Give the Gift of Gift Rocket!

I had the opportunity to be the recipient of a GiftRocket gift card recently and wanted to share my experience. GiftRocket is basically a gift card you send by email or as a printable card with a twist: On the card you can suggest a business for spending the gift or you can leave it blank and let the recipient decide. The thing I like the most is that you can either redeem it online of you can … [Read more...]

Super Summer Smoothies

Smoothies are fantastic any time of year, but they are especially refreshing in the heat of summer when you may need a bit more hydrating. Delicious, nutrient-rich and cold, smoothies are quick and easy to make, versatile, and a tasty way to power up your diet.  They are perfect to have for breakfast, as a light lunch, an afternoon snack or a healthy dessert. How to Build an Awesome SmoothieA … [Read more...]

Using Positive Memories as Motivation for Exercise

If you are trying to muster up the motivation to exercise, close your eyes and think back to a time when you took in gorgeous scenery on a trail walk or had an exhilarating bike ride and felt amazing afterwards. Whatever it is, according to a new study, remembering a positive memory about exercise may be the key to motivating you for future workouts.Study ResultsFor the study, researchers asked … [Read more...]

How Sweet It Is: Are You Eating More Sugar Than You Realize?

Obesity is at epidemic proportions and just who is to blame is tough to say. Fed Up, a new documentary from Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig, takes on the government and the food industry in a potent expose’ on the amount of sugar in our food supply and how it is fueling the obesity epidemic in our country. The film has created quite a bit of controversy, and while sugar may not be solely to … [Read more...]

5 Easy Tips to Lose Weight

Gaining excess weight and realizing the health implications is not always the easiest thing to do. And taking it off may seem like an impossible job and a painful undertaking. But losing weight doesn’t have to be an exercise in denial. All it takes is a few targeted lifestyle changes that you practice consistently until they become habits.1.     Practice mindfulnessAre you on … [Read more...]

New Research Leads to New Target Heart Rate Formula

Forget what you know about calculating your target heart rate because scientists say the math just doesn’t add up. According to a new study, the formula used to calculate peak heart rate is flawed because the original research left out an important population group: women. The traditional formula of subtracting your age from 220 has been in use for over forty years. People plug this number into … [Read more...]

Algae milk?

Mooove over milk substitutes because there is about to be another new kid on the block. At this year’s Natural Products Expo West, renewable oils and bio-products company, Solazyme (SZYM) introduced its latest food product, algae milk. Algae milk is free of dairy, soy, lactose, and nuts and is made using Solazyme’s whole algal flour. An ideal choice for vegans and those with allergies.What is … [Read more...]

Study Backs Ginger for Diabetes Prevention

Spicy and sharp, ginger root, Zingiber officinale,adds a certain zest to all types of dishes from muffins to stir fries to brewed tea. Outside of the kitchen, ginger has been used historically as an herbal medicine and has a long tradition of use for the treatment of stomach problems like motion sickness, morning sickness, and gas. Modern studies have focused on the active components of ginger as … [Read more...]

Power Up on Probiotics for Weight Loss

News about the benefits of probiotics is everywhere these days and these bacteria can be found in more supplements and foods than ever before. Preliminary science has shown that different strains can help ease symptoms of diarrhea, irritable bowl syndrome, allergies, and even help you recover faster from exercise. But can these bugs help with weight loss? The answer to that appears to be yes, that … [Read more...]

Reaction Time and the Foods You Eat

Egg whites and spinach are two foods rich in nutrients that are often recommended to maintain health, and studies are backing this up again. Both of these foods are rich in tyrosine, a nonessential amino acid and a building block for the mood-enhancing neurotransmitters epinephrine, norephinephrine, and dopamine. These chemicals affect our mood, alertness, and even our reaction time. While … [Read more...]