Go Mediterranean: Your Brain Will Thank You!

With benefits ranging from heart to weight management, the Mediterranean diet has captured the media spotlight in recent years. And now the University of California, Berkeley reports yet another key benefit of this easy to swallow diet, which is rich in olive oil, legumes, whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables.

Fear of Falling: 4 Danger Zones to Avoid

According to AARP, one in three adults of the age of 65 fall every year; with many sustaining serious injuries such as a broken hip or head trauma. Indeed, a bad fall can be a lifestyle game changer. Sadly, every year, more than 2.5 million older adults are treated for fall-related injuries in emergency departments, and upwards of 734,000 are hospitalized.

Black Bean Chili

During the frenzy of the holidays, we tend to put healthy meals on hold, but here’s a delicious recipe we’ve adapted from Prevention magazine that can help out. We love that it is made in a slow cooker, so dinner is ready when you rush through the door, exhausted after a marathon shopping day!

Maple-Walnut Roasted Pears

Looking for a simple alternative to holiday pies? We’ve adapted this recipe from our friends at Tufts University. The process of roasting brings out the sweet-rich flavor of pears to make an elegant but easy dessert.

Getting Sugar Smart: Know Your Nemesis

Is sugar just as sweet despite a clever alias? Nutritional experts say absolutely, and point out that it’s important to know sugar’s different guises as we all need to be eating a whole lot less of it. These days it’s hard to find “sugar” listed on the sweet-tasting ingredient label. Instead, these secret sugar sources go under cover with different monikers. What’s more, there’s plenty of added sugar in foods that don’t even taste all that sweet.

Advice on Getting Off Your Duff

No, we aren’t going to chide you on your couch potato habits, per se. Rather, we are going to let the scientists do it. You see, there’s been a lot of research in the last few years on just how awful long-term sitting spells can be for your health. Obviously, physical health suffers, but now researchers are finding out that lots of sitting can also affect mental health.

3 Ways to Temper Your Temper

Another driver cut you off or your spouse says something that irks you; anger causes stress hormones to flood your bloodstream, causing your face to flush, your heart to race and your blood pressure to rise. According to the Berkeley Wellness Newsletter, there’s a large body of research that supports the idea that chronically angry people are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease.