Tips to Make Resolutions That Stick

resolutions aThe new year will be upon us once again, a time when many of us resolve to do better in the months to come. This can be a motivating time to make healthy lifestyle changes. And yet, New Year’s resolutions are plagued by a stigma of short-term success that often wanes before winter ends. When it comes to resolutions, why are we so shortsighted?

It seems that the social pressure for setting goals, rather than the more intrinsic origin, results in a whole lot of halfhearted and incomplete resolutions. Whether you’re simply resolving “to be more physically active,” for instance, or setting a concrete goal “to lose 30lbs,” it’s not enough to simply state Continue reading “Tips to Make Resolutions That Stick”

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Vegan Diet Could Cut Holiday Heart Attack Risk

vegan lasagne aExcessive eating this Christmas – and for many that means loading up on eggnog, cheese plates, ham, roast beef, and turkey – could lead to a holiday heart attack, according to a new study.

Swedish researchers found that heart attack risk increased by 37% on Christmas eve and 15% on Christmas day. This was compared to the 2 weeks before and after Christmas, and was possibly due in part to overeating. People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease were at greater risk – that’s more than 120 million Americans.

Of course, filling up on baked potatoes and broccoli won’t lead to a heart attack. Continue reading “Vegan Diet Could Cut Holiday Heart Attack Risk”

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Gift Ideas for Everyone

gift ideas brighterGift giving can be stressful and difficult. Compounded with everything else going on at this time of year, sometimes finding the right gift for a teacher, mail person, baby sitter or other friend or relative gets put off to the last minute. If you are struggling with what to get that special someone, Village Green Apothecary has gift ideas for you that are natural and unique.

For the Tea Lover

With names like Get Happy and Get Relaxed, and flavors like Orange Ginger Mint, teas from Republic of Tea are a tasty and warm gift to give. Continue reading “Gift Ideas for Everyone”

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Breakfast Today: Gingerbread Cookies

gingerbreadSome of my favorite gifts to give and to receive are homemade baked goods. The thoughtfulness, as well as the time and energy spent in creating something especially for you is truly a beautiful thing. This recipe is perfect for the holidays, in all its gingerbread goodness. And although it looks and tastes like something naughty, it really is nice!

These are great as breakfast cookies and are a perfect way to start your morning. By giving them, you’ll ensure your host also has a sunny start to their day. Oats and quinoa both provide a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps you feel satiated until your next meal or while you are running around trying to get all your last-minute stuff done. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Gingerbread Cookies”

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5 Tips for GI Discomfort During the Holidays

teaHoliday season is upon us, which means parties, get-togethers and lots of overindulging. Overeating or feasting on foods that you do not eat on a regular basis can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn and abdominal pressure. Don’t let indigestion or GI discomfort put a damper on your holiday cheer. Below are some of my favorite remedies for easing gas and bloating.

1. Digestive herbs: Bitter formulas, such as Pathway Digest-Ease, contain a combination of herbs such as gentian, ginger, Oregon grape, fennel and peppermint, which can provide immediate support for GI distress, such as gas, bloating and stomach pain.  Continue reading “5 Tips for GI Discomfort During the Holidays”

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