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2. Microwave Popcorn From the chemically-lined bag to the actual contents, microwave popcorn is at the center of lung cancer debates around the world. Not only are the kernels and oil likely GMO (which the manufacturer does not have to disclose) unless organic, the fumes released from artificial butter flavoring contain diacetyl, which is toxic to humans. Make your own organic popcorn the old-fashioned way – it tastes better, doesn’t release toxic fumes, and is a healthier choice for you. // // ...

With over half of cancers being avoidable, it seems that we need to take a closer look at what we are subjecting our bodies to that might be at the root of the cancer epidemic. One of the greatest exposures to cancer is in what we eat. Below you’ll see 5 cancer causing foods to avoid. // 1. Hydrogenated Oils Hydrogenated oils, like vegetable oil, contain trans fats. It’s considered to be the worst type of fat there is. It’s known to cause cancer, heart disease, and immune system problems. In fact, there is no safe amount of...

5. Drink More Fluids You’re probably already drinking less water than you should be and this could lead to chronic low-grade dehydration. If you want to stay healthy in the next year, make it a must to keep your fluid intake at optimal levels. The usual recommendation is around 2 liters a day, but this depends on your activity levels and food intake. When you exercise and during hot summer days, you’ll probably need to drink more than that. And make sure that the fluids you are drinking are healthy. // // ...

4. List the eating and exercise habits you’d like to change Select one to work on. Don’t try to change a second habit until the first one has become a habit,. A list of habits is easier to tackle than sweeping resolutions. Resolutions imply major changes that appear doable and seem downright insurmountable by two to three weeks out, largely because most people are not ready to make a change but think they should. // // ...

3. Include Healthier Options to Your Meals With so many things that we need to juggle in life, staying on a healthy eating regimen can be hard. After all, it’s easier to order a takeaway after a long day of running errands than making your own meals at home. Instead of munching on a chocolate bar during mid-day crashes, enjoy a granola or cereal bar instead. The goal is to simply make healthier food choices without thinking too much about the calories. // // ...

2. Exercise With Others. Find a sport or organized activity to get involved with. Whether it’s a group that bikes together or friends that play basketball, group exercising is a great way to get physically active. If you play a sport you enjoy, time flies by very quickly. Having fun while exercising will make for a much better workout and you are much more likely to stick to an activity you enjoy. // // ...

When it’s resolution time, the first thing on your list may be to lose weight and eat more healthfully. But how exactly do you go about doing that — and how do you keep yourself from becoming a resolution dropout before long? Here are some suggestions for some tried-and-true — and very doable — behavior changes that will help you lose weight. // 1. Cut back on trash – literally Resolve to cut down on the amount of trash you produce from food boxes, bags, plastic bottles and take-out containers. This simple...

Fresh meat and fish can be quite expensive. However, you can get many cuts of meat that cost way less. // Buy Cuts of Meat These are great to use in burritos, casseroles, soups, stews and stir fries. It may also be helpful to buy a large and inexpensive cut of meat to use in several different meals during the week. Less expensive cuts of meat are great to use in casseroles, soups, stews and burritos. These types of recipes usually make big meals and lots of leftovers // // ...

Potatoes, rice, oatmeal, and pasta They are more than good for staple and canned foods, and for that reason buy as much as you can. These are often vilified as the fillers by the health industry, but these are in fact very good, healthy options, which will help you stay fuller longer and have more energy which lasts. // // ...

Cottage Cheese This clumpy, mild cheese is surprisingly high in protein, and tastes great in both sweet and savory dishes. Like yogurt, cottage cheese typically comes in full-fat, low-fat, and fat-free varieties, so choose whichever fits best into your diet. Try it topped with sliced pineapple and berries or make it savory in a creamy pasta sauce // // ...

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