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Alex Olson

Alex Olson
Alex is now a senior at the University of Arizona, where she majors in Public Health with a minor in Nutritional Sciences.

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5 Tips to Help Achieve Your Health Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2018 11:09:55 AM / by Alex Olson posted in Diet & Eating, Healthy eating 2 min read time

Most people have the goal to live a long, happy, and healthy life. We all reach for these goals by exercising on a regular basis, as well as incorporating healthy foods into their diet. Although we have good intentions, life happens and sometimes their goals can be hard to achieve. If you want to succeed, it's a good idea to set some smaller goals to reach your main one. Goal setting can be sometimes challenging, so here are 5 tips to help get you started!



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8 Benefits of Weightlifting

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2018 2:33:31 PM / by Alex Olson posted in Exercise, Fitness 2 min read time

Whenever you think about wanting to lose weight, or even just getting into better shape, cardio is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Cardio is not for everyone, so the thought of having to do so much cardio in order to shed a few pounds can be exhausting. While cardio can be beneficial in the process of losing weight, it is not the only exercise routine to help. Weightlifting can also be very helpful, and it includes other benefits than just weight loss and toned muscles.



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Eating for Energy

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2018 4:01:40 PM / by Alex Olson posted in Diet & Eating, Healthy eating 3 min read time

When trying to burn fat and add lean muscle, it can be difficult to know what to eat. I hear people draw a quick conclusion that 'healthy' foods are boring and taste bland. What these people do not know is they are forgetting a very import ingredient; spice. Adding spices (and herbs, too) to your food gives your meals an 'upgrade' in more ways than one. The first obvious way is extra flavor enhancement and complexity that only natural spices can bring without adding calories. Another upgrade is spices and herbs are proven to help reduce weight because they contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and unique medicinal properties. For most people, burning fat is very challenging; but by incorporating these items into your diet, it will help to make the process easier. 



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Top 8 Nutrition Tips for Athletes and the rest of us...

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2018 11:47:45 AM / by Alex Olson 3 min read time

For athletes, one of the most important parts of training and recovering is nutrition. Whether you are playing on a high school sports team, playing sports competitively in college, playing sports professionally... or just playing for fun, your nutrition advice is going to be similar. Utilizing these eight tips can be sometimes difficult, but it should help to improve your performance and overall health.

 



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Did you know that January is National Fiber Focus Month?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 26, 2018 12:06:25 PM / by Alex Olson posted in Nutrition, Healthy eating 4 min read time

A lot of people don’t know this because not everyone knows how important fiber is or even how to add it to their diet! Fiber is a plant-based nutrient, and it is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested. Fiber is used to help regulate the body’s use of sugars, as well as make sure your hunger and blood sugar stay consistent. Fiber has many health benefits, such as lowering the risk of certain health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, regulating weight, reducing cholesterol, and much more. In order to stay on track and healthy, adults need at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Fiber can be found in sources like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and even whole grains.



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