Lakewood Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of valet parking services for patients and visitors at the hospital's Belle Avenue entrance which began Monday, November 18, 2013.
Acupressure is the practice of applying hand or finger pressure to specific energetic or conductive points on the body. It is based upon the same ancient principles as the art of acupuncture, except that it uses the softer form of curved finger pressure on the points.
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As the weather starts to cool off we may feel inclined to gravitate to those richer, heartier, stick to your ribs kind of foods and that’s not a mistake. That’s not a sudden lack of control that over takes us. It is our nature and our biology to crave these foods because they are the foods that will keep us warm during the winter months.
So how do we take care of our health and eat in a way that is both nourishing and supportive without falling into those rich heavy fattening food traps as the weather cools off? Here are 3 easy tips for you to eat in balance with nature this fall:
Tip Number 1: Eat foods that are in season
There are no mistakes in nature & the best time to eat foods is when they are ripe and in season where you live. These seasonal foods will taste best and be the most nutrient rich this time of year. Some of my favorite foods to work with in the fall are the ABCs - apples, beets & carrots. Super high in antioxidants and minerals and very versatile. All three can be used as sweet or savory touches.
Brussels sprouts are fantastic this time of year. Try mashed cauliflower in stead of mashed potatoes. Delicious! Celery root and fennel are 2 of my favorite fall foods. Kale is not just great in green juice it’s a hearty cooking green you can use through fall and winter. All varieties of squash - try roasted spaghetti squash topped with fresh basil and tomatoes. And my absolute favorite fall superfood - pomegranates! Check out your local farmers markets and really take advantage of what’s in season this time of year.
Tip Number 2: Lightly cook your foods to give them a little warmth.
While eating raw is a great way to nourish your body and in the summer months it feels natural to eat those fresh fruits and veggies, it can be challenging to maintain body heat and metabolism in the winter months without adding in some warmer foods.
The key here it to saute or stir-fry your veggies so that they are warmed but still crunchy, and you want to make sure that they maintain their bright, vibrant color. Once they’re cooked to the point that they start to discolor or get mushy they’ve also lost a lot of their nutrients and enzyme activity. And you don’t have to go overboard. Keep your fresh juices and salads, but maybe add a cup of soup or top that salad with some sauteed onions zucchini.
Tip Number 3: Use spices to create heat.
Fall is a time off cooling down and slowing down, a time of shorter days and more hours of darkness. In order to stay in balance this time of year it can be helpful to add a little spice into your cooking. Some warming spices include black pepper, cardamom, tumeric, cumin, clove and cinnamon. Mustard & horesraddish are great to use as well. Of course any kind of hot pepper such as cayanne or chipotle will add some heat. You can even heat up your juice by adding fresh ginger. Or make fresh hot tea using ginger juice and lemon. Sipping it throughout the day supports digestion, it’s detoxifying, and it will keep you warm. And of course we can’t Garlic! Garlic is warming, it’s at it’s most plump and sweetest in the fall and is great for boosting the immune system as we go into cold & flu season.
As I sit at the end of a dock on a sweet little lake in Michigan I am reminded that I feel grateful this morning. Grateful that I can get away to this place- this piece of serenity. I am mindful of the soft waves slapping against the shore and I watch the new ducklings follow their mother along the edge of the sand. I watch the birds fly by on their way over to Lake Michigan and a couple of young teenagers out for an early morning canoe ride pass by. There is a soft breeze touching the skin on my arms and the sun is starting to glisten on the water. The setting, I decide, is perfect to begin my morning meditation. It is easy for me to feel more in the moment while I am here, but so often I miss the moment- what is right there in front of me because I am to busy with everything else. Too preoccupied to be in the present moment to be aware of what is really going on.
Coconut oil is a traditional oil that has been consumed for thousands of years in tropical cultures. Recently it has gotten a lot of attention in the US and has become a staple for the health conscious crowd. Once seen as detrimental to overall health, the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are now considered a heart-healthy food. It may also support metabolism and hormone health as well supply many benefits when used topically.
Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of lauric acid, a saturated fat which has been shown to increase the “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Lauric acid is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). The digestion of MCTs in the liver has been shown to lead to efficient burning of energy and weight loss.
