Stay Fit this Summer!

by Tandis Bishop

Summer is a great motivator to get fit and healthy as we do our best to look great in swim wear on the beach!  With the beautiful weather and the many opportunities to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor activities, it’s easy to get into shape and stay healthy. If we're not careful, however, summer can also be our ruin!  In addition to vacation parties, barbeques, ice-cream, cold sugary drinks, and other not-so healthy foods, summer's hot weather can make us reluctant to exercise.  Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy and fit during the summer.

Get Active! Even a Little Shows Great Benefits!

by Tandis Bishop

With our everyday busy schedules, physical exercise is an activity or for some, a task, that only occurs if and when we can make time for it. For many Americans, it’s not a part of our lifestyle but only a concept that you know would be good to do but realistically never happens. Physical inactivity is a major public health problem, and convincing evidence shows that it contributes to several chronic diseases and conditions. As a nation we have dug ourselves into a big hole of inactivity. Now is the time to pull ourselves out of it!

Healthy Lunches for Busy Families

by Manjari Fergusson

With today’s busy schedules, it can be challenging to eat healthy meals at work or while on-the-go. Too often we find ourselves grabbing convenience foods which may not be the healthiest option. However, you can enjoy healthy snacks and lunches with just a little pre-planning and preparation. Below are some ideas you can incorporate to make it just a little bit easier to eat healthy during the busy work week.

Eight Foods for your Heart

by Manjari Fergusson

Along with eating a plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant-proteins (like legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds) instead of meat-proteins, and along with consuming healthy fats, here is a list of foods that studies have specifically shown may help protect against heart disease.

Help Prevent Obesity with Positive Changes

by Tandis Bishop

With a brand new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce healthy, positive changes into your life and help reduce your risk for obesity. Eating plant-based foods as often as possible is one of the best things you can do, not only to help prevent obesity, but also for your health and well-being in general. Here are some helpful guidelines to assist you in creating well-balanced, plant-based meals.

Tasty, Tempting, and Totally Healthy

by Manjari Fergusson

It’s a common misconception you’ve probably heard: vegetarian food is not tasty, and living a plant-based lifestyle must mean sacrificing flavor for health. In fact, any diet can be boring if you eat the same thing all the time or don’t experiment; by living a more veggie lifestyle, your diet can potentially be more interesting and rich, as plant-based foods are naturally packed with flavor. So who says that vegetarian cooking can’t taste great?

Become A GMO-Conscious Shopper

by Manjari Fergusson

With the risks of eating genetically modified food so uncertain, many Americans wisely try to avoid consuming GMOs as much as possible. Unfortunately, genetically modified food is not required to be labeled. Therefore, it can be hard to know if what you buy is genetically modified or not. Luckily, there are ways to avoid GMOs. The following is a guide on how to be a smart, GMO-aware  shopper.

Tasty Ways to Plant-ify Your Meals

by Manjari Fergusson

With summer nearing its end, many of us will be heading back to school or coming back from a vacation – it’s a time that presents the perfect opportunity to adopt a healthier diet. Over 1.5 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society. That staggering number can be alarming, especially as obesity continues to be a huge problem for Americans.

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