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Following a low sugar diet isn’t always easy. Check out these great recipes for low sugar foods to help you stay on track.
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When the weather is this nice, everyone wants to be outside.

The best thing about warm weather is that it can actually make your dieting a little easier.  Cooking outside can be healthy and easy when using the grill.


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Being conscious of what you’re eating is essential to being successful on any diet.  When you have the opportunity to plan meals you’re going to understand what you’re eating, so you can make healthier decisions and stick to your diet.


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Even during summer when we are supposed to be relaxing and enjoying the fresh air and outdoors, we can get so busy that we forget to take time to sit back and relax.  Luckily, right in the middle of summer, we all get a little break with one of the most fun holidays of the year, the 4th of July.
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Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for us and provide valuable nutrients to our bodies.  Because of this, along with being low-carb, fruits and vegetables are included in each phase of the Atkins diet.


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One of the most popular phrases circling around the dieting world today is ‘gluten-free’, and while most people know that going on a gluten-free diet can have health benefits, not everyone knows whether or not they should give it a try.


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It seems like everyone has been told at least once in their life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

The main reason why breakfast is so crucial to having a healthy diet that will help you lose weight is because it kick-starts your metabolism.  Since breakfast is what is going to hold you over until lunch, you need to make sure you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to keep you energized and focused through the first half of the day.


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Memorial Day was created in order to remember the Americans who have lost their lives in wars. It is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May and marks the beginning of summer vacation.

For many, the holiday is one of the favorite weekends of the year. The weather is usually beautiful, most people have a three day weekend and a lot of kids are already out of school. 

Many people celebrate by cooking out with family and friends. One of the best things about barbeques is that most of the food coming off the grill is naturally low-carb and delicious.

Check out these Memorial Day recipes to give your guests great flavor while staying away from the carbs:


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Weddings are one of the happiest days of a bride’s life, and with such an important event comes incredibly high expectations. Brides want everything to be perfect on the big day and often times, they rely on their bridesmaids to make sure this happens. While the best laid can plans often go awry, there is one thing brides and bridesmaids can work on together: looking and feeling their best on the big day.


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Weddings are one of the most important days in the lives of loving partners. This union will change the lives of both parties forever and should be one of the happiest and most exciting events the loving couple experiences together.

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For all the work they do, it seems crazy that mothers only get one day a year. Between the advice, care, love, support and lessons, mothers are always giving of themselves to make the lives of those they love the best and happiest they can be.
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Going on a diet can be a great way to lose some weight and improve your general health, but sometimes there are more specific reasons why someone chooses a diet. It could be to lower cholesterol or blood pressure, decrease chances of heart disease or to improve energy levels. 


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May is a month packed with holidays and celebrations, including Mother’s Day, graduation parties and the lively Cinco de Mayo.
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Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 to honor the Earth and the concept of peace.  In the United States, Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, for which Nelson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Just like green usually means a healthy planet, green typically means healthy food. Celebrate Earth Day this year by giving your body the greens it needs and checking out these low carb green recipes from Atkins:
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Easter is the most important holiday and celebration of the Christian liturgical year and many Christians celebrate the day with a large family meal.  Cooking a meal like Easter dinner can put you under a lot of pressure, especially if you are on a diet and want to cook something everyone can eat!

Luckily, ham is an Easter tradition and low carb ham recipes can be enjoyed during any phase of the Atkins diet. Here are some tips to help you prepare a delicious Easter ham, as well as some other easy Easter recipes to make sure your feast is unforgettable:
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Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year.  It begins on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month Nisan and lasts for eight days.  The first ritual unique to Passover is the Seder, which is the feast that marks the beginning of Passover.


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The first World Health Assembly was arranged by the World Health Organization in 1948 at the World Health Organization (WHO)’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  One of the most important decisions the Assembly made that year was to establish World Health Day.


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One of the challenges of successfully sticking to a diet is convenience.  Fast-food options litter almost every street corner, and it doesn’t get much easier than having a pizza delivered to your door after a long day.


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April Fools’ Day is here, and while it may be fun to pull a classic prank on a good friend, you may be better off fooling yourself.


