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Should You Have A Pre Workout Meal?

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Aug 28, 2019

Going to the gym on an empty stomach isn't for everyone. Though you burn more calories working out without eating first, it is likely that you will not have enough energy to do an intense workout. Eating a small pre-workout meal will give you adequate fuel and nourishment to build the muscle you want. Save the hearty meal for a post-workout because if you eat a full meal beforehand, you will be tired and it will lead to stomach cramps.

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Topics: nutrition tips, working out

How to Build a Better Salad

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

May 15, 2019

We all know the saying; April showers brings May flowers. Well along with those flowers (and the unfortunate resulting allergies), May brings us National Salad Month. There is no better time than now to seek out local farmers markets, produce stands, and grocery stores to grab ingredients to put together a healthy, filling, and delicious salad. Below you will find some tips and recipes to bulk up your salads that will have the whole family eating those leafy greens all the way into the cooler months ahead. 

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Topics: nutrition tips, healthy nutrition, food recipe

Spring-Clean Your Diet

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Mar 13, 2019

It's hard to believe that with the unpredictability of March’s weather, springtime is right around the corner. Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil said a short month ago, spring officially begins on March 20th.  In addition to the changing of the seasons, March is also National Nutrition Month. Started by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1980, National Nutrition Month is “an annual nutrition education and information campaign focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits,” which comes at the perfect time considering that winter is notorious for poor eating habits. During the cold and dark months, we typically hibernate to our couches and are warmed by hearty comfort foods and Netflix binge-fests to escape the harsh winter weather.

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Topics: nutrition tips, healthy nutrition, food nutrition diet

Your Healthy Gut: Probiotics

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Feb 20, 2019

Probiotics have been getting a lot of press, particularly over the past few years in the United States. While they might sound like the cutting edge of medicine though, probiotics have actually been around for centuries. The only real difference is now we can take them in pills and gummies, rather than simply relying on eating them in their naturally occurring forms.
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Topics: nutrition tips, healthy nutrition, food nutrition diet

Holiday Feasting: A Survival Guide for the Healthy Eater

Posted by Lindsay Silbert

Dec 5, 2018

You don’t have to look far during this time of year to find highly-caloric and highly-delicious treats all around. At work, at home, at your friends’ and families’ homes, you’re sure to find platters stocked high with cookies, pies, and other tempting treats that will have you diving in face first and leading to that overly stuffed, uncomfortable, gotta-put-on-sweatpants feeling. If you take a moment now to step back and reflect on what the holidays are truly about (read: friends and family) and to focus on your goals, you’ll cruise into the new year feeling great both physically and mentally.

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Topics: nutrition tips, holiday tips, healthy eating

Gradually Reducing Salt and Sugar is Good for Your Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Oct 16, 2018

Even if you know that cutting down on salt and sugar would be good for your healthy lifestyle, you may not get around to doing anything about it. When you're feeling swamped with responsibilities at home and at work, it's hard to take on another major project. It's just easier to operate on autopilot doing what you usually do.

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Topics: nutrition tips, nutrition

5 Tips for a Healthy 4th of July

Posted by Charlotte Martin

Jul 2, 2018

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays. Barbecue, beer, and beautiful weather make for the perfect day spent with friends and family, but also the perfect opportunity for a diet disaster. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our top five tips for staying healthy this 4th of July, and for future barbecues this summer!

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Topics: nutrition tips, holiday tips, healthy tips

Three Nutrition Tips For a Healthy Workout

Posted by Merritt Athletic Clubs

Oct 11, 2016

We've all been there! You are halfway through your workout and you feel the downward spiral. Your body is tired. Your enthusiasm has turned to mush. The end of the line looks really, really far away, and everything inside of you screams "Quit!"

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Topics: nutrition tips

Healthy Sweetener

Posted by RaySa

Nov 30, 2011

Molasses is a sweetener that may actually be good for you. Molasses contains significant amounts of minerals that promote good health. Refined white sugar and corn syrup are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, and artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame also do not provide nutrients but have in fact been shown to cause health problems in certain individuals. Molasses is an All Natural and healthier alternative and offers these minerals:

  • Iron – an integral part of hemoglobin which transports oxygen from the lungs to all cells of the body.
  • Calcium – needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth especially during early years, and helps prevent bone loss during menopause and as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Copper – needed in a wide range of physiological processes including iron utilization, elimination of free radicals, development of bone and connective tissue.
  • Manganese - involved in the synthesis of fatty acids crucial to a healthy nervous system.
  • Potassium – plays an important role in muscle and heart contraction, as well as nerve transmission.
  • Magnesium – calcium’s major balancing mineral, also necessary for healthy bones.
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Topics: Personal Training, health fitness tips, nutrition tips, sweetener alternative, healthy sweetener, baltimore personal training, nutrition, healthy diets

3-Point Nutrition Plan

Posted by Devon Dohony

Nov 28, 2011

There are plenty of fads, diets, and pre-packaged meal plan options available – yet, obesity is on the rise. Why? Simple. Diets don't work. Fads fade. Meal plan options are temporary and can become expensive over time. Because we make basic nutrition more complicated than it really is, I wanted to provide you with a simple plan.

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Topics: health fitness tips, fitness baltimore, nutrition tips, exercise diet, Fitness Tips, healthy foods diet, healthy diets