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Transformation of the Day: LaTausha has released 22 pounds. A vacation video served as her wakeup call. She also wanted to do something about her pre-diabetes and blood pressure. Check out how she is taking action. What was your motivation? My motivation came when I saw how big I had gotten in a vacation video.

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Today I’m talking with Ashley Diamond from My Healthy Happier Life – she’s run and spectated the New York City Marathon several times and she’s a New Yorker so she’s sharing the best tips on how to prep for the course, what you need to know for race morning plus tips for spectators.

I ran the race in 2013 but she’s the expert so we hit all the bases including – the one food you MUST eat while in NYC (spoiler: it’s NOT pizza!?).
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And most of the tips can help you prepare for any race – any distance! We get into timing your pre-run food and making friends and more!

It’s a really fun conversation too – I forgot until she mentioned  – we first met at The Reach the Beach Relay race years ago that we go way back!

We’re sharing a lot of tips and kinda hang out with us on this episode!

In case you’re new here… I’m Monica Olivas – a marathon runner, marathon eater and podcaster in Southern California. I started RunEatRepeat.com to share my running and weight loss story – it grew into an amazing community online and now it’s this podcast. Thank you for listening!

Podcast Warm Up:

I ran the Revel Marathon Big Bear . And I’m talking to you … so I didn’t die.

But I did get a little sick right before the race and I did this interview with Ashley the day after so I’m a mouth breather and sound a lil congested. Gross. But if you run faster it sounds better … so speed up!

I shared a short race recap here >>> Revel Marathon Big Bear Top 10 Highlights

But let’s talk about how it really went down…

I realized I was getting sick on Thursday and tried to fight it off with sleep and vitamin C. But I had a fancy VIP trip to Disneyland planned for Friday and couldn’t bail on that. So… I got a lil sick. It was mostly mocos and mouth breathing.

Saturday… I got up early and bought new tires for my car because I was driving all the way to Redlands with my only friend and wanted her to be safe. And my brother told me it’s not smart to be driving on flat old tires so… yeah.

On the way there SR was hungry and I realized I hadn’t eaten lunch so we stopped at Chick Fil A around 4:30pm. This wasn’t the best pre-race meal but SR lives in Alaska where there’s no Chick Fil A and I live in a fantasy world without reason.

We got our bibs and went to my Nino and Nina’s house – they’re about an hour from me and were about 20 minutes from the shuttle bus pick up for the race.

Revel Big Bear starts up the mountain in Big Bear so you have to park and take a shuttle to the start line. It takes almost an hour to get to the start! So SR scared me because she kept worrying that she’d have to pee on the bus so she ducked out of line to pee somewhere and then I thought I should and might have peed on SR’s Boston Marathon poncho. And we’ll find out if she listens to the show if she tells me something about it. Boom.

Race – last week I set a few goals for myself, mostly because I felt like just saying – I’m running a marathon. K. Bye. – and leaving it at that was awkward.

My goals were:

A. Run a sub-4 hour marathon

B. Finish the marathon strong – run smart, pay attention to fuel and how I feel to learn from it

C. Finish.

D. Not die.


I hit my goal and ran it in 3:50:47. Pace 8:48.

Notes: I never really felt like I got in the zone. When you’re running 26 miles and aren’t going for a PR – I like to get to a pace where I feel like ‘I can do this all day’.

I felt kinda meh the whole time. It felt like it took more effort than it should have given the paces I was running trying to keep it easy. There are a lot of reasons I didn’t feel 100% – my fitness level, the altitude or me being a lil under the weather or my nerves or crappy fueling or stomach … ?? But I am happy that despite not feeling great I did it!

I stopped at the restrooms 2x and took my time.

I wanted to walk the rest of the race around mile 19. I walked through the water station and had SR take some pics of me around that point.

I didn’t want to quit but I wanted to just walk it in the last 6 miles. But SR kept bugging me and we argued. And she was quiet for a bit and then started again and I got mad.

But I’m glad she pushed me because I am proud of how I did.

And I’m extra grateful she came out to run this race with me because I’ve registered for several marathons in the last year and a half and either stepped down to the half or back out all together of every single one.

