Q&A with Jeff Clarke: His Wellness Journey

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Although summer has come to an end, I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful, hot months with friends and family!

We had lots of beach time and lots of quality family time, but now we are ready for the school year to start (as I’m sure many of you are too).

Throughout the summer, people have been asking me and my husband how he is losing weight, and what exactly he is doing. He really does look so great, and I could not be prouder of him. That was the main reason for this blog post—to share his success, and to share what is working for him.

I hope this helps others on their own journey. Cheers!

xoxo NBC

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What You Didn’t Know About Beets

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Have you been hearing all the latest buzz about beets? Those small, red, earthy and sweet vegetables seem to be everywhere. And it’s no surprise so many use it to make beet juice or beet salad (or even lip balm!), given its many benefits—from boosting the immune system with vitamin C and minerals, to supplying the body with fiber, manganese and B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. And that’s not all, beets have amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxification and energy-boosting benefits as well!

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The Power of Probiotics: It’s all about the GUT!

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When I first took my daughter in to see her pediatrician regarding her chronic stomach issues, his very first question was: “Does Blaine take a daily probiotic?” When I told him no, he told me she needs to be, and actually, I should be taking one too. His advice was everyone should be. Interesting, right?

It made sense to me because I had recently heard health plus wellness genius, Dr. Frank Lipman, tell a packed crowd that our health all depends on our gut. “80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract! So why should we care about probiotics?

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Keeping It Safe: Sun Protective Clothing and Why It’s Worth It

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Go biking, hiking, running, picnic-ing, swimming, boating, and all the other -ings out there that you love to do. Have fun in the sun but remember to always protect your skin!

Dealing with skin cancer is challenging. I have to take extra precautions to make sure I’m protecting my skin as much as possible since I live at the beach, so I am ALWAYS surrounded by sunshine. That’s why I wear sun protective clothing on top of sunscreen when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a long period of time.  I wish I had done this a long time ago when most of the sun damage was done to my skin.

Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body, but you shouldn’t rely on just any clothing, because regular clothing only protects you from 1/15 of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. So if you’re planning on going to the beach for the whole day, taking a long hike, riding your bike for miles, or any other outdoor activity, then opting for sun protective clothing will provide you with the right amount of added protection. And it doesn’t mean you have to look like grandma either ;). There are so many fun brands out there that are chic and modern.

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An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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We all know that keeping fit and eating healthy in your 40s and beyond is harder than when we were in our 20s and maybe even 30s. Sometimes, it’s not until we reach our 40s that we start to realize the importance of health, especially in terms of the foods that go into our bodies and get absorbed into our systems. We become even more conscious than before, because let’s face it—we have family plus kids we want to be there for, for as long as possible.

You know that saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well the same can be applied to avocados! My favorite superfood is the avocado, which is full of nutrients and health benefits for any age.

I recently learned from health and wellness genius, Dr. Frank Lipman, that we should all eat one avocado every day. I am hooked! If you’re looking for a food loaded with good fats, will keep you feeling fuller longer, and want something solid to help with weight-loss, I highly recommend avocados, and here’s why.

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