Spring is here which is great news if you’re totally over the snow and cold, but it’s nothing to cheer about if you’re one of the millions of adults with seasonal allergies.
Unlike allergies to pet dander or dust, which can strike year-round, seasonal allergies are triggered by a sensitivity to particles that saturate the air in the spring and fall, such as pollen and mold.
To ease the misery, you could pop over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications. Problem is, even the non-drowsy formulations might give you brain fog. Instead, you might want to consider relief with with a more natural, “drug-free” approach.I thought I’d share some natural remedies (and helpful habits) that I’ve found to be very effective for seasonal allergies.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil to place the pie on before cooking; it will keep any filling from dripping into the oven and burning.
In a medium saucepan, combine the carrots, peas, potatoes and celery. Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in the butter substitute until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, celery seed and garlic powder. Cook for 2 minutes to get the flour taste out. Slowly stir in the broth and then add the milk. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the drained vegetables.
Roll out one of the unbaked crusts to a 13-inch diameter and place in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Pour the mixture into the bottom crust. Roll out the second pie crust and place on top. Seal the edges and cut small slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. If the top of the pie becomes too dark, loosely cover with foil and continue cooking. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
People who skip breakfast on a regular basis tend to overeat throughout the rest of the day through grazing and eating large portions. Skipping breakfast will increase your hunger and may cause you to choose foods higher in unhealthy fats and carbohydrates that because they seem to be more filling.
Skipping breakfast also has a direct impact on your blood-sugar levels. When you do not eat, your blood sugar levels fall. Inconsistencies in your blood sugar may make it difficult for your body to metabolize foods and could contribute to obesity.
Many studies show the benefits of having breakfast on a daily basis. One study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests eating breakfast helped reduce dietary fat and minimize impulsive snacking and could be an important part of a weight reduction program.
Achieving a healthy weight is not dependent on one thing; it is a much layered process. Skipping breakfast, or any other meal, should be avoided when you are trying to lose weight. If you find it difficult to incorporate breakfast into your daily schedule, or just don’t know what types of food you should be eating, meet with a registered dietitian who can help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
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This dish is especially comforting on a cold winter night. It can be served as a side dish or over a warm bed of grains (quinoa, rice, etc.). One thing is for sure, the roasted elements of this dish combined with it’s savory spices are sure to warm your soul!
Hearty lentils offer meatless satisfaction in this reinterpretation of a classic childhood favorite. Serve on toasted whole wheat buns or use as a filling in corn tortillas or lettuce wraps!
Haven’t always treated your body like a temple? Don’t fear: it’s never too late to shed those bad habits and reverse your risk for health problems in your later years.
As we age it becomes harder to make changes. Many people believe that it’s too late to change and that the damage done cannot be reversed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless of age, people who make lifestyle changes with diet, exercise and stress management tend see positive changes in their blood pressure, cholesterol numbers and weight. They feel better and have increased energy.
Here are some tips on getting started:
Don’t Make Resolutions – Set Goals
Are those New Year’s resolutions already history? You’re not alone: studies show that more than 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail within the first month. Most people who set resolutions don’t develop any strategies for how to actually achieve them. The better approach is to set goals for the year. Think of the small steps you can take that will get you there and focus on those. Don’t tie your goals to any specific date, and reward yourself when you achieve each small step.
Start Exercising – At Any Age
Even people who start exercising late in life can reap the benefits. Frequent exercise can help reduce the risk of heart disease and many other conditions. If you haven’t exercised in a while, first get a check-up from your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to start an exercise program. Then, start slowly: take the stairs, walk around the block – try to engage in very mild exercise a few times a day, for a few weeks.
No matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting at any age is beneficial to your health. According to the American Cancer Society, even after age 80, people can live healthier if they give up cigarettes. The benefits to quitting are almost immediate:
Even if you’re tried a few times before, it’s never too late to try again and quit smoking for good.
Weight loss at any age yields heart benefits and helps you live longer. Those extra pounds put you at increased risk of dying from heart disease and cancer, so no matter your age, shedding that extra weight is a must for a healthy lifestyle. Remember, the most effective weight-loss plans include a combination of exercise and healthy diet.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease or have high blood pressure, studies show that a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts, and fish can still lower your risk of dying from a cardiac event.
Get Your Annual Physical
An annual physical can catch health problems as they arise. The older you get, the more important these exams become to screen for medical issues, assess risks and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
The Sooner You Start, the Better
Irregardless of age, abandoning an unhealthy lifestyle can control, and even reverse, the progression of coronary artery disease. It’s never too late. The sooner you develop healthy habits (and lose the bad ones), the more benefits you’ll reap for your heart and overall health.
This is a reprint from Carolinas Healthcare System