Feeling good about the time you spent being active outdoors this summer, but worried about slacking off now that days are getting shorter? Extend your walking season with Live Well Lakewood’s Fit In Five Fall Walking Challenge, which begins on Wednesday, September 11th and continues for four additional weeks, through October 9th.
Take a second to observe your posture. How are you sitting or standing right now? Wait a second…don't try to fix anything - at least not yet! Are your shoulders slumped forward? Is your head jutting ahead? Is your back overly rounded or arched? Are you slouched down in your chair or standing much shorter than your actual height? The way we carry our body while we sit and stand is important to our spine’s health and is a reflection of and a contributor to our overall health. Joseph Pilates, the creator of the Pilates method, focused on whole body health, commitment, and breath. He said, "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Through Pilates, we can have a flexible young spine at any age, gain total body alignment, and have great posture!
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is a therapeutic technique of bodywork that was developed over 2,500 years ago by Jivaka Komarabhacca, a friend and physician to the Buddha and renowned as a healer in Buddhist tradition. When Buddhist monks and nuns migrated from India to Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Thailand, they brought the knowledge of Thai Massage and medicine with them.
Traditional Thai medicine is a natural, holistic approach to health and well-being, developed over thousands of years, which includes proper nutrition, physical exercise, the use of medicinal herbs and therapeutic massage. Traditional Thai medicine is concerned with curing diseases and ailments, and maintaining health and well-being. The medical knowledge developed by Thai people through many generations has come to be known as the ancient wisdom of Thailand.
Sometimes, as Clevelanders, we really earn our summers. We love being outside as much as we can during summer.
For those of us who also like yoga, or are interested in trying this ancient and proven system of wellness, consider joining Lakewood's Pink Lotus Yoga for Outdoor Yoga this summer. While our schedule is not completely set yet, we do have our Saturday morning class in place, and we're kicking off earlier this year because the weather has recently been so nice.
So Join Pink Lotus Yoga on the boardwalk at Rocky River Park on Saturdays, May 11th-August 31st from 9-10 a.m.
Coughing, sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, hives, eczema, swelling, redness... These are the symptoms of an allergy attack! There are lots of over the counter medications to address these symptoms, but have you ever asked yourself what causes the symptoms to begin with?
Symptoms are your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. There are no new processes in the body. When we experience symptoms it is an indication that there is something out of balance, out of sync, or that some bodily function is either overworking or underworking. The question is, “Why?”
As a rule, essential oils bring balance to the human body.
The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, the emotional control center. Many emotions emanate from this region such as fear, anger, joy, depression and anxiety. Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance, essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects.
Summer's here! Let's fire up the grill and cook up something tasty.
Buffalo Chicken Burgers
1 lb. ground chicken breast
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
1 Tbs. hot sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
For the last few weeks I’ve been itching to get my hands in the dirt. Now that the weather has settled into a comfortable spring groove (no more 35 degree nights... we hope!) it’s finally time to get some planting under way. I’m planning a mix of flowers, veggies and herbs this year and while I consider all the options one plant stays front and center in my plans - Basil.
Basil is a cooking staple that can take just about any dish up a notch. From pasta and pizza to thai food to sandwiches to salads. Basil goes with everything. Have you ever tried a basil strawberry martini? Delicious! Homemade pesto? Yum!
We have been waiting a long time for spring to arrive and now it may finally be here. Most of us are making up our "to-do" list; vacuuming out the car, changing out our cold weather clothes for t-shirts and shorts, cleaning up the yard and perhaps even thinking of planting a garden. Did you leave room on your list for your own well -being? Have a plan for sprucing up yourself? No? Not to worry, Live Well Lakewood can get you started. Our FIT IN FIVE Walking Challenge begins Wednesday, May 8th at the Women's Pavilion in Lakewood Park. The Challenge is FREE, our only requests are that you dress for the weather and wear appropriate athletic footwear. This spring's Challenge will run for 5 consecutive Wednesdays. It will be followed with a celebration pot-luck dinner on Wednesday, June 12th for participants who walk at least 3 out of 5 sessions.
It’s spring finally! That always makes me want to eat fresher, lighter, healthier. So here’s a recipe for a no fail fish dish. Tilapia is a very mild white fish, but you can use any fish you like. Cod, grouper, walleye, and even salmon work well. I would skip the tuna and swordfish. They are better on the grill.
Tilapia en Papillotte
4 fillets of tilapia, 5-6 oz.
