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Dry skin? Increase your intake of fresh, raw foods.

- Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and founder of Authentic Self Wellness, Margaux J. Rathbun

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Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Avoid overly processed foods whenever possible; if you need to consume processed foods, make sure they contain as few ingredients as possible.

- Personal Trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT

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Fast 'Food Swamps' Contributing To Obesity

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Did you know the United States is sprawling with areas that the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls "food deserts"? There are low-income regions scattered across the country without "ready access" to grocery stores.

Instead, these folks may be relying on fast food restaurants, that now outnumber the amount of grocery stores 5 to 1, for most of their meals! A study from the University of North Carolina believes this may be one of the biggest problems contributing to America's bloated obesity rate!

Researchers call these areas populated with an excess of fast food and a lack of fresh supermarkets "food swamps".

The same study that recognizes these swamps of fast food adds that simply building more grocery stores closer to low-income housing won't solve the obesity problem either. Study author Barry Popkin said:

“It’s simplistic thinking that if you put fruits and vegetables there, they’ll buy it. You have to encourage it, you need advertising, you need support.”

We also may need some fast food rehab to encourage America to ditch the widely popular high-calorie, salty diet.

Studies have found that gobbling down too much fast food can mimic the effects of drug addiction. Eating too much of it can actually prevent the brain from triggering the release of dopamine, a chemical responsible for pleasure, so fast food addicts need more and more to feel the chemical's effect!

That's kind of scary!

Don't become an addict by letting fast food corporations decide your diet for you. If you live in a "food desert" we suggest making the trip to the nearest supermarket to stock up on healthier food to avoid becoming a sad statistic!

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Singer Carnie Wilson Dropped As Spokesmodel

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Singer Carnie Wilson Dropped As Spokesmodel

Apparently cheesecake can ruin careers…

Singer Carnie Wilson was dropped as spokesmodel for the healthy food service “The Fresh Diet” after rumors circulated that she cheated on the eating plan while promoting her own line of cheesecakes.

Carnie famously lost half of her body weight (150 lbs) after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 1999. After a pregnancy she gained back some of the weight, topping out at 212.

When she signed on to represent “The Fresh Diet,” she agreed to stick to the diet and lose weight. Unfortunately, she only lost 19 lbs while spokesperson, and many believe that she cheated on the diet. Her image was even taken down from the website at one point because she was no longer considered a “successful case.”

Said Ezzy Duchman, publicist for The Fresh Diet:

"Carnie was promoting her cheesecakes while she was supposed to be only eating our three meals and two snacks a day. We had to take her off the corporate website because she has not been a successful case. She didn't stick to it, and she didn't lose weight. We had to cut ties with her."

We hope she can find a new way to shed the pounds! Just because she’s no longer the spokesperson doesn’t mean she shouldn’t live a healthy life style!

[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.com.]

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