Getting back into the school-year groove is a mixed blessing. For both parents and children, the late summer and early fall typically means a return to a predictable routine. But it also often means jammed-packed schedules: after-school activities, keeping up grades and studying for critical exams. School days often lead to school daze, with added stress and pressures for all family members.
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Dr. Laurie Steelsmith
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.
For most parents, back-to-school means back-to-germ exposure because of the people and things your children touch or have close contact with. But making sure your children are as well protected as possible, by giving maximum support to their immune systems, can be as easy as one-two-three.
“Eat the rainbow!” has become the dietary code of many health-conscious individuals. And because of the large number of delicious red fruits and vegetables – raspberries, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, peppers, beets and tomatoes – this colorful group of vegetation is especially appealing.
For many people, mushrooms are always the culinary bridesmaid, but never the bride. In other words, they’re considered useful as side dishes and garnishes, and you’ve probably enjoyed them in omelets, soups and stir-fry meals. But more individuals are discovering that mushrooms (neither fruits nor vegetables, they’re actually fungi which don’t require sunlight to grow) are excellent additions to a healthy-eating regimen.
Most people look at summer vacation—a precious week or two away from work—the same way. They embrace this once-a-year opportunity to completely separate from regular routines, immersing themselves in whatever novelties their getaway location has to offer. In theory, this sounds like a fun, upbeat way to approach time off. But the last thing you want to do when you’re away from home is to abandon the healthy lifestyle patterns you’ve established, especially with your kids in tow.
Summer and the ocean or seaside are a natural warm-weather fit. But although many of us see the water solely as an environment for relaxation and recreation – with appropriate use of sunscreen, of course! – we forget that nature’s water resources are storehouses of nutrition.
The minute people hear the word “food,” panic often sets in. That’s because the word conjures up having to wash, prepare, cook and then plate it. With many people’s hectic schedules taking a toll, lunch and dinner often mean having a meal delivered or picking one up. That way, the only obligations involve unpacking and tossing the wrapping.
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