Healthy In A Jiffy: October 2014 October 14, 2014

So we missed HIAJ for September. Man is my life crazy! Did I mention I am currently helping incorporate a national non-profit organization? That I am preparing to go back to school in January? That my life is just one thing after another and clearly I do not know how to relax. Well, I have told you now :) With that all being said, here is your HIAJ for October!

Get your calcium from greens! 

Calcium can be found in all sorts of foods, not just dairy! Leafy greens are a great source of calcium! Turnip greens have 197 mg in 1 cup! Try sauteing them with a little olive oil and garlic, throw them in a smoothie, or chop it up for a salad! There are plenty of ways you can fit these delicious leafs into your life. If you aren't able to find turnip greens, kale is a great choice as well! 1 cup of kale has 188 mg calcium, which is 19% of your recommended daily value!


Go for a brisk fall walk!

Fall is my favorite season, by far! The crisp air, pumpkin patches, burning gold and red everywhere! It is such a gorgeous season, but it wont last long. So make sure you soak in as much of this beautiful season as you can. Talking a 15 minute walk once a day can do wonders for your physical and mental health! Take this time to unwind and break away from the things stressing you. Enjoy the fresh air and clear your mind of that endless to-do list you have at home. I like to take this time to listen to some music or an audiobook! 

Pack a quick snack!

Am I the only one who gets hangry? Seriously, if I go without eating for a long time, the rage is real. You will not want to be around me. This is why I never leave home without a snack. Granola bars and to-go applesauce pouches are great choices, but there is an even simpler solution... NUTS! Nuts are full of nutrients and healthy fats and so easy to bring on the go. Throw them in a little Tupperware or snack bag and throw them in your bag. My favorite choice is almonds! Packed with protein, potassium, and fiber, these little guys are a perfect way to curb those hunger pains. Studies have even shown that almonds might reduce the risk of heart disease!

Take a power nap!

Naps aren't just for kids and cats! Studies have shown endless benefits to napping including increased productivity and better nightly sleep. The trick is to not nap too long. You probably know what I mean when I say that naps are a hit or miss. Sometimes you wake up refreshed and other times you feel like a zombie. This is zombie like state is referred to as sleep inertia. Scientist aren't quite sure what causes sleep inertia, but NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute have worked hard to determine the perfect nap length! These studies showed that 26 minutes may be the most ideal nap length, but as long as you keep it under 30 minutes you should be fine. Try taking a nap in the mid-afternoon, which studies show may help improve the brains ability to learn new material. Make sure to pick a dark, quiet place for your nap.

Go stargazing with a loved one or friends!

This tip might seem strange, but it is probably one of the most important ways to stay healthy... by taking time for yourself! It is a busy and hectic world we live in now a days. Most of us are constantly plagued by due dates and to-do lists, so breaking away from your work life and doing something enjoyable is extremely important. It is even more important to find time to spend with the ones we love. Prolonged exposure to stress has been shown to have many negative effects on physical health. So why not grab a blanket, some friends, and a thermos of hot cocoa and spend the night under the stars! Fall is one of the best times to go stargazing. Check out this website to find the best nights to go gazing.

5 Ways To Green Up Your Life! August 22, 2014

It seems like everyone is looking to go green now a days, and that sure isn't a bad thing! Don't let people guilt you into thinking you can't live a green life! Just because you don't want to give up your belongs and live off the grid doesn't mean you should throw in the towel. Some experts believe we have passed "the point of no return" for climate change, but still others argue we have time left! If you ask me, it doesn't matter who is right... shouldn't we at least try!? Don't give up the fight that easy, guys! Who knows what is going to happen in the future. All we have is right now, so let's try to make positive changes and do as little harm as possible to this Earth and the creatures and people we share it with. That's a pretty good way to live your life :) So without further ado, here are some serious ways you can green up your life! If you guys like this post, I will make like this in the future!

Healthy In A Jiffy: August 2014 August 7, 2014

Welcome to another new series here at PLV! Can you tell I am really into series lately? The idea for this series came from non-other than my very own mother! After asking her what kind of healthy living content she would find interesting, she said, "How about 'how to be healthy without really trying'..."

And thus, Healthy In A Jiffy was born! This monthly series will contain 5 quick tips on easy ways you can live a healthier lifestylewithout changing your entire diet or running 6 times a week. These tips are quick, easy, and and anyone can do them. So without further ado (because really, does anyone read these intros?) let's get to the tips and tricks!
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