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!


October 25th, 2014

You are worthy

Perhaps we just need little reminders from time to time that we are already dignified, deserving, worthy. Sometimes we don’t feel that way because of the wounds and the scars we carry from the past or because of the uncertainty of the future. It is doubtful that we came to feel undeserving on our own. We were helped to feel unworthy. We were taught it in a thousand ways when we were little, and we learned our lessons well.

― Jon Kabat-Zinn


October 17th, 2014

Own your story

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

― Brené Brown


October 8th, 2014

Too cheap for organic food?

Organic foodsBanana can be cheaper than less healthy goods.  For example, $4 buys a medium latte OR 3 organic bananas, a handful of organic walnuts, and a small organic coffee. Buy in season, buy on sale, buy in bulk, buy store brands.


August 20th, 2014

Food allergies, gasp!

Food LabelFood allergies can cause hives, shortness of breath, face and neck swelling, and tingling tongue. Combat reactions – read food labels carefully to avoid the culprit. Quiz your wait staff about ingredients. Tell them of your allergy. Ever had an anaphylactic reaction (your throat swells and you can’t breath)? Carry epinephrine (in a convenient injection pen) or antihistamines.


July 28th, 2014

Energy drinks zap tooth enamel!

13 sports drinks and 9 energy drinks (the worse) have enough acidity to corrode tooth enamel after only 5 days of occasion drinking. Drink water! Check it out here.


July 1st, 2014

Delightful dandelion

You may think the dandelion a pesky weed, yet it’s edible, delicious, and nutritious. Rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, and zinc, it’s also a mild diuretic. Toss a few leaves for a yummy salad or serve as a side dish.


May 8th, 2014

Multitasking can be fattening

Eating lunch at your computer leads to bigger snacks half an hour later compared to those who eat with no distractions.  Distracted diners have a less accurate memory of their meal and don’t feel as full afterwards. Mindful eating pays off!  Amer Jour Clin Nutri, published online 12.8.10.


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