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Plant-Based Foods Go Mainstream, Image: vladimir/AdobeStock.comPlant-Based Foods Go Mainstream  
Healthy Eating Gets Easier with Innovations  

Plant-based eating has seen an explosion in the past few years as consumers become increasingly aware of how their food choices impact their health and the environment and align with their ethics. According to market research firm SPINS, plant-based eating is now...

Easing into a Vegan Lifestyle, Image: istetiana/AdobeStock.comEasing into a Vegan Lifestyle  
Clever Meat Substitutes that Please the Palate   

Today’s wide availability of vegan meat substitutes in the grocer’s freezer helps break the ice for people that want to experiment with plant-based foods. The taste, convenience and quality of these products has improved greatly over the past decade, but like many convenience foods, some packaged faux meat products can be high in...

A Weekend Warrior Survival Guide, Image: monkey business/AdobeStock.comA Weekend Warrior Survival Guide  
Prevention, First-Aid and Recovery  

At first glance, it seems harmless to sit at a desk all week and then dive into gardening, hiking, shooting some hoops or playing softball with the kids. We think nothing of it until that pulled hamstring, stiff shoulder or painful knee makes...

Burnout Recovery , Image: fizkes/AdobeStock.comBurnout Recovery   
Ways to Reset and Find Balance   

“I’ll sleep when I die,” Kristina Shea used to joke about her three hours of nightly shut-eye. In retrospect, she says ruefully, “It almost became a reality.” Her hectic life as a...

Beyond Picky Eating, Image: vadim guzhva/AdobeStock.comBeyond Picky Eating  
Help for Pediatric Eating Disorders  

Most kids go through food phases and bouts of fussiness during mealtime, but more serious problems can lurk beneath the surface of such all-too-common behaviors. Eating disorders are often associated with...

Journaling to Access Inner Wisdom, Image: ashlyn ciara/Unsplash.comJournaling to Access Inner Wisdom  

On a summer afternoon in 2015, I sat in my favorite coffee shop waiting on life-changing news. With each minute, my anxiety mounted, so I turned to the only thing that calms me in a stressful situation—my journal. As my pen...

Ann Armbrecht, Image: photo courtesy of Bryce YoukAnn Armbrecht  
on the Business of Ethical Botanicals  

Writer and anthropologist Ann Armbrecht explores the relationship between humans and the planet, notably through her work with plants and plant medicine. Her book The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry tells the stories of the people...

The 411 on Styrofoam, Image: GrabillCreative/GettyImages.co,The 411 on Styrofoam  
Why We Should Just Say No  

Because it is heat-resistant, extremely lightweight and relatively sturdy, Styrofoam is commonly used for takeout food and beverage containers, egg cartons, craft materials, home insulation and product packaging. The harm it causes to...

Beyond Kibble, Image: mat hayward/AdobeStock.comBeyond Kibble  
How to Shop for the Healthiest Pet Food  

People are always striving to improve the quality of life for their pets. For some, this means making homemade dog and cat food or buying meat directly from a local butcher, but not all pet parents have the necessary time, space or finances. While there are better...

The Heart-Mind Connection, Image: wayhome studio/AdobeStock.comThe Heart-Mind Connection  
How Thoughts and Emotions Affect Our Heart Health  

“Does your wife show you her love?” In a study of 10,000 married men, this question turned out to be revelatory. Among men with high levels of anxiety, a whopping 93 percent that answered “No” developed angina-related chest pains within five years—nearly twice the rate of those answering “Yes”...

Fermenting for Foodies, Image: pixelshot/AdobeStock.comFermenting for Foodies  
Preserving Food and Traditions  

If fermented food is a trend, it’s the oldest one on the planet. More and more people are rediscovering the time-honored foodways of fermentation to promote health, boost flavor and preserve the...

Power Up Your Workouts, Image: expressiovisual/AdobeStock.comPower Up Your Workouts  
A Guide to Protein Powders and Shakes  

Protein, from the Greek proteios, means “primary,” which sums up its vital role in the human body. Its structure of amino acids enables myriad bodily functions, from repairing and building tissues to creating...

David Perlmutter, Image: photo by  Peter RussellDavid Perlmutter  
on the Role of Uric Acid in Metabolic Health  

Board-certified neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., has written five New York Times bestsellers, including Brain Wash, Grain Brain and Brain Maker. His latest book is Drop Acid: The Surprising New Science of Uric Acid—The Key to Losing Weight, Controlling Blood Sugar, and Achieving Extraordinary Health. ...

Living in the Frequency of Love, Image: Benjavisa Ruangvaree/AdobeStock.comLiving in the Frequency of Love  
  

Most of us refer to love as an emotion, but in essence, love is a verb, a powerful call to action. When we remember its true nature, we can answer its call with our...

Secondhand Fashion, Image: stokkete/AdobeStock.comSecondhand Fashion  
Online Used Clothing Stores Good for the Wallet and Planet  

The online commerce of used clothing is booming. According to ThredUp.com, a prominent virtual consignment and thrift store, the secondhand market is projected to double in the next five years, reaching a whopping...

Purposeful Shopping, Image: netrun78/AdobeStock.comPurposeful Shopping  
How Fair Trade Can Change the World  

Fair trade is an alternative international business model that puts people and the planet first. It is designed to help growers and producers in developing countries achieve sustainable, fair relationships with...

Fostering Love, Image: Alan/AdobeStock.comFostering Love  
Tips for First-Time Pet Foster Parents   

For people that love cats and dogs but can’t adopt one—or one more—a heartwarming solution is to foster pets without homes that need a place to temporarily lay their heads and be loved until...

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