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Healthy Lifestyles that Last Blog 2021

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5 ways to bring more joy to your life

When you’re feeling down in the dumps, what do you do? You have two options: keep doing what you’re doing or try one of these happy hacks to bring a smile back to your face and ultimately boost your mood. Here are five simple ways to bring more joy to your life right now.  ...
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Creating a healthful home

I view my home as a sanctuary, a place that I can unwind and practice self-care. Over the past year, it has also become a second office and gym. If you have kids, your home was likely serving as a classroom as well. Some of our homes are on triple duty, and that sense of sanctuary may have been...
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Summer grilling success

A food thermometer is the best way to tell what internal temperature a food has reached. Different foods have different internal temperatures, so be aware. 145°F Beef, pork, lamb, veal (with a 3-minute rest) and fish 160°F Hamburgers and other ground meat 165°F Poultry and...
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Just peachy!

June is here! This is perhaps my favorite time of the growing season because peaches will be popping up soon at my local farmers’ market. They will be in full swing come July and August. Peaches are a special treat and have always been one of my favorite fruits. I just love everything peach from...
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Adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle, its a no-brainer!

Today we’ll be talking about brain health in honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month so if you have a brain, this information is for you! Your brain is the most complex organ you have and it’s always changing. This process is called brain plasticity. The brain is able to grow new...
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healthy shift ideas like using olive oil instead of butter, eating quinoa instead of white rice and choosing sugar-free beverages over soda and juice.

Shift your habits for better nutrition

Happy National Nutrition Month®! This is a great time of year to reevaluate your eating pattern to determine if it’s working for you. Are you getting the healthful foods you need to live your best life? An eating pattern represents all of the food and drink choices you make from...
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Prevent post-shoveling aches and pains

There are an estimated 11,500 snow shovel-related injuries and medical emergencies a year. Two local experts provide safe snow shoveling tips to keep you safe and pain-free. “As residents of the Midwest, we understand weather can be subject to change in the blink of an eye. When heading out for...
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Pack your smoothies with plant proteins

Are you looking for a quick breakfast that packs the protein? Plant-based proteins can help you build muscle and provide heart health benefits to your meals, snacks and even beverages! These recipes incorporate organic tofu but you can easily add other plant-based proteins that you enjoy. Firm or...
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Remix your mornings with breakfast salads

Are you tired of the same old breakfast every morning? It’s time to turn over a new leaf! If you’re looking for a fresh start to your day with protein, healthy fats, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals then look no further. Breakfast salads are an easy and delicious way to fill up on fiber...
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