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MyFitnessPal Blog: Under Armour

When you head to the ballpark, it’s practically a given you’ll want to eat. Baseball games average about three hours, so chances are good your stomach will rumble at some point.

No other sport rivals baseball’s concession stands. Every year, stadiums try to one up each other with creations like taco dogs and chicken funnel-cake sandwiches. If you’re working toward a weight-loss or health goal, ballpark eats might seem off-limits, but you can find plenty of healthy options. Here are 10 dietitian-approved tips to help you navigate ballpark eats.

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5 Reasons to Get Healthy and Fit Now | The Beachbody Blog

When it comes to getting healthy — losing weight and getting fit and strong — you’re probably thinking of the visual benefits: “I’ll fit into smaller clothes! No more belly pooch! I’ll finally have muscles!”

But the benefits don’t stop there. No matter how far away your “After” feels, regular exercise and losing weight — even a small amount — can positively impact your overall health and well-being.

You may notice changes in your sleep patterns, energy levels, and even your mood, just to name a few. So, if you’re ever tempted to throw in the towel, keep these benefits front of mind...

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6 Ways to Enjoy Golden Milk

Golden Milk is having a moment. This delicious blend of Turmeric, Dates and Herbs is enjoying newfound popularity, as more people discover the warm, nourishing blend that’s a tonic beverage in Ayurveda.

Bright yellow in color, Golden Milk makes you feel warm and cozy inside, so it’s a huge lure for those who spend the colder months embracing hygge, the Danish affinity for getting, well, cozy. We officially call it “a cup of mindfulness,” but one of our employees calls Golden Milk her “hug in a mug,” and we like that description, too! This is definitely not a gulp-and-go kind of drink. It’s one that becomes part of your daily ritual, a habit that you long for when you’re forced to break it. So just how can you integrate Golden Milk into your day? Here are some of our favorite ways.

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What is Holistic Weight Loss? | The Beachbody Blog

Anyone who’s struggled to lose weight knows that the journey isn’t just about the physical; it affects all of you, mind and body.

A friend of mine has lost more than 100 pounds and kept it off. She shared with me that strangers and acquaintances often inquire why she did it the “hard way” (with healthy eating habits and exercise) versus having weight-loss surgery.

That wouldn’t have worked for her, she explained, because it was stomach surgery — not brain surgery. Her weight gain was linked to her emotional health, and once she decided to be proactive about that aspect of her well-being, the other habits soon stuck and the pounds began to fall off.

That approach is an example of holistic weight loss, which considers your emotional and mental health, in addition to physical health.

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6 Signs You Might Be Eating Too Much Sugar | The Beachbody Blog

If sitting is the new smoking, sugar may be the new sitting. Why should you be mindful of not eating too much sugar? Over the last few years, researchers have been building a case against sugar. A study has shown a connection in children between cutting back on sugar and heart health, and in September, JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that the sugar industry “sponsored a research program in the 1960s and 1970s that successfully cast doubt about the hazards of sucrose while promoting fat as the dietary culprit in coronary heart disease.”

Here are a few signals your body might be sending you to let you know you’ve been eating too much of the sweet stuff.

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Easy Ways to Winterize Your Salads | The Beachbody Blog

From winter squash and nuts to spices and whole grains, here are some unique ways to turn your salad into cold-weather comfort food.

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How Yoga Helps You Off the Mat

Yoga is more popular than ever. As of 2016, there are nearly 37 million yoga practitioners in the U.S., compared with 20 or so million just four years earlier, according to the most recent Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance. Beyond the physical aspects of yoga — and there are...

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Can You Pass This Nutrition Quiz? | The Beachbody Blog

Everywhere you look, people are talking about macros and amino acids and omegas and [insert nutrition term that you think you kind of know, but maybe not?]

You’ve got the big trends nailed down: You’ve ditched the diet soda for water and swapped in whole-wheat bread for white; you know that eating the whole egg is “in” (again), and that fat is no longer the enemy.

But the devil is in the details, so we devised this quiz to help you build a solid foundation of the basics. And if you want to build on it, then bookmark the Beachbody blog for a deeper dive. (Pssst… the answers are at the bottom — no cheating!)

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How Yoga Affects The Brain | The Beachbody Blog

With all the hype about core power, “yoga butt” and handstands, it can be easy to forget that yoga is as much about the mind as the body. From stress and memory to mood, your time on the mat can directly influence your brain while toning and strengthening your body.

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6 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Working Out | The Beachbody Blog

Feeling nervous about hitting the gym for the first time? I can relate. Here are more tips to help you feel more relaxed about working out...

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6 Herbs for Athletes: Before, During and After a Workout*

Awhile back, we shared 8 Ways Exercise Supports Your Health and Well-Being. Today we’re talking about exercise again. We’ll start by looking at what exercise does to your body, the natural recovery process that accompanies it and the herbs — and foods — that can support you before, during and after a workout.*

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RECIPE: Oil-Free Vegan Banana Bread

Banana bread isn’t a glamorous dessert, but nor is it a particularly challenging one to make. It makes use of overly ripe bananas that would otherwise be destined for the compost pile. Those humble roots make me love banana bread even more.

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Set Yourself Up for Success in 2017 and Beyond

Resolutions don’t work for most people, despite the best of intentions. Find out why.

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Ultimate Guide to Golden Milk, Everything You Need to Know

Golden Milk is based on the traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been savored for centuries and used to support the mind and body in a number of ways.*

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7 Tips to Save Money on Groceries

We already know that cooking at home can help us eat healthier — and even eat less. But can you do it without breaking the bank? Absolutely: You can save money on groceries without making extreme couponing your new hobby.

We’re skipping the obvious ways to cut costs (sign up for coupons from favorite brands and wait for sales… we know you got that). Instead, we’re sharing seven real-life tips and tricks to keep your budget in check while still filling your cart with fresh, nutritious food.