1 med. tomato, sliced
1 shallot or small onion, sliced thin
1 fennel bulb, sliced thin, save the leaves
¼ cup parsley
Salt and pepper
½ cup white wine, good enough to drink with the dish later
Every year more than 100 million people in the United States go on a diet. We buy diet books, take diet pills, eat only one type of food (vinegar diet, cabbage soup diet, ice cream diet, ?, etc.). And we join fitness centers trying to lose weight – 50 million people sign up for gyms each year.
But these strategies may not be working – more than 65% of adults in the US are obese or overweight, and the number goes up each year. This is much more than just a dating issue – obesity contributes directly to other severe chronic health conditions – including diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, liver disease, and many others. This greatly reduces the quality (and length) of our lives – and directly contributes to the increases we all pay in healthcare costs each year. These costs are not only in our health insurance premium, but in our out of pocket of co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preventable chronic illness is responsible for 75% of all healthcare spending in the United States. And all spending for healthcare is approaching 20% of GDP in the United States. That is twice as large as other western countries, and not sustainable for any economy. The main reason we spend so much more is because we have more chronic and preventable disease.
Spring is finally here! It’s prime time to take advantage of all the wonderful wellness resources Lakewood has to offer. As one of Ohio’s most walkable cities Lakewood is a great place to be if you want to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Did you know that Lakewood is home to 15 parks and over 75 acres of green space? Not to mention 6 yoga and Pilates studios, 4 martial arts centers and 6 gyms.
Between road races like the Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase, group bike rides organized out of Spin Bike Shop on Madison Avenue, and community festivals like the Summer Melt Down, there’s always something to do in Lakewood that will help keep you healthy. And the best part is that many of these activities are FREE!
Here's a refreshing salad that uses those early spring vegetables. Hang on to this for a couple of weeks because, as of this writing, there is still snow on the ground!
Spring Pea Salad
1 bag (16Oz.) baby peas, frozen or 2 cups shelled and blanched fresh peas
1 cup snow peas or sugar snap peas or a combination of both
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
salt and pepper
While northeast Ohio winters keep us inside and less active than is ideal, there are options. Thanks to the Lakewood Schools, you can still walk indoors at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools, Monday through Thursday, 6-9 p.m.
Or, you can take part in one of the many fitness programs available in the community. There are several offered through the Lakewood Rec Department, and one of the most popular is Jazzercize. Live Well Lakewood’s March program is targeted to get you out of the house and moving. Join us at City Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. for a session of Jazzercise with Karen Kilbane, and sample some healthy snacks provided by Nature’s Bin.
Karen is a dynamic leader who started Jazzercising in 1983 when looking for a workout that felt right for her. She found the hour flew by, and best of all, it was fun!
Ahhh spring! It’s finally on its way. Mother nature is teasing us with snippets of sunshine and warm(ish) breezes. For me, the first sign of spring is the returning itch to get outside and run. This is likely the result of years of junior high and high school spring track seasons. The smell of the earth thawing means it’s time to start training. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way!
Look out your windows and you’ll see that it’s no longer just the diehard runners out there who have braved even the nastiest of snow storms in the ultimate display of commitment. Regular folks (like me) are returning to the streets after a long winter to walk, jog and bike.
Everybody needs a treat now and then or a special occasion cake for someone allergic to eggs. This chocolate cake is moist and fudgy and easy to make in one bowl and one pan. Use the best quality cocoa powder you can find. It will make a difference. I'm including a simple white frosting recipe, but feel free to use your favorite frosting or glaze or just dust the cake with powdered sugar.
If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? That question I can’t answer, but what I can tell you is that if an apple falls from a tree in those woods, it will most definitely bruise. The remaining question is: Why?
When an apple hits the ground, the impact damages cell walls within the fruit, releasing active enzymes that begin to digest the cellular material, resulting in what we call a bruise. This is a necessary process in nature, as the apple must break down in order for the seeds inside to be released into the earth in hopes of becoming another tree. The actions of enzymes are also necessary within our bodies for us to properly digest our foods and utilize the nutrients inside.
Yoga as exercise is unique in its commitment to every stage of life. The ancient discipline of uniting mind, body and spirit is particularly suited to supporting the rapid changes in a woman’s body and emotions that occur during pregnancy and the months postpartum. Although many forms of exercise increase blood circulation and strengthen muscles, prenatal yoga’s focus on balance, alignment and intentional breathing provides more comprehensive benefits to the mom-to-be.
