can't stop thinking and/or eating them? In this blog, Dr. Dan covers several ways to gain more control over (and help prevent) your sugar cravings.
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How to build a support system

Your support system is vital for your health and survival. It's also a crucial part of how you achieve your goals. Do you have one? How do you know? If not... how can you build one? Dr. Dan shares his story...
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Are You Doing The Best You Can?

No one will ever understand exactly what you're going through... although they'll try to empathize with your situation. When you're in a tough spot, do you handle things well? Do you completely shut down? No matter what - you NEED to understand this one thing:
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Perfection

WHO was it that told you that you have to do 45 minutes of cardio 5x a week to be healthy? WHO was it that said you need to eliminate all carbs and sugar from your diet? Sometimes you will know exactly 'WHO' is... and other times not so much. It might have been your parents, a friend, your doctor, or in many cases, it may be YOU.
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What to Track in a Food Journal

Food journaling doesn't have to be complicated. It will teach you so much about your habits, and open your eyes to compelling personal insights. What to track? How to start? How precise do I need to be? Dr. Dan explains...
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What is the Valley of Disappointment?

When it comes to health, we tend to want (and expect) immediate results - "lose weight and feel better FAST". In reality, months may go by without much of a change. According to author James Clear, this period is called the Valley of Disappointment... Read on and learn how this process affects your weight loss.
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Who do you want to be?

Do you know the difference between outcome-based goals and identity-based goals? To lose weight (permanently), and shift toward a healthier lifestyle... identifying 'who you want to become' and learning identity-based goals is a must.
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Activity: How to Draft a WHY Statement

Last week we covered how knowing your 'WHY' (your purpose) can fundamentally change your life. Unsure of what your purpose is? Don't know how to come up with a WHY statement? This week, Dr. Dan gives us a step-by-step breakdown of how to draft a WHY statement - using the same methodology as Simon Sinek, author of "Starts With WHY".
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Find Your WHY; Live a More Fulfilling Life

HE believes a truly fulfilling life isn't centered around goals and outcomes - it's centered around your purpose. Continually refining and trying to live each day... better than the next. Read on!
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Struggling with New Year’s Resolutions? Are you too focused on the WRONG thing?

You set out with solid resolutions last week. This week, they seem tougher to stick to. Why is it so hard to make changes? What if we told you it might be because you're too focused on the WRONG THING? Read the blog to find out what might be hindering your success!
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How do YOU feel about New Year’s Resolutions?

Do you set New Year's Resolutions? Are you dead set against them? Either way, if you're reading this.. there's a good chance you're on a journey toward a healthier you. Read this blog for tips on how to make change sustainable (and avoid the fizzle that tends to happen come February).
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Year in Review – Grateful for YOU!

I've spent the last few days reflecting on 2019 - and boy it has been one hell of a year! Now, as we prepare for 2020, I want to take the opportunity to thank YOU for your support.
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From Fiesta… To Siesta!

Why do we often feel like a nap after a large meal? What types of food tend to make us feel lazy? During the holidays, many of us succumb to overeating and the 'food coma' that follows. There are many theories on why this happens - Ivana breaks them down...
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Most things we fear won’t actually happen

Sometimes we let fear take over. We choose to NOT partake in an activity, or avoid doing the things we want to do. Why? Because we're afraid of the unknown? The thing is... most often, the things we fear don't actually happen. In this blog, I share how I overcame a fear of open water and experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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