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Want to Be More Productive? Stop Multitasking and Try This Instead

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Quick reality check: We live in a busy world where a million things are happening at once. For many of us, multitasking is a way to keep up with the flow and feel like we’re not getting left behind. From checking email at brunch with friends to finishing a status report during a staff meeting, a lot of us are trying to accomplish a whole lot, all at the same time.

Here’s the problem: Only two percent of us multitask effectively. That means the remaining 98 percent of us are running around like headless chickens in the name of “productivity."

What to do? It’s time to put down the smartphone, lift up your head, and actually listen to that funny joke your friend is telling or that question your boss is about to throw your way at the meeting. Increased productivity is available to us all—and surprisingly, it may come in the form of doing only one thing at a time.


Just so we’re all on the same page, multitasking means trying to do more than one thing a time. In the era of smartphones, tablets, and portable laptops, it’s easy to multitask without even realizing it. After all, most of us have checked Facebook in chemistry class or during that long conference call (at least once).

8 Nutritionally Confusing Foods

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Is it okay to eat canned tuna or drink coffee? Should everyone run screaming from gluten? There's lots of confusion in the food world these days—and lots of conflicting answers and opinions. If your food choices have you in a pickle, you need straightforward facts and advice. Here, we examine the eight most confusing foods, and the bottom line on each.

1. Gluten. Ever since books such as Wheat Belly andSouth Beach Diet Gluten Solution hit the market, gluten has become the hapless scapegoat of the food world. For people who have problems with gluten, it’s with good reason: a sensitivity to gluten from wheat, rye, and barley can cause everything from headaches to dramatic digestive issues. But what about those who tolerate gluten just fine? Should they still be cautious, even in the absence of symptoms? 

5-Minute Zesty Mango Salsa

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Mangoes are an incredible fruit rich in flavor and nutrients. Native to South Asia, this super fruit can help lower cholesterol, improve skin complexion, and protect against breast, leukemia, colon, and prostate cancers. Plus, they’re loaded with vitamins A and C to help jumpstart the immune system, and can serve as a natural remedy for heatstroke! Of course mangoes are wonderful on their own, but they can also add zest and tang to many exquisite dishes.

One of my favorite ways to use mangoes is in salsa. You can add mango salsa to grilled salmon, drizzled it over fish tacos, or serve it with corn chips for an easy spring treat. It’s ideal for easy weekend dinners on the patio, Monday nights when you need it to feel like Saturday night, or really any time you’re craving a fresh, colorful injection of flavor into a standard meal. This easy mango salsa packs a serious nutritional punch, incorporating lime, which reduces inflammation caused by allergies and protects against rheumatoid arthritis; ginger, which is a natural antihistamine; and avocados, a protein-rich superfood. Plus, it takes just 5 minutes to make!

Zesty Mango Salsa


1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

What’s the Best Way Do A Spring Detox?

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Hi, I’m Maria Marlowe, a Certified Health Coach and author of Detox without the Deprivation. This is my weekly “Ask Health Coach Maria” series, in which I answer frequently asked questions that relate to health and wellness. Have a question? Ask me here.

More energy, brighter skin, and the ability to drop the few extra pounds that crept up over the winter in just a few days…Sign me up!

With the official start of spring coming in just one week on March 20th, many clients have been asking me how to do a spring detox. It makes sense—with this brutal winter finally nearing an end, nature is coming back to life, new and revitalized. Why shouldn’t you do the same?

Why Detox

5 Delicious Ways to Eat Up Cacao Nibs' Health Benefits

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Rich, intense and slightly bitter, cacao nibs have all the advantages of chocolate--lots of antioxidants, magnesium, and iron--with none of the sugar. These tiny treats are bits of cacao beans that have been separated from their husks, and come in both roasted and raw varieties. Use them like chocolate chips in granola; stir into ice cream or even peanut butter; sprinkle on oatmeal or caramel popcorn; or add more to your diet with the following delicious tips:

1. Crave-Buster Candy: Grind cacao nibs in a coffee grinder; melt honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan; then stir in both ground and whole cacao nibs. Add walnuts; stir to coat; and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Cool and then break into large pieces.

Green Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie Recipe

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The weather is finally starting to warm up here on the East Coast, which means one thing—spring is almost here!