Prenatal yoga can prevent and relieve many common discomforts of pregnancy, including backache, water retention, digestive discomfort, fatigue, and sciatic pain. In addition, the practice builds strength in all parts of the body, which is increasingly important as a woman’s weight shifts, putting added pressure on the lower back. Prenatal yoga also improves flexibility, stretches sore muscles and helps improve alignment and balance as the baby weight changes a woman’s center of gravity.
Here's a family favorite that you can tailor to your family's tolerance for heat. Make up a batch of your favorite cornbread and you've got a warming, filling dinner.
1 cup T.V.P. (dry soy protein) available in bulk at Nature's Bin
1 cup warm water
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (try Muir Glen roasted)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 med. onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 clove garlic
3 dried Ancho chiles (produce dept. Nature's Bin)
1 dried Chipotle chile (Nature's Bin)
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 Tbs. ground chili powder
1 Tbs. smoked paprika (if you can't find smoked paprika, use sweet and add a little liquid smoke)
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can chick peas
This is the recipe you've all really been waiting for!
Last May, I received a teaching certificate in Yin Yoga and have been teaching it steadily since. So, as founder and director of the first of very few studios in the Cleveland area to offer weekly Yin Yoga classes, I was thrilled that a recent issue of O: The Oprah Magazine featured an article on Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is an incredibly beneficial system of yoga that is just now coming into its own in the vast world of yoga styles and practices.
What is Yin Yoga? O:The Oprah Magazine quotes my teacher and Yin master Paul Grilley, who describes the rising system of yoga like this: “[Yin] work(s) your joints in a way similar to how other types of exercise work your heart.” In a nutshell, Grilley states, “Yin Yoga is joint rehabilitation.”
We hear so much about Calcium: How it’s necessary for strong bones and teeth. How deficiencies result in Osteoporosis. How it’s necessary for healthy gums and a regular heartbeat. How it helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
What we don’t hear a lot about is another necessary mineral, a deficiency of which can dramatically affect the body’s ability to regulate that vital nutrient Calcium. Magnesium assists in the uptake and regulation of both Calcium and Potassium. That’s right. Without proper levels of Magnesium, the body simply won’t utilize the necessary levels of Calcium. Besides regulating Calcium uptake, Magnesium has an affect on all sorts of body processes.
Now that the nights are chilly and the autumn harvest is coming in, we thought we'd give you a heartier, warming soup to try. As with all soups, the quantities shown for ingredients are not written in stone. You can adjust them based on what's in your (or you neighbor's) garden, or what you like. Feel free to substitute other peppers of your choice for ours. Use any hard squash. Butternut is one of the sweetest and most easily found. Have fun with your food and use this as a guide line for a tasty combination of flavors.
Most of us might respond to this simple yet profound question without knowing our true self. Without being aware of it, you may take many things as your identity and find yourself saying “I am a man” or “I am a woman” or “I am a father,” “I am a nurse,” “ I am a teacher.”
However, you may not know much about your own personality and why your job is or is not a good fit for you. More importantly, you may want to know how better to create and maintain relationships in every area of your life.
What good is living in the most walkable city in Ohio if you’re not out there walking?!
Health benefits of walking include: Stress reduction and increased feeling of well-being; weight loss, both through the exercise itself and the reduction of cravings it generates; lower blood pressure; better sleep; and more energy.
Join Live Well Lakewood for our 3rd Annual Walking Challenge to be held at Madison Park, South Pavilion, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, September 12th through October 17th. The first walk on Wednesday, September 12th will be 1 mile. We will increase our distance by 1/2 mile each week to reach our goal of 3 miles. Participants walk at their own pace and can share our walking goals or set their own. Not ready for two miles? Just walk one. Need a longer walk? Do the route twice. Live Well Lakewood’s Bonnie Sikes is our resident cartographer. She’s mapping out a walk of the appropriate distance for each week that steps off from the Madison Park pavilion and explores the surrounding streets. You may even learn a little bit about the history of Birdtown and landmarks in the neighborhood. WE WALK RAIN OR SHINE!
This a delicious and easy way to enjoy those wonderful local tomatoes before they're gone.
