On a rainy Saturday night, few things are as satisfying as ordering in from your local Chinese restaurant. Having a warm fragrant bag of your favorite Chinese treats delivered to your door is a huge convenience and a feast for the senses. These days, not everyone can afford the luxury of ordering Chinese food; at least, not as often as they used to. Take-out food is usually one of the first luxuries to get the axe when the family budget... Read More
According to the National Cancer Institute, dietary factors play a significant role in cancer risks. A recent review estimates that 80 percent of cancers of the large bowel, breast and prostate are due to dietary factors. Clearly, what we eat affects our health. We can fight this dreaded disease by selecting foods that contain cancer-fighting agents.
Most doctors agree that a diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grain and low fat... Read More
Everybody knows that alcoholic drinks are a source of empty calories, but rest easy; you can enjoy a cocktail or two without ruining your diet. As long as you focus on drinks low in fat and sugar, you can enjoy yourself without having to hit the gym extra hard.
Besides choosing drinks that are low-fat and/or low-sugar you should also try to limit your total intake of alcohol. Drinking 5 skinny cocktails... Read More
There are many delicious foods that contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds. But first, let's make sure you're not consuming foods that are actually increasing your discomfort.
Sugar really disrupts your body chemistry in many negative ways and can make your body and mind feel tired and achy. People often crave sugar, which comes in many forms, when their body feels sluggish and they want a boost of energy. Unfortunately, while the immediate... Read More
The tandoori masala and curry of India, the oregano and thyme of the Middle East, the anise and ginger root of China, the mustard of France, or the Japanese poppy seed.
Spices have been valued by men throughout history, and trading them is one of the world's oldest professions. They were a luxury during the Middle Ages, imported to Europe all the way from Asia and Africa. These days, spices might be readily available to all of us, but they are... Read More
For many moms and dads, giving kids medicine is a daunting idea. From questions about cold medicine to allergic reactions, parents may balk at the prospect. But the good news is that kids don't have to suffer. Even babies can benefit from some natural remedies that many of us keep on hand every day. For example, that same tea you use to get some sleep after a hard day can quiet colic in a baby. An ounce or two of chamomile, when steeped... Read More
Different odors can evoke powerful memories and lift your mood, in some cases. Some natural scents have been proven to have an effect on mood and even your libido. Read on to learn about how some common aromas may affect you. If you're in a funk, need a little energy or just a boost, try something scented with real cinnamon. Heat up some apple cider with a couple of cinnamon sticks and enjoy the scent while it's on the oven;... Read More