5 Surprising Benefits of Eating Nuts

For many years, nuts’ high fat content was perceived as far outweighing their health benefits, so they weren't considered an essential part of a balanced diet. However, perspectives started to change when, in 2003, the Food and Drug Administration released a public health statement that just 1.5 ounces (approximately a handful) of nuts each day might reduce the risk of heart disease. Since then, nuts have been making a serious comeback as one of the most important components of a balanced diet. The following varieties top the nutritionists’ lists. The Right Fat: Almonds Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E and monounsaturated fat—one of the two “good” fats—and help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Smooth in shape and sweet in taste, almonds provide health … [Read more...]

5 Foods That Boost Your Immune System

We are in the midst of a nasty flu and cold season.  The Centers for Disease Control says we still have a few more weeks to endure it.  How are you protecting yourself and your family? Of course, daily exercise and drinking plenty of water are great ways to keep healthy.  But, I have a few tasty {and easy} recipes for you today that are packed with immune boosting ingredients. Hot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. This looks yummy enough to eat every morning. If you don't have dry milk in your pantry you can substitute two cups regular milk and reduce the water to two cups. Jeannette's Healthy Living has lots of delicious and healthy recipes. Who doesn't love a good Spinach and Artichoke Dip? Remember, I'm giving you ways to boost your immune system; if you aren't sick you shouldn't … [Read more...]

3 Delicious Smoothie and Juicing Recipes for Fall

Did you know that the month of September is Healthy Aging Month? I didn't either, but what a great way to kick off some fall smoothie and juicing recipes that will have you aging gracefully and beautifully. One of the first things that come to mind when I think of fall is pumpkin. Throw in some squash, sweet potatoes, yams, and cranberries and you've got yourself a taste bud party in the making. Other fruits, veggies and flavors that come to mind include kale, spinach, oranges, apples (which are all the rage in Upstate NY), vanilla bean, cinnamon, honey and nutmeg. Now that we have a palette to work with, let's see about juicing our way to healthier bodies. Photo by Oh She Glows Sweet Potato Smoothie When I came across the Sweet Potato Soup recipe, I darn near drooled all over my … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Tone Your Legs at Home

They carry us to and fro, this we learned at a very young age. But as we grow older, our legs do, too. From the quadriceps to the hamstrings and everything in between, walking isn’t always the best way to tone and tighten your two sticks. Sure, walking burns calories and keeps your legs, well…moving, but if you want legs that make short shorts and fancy shoes proud, or legs that carry you comfortably every time you put one foot in front of the other, you’ll have to work at them a bit. And check your diet, but we’ll talk about the “work” part today. Lucky for you, some of the best leg exercises can be done within the comforts of your own home. No fancy gym membership required. Behold, 5 ways to tone your legs at home: 1) Squats Quite possibly one of the best and most efficient … [Read more...]

Exercise Acne Treatment Tips From A Dermatologist

This is part 2 of my series on exercise acne.  In part 1 I describe this type of acne, called pityrosporum folliculitis.  In part 2 I'm going to tell you how I treat my patients who have it. If you’re prone to the type of acne that comes from sweating and exercise then you probably get tender bright red pimples and clogged pores along your hairline, jawline, neck back and chest. All the parts of your face can be affected, but these are usually the worst areas.  The pimples heal leaving scars and brown marks.  It’s important to try to treat and prevent these breakouts to help prevent the scars. This type of acne is caused by a skin yeast germ called pityrosporum.  The yeast grows excessively on sweaty and oily skin for some people and exercise makes it worse. Controlling your exercise … [Read more...]

Start Developing Healthy Eating Habits for your Family!

It's never too early to establish healthy eating habits for your children; this extends from selecting selecting nutrient-rich food to regular meal-times together.  I found this wonderful over at Kid's Health.  It is chock full of sage advice!  Bon Appetite!  An excerpt: Have regular family meals. Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself. Avoid battles over food. Involve kids in the process. … [Read more...]