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March 2015

Tips and Tricks for Healthier Living

We asked and you answered! As a long-time advocate of healthy eating and natural living, I sometimes feel like I live in my own little world. Living the way I do is natural to me after all my years doing so; I can’t imagine any other way.

 

Every day I meet people who are taking to the path of living well and thinking creatively to smooth their way. I love learning new things and discovering new ideas that can be shared and implemented by us all.

 

Here’s the best of the best of your tips and trick to living well!

 

Ah-Chew!

Ah-Chew!

As April showers replace March’s chill, many of us rejoice at the thought of spring.

 

But then there are the more than 50 million Americans who dread the blossoms on the trees, the pollen in the air because for them, spring doesn’t bring flights of fancy, but rather boxes of tissues for their runny eyes and noses.

 

Seasonal allergies are no joke. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, allergies cost more than $14 billion each year. That’s a lot of sneezing!

 

Springing Forward

It’s finally here…spring. The breezes are growing warmer, wafting through our open windows with the perfume that tells us the chill of winter is behind us and it’s clear sailing into summer. We begin to develop a deep desire to clear our homes of accumulated winter clutter; we dust, wash windows and change bedding to lighter, airier linens. Bulky sweaters and boots are carefully put away for next winter and are replaced with lighter cardigans and our breezy summer clothes.

 

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal and transformation…of our homes, our clothes…and our health.

Bagged Salad: Should We or Shouldn't We?

It’s important to understand all the stuff that’s in what you buy. Then and only then can you can decide if you want it in your food, on your body or in your home.

So I decided to put all my years of label reading to good use.

It’s amazing to me how ingredients we might not want to consume are cloaked in complicated names; and with nutrition panels that read like a Russian novel, you have to be a detective to decipher what’s in your food.

Not anymore! Let's shine the light on what we're eating.

Eat This Now!

Amazing Asparagus

Just when you think there isn’t one more thing you can love about spring, along come the first tender stalks of asparagus, the surest sign of the season, next to tulips. After a long winter hiatus, the first limbs of this wonderful vegetable are as welcome as the first warm rays of sun on winter-weary skin.

Eating for Your Workout

Each January, we commit to getting healthy and fit. Then winter doldrums set in and we set our deeply-felt resolutions aside and curl up under a blanket on the sofa.

The spring comes and with it a renewed commitment to be our best (or perhaps it’s simply the deeply-held dread of taking off our layers and revealing what we have wrought over the winter months). For whatever reason, getting fit and spring go together like love and marriage.

Spring is in the Air!

As I write, it is an unseasonably cold, grey March day. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever see sun or be blissfully warm again. As I write, it’s snowing…again…outside my window. And yet, if I pay attention and stop whining about being cold, there is a freshness in the air that can only be identified as spring.

Going Meatless

I can practically see your eyes rolling. We post some very cool social media with daily healthy tips, yummy recipes and some interesting information about our food and making healthier choices.

 

But now? Oh, yeah, baby. Time for the big guns.

 

Should we be eating meat? Not so much. I love you so I wish I could tell you there was good news about meat.

 

Despite what we see and hear in advertising, animal food is not vital to our lives and is damaging to our health and wellness.

 

If GMO Food Is So Great and So Safe, Just Label It

It’s National Nutrition Month, thirty-one days dedicated to helping people make healthier choices in life. I see it as a time to refresh our commitment to wellness but also as a time to pay attention to the food we eat…and what’s in it.

 

We should be nervous about the future of our food…and asking a lot of questions…one of which is ‘What’s a GMO and why is it in my food?’

 

Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.

What’s In Your Food?

Do you know what you’re really eating?

“Imagine if waiters told you the truth about your dinner order. They’d probably start like this: