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Fight Holiday Fatigue

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Vladislav MuslakovNovember is here, and that means the ever-extending holiday season has officially begun. It’s a long stretch until New Year’s Eve, and festivities between now and then have the potential to exhaust even the most enthusiastic revelers. Our advice? Be proactive and instill habits now that will renew your energy and serve you well into 2019.

 Rule Out Medical Issues. Is it the hustle and bustle of the season that has you down, or could it be something more? Conditions like thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more can cause exhaustion, so if there’s anyconcern, your first stop should be your physician’s office.

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Top 3: Last-Minute Halloween Makeup

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

You’re stockHalloween Makeup 3ed up on candy for trick-or-treaters and the kids have Hollywood-worthy costumes; or maybe you’ve RSVP’d to a fabulous, grownups-only Halloween bash. In any case, you’ve overlooked your disguise (again). Never fear! We’ve rounded up some of the best, easiest Halloween makeup ideas on the Internet, and the good news is that most of us can pull these off without darkening the door of a store. Just turn on the creativity and dig deep into your cosmetics stash and closet for what might be your best Halloween look yet!

 

 

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Curb Those Candy Cravings!

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Candy CravingHalloween…that quintessentially American holiday that’s high on tricks and treats, but low on nutrition. In fact, from now through the New Year is a challenging time to avoid eating empty calories and packing on a few extra pounds. If you’re looking to avoid the perpetual sugar crash this October and beyond, consider these tips for balancing your diet and diminishing those cravings once and for all:

Don’t Buy Your Favorites. If chocolate is your weakness, keep it out of your house. Instead, go for gummy candy or another kid-loved handout.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind. (more…)

How to Better Manage Your Worries

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

worry notAre you a worrier? From the state of the world to our affairs at home, there are seemingly endless reasons to fret. Worry is a natural way to deal with stress, but keeping it at manageable levels is key.

If worry is consuming your life and making it difficult to function, it may be indicative of a more serious disorder such as generalized anxiety or depression – seek guidance from your physician, as cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments can offer tremendous relief. Even for those with more minor worries, the habit can still have serious consequences to physical and emotional health. Try some of these scientifically-backed principles to manage stress and worry in your life. (more…)

7 Proactive Steps: Mental Health Matters

Posted on: October 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Mental HealthWorld Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10 – it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues around the globe, and for experts to discuss solutions for making access to care a reality for all people.

While challenges like depression and anxiety are best addressed with professional help, there are ways that we can all take charge of improving individual mental health – no matter our baseline. Consider these tips for a better outlook on life:

Get some exercise. Research suggests that exercise does more than keep your body physically fit; it can boost mood-related brain chemicals and hormones and possibly even ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. (more…)

The Amazing Avocado

Posted on: October 3rd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

AvocadoWhether you’re a long-time fan or a convert thanks to the current avocado craze, this healthy fruit has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Once a seasonal specialty that was primarily sold in growing regions like California and Florida, today everyone from Seattle to New York is digging into avocados. In fact, between 2000 and 2015, consumption in the United States quadrupled to around 4.25 billion Hass avocados annually, which account for 95% of the American market.

Why the surge? Experts attribute it largely to the opening of trade markets in the late 1990s, when Mexican avocados, which are grown year-round, were given the US stamp of approval. Combine that with the wants of health-conscious Americans, and you have a perfect meeting of supply and demand. (more…)

Bedtime Rituals: Rules to Live By

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

sleepLiving in our fast-paced, high-stress, and 24-hour world, getting a good night’s rest can be a challenge. While some of the demands of daily life may be out of our control, there are ways that we can build peace and calm into our schedules. One such way is by instituting beneficial bedtime rituals – measures that help us relax, sleep well, and consequently have smoother days. If better rest sounds like a goal you’d like to achieve, read on and consider these proven bedtime rituals:

Dim the lights. Before the days of electricity, life had a natural rhythm as the sun rose and set, forcing people to turn in earlier.Today, as we create our own daylight round the clock, our bodies (more…)

Hassle-Free Host: Wine Night

Posted on: September 19th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

hostingYou want to invite friends to your home for a gathering – but the idea of planning the perfect soiree is overwhelming. Our suggestion? Keep it relaxed with a low-key night in. A wine night offers an ideal structure, with minimal planning and maximum enjoyment for all. Just follow these steps to make your event one guests will love:

Keep the invite casual: No engraved invitations here! Send a group email or text a week or two before your date, specifying the date, time, and location, along with any other particulars (see next point). Ask for an RSVP so you’ll have a head count.

Make it a group effort. Suggest that your guests bring a bottle of their favorite wine, along with a complementary nibble to share. (more…)

Fall Harvest: Pears

Posted on: September 12th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

PearsAlong with pumpkins, apples, and cranberries, pears capture the essence of autumn.   Whether you whip up a dessert like these gorgeous sweet poached pears or go savory with a pear-studded roast pork dinner, pears are not only delicious, but also packed with nutrition. In case you need more reason to pick up some of these seasonal beauties at your local farmer’s market, consider just a few of the many health benefits of pears:

Pears are packed with antioxidants. Rich in Vitamins A, C, and K as well as copper, the antioxidant benefits of pears may help prevent cell damage from free radicals. In fact, nutrition experts describe pears as having morenutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient, making them a highly nutrient-dense food. Take that, wrinkles and age spots! (more…)

Healthy Office Eating

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

090518b-01From weekly birthday celebrations to deadline-driven takeout, workplace dining can be anything but healthy. Like eating at home or anywhere else, however, some advance planning and organization will reap huge nutritional rewards. Here are our top tips for beating the office bulge and staying healthy on the job:

Prep Produce. Think of veggies and fruits as your secret weapons when it comes to eating well at work. If toiling over a cutting board sounds torturous after a long day at the office, start the week with a fridge full of pre-chopped and packaged produce for lunches and snacking. It will leave you with nutrition-packed filler for your lunch box, not to mention healthy fare for the mid-afternoon munchies. (more…)