Despite what we know about being safe in the sun, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the incidence rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasing every year.
Here are 5 sun safety tips to protect you and your family against the sun’s harmful effects.
1. Keep it to SPF 30: SPF (sun protection factor) ratings are a measure of sunscreen’s ability to block UVB ratings (known for causing the most damage). Did you know that a higher SPF than 30 does little if anything to block any more UVB rays than SPF 30? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) actually warns against using higher than SPF 30 because it can give people false confidence on the effectiveness of the product, leading them to believe that they are better protected and can stay out longer without further application. In the end, this increases their exposure to damaging UV rays. Generously apply natural sunscreen products that protect from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 rating. Reapply often and especially after being in water. Continue reading “5 Tips for Sun Safety”
Known for it’s very tart flavor and bright red stalks, rhubarb is a versatile vegetable can enhance any meal. Packed full of nutrients including B complex vitamins, vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium and manganese, rhubarb could be considered a superfood.
If you have never cooked with rhubarb, it is very easy to prepare. Keep in mind that the redder the stalk, the more nutrient dense it is. Chop away the green leafy parts (they are toxic), and clean the rhubarb by wiping it with a damp cloth. Pull the stringy parts away from the stalk and now you are ready to use it!
Rhubarb and Beet Salad
• 4 medium beets, washed
• 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1 1/2 inch diagonal slices
• 1/4 cup local honey
• 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 4 cups mixed salad greens Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Rhubarb and Beet Salad”
Probiotics are a great way to help even the healthiest kids. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that have a wide array of benefits. Found in fermented foods like yogurts or kefir, or in a nutritional supplement such as Pathway Kids’ Acidophilus, here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider giving your kids probiotics.
1. Probiotics can help counteract side effects of antibiotics. Although there are cases when antibiotics are a necessary and very helpful medication, antibiotics are becoming less frequently prescribed for children. Unfortunately children sometimes develop diarrhea when they take antibiotics, as the healthy bacteria in the gut become collateral damage in the antibiotic’s fight against disease-causing bacteria. Probiotics, particularity Saccharomyces boulardii, can help reduce the risk of this type of diarrhea. Continue reading “3 Reasons to Give Your Kids Probiotics”
IT’S STRAWBERRY SEASON!! Every year we head up to a local farm where organic strawberry picking is available. And every year, I think my kids do a better job eating strawberries then actually filling the buckets.
Organic strawberries are a must in our house, especially this year, when strawberries were ranked number 1 as the most pesticide laden fruit/vegetable, according to the Environmental Working Group.
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants (anthocyanin) and vitamin C, as well as being rich in folate and fiber. This recipe combines the sweetness of strawberries with the crisp taste of cucumbers for a refreshing side to fish or even a simple light lunch on its own. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Organic Strawberry and Cucumber Salad”
The question of motivation for exercise constantly comes up with clients. “How do I stay motivated?” Everyone has heard this refrain throughout the years: “You have to stay motivated to work out, you need to be motivated to work out.” But here’s the thing – I have found during my 25-plus years in teaching and coaching that… you don’t need to be motivated! That puts a tremendous amount of pressure on you. Here’s another approach I’ve found that really, really works.
It’s all about creating a habit. Once you have a habit, it’s easy. You don’t have to think about it. You may not be motivated to brush your teeth in the morning, but hopefully you do. You may not be motivated to get some things done in the morning, but because they’re habit, you just get them done. Working out is the same thing. You just need to do it often enough so it becomes a habit. Continue reading “Why You Don’t Need Motivation for Exercise”