I probably would’ve done that again – so SR deserves all the credit that I ran a whole marathon.

And I feel a lot better about myself and my abilities now. It’s not about the time – it’s that I didn’t think I could.

This is Barles Hambone aka my only friend aka Skinny Runner aka Mayor of Alaska aka …

And with that…

I’ll remind you there are Race Discounts for RNR LA – RNR VEGAS – LEXUS LACE UP and more!

Check out the Race Discounts Page for more!!

Now let’s get to the Main Event:


New York City Marathon Training, Race Day and What to Eat – The Best Tips Podcast

Ashley Diamond is a runner, blogger, wife and mom working in e-commerce in New York City. She’s run and spectated the New York City Marathon several times and considers it her favorite race. Today I’m asking her for all the best tips on training, race morning, the course and where to eat. She’s currently training for a half marathon and you can keep up with her at My Healthy Happier Life

Tips for the NYC Marathon – How to have the best race day at one of the best races in the US!

1. Let’s start with training…

What’s the NYC Marathon course like? Any specific training we should incorporate?

– What’s the course like?

– Start time / Logistics is challenging… how do you train for that with fuel & hydration?

What and when to eat race morning!

2. Tips for the expo?

She’s volunteered at the expo a few times too!

3. Race day Tips and Reminders:

NYC Marathon start line logistics are very unique! When I ran it I took a bus to the start line. But I think you’ve taken a ferry? Let’s talk about our race morning experiences & tips for each.

– The options to get to the start.

– Plan / Pack Fuel

– Throw away gear

– Corrals / Running with Friends

– How to find your people after the race – great tips for spectators! What to wear, where to stand and other notes to make sure you don’t miss your cheerleaders.

4. The Course

I think the best thing about the race is the amazing crowd support. There’s nothing like it.

What is your favorite part of the NYC Marathon course?

What should runners make sure to enjoy?

5. Victory Lap – (Best Food / Fun in the city)

What is the BEST post race victory lap?

All her running favorites:

> Favorite race / distance to run? Half Marathon – she’s going for a sub- 2 hour half marathon this weekend!

> What are your favorite running shoes? Brooks Levitate 2 – good support and cushion & bright colors

> Must Have Running Gear? Apple Air Pods – they stay in place and stand up to sweat // Brooks Greenlight 7” Shorts (they’re my fave too)

> What did you listen to on your last run / workout? Running Podcasts – Ali on the Run, Another Mother Runner, Hustle…

> What’s your favorite post-run / post- race victory lap? Burger & Fries


You can follow her on Instagram @Healthy Happier and her blog is My Healthy Happier Life

Tips for Spectators of the NYC Marathon via Healthy Happier Life

NYC Marathon Recap via Healthy Happier Life

I ran New York in 2013 – here’s my blog recap of the race and pictures:

NYC Marathon Expo

New York City Marathon Race Recap – there are a lot of pics in there too

(I think the only post-race picture I have was with Ben) I was freezing after the race and just wanted to find him and get inside. He was watching the race with friends and as soon as they found me they snapped a pic of use together and we headed inside.



1st place goes to SR aka Skinny Runner aka @BarlesHambone for being my only friend, photographer, and agreeing to sleep with me but not actually touching me.

2nd place – Brooks Running sent me a pair of the special edition NYC Marathon running shoes! They are so fun! I love them!!

If you have a question or a topic you’d like me to cover for an upcoming podcast… let me know!

Email me at RunEatRepeat@gmail.com with Podcast in the subject line or call the RER voicemail.

Hi! Let me know what you’re doing while you listen by tagging @RunEatRepeat on instagram

The post New York City Marathon–Tips & Must See Course Highlights with Healthy Happier Bear Podcast appeared first on Run Eat Repeat.
Transformation of the Day: Kiara lost 64 pounds this year. At 24 years old, she decided that she didn’t want to be on medication for diabetes and hypertention for the rest of her life. Check out how she released the weight. What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to

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October is National Fair Trade Month. Why should this matter to you? If you’re making more ethical and informed decisions about the products you buy, whether it’s coffee or clothing, you should know the Fair Trade seal means that the farmers and workers behind the brands are paid fairly, fragile ecosystems are protected, communities are supported, and supply chains remain socially conscious. Add grooming products to your list.



