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  • Strawberry Season is Here!

    by Paula Gallagher | July 1, 2015

    strawberryI love strawberry season around here. My kids enjoy the whole process – the wagon ride, the picking, the eating, and then the countless things we make from the baskets and baskets we bring home. Strawberries are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, a tasty after-dinner dessert, or an ideal way to add a slice of color to salads. As with most berries, picking or buying organic is best.

    One cup of sliced strawberries is less than 50 calories and contains almost 150% of our recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

    High in folate, potassium and manganese, and stuffed with antioxidants such as flavonoids, strawberries are a superfood in their own right. As a matter of fact, strawberries – just like any antioxidant-rich food – are great at counteracting the cell damage that free radicals trigger in our bodies. Antioxidants protect these cells, and may reduce the risk of serious diseases, such as certain cancers and heart disease. Read more

  • Tracking Your Fitness – At Home or When You Travel

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | June 30, 2015

    fitness-tracker-walkingMore than 1.4 billion dollars have been invested in fitness wearables since 2009 (1). It’s become a huge and growing trend for individuals, as well as companies hoping to promote greater wellness in the workplace. For example, to promote wellness, Ikea gave all 14,000 of its U.S. employees, from executives to part-time cashiers, an UP fitness wristband from Jawbone (2). And while the corporate market is huge, the biggest market is still individuals who are on the lookout for the wearable that best suits their individual tastes, budget, needs and preferences.

    Looking to find the perfect fitness tracker to track your steps, routes, swim laps, sleep, and so much more? Better yet, ready to stay on track with your fitness goals while you travel? Here are some of the most popular, the most accurate, the most techy, and the most futuristic devices for tracking your fitness.

    We'll start with Fitbit, because in all of the research I’ve done, the Fitbit tends to rate very well. From least to most expensive, here are a few options to consider, with prices included: Read more

  • The Gut-Mind Connection: Can Food Affect Mood?

    by Paula Gallagher | June 29, 2015

    yogurtCan food affect mood? In a recent study, published in Psychiatry Research, a group of psychologists asked 710 college students about what they normally ate, their personalities, their exercise habits, and any social anxiety symptoms they experienced. The results showed that people who ate more fermented foods (yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir) were less likely to experience social anxiety.

    This was an observational study, which means that it is unknown if it was the probiotics in the fermented foods that caused the reduction in anxiety symptoms – however, animal studies suggest that probiotics can help stimulate the release of important mood-related neurotransmitters. Probiotic supplements have also been shown to change how we respond to stress and sadness.

    This may be more proof that there is a gut-mind connection, that the health of your gut may be linked to your mental health. In 2011, a study out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario also found that the balance of bacteria in your gut may have more to do with your mood than any other contributing factors.

    Here are some common factors affecting the bacteria balance in our gut: Read more

  • 5 Tips for Sticking to Your Healthy Eating Plan While Eating Out

    by Margo Gladding | June 25, 2015

    restaurant-mealHaving just returned from traveling, I know that vacations can easily sabotage healthy eating habits. Restaurants work hard to entice you with over-the-top food and drink options. Complimentary bread baskets, rolls, and tortilla chips as well as large portion sizes are just some of the obstacles that can derail your diet plan. Here are some helpful tips and strategies to help you stay on track with your healthy eating plan while eating out.

    1. If you know you are going out for dinner, prepare! Eat carefully during the day. Have vegetable soup or a big salad for lunch. About an hour or two before you leave for dinner, have a protein shake, fruit and nuts, or yogurt so that you don’t arrive too hungry. It is important that you don’t starve yourself during the day or skip meals, as this can lead to overeating at dinner.

    2. Select restaurants that offer plenty of choices. Review their menu before you go and plan ahead what you will order. Make sure the restaurant offers fresh vegetables and salads, and is willing to make menu substitutions. Read more

  • Village Green's BIG SUMMER SALE + 4 Questions to Ask About Supplements

    by Paula Gallagher | June 23, 2015

    Summer Sale postcard frontVillage Green's Summer Sale is going strong. If you haven't taken advantage of the great deals yet, you have until July 18th. Pathway products are currently 30% off, many other practitioner brands are 25% off, and our hand and body care products are 20% off.

    This is a great opportunity for you to get your multivitamins, omega-3s, natural sunscreens and any of your natural healthcare needs. And  If you have never taken a supplement and do not know where to start, we can help.

    When it comes to choosing the most beneficial products, there are four important things to look for:

    1. Quality ingredients: Look for patented, trademarked ingredients (examples: Ester-C®, Suntheanine®) as well as vitamin and mineral forms that are highly absorbable (examples: calcium hydroxyapatite or calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate). Read more

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