Food for thought

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."—George Bernard Shaw To kick off National Nutrition month, we’re going to be bold and say that for most of us, food is a really important part of our lives! It's woven into so much of daily living, we tend to forget it’s there. Often we shop quickly, and eat out... Read More

Fabulous Fiber!

What exactly is fiber? Fiber is the parts of plants that can’t be digested. Unprocessed fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes are great sources of fiber. Pears, strawberries, avocados, apples, lentils, oats, and even popcorn. (For a great list of high-fiber foods, visit Healthline.com.)  Why aren’t we getting enough? Research points to our fast-food culture as one reason we aren’t... Read More

The health benefits of gratitude

5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude. This month, the Carebook team is focused on the heart and that means more than just the amazing muscle that is pumping blood through your body. The team also wants to address the idea of emotional health—gratitude as a great way to increase emotional health! In fact, research reveals that gratitude can have many... Read More

No Sugar Coating: I gave up sugar for 30 days and this is what happened

Did you know the average American eats or drinks the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of added sugar each day—even though the daily added sugar limit is less than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men? Lowering added sugar can reduce obesity and the risks of disease that come from obesity—like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This Carebook... Read More

How to get a healthy gut microbiome

Healthy Microbiomes—Your non-human cells are important. Did you know 90% of our cells are nonhuman, microbial cells? Did you know you can cultivate new microbiota (you might know it as gut flora) by changing what you eat? Did you know when you eat a variety of healthy foods, we create a healthier microbiome? Did you know a healthy microbiome helps... Read More

The Practice & Benefits of Mindful Eating

Did you know mindful eating is a powerful practice that can help you take control of your eating habits? It can help you lose weight, feel better, and reduce binge eating. Eating mindfully means you: Eat slowly without distraction Listen to your physical hunger cues Distinguish between actual hunger and emotional triggers for eating Notice the colors, smells, sounds, textures,... Read More

Yoga for kids—Part 2

Build mentally strong kids! Last week, our blog "Yoga for kids" explored the emerging positive research that says kids who practice yoga can benefit from improved attention, greater self-esteem, a sense of empowerment, and an ability to self-regulate. This week we have some examples for you. [caption id="attachment_1348" align="alignnone" width="300"] Yoga can improve a child's sense of empowerment.[/caption] Harvard Health published... Read More

Yoga for kids

"Yoga is an important tool for children and teens to help cope with stress and self-regulation.” There’s been a lot of research about the overall positive health benefits of yoga, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information looked at some of the studies that explored those benefits—for kids. They note more children and youth are being diagnosed with conditions like... Read More

Make goals you can crush!

Do it all! Dream big!  We’ve all got great, big, shiny intentions. And that’s not a bad thing. But we’ve also got real life happening—sometimes things like sick kids, broken cars, meetings that run late, and not-so-stellar sleeps can alter our very best plans. So, when we’ve got good intentions clashing with real life, how do we set ourselves up... Read More