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Ease Stress

To ease stress and prepare for bed, soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of lavender essential oil.  Play soothing music while you bathe to unwind further.

Go Garlic

Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity.

Wellness Wednesday

Eat Bananas!  People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure.  Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

Wellness Wednesday

If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake.  Salmon, sardines and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things.  Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.  

Healthy Habits on the Weekend

    Limit dining out to just one meal per weekend. If something happens that you didn’t “budget” for, try to compensate. If you overindulged, plan additional activity to help offset the extra calories.      

Proposed Changes for Nutrition Facts Label

The proposed Nutrition Facts label will emphasize the number of calories and servings per container; update % Daily Values for nutrients such as fiber and calcium; update serving sizes; list the amount of added sugars; require listing of potassium and vitamin D if present, and no longer require the labeling of Vitamins A and C.

Pizza Night

Sound surprising? The truth is that pizza can definitely be a better choice if topped with vegetables instead of fatty meats, especially if it comes on whole grain pizza crust. Ask for extra pizza sauce. (It’s rich in phytochemicals from the tomatoes.) Serve the slices with a green salad or some fresh fruit for a more balanced, fiber- and nutrient-rich meal.

Buy Whole Foods

Unprocessed foods are cheaper and more nutritious than processed foods.  They also give you total control over the ingredients.  Helpful Tip: Avoid anything that comes from a box 90% of the time.

Get a Good Pair of Sneakers

Is your energy lagging?  Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re tired, exercise — even a brisk walk can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

January is National Oatmeal Month

Oatmeal Month occurs during January as more oatmeal is sold during January than any other month. It was originally established by Quaker’s food service. TIP: Make your oatmeal with milk instead of water for added nutrition and a luscious creamy taste!