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
6 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes, 8-12, depending on size*
1 med. onion, chopped
1 carrot peeled and chopped
1/2 cup celery chopped (this is a good use for those leaves!)
vegetable stock, about 3 cups (Pacific Low Salt Organic is nice)
1/4 cup basil chiffonnade
1 Tbs. olive oil or butter
salt and pepper to taste
Superfood is a term applied to nutritionally dense foods that may have medicinal benefits. These foods have a high content of nutrients relative to the calories they contain. This is the opposite of many of the foods that make up the Standard American Diet, which contains many calorie dense foods that lack substantial nutritional value. Superfoods may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, boost energy and improve mood.
One category of food that fits the Superfood bill is berries. They are rich in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory and protect the health of the eyes, brain, heart & liver.
Missing teeth, whether one tooth or all, can have a tremendous effect on a person’s life, from the psychological impact and feelings of embarrassment due to the esthetics of missing teeth to the functional and nutritional deficiency of not being able to chew properly. There are many reasons why it is important to replace missing teeth but, it can be quite difficult especially in cases where full dentures are required. As hard as dentists try, it is extremely difficult to make a denture that functions as well or feels the same as natural teeth. Dentures, especially lower dentures, have a tendency to move around. With dentures, daily activities such as eating and talking, as well as facial expressions like laughing or yawning can be challenging if not impossible. And, unfortunately, as time goes by, dentures tend to become more difficult to use as the bone in the jaw slowly resorbs and shrinks away, reducing the area that is used to stabilize the denture.
Millions of Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, and millions more suffer from celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Even more common are milder irritations, gastrointestinal distress and what has been termed “Leaky Gut Syndrome” by the natural health world. While some of these ailments may have hereditary roots, all can be improved and supported through nutritional and lifestyle changes.
Risk factors for intestinal inflammation include smoking, use of oral contraceptives and pain-relieving NSAIDs, over-consumption of animal and milk proteins, and under-consumption of Omega-3s. In addition, use of antibiotics can disrupt the balance of intestinal bacteria and promote the growth of certain bacteria that have been associated with IBD. And, of course, stress is a factor as well. The root cause of all, however, is inflammation.
This is a brand new salad for anyone looking for a crunchy, refreshing picnic dish that is oil-free and delicious.
Gas and bloating, foggy brain, fatigue, inability to lose weight, “sick-all-over” feeling, thrush, nail fungus, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, coated tongue, diarrhea and/or constipation, allergies, heartburn or GERD, frequent colds, rashes, anxiety, depression, headaches, dry, scaly skin, acne, joint pains and stiffness, stuffiness, congestion, runny nose…
These are just some of the signs and symptoms of a Candida overgrowth. Candida albicans is a microorganism that can be found in the digestive system. It is one of over 900 species of yeast. Candida is parasitic in the human body, consuming nutrients found in the digestive tract and creating toxic by-products.
This is the salad we served at the taste of Lakewood. This recipe is a little more work than some our others but those of you who tasted it know that it's worth it.
4 ears of corn, husked and de-silked
1 cup barley
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. lemon zest
As a child I remember my grandmother breaking off a leaf of the little plant in her kitchen to smear the sweet smelling, clear substance on sunburned skin after a long summer day. There was something poetic about this woman, whose name happened to be Vera Beach, applying Aloe Vera on her grandkids after a day at the beach! Aloe Vera has been used topically since biblical times, and even before, for skin irritations, wounds and burns, along with internally all sorts of intestinal ailments. In ancient Egypt it was used both for embalming and for beautifying the skin. Thought to have originated in the Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula, Aloe is now cultivated in northern Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the southwest Mediterranean region, as well as the southern United States, Mexico and Venezuela.
The concept of family-focused yoga is simple: It takes a village to raise a child, and part of raising a child includes village members of all ages engaging in healthy, happy activities. Finding time for family, fun, exercise, and relaxation in this day and age is challenging. Two new programs starting soon at Lakewood’s newest yoga studio, Pink Lotus Yoga, help with this challenge by rolling family time, exercise, and relaxation into one: Prenatal Yoga begins May 19th and Village (Family) Yoga begins June 21st.
For all of you who love our carrot cake, here's the recipe, if you'd like to make it yourself!
