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In honor of National BBQ Month, we’re featuring a delicious and healthy BBQ recipe. It’s perfect for outdoor grilling on those long, hot summer days. Serve it with a fresh green salad.

Serves: 2
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
 
Ingredients:
·         1 cup cubed, lean beef steak
·         1 red, green or yellow pepper
·         2 tomatoes
·         1 clove garlic, crushed
·         ½ onion bulb
·         Juice of 1 lemon
·         ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes
 
Method:
1.    Put the lemon juice, chili flakes and garlic into a small bowl. Season to taste. Mix well.
2.    Place the beef in a medium sized bowl. Pour the marinade mix over the meat.
3.    Leave to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 20mins.
4.    In the meantime, cut the peppers, onion and tomatoes into large chunks.
5.    Once the meat has marinated, take 4 large skewers and thread the beef, tomato, onion
       and pepper chunks onto the skewers.
6.    BBQ until the meat is fully cooked, about 10-15 minutes.

 

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1 day, 22 hours ago


Time doesn’t wait for anyone. If you plan on working out this summer, the time is now. Don’t wait any longer or push it back another week. The weather is beautiful, so go outside! Feel the fresh air on your skin as you work up a sweat with our latest playlist.

Put on your workout gear, plug-in this playlist and get started. Start your routine today!


1.       Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
2.       Lexi Strate – Antidote
3.       Mariah Carey – Infinity
4.       Shawn Mendes – Something Big
5.       Walk off the Earth – Rue the World
6.       Natalie La Rose & Jeremih – Somebody
7.       The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
8.       Brittney Spears & Iggy – Pretty Girls
9.       Prince Royce & Pitbull – Back It Up
10.     Conor Maynard – Talking About

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3 days, 21 hours ago

                                                                   by Theresa Greenwell, International Science

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Many others have a condition known as prediabetes which can eventually turn into full type 2 diabetes.  Both of these situations are genetically and lifestyle influenced, which means that how one eats and lives can positively or negatively influence the risk level of developing either condition.

Due to the fact that type 2 diabetes and prediabetes can be influence by lifestyle, researchers are constantly looking for ways to reduce overall risk levels.  This research includes looking at medication, exercise and different ways of eating. As eating habits often are the easiest to manipulate (in theory), this is where many researchers concentrate their energies.   

A recent study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases (April 2015) looked into the influence of dietary carotenoid intake on the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Dutch researchers analyzed the dietary intake of carotenoids (from food) for 37,846 individuals over a 10 year period.  The belief was that the antioxidant capabilities of carotenoids could reduce diabetes risk by reducing oxidative stress. From their review, the researchers were able to ascertain that dietary habits that provided greater amounts of alpha- and beta- carotenes, were associated with a reduced risk for developing type 2 diabetes.    

While alpha- or beta- carotene supplements were not the focus of this particular study, these supplements cannot be fully ignored for possibly giving a similar benefit. As more supplement companies focus on using ingredients derived naturally from dietary sources, it can be assumed that more studies will eventually come to light that will support carotenoid supplements for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.


Sluijs, et al.  Dietary intake of carotenoids and risk of type 2 diabetes. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.26(4): 376-381, 2015.

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6 days, 18 hours ago


Over the last few years fitness trackers have become incredibly popular. And here at TLS Headquarters, we are 100% in support of this trend. Fitness trackers make creating healthy habits fun! They encourage a competitive spirit as you’re challenged to meet your daily goals. You will be more aware of your health and better prepared to Live the Lifestyle, one step at a time.

But with so many options, how do you choose? Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a fitness tracker, along with some of our favorite trackers:

Design – It’s important to consider your lifestyle. Are you looking for something discreet that you can clip inside your pocket? Check out the FitBit One, which features a minimalist design. Or are you, like me, a tad forgetful and better suited to a wristband that you never have to take off? Take a look at the FitBit Flex or the Jawbone UP.

Function – Are you a long distance runner looking for detailed information? Or are you looking for a tracker that simply counts your daily steps? For fitness enthusiasts who desire detailed workout information, the GARMIN® VIVOACTIVE™ is GPS enabled. 

Compatibility – Before purchasing, make sure that your tracker of choice is compatible with your mobile phone.

Fitness trackers are all the rage, and for good reason; in a study by researchers at Indiana University, people who wore a pedometer (a type of accelerometer) daily walked 16% more than they did prior to participating in the study, and lost an average of 2.5 pounds.[1]

Comment to share your thoughts on fitness trackers!

 


[1] http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/exercise-trackers
 

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2 weeks ago

by Deedra Mason, Director of Clinical Education & Research
 
Many people tend to overlook the importance of digestion, and the benefits of digestive enzymes in their attempts to lose weight. Even if you’re eating healthy food, bear in mind that your body isn’t necessarily primed to utilize its nutrients. Multiple factors, including excess weight, get in the way of proper digestion and absorption.  
 
Today we know that carrying extra weight, either around the middle or the hips, is a major risk factor for poor energy metabolism and nutrient absorption.   According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) overweight and obese persons have lower levels of:
 
•       Vitamin B6 (roughly 13%)
•       Vitamin C (roughly 10%)
•       Vitamin D (roughly 8%)
•       Vitamin B12 (roughly 4%)
•       Folate (roughly 4%)
•       Vitamins A and E (roughly 1%)
 
This is due to higher levels of inflammation, as measured by elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a primary indicator of inflammation. Digestive enzymes may have a key role in overcoming this obstacle.  
 
In particular, proteases (enzymes that break down proteins and peptides) are often overlooked for the powerhouses they are in keeping this inflammatory end product within optimal physiologic levels.   Proteases like bromelain and papain, among others, are especially beneficial.
 
On the whole, your first lines of defense against health challenges and weight loss plateaus are healthy food choices, proper digestion (with the assistance of digestive enzymes) and sufficient sleep.
 
Did you know: In addition to digestive support, digestive enzymes also support your immune system and skin health? What’s more, digestive enzymes also assist in mitigating fatigue and promoting weight loss. 

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2 weeks, 1 day ago
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