Eat Your Charred Heart Out

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Clearly Mola Ram knows how to party. But do YOU, dear reader? Are you prepared to satiate the masses’ roaring collective appetite for gaggles of grilled goodness that’s also good for them? Well, maybe you are. I don’t know you that well. How was your holiday weekend? How are you parents? Did you, your friends, or your family members avoid artery-clogging, processed fare this past fourth of July? I’ll go out on a limb and say yes.

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Ah, nerds! The truth hurts. But don’t be ashamed; it’s not too late for schlubs like us. Though I have tasted the heretical flavors of the forbidden brat and the verboten allure of the hot dog, that doesn’t mean that I (i.e.: you) am a lost cause. It means I am human: I have made mistakes, but I, too, have the capacity for change. Come, dear reader: change with me. Let’s flambe the summer away to our heart’s collective content. Let’s rid ourselves of unhealthy horrors but remain replete with the tastes all grill lovers (especially Madonna) cherish.

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Let's Lose Some Weight

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Hey, sounds like a pretty good idea, right? All we have to do is consume fewer calories and burn more, and voila, we are thin and trim. So how do we go about it? What’s the plan? Well, we gotta exercise more, eat less meat, avoid trans fats, yada yada yada… wait a minute. What’s that? Are you telling me, health experts at Healthline, that simple nutrition advice like this is not always beneficial?

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… Ahem. Pardon?

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Hold the phone, Dr. Kim: is it true that drinking too much water is dangerous? I didn’t catch that. Could you repeat it? If I’m hearing you loud and clear, what you’re saying is information we’re often given about cholesterol is inaccurate?

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I’m alone. Confused. Frightened. Bewildered. What am I to do? How am I to proceed? Help me, Wellness360! You’re my… uh… my one… my only.. h… ho–.. line?!?!

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Mother's Day and Mother Earth

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Did you know it’s been over a year since we started not-so-semi-regularly updating Wellness360? Hey now! Move over, WebMD! Since we admittedly forgot to timely commemorate this thrilling occasion, let’s do some quick backtracking: one of our first (and favorite) posts centered on Earth Day 2008. It was fun, informative, and Will Smith-friendly—the quintessential Wellness360 post.

I’d love to duplicate that formula, but doing an Earth Day post post-Earth Day is just lazy. However, I’m nothing if not a proponent of a strained segue that masks my inner languor: Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and who’s the fairest mother of them all? If you guessed Mother Earth, we’re probably best friends. So don’t be frightened! Follow my lead, put on your mom jeans, and join Wellness360 as we show you how to enjoy Mom’s day the pro-wellness way.

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Heart Beatings and Spring Cleanings

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See what I did there? With the title? Clearly hilarious. My ability to wow readers with wordplay is unfailing. And, look, it’s the middle of March: the season is a-changing. Oftentimes, these gusts o’ change beget the urge to change things within ourselves. Still drifting through the post-New Year malaise, resolutions unmet? Still unfit, untidy, or unhappy? Or, faithful reader, have you taken certain steps toward personal betterment, but feel not-so-certain about the impending result(s)?

Well, in lieu of the season, and in lieu of our recent blood work and Q-n-A with Dr. J, Wellness360 is back with an empire of info on improving diet and day-to-day health.

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Shop Green–err, I mean, Shop Healthy and Efficiently This Holiday Season

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Attention consumers: …. wait, hey, don’t look behind you! I’m talking to you. Yeah, you. You. You’re being coy. Don’t be coy. Don’t be elusive. This is not the season of being elusive; this… is the season of consumption! The holiday shopping season is upon us, bashful consumer, and that means two things: avoid Wal-Mart and avoid Wal-Mart (laugh track). But seriously, folks, instead of a white Christmas or a Lloyd Christmas, consider a green Christmas—or an energy efficient Christmas, as it were, since that’s the term that resonates most strongly with consumers; according to BNET Insight, it’s because energy efficiency is easy to understand.

During these lean economic times, one could argue it’s popular also because it’s ubiquitous: the International Energy Agency’s latest World Energy Outlook relates that our globe’s current energy trends are patently unsustainable, while HealthCastle insists we’re all having problems staying energized as winter approaches. Fortunately, in the spirit of green energy efficient Christmas, Wellness360 has found some seasonal shopping tips (think of them as coupons) to help remedy these energy ailments as Santa himself undoubtedly would: easily, jollily, and hollily.

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Along with seasonal allergies, this time of year produces another quasi-health hazard: namely, the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the other myriad, annual, traditional family get-togethers are almost always rife with substantial spreads featuring all our holiday favorites: turkey, ham, some form of casserole, pumpkin pie, deviled eggs, etc. I almost passed out from food ecstasy just writing about it.

However, as visions of gravies and dressings dance in our heads, we owe it to ourselves and our families to act somewhat responsibly: we can indulge, of course, but we can also choose not to overindulge. While our noses sniffle and our stomachs quake, we may think that there’s no hope. Well, we’re wrong. We’re dead wrong. We can all stay healthy this holiday season.

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Don't Sugarcoat It

According to these startling revelations from Men’s Health, the average American gobbles up 460 calories from sugar every day. That intake spikes our blood sugar and increases our risk for diabetes, which in turn increases personal risk for blindness, heart attack, and premature death. Perhaps, you say, we should rethink the sodas we drink, cookies we eat, and types of snacks in which we indulge. Well, cheap sugars like high fructose corn syrup pervade our supposedly-healthy yogurts and even our breads. What are we to do? How are we to proceed?

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