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Life after a Weight Loss Reality Show? Martha Byrne’s Laughing at the Lighter Side in a New Web Comedy Series

Ever wondered what happens when you go from a reality show and back to your real life? Especially a weight loss reality show, where a complete transformation has taken place within someone? Well, real life holds temptations, obligations, children, husbands, social meetings, and everything in between. Transition is hard.
Weight, a new internet comedy starring Martha Byrne, from As the World Turns, explores the transition. Weight focuses on Claire, a mother who returns home from a weight loss competition after losing 100 pounds. Adjusting to her new body, Claire also has to struggle through getting used to being back home, handling mixed reactions from her friends and family, and an attempt to to balance everything at once.
“As a mom I know how hard it can be to stay on track with your health. It’s not always convenient to prepare a home cooked meal that satisfies the kids and yet is healthy for everyone. This issue is addressed in a very funny way in Weight,” Byrne told us.
Byrne went on to discuss how important the show’s focus on body image is, citing that she believes it is even harder for “regular mom(s)” to maintain their body image after an experience like a reality show.
“Of course there is pressure for celebrities to get back in shape after giving birth, but celebrities have personal chefs, trainers, and sometimes more than one nanny.” She does not believe it is easy for anyone to maintain their weight loss, but “if you are working a 9-5, or you are a stay at home mom, you are responsible for making time for personal fitness and it is definitely a challenge.” Weight touches each of these struggles, allowing the viewers to “go on the journey” with Claire. Byrne describes it as “funny at times and other times cringe worthy, but always real.”
One such real life mom spoke about her own personal experiences similar to Claire’s. Julie Hadden, a season four finalist on The Biggest Loser and author of Fat Chance, is a mother who can definitely speak to the struggles of returning home from a reality show. Hadden has had incredible experiences since Loser, returning as a completely changed woman. She delicately told us about so many of her struggles of adjusting to her “old life” as a different person, especially considering the fact that she and her husband adopted a baby about a month after she returned home.
One piece of advice that Hadden shared (that came from her trainer Jillian Michaels) is that “selfish is not a dirty word.” Besides that, perhaps most importantly, Hadden says to “believe you are worth it!”
Weight has a great back story, as well. The show has been partially crowd funded on IndieGogo, hitting its goal to shoot the series in Los Angeles. The community support only further proves how important weight loss, health, and body image is to most of us.
Production begins this summer. Follow Weight on Facebook and Twitter for more information.
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July 7th, 2014

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Posted in: Biggest Loser, Celebrities, moms, television, weight loss

by Jessica Tholmer — Staff Writer
Twitter: @tholmz
Jessica Tholmer is a Pacific Northwest-loving young lady with an obsessive personality. She loves, to the extreme, rap music, the movie Titanic, red wine, Friends, her real friends, The Simpsons, her brothers, eating healthy with a side of ice cream, her charming boyfriend, and crying at commercials.

The Mayo Clinic Diet Presents a Personalized, Customizable Weight Loss Site

The Mayo Clinic, long heralded for their compassionate treatment of patients, can now add, “diet guru,” to their list of kudos. If you think an acclaimed medical facility has the upper hand when it comes to creating a comprehensive weight loss website, you’d be right. The Mayo Clinic Diet is weight loss done right.
The focus is on changing habits for a lifetime
The Mayo Clinic Diet, a personalized plan developed by doctors and nutritionists, is split in to two phases, “Lose it” and “Live it.” The first phase is a “jump-start,” helping you lose 6-10 pounds over a two-week period in a safe and healthy way. The “Live it” phase is intended to help you lose 1-2 pounds per week until you’ve hit your weight loss goal, and then guides you on how to sustain it for a lifs.
Last week I took the diet for a little spin. After creating my login information and entering a bit of pertinent data about my height, weight, activity level and weight loss goal (confidential, thank you very much) I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly the entire plan was created for me. Once the system calculated my optimum calorie intake for weight loss, it simultaneously delivered weeks worth of meal plans and recipes to help me hit my goal.

