Monthly Archives: August 2012

Low-fat Recipes that Promote a Healthy Heart

Looking for delicious, flavorful recipes that also help improve heart health, lower cholesterol and blood pressure?  Then click here to read more about how these meals have added benefits to the body!  You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy.  Happy cooking!

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Is it more than Sadness?

Everyone feels sad, helpless and “down in the dumps” from time to time.  Even the happiest of people can experience bouts of the blues.  Experiences such as divorce, loss of a relative and academic and financial stress, can trigger feelings of sadness.  However, when these feelings last for longer than two weeks and starts to affect your personal, academic or work life, it may be a sign of depression, a mental health disorder that affects the mood.

Because the symptoms for sadness and depression tend to mimic each other, you can take the quiz below to find out what your symptoms mean.  In addition, information about depression is provided and why it is importance to seek treatment as soon as possible.  To access the quiz, click here.

For more information on depression, click here.

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How to Avoid Financial Stress in a Relationship

Talking about money is never easy, especially when in a relationship.  Different views and opinions on how to utilize the finances can lead to disagreements, arguments and stress within the relationship.  Research has found that couples who often fight over money are more likely to get divorced.  The article below offers suggestions on how to effectively talk to your partner about money to avoid conflict and encourage effective communication.  Click here for more information on these tips.

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How to Stop Pain Naturally with Food

Most people who experience chronic pain tend to reach for pain medicine to alleviate their symptoms.  However, extensive use of pills can result in negative side effects as well as addiction, despite reducing the ailments.  Research has begun to show that certain foods that we eat contain pain reducing and healing properties.  Foods, such cherries, ginger, and salmon, have been found to ease inflammation, fight join pain, and slow down pain signals.  Furthermore, incorporating a healthier lifestyle and incorporating whole, unprocessed food, can provide multiple benefits such as weight loss, energy and anti-aging benefits.For an extensive list of foods that reduce pain, click here to learn how each one benefits the body.

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Top 10 Foods that Fight Aging

Who knew that certain foods we eat can also keep us looking youthful while providing optimal health?  Instead of spending money on creams, lotions and supplements that promise to reduce wrinkles, baggy eyes and saggy skin, head to your nearest supermarket to stock up on these 10 foods that will keep you looking years younger!

  1. Broccoli                                                                                   
  2. Cocoa
  3. Oranges
  4. Fish
  5. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Potatoes
  8. Beans and Legumes
  9. Chicken
  10. Green tea

For more information on these foods, click here

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5 Meditation Tips

Sit down in silence…hhmm. Here are 5 ways to assist this daunting task that may seem like a waste of time on the outside:

  1. Be comfortable
  2. Turn everything off, no distractions (except your own mind which has plenty)
  3. Be silent
  4. Pay attention to your breath
  5. Focus your mind on your breath

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The Importance of Running with Proper Form

Running is one of the best workouts for overall health.  However, if not done with proper form, it can lead to back and knee pain, aches and strains, all of which can take a toll on the body if not corrected.  For more information on the proper running form, please click here for tips on how to prevent future injury when running outside, at the gym, or tackling trails.

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The Wolves Within

An old Grandfather, whose grandson came to him with anger at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice, said, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.”

He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.”

“But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eye and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather solemnly said, “The one I feed.”

Native American Parable

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Strength

Strength is the property of everyone in spite of all apparent weakness.
~Swami Vivekananda

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Who is the Rich Man?

One day a wealthy father took his son on a tr ip to the country so that the son could see how the poor lived. They spent a day and a night at th e farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “Very good, Dad!” “Did you see how poor people can be?” “Yeah!” “And what did you learn?” The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the house; they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have the whole horizon.” When the little boy was finished, the father was speechless. His son then added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!”
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