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Seven Tips to Eat Less Salt

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
Almost everyone could benefit from eating less salt. Americans have taken it to a whole new level at an average intake of 3,500 milligrams per day! This is more than twice the upper limit the American Heart Association recommends for a heart healthy diet. Ninety percent of all American adults are expected to develop high blood pressure at some point in their life. That being said, even without current high blood pressure problems, eating less sodium in your diet can help blunt the rise that can occur with age. Tip…

Sun Safety Tips

Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00  by Melissa G.
As the middle of summer approaches, temperatures continue to rise, and vacations are being taken, are you practicing sun safety to protect yourself and your family? I recently went on vacation and this question crossed my mind several times each day. As my family and I were on the beach soaking in the Vitamin D, I was practicing sun safety. I was chasing my family down to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. They were annoyed with me, but I knew they would be thankful to enjoy the rest of…

Help America Overcome Opioid Addiction

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:00  by Caitlin Y.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event that’s held on August 31st each year. “It is estimated that globally there were between 98,300 – 231,400 drug-related deaths in 2013 with opioid overdose the largest category.” The goal of IOAD is to raise awareness of overdose and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends of those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. The NCADD website encourages the public to wear…

Super Foods Make a Difference

Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We have all certainly heard this phrase hundreds if not thousands of times in our lives, but what does it mean? Well I can assure you it is not a guarantee from the apple growers of America that their product will rid your body of any illness. Instead it is a simple statement based on an idea that healthy and mindful eating based on proper nutrition can lead to a healthier life. And we do not have to search the jungles of…

Helping Your Child Cope

Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
I have previously written about how I handle tragedies or techniques for those suffering from trauma when national tragedies occur. Today I want to shift the discussion of tragedy slightly. When national tragedies such as shootings occur, adults are not the only ones affected. Think about all of the news and media young children are experiencing. The 4 and 5 year olds in my life can operate a smart phone better than anyone, and they are trying to process the world around them just like we are. Take time to…

The F.I.T.T. Principle of Fitness

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00  by Holly M.
Mixing up your normal fitness routine is crucial to continue to see results, and to stay motivated to be in shape. “The easiest thing to remember is the F.I.T.T. principle,” says certified strength and conditioning specialist Mike Donavanik. "It stands for frequency, intensity, time, and type." Change up two of those every four to six weeks, and your workout will keep your scale moving in the right direction,” he says. It’s definitely a challenge to step out of our comfort zone in this, or in most aspects of life for…

Endless, Boundless Love

Saturday, 13 August 2016 00:00  by Suzanne O.
I was sitting this afternoon on my porch step watching as rain clouds rolled in over the beautiful blue sky. I lifted my arms over my head and extended them, stretching from my fingertips to my toes. I could feel the grass beneath my feet and feel the sun warm my face and arms as it peeked through the tree overhead. I could smell the fresh rain that had fallen not an hour earlier. Listening in, I could hear the chirping of a bird in the tree and a squirrel…

Fresh Marinara Sauce

Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:00  by Mitzi N.
It’s tomato season and they are everywhere! There’s even festivals that celebrate the tomato like the Tomato Arts Festival in East Nashville, TN and the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival in Atlanta, GA that showcases the variety of ways to prepare it. It’s sometimes referred in French as pomme d'amour tomate meaning “love apple”. It certainly provides our body love with its outstanding antioxidant power and help with reducing heart disease. With plenty of tomatoes to go around, I find it relaxing to chop them up and cook them…

Sharing Our Stories

Saturday, 06 August 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
Have you ever wished that you could have a book made about your life? Some of our greatest resources are handwritten memoirs and journals or daily logs from the great minds of the past. There are many extraordinary women that I know that could easily have their memoires penned and make millions, but their names are not initially recognizable. There are others that I would have wished had taken the time to write down their experiences, like my grandmother, because I cherish her perspective. The point is that you don’t…

Avocado Brownies

Thursday, 04 August 2016 00:00  by Jessica B.
Many years ago, avocados would have been a “no-no” on my list of foods that I thought were appropriate in my restrictive eating regimen. These days I can’t get enough of them! Avocados have gotten a bad reputation among the low-fat followers, but what many people might not be aware of is that avocados are packed with the healthy, good-for-you fat. We all know that being mentally well is just as important as being physically well. Consuming a diet filled with healthy, unsaturated fats is crucial for proper brain function…

Leave the Drama for the Actors

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
I don’t do it often, but I follow the tabloids, the news, and the entertainment articles that give glimpses into the personal lives of the stars. Their lives are not much different than our own. Break ups, pairings, new couples, rough patches, the general ups and downs we all face. Drama is what fills the movie theatres, and keeps us turning pages in our novels. I follow a few of my favorite actors and am interested by who they are dating or what decisions they make in their personal lives.…

One Size Does Not Fit All

Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
Recently, social media was worked into a frenzy when famous actress and SNL star Leslie Jones tweeted that she was having trouble finding a designer gown for an upcoming premier. Her tweet was immediately responded to by designer Christian Siriano who requested the honor of working with her, simply by raising his hand. Siriano has been an advocate for design specifically for the individual, and has worked with a very diverse clientele. The conversations that followed in the entertainment industry highlighted the lack of diversity in designer sizing, and the…
One way of being mindful of your nutrition is to fill your plate with a variety of colors. This colorful dish meets so many nutritional needs and is delicious as well. The variety of greens from the mint and spinach, the orange from the turmeric and the white of the cauliflower brightens up everyday chicken that is satisfying as well. Ingredients: ½ cup cooked brown rice ½ head of cauliflower ½ bunch of fresh mint 6 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 lemon 1 heaping teaspoon each of ground turmeric, medium curry…
I’ve explored characters from one childhood story, but there are many more characters out there that struggle with disorders… Scar; The Lion King Disorder: Narcissistic personality disorder. Scar's hostility towards his brother, Mufasa goes much deeper than simple sibling rivalry. Scar has complete disregard and violation of the rights of others. He doesn't think twice about luring his nephew into a trap that will kill him or throwing his brother off the cliff to his death. Scar is fiercely devoted to his own thirst for power. Source: http://whatculture.com/film/10-beloved-disney-characters-serious-mental-health-issues?page=2 Captain Hook;…

Fact Checking Reality

Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
When it comes to tabloids and news headlines, most savvy readers know how to tell the truth from a hoax. I usually have a feeling in my gut, or a sense of skepticism when I first read something that I’m not sure is true. You cannot believe everything that is typed up, and fact checking multiple sources is usually helpful at tracking down the truth. The same can be said about what we believe about ourselves. When I see something that looks outrageous on a news sight or on social…
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