Health and Fitness

Sunscreen season is coming!

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

spreading sunscreen While we should really use sunscreen throughout the year, summer is when we need it the most. The sun’s rays are more direct, and we are more likely to be spending time outside. Here are some tips for summer sun protection: Look for a sunscreen with at least 5% zinc oxide for the best protection. Apply early and often. That means putting it on 10 . . . more »

Best Workout Snack: Better for You than a Sports Drink. What Is It?

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Best Workout Snack: Better for You than a Sports Drink. What Is It? Bananas have long been a favorite source of energy for endurance and recreational athletes because they are a rich source of potassium and other nutrients, and they’re easy for cyclists, runners or hikers to carry. Research conducted at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab has shown that bananas also increase exercise performance . . . more »

Curious about juicing?

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by HylaryL

The Juicing Bible Anyone who spends time looking into popular trends in health and nutrition has probably heard about juicing. From promising to help you lose loads of weight, to cleansing your body to lowering cholesterol, juicing is a craze that often seems to travel into “cure-all” territory. While many of the claims about juicing have not been scientifically proven to be true, there are some benefits to . . . more »

Staying fit with a baby bump!

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

The Yoga of Pregnancy As someone who is expecting their first child in June, I can tell you that worrying about fitness during pregnancy can be very stressful. How do I stay fit as my body expands at an incredibly fast pace? What exercises are safe? How much is too much? These are all questions that every expecting mother asks, and the answers aren’t always clear. According to the . . . more »

What’s this thing called ‘quinoa?’

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

The Conscious Cook There are lots of recipes out now which call for quinoa. What is quinoa, and how do you pronounce that word anyway? Quinoa – pronounced “keen-wa” – is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is not a true cereal, but is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. It originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia . . . more »

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by HylaryL

Morning Food How many times have you heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” If what we eat in the morning is key to how the rest of our day will unfold, why do so many of us put so little effort into our breakfasts? According to an article published in September 2011 by the American Diabetes Association, skipping a morning meal . . . more »

Slow Cook Your Way to a Healthy Meal!

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by HylaryL

The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth Sometimes cooking something delicious and healthy after a long day of school, work or taking care of the family can be a real hassle. But before you reach for your phone to order pizza, why not plan ahead and make something everyone can enjoy in one of the handiest tools ever created for the kitchen: the slow cooker! Slow cookers (a.k.a. crock pots) are an . . . more »

Dealing With a Pain in the Neck

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Treat your Own Neck These days, neck and back pain are all-too-common ailments. Hours spent in front of computer screens, sitting at cubicles, and waiting in traffic, have created less than ideal conditions for healthy spines. But there is hope! Finding relief can be as simple as adding a few stretches and exercises to your day and paying closer attention to your posture. This list contains beautifully illustrated guides . . . more »

Healthfinder.gov: Live well, Learn How

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

image of healthfinder.gov We all know that getting a regular checkup is essential in understanding our health and diagnosing problems that may arise. Besides the basic blood test, do you know the other shots, and tests that you should consider having? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a wonderful website named healthfinder.gov where you can find lots of quality information that will help ensure you . . . more »

Avoid the Calories from Your Favorite Chain Restaurants

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by HylaryL

The Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites I think we can all agree that some of the best, most flavorful food in the world originates from the multitude of cuisines found in Asia and its surrounding islands. From Chinese to Japanese to Thai food and more, the list goes on and on of delicious culinary treasures that anyone regardless of their nationality or ethnicity can enjoy. The only problem? Though generally quite . . . more »

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