Easy to use, interactive and chock-full ‘o weight loss tools
The Mayo Clinic Diet truly is one of the most comprehensive weight loss websites I’ve ever seen, while also being the easiest to navigate. Here’s a handy bullet list of notable resources:
Healthy personalized meal plans that can also be customized to suit your tastes
Weight tracker, meal tracker, exercise tracker
Delicious recipes with real-world options like, after work, date night, and holiday fare
Add 5 Habits – Five things that should be incorporated into your daily lifestyle
Break 5 Habits – Five things you should bounce from your daily routine
A compendious collection of articles about nutrition, exercise and the mind/body connection
Move it! Move it!
What you put in your face is only half the battle when it comes to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the other half is moving your body. The Mayo Clinic Diet not only provides a fitness tracker so you can jot down all those jogs and jumping jacks, it also provides an exercise plan (should you decide to accept the challenge). Stuck in a rut with your current routine? Check out the “Challenge Yourself” section for tips on overcoming exercise barriers, or maybe start the “Beginner’s Guide to 5K.”

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July 7th, 2014

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Kara Allbaugh Lost 80 Pounds – “I Was a Food Addict and then Something Shifted. I’m So Glad.”

My name is Kara, I’m from Nebraska, and I was a food addict. This was my first introduction to Kara Allbaugh, this week’s True Weight Loss Story inspiration. When I received Kara’s email I was struck by her honesty and touched by her story. This mama said, “No more. I’m worthy,” and then she put in the hard work to lose 80 pounds.

More from Kara in her own words –
Tell me when your weight struggles began. After I finished with school and settled down, it seemed like a downhill slide from there. When I got pregnant, I just gave up on how I looked. I just assumed that’s what happens.
What habits specifically led you to gain weight? I thought I needed to eat for two, and I did. Fast food became an addiction.
What caused you to realize you needed to change? Wow, so many things. My biggest reason was that I wanted to stop being miserable. I didn’t want to be trapped in a flabby body anymore. I wanted to wear anything I wanted, not search forever for something that might make my body look cute.

How did you lose the weight? Simple and to the point. I eliminated all soda, then studied nutrition and taught myself about clean eating. I went from eating fast food every single day, to eating a much different diet that contains 95% fruits, veggies, simple carbs and lean proteins.
For exercise, I started with a gym membership. Once I became more physically fit, I purchased a bike, and a pair of running shorts. I jumped on the Fun Run bandwagon and completed my first 5 mile run on July 24th 2012.
Kara’s Other Fave Exercises
Jamie Eason Live Fit program – That woman changed my life on how real exercises should be performed.
Ashley Conrad Clutch Program. I have nothing but good things to say about how much it helped me.
My Bike. I love it. When I cant make it to the gym, that’s my go-to.
Kara’s motivational tools? I would join every motivational group I could on Facebook. I run a fitness motivation page. I have all my newsfeed pinned to Health & Fitness. I stalked healthy people on Instagram. I worked with my sister side-by-side on the science of weight loss, and most importantly, I DID NOT QUIT! Every day, I told myself that I was in it to win it, no matter what!
Biggest struggle in your journey? The scale, breaking my food addiction habit, and those early 4 am workouts (until it was a habit).
Biggest triumph? When I figured out that the scale was just a number, and it didn’t define me. Also, when I figured out how to make clean food taste delicious.
Current goals? Finish what I started and hit my goal weight.
Future goal? I want to do an Ironman race.
Advice you’d give to other people struggling to lose weight? The first few weeks are not a walk in the park, but I promise you that it will get easier. Do it for your health, do it for your energy levels. Do it for yourself. Start to love yourself again.