1 1/2 cups sugar (we use evaporated cane juice)
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour, all purpose
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/8 cup corn oil
2 tsp. vanilla
A few months back Dr. Oz aired a story about a “miracle fat burner” called Raspberry Ketones. Ever since, women & men have been rushing health food stores to get their hands on this stuff. Is this another diet fad or are Raspberry Ketones really the secret to weight loss?
Raspberry Ketone is the primary compound that creates the delicious aroma of red raspberries. It is also commonly known to regulate a protein in the body called adiponectin. This protein helps to regulate metabolism and according to a May 2005 report on a study published in "Life Sciences,” Raspberry Ketones have been shown to cause weight loss in lab animals. It is thought that Raspberry Ketone helps to break down the fat with cells more effectively, helping the body burn fat faster. Past research into adiponectin has shown that an individual’s levels of adiponectin are inversely correlated with their body fat percentage, meaning the more adiponectin the less body fat. Raspberry Ketone may decrease the amount of fat in the liver and abdominal fat tissues and aid in the decomposition of fat cells.
When you project happiness and confidence, you are much more likely to attract love. For centuries, herbs have been used to ease the pain of loneliness, calm the human spirit, and promote inner happiness. The herbs featured here are aptly called the Herbs of Love.
Between the holiday season, shorter daylight hours and the cold, damp of winter, it’s not unusual for folks to have gained a few pounds and to be feeling a little sluggish and congested this time of year. If you’re feeling a little funky or just not your usual energetic self, it’s likely that doing some spring cleaning would do you good. There are lots of ways to cleanse and it’s important that you find the method that suits you best. Here are a few cleanse suggestions to help you figure out what’s the best option for you.
If you generally a super healthy eater and you’ve just fallen off the wagon as of late, The Clean Food Cleanse might be a good program for you. Pick a day to start and commit to 21 days of super pure eating - load up organic fruits and veggies, wholesome grains and lots of purified water. Cut out caffeine, sugar and limit your protein intake for greater ease of digestion.
The Menu for the Future project is involving Lakewood residents in learning about and discussing the issues affecting their daily food choices. The expected outcome is to create more literate consumers, which in turn will drive sales of local, healthy food. The program is based on a six-week course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute that involves selected readings and self-facilitated discussion. It is part of the Local Food Celebration Year for Sustainable Cleveland 2019.
When you hear the word epidemic, what do you think? What would you do to protect yourself and those you love? In America, there's an epidemic, a disease, that is continuing to increase at alarming rates. It affects all of us regardless of age, skin color or gender and one out of every three American adults is at high risk for developing this disease. Even more alarming-- it is predicted that one in three children, and one in two minority children, will develop this disease if current trends continue. This epidemic is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease (which leads to kidney failure and the need for dialysis), amputations of toes, feet and legs and a leading cause of heart attack and stroke. The risk for death among people with this disease is about twice that of people of similar age who do not have it. This epidemic is type 2 diabetes- a disease that is serious and incredibly dangerous but one that can often be prevented. Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed, don't be the one. Take these three simple steps to protect yourself and those you love.
"Health depends on being in harmony with our souls." ~ Dr. Edward Bach, 1932
Traditional Flower Therapy was founded on the theory that the personality of the individual is as important in the healing process as the state of the physical body. This unique therapy is the result of the work of Dr. Edward Bach, a medical doctor and surgeon from London, England and is commonly referred to as Bach Flower Therapy. During his career as an immunologist and bacteriologist in the 1920s, Dr. Bach felt dissatisfied with his colleagues’ focus on disease rather than the wellness of their patients.
Spaghettios and ramen noodles. What were we thinking?! While most everyone made it through college with less sleep and more junk food than their bodies deserved, we know now how important both adequate rest and a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables are to sustaining a healthy, energetic life.
The purpose of Eat Well Lakewood is to help you do exactly that. For the third year, Live Well Lakewood is sponsoring this event as a fun way to spotlight the joys of eating nutritiously, both at home and when dining out.
Live Well Lakewood's mission is to promote healthy, active living in Lakewood. On Saturday, March 10, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., we're sponsoring the third annual Eat Well Lakewood at Lakewood High School (enter at the main entrance.) The vendor fair portion of the event is free and open to all. It offers lots of information about improving your diet and provides the opportunity to try samples of healthy options to choose when eating out, provided by local establishments. Ever had a black bean burger at the Buckeye Beer Engine? Taste one, and we bet you'll choose it over a hamburger next time--it's that good! Root Cafe, home of a great vegetarian, vegan and raw foods menu, will be on hand with coffee and tea, both sources of antioxidants.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, may seem exotic and foreign but it is really a simple and approachable system of wellness care that can benefit anyone.
