Many of us don’t realize how many man-made chemicals we are exposed to throughout the day. If when we get up in the morning we shower using shampoo and conditioner, brush our teeth, style our hair, cook our eggs in a non-stick pan, put away some of our children’s toys, and take a big whiff from our new Glade plug-in, we’ve already been exposed to so many chemicals that our livers will have their job cut out for them.
I don’t know about you, but when it starts getting cold outside, warm and nourishing soup immediately comes to mind. I not only love the fact that you can pack a lot of nutrition into a compact, one pot to wash meal, but you can clean out your produce bin in the process!
It’s one thing to make a huge long list of new years resolutions, but it’s definitely another thing to follow through with them. If you only commit to making one positive change this year, focus on drinking plenty of water: the most important nutrient in your body.
Unfortunately, for many of us, stress is an uninvited guest during the holidays. It can be hard to balance the the normal, day-to-day duties on top of planning social engagements, looking for the perfect gifts, baking, menu planning, and hosting family from out of town. I think we can all agree that the financial aspect of our holiday causes stress as well.
Winter Solstice is just around the corner. The weather has gotten chillier, the nights are long, and the winter fruits and vegetables are back in season.
I find a salad bowl to be like an empty canvas, just awaiting my creative touch. Not only does a salad provide you the opportunity to get a lot of vegetables in at once, but the array of colors can be just as pleasing to the eye as the flavors are pleasing to the palate. I urge you to come out of your salad rut and experiment with some of these fresh ideas!
I think that when it comes to nutrition, the topic of fat is still the most misunderstood. We have been taught that certain fats should be avoided all together due to health risks, others should be used but only in small amounts, oh and a whole other group of fats is so important everyone should be taking them. No wonder we are confused!
Spring is a time of regeneration and growth. All around us, nature is moving out of the hibernation of winter and into a state of vibrancy and brilliance. It can be easy to let this time float by, practically unnoticed, if you are busy and live in an urban area. Remember that nature is never very far out of your reach, and it is important to create a
connection with the world around you.
We are entering a new growing season which means that we’ll start seeing some more local varieties of fruits and vegetables. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many reasons to focus on eating food that is in season.