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July 5th, 2014

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Posted in: bicycle, clutch fitness, ironman, Jamie Eason, true weight loss, true weight loss stories

by Dani Stone —
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Jillian is Out, Two New Coaches are in. Biggest Loser Shakes it up for Season 16

The season premiere of The Biggest Loser is still 71 long days away but NBC is already announcing big changes for the 16th year. This year, Jillian fans will mourn her departure as two new J-name trainers take center stage.
Why, Jillian? Why?
On June 25, NBC announced the news of Jillian’s departure saying, “The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall.”
This will be Jillian’s third exit from the popular weight loss program.
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New Coaches? Hold me. I don’t even know.
In Jillian’s absence, NBC will have big shoes to fill, and evidently it takes two new coaches to do it. With the addition of Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widestrom, the coach tally climbs to four. Dolvett Quince, Bob Harper, and host Alison Sweeney have all signed on for season 16.
This will be just the second time in BL history that four coaches have been available to help contestants.
“We are excited to welcome Jessie and Jen into ‘The Biggest Loser’ family, and know they will be valuable players on this life-changing show that continues to inspire millions of people to embrace a healthy lifestyle,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming.
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New coach facts. Quick and dirty.
I’m glad the network is excited but why should we be excited? Well, besides having ridiculous bodies, it looks like these two definitely have some fitness street cred. Here are a few fun facts for each of them.
Jessie Pavelka
Star of Lifetime’s reality show DietTribe.
Featured in several British weight-loss documentaries.
Fitness expert specializing in extreme weight loss.
Hosted a series of exercise programs on OWN called “Wake-Up Workout with Gaiam.”
Earlier this year, he hosted the “Motivation Nation” segments on the U.K. morning show “Daybreak.”
Jennifer Widestrom
Fitness expert for Fitbie.com
Life coach for MSN.com.
Former star of the NBC series “American Gladiators.”
Current lead female trainer for the InterContinental Hotel Group’s new “Even” wellness line.
Season 16 of The Biggest Loser begins September 11 on NBC
Photo via – NBC/Today Show

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July 2nd, 2014

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Posted in: Alison Sweeney, Biggest Loser, biggest loser 16, bob harper, celebrity, Dolvett Quince, Jillian Michaels

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Apple’s Health App Confirmed; to Sync with Nike+, Mayo Clinic, and More

Remember a few months ago when we speculated about the release of a new Apple product for tracking all things health? This month, Apple Insider confirms its upcoming release.
HealthKit and its related app, simply named “Health,” will collect and store a variety of personal health data. Apple’s Senior Vice President Craig Federighi “took the wraps” off Apple’s response to the growing trend of tech-based health tracking devices. “Health” is an app that can track and store steps taken, blood pressure, blood sugar (key for diabetics!), quantity of sleep, and many other metrics.
One of Apple’s first partners on the project is Nike and their digital interface Nike+, who previously quantified activity through their own NikeFuel and the FuelBand–their response to the FitBit.
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Another team on-board the development process is the Mayo Clinic. Through this partnership, patients can measure their blood pressure and the readings will be stored in Health for tracking and further communication with their doctor. For example, if the reading is normal, it will be recorded with their history for tracking and trending purposes. But if the reading is abnormal, it will be immediately forwarded to their doctor for a seamless and efficient response.
As suspected, Apple’s intention not necessarily to outshine the other health trackers, but attempt to unify them so users can go to one place and have all their important data stored together.
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July 3rd, 2014

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Posted in: apps, fitbit, high blood pressure, iphone, mayo clinic, nike, technology, Type 2 diabetes

by Katie McGrath — Staff Writer
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Katie is a private nutrition coach and corporate wellness consultant who is overly enthusiastic about natural health and happiness. She is totally in love with all things yoga, nature, and guacamole!

Feed Your Kids Whole Grains. According to Science, They’ll Eat Them

It’s assumed that kids will turn up their noses at whole-grain foods like oats, whole wheat bread, and brown rice if offered to them, but that may not be the case.

