Yoga & The Brain

In my last post, I discussed how yoga is outpacing running in popularity.  This could be good news for yoga enthusiasts and others who want to strengthen their brains but don’t want to engage in more physically demanding exercises that are known to ...

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YOGA VS. RUNNING

If running and yoga were competing in a popularity contest, and in a way they are, the clear winner would be yoga. Over the past four years, 16 million Americans have taken up yoga while two million Americans have quit running footraces. Yoga’s ...

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy When Eating Out

I have a confession.  I eat out.  A lot.  And when I say a lot, I mean that I probably eat two-thirds of my meals per week from restaurants.  It’s not the healthiest choice, but it’s what best accommodates my life.  My schedule ...

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Eat The Rainbow

Have you ever wondered why doctors and dietitians tell you to “Eat The Rainbow”?  Well, it’s not just to make your plate look festive. Rather, the answer lies in the chemical compound known as “phytochemicals.”  Phytochemicals are responsible for the pigment of food.  ...

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Beet Burgers

I created this recipe with the intent of befriending some vegetarians.  But it turns out that these beet burgers are meat-eater approved!  They’re a great alternative to your typical burger when you’re looking for something a little bit fresher and more flavorful.  I ...

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Gluten-Free Diet Review

If gluten were a celebrity, it would probably be Kim Kardashian.  We are obsessed with it.  The media is obsessed with it.  But if you ask yourself “why is this so popular right now?” and you will probably fall short of an answer.  ...

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Paleo Burger

The classic burger & fries just got a Paleo makeover!  The result was absolutely delicious and had a ton of nutritional benefits.  The biggest struggle with the Paleo burger is actually in the condiment department because most condiments are off limits. While you ...

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Gluten-Free Bread

This is the recipe for my all-time favorite gluten-free sandwich bread that I adapted from the magazine Living Without.  It is relatively fool-proof and looks beautiful when it’s done!  To use as sandwich bread, simply slice horizontally. It yields four hearty sandwiches.  Store ...

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Burbank YMCA 5k Turkey Trot

The Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot has become a Marks’ family tradition. Every Thanksgiving, my parents and I roll ourselves out of bed at the crack of dawn and make the 30 minute drive to Burbank to get our sweat on while “normal” ...

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The Active Times’ Best Yoga Poses for Cyclists

Happy Hump Day! Cycling is one of my favorite workouts. It’s challenging, fun, and is great for toning your legs.  Whether I’m hitting up a Soul Cycle class or getting outside to ride the open road, I know cycling will always kick my ...

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