7 Vegetables that Taste Better in the Winter

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, seasonal eating helps with digestion, because it favors easier-to-digest foods in the winter when your body is hard at work burning energy to keep you warm (and therefore theoretically has less energy to devote to digestion). Seasonal produce will be fresher, too, which means its nutrients won't have time to degrade like the same food left to sit in cold storage for days or weeks. One study found that in-season broccoli (fall) contained nearly … [Read more...]

Avoid New Year Resolution Failure, Make a Lifestyle Resolution!

New Year's resolutions are notoriously apt to fail. It's been estimated that only eight percent of people who make a New Year's resolution actually keep it. Instead, make a commitment to simply live healthier from here on out! Little changes, across the board, can make a huge overall difference in your health. When you commit to a lifestyle, it's no longer about meeting a particular goal, like losing 10 pounds. It's about making (usually small) alterations in how you live and go about your … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Stress Free Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to escape from the tedious daily routine, but it can also become the most stressful time of the year. You have to worry about Christmas preparations, shop for presents, organize the Christmas dinner and think of fun family activities to do.   Here are some holiday stress relief tips that can help you beat the stress this year: Learn to say "No". Be gentle to yourself and enjoy the things that make you happy. If you feel that all of the tasks … [Read more...]

Survival Tips for the Holidays

Healthy eaters can often find the holiday season difficult to navigate. There are parties to attend, extra holiday stress, and an abundance of sweets that make it easy to fall into unhealthy habits. Here are a few tips that will help you make it through the holiday madness.   1. Pay Attention to Breakfast - Filling up on a portion packed, healthy breakfast can help stabilize your metabolism and make it easier to resist sugary treats.   2. Move More - Exercise balances hormones and … [Read more...]

A Daily Dose of Gratitude Encourages Health, Happiness and Vibrancy

With all the insanity in the world, it is easy to become bogged down with negativity. Destructive weather, economic meltdowns, a toxic environment... The list could go on forever. It is natural to become disillusioned, depressed and hostile in light of such bad news. But researchers have discovered that even when the environment around us is cloaked in apparent darkness, we can still be happy, healthy, alert -- and make a positive impact. As we become more appreciative, vibrancy and energy … [Read more...]

Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Holiday (Part 2)

  Some people might envision Thanksgiving as a swarm of family, one person after another holding a large plate and forking massive piles of meat, vegetables, and gravy over it all, carting it to a table, and inhaling it without much thought. What does the body do with all that food? Well, some foods will wreak havoc on a person's body, but there are good foods to be had at this holiday as well, ones that the body will turn into healthy fuel. Healthy Thanksgiving Food … [Read more...]

Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Holiday (Part 1)

  How many families have Thanksgiving where the extended family gathers together at a long dining table, full of a bountiful feast, with more food than they could all possibly eat in that one day? Is it also often followed by a menagerie of pies laden with meringue and whipped cream? And how many families follow up the feast with a long afternoon of couch warming, watching one ball game after the next? How many of these families feel terrible the next day, due to overeating and lack of … [Read more...]

The 25 Second Balance Challenge

  Since falls are a major cause of serious injury, especially for older adults, here's a simple way to objectively measure and improve your sense of balance... First, stand in a place where you can catch yourself from falling (like behind a chair or in a corner). Place your feet side by side for ten seconds. Then, place the heel of one foot next to your big toe for ten seconds. Finally, rest the forefoot fully in front of the other (like standing on a tight rope) and wait ten seconds. … [Read more...]

Exercise and Posture Training for Neck Pain

A quick look around any airport, mall, or auditorium/theater will reveal that poor posture is common. There's forward head posture, rolled forward shoulders, and uneven/misaligned heads/shoulders/pelvis-hips. Some people even limp or shuffle while walking. Research shows that when a person adopts an abnormal posture, it can place added strain on various areas of the body, which can elevate the risk for musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain. The good news is that when combined with … [Read more...]

Here’s What Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health

You probably don't give much thought to your fingernails on a daily basis. In fact, the only time your fingernails come to mind is probably when you're painting them, cutting them or when you break a nail - ouch! But believe or not, this commonly overlooked part of the body can tell you a thing or two about your health. Here's how: Vertical ridges Vertical lines running up and down your nail can be a common sign of aging, so they usually aren't cause for concern. However, in some … [Read more...]