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Halloween Yoga: 5 Poses to Try Now

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Halloween YogaHalloween fun typically revolves around unhealthy eating – candy, candy, and more candy! Why not infuse this spooky holiday with some active, wellness-based fun? These Halloween-inspired yoga asanas will get you and your family moving, and might even help you burn off some of that Halloween candy:

Black Cat: The traditional cat pose is just perfect for your Halloween yoga practice. Get on all fours, tuck under your chin, keep the tops of your feet flat on the ground, and arch your back like a spooky black cat.

Crooked Tree: A.K.A. tree pose, this involves standing (more…)

Amazing Apples: 6 Reasons to Eat this Superfood

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Amazing ApplesFall is apple harvest season here in the United States. Apples are grown in all 50 states with more than 2,500 varieties, although only around 100 types are produced commercially. Apples top the charts when it comes to rankings of foods by nutritional profile – considering their high antioxidant, vitamin, and fiber content, that’s not a surprise.

So whether you buy your apples at the grocery store, from your local farmers market, or pick them off the tree yourself, take time to indulge in this crunchy and sweet superfood – and if you need further convincing, consider these roles apples can play in your health:

4 Ways to Make Fall Fitness Fun

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Fall Fitness FunThe time to make New Year’s fitness resolutions will be here (again) before we know it, but that’s no reason to slack off until January rolls around. In fact, fall just might be the ideal time to take up a new fitness routine. It’s a time of transition with school starting, temperatures moderating, and turning back our clocks, and starting an exercise regimen now may help you stave off holiday weight gain. Take a look at these fun and creative ways to embrace a new fitness routine this fall:

 Get hooked on TV. Now that’s not a fitness tip you hear every day – but if you catch up on your favorite series while on the treadmill or elliptical, you can binge watch guilt free! (more…)

The Worst Skin Care Advice Ever

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Well that was BAD ADVICE!The world of skin care is certainly no stranger to old wives’ tales and offbeat home remedies – but most skin concerns are best addressed with professional advice and a bit of common sense. Here, we count down the top five worst pieces of skin care advice we’ve heard, and offer more fact-based solutions for each skin challenge:

Moisturizers just don’t work on super dry skin. It’s true that sometimes, very dry skin does not respond well to moisturizer – but only because skin needs to be exfoliated A build up of dead skin cells can prevent moisturizer from effectively penetrating the skin. Try Actifirm Z-Peel before moisturizing, followed by a rich moisturizer like Actifirm Renovation Cream. Much better!  (more…)

Take a Break: Here’s How

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Take a break!Think you’re too busy to take a break? Think again! In honor of National Coffee Day tomorrow, we thought it fitting to explore the benefits of joining the office coffee klatch – and some strategies for working breaks into your day.

It turns out that unlike cell phones that run optimally until they are completely drained, our human “batteries” need recharging on a regular basis. The human brain wasn’t designed to focus for the extended periods expected of office workers today – which explains why we struggle with feeling unfocused, zoned out, and even irritable.

In addition, science has shown that daydreaming may actually contribute to our productivity. A study showed that executive function, associated with (more…)

International Day of Peace

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Day of PeaceToday marks the United Nations International Day of Peace. First observed in 1981, it is an opportunity for citizens of the world to come together in the spirit of prosperity and partnership for all. The focus for this year’s International Day of Peace is Sustainable Development Goals: Improving Life Around the Globe. While that may seem like a lofty, unattainable goal, we can all do our part to make the world a better place, and even improve our own outlook in the process.

There are many ways to get involved today, including a collective moment of silence at noon local time. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program offers a myriad of activities and ideas to get kids thinking about the global community. If you enjoy yoga, consider participating in the Global Mala Project on this day, (more…)

The Great Outdoors and Your Skin

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

The Great Outdoors and Your Skin

September is National Wilderness Month in the United States – in commemoration of the National Wilderness Act, enacted on September 3, 1964. Thanks to the National Wilderness Act, millions of acres of pristine land have been preserved for future generations to enjoy.

From a skincare perspective, being in the great outdoors offers some amazing benefits. Here are some ways getting out and taking in fresh air can directly improve your skin:

Detox Your Skin: You know that flush you get when you get outdoors and exercise? That’s a sign of increased blood flow to the skin – which means (more…)

5 Reasons to Eat Chocolate Now

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Reasons to Eat ChocolateDid you know that September 13th is International Chocolate Day? Not that we needed an excuse to indulge in our favorite treat! With a little research, we’ve even uncovered some healthy reasons to satisfy your cravings – it turns out that chocolate is packed with flavanols, which are powerful antioxidants. Keep in mind, however, that all chocolate is not created equal.

When shopping for quality dark chocolate, look for one with a minimum of 70% cocoa (or cacao) content. Avoid brands that are “Dutched” or “alkali processed”. While this procedure tempers bitterness, it also removes many of the flavanols from chocolate.


What’s For Lunch? Easy, Healthy Fare for School and Office

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

What's for Lunch?It’s the start of a new school year, and for many with school age children, packing lunches is part of the change in routine. Whether you’re sending kids off to school, headed to the office, or both, it’s always healthier to brown bag it than buy. But finding healthy, tasty, and easy lunch ideas can be overwhelming. Add into the mix the lack of time most households face on a weekday morning, and you’re looking at a real challenge.

Here, we’ll share some of our favorite ideas for packed lunches to get you and the kids off to a great start this fall. Serve these whole grain based entrees a serving of fresh fruit, a serving of cold, crunchy veggies, and a bottle of water, and it’s a formula for a complete, healthy meal: (more…)

Classic Summer Bucket List: The Time is Now

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Bucket ListSome things are timeless, and enjoying the simple pleasures of summer certainly fits the bill. If you’re just emerging from an Olympics viewing binge, take heart – there’s still time to squeeze a bit more joy out of summer before our attention turns to pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and crinkling leaves underfoot.

You don’t have to embark on an epic vacation to take advantage of summer’s best offerings. In fact, some of the season’s classic pastimes are low or no cost and available close to home. Many even offer health benefits. Here are some of our favorite activities to help you capture the essence of an old-fashioned summer: (more…)