Local health food stores have always been magical places for me. This may seem funny, because when I discovered them almost 40 years ago, they were often in dingy basements, staffed by earnest macro-biotic types, and stocked with unappealing tofu, brown rice and medicinal herbs.
Recently, we’ve seen a number of claims on popular websites that “happy foods,” such as chocolate and coffee, can improve your mood. On the surface, these claims seem to good to be true. After all, who wouldn’t like to believe that having a Kit Kat with your morning coffee is the path to positivity and happiness? So, we decided to see what science has to say on this subject.
How do you respond to stress in your life? Do you go for a long walk in the park? Do you watch a funny movie? Do you reach for a large bucket of chocolate-mint ice-cream? Or, do you turn to healthy food options?
I guess we can all blame Santa for some of our holiday food traditions. Carefully placed cookies for Father Christmas and carrots for the reindeer are part of the holiday experience for most homes with children.
There’s nothing better than finding out that something that you love to eat is actually good for you! Over hundreds of years, chocolate has developed an image of luxury, decadence and temptation. Only recently have scientists begun to realize the amazing health benefits of some types of dark chocolate.
Unsurprisingly, women all over the world rejoiced to hear that they no longer needed to feel guilty for fulfilling their little guilty pleasure. But, as the research shows, not all chocolate is created equal.
Until recently, researchers knew that dark chocolate had health benefits, but, they didn’t know how it worked. Here are a few of the answers that they are giving about why dark chocolate is good for you.
Every time I go to the market, I try to load up on fresh seasonal vegetables – especially, avocado, spinach, kale and celery, which I use to make green smoothies. Unfortunately, since we are all creatures of habit, we often walk right past the vegetables that we aren’t used to and this is definitely true in my case. So, this week, I decided to research a few vegetables that are filled with goodness that I might be missing. Right at the top of the list was asparagus.
Do you wake up and immediately crave a cup of coffee? Has a visit to your local Starbucks become an addictive morning ritual? Maybe it’s time to mix up your morning routine with fresh lemon juice. Don’t get me wrong, we know that know caffeine can help with memory and concentration.
Like many women, I’m tired of using expensive beauty products to keep my skin looking good. So, I started looking into the best foods for healthy skin after 60. What I found was a list of foods that are not only great for your skin, but, that also may help you to live a healthy life more generally.
When we get a bad cold or just feel run down, we often like to blame it on our immune system. It’s easy to think of our immune system as being separate from the other functions in our body. Like border guards or traffic cops, we expect our bodies’ defenses to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of what else is going on in our lives. The reality is somewhat more complicated.
There is an old saying that “women make good cooks, but men make better chefs.” Setting aside the inaccuracy of this statement, it does tell us something important about the way that society looks at the roles of men and women in the kitchen. Women have traditionally taken on the role of family cook. But they were usually not seen as suitable candidates for the more complex and prestigious job of managing elaborate kitchens in fancy restaurants.