Switching to a Greener Lifestyle for Earth Day

by Manjari Fergusson

Earth Day is a good time to jumpstart a more eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. Here are a few switches you can make to establish a greener way of living:

From conventional green, leafy vegetables to organic

Green, leafy vegetables are often heavily sprayed, but it’s worth the extra money to switch over to clean and organic… still chock full of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and fiber,1 but without the toxic agrochemicals.

Curbing Colorectal Cancer Through a Plant-based Diet

by Manjari Fergusson

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, addressing a common type of cancer that affects both men and women. This cancer, affecting the colon and rectum at the same time, is the third most common type of cancer in the world.[1] Studies have shown that meat consumption increases the risk for this deadly disease, and vegetarian, plant-based diets are associated with decreased incidences and overall lower numbers of colorectal cancers.[2]

Essential Fats for a Healthy Heart

by Manjari Fergusson

One way to keep your heart healthy and protected is by ensuring that you have the right amount of essential fatty acids in your diet, particularly Omega 3’s. They provide many heart protective properties among a host of other benefits. Omega 3’s help lower triglycerides, reduce arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats), lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.i

Truly Healthy: Fitness and Inner Happiness

by Manjari Fergusson

Living a truly healthy lifestyle includes all aspects of a person’s life: what they consume, how active they are, how they manage stress, their mental and emotional health, and how they care for each other. This month’s Feature Article discusses the healthy-eating side of wellness, while our Health Tip focuses on the other aspects of a person’s health and wellbeing.

Healthy Desserts During the Holiday Season

by Manjari Fergusson

One of the scariest parts about cooking or baking during the holiday season is the expectation that being healthy means sacrificing taste or flavor; but that really doesn’t have to be the case! You can have the best of both worlds and create yummy dishes that you and your friends and family won’t even realize are “healthy”.

Tasty desserts made using wholesome ingredients are not only delicious, but easier on your waistline and leave you feeling fuller, causing you to eat less. Win!

Here are some healthy ideas for yummy desserts, perfect for your holiday meals:

Eating Healthy Around the Holidays

by Manjari Fergusson

Thanksgiving is a fun-filled holiday that’s known for big eating and those pesky pounds that go along with it. But you can actually enjoy the holiday season without weight gain if you learn to avoid overindulging on and around the holidays leading up to the New Year.

This doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends – naturally you’ll be eating richer, higher calorie foods over those three or four days. But you can do it in a healthier way by incorporating a few of these tips:

Fight Disease with a Plant-based Diet

by Manjari Fergusson

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventioni (CDC), the most common and costly diseases are also among the most preventable of all health problems.

These include conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and arthritis. Alarmingly, half of all adults in the U.S. in 2012 have at least one chronic health condition, and one in four adults have at least two.

September is “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” Month

by Manjari Fergusson

This month is “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” Month, bringing attention to the importance of having plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet. As you have probably heard over and over again, there is a plethora of benefits to eating fruits and veggies, including reducing the risk for childhood obesity, which we talk about in this month’s feature.

Healthy and Nutritious School Snacks

by Manjari Fergusson

With most kids back in school this month, it’s the perfect time to get inspired with new snack ideas! The importance of healthy snacking is huge, as it helps balance blood sugar levels, provides lasting energy, and ensures good nourishment for you and your growing children.

Yummy, healthy snacks help keep kids from eating too many empty calories, usually in the form of sugary drinks, sweets and candies, chips, and cookies. This goes a long way in preventing childhood obesity and diabetes, which are increasing problems here in the U.S.