Good Sleep As a Baby Affects Health Decades Later

baby-sleepingGood sleep is important for all of us, but interestingly, good sleep as a baby turns out to be more important than we knew previously. Researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine have found that establishing good sleep patterns for your baby will affect their health, even years later.

They found that babies that get into a good bedtime routine are half as likely to be overweight at the age of 1 as other babies the same age. This finding is important because infants that gain a lot of weight in the first year of life are more likely to be obese later in life, putting them at risk of heart disease, diabetes and a host of other illnesses. Continue reading “Good Sleep As a Baby Affects Health Decades Later”

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Yoga For Beginners

yoga-class2I am a beginner. The group of ladies on my street have been trying to get me to go with them for years. However, my perception of yoga – silent, meditative, slow – never appealed to me. Personally, I’m a mover. I need to run, jump, climb, sweat to feel like I am getting a workout. How could such a slow gentle workout, well, be a workout? I was wrong. Finally caving in, I attended my first class in yoga for beginners and found myself thoroughly challenged and feeling strong afterward.

If you have never attempted yoga and are skeptical about its benefits, here are some tips. Continue reading “Yoga For Beginners”

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5 Tips to a Happier Workplace

happy-workplaceWhether we’re tired, stressed, hungry, or distracted by problems at home, it’s okay to have a rough day every now and then – but it shouldn’t become a regular occurrence. These quick tips for a happier workplace can help you get back on track and enhance productivity, fight fatigue, and reduce stress, all in a day’s work.

1. Make the most of your lunch break: Taking a short break can help you refresh and restore, increasing your productivity for the rest of the day. Step away from your desk and take time to enjoy your meal. If it’s nice out, head out for a 15-minute walk. Make sure you also pack an energy-filled lunch. Protein powers up your body for a busy day, warding off a dreaded afternoon energy crash. Continue reading “5 Tips to a Happier Workplace”

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Great Whole Grains: Fuel for Optimal Health

coucousLow-carb diet headlines may be a thing of the past, thanks to new research that shows whole grains can help you lose weight and keep it off. In addition to promoting longevity, slashing the risk of heart disease, and stabilizing blood glucose, whole grains are packed with fiber, which fills you up, promotes a healthy gut, and enhances immune function.

Ancient grains are also the secret to this year’s Rio-bound athletes, with everyone from Olympic beach volleyball star April Ross to tennis champ Serena Williams using steel-cut oats, brown rice, and quinoa to fuel all-star performance.

Want to put the science into everyday practice? Try this nutrient-packed couscous dish, which you can serve as an entrée or pair with a leafy green salad. Continue reading “Great Whole Grains: Fuel for Optimal Health”

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Lunch Today: Quesadillas with Strawberries and Spinach

strawberry-spinachI can’t get enough of our local strawberries and I am taking full advantage of the fact they won’t be around much longer. Although nothing tastes better than a warm strawberry plucked from its stem, the following recipe is close. It combines ingredients you typically would find in a salad, but they also work beautifully in a tortilla as a quesadilla.

This is an excellent alternative to a sandwich for lunch. High in protein and good fats, this quesadilla will power you through the day. And if you’ve never tried the combination of strawberries and spinach together, this is a wonderful introduction. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Quesadillas with Strawberries and Spinach”

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