A collection of columns from fitness and nutrition experts Shannon Sorrels, Paula Owens and Michael Murphy.

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For anyone out there trying to make a change and feeling frustrated this one's for you.

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The holidays are upon us. Here come truckloads of cookies, pies, cupcakes, casseroles, cocktails, fudge and ginger bread houses (you know you …

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Most everyone, religious or not, is familiar with the Serenity Prayer:

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I've witnessed a pattern - and for some it's a dangerous game. Break your routine (vacation, business trip, etc.) and suddenly it's OK to eat …

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Since the dawn of time (or at least the beginning of having enough food to get fat) we've wanted a quick way to lose weight. Desperate for som…

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Dear Editor:

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It's a fact - 66 percent of us are overweight or obese. Chances are that means you. Don't trivialize it by convincing yourself that you really…

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Many sedentary people embarking upon a fitness journey encounter what I like to call "The Deconditioned Paradox." This riddle dawned on me one…

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I see you out there taking your long strolls around the neighborhood, walking with your best friends, having lengthy conversations while the d…

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For everyone out there struggling to lose weight, complaining how hard it is, and raging against the wind at the injustice of it all - I agree…

  • By Shannon Sorrels Special to AFN
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In a society of instant gratification and quick fixes, many of us get unbelievably frustrated during our health and fitness journey. Our expec…

  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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The holiday season is upon us. Your schedule is filled with shopping, work deadlines, holiday parties, relatives and obligations. Fortunately,…

  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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Instead of putting your health at great risk by getting a flu shot, a healthier option is to prevent the flu naturally by limiting immune supp…

  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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Stress and anxiety - we all experience it and know how unhealthy it can be to our lives. While short bursts of stress are actually good for yo…

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  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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Editor's note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series of submitted columns on holistic approaches to breast cancer and lower estrogen dom…

  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series of submitted columns on holistic approaches to breast cancer and lower estrogen dominance…

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Marathon training season has kicked into high gear. Injuries often come when training for a marathon due to the volume of training. The most c…

  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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At least 80 percent of my female clients complain of lower abdominal bloating, and 70 to 80 percent of my male clientele gripe of indigestion …

  • By Paula Owens Special to AFN
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People of all ages are concerned about their health – how they feel, how they look, disease prevention, as well as quality of life. Unfortunat…

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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Every time I recommend eating more nuts, the typical response is: "Won't they make me fat?" The fact that nuts are perceived this way is troub…

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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As a dietitian, I appreciate the level of knowledge required to understand the intricacies of food composition in all facets of life, not just…

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You may have noticed over the past few years that a popular cereal brand was taking over almost every corner of your grocery store. Yes, Fiber…

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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Researchers at Cornell University determined that we make more than 200 food-related decisions per day. How many times can you choose to go th…

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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Have you ever eaten a cup of soup prior to your meal only to find that you couldn't eat very much of that meal? Obviously the soup had a hand …

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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Hopefully, when making the decision to eat out, most of us at least try to think we are going to order a "healthier" dish at our restaurant of…

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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For most of us, grocery shopping is a mindless activity. This is exactly how the grocers like it. The less actual thought you put into buying …

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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By now, we all know that fast food is bad for us. We have books, movies and news reports telling us this almost every day. Most fast food is l…

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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What if I told you that you may not be consuming enough of a nutrient that may decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease by 50 percent, …

  • By Michael Murphy Special to AFN
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It is universally known that fruits and vegetables are good for our health and should be eaten every day. In fact, "5-a-Day for Better Health"…

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