Substance use and mental illness can be uncomfortable topics to discuss. That’s why National Recovery Month is a great way to get the conversation going. Millions of people across the nation have turned their lives around with treatment, and that’s not something to hide.
It’s easy to drop the ball on good health from time to time. The good news is that each day offers a fresh start, so time to “spot-check” where you stand with your overall fitness – especially with flu season just around the corner:
There is always dialogue about increasing and maintaining physical activity for better overall health. Staying active, plus a healthy diet; a good night’s sleep; less stress; a go-to support system of family and friends; more work-life balance; avoiding excess alcohol (no more than a daily glass of red wine or less); and not smoking, with a dash of all of the other preventive measures (inclusive of consulting your doctor), equals the right recipe for staying on track to becoming fit. And if you’ve got an existing condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity (as well as diabetes), it’s time to gain and maintain control of those loose cannons as well, to reduce risks of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke down the road.
Bing cherries and jarred honey. Farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, and herb bread. Arugula, zucchini, and fresh flowers too . . .
Hello, healthy, satisfying, and portable breakfast. Here’s another one making the most of fresh fruits and veggies, whether you’ve brought home a bagful from the farmers’ market or supermarket. Make these muffins the night before, then grab and go. At just 145 calories, with just 5 grams of fat, and 6 grams of sugar, per serving, this recipe also offers 4 grams of protein with 3 grams of fiber. (They’re a good source of potassium, too, at 175 mgs.)
It seems like the sentence “Eat your vegetables!” has been uttered from health experts down through time. Why? Because, packed with vitamins and nutrients, they’re good and good for you! They also can be prepared affordably and simply; it often doesn’t take much more than the right seasoning and cooking method to bring out their natural flavor. This recipe scores on all counts and offers up a fall-ish mix of root veggies for the table (this time, beets, sweet potatoes, and turnips), at just 260 calories per serving.
Want to burn about 200–250 calories within 15–20 minutes and feel like a kid while you do it? We all remember the jump rope games we used to play as children, and we’ve seen boxers go through their paces, jumping rope while prepping for rounds in the ring. Rest assured, there is a happy medium.
Everybody mango! This smoothie is nutritious, refreshing, and filling as a breakfast alternative, or as a mid-day snack (perhaps even dessert!). Low in fat (2 grams, plus 1 saturated) and cholesterol (5 mg.), it’s also a good source of calcium, containing 157 mg. Drink it up at just 106 calories!
Light and moist, the zesty flavor medley of the Mediterranean comes through in this perfect summer fish dish for family and friends. Using garlic, onion, tomato, and the other herbs (along with a good olive oil) eliminates the need for salt and more fat. It’s just 177 calories with 4 grams of fat per serving (plus only 1 gram of saturated fat), 281 mg. sodium, and only 56 grams of cholesterol.
Sometimes you just need to get away, and the best way to ensure that you return home with that picture-perfect memory of a fantastic trip, is preparation before you go – and being travel smart while you’re gone.