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Five Tips to Reducing Holiday Stress

Posted on: November 19, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Planning for the holidays can leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. There are some key things you can do to minimize the stress that comes with the holidays. Try these five tips from the American Heart Association: 1. Keep up healthy habits. Make a pact with yourself during the holidays. For example: “For the next… Read More »


Four Ways to Tackle Your Emotions

Posted on: October 24, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Negative emotions like fear, sadness and anger are a basic part of life. Sometimes we struggle with how to deal with these emotions effectively, but there are ways to respond and cope with negative feelings in productive way. Try the four steps to tackle negative emotions. 1. Pause.  Instead of acting on feelings right away, stop yourself… Read More »


Is Your “Sweet Tooth” Really a “Fat Tooth”?

Posted on: October 18, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Think your diet is suffering from your persistent “sweet tooth”? Think again. Our brains are designed to prompt us to seek out natural sources of sweet carbohydrates and foods containing fat. These naturally higher calorie foods were necessary for survival in times when food was scarce. Now we have 24/7 access to foods manufactured to… Read More »


Jazz Up Your Water!

Posted on: September 20, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Want a refreshing drink, but still crave something sweet? Cut up fresh fruit or veggies and add to chilled water. Make sure you squeeze the fruit to release the juice. Try these combinations for healthy alternatives to soda and other sugary drinks: Strawberries and blueberries Lemon slices and strawberries Orange slices, lemon slices and lime… Read More »


Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Posted on: September 20, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

This easy Black Bean Burrito Bowl will hit the spot! It’s packed with protein and fiber. This vegetarian meal can also be the perfect addition to your weekly meal plan. Makes 4 servings. INGREDIENTS 2 cups cooked rice 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Juice of half a lime 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed… Read More »


Banana Smoothie

Posted on: September 13, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Need a soothing snack to help you slip away to dreamland? Reach for foods that contain tryptophan, a sleep-promoting substance found in dairy foods, nuts, seeds, honey, eggs and bananas. Ingredients 1 whole ripe banana, cut in chunks 1 1/2 cups ice 1/2 cup skim milk or nonfat plain yogurt Directions Put milk or yogurt… Read More »


Feeling Sluggish? Skip the Energy Drink.

Posted on: September 13, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Do you reach for energy drinks when you feel tired thinking they can keep you focused and provide caffeine with vitamins and supplements that are good for your body? You might want to reconsider. According to the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the term energy drink was created by beverage companies… Read More »


Ease Tension with Neck Stretches

Posted on: September 13, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Standing for long periods of time or sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your neck. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple neck stretches throughout the day. Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain among Americans, but as with any other part of your body, exercises and… Read More »


Managing a Digital Diet

Posted on: September 6, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Does your smartphone or mobile device have all of your attention? It might be time to give yourself some breathing room and limit your use. You don’t have to quit cold turkey, but there are ways to reduce your use. Here are some tips to help you set limits to maintain a healthy relationship with… Read More »


Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Posted on: September 6, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

This antioxidant rich smoothie is a great way to add some protein and fiber to your day. It also helps you reach your daily goal to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables. This delicious recipe makes two 16-ounce servings. INGREDIENTS 1 medium banana 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt 1 cup frozen… Read More »