3 Tips for Pursuing Health through Weight Loss

With a proliferation of scientific and popular media denouncing long-term weight loss as all but unachievable, it can be easy to lose faith in the possibility of a permanent slim down. If you are on a weight loss journey, keep these three tips in mind to stay on track. Recognize your habits. Cleanses and detox kits can be beneficial in kick-starting some new, good behaviors, but don’t rely on them to reinvent your lifestyle or personality. Becoming familiar with habit loops (a cue followed by a behavior, followed by a reward) can help you acknowledge and break everyday habits that need to change, or form new habits that will improve your health. When the habit is triggered, or cued, the brai

Where's My Grade B (Maple Syrup)?

For those who use Grade B maple syrup for it's more potent taste or therapeutic values, you may have noticed its absence in the marketplace. Grade B is still around, but manufacturers are converting to a new labeling system. Regulations in Vermont changed about a year ago with the USDA following suit. Here's a key to finding your favorite grade of maple syrup. Grade A Golden Color with Delicate Taste Former Name: Grade A Fancy Color: Light Flavor: Mild Food: Great for pancakes, waffles and oatmeal. Grade A Amber Color with Rich Flavor Former Name: Grade A Medium Amber (or Grade A Dark Amber) Color: Light, but darker than Grade A Golden Color & Delicate Taste Flavor: Smooth, Rounded Food: Gre

U-Cubes™ Children's Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Gummies

Solgar has been crafting nutritional supplements for generations, in fact over 65 years. And, just like all our other supplements, U-Cubes™ benefit from all the science and knowledge behind our name. Each serving of these tapioca-based gummies provides 150% DV (600 IU) of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older and 75% DV (300 IU) for children 2 and 3 years of age... and naturally, they are Non-GMO. Like everything at Solgar, U-Cubes™ are manufactured in batches that ensure the highest quality product and are rigorously tested for safety and potency, but never animal tested. The result? A great tasting multivitamin that U can be sure is great for your children. FREE OF: Gluten, Wheat, Dair

Nature’s Way® donates one percent to forest conservation efforts

Nature’s Way Brands®, LLC is donating one percent of its gross revenue from select products to the Rainforest Alliance. The donation will help support the international nonprofit to conserve biodiversity, ensure sustainable livelihoods, and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. “Nature’s Way was born from the earth in 1968 and our mission is to promote better health through the power of nature,” said Michael Devereux, President and CEO of Nature’s Way. “We are proud to support the Rainforest Alliance, a top-rated charity that is helping create a world where people and planet prosper together.” Nature’s Way Brands, LLC will donate up to $100,000 to the

Back to School Lunches

With the start of school, it’s important to keep your kids (and yourself) healthy. One way to achieve that is through a balanced diet. Packing your children’s lunches is one way to ensure they stay healthy and energized throughout the day. With these easy recipes, you can make lunchtime at school nutrient-rich. Garlic Hummus 3 Cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 Cloves garlic, peeled and crushed ½ Teaspoon salt ¼ Teaspoon pepper 2 Teaspoons ground cumin ¼ Cup lemon juice ¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil ½ Cup water Put all ingredients, except water, into a blender. Puree and mix until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, drizzle in a little water. Scoop out and put into individual Tuppe

Pairing Salami & Cheese

There are no shortages of ways that Salami can fit into your day, a snack on the trail, an evening social event, or simply watching a movie in the comfort of your home. As a snack, Salami can easily stand on their own, but we’ll give some examples for pairing Olli Salumeria Salami with different varieties of cheese. There are a few things to keep in mind when pairing meat with cheese. Cheese tends to be very bold and strong in flavor, mixing cheese with another bold flavor like Salami requires some consideration. Meats, especially aged and fermented meat, along with cheese can both be strong from the salts and fats, so it’s beneficial to pair with this in mind. When selecting cheese it’s hel

DIY Thai Hair Tonic

Coconut oil and flower essential oils are key ingredients in regular hair care in many cultures. This recipe was part of the weekly hair regimen recommended by the herbalist I studied with in Thailand. It can easily be adapted for any hair type. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Coconut Oil 4 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gelly by Lilly of the Desert 6 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil (for normal to oily hair) 8 drops Jasmine Precious Essential Oil (for dry hair) Preparation: Combine the Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gelly and mix thoroughly. Add the essential oil appropriate for your hair and blend. Use: Apply the mixture to your hair and massage. Wrap a warm towel around your head for better absorption. Leave on for about

Red Cabbage Caraway Sauté Recipe

This yummy cabbage recipe uses Ghee to create a splendid side dish. Serves 2 – 4 depending on the number of cabbage lovers at your dinner table. Ingredients 2 Cups red cabbage, sliced thinly ½ Cup sweet onion, diced finely 2 Tbs Simply Ghee (divided) 1 Tbs caraway seeds 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar 1 Tsp unrefined salt and freshly cracked pepper (to taste) Instructions In a medium-size sauté pan, over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of ghee. Upon melting toss in the caraway seeds and heat till they begin to get golden and pop. Add the onion and sauté till translucent. Add the cabbage, stir until well coated, cover and simmer for approximately 3 minutes – checking periodically and stirring. Cabbage

Winterizing Your Garden

Even though summer is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your garden. October is just around the corner, and before we know it the first frost will set in. Frost makes plants more vulnerable and susceptible to disease and insect infestations. All plants need shelter. Most perennials will survive through the winter; however, they still require some tender loving care. With these quick tips, you can get your garden ready for the cold winter. Cold Weather Planting Below is a chart of what to plant. As usual, make sure you check seed packet information for specific planting instructions. Leafy Greens Root Veggies Brassicas Squash Spinach

Sore Muscles & Pain Relief

To help your body feel better faster from muscle pain and stiffness, choose Arnicare. And because Arnicare can be taken or applied before physical activity or surgery, you can stay ahead of your pain. This approach lets you control your pain and avoid the use of harsh pain medicines. Doctors and surgeons use Arnicare with confidence, knowing it is produced according to drug Good Manufacturing Practices. Arnicare has a low risk of side effects when used as directed. Doctors know there is no risk of drug interactions or complications when using Arnicare, which is particularly important after trauma or surgery when diminishing pain, swelling and bruising are essential. We constantly challenge o

Bubbly Fermented Tea Supports Health

Kombucha is part of a growing fermented foods and drinks trend in the U.S. It's no wonder why with its host of health benefits. A fermented drink, Kombucha is made from sugar and tea (oolong, green, black or white). During the fermentation process, a Scoby is created. The jelly-like mass a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria that protects kombucha from bad bacteria. Sound familiar? Our own microbiome is comprised of good bacteria in our gut that supports our wellbeing and protects our body from bad bacteria. This bubbly beverage is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants, Vitamin C, enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols. It is also packed with probiotics (those microscopic good-bacteria-warr

10 Summer Travel Tips

10. Use apps to help you plan your trip. Travel apps may help you find better deals on hotels and flights than booking directly. Looking for the perfect place to eat? Check out Yelp or engage in social media to find reviews on your top picks. 9. Biodegradable, Reef Safe sunscreen is a must-have when heading to the beach, river or lake. Try eco-friendly Goddess Garden Organics sunscreen for skin and earth protection. 8. Pack a bar of soap. Bars of soap last longer and do not have to be added to that one baggie of liquids allowed on the plane. 7. Stretch. Whether driving, taking a bus, train or plane, we find ourselves tucked into a seated position for way too many hours. Stretching is importa

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