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Are you ready for summer weather already? As the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about giving your oven a rest and, instead, try out some great warmer weather no bake recipes. From pulled pork to crab cakes, the following options will get you ready for spring picnics and barbecues without blowing your diet:


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Spring weather means it’s time to put down the mug of hot chocolate and pick up a glass of something cool and refreshing. Enjoying healthy drinks is an excellent way to stay hydrated as well as provide your body with important nutrients it needs.

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What better way to celebrate spring than with healthy, seasonal produce? So many delicious spring vegetables come back into season once the warm weather returns, making it the perfect time of year to experiment with fresh flavors in the kitchen.

 

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This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate by cooking and eating traditional Irish food! There are plenty of low carb St. Patrick’s Day food options, whether you’re looking to cook a hearty Irish breakfast or enjoy a sweet green treat. Get ready for the holiday with some of Atkins’ easiest and most delicious St. Patrick’s Day food ideas:
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If you’re mourning the fact that American Pie Month has come to an end, cheer up! March gives us another reason to enjoy these tasty treats courtesy of everyone’s favorite mathematical holiday: Pi Day! Whether you’re a mathematician or haven’t done a math problem since high school, March 14th gives you a great reason to get in the kitchen and bake up some delicious and easy pies.   MORE

March is National Nutrition Month, just in time for all of those fresh fruits and vegetables that will soon be coming back in season. In preparation for nutritious spring food, March is the perfect time of year to make sure you’re maintaining good nutrition through healthy eating habits. Whether you’re trying to stay on track with your low carb diet or looking for a little extra motivation to start the process of eating healthier, the following easy nutrition tips will help get you feeling great for spring:


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Mardi Gras is all about excess, but it’s possible to celebrate while still staying in complete control of your low carb diet. Even if you’re not anywhere close to New Orleans, indulging in traditional Mardi Gras food is an easy way to get the full Mardi Gras experience.


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Are you watching the Oscars this year? If so, you’ll definitely need some nourishment to make it through the long awards show. Luckily, Atkins has plenty of delicious Oscar party ideas on hand that are great for anyone following a low carb diet. And while the Oscars are one of the most elaborate award shows of the year, these Oscar party recipes are anything but complicated!


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Even with the end of winter finally in sight, spring and summer produce won’t be in peak season for a while.  However, this isn’t an excuse not to eat your veggies! Canned vegetables and fruits make it easy for you to eat nutritiously all year round, even when your favorite produce hasn’t come back into season yet.


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Lucky for sweets-lovers everywhere, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only excuse to eat dessert this month. In addition to being the month most associated with boxes of chocolate and conversation candy hearts, February is also American Pie Month, meaning it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a slice.


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Exercising regularly is a great way to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle, and it’s a scientifically-proven way to boost your mood, too. While exercise in itself is good, knowing what to eat after a workout is equally as important.  You wear down muscles when you exercise, so your body needs healthy food to replenish nutrients, restore fluids and rebuild muscle.

 

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Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day while still sticking to a low carb diet? Baking low carb desserts lets you indulge in your favorite treats without the guilt. Skip the store-bought sweets this year and try making some of our favorite low carb dessert recipes at home instead; whether you’re whipping up a treat for yourself or baking for a special someone, low carb Valentine’s Day desserts are an easy, tasty way to spread the love!


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It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day! Want to start planning a dinner for two but can’t think of anything that’s low carb?  Don’t worry! Try these romantic dinner ideas, and you will be more than prepared for Friday:


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It’s completely possible to find tasty low carb appetizer recipes! Enjoy these low carb snacks while you’re watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
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Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to consider your heart this winter! Since February is also American Heart Month, it’s the ideal time to step up your heart health. When you’re following a low-carb diet like Atkins, there are plenty of heart-healthy foods that are easy to incorporate into a variety of low-carb meals and snacks.   


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The Chinese New Year is this Friday, and enjoying delicious and healthy Chinese food is one of the best ways to celebrate. Instead of spending money at a fancy restaurant, ring in the New Year by cooking your favorite Chinese dishes at home with these low carb Chinese New Year recipes from Atkins.

Whether you’re craving a hot bowl of soup or a crunchy stir-fry, these healthy Chinese food recipes are low in carbs, full of great flavor and sure to satisfy.
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Once you get over the initial thrill of setting goals, keeping your New Year’s resolutions for the long term can often seem intimidating. Following through on major lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to diet and weight loss, is a major commitment, but is definitely worth the extra effort.


