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Do You Really Need a Multivitamin?

Nearly half of American adults take a multivitamin every day. The number climbs to nearly a quarter of people over age 65. Collectively, we’re spending over $12 billion a year on various vitamin and mineral combinations, but do these supplements deliver on their promise of better health?

Exploring Artificial Intelligence for Fitness

With gyms closed and fitness classes a distant memory, many people have turned to home gyms and virtual venues to stay in shape during the pandemic. Surprisingly, this new normal seems to work better for many people. In one survey, 72% of people questioned said that they were actually finding it easier to maintain their fitness routines now than before the health crisis. Over half said they don’t plan to renew their gym membership once restrictions are lifted.

Zoodles Galore!

For the uninitiated, zoodles are pasta-like ribbons of thinly sliced vegetables. Zucchini squash is often the go-to ingredient (hence the name “zoodle”), but butternut squash, carrots, cucumber, and bell peppers can also step in. Zoodles have the advantage of being rich in vitamins and antioxidants, but low in calories and carbs. A cup of zucchini noodles serves up amounts of vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium but contains only 19 calories.

Make Your Own Veggie Chips

It is very tempting to believe veggie chips offer a solution for your snacking dilemmas by transforming the red, orange, and green stuff you should be eating every day into magically transformed crispy, salty, guilt-free crunchables....

A Guide to Healthy Living

Natural whole foods are not something that you “should eat”, or “have to eat” just to get healthy and lose weight. While they are great for your mind and body, they can also taste great!

Sweet News About Chocolate

Could a food as delicious as chocolate really be good for you? The answer is “yes,” although with a few important caveats....

Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19

Starting a gratitude journal in the middle of a global pandemic may seem like an odd choice....

Turn Your Housework Into Exercise

With indoor gyms and many running trails currently closed, people are searching for alternative...

The Importance of Routine During Quarantine

With offices and schools closed, and sports and entertainment activities suspended, it’s a...

All About Plant-Based Meats

Before the fast-food debut of the Impossible Burger last year, few people were acquainted with...

Foods your Heart Will Love

The statistics for cardiovascular disease are decidedly gloomy—each year nearly a million Americans...

Make the Most of Your Morning Coffee

Waking up to a steaming cup of rich coffee is one of the simple pleasures in life. Straight java,...

Why Diets Don't Work

More than 50 years ago, researchers came to the realization that 95% of dieters will regain all the...

Superfoods: What You Need to Know

The first thing you should know is that there is no official “superfood” designation. So, you’re...

The Power of Affirmations in Everyday Life

When you watch a televised sporting event, the action on the field is almost always accompanied by...

Making Resolutions Work

The ritual of making resolutions for self-betterment in the new year is as traditional as the ball...

Holiday Stress and How to Handle It

The holidays are officially upon us complete with twinkling lights, peppy music, and eye-catching...

Mastering the Lunch Break Workout Session

If you’re struggling to fit regular exercise into your routine, a lunchtime workout may be the just...

How Friends Can Support Your Weight Loss Journey

When it comes to friends and weight loss, let’s just say it’s complicated. Social support is a key...

Pumpkin: Beyond the Pie!

Pumpkins could well be the official mascot of the harvest season. There are many reasons to love...

Fun Ways to Track Healthy Habits

Embarking on a wellness journey is serious business, but it doesn’t have to feel like hard work....

Streamline Your Breakfast Prep

Weekday mornings are nerve-wracking under any circumstances. When you’re struggling to get out the...

Maximize Your Sleep

It’s hard to overestimate the value of a good night’s rest. In fact, sleep ranks up there with...

The Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

When you want maximum fitness results with minimum workout time, high intensity interval training...

Hiking for Everyone

Bored with your treadmill workout? Tired of breathing in bus fumes on your morning run? Hiking in...

Why You Should Eat More Fish

Fish and other seafood are a featured part of cuisines across the globe. Fish varieties rich in...

Mastering Mindfulness

We live in a busy world. If you’ve spent almost any time in the workforce, you’ve likely...

20 Great Ways to Get More Steps in Your Day

It’s not hard to increase your daily physical activity. Just take it step by step—literally....

Why Breakfast Matters

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Like many other bits of grandmotherly wisdom, this...

Loosen Up with These Desk and Office Stretches

Eight out of 10 Americans spend their workdays hunched over a computer screen. The cumulative...

3 Fitness Myths We Should All Ditch

When it comes to weight loss, myths about diet and exercise abound. Many exercise myths frame...

Sugars: What You Need to Know

Would sugar by any other name taste as sweet? With apologies to William Shakespeare, the answer is...

4 Mindfulness Tips to Help you Achieve Your Health Goals

Throughout the year, advertisements across television and the internet promise new diets to help...

Hit the Road for Your First 5K

Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner (or even much of an athlete), the idea of competing in...

The Surprising Connection Between Sleep and Weight

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), adults need at least 7 hours of sleep a...

Getting Started with Your Fitness Community

Embarking on a wellness journey can unleash a range of intense emotions. The exhilaration you feel...

Want to Workout from Home?

Want to workout but don’t have access to a gym? Not a problem. All you really need is your body… or...

Revving Up Your Water Intake

As an essential nutrient, everyone is always telling us to drink plenty of water. However,...

Mindfulness and Weight Control: What the Research Tells Us

For centuries, mindfulness has been viewed as an avenue to relaxation and spiritual enlightenment....

How to Practice Mindfulness When Driving

Blazing sun, pounding rain, crowded roadways—for many people the daily drive to and from their...

Popular Diets: How Do They Stack Up?

Are you curious about which diet is right for you? Which diet will fit best into your lifestyle? Or...

