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Womanista Exclusive: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Pro Lindsay Arnold Dishes on David Ross, Her Diet and Married Life

Earlier this month, I got a chance to catch up with Dancing With the Stars pro, Lindsay Arnold for an exclusive feature with Womanista! In my first interview, we dished about the show and the controversies following this season. In my second interview, we explore more of the lighter side of performing, along with family life, wellness routines and more.

While you’re at it, check out Lindsay Arnold’s Womanista Approved Influencer picks, where the Utah native outlines her favorite things from beauty to entertainment to fitness and more, that you must have!

Womanista Exclusive: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Pro Lindsay Arnold Dishes on David Ross, Her Diet and Married Life

As one of the youngest professional dancers in Dancing With the Stars history, Lindsay Arnold is conquering the dance world and showing no signs of slowing down with every step, swing and cha-cha.
With a little more than half a million followers on social media and dancing her way victoriously to the title of top five finalists for three consecutive seasons, Arnold is clearly one to watch.
In her fifth season as a pro, the 23-year-old is hitting the dance floor this spring with former Chicago Cubs player, David Ross. But as she tells Womanista in an exclusive sit down, practice doesn’t come easy as there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes with travel and rehearsal time.
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How Do You Know If You’re Eating Too Much Sugar?

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We add it to our coffee. It’s in our favorite, on-the-go breakfasts. We sprinkle it in baked goods and pastries. And it’s lurking deep within our favorite processed foods and drinks — like those delicious Frappuccinos! There’s no denying we really love sugar.

But while sugar makes life sweeter and summer all the more enjoyable, this excessive bad habit’s consumption rate is often swept under the radar. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the average adult consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, while children consume on average an estimated 10 more. Though they don’t provide specific recommendations on how much we should consume a day, the American Heart Association suggests at least 9.5 teaspoons.

As one of the more dangerous substances we ingest on a daily basis, refined sugar is linked to a long list of ailments like obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, acne, depression, mood swings and fatigue — just to name a few.

While slashing sugar from your diet can be tricky because it’s in literally everything, there’s no need for paranoia. Watch for dietary information on labels and choose more natural choices like stevia, honey, brown sugar or agave. But if you’re not feeling 100 percent or are experiencing oddities in your well-being, chances are you might be experiencing signs of over-consumption.

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3 Ways to Eat Clean for Optimal Health

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Summer entails not just sunshine and opportunities for travel, but plenty of occasions to indulge in some of our favorite foods. But as the season’s sunshine helps smash the blues, a cleanse or detox just in time for quality summer fun can chase away the sluggishness that often slows down our bodies after a long winter.

Eating clean to optimize your health is an excellent way to refresh your eating habits. You may have heard of the “clean-eating” craze thanks to its popularity of foodie photos on social media and the countless hashtags like #cleaneating or #eatclean, but the spirit of eating clean lies in how it’s delivered to your table—meaning, as natural as possible. And while many see it as a diet, it’s more about creating a happy and healthy lifestyle for yourself for an improved wellness, one meal at a time. That said, it also means, eating minimally processed and packaged foods, and cooking more at home with good ingredients.

Touted as the best way to rev up your natural detoxification process by experts and nutritionists through the consumption of whole, real foods like veggies, fruit, whole grains, protein, nuts, seeds and oils, clean eating is a nutritious and beneficial way to support your body’s well-being.

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Adding a Social Media Cleanse To Your “Tech Diet”

Social Media - Jason Howie FlickrWith technology continuously advancing and social media setting new rules for all segments of society, every day we get more connected to each other. Conversely then, does being more connected mean being more communicative? Scientists don’t think so. In fact, a study out of the University of Michigan shows how online social media contributes to loneliness and reduces overall life-satisfaction, rather than making us feel connected.

Without a doubt, we have become addicted to our digital devices; we check our emails a number of times in a single day, photograph our food, post status updates about what we’re up to, and in many ways it seems like a quality way of keeping in touch with those that matter, but that’s not the case. Technology in these past few years has made aspects of our social life easier, giving hope and optimism to those using it. In many ways, social networking has glorified the virtual romance of technology but has made users pay the price with their self-esteem.

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