New Years Resolutions You Can Keep

-          Increase your incidental exercise. Incidental exercises are the movements you perform in your everyday life - this could be climbing up stairs, walking to work, or chasing after kids. Many experts agree that these everyday movements are key to keeping off extra pounds. If you want to increase your...

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From the Coffee Shop

DIY Projects for Used Coffee Grounds

Do you throw out your old coffee grounds every day? These projects give new life to your old grounds, reduce waste, save money, and create some useful items! 1.       Body Scrub Grind the beans enough so there are no sharp edges, and use leftover grounds mixed with water to create smooth skin. 2.       Hair Conditioner Approximately once a week, mix coffee grounds with your conditioner and gently scrub your scalp for several minutes. Expect your hair to have shinier, brighter-looking strands. 3.       Hand De-Stinker Have you ever cooked with garlic, onions, or fish and noticed the odors sticking around? Quickly...

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Coffee Drinking Linked to Lower Melanoma Risk

A new study published recently in JNCI (Journal of the National Cancer Institute) showed that people who drank four or more cups of coffee daily were 20% less likely to develop malignant melanoma than non-coffee drinkers. Malignant melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer death in the United States.   The study found that there were 55.9 cases of melanoma yearly per 100,000 people among those participants who drank at least four cups of coffee a day, vs. 77.6 cases per 100,000 non-coffee drinkers. The findings apply specifically to caffeinated coffee, not decaf, which could be significant or due...

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Spicing Up Your Coffee

How do you drink your coffee? Flavored? Black? Do you add sweeteners or creamers? Black coffee is known to be the most healthful variation, but there are natural ways to add flavor and change up your daily cup of joe without adding sugar and calories. Try making these cold, dark winter mornings a little easier by trying these spices in your coffee: Cinnamon: Spoon ground cinnamon directly into your cup, or add a stick of cinnamon bark to the coffee filter while brewing. Or, if you drink tea, simmer some bark in the water you’ll use. Cardamom: Traditionally used in...

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New Years Resolutions You Can Keep

-          Increase your incidental exercise. Incidental exercises are the movements you perform in your everyday life - this could be climbing up stairs, walking to work, or chasing after kids. Many experts agree that these everyday movements are key to keeping off extra pounds. If you want to increase your incidental exercise, try getting off the bus a few stops early and walking the rest of the way, or walking over to a coworker rather than emailing. If you sit for your job, try not to sit more than 30 minutes at a time. -          Give your refrigerator a makeover....

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Easy Ways to be Healthy in the New Year

With the Christmas holiday season behind us, many are looking to improve their health habits after a few weeks of parties, treats, and lounging around. Below are some tips for getting back on track this January: 1. Stick to a Routine Whether it’s what you eat, when you exercise, or how much you sleep, sticking to a routine helps maximize alertness and health. Try eating at the same times, drinking coffee at the same times, and sleeping and waking on a regular schedule. 2. Don’t Skip Meals Skipping meals might seem like an easy way to cut calories and lose...

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