If you’ve ever experienced back pain, leg numbness, or general fatigue from sitting in your office chair for hours on end, then you’ve witnessed firsthand how your body physically protests against inactivity. Movement is just as nourishing and vital to our total wellness as food is, but for many people in today’s workplace, frequent physical activity is not a part of the workday. Fortunately, it actually doesn’t take much movement to make a big difference. Researchers at Cornell University have found that taking a one to two minute “micro-break” every 20 to 30 minutes may improve your work performance, increase your body comfort level while sitting, and reduce joint and muscle injury. Whether you just have 60 seconds to spare or can take a solid ten minute break, here are some tips on how to sprinkle physical activity throughout your workday:
Coconut water is the sports drink of choice right now for a natural way to replenish your fluids and electrolytes post-workout, but its days in the spotlight may be numbered. New research suggests that to reenergize, the liquid-like sap from a mature maple tree may be your best bet. A new forecast by nutrition industry expert Julian Mellentin claims that tree water is next in line to be the natural sports drink superstar, and estimates two billion dollars in revenue from these plant-based functional nutrition drinks by 2025.
Maple water is a natural sap that resembles tap water in its consistency and appearance and has healing qualities that invigorate the body and replace its energy stores. The sweet sap is just 2 percent sugar and 98 percent water, making it a more dilute and healthier form of maple syrup, which has a sugar content of 66 percent, according to the Quebec Foundation of Maple Syrup Producers.
Who doesn’t love potatoes? And if there’s ever a time when you deserve to indulge in some spud-eating, it’s in the midst of winter, especially a winter as harsh as this one! It’s bitter cold outside, so it makes sense to crave a warm, filling dish. Not to mention that it’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day, so it’s only fitting to give a nod to the Irish with a big bowl of warm smashed potatoes!
The problem with potatoes is that they are relatively low in nutrients and often prepared using unhealthy, rich ingredients, which makes for an overindulgent dish. Delicious, yes, but probably not the healthiest meal choice. Luckily, smashed potatoes are easy to lighten up by adding a variety of hearty root vegetables and cutting back on the added dairy. I found this classic, restaurant-style recipe for smashed potatoes from celebrity chef Ree Drummond, and made a few adjustments to turn it into a healthy version that’s worthy of a real St. Patrick’s Day feast!
Lightened Up Smashed Potatoes
(Adapted from Ree Drummond)
No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, one thing’s for sure: it’s over and isn’t coming back for another year!
But just because the official day of romance has come to pass does not mean that our hearts are closed for business until next February. There are countless ways that love surrounds us wherever we go, and all we have to do is apply a little mindfulness in order to experience it every day.
Here are 5 ways to invite more love into your life…
Express your love.
Whether it’s telling your partner how much you adore them, calling your grandmother just to say hello, or simply vocalizing how much you enjoyed a recent experience, expressing your love spreads that positive feeling to others and lifts their spirits too. This, in turn, makes the people around you more warm, receptive, and generous with their own loving vibes.
Treat your body like a temple.
Hi, I’m Maria Marlowe, a Certified Health Coach and author of Detox without the Deprivation. I love to explain why you are what you eat and have made it my mission to help the world get healthy through better nutrition. In the “Ask Health Coach Maria” series, I answer frequently asked questions that relate to health and wellness.
Whenever a client embarks on a new healthier eating plan, one of her first questions is usually “What are some healthy lunch ideas?”
Eating well in a potentially temptation-packed office might seem daunting, but luckily, bringing your own healthy alternative is an easy and delicious fix. And rest assured, there are plenty of options, so you’ll never get bored. Here are some of my favorite healthy lunches to bring to work:
Yesterday, we posted an article about the challenges of making new friends in adulthood. With the school playground a fuzzy memory, Girl Scouts only barely sharper, and college socials pretty darn hazy (maybe for various reasons), it can be hard to expand your social circle in adult life. The advice you usually get is to put yourself out there more—start taking classes, join groups, or attend social gatherings.
This is, of course, all great advice, but c’mon—who has time for that? I don’t know about you, but I feel impressed with myself if I get to the gym after work and manage to throw together dinner at home instead of collapsing on the couch and ordering delivery.
But wait—the answer is right there. The gym! You’re surrounded by people who you already know have a few things in common with you—you live or work near the facility, you value exercise, you have an appreciation for purple yoga pants—plus it’s a place where you’re already spending an hour or so of your time. Potential new friends without having to squeeze anything else into your daily routine…rejoice in the beauty of multitasking!