October is the Vegetarian Awareness Month, which began with World Vegetarian Day on October 1st and will be ending on World Vegan Day on November 1st. As proven through many observations and studies, there are many benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. Becoming a vegetarian can improve your health, help cut down your cost of food, and help the environment. (more…)
Making nutritious meals can be challenging and especially when trying to devise a new, untested recipe that is satisfying and flavorful. We have some easy ways to improve your old favorites by using simple ingredient swaps or additions. The next time you’re at the supermarket, toss some of these healthy options in your cart to have on hand the next time you cook. Our simple tips will help you to modify your favorite recipes and make the move toward better health easier and less stressful. (more…)
A study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health late last year indicated that three weeks following Angelina Jolie’s announcement about her BRCA status and prophylactic surgery, people were confused about breast cancer risk and the genetic link. Although 3 out of 4 women surveyed knew about Jolie’s decision, the researchers found that they still did not understand their own risk. While announcements such as Jolie’s raise awareness about breast cancer in general, they have done little to delineate between the three categories of purported high risk: genetic mutation, family history, and survivorship risk of recurrence.
This is a subject we pay very close attention to. Our goal is to help people understand the levels of risk. (more…)
Art therapy may be one of the lesser-known complementary and alternative therapies available. It utilizes therapeutic techniques coupled with the creative process to improve emotional well-being. The idea of creative expression was initially developed in the 1930s for mental health professionals. Patients used it as a source of communication to help deal with mental distress. The thought behind it stems from the belief that creativity helps with healing. Art therapy helps individuals cope with physical, mental, and emotional problems by heightening their sense of self-awareness and expressing themselves through their artistic creations.
September is National Mushroom Month! Mushrooms are one of my favorite ingredients because they add an earthy flavor and hearty, meaty texture to any dish. In addition to their great flavor, mushrooms are also high in copper, selenium, vitamin B2 & B3, and pantothenic acid. Mushrooms are also one of the only foods with naturally occurring vitamin D, which many of us have trouble getting enough of. Recent research has shown that mushrooms help keep our immune systems. Here are a few delicious ways to use mushrooms this fall! (more…)
I often find that mushrooms don’t get the attention they deserve. Although typically treated as one, mushrooms aren’t vegetables. They’re the edible fleshy fruit of a fungus. As a result, they contain a completely different nutritional profile from their plant counterparts. (more…)
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, many of us have been touched by childhood cancer in some way or another. Unfortunately, I lost one of my close friends to a brain tumor when we were around the age of 12. His battle with brain cancer was something I cannot put into words. Seeing the community of love, courage and strength that developed and in turn enveloped him was something that I knew I had to continue on even when he was not with us anymore. (more…)
Caregiving often compromises our ability to think, act and speak our truth. This reality is a difficult pill to swallow but one we gladly sacrifice in the face of caring for someone we love. But as time passes, our couched feelings, the strain of sleepless nights and busy days add up and we’re left wondering where do we fit in and what choice do we have. (more…)
September is the Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month and we would like to take a moment to discuss about thyroid cancer since it is the most rapidly increasing cancer by incidence in the United States. Thyroid cancer affects all people of all ages, from young children to seniors. Thankfully, due to the successful treatment of early-detected cases, the death rate from thyroid cancer has been fairly stable and low for many years. (more…)