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Our Favorite Heart Healthy Foods

In honor of American Heart Month, we are wrapping up our favorite heart healthy foods! Heart disease is the worlds leading cause of death, but research shows it doesn’t have to be! By consuming a diet rich in nutrients, and avoiding foods known to be a main contributor to heart problems, we can all increase our heart health and overall health substantially.

5 Podcasts for your Health

Podcasts have gained popularity rapidly over the past couple of years. Whether you’re commuting to work, cleaning your home, or cooking a meal, podcasts make it easy to learn more about topics that are important to you straight from the experts! Thats what we are so excited to announce that our founders Alyson Ryan, LCSW and Danielle Zanzarov, PhD will be launching their own in the next couple of months! But if you just can’t wait, here are some of our favorites to listen to!

5 Apps for Healthy Eating!

Have you ever looked at a product in a grocery store and wonder if it was right for you? With all the different ingredients, including unknown chemicals, compiled with confusing labels, it has become increasingly difficult to make healthier choices when it comes to our nutrition. Luckily at the touch of your fingertips, you can find healthy eating apps that will fit every lifestyle. Each app is amazing in its own way. Perhaps you would like to avoid a certain type of allergen in your food? Well there is an app for that! Are you looking for healthier alternatives to easily accessible and overly abundant fast food chains? Well you’re in luck! Take a look below at some nutrition conscious apps and start your journey on the road to healthy eating.


Cooking with Essential Oils

Our South Bay Wellness Team has been raving over doTERRA essential oils lately. From spraying their all-natural bug repellent TerraShield, to diffusing soothing Lavender, to their rub-on PastTense headache reliever, we can just not get over how may exciting ways there are to use these powerful oils! And now, we've found that you can cook with them too! We have TWO awesome summer recipes that are not only healthy, but can help uplift your mood! Check them out and let us know what you think!

Nutritious AND Delicious

Are you looking to steer your children away from unhealthy habits (such as sitting hours in front of a computer screen or TV) and getting them interested in more beneficial ones, such as eating healthier, more nutritious meals? Believe it or not, getting your children to eat and appreciate quality food isn’t as hard as it seems

There is a belief that healthy food is unappealing to children. Though it may be difficult to force your little ones to snack on a plate of raw cucumbers and carrots, there are so many quick, easy, and creative recipes out there that are not only nutritious,  but loved by children. We’ll get you started with one of our favorite “go-to” recipe websites for children. Just click the link below!

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/kid-friendly/kid-friendly-recipes

Food for all

If one website with healthy meals for children wasn’t enough, we have another great website to share with you. With recipes so great, even you’ll be eating them.

Make your home a safe haven for nutritious meals for the entire family! Havenrecipies.com has great ideas for children that you’ll also find enjoyable. You can thank us later.

 http://havenrecipes.com/HAVEN_RECIPES/CELEBRATE_RECIPES.html   

No No GMO!

What is a GMO exactly? Well, GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organism.” To create a genetically modified organism, the genes of a plant or animal areliterally altered. In a laboratory, the genes of a completely unrelated organism are inserted into the genes of the plant or animal (i.e. like fish genes inserted into tomato genes… and yes this has been done).

Genetic engineering is quite different from traditional breeding. It is not like mating two different kinds of dogs. It is more like crossing a dog with a pig… which of course would not occur in nature. Genetic modification is far from an exact science and its true consequences have not been sufficiently studied. Yes, the FDA has approved these organisms and they are present in our food but, please keep in mind that the deputy commissioner for food at the FDA is Monsanto’s (the corporation that seems to be leading the way in biotechnology) former Vice President

Is that really food?

Buyer Beware! Before you spend your hard earned cash on packaged and processed foods, you should know that they provide little to no nutritional value and in many cases, they are harmful to your health.

Processed and packaged foods are one of the biggest nutritional health destroyers. Despite what many package labels claim, (i.e. Cocoa Puffs is good for you because it is filled with fiber or the blueberry muffin mix is healthy because it contains blueberries -which it usually doesn’t- or Nutella is amazingly nutritious for breakfast), you would be hard pressed to find packaged and processed foods in the grocery store that will actually provide nutritional benefits.

Most packaged foods have been processed so much that they need to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. In most cases, you can consider them dead foods (and foods that bring death … oops, did I say that?).

Now, I understand, fresh foods may not always be readily available and the supermarket is, in fact, filled with primarily processed and packaged foods, so what does one do?...........

Do vegetables really matter?

Most Americans today consume less than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (and most of those servings are of fruit). With the convenience of processed foods and the fast-paced harried lives that we lead, it seems easier to opt for processed and packaged foods than it does to grab fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are the key to good health and nutrition though. They contain the phytonutrients and the minerals that the body needs to sustain life. By simply adding in more vegetables, clients experience weight release, better energy, better bowels, lower pH, sleep better, relieve aches and pains, reduce allergy symptoms, lower blood sugar levels, reduce their risk of chronic illness, and more. The list could go on and on. Vegetables were put on the earth for us to consume......

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Alas, the holiday season has arrived. A time for festivities, shopping, family, <st1:personname w:st="on" style="color: #222222; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.6666679382324px;">joy… and for some, angst! There are 3 schools of thought when it comes to the holiday season and eating. The first school of thought believes that they should deprive themselves of all the holiday treats. They think of holiday gatherings and cringe. The visions of indulgence make them nervous and rightly so. They are likely committed to eating healthy but worry about their levels of will power. We will call them the Avoiders. The second school of thought also approaches holiday eating with concern. They however, have decided that they will indulge. They do so knowing that they may suffer some consequences in the end whether it is indigestion, weight gain, or increased susceptibility to colds... 

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