It’s official: Americans are eating more fresh foods than they did five years ago. A recent survey of 800 U.S. adults by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation reports that more than 68 percent of respondents say they eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did in 2007. Farmers’ markets and stands have attracted 70 percent of the survey participants, although only 14 percent regularly shop at such venues. More good news: 64 percent of the respondents agree that it’s very important that produce be grown in an environmentally friendly way and also important that the fruits and veggies be organic.
With the holidays approaching, a personal energy management system is more important than ever. While freelance writer Debra Melani brings to our attention that exercise, not coffee or energy drinks is where one should look to gain access to one’s “power” source, it is good to expand our awareness about energy and understand that it first comes from within. While exercise induced vitality is a positive weapon against fatigue and stress, as with artificial drinks and supplements, too much can be harmful and possibly deadly. We live in an over stimulated and fast-paced society, looking for an extra edge. Boundaries are critical to energy balance. The lack of boundaries today is evident in the increasing obesity rate and addictions. Why not hit the pause button and look at what is out of balance in your life that is causing energy leaks. Energy should not be something we have to think about. Have you ever watched a cat? They rest, eat, and play. One minute they are curled up in a ball; the next minute they are running around, faster than you can catch them. Are they thinking, gosh…I need to figure out a way to have more energy? No, they are balance in its purist form.
With the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has compiled several leading experts’ best tips.
Energy is a hot commodity today, with online ads and storefront posters for so-called energy products shouting, “Feel the rush,” “Revitalize your mind,” and “Re-think the way you re-energize.” People are reaching for these artificial jolts in record numbers, but many buzz-seekers don’t realize they have free access to a much better energy shot: exercise.
Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a large group of new publishers that completed an October training program at corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs now launching new Natural Awakenings territories or taking over the production of existing magazines in locales across the nation. New markets include Syracuse, New York; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Hudson County, New Jersey. Existing franchises with new publishers at the helm include San Antonio, Texas; Bergen County and Somerset, New Jersey; Roanoke, Virginia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Long Island, New York.
Celebrating its 15th season, Downtown on Ice outdoor skating rink opens for the holiday season this month at picturesque Pershing Square. The facility is open every day (including holidays) beginning November 15 through January 21. Downtown on Ice offers the city’s lowest admission price of just $6 for admission and $2 for skate rental.
These are easy to-go snacks, which require a little planning preparation but not much. I use snap top containers or small Ziploc baggies and place them in an insulated bag. It’s great to keep these snacks on hand for those snack-craving emergencies.
Many Americans occasionally complain of having a lack of energy, and for some it’s a daily experience. Low energy levels can arise from a number of underlying factors, but poor diet and ongoing stress are the most likely culprits.
Green Festival, the nation's largest and most diverse sustainability event, returns to the LA Convention Center Saturday November 17 and Sunday, November 18. Los Angeles Green Festival promises to offer a strong sense of community, a diverse and trusted place for learning, and more. The event will feature an organic food court, an environmental film installation presented by the Sierra Club, hands-on DIY workshops, organic vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations, an organic beer and wine garden, live music, and a Green Marketplace for all of your holiday shopping needs. The Green Marketplace will showcase products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.