Having trouble sleeping? Exercise!

July 9, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

Many of us have trouble falling asleep at night, even after a long day of work. According to a study published in the journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity, exercising throughout the week cuts down significantly on feelings of sleepiness during the day.  The participants who exercised for 150 minutes throughout the week were 65% less sleepy during the day than those who did not exercise. Another study published in The Journal Of Clinical Sleep Medicine found a relation between exercise and sleep quality.  Participants with insomnia who exercised daily reported waking up fewer times during the night and feeling more rejuvenated the next day. While we often think of exercise as a means for weight loss or general health, it is important to recognize that it is just as important for sleep. Considering that on average people spend 6 to 8 hours sleeping, it is always important to …


Eat Your Flowers!

July 27, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

In the summer we enjoy the bounty a garden brings. The fruits, vegetables and flowers all just blend together for a beautiful display as well as pleasing our palate. While many fruits and vegetables do start off as flowers, there are a number of edible flowers with nutrition benefits to consider adding to your garden. A few include: – Chive blossoms are a member of the allium family which includes garlic and onions (pictured above), and contain vitamin C, sulfur and iron. – Society garlic (also pictured) is also a member of the allium family (onions and garlic are actually in the lily family) but different genus. Society garlic flowers add wonderful flavor and color to salads and appetizers. – Rose petals (also pictured) contain antioxidants, along with vitamins A, B3, C and E. – Nasturtiums possess the powerful antioxidants lycopene (associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer) …


July: In the Heat of the Moment

July 31, 2015 by Carol Tibbetts

In the heat of the summer, anger – among other things – can be aroused.  Of all our emotions, it can be the most toxic to our health and our relationships. In the heat of the moment, that’s all we have – a moment – before we blow it.  Enter mindfulness for emotional rescue.  When we slow down and stay aware, as we do when we’re mindful, we are able to notice how we’re feeling. We are familiar with the sensations we feel when we are in the throes of sexual passion, but often we are oblivious to the bodily sensations that precede heightened emotions like anger or fear. It could be pain in the belly, tightness in the chest, heat or chills or elevated heart rate, quickened breath.  When we are able to notice them, we can pause – take a deep breath – and rather than react, we …