Gifts From My Grandmother: 8 Paths to Happiness Through Food, Family, and Farming

My grandmother’s name was Emma. She was born in 1896 in rural Iowa before there was electricity or indoor plumbing. Her nature was kind and content; her spirit was resourceful. I was lucky enough to have had this woman from another century as one of my primary caregivers and mentors. She offered me an abundance of knowledge on food, family, and farming and showed me how the three interlink to create happiness and prosperity of the body and soul. These lessons resound in me today and I wish to share them with you to explore your own roadmap to happiness.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

How to Counter the Chemistry of Cravings

The Chemistry of a Craving and How to Curb it

Most of us have fallen victim to an unyielding urge for a candy bar, a bag of chips, or a chocolate chip cookie. Cravings have the ability to make us lose control, abandon healthy habits, and give in to an immediate desire to satisfy what feels like a primal need. So what is a craving and what makes us willing to drive a few miles out of our way just to get our hands on a double chocolate milkshake or a greasy grilled cheese sandwich?

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

8 Foods You Need in Your Healthy Nutrition Plan

I asked my friends on Facebook to list their favorite healthy foods. I had some really good responses, and it was a great way to continue this fitness blog’s conversation about healthy living on that social network. In fact, the responses were so good that I decided to write an article about them, and I don’t want you to miss out on these fantastic additions to your nutrition plan.

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Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

Seafood Watch = Sustainable Choice

Informed choice. It is what matters in pretty much every purchasing situation you’ll encounter. Where did this thing I want come from? How much harm might getting it to me cause, or did it help someone or many someones along the way? Is the place from which I am purchasing a company that I feel good about giving my dollars? Is the thing itself something I need? Do I need a new one of these or would a gently used one serve me just as well?

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Healthy Encurtido Salvadoreno

Encurtido Salvadoreño
(Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage)

This recipe, adapted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is one of an entire cookbook creating heart-healthy versions of beloved Latino recipes.

Ingredients 

1 medium head cabbage, chopped
2 small carrots, grated
1 small onion, sliced
½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
½ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ cup vinegar
½ cup water

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Watermelon Extract Lowers Blood Pressure

By Emilie Croisier / The Intelligent Optimist

More than a summer treat, research has found that watermelon extract can lower blood pressure.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Top 5 Tips to Decrease the Bloat and Improve Digestion

Stomach ache, bloating, cramping and digestive discomfort are all common concerns and symptoms I hear from many of my clients. Here are my top 5 tips to decrease the bloat and improve digestion!

1. Increase Probiotics

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Sarah Lefkowitz, Registered Dietitian (RD) was raised in an “organic foods only” home which taught her first hand the importance of a healthy diet. She developed a passion for cooking, farmer’s markets, food nutrient composition, yoga, nutrition education, and living a healthy and active lifestyle. Her philosophy revolves around the idea of food as medicine; looking at the properties of individual foods and harnessing them into life-long health and vitality. Earning her Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Science she moved to LA to study nutrition in the UCLA Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. She has worked within health care as part of the patient care team, rounding with doctors in ICU (intensive care unit) and trauma centers. Additionally, she provided outpatient counseling in a digestive disease clinic, wound care clinic and center for geriatric health. One of her greatest accomplishments within health care, was starting a hospital funded garden in Lynwood, CA, that provided low income families with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stepping out of health care was a highly anticipated change of pace within her career and opened her eyes to a world beyond the hospital. Working with a start-up company run by the former CEO of AOL and Myspace, presented an exciting amount of new challenges. She was involved in education, branding, social media and marketing of a widely popular woman's athletic wear company. Going further into her career she led the Los Angeles Dietetic Association as President and continues to build a community under the name FearlessFig that is focused on health and wellness, creating a support system for a healthy lifestyle.

"My passion for nutrition and helping others has taken me on an incredible journey and I want to share that with you.” 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahLefkowitzRegisteredDietitian
Blog: www.fearlessfig.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/FearlessFig

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large bowl of spinach salad with chicken and pomegranate
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Webster defines love as “a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” and we all know that bringing love into our lives happens when we truly love ourselves. Manifesting... read more
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I’ve recently heard people state that raw almonds are better for you than dry roasted ones. This is of particular interest to me because I enjoy eating almonds almost daily as one of my snacks. Some... read more

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Young woman cooking with vegetables while eating them.
05/13/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
If you are what you eat, can that also show up on your face? Evidence seems to point to YES, so chalk it up as another great reason to eat and drink in a way that supports your optimum overall health... read more
Harvesting machinery works through wheat field.
05/09/2017
Pesticide Problem Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms,... read more
Arrangement of bowls and piles of spices and herbs.
05/02/2017
Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start getting rid of that winter flab and ready for hot weather and hot bodies. If you’ve had trouble getting beach ready... read more
Kale leaves stacked on wooden cutting board atop plank table.
04/01/2017
Super Food Kale has been a hot topic among the blogosphere and health conscious community for several years now. Although touted as one of the most beneficial foods one could eat, the actual... read more
An array of various kinds of nuts on blue striped background.
01/14/2017
That's Nuts In the PREDIMED study, from the Spanish “PREvencio ́n con DIeta MEDiterranea,” a whopping 7,447 patients were randomized into three groups. These were folks at high risk for a... read more
Fresh fruits and vegetables slices on a cutting board.
11/29/2016
Food and You There are so many pesticides and toxins that go into our food on a regular basis. While there are tons of informative guides regarding which foods can still be nutritious in spite of... read more
large bowl of spinach salad with chicken and pomegranate
03/26/2016
I love having salad for lunch. It’s a great way to control my daily carb intake. However, when most people think of salads, thoughts of lettuce come to mind. I prefer spinach, and this article is... read more
the shadow on green grass of two people kissing
12/05/2015
Webster defines love as “a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” and we all know that bringing love into our lives happens when we truly love ourselves. Manifesting... read more
white ramekin of almonds on wood table
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I’ve recently heard people state that raw almonds are better for you than dry roasted ones. This is of particular interest to me because I enjoy eating almonds almost daily as one of my snacks. Some... read more

Pages