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Comfort food is one of the best parts of winter. Whether you’re craving soup, stew or casseroles, a plate of your favorite comfort food is sure to warm you up from the inside out.


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There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup or stew to warm you up on a cold winter day! When the temperatures drop, make low carb soup recipes for quick and satisfying lunches or dinners. Low in carbs and full of good-for-you vegetables and meat, winter soups are meals you can definitely feel good about eating.


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Before you start the Atkins diet, it’s important to stock up on the foods you’ll need to follow an effective, low carb diet. Once your refrigerator is full of low carb ingredients, cooking delicious and healthy meals will be easy. The next time you go to the grocery store, bring this simple low carb grocery list from Atkins and begin your journey to weight loss! (Use this chart to get serving size and grams of net carbs information.)


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When it comes to starting a new year, everyone can use a little extra luck. However, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your kitchen to search for pennies or shamrocks! The same lucky foods we mentioned in our post on low carb New Year’s appetizers can be incorporated into dozens of low carb breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that taste great all year round. Try out the following low carb New Year’s Day food ideas and start off 2014 with good luck, good health and great taste:


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If you’ve decided to start off 2014 with the Atkins Diet, then congratulations – you are on your way to a slimmer and healthier lifestyle! The Atkins Diet is a fantastic way to improve your eating habits, lose weight and feel amazing. Before you dive in, read through these tips and learn how to start the Atkins Diet in a healthy way that will be most conducive to achieving your weight loss goals.


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Each January, millions of individuals make New Year’s resolutions and make personal promises to better themselves in the New Year. While some of these promises might be more difficult than others, healthy New Year’s resolutions are the most actively undertaken. Whether you are starting a diet or promising yourself to spend more days at the gym, Atkins has some great tips for dieting success in the New Year.


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Millions of people around the world have lost weight on the Atkins Diet. With a controlled carb intake, dieters burn fat and achieve successful weight loss. While initially holding off on higher-carb foods, Atkins dieters eat more protein, olive oil, avocadoes and other delicious fats that give food flavor – while also enjoying leafy greens and other vegetables. The Paleo Diet is a diet based on eating whole foods; like our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  Within the Paleo Diet, the dieter should avoid dairy, refiner sugars, processed foods, legumes or cereal grains. Similar to the Paleo Diet, Atkins requires dieters to omit food high in sugary carbohydrates and other foods low in nutrients. 


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Staying healthy on a busy schedule can be tricky, especially during the hectic holiday season. When your to-do list never seems to turn into a to-done list it can be easier to head to the drive-thru instead of the grocery store and skip the gym in favor of a night on the couch.


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If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, you’ll need plenty of tasty snacks to keep your guests satisfied until midnight. Atkins has plenty of ideas for delicious and easy low carb New Year’s appetizers that guests are sure to love. Follow New Year’s traditions this year by enjoying the following finger foods:


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Healthy winter snacks can help your body fight sickness this winter. Add Atkins’ suggestions for immune system boosting foods to your low carb diet today!
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With the holiday season in full swing, odds are high that you’ll be attending a holiday party in the coming weeks. Whether you’re celebrating the season with coworkers or hosting friends at your home, Atkins has tips for healthy holiday eating that will help you approach any holiday party with confidence that you can enjoy yourself without straying from your low carb diet.


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It can be hard to maintain a healthy diet during the holidays. Between holiday parties, family get-togethers and sweet treats from friends, the holiday season is full of tempting treats that aren’t always friendly to a healthy low carb diet.


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One of the easiest ways to stay healthy this winter is also one of the most delicious: using your slow cooker. A slow cooked meal has hearty flavors and is sure to keep you warm and satisfied this winter, even if you’re trying to lose weight.


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Thanksgiving calls for spending quality time with family, gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying delicious food. Although Thanksgiving is known for indulgent eating, that doesn’t mean that you have to stray from a healthy lifestyle. By finding simple substitutions for dishes that are typically high in carbohydrates, you can create a Thanksgiving meal your waist will be a little more thankful for. Start the holiday season off on the right foot with these delicious, healthy and easy Thanksgiving recipes from Atkins.


