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Budget Friendly Healthy Eating & Exercise Tips

By Dr. Kushner / January 10, 2021 /

Is a healthy lifestyle expensive? Because we live in a world where tasty, tempting foods high in calories, fat, salt and sugar are abundant and cheap while a physically active lifestyle seems out of reach for those unable to afford an expensive fitness club membership or home exercise equipment, many people think it is. But…

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What’s for Dinner?

By Dr. Kushner / January 3, 2021 /

Being able to whip up quick, healthy dinner meals in minutes is a skill that will serve you well in your quest to eat healthier. In our household, my wife and Six Factors to Fit co-author, Nancy, prides herself in doing just that for our family. For this blog, I asked Nancy to share her…

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Healthy Living Gift Ideas

By Dr. Kushner / December 12, 2020 /

I like to think of healthy living as a 3-legged stool that incorporates diet, physical activity and mindset. If one of these legs is ignored or not attended to on a regular basis, you won’t feel steady and your health may suffer. For this holiday season, I asked staff from our Northwestern Center for Lifestyle…

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Improve Energy Level and Mood to Help you through the Holidays

By Dr. Kushner / November 21, 2020 /

Holiday times are usually a time when you need high energy for all the family get-togethers, gift buying and cooking that are piled onto your day-to-day routine. But this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, family gatherings will be smaller, big meal festivities will be downsized and gift buying…

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Fight Weight Loss Boredom, Boost Motivation Now

By Dr. Kushner / November 16, 2020 /

No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, it’s not uncommon to find your motivation waning over time. Because weight management is typically a lifelong endeavor, boredom can easily set in or life can get in the way of your best intentions. Either way, there are strategies that can work across the board…

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3 Tips to Healthier Meal Planning

By Dr. Kushner / October 1, 2020 /

Are you hoping healthier meals will decrease your risk factors and lessen your chances of having to go on blood pressure or diabetes medications? Whatever the reason, if you’ve recently made a commitment to eating better, then healthier meal planning is most likely on your to-do list. Here are 3 tips to make meal planning…

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Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

By Dr. Kushner / August 15, 2020 /

As food prices soar amidst the coronavirus pandemic, your good intentions to eat more healthfully may be challenged by sticker shock at the grocery store. But preparing family-friendly healthy meals should not break the bank. By making some adjustments before, during and after you shop, less costly healthy eating is within reach. Here are some…

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New Tool to Help You Eat Better, Move More, De-Stress

By Dr. Kushner / August 4, 2020 /

With stress levels high and routines disrupted in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we are all feeling challenged to maintain healthy lifestyle habits. And yet because excess weight and obesity have been identified as risk factors for worse coronavirus outcomes, managing weight and boosting health are now more important than ever. Over the last…

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3 Surprising Ways to Make Meal Planning Easier

By Dr. Kushner / March 8, 2020 /

What are your plans for lunch today? How about dinner? Are you a planner when it comes to your meals and snacks or do you just wing it as the day goes on? Planning your meals and snacks is one of the most important things you can do to eat more healthfully and better manage…

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3 Ways to Not Let Food Pushers Derail Your Healthy Eating Efforts

By Dr. Kushner / November 13, 2019 /

Holiday time or not, many of my patients tell me about the food pushers in their lives who make it hard to eat healthfully. Who are the food pushers? Food pushers are most often people you know who prod you to eat more or eat foods that you know are less healthy. It may be your spouse who continues to…

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