Food of the Month: Quinoa

Why Eat Quinoa:

Quinoa is one super grain! It is packed with B-Vitamins, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin E. Like most other grains, quinoa is high in fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and has been shown to be beneficial for heart health. Quinoa is unique in that it is the only grain that provides a complete protein (meaning that it has all of the essential amino acids that we need).

How to Eat Quinoa:

5 Reasons to Replace Chemically Processed Food With Real Food

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First off, I want to explain what I mean by chemically processed food. I am referring to any food that contains highly refined ingredients and artificial substances. An easy way to determine if something is chemically processed is to read the ingredient list and look for words you would struggle to pronounce. Here are five reasons to avoid processed foods:

7 Things That Can Make You Happy Right Now

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  1. JUST BE YOU – You don’t have to be anyone else. Just be you!  You don’t need anyone else’s approval.
  2. UNPLUG – Turn off your electronics!  Talk to people and listen to what they’re saying. You should feel much happier when you’re connecting with someone rather than something.
  3. BE NICE TO YOURSELF – It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.
  4. IMPROVE – Whatever you’re doing, try to make one small step each day to improve it.

Colorful Water

Did you know that one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar in it? As more and more people are diagnosed with diabetes and other chronic health conditions, it is very important to cut out as much sugar as you can. Sugar feeds several diseases. A great way to reduce your sugar intake is to rethink your drink and consume more water. Your body craves water and it is essential for survival. I used to think water was boring. It had no flavor, no taste, and was not what I craved as a drink option.

Rock Out - The Best Way to Beat Stress!

Many demands are placed on our daily lives and it seems that stress follows us wherever we go. We can experience stress in our relationships, at work, managing hectic schedules, or from health issues. Life can be more difficult to navigate when we are stressed. I set up a personal experiment to find the best way to beat stress. The cure that I discovered was so basic, it surprised me. Music!

Choose the Best Shoe

Put your best foot forward and start being healthier today. When you begin a walking program, there are two important things to keep in mind: stay hydrated and wear the right shoes. When you choose a walking shoe, choose one that is comfortable and gives you the support you feel your foot needs. Everyone has different needs when it comes to support and cushioning. A newer shoe will provide more padding from the sole of the shoe because it hasn’t been worn down yet. Be aware that even if a shoe doesn’t look worn, it may feel worn due to regular usage.

Financial Un-Wellness

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“I’m a bit short this month.”

“I’m barely getting by.”

If these phrases sound familiar, you’re not alone. 72% of adults report feeling stressed about money at least some of the time, and financial problems are consistently rated among the highest source of stress for people.  The financial stress that many endure can lead to financial un-wellness and a host of physical and emotional health problems including:

How to Live What You Value

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I know I’m not the only person that struggles to save money. I find it challenging to save for long-term goals when there are so many immediate wants (not needs) that I can have right in front of me. If you are familiar with the Enneagram, my personality falls under category number 7. I’m the busy, fun-loving, spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered type. This may shed some light on why saving money isn’t my greatest skill.