Some of the best and most effective natural ingredients fo
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r your skin and hair, including coconut, argan, apricot, and brazil nut oils, are produced by small-scale farmers around the world. If you’re filling your body with organic food and drinking Fair Trade-certified beverages, consider taking the same care for the ingredients you’re slathering on your skin and hair. They’re often a healthier alternative—and easier to find than ever online and at your local stores. Here, a dozen of the best grooming products to treat your body—and your soul.

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If you’re confident in the gym, you’re likely familiar with bench presses, squats, and deadlifts. They’re hard, yes. But they aren’t necessarily the most difficult exercises. In fact, the moves that challenge you most might actually look easy—until you try to do them properly.



Because men like to focus on those heavy lifts or moves that specifically bulk up their chests or arms, they tend to skip over the moves that work on things like flexibility, mobility,
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and stability—all of which are crucial elements of being able to move well (and to perform those more ‘manly’ exercises). But because these sound like key elements of yoga, pilates, and dance classes, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a bunch of dudes, guys brush them off as no big deal. But if you don’t have good range of motion to begin with and you keep doing all those strength-building exercises, the tightness just keeps adding up.

The 15 Most Important Exercises for Men

The exercises below tend to be the toughest for men, not just because they’ll seriously tax your muscles, but because you need solid flexibility and mobility to do them correctly. Top trainers weigh in on why these moves are so challenging, plus how to make them easier so you can reap all the muscle-building rewards.


Beth Bischoff
1. Single-leg Hamstring Curls

How to do it: Position a Swiss ball in front of your feet. Lie down with your back and palms flat on the floor. Place your heels on top of the ball, then lift one leg straight in the air (or bend it with toes flexed toward your head). Press your hips and glutes off the floor. Keep your back straight and abs engaged. Dig your working heel into the ball as you curl it toward your glutes. Reverse the motion, then press the Swiss ball away from your glutes to the start position. *Note: Image shows traditional Swiss ball hamstring curls.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Most men don’t work out their legs, and when they do, they opt for heavy lifting like deadlifts or leg press, because they look and feel manly,” says Alonzo Wilson, the founder of Tone House in New York City. “They don’t isolate one leg or do single-leg work, which neglects the hamstring.” And unilateral, or one-sided, exercises are so important because they make it harder for your dominant side to compensate for your weaker side, which can lead to muscular imbalances.

How to do it better: Form is crucial here. “Make sure you don’t arch your back,” says Wilson. “When your back is arched or if you drop your hips, you take most of the hamstring work out of the exercise—which is the point of the hamstring curl!”

Beth Bischoff
2. Barbell Back Squat

How to do it: Load a bar with 85-100 percent of your bodyweight. Place the barbell across the middle of your traps, and pinch your shoulder blades together. Inhale, contracting your abs tight, then lower into a squat. Then drive back up by pushing through your big toe and heel, exhaling at the top.

Why it’s so hard for men: The average guy struggles with this for two reasons, says Adam Rosante, trainer and author of The 30-Second Body. “First, most guys don’t train their lower body regularly with free weights. So when they attempt a loaded barbell squat, their legs start screaming, their hearts start pumping like crazy. and their balance is all over the place. The second issue is a lack of mobility in their hips and ankles. Most guys I see working out in the gym give almost zero priority to mobility.”

How to do it better: It’s time to start incorporating mobility work into your fitness regimen. “Give yourself 10 minutes of mobility work on your hips, glutes, quads, and ankles before you start your workout,” says Rosante. Try these five stretches to open up your hips before lifting. And if you can’t do a bodyweight squat with proper form, don’t throw a heavy barbell on your back. “Maybe you start with 4 sets of 12 reps of a bodyweight squat in your first 2-3 weeks, then progress to an empty bar, then start to incrementally load weight over time,” he suggests. “Start by nailing the form, and build from there.”

Jay Sulivan
3. Tuck Planche

How to do it: Place your hands on a set of parallettes or aluminum workout bars, then rock your weight forward onto your shoulders and hold your legs tucked under your body. Your pelvis should be on the same plane as your shoulders, parallel with the ground.

