If you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, your bedroom may be part of the problem. There can be many factors that you don’t realize are keeping you from an entire, rejuvenating night’s sleep. The National Sleep Foundation put together this list of 6 simple changes that you can make to your bedroom to create an ideal sleeping environment.
Before you rush out and buy those last-minute Valentine’s gifts from the grocery store, here are a few ideas to keep your Valentine’s personal and eco-friendly.
Homemade Cards are the Best!
Use recycled paper to create a unique and one-of-a-kind heartfelt card. You can even add some flare with objects from around the house, like buttons and ribbons, or add a list of things that you love most about the person.
Choose Potted Over Cut Flowers
Chocolate Makes a Delicious Option
Skip the Restaurant
Avoid the crowds and create a delicious dinner at home together! This is a fun way to spend the evening, and you can even pick your own menu, music, and entertainment.
Pick a Unique Gift
However you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, be sure to make it special!
You may think your body just shuts down when you sleep. However, your body goes through an amazing and complex process. As you go through the four stages of sleep each night, your body triggers processes that help you achieve that rested and healthy feeling the next morning.
Here’s a graphic from the Huffington Post that shows each stage of the sleep cycle and the effects that being in that stage have on your body.
For more information on the the cycles and their effects, check out the full article, Your Body Does Incredible Things When You Aren’t Awake.
So be sure to rest up and get your ZZZs!
Take the chill off this winter with a nice warm bowl of soup for dinner! Here is a great recipe for a healthy and organic soup that will please the whole family.
Bean and Barely Soup
Yield: 4 (serving size: 1¼ cups soup and 1½ teaspoons cheese)
1 cup organic pinto beans
1 tablespoon organic olive oil
2 cups finely chopped organic red onion
1 cup finely chopped fresh organic flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped organic celery
1/2 cup finely chopped organic carrot
1/2 cup chopped fresh organic basil
9 cups water
2 cups organic vegetable broth
2 organic bay leaves
1/3 cup uncooked organic pearl barley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce
2 tablespoons grated fresh organic Parmesan cheese
Sort and wash beans; place in a large saucepan. Cover with water to 2” above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans. Wipe pan dry with a paper towel.
Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, parsley, celery, carrot, and basil; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add beans, 9 cups water, vegetable broth, and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves.
Place 3/4 cup beans and 3/4 cup cooking liquid in a blender; process until smooth. Return pureed bean mixture to pan. Stir in barley, salt, pepper, and hot sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until barley is done. Ladle soup into individual bowls; sprinkle with cheese.
USA Today’s most recent article offers eye-catching information based on the Nielsen’s Global Health and Wellness survey, offering insight into younger consumers preference for healthier food. Whether the subject is organic, natural or GMO-labeled they are more concerned and aware about what they are putting into their bodies than previous generations were.
“The most health-centric are Generation Z — consumers under age 20 — with 41% saying they would willingly pay a premium for ‘healthier’ products. That compares with 32% of Millennials (ages 21 to 34) and about 21% of Baby Boomers (about 50 to mid-60s).”
Although the article states that 63% of consumers are skeptical about food health claims, younger generations are not as jaded and are more accepting of new information regarding what we put in our bodies. Hopefully this is a trend we will begin to see more of as education and knowledge become more readily available.
Read more from USA Today here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/01/19/healthy-food-nielsen-global-health–wellness-study/22000167/