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the end of a long winter is to start experimenting with the new, fresh produce that come into season this time of year. I especially love trying out different ingredients to spice up my morning smoothie recipes. There are so many possible combinations out there that I can enjoy a variety of delicious and refreshing smoothies all spring and summer long!

My latest concoction is this green pineapple and coconut smoothie. I absolutely love adding tropical fruit to my green smoothies. While pineapple is available all year long, its peak season is from March through July, so using it now means maximum flavor. Plus, pineapple is loaded with vitamin C, aids in digestion, and is bursting with refreshing, tropical taste.

Try this tropical green smoothie for a delicious and energizing start to your day:

Beware of These 4 Food Label Claims

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Bold nutrition claims often overpromise and underdeliver.

You can hardly grocery shop without being bombarded by products promising you more vitamins, more fiber, more nutrients, more everything. According to a 2013 USDA report, 43 percent of all new items that made their way to store shelves in 2010 carried at least one health claim on their packaging. We reality-check the lingo, so you know exactly what you're getting from your favorite foods.

The Claim: "With Omega-3s"

The Real Deal: Heart-healthy omega-3s get top billing on everything from peanut butter to milk to bread. But don't get too excited. Some products contain only 32 milligrams of the healthy fat per serving -- one-tenth the amount in a half ounce of salmon. You're better off following the American Heart Association's guidelines, which recommend eating at least two weekly servings (3.5 ounces cooked) of fatty fish like salmon or trout to get the most omega-3s in your diet.

The Claim: "Good Source of Antioxidants"

9 Tips to Beat Caffeine Addiction Painlessly (We Promise!)

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Caffeine addiction is a term you often hear tossed around, but how real is it? And, more importantly, is habitual caffeine consumption really detrimental to your health? The truth is that caffeine works as a stimulant and is indeed mildly addictive, so if you find yourself craving a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, there’s science behind it. Plus, regular caffeine drinkers gradually build up a tolerance, requiring more and more caffeine to achieve the same effect they used to get from one shot of espresso. It’s a slippery slope toward needing a triple-venti-extra-shot in an IV drip to your arm just to fend off a 3 PM headache!

Sure, most caffeine addictions aren’t that extreme, but if you drink coffee, tea, or soda in large quantities, weaning yourself off of them slowly can decrease unpleasant side effects like irritability, headaches, trouble sleeping, and grogginess. Plus, when you get your energy from non-caffeinated sources like whole foods, good sleep, and exercise, you’ll find that it’s longer-lasting, more stable, and better-feeling all around.

If you want to eliminate caffeine from your diet (or at least cut back significantly), consider these tips to make the process as painless as possible.

Is the Oil Cleansing Method the Answer for All-Natural Flawless Skin?

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Have you ever read the ingredient list on a bottle of store-bought facial cleanser? Yikes! All those chemicals, sulfates, and preservatives are not only bad for your health, they can also be quite irritating to your skin. Turns out there’s a better way to wash your face, no chemicals involved, and it doesn’t involve buying any obscure or expensive products. That better way is oil cleansing. Sure, it might seem counterintuitive to cover your face in oil, but trust me. Once you give it a try, and see the glowing skin it reveals, you’ll wish you’d discovered it sooner. 

How Oil Cleansing Works

Oil cleansing works because of the principle that “like attracts like.” You wash your face with plant oils, which then stick to the oils in your skin (sebum) and dirt. When you rinse away the plant oils, all that excess sebum and dirt rinses right away with it, and you’re left with a clean, clear complexion. Plus, your skin will be more nourished because the plant oils leave behind omega-3 fatty acids that keep your skin soft, elastic, and hydrated.

9 Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

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Any woman who has been pregnant can tell you that “morning” sickness is a misnomer. It should be called “all-day” sickness, especially during the first and last trimester. For many women, the feeling of nausea can strike well into the afternoon or even post-dinner. But it’s actually a sign that things are going well, really! Studies have found that morning sickness is a good indication of a healthy pregnancy. Great news, right?

Morning sickness is caused by an increase in pregnancy hormones and fluctuations in levels of electrolytes, glucose, and carbohydrates as your body makes proper accommodations for your baby-to-be. Fortunately, if you’re looking for some much-needed relief, but don’t want to turn to prescription or OTC drugs, there are many all-natural, DIY methods for soothing your symptoms. Try out these tricks and home remedies to fight off nausea, vomiting, and queasiness, no pills involved. Goodbye morning sickness, hello all-day wellness!