The Localvore Movement: Part II

By Ashley Watson

Buy-localIn case you missed last week’s blog post, it kicked off a three-part series on the localvore movement. This week, we will focus on the data supporting this movement, such as cost of transportation and environmental impact. Economy, Environment and Excellence were the main concerns that prompted most localvores to take personal action. While this post is intended to be strictly informational without promoting or condemning localvores, it will take a more comprehensive look at the ideas that started this movement, along with the pros and cons of being a localvore.

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The Localvore Movement

By Ashley Watson

Local-produceWhile advances in communication technology give us the impression that this technology keeps us connected, we’re actually becoming even more isolated. But there are movements and new philosophies that aim for a balance between face-to-face conversations and text messages, between real and perceived connection to each other and to nature. Perhaps the most well known example of this is the localvore movement, a culinary and nutritional revolution that helps us slow down and think about what we’re eating and where it originates.This post marks the beginning of a three part series on the origin and evolution of the localvore movement.

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Top 5 Health Food Apps

By Ashley Watson

Woman-using-smartphoneYou don’t have to be addicted to your smartphone to appreciate tools that make it easier for you to create a healthier lifestyle. There are many apps for making healthier choices at the grocery and restaurants. We’ve chosen five noteworthy health food apps for locating farmer’s markets, choose produce, and track your diet.

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Kicking the Soda Habit

By Ashley Watson

Soda-sugarWhen I was at the doctor’s office earlier this week, I noticed a poster that used sugar cubes to demonstrate how much sugar is in a 12 oz soda bottle. You’ve probably seen them at your doctor’s office or the dentist, and its shock factor may be enough to cause you to pause the next time you reach for a soda in the grocery aisle or order your drink at a restaurant.

But for many people, quitting soda may not be as easy as it sounds. From kids to adults, soda addiction is real and can be a tough habit to kick. The good news is that with a few tips, anyone can curb their craving for sugary drinks.

 

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7 Benefits of a Standing Desk

By Ashley Watson

Employee-standing at deskWhen a co-worker moved offices recently, she requested a taller desk and adjustable chair so that she has the option of standing or sitting at her desk. Suddenly, there was a lot of buzz around the office about the advantages and disadvantages of standing all day. After a little Internet research, we found that a lot of people who have a job that requires them to sit at a desk all day have switched to stand-up desks.

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Stressed Out Part II: How to Manage Stress

By Ashley Watson

Stress-managementLast week, I wrote about how stress had affected my own health as a way to demonstrate how stress takes a toll on the human body. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you may be surprised at the number of health concerns that are related to stress. This week, we’ll take a look at how you can manage stress by providing some tips and stress management suggestions. But first, here’s a recap of why our bodies react to stress and how chronic stress puts us at risk for a variety of health issues.

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Stressed Out: Part I

By Ashley Watson

Woman-stressedA healthy, 34-year-old works in a high-stress work environment for a little over a year. This results in abnormally high blood pressure, insomnia, mild depression, weight loss, and chronic illness–from digestive problems to sinus infections. She’s constantly taking trips to her doctor who advises the otherwise healthy young woman to find another job.

She finally leaves the stressful job after finding another opportunity. Her blood pressure returns to normal, and she rarely feels sick or depressed. Even her doctor tells her that she looks more alive than she did when she was constantly under pressure at work. That stressed out thirty-something was me. Now that I’m in a better work environment with a reasonable workload, my health has improved significantly.

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Warm Up this Winter with Thai Coconut Curry

By Ashley Watson

Red-thai-curry-salmonIf you’re looking to cozy up at home with a spicy meal to help warm up those cold winter nights, try this Thai Coconut Curry recipe with tilapia. You can replace tilapia with salmon, halibut, or shellfish if you are not a tilapia fan. However, tilapia has many benefits, making it a healthy addition to this delicious and nutritious Thai coconut curry.

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How to Choose a Multivitamin

By Ashley Watson

Vitamin-pillsThe popularity of supplements and the amount of information on the Internet doesn’t make choosing the right vitamins very easy. You also have to consider how much nutrition is in the standard diet and your individual dietary needs. Talking to your physician is an important part of the process, but if you need a place to start, this basic set of guidelines can help.

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Are We Still a Fast Food Nation?

By Ashley Watson

Deep-fryerI remember when Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation came out in 2001. I had just graduated college–four years after my father had a massive heart attack that required open-heart surgery. My father was overweight and rarely exercised. Knowing that heart disease is hereditary, my father’s heart attack and poor health habits prompted me to examine my own diet. Although I wasn’t overweight, I did eat fast food at least once a week, and I practically lived on microwave dinners and soda the rest of the time. In recent posts, I covered the truth about hydrogenated oils, and other useful health tips, so this week I want to explore whether or not we are still a fast food nation now that Schlosser’s book has been on the shelves for over a decade.

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