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Do you look at your iPad, eReader…

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…or smartphone before getting some Z’s?

You might want to read a book instead. Studies have shown that looking at a screen before bed may be disrupting your needed sleep and promoting poor health such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even an increased risk of cancer. So instead of looking at your phone or other devices, grab a printed book to stimulate your mind before dozing off.

You know to stretch before exercising, but..

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…did you know that most trainers now recommend dynamic stretching —stretching while in motion— instead of static stretching, such as reaching for your toes while seated? Lunges and shoulder circles are examples of dynamic stretching.

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Spring: grated beets pine nuts and blue cheese canned mandarin oragnes, peanuts and red onion

Summer: strawberries pecans and feta, grapes, cashews and green onions

Fall: pears, walnuts and gorgonzola, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and shallots

Winter: apples, goat cheese an almonds, roasted butternut squash, pistachios and roasted garlic

 

 

Stuck in a salad rut?

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An easy approach to tossed salads combines greens with fruit, nuts or seeds and cheese. Choose from whatever you have on hand or whatever you’re craving. For a vegan twist, use onion or garlic instead of cheese. Toasted nuts are especially delicious. Use slightly sweet roasted veggies or canned fruit when fruit is out of season.

The Importance of Sleep

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Can’t get over your cold? Having a hard time losing weight? Prioritize getting a good night’s sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, poor-quality sleep makes you more susceptible to viruses and may reduce your body’s ability to fight infection and inflammation. Studies also show that long-term sleep deficiencies put you at greater risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.