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At times, we all face stressful, painful, or traumatic events that have all the makings of a potential emotional upheaval—the loss of a friend, a bad breakup, a big move. Even the winter weather can bring on a markedly low mood, where each chilly gust of wind seems to push you further away from your normal self.
When you’re in an undeniable funk, you feel desperate to find relief. If loved ones can’t talk you out of it, and it isn’t going away on its own, talking to a counselor can be a great option. But if you’re not quite ready for that degree of intervention (or the hefty price tag it often carries with it), there are many DIY techniques that can help you tap into the same therapeutic process you’d get with a pro. Even if you don’t see yourself as particularly creative or artistic, there are several forms of expressive therapy that can help you move into a more positive place. They nourish your mind, body, and soul, with the result that you feel more connected, and, well, happier! Transport yourself out of the blues and into a new realm of self-discovery with these proven mental wellness techniques.
Though you may not have heard of nigella seeds, if you’ve ever had naan, chances are you’ve tried them. It can be hard to know, though, since nigella seeds go by a dizzying number of names—black seed, sanouj, Kalonji, black cumin, black onion seed, roman coriander, black caraway— almost every country and region calls it something different. Nigella seeds derive from a flowering plant, nigella stavia, grown all over the Mediterranean. Nigella is actually the Italian terminology, but in Italy you’ll also hear it referred to as grano nero, which literally means black grain. Umm, can a seed be under the witness protection program?
A couple of weeks ago, Kitchen Daily published a list of projected food trends for 2014 put together by experts in the field. From herb-flavored ice to exotic meats, we’ve got some interesting and exciting trends to look forward to this year. However, not all of them are healthy trends, per se.
But there’s no need for you to miss out on the fun—with a little creativity, you can try out all of this year’s fads while still making healthy food choices! Here’s how:
Ice Cream Sandwiches: Andrew Freeman, CEO of a San Francisco-based hospitality consulting firm, predicted that cupcakes, donuts, and croissants are out. Keeping with the 2013 trend of unusual food pairings (like ramen burgers!) ice cream sandwiches with nontraditional flavors are in.
Make It Healthy: Who says ice cream sandwiches need to be made out of ice cream? Whip up a batch of this Banana Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” and sandwich it between your favorite vegan cookies for a 100% vegan sweet treat!
Nobody likes being pulled over by the food police, but this week, you can call me Officer Maria. Forgive me for sounding the siren, but the worst type of prison you could ever end up in is your own body in poor health.
So this week, I’m answering the question, “what are the worst foods you can eat?” I’ve chosen to outline three “bad guys” that are extremely common, yet all have deleterious health effects. Personally, they will never pass my lips. And as long as I’m playing food cop, they won’t pass yours, either.
Soda (Diet and Regular)
We all know regular soda is loaded with sugar and is associated with weight gain and diabetes. Diet soda might seem like a healthy alternative, but in reality, it’s even worse!
A University of Texas study found that drinking 1-2 cans of diet soda a day increases your risk of obesity by 54.5%, compared to 32.8% for those drinking the same amount of regular soda. Bottom line? Drinking diet soda regularly will likely lead to weight gain, not loss.
It’s no secret that our hectic schedules and rushed weeknights make it challenging to prepare healthy meals on a daily basis. But with a little planning and by stocking up on a few key ingredients, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whip up delicious and tasty meals all week long!
Stocking your pantry and fridge during the weekend with versatile foods that can be prepared a variety of ways and can be incorporated into breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes will not only help you save money and time, but also give you a jumpstart on your weekly meal planning.
Here are 5 healthy and versatile ingredients to add to your grocery list this week:
Health benefits: This creamy and delicious fruit is a nutritional powerhouse providing numerous health benefits including heart healthy fats, protein, and vitamins K, B, E, and C, as well as almost half the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.
Research shows that incorporating avocado into your diet can help reduce bad cholesterol and lower the risk of certain disease such as diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease, and promote a healthy weight by lowering BMI (Body Mass Index).