In another strike against “kid food,” a new study from the University of Florida indicates kids will eat whole grains if they’re offered. In fact, they’ll eat them in equal amounts to foods containing refined-grains, especially if they’re snack foods.
One of the authors of the study, Allyson Radford, said, “We tried to choose foods we thought kids would enjoy, such as cereal bars, macaroni and cheese and SunChips and found that they ate the ready-to-eat snack foods the most.”
“We were interested to see if they would eat the whole-grain foods as much as the refined-grain foods, and so we were pleasantly surprised that they would eat the same amount whether the food was whole or refined.”
A few healthy whole grain snack or easy meal ideas include:

BUTTERNUT SQUASH MACARONI AND CHEESE

CINNAMON RAISIN BROWN BAG POPCORN

WHOLE GRAIN NAAN CRUST PIZZA

PBJ QUINOA DONUTS
It is recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that about half of people’s grain consumption be whole grains. Adolescents are urged to consume five to seven ounces of grains per day, with at least half being whole grains. Surveys indicate the actual consumption of whole grains by adolescents is much less, coming in at about one ounce.
New school lunch requirements should help increase that number. Under the new rules, schools are required to provide only whole-grain rich products. Though this is a step in the right direction, there has been much concern from parents that their kids won’t eat the whole grain foods offered.
Happily, this recent research indicates otherwise. Researchers think the best way to ease kids into eating more whole grains is to start with snacks at home.
“Encouraging consumption of whole-grains foods that require little to no preparation may be the most effective means of increasing whole grain intake at home,” Radford said.
Whole-grain foods like popcorn, brown rice, and oats, when combined with a healthy diet, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and assist with weight management. In a time when we’re increasingly concerned about childhood obesity, the fact that kids will eat whole grains is welcome knowledge.
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July 2nd, 2014

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Posted in: brown rice, popcorn, research studies, teen health, whole grains

by Elizabeth — Editorial Intern
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Liz Simmons is a fun-loving, stubbornly positive person who will try just about anything once. Her competitive spirit rarely says no to sand volleyball, but gets chilled out by practicing yoga. She’s an avid reader whose love of writing led her to a bachelor’s degree in communication from Wichita State University.

The 4 Keys to Real Fitness Start with Strength Training and Food Quantity, Says Trainer Pamela Hernandez

For those of you looking to get off the diet roller coaster, get back to the basics, and develop a balanced and sustainable lifestyle to get you feeling your best, health coach and personal trainer Pamela Hernandez has released an ebook just for you: The 4 Keys to Real Fitness.
Pamela Hernandez is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Health Coach (who is also a long-time partner of DietsInReview.com) with a thriving practice in Springfield, MO, where she is the owner of Thrive Personal Fitness. We spoke with her about her no-frills, easy-to-follow guidelines to a healthier, happier life, and how her personal life experiences support her clients.

