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Written by Zach Watson
We admit it: There are some (OK, many) mornings when it’s all we can do to will ourselves out of bed and grab a fistful of cereal or a granola bar on our way out the door.

A gourmet breakfast isn’t a realistic everyday goal. But that doesn’t mean we should settle for a sugar rush that’ll leave us sad and hungry a half-hour later. You’d be surprised how many healthy breakfast ideas require very little effort when put into practice...
Written by Claudia Thompson, PhD, RD
Many people believe that there's a relationship between dark chocolate and weight loss. 

Eating dark chocolate can help you lose weight, but only as a small part of a healthy diet and exercise plan. 

Learn more about the many benefits of dark chocolate will help improve your health...
Written by Jaclyn London
People have dug up Zingiber officinale, a.k.a. the root more commonly known as ginger, for its health benefits and spicy flavor since the beginning of time. 

But just because it's been around awhile doesn't mean it's a cure-all for your health. 

Here, we clarify the myths versus the facts on this trendy spice that's best known for bringing the heat.
Written by Emer Delaney
Plant-based diets are increasingly popular, but what are the health benefits of being a flexitarian? 

We asked a dietitian to give her view…
Written by Mirel Ketchiff
Honestly, we're all guilty of at least one or two shady ocular habits.

But how bad is it, really, to leave your sunglasses at home on a sunny day, or to hop into the shower with your contact lenses in when you're pressed for time?

The truth is, even actions that seem completely harmless can be doing your eyes more damage than you might realize...
Written by Jaclyn London
While no single food can "spot train" belly fat, some smart swaps can also improve gut health (eliminating cramps and gas!) and help you feel less puffy. 

Veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, fish, whole grains, and other smart choices loaded with fiber and protein will keep you fuller longer, all while working their nutrient-powered magic.

When it comes to healthy eating and weight loss, these plant-based foods loved by registered dietitians have your back.
Written by Niole McDermott
Avoiding holiday weight gain may sound as feasible as Santa fitting down billions of chimneys on Christmas Eve, but we promise there are logical strategies to stay on track. 

Many of us experience weight gain during the festive winter months, but packing on a few pounds in December is far from inevitable.
Written by Mark Stibich, PhD 
While meditation is surrounded by religion, beliefs, and superstitions, it is a valid body state like any other, such as arousal or sleep. 

By learning to meditate, you can reap the benefits of this body state which include relaxation, energy, and perspective on your life. 
Written by Kris Gunnar, BSC 
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.

It is loaded with antioxidants and various plant compounds that may benefit your health.

Some people even claim that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight.

This article examines the evidence surrounding green tea and weight loss.
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