Breaking Through a Weight Loss Plateau

It’s another week, another weigh-in, and the dial on the scale is stubbornly stuck where it’s been...

Overcoming Emotional Eating

Since the dawn of man, finding food has been priority #1. The need to eat has led to...

Veggies for Breakfast? Why Not!

There are many, many reasons to eat veggies including lowering blood pressure, [increasing your...

5 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Health

Meditation is not just a great way to relax, but it also offers a variety of physical and mental...

Getting Started with Yoga

With yoga studios popping up on nearly every street corner and numerous YouTube channels devoted to...

How To Outsmart Emotional Hunger

Bored. Tired. Stressed. If you close your eyes and think about these emotions (and let’s be honest,...

The Many Benefits of Fiber

Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? The answer is “probably not” if you’re like most...

These 8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Could Heal Your Chronic Inflammation

Chronic disease is on the rise in America and has been for many years. A diet full of processed...

Keeping Fit When Traveling

Experts will tell you creating an exercise habit is a central pillar for getting and staying fit....

Why Fad Diets and Fast Diets Fail

The creators of “lose weight quick” diets want you to believe that there is a magic wand that can...

Mindful Snacking on the Go

Finding time for a healthy meal can be challenging when you’re juggling the demands of a hectic...

The Case for 5 Minute Workouts

A promotion. An exchange of vows. A sunset. A lot of wonderful things can happen in five...

How to Choose the Right Exercise Shoes

Call them what you will---sneakers, trainers, runners, or kicks—well-fitting exercise shoes can...

Are Junk Thoughts As Harmful As Junk Food?

Junk food. We know what it is. We even know we should be avoiding, or at least limiting, our intake...

The Joys of Mindful Walking

Walking is something most of us do every day without giving it much thought. Our legs move us...

Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness Every Single Day

Mindfulness can help clear our minds and relieve stress. So, theoretically, it shouldn’t be...

Dining Out with Mindful Tips and Tricks

Whether it’s a celebratory dinner at a fancy restaurant or a quick bite from a fast food outlet,...

Why Do You Crave Sweets Instead of Kale?

Avocado. Sweet potatoes. Lemon water. Almonds. Grilled, lean meat. Tofu. And of course, kale. For a...

What Makes MindFirst Different: Q&A with Founder Bob Jacobs

With the New Year in full swing, many out there are looking for the right fitness program to...

Things To Know Before You Start Exercising

If you’re seeking a way to be healthier, happier, and more balanced, then exercise is something you...

Mindful vs. Mindless Behaviors

To be or not to be… mindful. We have choices every day about how we face issues concerning our...

Serenity Now

You find a quiet, peaceful location. You turn off distractions and relax in a comfortable position....

10 Ways To Make Your Workout More Fun

Be honest: Are you enjoying your workouts? If you can’t reply with an enthusiastic “yes!” to that...

Mind, Body, and Soul: Qualities of Mindfulness and Meditation

Many of us are motivated to improve our health because of what we hope to see change in our outward...

What To Do When Food Cravings Strike

Desserts. Stressed. These two words happen to be made up of the same letters in reverse order,...

Is Stress Eating Your Weight Loss Nemesis?

Food is a biologic need for human survival. It gives our cells the energy they need. Without food,...

Five Quick and Healthy Breakfast Options 

Check out 5 quick and healthy breakfast options... 1. Banana in a blanket: One slice of whole...

Is Peanut Butter Good for You? (Does It Make You Fat?)

Yes! Peanut butter is packed with the good stuff... ...Protein, a little magnesium, phosphorus and...

Are Smoothies Healthy?

Smoothies - those creamy concoctions we love, but are they a wolf in sheep's clothing? YES.... and...

Meet Our Members: Brian

The MindFirst program has been a true salvation for me! I am retired and enjoying life to the...

Debunking Common Meditation Myths

Meditation has numerous benefits—that’s no myth....

How Often Should I Exercise and What is the Best Exercise to Lose Weight

Two questions that everyone asks me is how often should I exercise and what is the best exercise to...

The Science Behind Mindset

You’re ready. Ready to make a change. Ready to improve your life. Ready to become a healthier,...

Meet Our Members: Jill Rossi

My husband Kip and I are truly grateful that we joined the MindFirst program. We wanted to ensure...

Set Your Mind on a Better You: Weight Loss and Fitness the MindFirst Way

No doubt, you’ve heard or spoken certain phrases throughout your life, but have you ever really...

Meet Our Members: Michelle Frank

When I first heard about MindFirst, I was topping the scale at the most I ever weighed, had played...

Meet Dr. Wayne Westcott

Meet Dr. Wayne Westcott, health expert, author and fitness consultant for MindFirst. It wasn’t so...

Stress is the New Sugar

If you’re on a journey to a healthier you, then you probably already know that sugar is best to be...

Mindful Meal-Planning Tips

Eating prepared meals is easy. That’s why so many of us get breakfast and coffee from the...

Short and Sweet: Why Mini-Workouts Work

Most of us know that exercise contributes to our health and well-being. Numerous studies, including...

It Takes a Village: Why Sharing Your Weight Loss Journey Helps You Succeed in the Long-Run

If you’re ready to dedicate yourself to a plan for weight loss, congratulations! You’re committing...

5 Ways Mindful Eating Helps You Lose Weight Without Dieting

Many of us are very familiar with mindLESS eating. This is what we’re doing when we inhale a large...

The MindFirst Approach

Created by experts in mindfulness, nutrition, and fitness, MindFirst takes an approach to health...

MindFirst is Coming Soon

Here’s great news for anyone who wants to lose weight permanently while avoiding the pitfalls of...