Healthy Living A to Z: Z is for Zucchini

I know winter may seem an odd time to be talking about zucchini. Have you ever tried to think of a healthy living word that starts with Z? I was grateful for zucchini. And why shouldn’t I be? Zucchini being made up mostly of water is low in calories with just 20 in one cupContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: Z is for Zucchini”

Healthy Living A to Z: Y is for Yoga

Yoga is made up of a variety of techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind body and spirit. The goal is to reach a state of oneness with the universe or enlightenment. There are many paths of yoga. Hatha Yoga, which is often thought of as “yoga” in the Western world is just one ofContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: Y is for Yoga”

Healthy Living A to Z: X is for Xanthan Gum

If you are a gluten free baker you are probably familiar with xanthan gum. Many believe this is a necessary ingredient in gluten free baking, but some people are sensitive to it and others prefer to avoid it for other reasons. Xanthan gum is made by mixing fermented sugars with the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium. ItContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: X is for Xanthan Gum”

Healthy Living A to Z: W is for Walking

My grandmother was a walker. So was my mother. Both were extremely healthy in their 80’s. In fact both could out walk me. We all know there are physical health benefits of a good walk. According to the Mayo Clinic, a brisk walk can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage conditions, including heartContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: W is for Walking”

Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety

You may have heard the old saying variety is the spice of life. Variety is important for health and longevity. The following are ways we can use variety to our benefit. Eat a Variety of Foods The best way to get the important nutrients you body needs is to eat a variety of foods, preferablyContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety”

Healthy Living A to Z: U is for Understanding

I have found that people tend to have trouble staying with lifestyle changes if they are simply making changes because they are told to. Feeling forced to do something (even if to save your life) or blind obedience to a set of rules often brings about rebellion. It is important that we truly understand whatContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: U is for Understanding”

Healthy Living A to Z: T is for Time

You can tell how important something is to you by the amount of time you devote to it. Take a minute to stop and reflect on your values. What do you consider most important? Now look at how you spend your time. Do the two match up? I know that out of necessity work consumesContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: T is for Time”

Healthy Living A to Z: S is for Salmon

Salmon is known for containing high levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. Omega-3’s have also been associated with improved mood and cognitive abilities, joint protection, eye benefits and decreased cancer risks. Look for Pacific salmon which isContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: S is for Salmon”

Healthy Living A to Z: R is for Rest

No matter how hard we try we cannot ignore the need of body, mind and spirit for rest. If we do not take time to rest and renew sooner or later the universe will intervene. For me this is when the car breaks down, the computer crashes, the electricity shuts down, or if all elseContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: R is for Rest”

Healthy Living A to Z: Q is for Quinoa

Qui what? It is pronounced keen-wa. Don’t worry we all have trouble with that one. Quinoa is the seed of a plant related to beets, spinach and tumbleweed. It was known to the Incas as “mother of all grains” and is gluten free. For questions about cross contamination contact the manufacturer or distributor. Quinoa isContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: Q is for Quinoa”