TCM is a 2,500 year old, comprehensive, energy based system of health care. It includes diet, herbs, massage, acupuncture, bodywork and environmental balance to maintain and build health. TCM recognizes the subtle connections between spirit, emotions, mind and body and views the organs as energy centers that are all interconnected.
Homeopathy is a 200-year-old approach to healing that utilizes products prepared in accordance with standards set forth in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and its current revision service (HPRS). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates these products as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and requires that homeopathic producers be registered as pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Last week, the pressure in our household (which was gradually mounting for weeks) hit an all-time high. I'm sure the cool temperatures and gray skies (a scary forewarning of the long winter to come) were a big motivator, but at a certain point we were all sucked into the negative energy!
Desperate to get back on track (in a "practice what you preach" sort of way), I made the time to attend a meditation class at Acenda Yoga on Sunday afternoon. For one hour, I sat completely still. I consciously pushed away the swirling thoughts, the automatic feelings and the internal list-making and tapped into my spiritual side.
These are good for breakfast or as an anytime treat and are very quick and easy to make. If you have homemade jam, these are a great way to show it off.
Despite my husband's fondness for fast food as a teen, he has never been anything but supportive about my healthy cooking (and my willingness to "dish" about our experiments on my blog at http://writeonjana.com).
He may tease about vegetables showing up in the strangest places (pancakes? cookies? taco meat?!), but he is thankful that my unwavering commitment to nutrient-rich "real" food has forced him to eat healthier .
No, I’m not referring to eating liver and onions, although if you’re looking to up your iron intake, it’s not a bad way to go. I’m talking about loving YOUR liver. Cleanse it, nourish it, LOVE it! Here’s why your liver so important that it deserves your undivided attention.
Your liver performs a number of vital functions in your body. Not only does it process almost everything you ingest, breathe and absorb through your skin, but it also produces enzymes and hormones, and is critical to your immune system health. Your liver is the final filter in your body’s detoxification system. Like the oil filter in your car, it cleans out toxins that could be harmful to your health in any number of ways.
The benefits of exercise are well-documented. I recognize its tremendous effect on not only my physical health but also my emotional outlook. Honestly, some form of exercise has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I recently heard a woman proclaim that while she had enjoyed her green juice all summer long, now that the weather had cooled she found herself craving a warm morning drink, and so she had gone back to coffee after a 6 month hiatus. While coffee can be delicious and has recently been found to have some promising qualities, it is also quite acidic which can bother a sensitive stomach and contribute to inflammatory responses within the body. In the spirit of the season here are a few healthy options to keep you warm on those crisp fall mornings.
Yerba Mate is a beverage made from a plant native to several South American countries. It has more caffeine than green tea, but not nearly as much as coffee. It is significantly less acidic than coffee, which is key to keeping you healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols along with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex, numerous minerals, amino acids and fatty acids.
Sauteed Ginger Bok Choy
By Rachel Anzalone, CNHP
3 heads of bok choy, coarse chopped
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger
⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Boil 2 quarts of water, add Tbsp of salt and bok choy and cook for 1 minute. Drain bok choy in strainer, then pat dry with paper towels.
Did you know there are over 10,000 members at the Lakewood Y? The new Y building is located at 16915 Detroit Avenue. Each day 700 to 900 members sign in to exercise in a variety of programs. There are aerobic classes in the pool or land, lap swimming, weight lifting, cardio equipment, personal training, spin cycle classes, sculpt and boot camp, swim lessons, aqua Tai-chi, women on weights, iron teens, yoga, Pilates, arthritis class in the pool, and many Silver Sneaker classes. There are many offerings for children and youth including Adventure guides, youth sports program for basketball, baseball, and football, and martial arts. There is an excellent child watch program that is offered for free while the adult members exercise in the morning or late afternoon. There is a free large parking lot. The initiation fee is being waived until Oct. 9th.
The other evening, I was chatting over the backyard fence with my next-door neighbor, who I like and admire. She is strong, kind and has a wonderful family.