Why does what you eat determine how you smell?


You've probably heard the old axiom that you are what you eat. You probably know that what you can play a large role in your overall health, energy level and even your mood. But did you know that what you eat can also affect the way you smell?

While it's not exactly clear why certain foods cause unpleasant body odors, experts are clear about which foods you should avoid if you think what you're eating is affecting the way you smell:

Food that are high in sulfur Sulfur is a powerful mineral. It's so pungent that if you chop up a garlic and rub it on the bottom of your foot, you'll be tasting it in your mouth within 30 minutes–because it's chuck full of sulfur. Sulfur in food permeates your body, carrying the food's smell throughout your system and back …
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Low fat & full of flavor: Easter Cookies


Easter is right around the corner, which can mean lots of sugary treats that could break your diet. If you're looking to have a healthier option this Easter that still satisfies your sweet tooth then you absolutely must try this recipe for low fat, flavorful Easter cookies.

There are only 65 calories in this recipe, which will delight anyone shedding off the pounds. While this recipe does call for butter, it contains far less than other sugar cookie recipes and the fat found in this recipe is half than other Easter cookies. However, the butter can be replaced with healthier options if you wish.

Here is the ingredient list:

Five tablespoons of butter, softened 3/4 cups of sugar or sugar alternative One large egg One teaspoon …
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Earth Day 2014: What Will You Do To Contribute?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is a big day for anyone who lives on Earth. Which is to say it's a big day for everyone. It's Earth Day, a 24-hour period where people on all seven continents and countries do things in support of environmental protection–and it makes a difference. 

Maybe a single act by a single person on a single day can't possibly change global warming or reduce trash in the oceans. But you have to admit that joining millions of people during Earth Day can make a difference and inspire the people around you to do the same throughout the rest of the year.

Here are five ways you can celebrate and make a difference on Earth Day 2014 (and maybe even every day):

Don't Use Plastic Landfills and oceans around the world are piled high with plastic. Discarded …
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Low Fat & Perfectly Baked Banana Bread


Baking can still be a fun treat even when you're on a diet or trying to live a healthier lifestyle. There are several recipes you can add to your go-to list that are still low in fat, calories, and safe for healthy eating habits, such as this perfectly baked and naturally sweet banana bread.

Bananas are a great source of potassium and other much needed vitamins and nutrients. If you have very ripe bananas you can use them in this low fat banana bread recipe that the entire family will love. The prep and baking time is fast and easy with the end results being incredibly tasty. Most ingredients can probably be found in your kitchen right now.

These ingredients will make enough banana bread for about …
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Curbing your Cravings Like a Pro


Cravings are strange little phenomenons, aren't they? 

They tend to leave you feeling desperate for a snack, wondering why.

What causes cravings doesn't matter as much as how you handle them. Do you toss your will power aside and cave? Or do you fight the urge and simply soldier on–a warrior battle of the bulge?

Naturally, you want to fight off your cravings, but that's often easier said than done. Fortunately, there are people who get paid to help others manage their diets, make good decisions and stay in shape: professional trainers. 

Here are the secrets they share with their clients (and use themselves):

Plan to give in to the cravings Depriving yourself of something is not likely to work. After a few white-knuckle hours (or days) of trying not to think about your cravings, you're likely to …
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Low Fat Beef & Broccoli At Its Best!


Stir fry is a simple and quick meal that the entire family can enjoy, but ordering your favorite stir fry from the nearby Chinese take-out restaurant might not be the best if you're trying to stay on a diet or wish to have a healthier lifestyle. Typically it will be full of bad fats, high in sodium and calories, but you can make stir fry right at home that is low in calories but still high in flavor, like this beef and broccoli recipe.

With a bit of broccoli, beef, onion, and about a ten minute cook time, this stir fry is perfect as a light lunch or an entire dinner meal because it uses low sodium soy sauce and whole grain rice. Most ingredients are probably in your kitchen …
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How to prepare for your first year after WLS


Weight loss surgery can make everything better–your overall health, your social life and your weight (of course). But before you can fully realize all the benefits it has to offer, you've got to make it through the first year, and that's not always easy to do.

The first year after weight loss surgery is full of extensive metamorphosis. Some of the change will be exhilarating. Some will be challenging. And some will be unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

Here's a look at how you should prepare for your first year after weight loss surgery:

The first month Get ready to drink your meals. The first two weeks are all about nursing your body back to health, which means liquid protein for the first two weeks, then pureed and soft food for the next two.

Months two, three and four Finally, …
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Festive and Fresh Tilapia Fish Tacos


When you're looking for a good meat alternative for your healthy living lifestyle or diet, one of the best choices is always fresh fish. It provides a natural and abundant source of protein while also providing other necessary nutrients without you having to worry about all of the fat that can be found in beef or pork. One delectable dish that includes Tilapia are these fish tacos that are festive and fresh.

With only a couple of low calorie and low fat ingredients, you can create an amazing dish for the whole family or even for yourself as a lunch or dinner meal. Featuring fresh Tilapia with freshly cut lime and soft, low fat tortillas, you will want to keep this recipe on hand for future meals because of how flavorful it is. This is also closer to a traditional …
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How to Increase your Endorphin Levels Naturally


Endorphins are amazing little neurotransmitters. They can make you feel more positive and a lot less pain. They can fill you with energy and reduce the stress you feel. And the best thing about them is this: You can benefit from them any time you want to.

Here are seven surefire ways to naturally increase your endorphin levels:

Breathe it in (the vanilla or lavender, that is) The aromas of vanilla and lavender have been shown to possess the ability to naturally boost your endorphin levels. Vanilla is good for reducing anxiety and lavender can reduce pain. So breathe it in.

Get a little ginseng It comes in pill form, as a powder or even mixed into juice–and it can release endorphins and block stress. It is ginseng, naturally.

Work it out You've heard of the "runner's high," right? It's …
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Delicious Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Pizzazz


Spaghetti is a staple dinner meal for most families, but have you tried spaghetti squash? Instead of worrying what's in your spaghetti meal, such as bad fats or if it will be bad for your diet or healthy living habits, you can instead have a go-to recipe that is very healthy and low in calories that is also an interesting twist on an Italian dish.

This pesto spaghetti squash is delicious and will give dinner time a bit of pizzazz. Instead of noodles, you will be using spaghetti squash, which is much healthier than the heavy carbs found in spaghetti noodles. There is also an abundance of kale and white mushrooms, also great foods when you're dieting.

Here is a full ingredient list. This recipe makes six servings.

One spaghetti squash, seeded and halved lengthwise 3 tablespoons of butter One …
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