Author: Katrine van Wyk

How To Include More Local and Seasonal Foods In Your Life

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share some practical, every-day tips for how you can make a difference – in yours and your family’s health, in your community and for the greater good of the planet over all.

Did you know that seasonal produce can grow without too much added human assistance such as pesticides and genetical modification? When you choose an in-season fruit or vegetable you are more likely also getting a cleaner product.

Strategies to Beat the Afternoon Slump

Does your local barista know your name? Does the bakery a block away have your cookie ready before you even walk in? Is the office kitchen’s snack supply calling your name at the same time every day? Well, then it might be time to get real about your 3pm energy slump! You see, you don’t actually have to experience that 3pm “I need a cookie and coffee now” situation every day. There are ways to prevent it by choosing better options throughout the whole day, starting with breakfast. What you fuel your body with from the moment you get up in the morning sets you off on the right–or wrong track for the day. Here are some common culprits and ways to improve your daily habits to avoid the energy rollercoaster and keep you feeling great, focused and sharp all day.

5 Ways to Treat Yourself this Valentine’s Day

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, which means you’ll have an entire day dedicated to love. Love can be expressed and experienced in so many ways, and often we forget to give ourselves the loving kindness we need, want and deserve. So go ahead, treat yo’ self with some of these healthy, nourishing and loving activities.

2016 Resolution #2: Eat More Nutritiously

To me a new year’s resolution needs to be positive and uplifting in nature! I ask myself question like: What do I want more of in my life? What will serve my body and my mental state the most? And what do I want to focus my attention on? If you’re going to be putting energy, time, passion and brain power into something – at least make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy and feel good about.

How To Beat the Winter Blues

Winter is here! Today is the winter solstice, which signals winter’s official start date and the shortest day of the year. If you are starting to feel the winter blues and know it will only come on stronger post the holiday season, here are some instant healthy mood boosters and ways to conquer the winter blues.

More Holiday Sanity Savers

Between the shopping and the parties, plus work and everyday life, there’s no question that the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. In addition to following Dr. Lipman’s tips to de-stress this holiday season, here are a few more holiday sanity savers so you rest like the best and take time for yourself.

5 Tips To Stop Overeating

The holidays are a time for community and gratitude. The ritual of sharing a home-cooked meal with family and friends is a beautiful way to celebrate…but, just like that, you stuff yourself like the turkey, pig or whatever festive dish is being served. These tips are the Cliff Notes version to Overeating 101.

Indulge in Healthy and Healing Hot Drinks

As the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, there’s nothing more comforting and relaxing than cozying up with a hot cup of something warm and delicious–and why not make the tea or drink of your choice nutritious and healing too. Here’s our go-to healthy and healing hot drinks (aka our winter cocktails):

Winter Skin Survival

Winter can be harsh on your skin. We’re constantly inside with heaters, which cause dryness and dehydration, and the time spent outside can result in face damage from the nature’s elements, like wind, ice and extreme cold. Here are some tips to keep your skin beautiful this winter:

Why Your Green Juice Might Not Be As Healthy As You Think

Green juice is a convenient and quick way to get an energizing hit of phytonutrients – all those good-for-you vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants. A well-made green juice is full of detox-boosting properties and is a convenient way to increase your consumption of greens. A juice is made by extracting the fiber (or pulp) from fruits and vegetables in a juicer so that we’re only left with a completely liquid drink.