0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

Putting aside the fourth Thursday of November each year so that loved ones can come together and share thanks for their blessings is, I believe, one of America’s finest traditions.  Having grown up in Australia I’ve long thought it was a real shame my convict ancestors never thought to put aside a day of thanks themselves.

Of course Thanksgiving, and the holiday season it kicks off, can be a very stressful time for many people. The Martha Stewart-like images of happy families dressed in the latest holiday fashion, sitting around decadently decorated tables and feasting joyously on gourmet delights create expectations that can never measure up to reality.

If you’re like many people I know, you probably get so busy working through your endless “To Do” lists that all your hectic doing slowly hijacks who you’re being. The result: instead of feeling gratitude for all that you have, you find yourself focused on all that’s missing… whether it be someone else to host Thanksgiving dinner, relativ...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lauren Mathes

When you thank your friends and family this upcoming holiday season, the reasons to do so may extend beyond good wishes, and actually benefit you and your health.

Study after study has shown that social connections - through family, friends or with companion animals - seem to pay off in terms of good health, longevity and even prolonged survival among patients with very serious diseases.

Some evidence linking good health with strong ties to family and friends includes:

  1. The immune system's natural killer cell activity is negatively affected by three "distress indicators" - one of which is lack of social support.
  2. One study of 75 medical students found that those who were lonely had more sluggish natural killer cells than students who were social.
  3. Research has shown that people who care for companion animals have less illness than people who do not. Companion animals' owners also recover from serious illness faster.
  4. Susceptibility to heart attacks appears to correlate with how often people use ...
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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

Your home - whether big, small or somewhere in between - should be your sanctuary, a place where stress is left at the door and your soul is nurtured. With the holidays near, spending a Sunday afternoon implementing even a few of these suggestions can make a noticeable and enjoyable difference.

For a more comforting environment, consider implementing the following:

1. Bring the outdoors in. Green plants, cut flowers and blooming bulbs, pieces of wood, rocks and other organic elements can create a feeling of nature indoors.

2. Paint a room to suggest a mood. For instance, blue and green promote a relaxed feeling and may be good choices for the bedroom, while warm colors (maroon, coral, burgundy) suggest a cozy environment and may be inviting in a family room.

3. Surround your senses with beauty. Artwork, fragrance, smooth textures and calming sounds all provide a pleasant environment in which to relax.

4. Set aside a room or area for peace and calm. A place for spiritual reflection and medit...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

Butternut Squash Latkes

11/18/2014 6:00 AM

This is such a great take on the classic latke, and what great timing with Hanukkah around the corner. Latkes are a popular food eaten during Hanukkah, which is December 16th to December 24th. They’re similar to pancakes, with a variety of optional toppings on the side, such as applesauce and sour cream, which are a must! Check out those recipes as well. Traditionally, latkes are made from potatoes. I don’t do much cooking with white potatoes anymore because I prefer the boost of nutrition from more colorful foods, such as a sweet potato or butternut squash.

What Nutritional Benefit Does Butternut Squash Provide?

Low in fat and cholesterol, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. Butternut squash is high in potassium and magnesium, and with a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C. 

Squash's tangerine color indicates an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as caroten...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Stainless Steel bottles for water, drinks and food are quite popular these days - and for good reason. Here's not one -  but ten reasons why these bottles and containers are the healthiest option for you and the planet.

Buy Once, Re-Use Long Term

Americas use 1, 838 disposable cups every second! Stainless steel options are designed to replace throw-away items that populate land fills, oceans and other parts of our beautiful planet; you can feel great about choosing this clean, environmentally sound alternative. They're also cost efficient - high quality stainless steel bottles are crafted from thick, low gage stainless steel with a long-lasting durable weight. They’re virtually indestructible.

A Material Upgrade

Before stainless steel bottles burst onto the scene, typical water bottles were made from polycarbonate plastic or aluminum. These bottles are still on the market, but not the safest option. Plastic can leech toxic chemicals like BPA, and concerns about overexposure to aluminum are...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lauren Mathes
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