Whether you’re training for a marathon or you just exercise to stay fit, it’s important to remember that the human body, like any engine, needs fuel to maintain performance. But not all food is created equally, and it’s important to eat the right kinds of foods whatever your fitness goals. For aerobic training (any prolonged
IDEAS FOR HER
Alpaca Arte Socks
Beautifully made and super soft. We have unisex sizes large & medium in stock, a size large would fit those men in your lives!
Terra Infinity Scarves
The Terra scarves made by women in Ecuadorean indigenous tribes, they are fairly traded and perfectly soft and lovely. We have several colors and types of scarves available.
Bee’s Wrap Reusable Wraps
The natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage, because good food deserves good care. A perfect gift for those trying to eliminate plastic use.
Luci Daum Reusable Bags – LOCAL!
We have three sizes of these sweet little bags. With lovely prints, they hold everything from feminine products (mini pouch) to replacing plastic bags in lunches.
IDEAS FOR KIDS
Tinker Totter Robots
Stack and create various robots of all different sizes. Made from eco-friendly rubber wood this colorful set will stimulate the mind of any child who loves to build and puzzle. For kids 3+.
Krochet Kids Animal Hats
These hats have adorable little animal ears and are made from soft yarns. We have hats for the little foxes, pandas, bears & owls in your lives.
Ideas for him
Urban Cowboy Deodorant
A gentle formula enhanced with botanical sage & rosemary to help fight odor and feel fresh. Urban Cowboy deodorant is vegan, free from phthalates & triclosan, and offers effective odor protection without aluminum, or talc.
Bulldog Skincare for Men
This fast-absorbing beard oil contains aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. It has been specially formulated to soften, tame and condition the beard. This oil improves the shine of the beard without making it look greasy, yet leaves your beard smelling great.
Kleen Kanteen TKWide 16oz Insulated Kanteen
Stop spilling coffee in your bag with the Kleen Kanteen’s leak proof cafe cap. Plus you can add a touch of sustainability to your daily coffee run with the Insulated mug, it keeps hot drinks hot for 10 hours, or iced for 30 hours!
FOR THE DOG IN YOUR LIFE
Racey’s Tastey’s Dog Treats – LOCAL!
Check out local dog treat maker Racey’s Tastey’s treats (Peanut Butter or Apple and Pumpkin) for the special pup in your life. These dog-tastic treats are made in Bayfield and are tested by owners Jim Lynch and Sally Hedges. Jim and Sally are also pack leaders of Racey’s Rescues sled dog team – a team built with a sled team of 6 rescued dogs.
Soft Lines Inc. Slip Leash – LOCAL!
Made right here in Ashland, Soft Lines builds dog leashes are made from multi-filament polypropylene fibers. The leashes stay soft and pliable even in cold conditions and are water resistant.
IdeAs FOR STOCKINGS
Auromere Bamboo Toothbrushes
De-plastic your bathroom with this eco-friendly alternative to plastic toothbrushes. The Auromere bamboo toothbrush is naturally anti-bacterial, sustainably grown using bamboo wood, it is also Vegan and uses BPA-free bristles.
Kleen Kanteen Steel Straws
Americans use 500 million straws every day. The Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Straw Set is a reusable solution to disposable plastic straws and an ideal accessory for their 16oz or 20oz Insulated Tumblers and Steel Pint Cups.
One with Nature Activated Charcoal Soaps
Activated charcoal absorbs 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities and acts like a magnet to attract and absorb bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles when they come in contact with activated charcoal, helping to achieve a flawless, clear and even toned complexion.
While we welcome the warmth of summer, there are two pesky things that go along with it: sun and bugs! Here are some quick tips to help you choose and use sunscreen and insect repellent. SUNSCREEN Choose broad spectrum coverage – Select a sunscreen that contains protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Ultraviolet-A
If you’re looking to eat healthy but have to do it on a tight budget, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some tips to create a plan to help you spend less, shop smart, and still eat good food. Make a plan Meal planning will not only help you
Spring is the perfect time to clean house, both literally and figuratively! If you’re feeling a bit sluggish coming out of a winter that seemed to last forever, here are some tips to rejuvenate your health. Get outside! – Spending time in the great outdoors, even if you only just sitting, can improve both your
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