Why it’s so hard for men: “The planche is so challenging because it’s such a complex and advanced isometric move that engages a lot of muscles most men aren’t familiar with using—plus it requires mobility, strength, and activation in almost every muscle in your body,” explains Stephen Cheuk, the founder of S10 Training in New York City. The only people who tend to nail it consistently? Gymnasts.

How to do it better: “Start a prone full hollow back hold—like a plank with a rounded back—and get used to shifting your whole body forward so wrists are almost level with your hips,” says Cheuk. “Really focus on engaging your core and squeezing your glutes.” From there, you can move up to the bars and use an elevated surface (like a yoga block) to support your feel until you can master the whole hold.

Ian Maddox
4. Lateral Lunge

How to do it: Step to your left side, and lower your hips by squatting back and down with your left leg, making sure to keep your right leg straight. Return to the starting position by pushing up with your left leg. Switch directions and repeat. Do with or without weight.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Most of our daily movements are forward and back, even though moving in different planes keeps us more mobile,” says Joey Thurman, C.P.T., author of 365 Health and Fitness Hacks That Could Save Your Life. “The side lunge is particularly hard for men because we don’t do them often; they’re looked at as a ‘girl’ move. Plus, they challenge our hip flexibility, which is generally crap because a) we sit all day, which causes the muscles in our hips to shorten and b) we overload our quads, which also causes our hips to tighten up.”

How to do it better: Foam rolling your hips, glutes, hamstrings, and quads will go a long way in opening up your hips. “Doing a deep bodyweight squat will truly help you with your hip mobility, too,” says Thurman. “This requires 90-130 degrees of hip flexion (how much your hips bend) and 110-165 degrees of knee flexion (how much your knees bend).” Once a day, squat down as low as you can without letting your heels come up, then hold for 30 seconds and rise up—keep doing this until your butt can almost touch the ground. “This will help you push your hips back enough in the lateral lunge that your hip bones touch your abs while maintaining a neutral spine,” he says.

Pistol squat Edgar Artiga / Getty Images
5. Pistol Squat

How to do it: From a standing position, extend one leg out in front of you, keeping it straight. Bend your other knee and, with control, lower to the ground so your hamstring touches your calf. Press through your heel to stand up.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Guys rarely forget to train things like their arms and chest, but focus less on their legs and even less on unilateral, stability, and mobility challenges,” says Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., co-founder of SoHo Strength Lab in New York City. “The pistol squat not only challenges the strength/stability of one leg to build muscle, but you also need sufficient lower back and ankle hamstring mobility to do it properly. Rarely do I see a guy who has good mobility—along with strength—in all these areas.”

How to do it better: Improving your pistol squat is all about progressive training. “You want to reduce the depth of your pistol squat until you can perform as least 3 rounds of 5 successful reps,” says Matheny. “Increase the depth when you can get 3 rounds of 10. To help with the motion, you can add a counter balance by holding a weight in front of you.” Including basic mobility work of your hamstrings and low back (like walkouts) will also help, Matheny says.

Beth Bischoff

5. Strict Pullup

How to do it: Grab a pullup bar and hang so your arms are fully extended. Tighten your core and pull yourself up as hard as you can until the bar touches your collar bone. Slowly let yourself down while keeping your core and lats engaged.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Average dudes struggle with strict pullups—no swinging, no arching—because of limited shoulder and lat mobility,” says Angelo Grinceri, a trainer at Performix House in New York City. “This usually stems from three things: training partial ranges of motion adopted from the bodybuilding mentality, the lack of full-body exercises, and sitting too much, which creates tighter pecs and shoulders, as well as weak lat muscles.”

How to do it better: First, roll out your lats with a foam roller or use a Theragun to loosen them up. “Next, stretch the lats by hanging from a bar for 30-60 seconds at a time a few times each day,” says Grinceri. “Start with just one rep; when you can do that with perfect form, you can progress to more.”

