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Good sleep can help with weight loss

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” A saying we use too often when trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Whether it is work deadlines, studying for an exam, or trying to maintain the busy family schedule, a good night’s sleep can easily be overlooked without thinking of the consequences […]

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January 12, 2022

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Goal-setting the smart way

Can you believe it’s the end of the year?? The time for fresh starts and the unofficial beginning of the “New Year, New Me” mindset.  Most people set goals or intentions for how they want their new year to go, although many of us will not follow through with these things we want to do. One […]

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December 28, 2021

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Taking control of cortisol

Let’s face it, life is stressful! Whether it’s work, school, relationships, financial, or whatever, we all have some sort of stressors in our lives. And if you don’t, please let me know your secrets! While stress is an inevitable part of life, things can get much harder for your health when you’re chronically stressed. Meaning, […]

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June 22, 2021

Alex Harris, dietitian at New Leaf Nutrition, holds nuts, seeds, and chocolate covered dried fruit in her hands.

Types of fat

If you’ve followed us on Instagram (@newleafnutrish), you’ve seen that we’ve discussed carbohydrates and protein. Now it’s time to talk about fat! Fats are another vital nutrient in our bodies, and it’s important to include fats in our diets. However, not all fats are created equal. Some should definitely be consumed more often than others. […]

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March 17, 2021

Alex Harris, certified trainer and registered dietitian at New Leaf Nutrition, teaches a spin class

At-home movement ideas

Let’s face it, most of us have not been the most active people this past year. That’s completely understandable, of course. Gyms closed, which inhibited a lot of our exercise. Even now that they’re open, many people are still opting to stay away. It’s cold out, so we don’t want to be outside as much. […]

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February 5, 2021

Alex Harris, dietitian at New Leaf Nutrition, cuts an orange

#goals

Ah, 2021. A new year. It’s hard to believe we made it here after what felt like the longest year ever. For many, the start of a new year is the time for setting new goals and planning for the next 12 months. Hundreds of thousands of people every year design some sort of goal […]

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January 22, 2021

Managing Stress with Food

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Whether it’s physical or mental it’s important to take care of yourself by eating well. Your stomach and your brain work together, and when you are stressed, it can really throw off this important cycle.  How your gut is working can change the neurotransmitters that […]

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January 15, 2021

Eat Like My Dogs

That title may feel a little bit rude to you but rest assured that I love my dogs more I love than a lot of things (and people). Case in point: I’m taking them next week to go get professional doggy portraits done and could not be more excited about it. Mackenzie is going to […]

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May 21, 2020

Man from Ancel Keys's Minnesota Starvation Experiment licking his plate

Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Today I want to tell you, my precious sweet potatoes, about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. The experiment was held at Minnesota State University in 1945. Men were asked to volunteer so that Ancel Keys, a physiologist who did research on how food changes the body, and his colleagues could learn how to best re-feed people […]

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April 9, 2020

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Ten Ways to Support Your Immune System

Okay, first I want to say a disclaimer that supporting your immune system is not the same as boosting your immune system. There aren’t significant ways to “boost” your immune system, because that’d mean that you’re making it better and stronger than is naturally possible. We’re not going for superhuman, it’s not possible, but we ARE trying […]

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April 2, 2020