Chocolate is a serious weakness of mine. It’s a little scary how a small square of that indulgent, rich deliciousness can change my entire mood. Turns out, I’m not crazy, there’s actually a physiological reason (I KNOW, I was relieved, too!), as recent studies have found that eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts reduces cortisol and catecholamines, the hormones related to stress and anxiety.
The cranberry, a crimson, jewel-like, tart-tasting fruit, is one of those foods that dramatically takes over supermarkets’ produce sections during the pre-Thanksgiving season, just as people’s minds turn to feasting.
This native American fruit grows on trailing vines which thrive in wetland areas, commonly referred to as bogs or marshes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the North American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) as the fresh-cranberry standard.
Whether it’s a strained shoulder, an Achilles tear or a completely broken bone, injuries are bound to happen in sport. The good news is you harness the power to control how you handle these setbacks. Remember: it’s not what happens to us that defines who we are but how we react — and hopefully, rise above. Read more →
Beach and seashore weather may be gone, but this time of the year brings its own special kind of healthy pleasures. I’m talking about apples. Dozens of varieties are available at supermarkets and, if you’re lucky, at nearby orchards. Apples are rich in a substance called quercetin – an antioxidant flavonol (part of the flavonoid family) — which is associated with a number of health benefits.*
I always coach my female clients to take their vitamin C first thing in the morning. It will boost your energy, make your skin radiate and support your immunity. There’s just one catch: this vitamin C doesn’t come from a glass of OJ. Read more →
Like a match made in heaven, rich dark chocolate and tangy, tart dried cherries come together in this super-simple recipe for a snack or dessert that’s as delicious as it is good for you. With antioxidants and vitamin C, you can have a handful without guilt, or sprinkle them on ice cream for a special treat!
Is it just me, or is the color orange flooding the atmosphere a little early this year? Not that I’m complaining. I’ll pin pumpkin recipes and share cute costume pics all September long—then get crafty (or at least imagine I will) come October. But when it comes to my beauty routine, autumn’s early invasion goes beyond the usual social pinning, liking and…dreaming.
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