Warm spring temperatures inspire us to open the windows and get organized. Whether you clean from floor to ceiling or just enough to lighten the load, make sure you add pantry or food cabinets to your list.
A well-organized pantry can help boost food shopping and meal prep efficiency, lower your grocery bills (say goodbye to multiple jars of dried oregano!) and improve your health.
Think of spring cleaning your pantry as a way to streamline your food stockpile and kick-start your healthy eating habits. It’s your opportunity to throw out the old and unhealthy, and start anew. In fact, a well-organized pantry may be the easiest lifestyle change you make!
First, remove everything from your pantry. Yes, everything. You’ll find fallen spice jars and grains you forgot you bought. Then, wipe down the shelves using a wet cloth or a vinegar-water spray and allow to dry completely.
While shelves are drying, it’s time to categorize and purge! Use this opportunity to throw out the bad so you can make room for the good.
Here are some items that you can (and should) ditch for your health.
Remember when turning 40 was considered being “over the hill,” marked by a symbolic tombstone engraved RIP on top of a birthday cake?
Today, turning 40 is more synonymous with “running up a hill,” as women in this age bracket tend to be at the peak of busyness.
Surveys and census data show more women over the age of 40 are starting families, getting married (for the first or second time) and are at the pinnacle of their careers.
Over the hill? Hardly. But, running at such a fast pace up the hill can cause you to put your health on the back-burner and easily lead to making fatal mistakes that can potentially damage your health and shorten your lifespan.
Amazingly, nearly everyone has a powerful computer in their pocket or purse.
It’s so easy to pull out our smart phones to answer life’s most mundane, trivial, or complex questions.
Unfortunately, it’s just as easy for a person diagnosed with a serious, chronic disease like autoimmune arthritis to read an unlimited amount of information about their illness, which can be overwhelming to those seeking answers and direction about disease management.
Here are four strategies to help arthritis patients (or anyone living with a chronic disease) find credible and actionable information.
Women of all ages, regardless of height, weight, or parental status, are susceptible to stretch marks. This is a simple fact.
Another fact, which will hopefully make you feel a bit better, is that supermodels (yes, the bikini models you see in Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret advertisements) also have stretch marks.
If you’re like the 95% of women out there, you prefer them gone.
Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20, offers insights on cosmetic surgery and shares the real deal on stretch mark solutions with several facts on popular procedures and topical options to prevent and remove stretch marks.
Twenty years ago, we hardly heard of ADHD, an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Today, the term ADHD is so loosely used that anytime anyone feels they are unfocused, overly scheduled or mentally cluttered they may say “I’m so ADHD.”
But, are they?
When is it just a simple lack of focus due to stress or bad habits and when might it be ADHD?
Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services specializes in ADHD and other learning disorders.
She offers some characteristics, that when chronic tendencies, could mean ADHD and thus worth getting screened for it.
Did you know that one male is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour?
April is Testicular Awareness Month, and throughout the month, organizations like ours are working in partnership with the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) to bring attention to a disease that is rarely discussed.
My father, Clyde Hill, 78, is a retired farmer and construction business owner who spent his life working on land improvement projects.
However, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it was up to me to build a new way of life for my father.
Since my grandfather was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I knew what was coming when my father’s movements became very rigid and he would freeze up when walking. These were the same initial symptoms that my grandfather experienced when he was diagnosed with the disease.
As my father’s symptoms progressed, my family and I and sought out a neurologist who confirmed the diagnosis in 1992.
Two years ago, my brothers and I started to see a big change in our father’s demeanor. Often in the evening or sundown, he became convinced that the CIA and/or drug dealers were going to hurt him and were inside his house, causing him to become agitated, combative and paranoid. One time when I attempted to reassure him that there were no bad guys in the house and he was safe, he even asked if I was in on “their” plan to hurt him.
I grew up in a house that was always active, either in sports or outdoors.
So, you might wonder how someone like me, now 48 years old, has already had double bypass, six stents, and a heart attack.
I learned I had high cholesterol when I was 13, right after my dad had quadruple bypass surgery. He was 39. We didn’t know then it was a common genetic disorder called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), passed on from parent to child. We were told it was just unusually high cholesterol and that my dad and I would need to be on a statin for the rest of our lives.
I don’t remember my dad taking his statin… ever. I’m sure he did, but I just didn’t see him take it. I can tell you that he complained a lot about muscle aches, and so I have a feeling he quit and just tried to combat the high numbers with diet and exercise.
When you are younger, your skin is able to maintain and renew itself easily.
However, as you get older, it needs more help to look healthy and youthful.
To make matters worse, external factors like pollution, the sun’s UV rays, the wind, drying heat, and poor air circulation can damage your complexion. An unhealthy diet and not drinking enough water can also wreak havoc on your skin.
Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to rejuvenate and recharge your skin. Numerous cutting-edge skincare products and multi-functional cosmetics are available that can make a difference in the tone and texture of your complexion.
But, before you try different products hoping to transform your skin, you must first determine your skin type.
Keep reading to learn about the various common skin types and to understand the best ways to treat them.
According to the National Institutes of Health, on any given day, one-third of children and 41 percent of teens eat from a fast-food restaurant. They also report that the restaurant meals often served to kids contain too many calories.
The typical “kid food” being offered tends to usually include chicken nuggets, fries, macaroni and cheese, burgers, and pizza. The problem is that these meals often provide empty calories and don’t provide enough nutrition. They also keep the kids wanting the same types of foods at home, with parents often providing them.
Dr. Nimali Fernando, aka Doctor Yum, says it’s time to ditch the “kid food” and start giving kids better options.
“Most food is kid-friendly. Kids just need to learn how to eat it,” says Dr. Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “Kids who are taught healthy eating habits, which include eating a variety of healthy foods, will be far better off now and in the long run. They will be learning healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”
Here are six reasons to ditch the pizza and pouches and get your kids back to real food...