Cut Out Saturated Fats for a Healthy Heart

Cut the saturated fats from your diet to keep your heart healthy. That was one of the key recommendations the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee had last week for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But the Dietary Guidelines need to clearly indicate that the best way to do that is to stop eating meat and dairy products, which are the leading sources of saturated fat in the American diet. Continue reading “Cut Out Saturated Fats for a Healthy Heart”

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Watermelon and Tofu Sandwich

grilled-watermelonLike a lot of summer produce, watermelon is best when it is served just as it is. It needs no extra adornment. That being said, it is also delicious served in salads and blended in drinks, and even lightly grilled watermelon on the barbecue is great!

Watermelon is about 92% water, which makes it a perfect food to help with hydration, especially in hot summer months. Watermelon is also packed with the free radical-fighting antioxidants vitamins A and C. Continue reading “Meatless Monday: Grilled Watermelon and Tofu Sandwich”

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Gardening for Stress Relief

gardeningDid you know that gardening could improve mental and physical health, boost quality of life, cost next to nothing, and actually be fun, too? And the only downside… maybe a little dirt under the fingernails. (If you don’t like dirty fingernails, wear gloves!) The great thing about gardening is its accessibility. Gardening in some form is available to us all. Whether it’s a small planter on your patio with herbs and tomatoes or a flower garden, or both,  a garden delivers on so many levels. Being out of doors in the company of plants might be just what the doctor ordered! Consider these advantages.
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Sustainability and Health

sustainabilitySince the pandemic began in March, many of us have been impacted both physically with illness, and emotionally, as rapid change, uncertainty and isolation have eclipsed our normal routines. Perhaps you have noticed yourself feeling overwhelmed, unusually fatigued, or are experiencing flare-ups of stress-related sensitivities to food or environmental triggers. As we know, stress can wear thin our buffers against toxins both in our food supply and environment, causing ruptures in all the likely places: our immune system, in our gut and in our energetic field. A word to describe the current climate? Imbalanced. Continue reading “Sustainability and Health”

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Breakfast Today: Cantaloupe Ginger Smoothie

Cantaloupe Ginger SmoothieThis fast and easy-to-make cantaloupe ginger smoothie is a perfect summer refresher. It’s good for breakfast, but also makes a wonderful snack. Cantaloupe is about 90% water, so it is a great hydrating treat for hot days – and it definitely has been hot. Cantaloupes get their color from carotenoids that convert in the body to vitamin A. Melons in general are also good sources of fiber, vitamins B and C, folate and potassium.

Ginger gives this drink a spicy zing. Ginger is also has anti-inflammatory properties! So the next time you need something refreshing, try this healthy and thirst-quenching drink. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Cantaloupe Ginger Smoothie”

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