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Reduce Your Food Waste – Make Vegetable Stock

One of my goals for 2021 is to establish more environmentally friendly habits in my daily life. Specifically, I want to be more mindful of food waste. Fortunately for me (and for you), the Safe Plates team is kicking off 2021 with an Avoiding Food Waste campaign. I can’t wait to see what tips and… Continue reading »

How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Each year, around the world, millions of people make resolutions as they step into a New Year. These generally revolve around improving health, financial management, career goals, personal interests, etc. According to a Finder survey, close to 189 million adult Americans (74% of the population) made a New Year’s resolution for 2021. The not-so-good news… Continue reading »

Must have cookbook for 2021 and beyond, a review of Vivian Howard’s This Will Make it Taste Good

How do you follow up with what I think is a top 10 cookbook of all time, Deep Run Roots? If you are Vivian Howard, you go a totally different direction and write another stellar volume, This Will Make It Taste Good. Deep Run Roots is full of food stories and wonderful writing. This also… Continue reading »

Fun Tips for Combatting Holiday Meal Fatigue

The holiday season looks a little bit different this year. Staying at home more means cooking more frequently, and that can be tiring. Meal fatigue, or cooking fatigue, is the idea that the act of cooking 3 meals a day, every day, can become draining and uninspiring, leading us to resort to quick and often… Continue reading »

Quick Tips to Tame Holiday Stress

The holiday season is often exciting and joyful, but it can also bring extra stressors into your daily life. With more, holiday cooking, gift shopping, social-distance socializing, and 2020 in general, it can become easy to get caught up in the stress and forget to take time for yourself.  Even on the busiest of days,… Continue reading »

Are You Using the iPhone’s Health App – You Probably Should

If you are like me, you are never very far from your smartphone. That means my phone is really good at tracking my activity. For many people, this may mean that you really don’t need extra tracking devices besides your phone. The iPhone has a Health app that comes pre-installed on all iPhones running iOS… Continue reading »

Fast Food Survival Guide

Eating at home is always more ideal, but sometimes life’s endless to-do’s get in the way, and takeout is the easiest option. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with fast food survival tips. You may also enjoy: How to Practice Mindful Eating When You’re Working From Home How to Snack Smart… Continue reading »

Mindful Breathing for Stress Relief

Following a mindful breathing technique is one of the simplest ways to calm the mind and body and refocus in times of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on your breath by following these steps: Become aware of your posture. Sit or stand up straight so you are alert, but… Continue reading »

Podcasts to Feed Your Mind

Podcasts are all the rage these days, offering content in nearly as many genres as TV does. I am a huge fan of podcasts. They are a great way to keep your mind engaged  and learn something new. I am a podcast multitasker – I listen while I exercise, go for walks, clean my house,… Continue reading »

Best Health Apps for Mindfulness

This is the last blog in our series reviewing health and wellness apps. Check out my previous blogs on exercise apps and nutrition apps for more suggestions. This blog will focus on apps that will help you to live mindfully through meditation, good habits, and better sleep. Headspace Personally, I am a huge fan of… Continue reading »