Male fitness athlete performing overhead squat with kettlebell svetikd / Getty Images

7. Single-arm Overhead Squat

How to do it: First, clean the kettlebell to the rack position. Then, with your palm facing forward and the kettlebell resting against the back of your wrist, lift the kettlebell overhead and lock your arm. Keep your arm steady with a few inches of space between your ear and bicep as you squat down as low as you can, while keeping your back flat, shoulders up, and knees out. Push through your heels to stand, and repeat on the opposite side.

Why it’s so hard for men: “This is particularly challenging for men because you need to have full overhead extension and flexibility in your shoulders and hips,” says Roman Siromakha, a Crossfit coach at CrossFit Outbreak in Brooklyn, New York. A lot of men are limited in overhead movements because of the bench press we love so much, and men tend to have tighter hips that they don’t spend much time stretching.”

How to do it better: To warm up your overhead flexibility and stability, Siromakha suggests overhead passthroughs: Stand holding a PVC pipe with a wide grip in front of you. Keeping arms straight, bring the bar over your head, then behind your back until it touches your glutes. Once that gets easier, move the hands in one finger-width. (Shoulder activation drills like shoulder touches and even downward dog also help with range of motion.) Then, “make sure you’re able to squat with your hips below your knees,” says Siromakha. “If you’re unable to, practice squatting onto a box or bench, slowly progressing to lower and lower surfaces in order to get that full range of motion.”


Every week, we tell you about some of our favorite pieces of gear that we tested. This week: There’s everything from bags and totes that made our adventures and travels way easier, a kickass pair of Bluetooth headphones we threw on during our workouts, plus a bottle of wine that’ll become an essential for your next party and a roof rack that can hold your kayak. Here are our picks for Gear of the Week.



Thule Hull-a-Port XT

It probably didn’t take long for Thule’s engineers to
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realize that kayakers have a knack for leaving their roof racks up even after the boats come off. So, they made the Hull-a-Port XT, a roof rack that folds flat in seconds, once the paddle session is over, and improves gas mileage, cuts down on noise, and helps with overhead clearances. I tested it during a two-hour car ride on Long Island while hauling a 12-foot-long, nearly 70-pound Hobie kayak and it is a rock-solid rack.

The Thule gripped onto the factory-installed crossbars on my Subaru Outback easily, using the hex wrench that locks into the base of the rack. Out of the box, the rack looks overbuilt in every way. But, the installation instructions reminded me of the directions that accompanied that Ikea bookcase I had in college—lots of illustrations with arrows instead of words (luckily there are a few decent install videos online). The Hull-a-Port XT can haul a 75-pound boat, or two kayaks that combine for 130 pounds or less, though loading a second boat would require a bit of effort to reach across the roof of the car. A sturdy cam locks the swing arm that supports the boat in place and that same lock allows the arm to fold down.

After loading the boat onto the rack (with help), I strapped it down around the cockpit, then finish it off by tying on the bow and stern. I used Thule’s Quick Loop Straps ($30), tucked in under my hood and trunk lid, instead of fishing for a spot to attach to underneath the car. Even at a brisk 50 mph, the rack held securely as the boat rested on the side of its hull. Once the trip is over, the arms swing down and keep a low profile and the rack can sit on the roof for the duration of the kayak season, though taking them off only requires a few turns of the hex key. About my only complaint is the straps that come with the rack: As someone who likes flat straps, I’d love to see some sort of line or marker that could help avoid twisting the lines. — Sal Vaglica, Senior Editor

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Eagle Creek Packable Tote

I recently came back from a five-day trip, which is a perplexing amount of time to pack for. Not quite a weekend bag, but doesn’t require a duffel bag, either. Plus, I would be taking a regional flight with strict baggage allowances, so my typical Tumi roller board was out of the question. Out of frustration, I started packing my clothes in what’s usually my farmer’s market bag, the Eagle Creek Packable Tote/Pack, which costs all of $30. It is simple beyond simple: a Nylon boxy sack that has a top zipper, one pocket, folds in on itself, and can be worn as a backpack or a sack. In it I fit: 3 summer dresses, 2 pairs of pants, 3 tops, a sweatshirt, PJs and unmentionables, workout clothes, a pair of sneaker, a pair of flip-flops, and a swimsuit. It’s like a black hole, thanks to tough seams. And it weighs a whopping 6 ounces. That, plus a handbag with toiletries, my iPad, and a book I didn’t crack open, made for easy travel. This sort of travel probably isn’t for everybody, but this is the sort of bag you should have hanging around—I guarantee you’ll find uses for it. — Majorie Korn, Senior Editor

