June 11th, 2015

Hail to the kale

Popular in northern Europe and now throughout the US, kale is a nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable, an excellent source of lutein and vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of calcium. Bake your own kale chips, use Raw Kale Salad, braised or sautéed with leeks and mushrooms, or in wilted in soup.


April 16th, 2015

Breathe

Kitten snoozingTake a breather. Many of us go to bed with hundreds of thoughts and ideas running through our mind. Before bed, take a few deep breaths to put your mind at ease. If it continues to race, write down your ideas and how they can be addressed the next day. Sleep tight!


April 7th, 2015

The complexity of B vitamins

B12Did you know that there are eight B vitamins? All of these – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 – maintain healthy skin, enhance immune and nervous system function, and promote cell growth and division. Foods rich in B vitamins are whole grains, milk, and other animal sources. If you do not regularly consume meat or animal products, consider a daily B12 supplement.


March 22nd, 2015

Be You

Happy Woman in Field“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


February 28th, 2015

Join a team!

Katherine GraingerResearch in Australia showed that women who participate in club sports enjoy better mental health and life satisfaction than women who exercise at a gym or walk alone, even though there were no differences in physical health between the groups. Join a local volleyball or adult soccer league with friends, family, or coworkers!


February 8th, 2015

Go against the grain

Farro, the Italian grainGo for gold! Instead of cooking with the average whole grains like brown or white rice, opt for something different. From spelt to millet to farro to freekeh, you’re bound to find something new you love. All contain quality nutrients and a good amount of fiber to keep your body satisfied and healthy!


February 4th, 2015

Om-mazing Results with Yoga

Yoga twistStroke survivors with impaired balance may find relief in yoga. A small study found that after eight weeks of yoga classes, participants had positive results through improved balance, less fear of falling, and more independence than their peers who received regular care.


December 6th, 2014

No means no.

“Learn to say no to demands, requests, invitations, and activities that leave you with no time for yourself. Until I learned to say no, and mean it, I was always overloaded by stress. You may feel guilty and selfish at first for guarding your down- time, but you’ll soon find that you are a much nicer, more present, more productive person in each instance you do choose to say yes.” ― Holly Mosier


November 25th, 2014

Power down to power down

iPad ScreenTurn off the screens and dim the lights. TV screens, iPad screens, and other electronics and indoor lighting cause the brain to remain active. Ease your mind into sleep by shutting off electronics and dimming lights at least an hour before you go to bed, if not sooner.

 


November 9th, 2014

Superhero asparagus

Did you know asparagus have saponins, a phytonutrient that battles inflammation and chronic disease (like cancer). Saponins regulate blood pressure and blood sugar, too. Asparagus have loads of vitamin C, E, betacarotene and fiber, and contain a prebiotic that  nourishes good bacteria in your gut. Spear it forward!


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