You Can Count on Cabbage!

A staple of St. Patrick’s Day dinner festivities, cabbage packs a punch of wonderful benefits! Loading up on cabbage will provide you with many important nutrients. A half cup of cooked cabbage has only 17 calories and less than one gram of fat. That same serving of cabbage supplies one gram of fiber and 147 mg of potassium. Cabbage also contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin K.

Cabbage is also rich in iodine and helps the brain and the nervous system function. It has been linked to treatment of neurotic disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Lose Weight with Weights!

It definitely isn’t easy to find the time to exercise. But if you do have some time, make your workout time worthwhile by doing a resistance type exercise. Resistance exercises will help you spring into shape faster than cardio based workouts because these exercises build lean muscle, leading to a faster metabolism.

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Start Your Day with Positive Thinking!

If you want a start to a great week—think positively! How you approach the beginning of your day sets the tone for the rest of it. With a positive attitude, daily hurdles you run into will easily be surmountable! To add some positivity to your life, try waking up earlier than usual. This will give you some free time in the morning and reduce rush and stress.

And always start your day with the expectation that a great and wonderful day is ahead. Don’t focus on your problems! Don’t let negative circumstances dictate or shape things. Choose your own thoughts and feelings—always keeping them positive. Eventually, if you persevere, your life will be filled with delight.

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Bend into Shape with Yoga!

Regular yoga exercise is really good for you—it helps to unite the mind, the body, and spirit. Practicing yoga frequently will help you become more aware of your posture and body alignment—the perfect remedy for those of us who sit in front of a computer all day.

Yoga helps to makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. And the best part is you can do it anywhere; there’s no equipment necessary! So long as you have the desire, you can strike a pose or two and experience tranquility.

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Chomp down some cherries!

Maybe George Washington chopped down that infamous cherry tree for a reason! Those little tangy orbs of tastiness have many health advantages, from soothing gout and arthritis to helping with a good night’s sleep.

Cherries are also low in fat and have high-water content. Research has shown that increasing water consumption will boost energy levels and increase your metabolism. Besides their high nutrition value, cherries are extremely diet friendly!

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Stay Healthy & Sweet this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day immediately brings to mind visions of chocolates carefully packaged in heart-shaped containers – how can you resist? But most of these candies are full of preservatives, trans-fat and chemical additives!

Instead of settling on traditional chocolates, get your creative juices flowing and put together a healthier treat! Whip up a few batches of your loved ones favorite cookies with a heart shaped cookie cutter using all natural ingredients.

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Improve Your Posture!

Avoiding back pain is as easy as sitting up straight. A majority of us spend long days hunched over our monitors at home and work. Take your mom’s advice to heart: sit up straight! Good posture improves your breathing, improves your image, and increases your concentration! Sit up straight; your back will thank you!

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Take a class with a friend!

Winter can be a tough and lonely time for many of us; the darkness and frigid temperatures can take its toll on our mental health. Why not call up a friend and sign up for a yoga, cooking, sewing, or scrapbooking class? Not only will it help improve your mental and physical fitness, but it will help you remain social in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Call your closest friend today and sign up for a class—you’ll both have something to talk about for months to come!

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Look Forward to Something!

If you suffer from the ‘Sunday Blues’, find the cure by scheduling something fun to do the next day! Try scheduling lunch with a friend you haven’t seen for a while, sign up for a yoga class or go see a movie. The possibilities are endless! As long as you have something to anticipate and look forward to, it’ll help lessen those Sunday night blues.

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Eat Your Breakfast!

They don’t call it “the most important meal of the day” for nothing! Research has shown that a breakfast routine can help us perform better and puts us in a better mood for the rest of the day! And if you’re truly in a hurry – a tall glass of orange juice, a bowl of oatmeal, or fresh fruit can really go a long way!

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