Healthy Living

The #1 Way to Understand Your Dietary Needs

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Bio-individuality — variables include: age, gender, genetics, lifestyle, stress level, physical fitness . . . and on and on. And, many variables change as we age and go through adolescence, puberty, give birth, experience menopause, etc. You know if a diet is unsuccessful — if it is unsustainable in terms of denying you the foods your body loves and craves, if it is too difficult to find and/or prepare the foods you must eat, or if it leaves you with little energy or bloated. At Hart Acupuncture & Nutrition, our naturopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists and therapists often...

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Fridge/Freezer Storage Tips

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

  Following recommended storage practices for the refrigerator and freezer will help your food stay fresher longer and reduce the risk of food-borne illness. Below are some tips and a helpful chart!   Confirm you have the correct temperature. Use a food appliance thermometer to determine if the temperatures in your fridge and freezer are within recommended guidelines. Food safety experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommend keeping refrigerators at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) and freezers at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees...

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Edible Treats of Spring Gardens

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

by Marlena Pecora, L.Ac, LMT It’s spring and that means our menus often shift from the oven to the grill, from heavy to light, and includes fresh, locally grown seasonal garden treats. Farmer’s markets may be slow to populate their bins and baskets but by now you should be seeing spinach, asparagus, rhubarb and in New England—even fiddleheads. Whole foods are a hallmark of a sound wellness approach. In traditional Chinese medicine, spring is viewed as the season of rebirth and new growth. Spring belongs to the wood element and dominates the energetics of the liver and...

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Blow off seasonal allergies with these tips

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Spring is both welcome and yet can bring a host of unwanted allergens into our lives. Whether you suffer from full-blown allergies to pollen or have the occasional reaction to dust, the experience can range from miserable to debilitating. Symptoms that point to allergic reactions include tiredness, scratchy throat, itchy eyes or watery eyes, sneezing, head pressure, sinus inflammation, and headaches. Best practice is to build up your immune system to prevent inflammation through a diet rich in a balance of whole foods, grains, fruits, vegetables and desirable sources of proteins and...

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Focus on Farm Shares

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or buying directly from the farm is gaining in popularity as more and more people wish to know more about the origins of their food, who grows it, how it is grown, and how we can support the farming community. Below are three Connecticut farms that are well worth a visit.   Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain This not-for-profit farm is dedicated to growing quality, certified organic produce year-round. Its main crops are salad greens, cooking greens, heirloom tomatoes and herbs. Also grown are sweet and hot peppers, Italian and Asian eggplants, melons,...

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Eating Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

There are the ingredients in foods and beverages that we all know can be a barrier to a good night’s sleep—caffeine, sugar and alcohol are three of the biggest—but there are also ingredients in food that can be effective aids to satisfying and restorative sleep. Fish, Bananas, Legumes: Melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone that kicks in at night can use a a boost of Vitamin B6 found in these foods. High-glycemic-index (GI) triggers insulin which can increase the ratio of sleep-inducing tryptophan relative to other amino acids in the blood, allowing more tryptophan to get into the brain...

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