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JBL X Peloton Earbuds

There’s no way you’d have a hard time finding wireless workout headphones to try out there. Here’s another pair to consider: Whether you’re cranking out a 10-minute cardio workout on a Peloton or putting in some weight training, these JBL X Peloton Bluetooth headphones are a true workout gear upgrade. During my brief testing so far, they don’t slide when faced with what could possibly be described as one of the sweatiest workouts this world has ever seen. While the headphones are wireless, the cord that rests over your neck from ear to ear has a solid, rugged quality. It comes in handy when you don’t have any pockets: I let them hang over the top of my shorts or over the back of my neck so I don’t have to hold them in my hand. — John Lonsdale, Deputy Editor

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Spoken Barrel 2015 Meritage Red Blend

When the cooler weather comes barreling in, so do invitations for game nights, dinner parties, and holiday get-togethers. Y’know what that means? You’re gonna need to have wine on-hand—pretty much all the time—to bring to your guests and to keep for your own boozy stockpile. We’re digging Spoken Barrel’s Meritage, which is made with a combination of Bordeaux grapes, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. The full-bodied Washington red blend shines as a wine-and-cheese pairing or a complement to red meat. It’s smooth, juicy, and has hints of leather, licorice, and red plum. — Brittany Smith, Senior Editor

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Oakley Street Belt Bag

On a recent trip, I wanted a smaller bag that I could use instead of my backpack to take on a few different excursions, including a hike on a mountain, a 15-mile bike ride, and a sailboat ride. This bag ended up being a great option. You can wear it in a couple different ways, including over your shoulder and on your waist. The strap can be extended and tightened for however you want to wear it. The two spacious interior pockets let me store my cell phone, a GoPro camera, a small water bottle, a portable phone charger, an extra T-shirt, eye drops, a small bottle sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses. It’s the perfect pack to take on your next camping trip or weekend getaway. — Matt Jussim, Senior Editor
There are two types of people in this world: those who go whole-hog when they enter a sports stadium or arena, indulging in classic fare like burgers, brats, and beer, and those who demand something more refined—healthier meals that stick to more manageable macros or dietary restrictions. Good news: The Barclays Center—home of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders—in Brooklyn, NY, is answering the cry for more food options with its Brooklyn Taste program.



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eat your way through some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after staples—gorging on Nathan’s hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, and thick wedges of cheesecake. Or you can enjoy multicultural delights, like lamb meatballs, pollo asado tacos, and white cheddar brats.

Curious about those healthier options? Scroll through to see some of the newest options and collaborations, including Happy Cow vegan burgers and Weight Watchers’ Mediterranean Buddah bowl.

The Brooklyn Nets start off the 2018-19 home schedule tonight, Friday, Oct 19 with a matchup against the New York Knicks. You can get all of the following options starting today.

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Happy Cow

Vegan, plant-based options

Happy Cow Vegan Burger: Beyond Burger
Happy Cow Chili Cheese Vegan Dog
Cat Cora’s Wild Mushroom Taco

Paisano’s Burger

Boureum Hill butcher shop (also available in Section 29)

Butcher Cheeseburger
Cat Cora’s Turkey Burger

Section 5

BK Ballers

Italian deli specialties

Classic Beef Meatball Hero
Italian Chicken Dip Sandwich
Uncle Paulie’s Panini (mozzarella, prosicuitto di parma, cotto ham)

Best Baseball Stadium Food

Section 7

Brooklyn Taqueria

Chicken, pork, and mushroom tacos

Pollo Asado Taco
Carnitas Taco

Section 9

Brooklyn Bangers and Dogs

Sausages and hot dogs from Saul Bolton, the Michelin-starred chef behind Saul and Red Gravy

