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  • 10 Ways to Increase Energy Levels

    by Paula Gallagher | June 18, 2019

    I love (need) my coffee every morning, but often around 2 pm I find myself needing the wake-up feeling I get from my French roast. Unfortunately, caffeine after noon affects my sleep at night, so I need to look for other ways to perk me up and keep me going through hectic days. Here are 10 things that you can do to avoid the midday slump and increase your energy.

    1. Eat a healthy breakfast. Studies show that eating breakfast increases our alertness, and the effect is almost immediate. To stave off hunger until noon, eat a meal that’s high in fiber and contains protein and healthy fats. Read more

  • The Amazing Connection Between Cellular Memory and Our Health

    by Teri Cochrane | April 15, 2019

    Cells have memory. And this cellular memory is durable – even if your conscious mind has forgotten something, your body remembers – down to the cellular level. Research has shown that all experiences, no matter how small, leave physical “footprints” on the body. The intensity of these “leave behinds” is likely proportional to the impact of the actual experience – so as an example, a life-altering traumatic event would have more of an impact than a small family disagreement. Cell memories literally impact everything – the expression of our genes, the physical functioning of the body, and of course our actions, thoughts and emotions. Read more

  • Benefits of Gardening to Relieve Stress

    by Paula Gallagher | April 10, 2019

    We finally had warmish, sunshiney weather over the weekend and all I wanted to do was be outside cleaning up the garden and yard. And although I have to hold off on planting outside as we are still getting below freezing temperatures at night, it felt great to get my hands dirty.

    Gardening can be incredibly rewarding, and one of the benefits of gardening is that it's an excellent way to relieve stress. Physically digging, raking, and pruning are great for releasing tension. Not to mention, great exercise for your body, too. In addition, sunshine provides vitamin D, a very important vitamin involved in immunity and promoting a positive mood. Read more

  • My Top Fitness Tips for Women

    by Teri Cochrane | March 25, 2019

    Throughout history, societal norms have dictated the body beauty ideal for women – whether soft and rounded, model-skinny or strong and chiseled. This “ideal” is ever-changing and is both geographically and culturally driven. Many women have taken extreme and unhealthy steps to meet someone else’s idea of a perfect body. Bowing to societal pressure, women continue to restrict calories beyond what is healthy, undergo dangerous cosmetic procedures, wear uncomfortable undergarments and engage in excessive exercise all in the name of attaining that elusive perfect body. Young girls, unable to reach someone else’s ideal, are becoming stressed, Read more

  • Tips to Make Resolutions That Stick

    by Jared Rice | December 26, 2018

    The new year will be upon us once again, a time when many of us resolve to do better in the months to come. This can be a motivating time to make healthy lifestyle changes. And yet, New Year’s resolutions are plagued by a stigma of short-term success that often wanes before winter ends. When it comes to resolutions, why are we so shortsighted?

    It seems that the social pressure for setting goals, rather than the more intrinsic origin, results in a whole lot of halfhearted and incomplete resolutions. Whether you’re simply resolving “to be more physically active," for instance, or setting a concrete goal “to lose 30lbs,” it’s not enough to simply state Read more

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