Trick or Treat!

Written by Marissa Lubin on October 31, 2014 | Reply

Happy Halloween!  It may be a spooky holiday, but it doesn’t have to be scary for your diet.  Here is a perfect, festive recipe that is delicious and deceptively healthy.  These truffles have a whopping 5 ingredients and are very easy to make.  I made mine into little spiders by dipping in dark chocolate and adding pretzel legs and jelly bean eyes, but the possibilities are endless for these.  You could also add orange food coloring to white chocolate to make adorable little pumpkins too! (more…)

October Food of the Month: Spinach

Written by Amy Staudacher on October 28, 2014 | Reply

Spinach is a true “Superfood” in my opinion. It’s even ranked as one of the healthiest vegetables. Kale may be getting all the attention lately, but spinach is a real contender, and for good reasons.  This bright green leafy is a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and an abundant amount of disease-preventing phytochemicals. (more…)

A Failure to Communicate

Written by Adrienne Gruberg on October 27, 2014 | Reply

“What we have here is a failure to communicate…” -Cool Hand Luke

 

Learning to communicate well is one of the most valuable assets a caregiver can develop and it isn’t necessarily something we’re born with. Whether you’re talking with family and friends or with people you work for or who are providing you with services, clearly delivering a message so that you can be heard and understood is going to make your life a lot easier. (more…)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Hypnotherapy

Written by Amy Staudacher on October 24, 2014 | Reply

Hypnotherapy has been used as a healing method and dates back to 18th century. It is commonly practiced as a way to cope with stress and reduce fear and anxiety. Hypnosis is based on the theory that there is a mind-body connection where the mind is able to influence the health and wellbeing of the body. (more…)

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient – Introducing a New Blog Series

Written by Stephanie Lang on October 23, 2014 | Reply

Starting in January 2015, our blog will feature a different physical activity topic each month. We will highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move! (more…)

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month

Written by Aoi Goto on October 15, 2014 | Reply

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…)

Creative Combinations: Integrating New and Healthy Foods Into Meals You Already Make

Written by Corinne Easterling on October 8, 2014 | Reply

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…)

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Autumn

Written by Jessica Iannotta on October 2, 2014 | Reply

In anticipation of this month’s webinar, Healthy Hints for a Happy Halloween, The Caregiver Space and Meals to Heal decided to share our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes with you! (more…)

Understanding Breast Cancer Risk

Written by Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn Gazella on October 1, 2014 | Reply

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…)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Art Therapy

Written by Amy Staudacher on September 29, 2014 | Reply

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.

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