Beef Brisket Brat
Smoked White Cheddar Brat

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Section 11


Menu curated by celebrity chef David Chang

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
Fuku Chicken Fingers
Fuku Fries

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Table 87 Coal Pizza

Coal-oven baked 10” personal pizzas

Classic Margherita Pizza
Wild Mushroom Taleggio Pizza

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A Brooklyn original, serving its famous hot dogs since 1916

Nathan’s Classic Hot Dog
Nathan’s Chili Dog

Buffalo Boss

Wings and fries from the Downtown Brooklyn restaurant co-owned by JAY-Z

Boneless Chicken Wings

Section 24

Kings County Dogs

Loaded hot dogs

New York Street Dog (Dusseldorf mustard, ketchup, braised onions, sauerkraut)
Full House Dog (cheese sauce, chili, onions)
Two Foot Flatbush Dog (Nathan’s two-foot hot dog, Dusseldorf mustard, ketchup, braised onions, sauerkraut, chili, cheese sauce, and Greek yogurt-chili lime slather)

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Cuban sandwiches

Habana Pressed Cuban Sandwich

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Junior’s Cheesecake

Sandwiches and cheesecake

Junior’s Twin Sandwiches (corned beef and pastrami)
Turkey Reuben
Classic, Carrot, or Chocolate Cheesecake

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Weight Watchers

Healthy Mediterranean options from a menu curated by celebrity chef Cat Cora

Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
Zucchino Noodle Falafel Bowl
Lamb Meatballs
Grilled Chicken Skewer
Grilled Street Corn

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If you’ve ever found yourself knee-deep in a pile of food wrappers with a belly so full it just might burst, you may have experienced a binge. Defined as a period of excessive or uncontrolled indulgence, binges can happen to the best of us. But they don’t have to.

How To Know if You Need to Lose Weight

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The first thing to do when you’re trying to beat a binge is to rule out the possibility of binge eating disorder (BED). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (the rei
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gning authority on mental disorders) uses specific criteria to diagnose binge eating disorder, including marked distress over binging episodes, loss of control over amount of eating, episodes that occur at least one time per week for three months, among others. If you think you might have BED, consult with your doctor. He or she will likely refer you to a mental health professional who can provide guidance.

If your binges are less frequent or tend to be the result of an occasional moment of weakness, here are four tips for overcoming the inclination to overeat:

7 Snacks To Beat the Afternoon Slump

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Know Your Triggers

Bored, stressed, emotional? There are lots of reasons we eat but only one reason we should: Because we’re hungry. Ask yourself why you want food. If it’s because you’re bored, get up and tackle a to-do. If it’s because you’re feeling stressed or emotional, try to find other ways to deal. Do some deep breathing or call a friend to vent. Or go for a walk. Exercise isn’t just good for your body—physical activity can help boost your mood and prevent you from “eating your feelings.” Learning to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger will be key in overcoming the temptation to overeat.

Avoid Alcohol

Speaking of triggers… If you’re already feeling a binge coming on, why tempt fate with alcohol, which is infamous for wearing on your willpower? Skip the booze and load up on water instead, which can help you feel fuller without making you vulnerable to overeating.

How to Beat Midnight Munchies

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Eat Regularly

Don’t try to save calories. Being too restrictive or waiting too long between meals to eat is a fast-pass to overeating. Eat regularly scheduled, balanced meals and snacks, and only eat until you feel satisfied—not stuffed or uncomfortable. Don’t ban foods or food groups entirely. Eating well is all about balance and moderation. Declaring foods off-limits will only increase their appeal in moments of weakness. With that said, try not to keep too many treats and temptations at your disposal. Keep your fridge full of healthy options, and load up your desk drawer at work with guilt-free snacks. If all you have on hand is healthy options, that’s all you’ll be able to eat.

Track It

Keeping a food diary can help you stay accountable for the amount you eat. Research suggests that people who make it a point to log their intake every day tend to have better weight loss results—meaning they’re probably eating less. If you do eat more than you probably should, keep tracking. It could be the difference between eating a bit too much and spiraling into a full-blown binge. Download NuMi, Nutrisystem’s free tracking app for iPhone and Android, or visit numi.com on your tablet or computer to start logging your intake today.

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