‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’ Scientifically Reveals Why Food Changes Our Mood [REVIEW]

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Discover why we need to eat with purpose in National Geographic’s The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D.. and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo by Joshua Rappeneker, Flickr)

Most of us realize that when we eat well, we feel better. But if the food we eat is too rich or sugary, it can make us feel sick to our stomachs. National Geographic’s new book, The Psychobiotic Revolution, helps us make sense of this gut-brain connection and shows us how to use it to our advantage.  Read more of this post

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♦ ‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ Is A Love Letter to the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

Amy Silverstein and friends

Amy Silverstein and friends at her book launch party for My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.
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Amy Silverstein knows a thing or two about hearts. She is on her third one! But her second heart transplant almost didn’t happen. She’d almost given up on life when she got sick again, some 26 years after her first transplant. What she hadn’t counted on, however, was the immense power of friendship.  Read more of this post

5 High-Fiber Foods To Keep You Full

Man looking into refrigerator for a midnight snack

If you’re always hungry, put down the cookies and reach for these filling foods instead. (Photo by Pete Markham, Flickr)

Are you always hungry? Then you might not be getting enough fiber in your diet. According to Everyday Health, men should get between 30 to 38 grams of fiber per day. Women between 18 and 50 should get 25 grams per day, and 21 grams per day if she is 51 and older. So what should you eat to banish that growling, demanding monster residing in your stomach? Here are 5 suggestions to keep you full. Read more of this post

March 2011 newsletter

March 2011

Dear Friends,

March is finally here and with that comes a bit of warmer weather for many parts of the country. At our home in Ohio, green shoots from our perennial garden are already starting to peek through the dry winter-battered soil, crocuses and pansies are blooming, and the songbirds are slowly returning to the region.

Purple spring crocuses

These lovely crocuses bloom with the arrival of warmer weather.

By the end of the month, spring will have officially begun, and with that comes the beginning of daylight savings time. The longer days push the doldrums of winter into the recesses of our minds, and suddenly everything seems better, brighter, and increasingly verdant.

This is the time of year when we can throw open the windows on a clear, brisk day and air out the house. We also start spring cleaning, plowing through the clutter in our basement, tossing out forgotten items we no longer use or donating them to Goodwill, all the while clearing the spaces in our home for a new beginning.

We also discover that we have renewed energy, and are eager to face the world again with a new sense of purpose. For example, after our last gym closed a year ago we just never got around to purchasing a new gym membership. Finally, in the last week of February we joined Urban Active and we love the energy and smaller waistlines we’re getting from working out every day!

 We also started tutoring at our local elementary school, helping children develop their reading skills. It doesn’t take very much time, as little as an hour a week, and yet it is one of the most rewarding experiences we’ve undertaken in some time. The children are terrific, eager to learn and appreciative of the one-on-one attention they receive. In just a few lessons, we can already see improvement in their reading and vocabulary skills, and that brings us tremendous joy. We encourage you to look into tutoring in your community. Simply call your local schools and most likely they have a community involvement director that can help you get started.

On March 22, World Water Day will be celebrated around the globe. Started in 1993, this event focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and stresses the importance of protecting this valuable resource. Find out what your community is doing and how you can get involved by visiting the World Water Day website.

Whatever you find yourself doing this month, we hope you find yourself smiling more, getting out of the house and jump starting your life with the warmer weather, longer days and sunny skies!

All our love,
Jathan & Heather