Top 5 Garden Vegetables for Spring

Spring is finally here! All of you gardeners out there know that now is the time to get sprouting. There's no better way to know where your food comes from than by growing it yourself.   Seeds: Regardless of what crop you are growing, always choose organic, non-GMO varieties of seed.   Recommended seed sources: - Bakers Creek - High Mowing - Seed Savers Exchange   Gardening for Health: All vegetables are healthy for you in their own unique ways! We've put together a … [Read more...]

15 Foods for Heart Health (Show Your Heart Some Love!)

  Heart Healthy Foods #1 - Berries Berries, especially the red and blue varieties, are remarkably potent, heart-healthy warriors. Results of a meta-analysis study from 2016 found that berry consumption contributed to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index. Simply consuming 1 to 2 daily portions of either strawberries, raspberries or blueberries can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart Healthy Foods #2 - Leafy Greens Leafy greens, such as … [Read more...]

Vitamin D: How to Maintain Good Levels Throughout the Winter

  Now that winter is here, your vitamin D level is dropping just when you need it the most. In fact, the average American's level will drop well into the deficiency zone, increasing risk of illness, cancer, and a host of other health problems. Fortunately, latest research has provided some very simple guidelines for maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D throughout the winter. Many current guidelines for vitamin D levels are too low because they only take into account what is needed … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Healthy Through the Winter

Good health in the winter - both physically and mentally - might require a little bit more effort but can still be achieved and maintained. Here are some things to do to stay healthy and happy during winter time. Go outside every day Daylight is essential. So many functions in our bodies slow down or suffer with the lack of daylight. Even if the sun doesn't shine it still matters if we're exposed to outside light. Make sure to get at the very least a couple of hours outside every day.  The … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]