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Losing baby weight can be a lengthy and frustrating process. Abdominal muscles stretch and separate when you’re pregnant and can stay separated even after giving birth, which can leave you with lingering tummy flab.

However, dropping that pesky extra baby weight is certainly possible! One of the easiest healthy ways to lose weight and boost energy is to follow a healthy diet. Use these healthy diet tips to safely lose your extra baby weight:    

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In honor of American Diabetes Month®, Atkins is sharing tips and recipes for low carb desserts perfect for anyone living with type 2 diabetes or trying to decrease sugar consumption. Living with type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean entirely eliminating desserts from your diet. Instead, type 2 diabetics should focus on making healthier choices to satisfy a sweet tooth. Picking low carb desserts can help your body avoid blood sugar spikes  and help regulate blood sugar levels.

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Many people incorrectly believe that only sugar causes type 2 diabetes. In reality, the insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes can be thought of as carbohydrate intolerance; type 2 diabetes is a side effect of consuming too many carbohydrates relative to a person’s carbohydrate tolerance, which can cause blood sugar to spike.


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When you’re a new mom, it’s important to familiarize yourself with meals that are quick to prepare and easy to eat with a baby in one arm. For new moms looking to lose baby weight, these meals should also be healthy, filling and full of vitamins, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Phase two of the Atkins Diet is a great place to start because it is conducive to slow steady weight loss and supplies adequate calories without depriving moms of delicious foods high in important vitamins and nutrients. Get inspired in the kitchen with these ideas for easy, healthy meals for new moms:

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November is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month which makes it the perfect time to enjoy easy and healthy peanut butter recipes.

Because peanut butter is high in fat, many people consider it a junk food. In reality, though, there are several health benefits of peanut butter that can help you slim down and stay fit. While peanut butter is high in fat, the fats are mostly healthy, monounsaturated ones like the good fats in avocados and olive oil. These healthy fats can improve blood cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease, help reduce belly fat and control blood sugar levels; just be sure to enjoy in moderation.

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Halloween is one of the hardest days of the year to eat healthy. Between trick-or-treating and discounted candy at the grocery store, the temptation to feast on unhealthy sweets is everywhere.

It’s okay to indulge a little on Halloween—just try to choose treats without added sugar .Here are some easy ways to know what healthy Halloween treats to look for:

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Losing post-pregnancy weight is a top priority for many new moms, but weight loss after giving birth can be a much difference process than it was before and during pregnancy. Dealing with a new body, a new schedule and a new child are all factors that can complicate the post-pregnancy weight loss process, but it’s definitely possible to get your pre-baby body back. Here are five tips to help you set and achieve realistic weight loss goals:

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Brides want to look and feel beautiful on their wedding days; many brides make a pre-wedding diet part of their pre-wedding preparation. Figuring out where to start can be stressful, though—especially when you’re busy with wedding planning! Luckily, Atkins has easy tips to help you get started on a healthy wedding diet plan that can help you reach your goals. Try out the following strategies to slim down and feel great:

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There is often an abundance of unhealthy goodies at birthday parties and other special occasions that can be tempting to anyone trying to watch what they eat. But sticking to a diet doesn’t have to be difficult; it’s entirely possible to follow a healthy eating plan while still indulging in a small treat on special occasions. Learn how to indulge without going overboard with these easy special occasion eating tips from Atkins:
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Many people trying to lose weight are most concerned with slimming down their midsections. Answer the question of “what is belly fat” and learn how to get rid of it with help from Atkins:

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Losing post-pregnancy weight is a major focus for many new moms, but when you’re taking care of a new baby, finding the time to find the best diet for you can be tricky. Luckily, figuring out how to lose your baby weight doesn’t have to be complex or time-consuming. Use this post-pregnancy diet guide from Atkins to learn how to lose weight on an easy and healthy post-pregnancy diet plan:

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Just because you’re living a low-carb lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to stop going out to eat every once in a while! Restaurants don’t always offer a great variety of low-carb options, but if you know how to order, you can turn almost any entrée into a low carb meal. Here are ten tips to make eating out healthy while on a low carb diet as easy as cooking at home.