For adult children with families and jobs of their own, the added stress of taking care of aging parents or other family members is a juggling act that can put emotional, physical, and financial strains on their own health and relationships. From the common cold, to depression, diabetes, and heart disease, experts say that caregivers are at higher risk for getting sick. About 72 percent skip going to their own doctors when they should. Whether it’s a sometime-ride to the senior center, ongoing in-home care, or care that’s long-distance, caregivers need to take care of themselves, in order to stay healthy and “be there” for those who need them most. Continue reading
This quick-prep dish just says “Spring,” and would be lovely with a salad, steamed asparagus, or sugar snap peas. It comes in at just 196 calories and only nine g of fat (2 saturated), with only 5 g of carbs, 76 mg of cholesterol, and 229 mg of sodium. A great source of protein (229 mg), too, salmon also provides those fantastic omega-3s!
Panzanella comes from the Italian words for bread (pane) and small basket (zanella). Traditionally, this savory Tuscan salad is made with anchovies, chopped veggies, and day-old bread soaked in olive oil, but here’s a lighter version, sans the soaking. 170 calories, 10 mg cholesterol, 11 g total fat (3 saturated), 160 mg sodium and just 3 g sugar. Just toss and taste. Buon appetito!
Got leftover chicken and veggies? This Irish classic is as easy as pie! With a prep time of 40 minutes and a cook time of just 10 minutes, it’s a lighter recipe, too (just 336 calories per serving, 32 mg cholesterol, 4 g of total fat, 24 g of protein, and just 302 mg of sodium), using chicken (instead of beef or lamb). Set your table for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
Packaged foods often make life easier, when there’s little time or energy to cook. But while you may be beating the clock with getting food on the table at home (or in your cube for lunch at work), you’re likely side-stepping healthier eating. According to the American Heart Association, almost 70 percent of the typical American diet comes from processed and restaurant foods.
Winter means shorter daylight hours, along with colder temperatures. While extremes depend upon what area of the country you live in, that change can be a bear for those craving longer, sunlit days to extend activities into the evening. Those “winter blues” can start to creep in early, with feelings of wanting to hibernate until spring. They can also make you feel cranky, moody, unfocused, and craving carbs.
Scan the news, and you’re bound to see a story about a flood, fire or other crisis. When each second counts, can you quickly find your key documents? Continue reading
You know that exercise does your body good, but you’re too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there’s good news when it comes to exercise and stress. Continue reading
Sooner or later, each of us will experience that dagger in the heart called grief — and dealing with grief is a challenge like no other. How can you pick up the pieces, heal the wounds and move on with the rest of your life without feeling like you’re betraying the memory of your loved one?
Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly. Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated.