The period between the ages of 30 and 40 can be an exciting time of change, opportunity, prosperity and positive personal growth. But, at the same time, life can get complicated and busy as you start having a family and getting more involved in your career. Before you know it, the growth that becomes the most present in your life is the spare tire that wraps around your mid-section.
The holiday weight gain season is in full swing with your kid’s Halloween candy sticking to your thighs and a turkey dinner waiting on the horizon accompanied by a full course of sides. As Turkey Tom's gobbling draws near and standing on the scale is one of your biggest fears, avoid gaining the typical pounds of the season by following these three holiday belly bulge busters.
The foods of fall reflect the warm colors of the season and connote comfort, warmth, and welcome. The spectacular yellow of the Gingko tree, the vibrant red and yellow leaves of the magnificent maple trees and the burnt orange of the ubiquitous pumpkin form a collage of fall color.
Why not take this opportunity to dig into the superbly nutritious cornucopia of fall fruits and vegetables? Use the fall food color palette below as a guide to choosing five of the best fall fruits and veggies:
The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting cooler and your body is itching to get started with the winter sports season. Before shredding down mountain slopes or scoring a hat trick at the ice rink, it’s important to first shed any extra lingering preseason weight as well as build a strong athletic base of strength, endurance and flexibility.
September is the month of do-or-die for establishing a fitness routine before the busy holiday season arrives. Don’t miss out on this small window of opportunity to get back into the healthy habits that you may have abandoned during the summer months. It’s time to bust through your excuses and fall back into a routine that will get you the results you want. Welcome to the “no excuse zone.”No Time? Make Some.
With summer temperatures with us for another couple of months, it can be hard to focus on your workouts and keep your eye on the prize. As sweat drips down your face and clothes stick in various places, it’s a lot easier to throw in the towel and accept defeat, instead of sticking to your routine and beating the heat.
To keep from melting away this summer, overcome the intense hot sun with a consistent fitness routine that is active, cool and fun.
Ever wonder what people who dispense nutrition advice for a living actually eat? Just like all of us, nutritionists on the go find it difficult to make the time for a healthy breakfast. But they do eat them.
Shape up for this year’s golf season with the following exercise tips to increase your fitness level as you shoot for a season full of birdies and eagles.
We should all take some inspiration from the First Lady's passion for healthy living and healthy eating. Thanks to Mrs. Obama, people across the country have revisited the American tradition of starting a vegetable garden at home. In fact, on March 20, 2009, with students from a local elementary school, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden during World War II. Today, the garden is planted, tended and harvested by Mrs. Obama, White House staff, the National Park Service and visitors alike.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to learn about nutrition and incorporate healthful, fresh and seasonal foods into your favorite meals. Even if you don't consider yourself a proficient gardener, with very little effort, the right tools and easy-to-follow instructions you will be on your way to having a green thumb.
Here are four tips to help your garden grow:
- Where will you grow your garden? If you have land and a sunny plot where your vegetables could grow, then that solves that. If you don’t have the space, you may consider container gardening on your porch or balcony or even your kitchen window sill.
- Consider the sunlight. A good gardening space receives at least six hours of sunlight per day plus has a water source. Keep this in mind when you choose your gardening space.
- Plant seasonally. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Office as a resource for finding out which crops are specific to your local growing region.
- Match the crop with the environment. Different plants require different growing environments. Tomatoes, for example, are heat-loving plants that need a long warm growing period and require germinating and growing seedlings in the warm indoors in early spring. Then when it warms up outdoors in late spring, the hearty well-established seedlings can be planted in the outdoors.
I suggest you read the book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. It details the First Lady’s trials and tribulations with the famous White House garden plus contains helpful hints for starting your own vegetable garden such as how-to information about seed spacing, irrigation, soil types, and the right time to plant various vegetables.
Whether you choose to plant a small window herb garden or a 20-foot plot filled with veggies, be sure to incorporate your home-grown produce into your daily diet. The health benefits of growing your own foods are endless!
Show your love for mom by giving her the gift of health this Mother's Day, which means helping her to eat healthy and exercise. Why not start by cooking her up an unforgettable breakfast?