They say the way to a person’s heart is through food, and we certainly won’t argue that showing your love with a home-cooked meal is special. Food also happens to be a great way to insure a healthy heart too. By choosing heart smart foods, you can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, including decreasing
We’re already a week into the new year…Are you sticking to your resolution to eat better? If you’re still looking for inspiring healthy food to add to your menu, look no further. Here are ten recipes to help you have a healthy new year. Lentil Salad with Radish – Lentils take center stage in Christy Morgan’s
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius Need a spark to jump-start a healthier you in 2019? A healthy new year can be yours with just a few simple changes. Here are eight easy ways to begin your journey toward better eating and improved wellness. Plan your meals
Hemp History Week is June 4-10! Join us in celebrating hemp as more than just a healthy whole food source of plant-based protein, Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids SDA and GLA. Did you know hemp is also a growing U.S. industry and an environmentally sustainable solution for potentially thousands of non-toxic products ranging from car parts and
Winter is waning and you probably find yourself wanting to shed any extra weight that took up residence during the season. (It was all to keep you warmer, right?) Help is here in the form of 5 tips for cleaning up your diet this spring.
- Stay hydrated. Water helps keep things moving in your body, especially through your liver which producers bile that helps the body process fats. Plus, it helps you feel full. Often, if you haven’t had something to drink in awhile, that emptiness you feel is not hunger…it’s thirst! The recommended daily intake of water is half your body weight in ounces.
- Avoid processed foods. While making your own meals takes time, you can also better control the ingredients. It’s easy to open a box, but not always good for your waistline because packaged foods tend to be higher in calories and fat while being lower in fiber and nutrients. If you’re short on time, try one of these 5-minute meals from Shape magazine. While you’re at it, limit your intake of alcohol, caffeine, dairy, and sugar too.
- Eat small, eat regularly. Did you know your stomach is the size of your fist? Any time you eat a meal larger than that, your stomach stretches to accommodate. To help control portion size, take a look at your closed hand and aim for meals of that size. Keep your metabolism humming along by eating on the regular, too. That means a small snack in between meal times. Reach for a few protein-packed nuts, a heart-healthy avocado, or a fist full of fresh veggies. Make dinner the smallest meal of the day and on the lighter side. Try soups or veggies with a side of your favorite protein.
- Feed your gut flora. We know it sounds gross, but the bacteria in your stomach and intestines plays a key role in mind-body health. It seems like every day another study comes out that suggests a deep relationship between the health of our stomach flora and our mental state. (Check out this information about the brain-gut connection from John Hopkins University.) It’s a feedback loop with serious ramifications, if we aren’t aware of the connection. We eat processed food that kills off helpful bacteria. That leads to inflammation, which can lead to anxiety, depression, and a host of other ailments. These in turn can lead to overeating and sedentary living. And then, we keep feeding this cycle until we make a change in our diets. So, feed your gut with probiotic-rich foods such as kim chi, sauerkraut, and vinegar.
- Get (and stay) moving. No detox would be complete without adding exercise into the mix. Sweat helps keep your system clear and renews your skin. You don’t have to go all crazy, with an hour or two of cardio and lifting each day. Simply add at least 30 minutes daily of heart-pumping movement, whether that’s dancing, walking, swimming, or whatever else you enjoy that gets your body moving.
Spring is on the way and if the return of the light has you wanting to also lighten up your diet, smoothies are a great way to go. Packed with fresh flavors and a great on-the-go option, you can grab smoothies ready made in the Co-op Deli or make your own at home. Here are
Since heart disease is America’s number one cause of death (accounting for 34 percent of all of them), it makes sense to focus on ways you can prevent heart disease. Fortunately, keeping your heart healthy is fairly easy. It’s getting started that can sometimes be hard! Here are five simple habits that you can adopt
Heart disease remains the top cause of death for Americans, though it has decreased in recent years. Because of its pervasiveness, we know a lot about how to prevent it. Diet can play a huge part in keeping your heart healthy and here are 10 superfoods to help you do just that. Avocado – Full
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Every new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. It’s a time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and make plans for what you want to do next. Resolving to do something is easy, though. Actually doing it? A lot harder! So how do you make and keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Read on…
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If you’re regularly eating on the run with little time to cook, it can be tempting to grab prepared foods to fill you up. But many packaged foods lack the nutritional punch you need to fuel your body and keep you healthy. Here are some tips for keeping the weight off and your belly full,