healthy living

3 Steps to Spring Clean Your Kitchen (and Your Nutrition!)

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | April 29th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: apples, broccoli, carrots, cereal, cleansing the kitchen, dairy, food, freezer cleaning, grains, halloween candy, healthy living, healthy-eating, kitchen cleaning, nutrition, nutrition upgrade, pantry cleaning, pasta, peas, produce, refrigerator cleaning, salad dressings, Sara Ryba, snacks, Spring, spring cleaning, the firm

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.

‘Social Media’ Your Way to Health and Fitness

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | February 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments
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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:

Lime.com Is Now Part of Gaiam Life!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 13th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: Fitness, Gaiam Life, Green Living, healthy living, Lime, Personal Growth, Relationships, wellness

If you know Gaiam Life, you probably know Lime.com. It’s a fun, fresh site that brings you “healthy living with a twist” just like Gaiam Life. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Lime.com has merged with GaiamLife.com. It’s a good fit — both sites offer reliable, seriously interesting information on green living, wellness and personal growth. Gaiam Life is like Lime with a makeover: great personality with a new look.

Is Your Body Burning Up with Hidden Inflammation?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | November 19th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: allergies, anti-inflammatory, avoid stress, causes of inflammation, chronic illness, cures for inflammation, exercise, healthy living, healthy-eating, hidden inflammation, inflammation

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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.

Under Pressure

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 8th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: advice, food, healthy living

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.

Secrets of a Personal Chef

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | January 29th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: food, Green Living, healthy living

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.

Meals Times Two: Two Tips for Using Leftovers

by jasongonzales | December 6th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: food, healthy living, leftovers, meals, waste

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.