Showing posts from December, 2018

The Perfect Post-Christmas Recipe

Most of us can’t get enough of those delicious, indulgent recipes, homemade sweet treats and tasty Christmas candies. However, once December 26 rolls around, it just isn’t quite the same. That means that most of us are left with more food than we can eat—a classic case of bigger eyes than stomachs.

So how do you bounce back after all of that delicious indulgence? Look no further. Here is a healthy spin on a comforting classic: meatloaf. Filled with ample vegetables, you’ll enjoy a hearty dose of some much-needed fiber. In addition to having a full and happy tummy after this meal, you may enjoy some of these health benefits a high-fiber diet offers:
·Improving bowel health and normalizing bowel movements
·Lowering cholesterol levels ·Managing blood sugar levels ·Helping to manage a healthy weight (fiber-rich foods are more filling) ·Supporting heart health
Meatloaf with hidden veggies:
·1 lb. lean ground turkey ·1 cup grated zucchini (about one medium zucchini) ·½ cup grated carrots (about one …

5 Super-Easy & Healthy Holiday Traditions You Can Start Today

It’s December 24 (aka: Christmas Eve), can you believe it? Chances are you can believe it because you’re stress levels are at an all-time high. Even if you’re shopping is done, and your groceries are picked up and safe traveling is complete, there’s always something left to do (is that the kitchen timer going off?).
But let’s not dwell on that. After all, things usually have a way of coming together, no extra worry needed.
So, amidst all of the crazy, yet festive chaos that is Christmas Eve, make sure you take a little time to have some holiday fun. After all, it’s probably safe to say that with everything you’ve managed to do this holiday season, you deserve to relax and enjoy yourself. However, we know that’s easier said than done.
With that in mind, here are 5 super-easy ways you can enjoy some yuletide merriment today (and the coming Christmases):
1.Get a pop of flavor. While there’s no denying that cookies are king this time of year, it may be time to shake things up—or rather pop…

GA’s Bad Flu Season Is Getting Worse: Here’s What You Need To Know

Usually defying the odds is a good thing, but when it comes to the flu, not so much. Unfortunately, this is exactly what Georgia—and its 10 million residents—are up against with this year’s flu season. According to the CDC, the peach state is one of only three states to have widespread flu activity. This means that flu cases have been reported across half the state—or more.

Because Georgia’s flu season has already ramped up, it’s important that each of us do our part to help minimize the spread of the flu. A great place to start is to remember the basics of flu prevention, this includes:
·Getting vaccinated: your best defense against the flu is to get vaccinated. Keep in mind that everyone in your family—6 months or older—should be getting one annually.
·Not sharing your germs: If you feel sick, make sure to stay home. Going into work or running errands won’t help anyone, especially you, as you’ll only be left feeling worn out and worse for wear.
·Practicing good hygiene: This means mor…

The Exact Right Way To Fuel Up Pre-Workout

Let’s be honest, most of us consider it a personal victory just to make it to the gym, let alone properly fueling ahead of time, too. Wait, what does it mean to fuel properly anyway? After all, if you eat too much, then you’ll likely feel sluggish instead of energized, and if you eat too little, then you may not have the stamina to really put in work.
Even though it takes energy to work out, it's important that exercise doesn't interfere with digestion, or vice versa. There’s nothing worse than trying to run with a full stomach (yikes!). To find that pre-workout sweet spot, experts suggest that you personalize your fueling to suit your unique needs. For instance, carbs may be better for a cardio-intensive sweat session, and protein may be better for weight training.
Make the most of your pre-workout routine with these tips:
Timing is everything. If you've eaten a full meal, you should wait 3 to 4 hours before exercising (or prepare for some serious discomfort). Keep this si…

Is It Just Winter Or Is Your Thyroid Calling For Help?

Winter doesn’t exactly make anyone feel their healthiest. Maybe it’s the chilly temperatures, the marathon of holidays or the lack of daylight that makes staying healthy during the winter months feel so darn hard. Who can turn down a warm brownie while you’re snuggled up on the couch—right? 

While most of us assume winter health hurdles, like rough dry skin, weight gain, stress, low energy, are only temporary, could they actually be something more? Well, as it turns out, your thyroid may be sending out an SOS. Now you’re probably thinking, how could one little gland be responsible for all these different symptoms?
As the largest endocrine gland in the body—you have 9 endocrine glands total— it helps to regulate everything from energy levels and metabolism to body temperature, heart rate and more. When this gland isn’t up to snuff, which is the case for more than 25 million people, it could signal a common condition, like hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
Hyper vs. Hypo
To complete its l…

5 Cancer-Fighting Foods You Can Sneak Into Your Holiday Recipes

There are many wonderful aspects of the holiday season, way too many to list here. But for many of us, one of the best parts, hands-down, has to be eating our fill of deliciousness. Whether it’s brie bites, buttered mashed potatoes, herb-crusted pork tenderloin, frosted sugar cookies, or all of the above—we can always count on this time of year to usher in a higher-than-normal level of tastiness. And why wouldn’t we take full advantage of it?
So it’s probably safe to assume that when enjoying all of these delectable dishes, getting a balanced amount of essential vitamins and nutrients isn’t your top priority. Believe it or not, though, there is a way you can have your holiday cake, and eat it, too. That means instead of skipping out on all the festive, flavorful foods, you can add a nutritional boost to support overall health—and prevent cancer while you’re at it.
While cancer prevention includes more than just eating a healthy diet, there is a surprising connection between food and ca…

Why An Imperfect Holiday Is Best For Your Health

What do you consider to be the perfect holiday? Maybe there’s snow on the ground, or perhaps you’re in a tropical paradise. Is there a toasty fire and eggnog, or hot chocolate and a twinkling tree? While we may have these visions of what an idyllic holiday is supposed to look like, most of us have a much different experience. And you know what? It’s better that way.
Leave the winter wonderlands, sleigh rides and jingle bells to the songs and movies. Instead of overspending, overdoing and overeating to achieve a storybook holiday, let’s focus on enjoying, relaxing and embracing a one-of-a-kind celebration. Not only will you have more fun, your health may benefit, too.
To help you make the most of your wonderfully, imperfect holiday season, we asked Sheila Warren, RN, GMC's Wellness Navigatorfor simple ways to just that. With her help, we came up with these 5 tips to help you recapture the joy of the season, while also supporting your overall well-being:
1.Reset your expectations. Whe…