wellness (52)

Eating For Life

 

Eating is an essential part of life. We cannot sustain life for long without eating, so it is important that we take the time to learn how to eat well in order to have the best life possible. Our views of eating and the eating practices we adopt will affect our lives and our health in significant ways in the months and years ahead. Eating well can literally change everything.

 

Eating can be both a blessing and a curse. Many people struggle with eating because they cannot keep it in balance. T

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Basic Meal & Menu Planning

As a basis for meals and menu planning, refer to the pyramid information mentioned earlier to make sure you have the basic food requirements met for all family members. Then cross check and plan by looking over basic food categories to target healthy foods to fit the lifestyles and health of everyone. For example, if someone has depression, add some foods mentioned above to his or her dietary plans that aid in the healing and prevention of depression. 

 

Meal planning also depends upon several f

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There's no easier way to add a dose of nutrition to your day than by crunching on a tasty apple. You probably rst experienced its delightful avor as a baby, when applesauce introduced you to real food. And now, whether it's a Granny Smith, a McIntosh, or a Red Delicious, you think of apples as old friends. Grown throughout the world, apples are high in ber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They're fat free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. In short, eating apples is a smart part of a

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Antioxidants are all the rage today.  And, justifiably so.  Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals which cause cell damage, which ultimately can lead to diseases of the heart and cancer.  It seems everywhere you go it's blueberry this and blueberry that.  You have your choice of wild blueberry juice, blueberry-pomegranate juice, blueberry-cranberry juice and so on and so on.  

 

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love blueberries.  But, in our rush to embrace the latest antioxidant food craze (bl

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Be Healthier With Veggies

The new food guidelines issued by the United States government recommend that all Americans eat between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day. When you first hear that number, it may seem like a lot, but it is actually much easier than you think to fit that many servings of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. For one thing, the shelves of the grocery stores are fairly bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, vegetables and fruits are some of th

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by stephanie reck  

 

 

I am soon to be 47, and a few years back I thought I was having a worsening of my PMS symptoms. I have come to find that the PMS symptoms were perimenopause instead. Most people are familiar with Menopause, which is the cessation of a women’s monthly cycle, but not perimenopause. Perimenopause usually occurs in women between their 30’s to late ’40s. During this time, a woman may experience a vast array of symptoms. Most women will enter menopause by the age of 50.

 

Some

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Most of us are fond of at least one product that has the effect of a stimulant and that eventually becomes an addiction. These products include exercise stimulant drinks (they come in cans and look like cola), fizzy aerated drinks, tobacco, betel nut, betel leaf, strong coffee, strong tea, ma huang (an ephedrine-like compound consumed in china), and alcohol.

 

Before I tell you why we shouldn’t consume these products, I’d like to deal with the question of why we do consume them in the first plac

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We all age. That fact is inevitable.  But a lot of the negative changes that take place in our bodies are not. As we age, we become more susceptible to such things as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and arthritis. However, medical research has shown that proper nutrition can slow down and even prevent many of these ailments.

 

It is estimated that nearly one half of all health problems in the elderly are directly related to poor nutrition. The elderly are by and large some of the most poo

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The immune system of our body defends against viruses that cause viral fever, colds, and the flu, and works as a protective shield against chronic diseases. But, as we get older, our immune system ages too and slows down. Hence, to stop the aging of our immunity, we need to keep our body healthy so that it is always ready to fight off any illnesses. While strengthening the immune system is easier said than done, several dietary and lifestyle changes may improve the functionality of our body’s na

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A Healthy Guide to Good Nutrition

Whether you are at your ideal weight or striving to reach your weight goal is it simply a matter of burning more calories than you take in? The answer, I suggest, is no! Overall body health improvement as well as weight gain or loss must be factored into the equation or you could be heading for problems. Correct nutrition can help to reduce the risk of a myriad of health-related problems, the most frightening of which are surely heart disease and cancer. Proper nutrition, however, entails eating

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The human body requires certain vitamins and minerals to function optimally. A well-balanced diet can reduce or even eliminate the need for supplementation. However, supplements can be a valuable addition to a healthy diet.

 

The needs of women are similar to, but not exactly the same as those of men. It’s important that women understand the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for women and follow it to the best of their ability.

 

Consider these supplements to optimize your health:

 

1. Vitamin D

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DIY Skin Care!

In a world of tight schedules, harmful pollution, chemically-laden products, high anxiety, and environmental toxin overload, it is impossible for our skin not to feel and show the effects of it all! Thankfully, with a little commitment, you can maintain your skin's natural beauty in the comfort of your own home! Keep reading to get some tips and simple at-home methods to reduce stress, maintain your radiant skin, and decrease the signs of aging!

 

Cleansing Your Skin

 

The first step in caring f

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1. Always go with a list. If you go without a list, you may as well throw your money away.

2. Plan out a weekly menu. This is the best method to ensure that your list is complete and that you have enough to serve your family dinner for the week.

3. Don't go when you're hungry. This is an essential tip, but it's true: when you're hungry, you want to buy all kinds of junk. You'll end up spending a lot more.

4. Have a budget. When you go to the store, know exactly how much you can spend. This will

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Mango-Peach Smoothies

 Mango-Peach Smoothies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

 

  • Total Time: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1-1/4 cups peach yogurt
  • 2-1/2 cups frozen mango chunks

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

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There are plenty of benefits from working at home. Should one of those be trading in the traditional afternoon lunch break for an afternoon nap? A new study finds taking a regular midday nap may be good for the brain and keeps a person’s cognitive abilities sharper.

 

The first question is: what constitutes a nap? Researchers in Shanghai define this quick respite as sleep lasting between five minutes and two hours. The findings come from the team

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What Makes A Food A Superfood?

 

What Makes A Food A Superfood?

What makes a superfood? The broadcast definition of a superfood is a food with extraordinary nutritional benefits. Eating well is good for your physical health as well as mental health. However, which foods are particularly essential to make you healthy?

Superfoods are rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and fiber. While research supports the health benefits of certain foods, upgrading them to a superfood level is more useful when it comes to providing an ultimate

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