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.
by The FIRM nutrition expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.
Spring has sprung! So let’s use this change in seasons to motivate us to clean out our kitchens — and our nutrition plans while we’re at it.
Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with friends and family.
Interestingly, people who spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Remember the old saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’?
But there’s a positive side to our desire to conform socially. Find the right circle of friends — your own personal support group — and sticking to an exercise schedule or diet becomes easier. Hence the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.
Furthermore, research demonstrates that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise and more pounds shed and kept off over the long term.
Don’t have access to a local support group? Make your own via one of the following social media platforms:
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Could something as simple as a quick and easy blood test save your life? Absolutely.
It’s called a C-reactive protein test, and it measures the degree of HIDDEN inflammation in your body.
Finding out whether or not you are suffering from hidden inflammation is critical because almost every modern disease is caused or affected by it. If your immune system and its ability to quell inflammation in your body are impaired, watch out. You are headed toward illness and premature aging.
I must admit that although I was excited when I first got my pressure cooker, it never quite found a home in my kitchen. I’d take it out to make the occasional pot of beans or beef bourguignon, but then I’d pack it back up in the box it came in, and stash it in my laundry closet.
In my other life, I’m in the process of becoming a personal chef. In case you didn’t know, a personal chef is someone you can hire to shop for, cook, and freeze a batch of meals for you and your family. Sure, it costs a little more than if you were to cook the meals yourself, but it can be an incredible time-saver for a busy family, and for someone who is not an accomplished cook, it’s a way to enjoy healthier and tastier meals in the comfort of your own home.
Up until recently, I was never very good about eating leftovers. Chinese food containers would waste away in my fridge, and I’d remember the existence of last week’s delicious stew only after it had gone bad.