The bottom of the stress barrel is undesirable to anyone. Work, relationships, family, finances, and a number of other factors may cause stress at some point in your life. While identifying the stressors is half the battle, so is determining healthy ideas for stress-reduction. You may not be able to eliminate your stressors but you can eliminate their affects on your mind and body. And it doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming.
Stress-Reducing Physical Activity
The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones into our bloodstream. These hormones raise blood pressure, heart rate, and Continue reading
Imagine a frozen TV dinner consisting of seasonal vegetables, a hearty soup and a homemade entrée ready in 5 minutes —that you made!
Convenient food? Check.
Fresh food? Check.
Healthy and Budget-Conscious Food? Of course.
Cooking and freezing foods in bulk allows for easy, inexpensive, and healthy eating throughout a hectic workweek. Try these following tips and meal ideas instead of wasting money on store-bought prepared foods, other convenient foods with questionable ingredients, or soon-to-spoil foods in your fridge.
#1: Base your cooking around seasonal foods.
Buy fresh vegetables and fruits during their natural harvest season for optimal taste, texture, and nutrient levels. I, myself, am learning which foods are best during which season. For seasonal food lists, try online sources or visit your local Continue reading
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! On a daily basis, all of us combine our compassion, charity, and action to serve our communities and nation. I consider “service” one of the greatest sources of happiness. Nonetheless, one must fully take care of their well being before attempting to care for others’. For the month of February, focus attention on the centerpiece of your love, compassion, and health—your heart.
5 Heart-Health Tips
1. Chocolate, Wine, and Berries… The Darker the Better
- Dark chocolate, unlike milk or white chocolate, contains high amounts of catechins, a heart healthy antioxidant. Aim for chocolate with 70% or higher cacao.
- Red wine, in comparison to other alcoholic beverages, contains more flavonoids and antioxidants. Two 4-ounce glasses of Continue reading
The holiday season is amongst us, which includes an ample dose of delicious celebratory foods and drinks. It can be hard to pass up egg nog, creamy dips, latkes, or any holiday food. And as a number one fan of my mother’s sugar cookies, I wouldn’t ask anyone to give up their indulgent holiday favorite.
However, several days ago, I contributed to a healthy holiday potluck gathering with fellow HealthCorps’ corps members. The spread of “healthified” and inexpensive options varied from creative appetizers to desserts and reaffirmed the notion that healthy holiday treats can extend beyond an entire table of carrots and yogurt dip. I’ve chosen several inexpensive, healthier, and delicious recipes to incorporate into your regular holiday fare this year. Follow the recipes to a “T” or create your own versions.
Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes and Guacamole
- 1 large sweet potato or yam, cooked and peeled
- 1 large carrot, peeled and very thinly grated
- ½ Jalapeno pepper, minced Continue reading
I’ve yet to hear an adult tell me on any given morning: “I’m soooo rested. I had way too much sleep last night.”
On the other hand, we’d all be smiling if we had a nickel for every time someone said: “I’m soooo tired. I didn’t get enough sleep.” Demanding jobs, personal relationships, and day-to-day tasks consume our lives. Yet the important task of sleeping seems to fall to the bottom of our priority list. Sacrificing quality sleep, however, could potentially be adding to your sleep debt. And who wants more debt?!
What is Sleep Debt?
Sleep debt is the accumulated sleep that is lost due to poor sleeping habits, sickness, or other causes that affect “peaceful” sleep. This debt can become difficult to “pay back” if it becomes too large. Adults roughly need between 7-9 hours of sleep Continue reading