Fun in the Sun

Summer is here!  The air is warm, and the sun is out past dinner time.  So what is one to do with all the extra daylight?  Enjoy it my friends because Fall is just around the corner.  Summer activities don’t have to be costly either.  There are many free or low cost activities that you can partake in.  Still need some suggestions?  Here is a short list of fun activities to do this summer:

Walk More - Sit Less

Couple walking in Park

It isn’t just trendy to be concerned about sitting for too many hours at an inactive job, there is good science to support that it is detrimental to your health. Let’s think about this - we already know that inactivity can lead to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Eventually this can all lead to premature death. What is more concerning is that scientists are finding that these detrimental associations negatively affect our health even when leisure time physical activity is accounted for.

Spice Up Your Life!

woman looking bored next to window

Ever feel like you want to find ways to change up your daily routine, but struggle to find ways to do it?  Or maybe you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, but don’t have time or energy to think of how to do things differently?  Here are a few ideas that (hopefully) take minimal effort to do differently:

Is Your Diet Pop Making You Fat?

You might want to think twice before reaching for that diet soda or any other artificially sweetened food or beverage if you want to stay slim and trim.  Many studies have demonstrated that drinking diet soda can lead to a bigger waistline.  Diet soda drinkers have been shown to have 70% greater increases in waist circumference than non-diet soda drinkers.  Furthermore, people who drink at least 2 diet sodas a day have been shown to have waist circumference increases 500% greater than people who didn't drink any diet soda at all!!

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

Man rolling out dough surrounded by vegetables

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

Two friends walking and laughing on a city sidewalk
  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.