“I’ve always wanted to help empower women,” says Hernandez. “Fitness gave me the strength and confidence to pursue my dreams. I want other women to feel strong and capable of doing anything they wish.”
No matter the age or experience level, Pamela has found four essential components to fitness success, which she describes in her new e-book. These elements aren’t groundbreaking, “but when they are applied with the right mindset they work every time.”
1. Strength Training
“Won’t I get bulky?” most women wonder of strength training. But Hernandez prioritizes this in the book, and in life. She breaks it down so you can see exactly why inner and outer strength starts with muscular strength training. Don’t worry, you won’t even have to go to the big, scary, sweaty male-laden free weights section at the gym.
“I started with a copy of Weight Training for Dummies!” says Hernandez, who finally tested out her new book knowledge on a quiet Saturday morning at the gym 10 years ago. “You’ll start seeing curves in the ‘right’ places which can be very encouraging. If strength training is not included in your cardio routine, you will end up with a smaller version of your squishy self.”
Beginner’s Guide to Strength Training
2. Interval Cardio
Pamela is looking to debunk the “fat-burning zone” myth advertised on elliptical machines everywhere. Slow and steady endurance workouts aren’t nearly as effective as the HIIT training model, or High Intensity Interval Training.
“If you walk outdoors, try to jog or find a hill to climb for 30 seconds. Get winded. Then, let your body recover. When you reach that moderate state again, go for another 30 seconds. Repeat this pattern for a total of 4-6 intervals during a 30 minute walk,” says Hernandez.
Not into running? Then she’s with you! “I firmly believe that if you are new to fitness you should not start with running,” but instead she suggests giving yourself 4-6 weeks of strength training before you add jogging intervals to your cardio plan.
3. Food Accountability
“If you eat too much, you won’t be able to see your hard earned muscle hidden under the layer of fat,” she says. While the first two keys to real fitness focus on exercise, Hernandez reminds us that you “can’t out train a bad diet.” She starts all of her clients with a food journal or meal plan.
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Food quality comes next, but focus on food quantity first. This does not mean eat less! “I believe for a long time the diet industry has preached eat less to lose weight. The fast results of many popular diets are based on starvation level food intake. But fat loss is different than weight loss. To be healthy and fit, you need to nourish your body not starve it.”
4. Food Quality
We’ve all heard the Calories In, Calories Out theory. This, however, is old news. Once you have a good idea of how much you’re eating, stop tracking. “When you develop good habits and consistent food routines, the calories often take care of themselves,” says Hernandez. Now it’s time to figure out where your body feels best.
You can eat 300 calories of a pastry or 300 calories of a farm-fresh salad. How can you tell what makes you feel your best? “Clients often don’t understand how much better they feel until they revert back to old habits for a weekend or vacation. Then they get it. They come back telling me how awful it was and how they don’t want to feel like that again.” Looking for a health conscious getaway?
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Taking in all four steps at once may seem like too much to swallow for a beginner. Where does Hernandez suggest you focus your initial attention on? “Strength training and food quantity.”
In the end, it’s about finding the right motivation to take care of yourself. Don’t do it for someone else, do it for yourself. Don’t do it to avoid illness, do it to enjoy health – these are some of the closing statements in her ebook. It’s an example of the many cognitive shifts necessary for a sustainable lifestyle change.
“I can’t guarantee results or predict the exact date they will start seeing fat loss, but I will tell you that you will feel better in the first week or two. You will have more energy, sleep better, and move better from exercising on a regular basis.”
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July 2nd, 2014

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Posted in: book reviews, food journal, health coach, HIIT, Interviews, Pamela Hernandez, personal trainer, strength training

by Katie McGrath — Staff Writer
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Katie is a private nutrition coach and corporate wellness consultant who is overly enthusiastic about natural health and happiness. She is totally in love with all things yoga, nature, and guacamole!

4 Things Bob Greene Does Before Every Outdoor Summer Workout

By Bob Greene for TheBestLife.com
Planning on taking your workout outdoors this summer? Great idea! I’ve always been a big fan of exercising outdoors. The changing scenery can be stimulating, the breezes are refreshing and being out in nature is mood boosting.
But before you head outside, make sure to take the proper precautions so you don’t get burned. Here are four things I do before every outdoor workout:
Plan ahead. If I know it’s going to be a particularly hot or humid day, I plan my workouts for early morning or early evening. That way, I can avoid being outside during the warmest part of the day—between 10 am and 4 pm. If you can only exercise during these times you have a few options:
Try a water workout.
Do something in the shade, like a hike or bike ride on a tree-lined route.
Move the workout indoors.
Protect my skin. I always use sunscreen when I’m out in the sun. Don’t be skimpy with it—you’ll need as much as a shot glass of sunblock to cover your whole body. And don’t forget to reapply every two hours or more if you’re sweating or in the water. You can also wear UV-protective clothing, like a hat or shirt that will help protect your skin.
Drink up. It’s easy to get dehydrated during the warm summer months, and this is particularly true if you’re active. Here’s a hint: Once you feel thirsty, it’s already too late, so be proactive. Have a glass of water before your workout, take a sip or two every 15 minutes during the workout, and drink another glass when you’re done. Remember, you lose a lot of fluids when you sweat, which you’ll definitely do when you’re exercising outside.
Tune into my body. It’s good to push yourself to go a little harder or a little longer, but never at the expense of your health and well-being. I always pay attention to how I’m feeling during my workout because pushing yourself too hard, particularly in the heat, can lead to injuries or illness. If you feel at all lightheaded, dizzy, nauseated, or confused, stop what you’re doing—these are all signs of heat illness. Make sure to rest and drink plenty of fluids to help you cool down.
TWEET US: What’s your favorite outdoor summer exercise or activity?
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July 1st, 2014

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Best Life is a company devoted to helping you become your healthiest. From its popular online weight loss plan, TheBestLife.com, which is based on Bob Greene’s best-selling The Best Life Diet, to its food products and supplements, our focus is on helping individuals create their best life and encouraging them to enjoy it each and every day.

