healthy-eating

Try Something New

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | February 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, fish, food, health, healthy food, healthy foods, healthy habits, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, how to eat healthier, local food, natural food, recipe, recipes, salad, womens health

Whether it’s trying a new food or attempting a new recipe, the rewards far outweigh the risks.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve urged my kids to try a new food—a food they claimed to “know its disgusting”—only to hear them say, “Wow mom, I didn’t know delicata squash (or kale, pomegranate, clams) was so not gross! Can I have some more?” Sure, sometimes (as with the pureed broccoli-and parsley salad I foisted on them last night), they confirm it to be disgusting. But they don’t gag, vomit, or die.

5 Foods to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | February 12th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: avocado, chocolate, food, foodie, fruits, good fats, greens, health, healthy habits, healthy-eating, heart, heart health, heart month, mango, nuts, olive-oil, salmon, spice, spices, wine

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than making sure your heart is strong and healthy? February is Heart Month so it’s a great time to focus on all facets of your heart, whether it’s about love or health. And, fortunately, foods that are good for your heart tend to be good for your head, too. It’s all about keeping your heart pumping properly and making sure your arteries are clog-free. Here are five food types you should be consuming to keep your heart healthy.

5 Foods to Boost Brainpower and Overall Health

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | February 10th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: blueberries, brain, brain health, cinnamon, coffee, coffee beans, health, health benefits, healthy food, healthy-eating, mental-health, rosemary, walnut

Today nearly 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number will more than triple. While studies show that taking up certain hobbies such as bridge, learning a foreign language or doing crossword puzzles, may help decrease your risk for dementia or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, many of us may not have the time to take a Spanish class or schedule a regular bridge game. But, you can stave off memory loss and decrease your risk for develop Alzheimer’s without taking a class – all you have to do is add a few things to your grocery list.

The Advantage of Being a Food Snob

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, food, food ethics, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday weight gain, holidays, organic foods, recipe, recipes, slow-food

This time of year, people tend to go in one of two directions, eating-wise: Either they double down on their dedication to a healthy diet and forego every sugar cookie, candied pecan, and cheese plate they encounter—or they say some version of “screw it” and dive head first into the buttered mashed potatoes (or cookie platter).

It’s OK to Splurge

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | December 22nd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: christmas, food, good nutrition, health, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday weight, holiday weight gain, holidays, nutrition, nutrition. health, perfect holiday

It’s holiday time. Gifts. Food. Family. More food. Spirits. Studies have shown that, on average, people gain about a pound over the holidays, and overweight people tend to gain more. So while a pound doesn’t sound too bad, the fact is that that pound usually stays put and, over the years, those single pounds add up to five, eight and, eventually, ten-pound weight gains. That translates into a whole new wardrobe.

Podcasts to Educate Mind and Body

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | December 7th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: health, healthy-eating, media, media messages, podcast, wellness

I recently had a wonky thyroid reading, a high TSH that seemed to come out of nowhere. Luckily, a holistic physician’s assistant helped me address it through natural means. Still, surprised at this change in my body and feeling a need for more education, I turned to podcasts for their easy access and the fact that I could listen on the way to work. I was astounded by both the quality of information and the amount of new knowledge about thyroid, autoimmune, and Alzheimer’s disease and the role of nutrition in treating them.

You Need Yoga Now

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | November 24th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, balance | tags: breathing, breathing-exercises, excercise, health, healthy habits, healthy home, healthy-eating, holiday, holidays, how to sleep better, restorative, restorative yoga poses, restore, sleep, womens health, Yoga, yoga for detox, yoga-for-beginners

The holidays are careening toward us again, whether we’re ready or not. It’s time to take a look at how we plan to take care of ourselves during the chaos. Let’s start with a few of the demands placed upon us. Although the list can be endless—shopping, parties, where will the money come from, baking, cleaning, entertaining, will Uncle Joe get drunk and ruin dinner—you have to carve out extra time for these chores.

3 Mindful Steps to Practice Balance

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | August 18th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, balance | tags: balance, balanced life, forgiveness, healthy habits, healthy home, healthy living, healthy-eating, home, how to maintain new healthy habits, inspiration, motivation, Personal Growth, self growth

Life is the living art of balance. Balance is a beautiful concept, rooted in the exquisite imagery of Yin and Yang. For most of us, the attempt at balance is more like a circus act of hither and thither, with multiple moving parts flying about our worlds in an unpredictable and mysterious way. As we all strive for our perfectly expressed version of “just the right amount,” it’s important to remember a few essential things to the practice of balance.

Rethinking Campfire Food: 15 Healthy, Easy Ideas + 2 Recipes

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | June 23rd, 2014 | 33 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: campfire food, camping meals, camping recipes, healthy food, healthy recipes, healthy snacks, healthy-eating, how to avoid junk food, oatmeal, trail mix, trout

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For me, the best part of camping isn’t the rugged hiking trails, swimming in a pristine lake or sleeping under the stars — it’s the food! It’s easy to get caught up in a junk-food rut when packing for a camping trip — potato chips, over-processed hot dogs and preservative-laden packaged foods. But planning campfire meals that are better for you is easier than you might think.

A recent campfire cookout with my family inspired me to make our next camping menu healthier — but still delicious! Try these ideas and easy-to-prepare camping recipes on your next outing.

Here’s to a Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day! Plus: A Pancake Recipe Sure to Make them Swoon

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | February 9th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Relationships | tags: dark chocolate, Fitness, healthy pancake recipe, healthy valentine treats, healthy-eating, heart health, the firm, treats, valentine treats, Valentines Day, working out together, Yoga

Heart-Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes

By The FIRM Master Instructor Leslie Perry Duffy

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a gigantic box of chocolates, right? Hardly! This special holiday symbolized by hearts and celebrated with high-calories treats can be anything but heart-healthy. However, there’s no hard and fast rule that requires us to celebrate with sugary candy and foods saturated with fat. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in a healthy way does not mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite treat in moderation. Or, forget the treats and celebrate in a unique way that’s special for you and your loved one(s).