5 Gorgeous Flowers that are Good Enough to Eat

Flowers are so gorgeous. They smell so beautiful, they brighten up any room, and they are incredibly symbolic. But did you also know you can eat flowers? I know, it is a crazy concept to imagine eating a flower, but I promise there are some good ones out there! Follow along to decide which flowers you can eat tonight!

Arugula
Yes, arugula is a technically a flower. Though it is usually thought of as a type of lettuce—and is typically used as a slightly bitter alternative to other salad greens—arugula is actually a floral. If you grow your own, these flowers will appear as the plant matures. In fact, once flowers appear your arugula may be too bitter to eat, but the flowers are still edible. The plant is high in fiber and antioxidants, so chow down.

Carnations
Carnations are one of the prettiest flowers out there, but did you know you can also eat them? Their petals taste like they smell, but they also have been known to reduce stress and nervousness. In fact, they’re even used to make the liqueur Chartreuse. Petals can be added to salads or used in cooking.

Hibiscus
Most commonly consumed in tea, hibiscus is a beautiful flower that can and should be eaten. Hibiscus has a delicious tart flavor that can reduce blood pressure. It makes for a tasty hot tea but is also popular during summer as an iced tea.
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Nasturtium
Nasturtium flowers are generally bright orange and yellow. The bees love their pollen and people love them for their super spicy taste. The flowers, which grow on a vine, are edible and so are the plant’s round leaves. They’re most often used as a pretty addition to salads.

Squash Blossoms
Squash plants grow like crazy, so it’s no wonder that some farmers and gardeners nip them in the bud, literally. Squash blossoms eventually turn into squash but many chefs like the flowers as much as or more than the actual gourd. The blossoms are generally stuffed with a cheese filling then fried. Delish!
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July 1st, 2014

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by Jessica Tholmer — Staff Writer
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Jessica Tholmer is a Pacific Northwest-loving young lady with an obsessive personality. She loves, to the extreme, rap music, the movie Titanic, red wine, Friends, her real friends, The Simpsons, her brothers, eating healthy with a side of ice cream, her charming boyfriend, and crying at commercials.

17 Cocktails and Mocktails You Must Drink This Summer

Summertime makes everything better, and when it comes to your beverage, prettier too. All of those fresh fruits, berries, and herbs making filling a glass seem like a delightful reprieve from the heat (or maybe just life) each and every time.
Cool off, hydrate, or treat yourself from Fourth of July weekend right on through Labor Day with our oh-so-sippable list of the best summer bevvies.

WATERMELON JALAPENO TWIST MOJITOS

TALENTI FROZEN SANGRIA <– 18,000 pins can’t be wrong!

FIZZY JALAPENO CHERRY LIMEADES

RED WHITE BLUE SANGRIA

FRESH STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC DRIZZLE MILKSHAKES

RASPBERRY SORBETTO MIMOSAS

PINEAPPLE AGUA FRESCA

RASPBERRY SERRANO SANGRIA

BERRIER PERRIER SLUSH

10 CALORIE FRESH VODKA SOURS

STRAWBERRY KIWI SMOOTHIE

LAVENDER LEMONADE
photo via A House in the Hills

BLACKBERRY BASIL LEMONADE

BLOODY ROSEMARY

GINGER PEACH TEA POPSICLESphoto via Food For My Family

BLOOD ORANGE BASIL MIMOSA

TRIPLE BERRY SPARKLERS
images by Kacy Meinecke and Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com

June 30th, 2014

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Here you’ll read the latest health news, trends, and finds from our team.