What To Eat For Skin Protection Before A Day in the Sun

While I love sunny days just as much (or more!) than everyone else, if not careful, it can be too much of a good thing! Waking up to a sunny day is certainly a mood elevator for me and I can't wait to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, but unprotected sun exposure for too long can also cause some rather serious skin damage if we don't take a few precautions.

Fill up your plate with these 9 foods before your day in the sun to protect your skin from sun damage, sunburn and premature aging. (TheHealthMinded.com) #health

Our food choices help determine how firm, radiant and wrinkle-free our skin appears.  The nutrients that we feed our body affect its ability to make collagen and elastin, supplies hydration to our skin cells and inhibits free-radicals from forming wrinkles. Not only all that (and that is plenty!), but, food can also even affect how we react to the sun. Those food choices around the time we are exposed to the sun can act as a protector from damaging rays giving us more glowing and picture-perfect, and yup -- even firmer skin.


How to Unlock Your Best Decision-Making

On the fence regarding a decision you must make? I know I find myself there a lot, dithering around on what to choose. That stress-inducing, dreaded decision making isn't something we should elude, though, as it allows us to create a new direction for our lives.  But those big decisions require a strategy for the best outcome and the most meaningful direction. If you have a big decision to make anytime soon, don't just roll the dice! Instead, follow these streamlined decision making ways to create the optimal result for you!

Don't just roll the dice when it comes to those decisions! Instead follow this streamlined decision making plan to create the optimal result for you! (TheHealthMinded.com) #health #decisions

Creating the Best Decisions For Yourself

Choices can overwhelm and it is better to keep the smaller decisions ones not to ponder too much over, but those big choices that have bigger consequences deserve your attention.  Let these steps take you there:


How to Supercharge Your Eyesight WIth The Best Foods

You must meet a very important M.D. I have been reading about and cooking for lately.  I introduce you with reservation, though, as this M.D. isn't an M.D. I hope you ever actually meet and, in fact, I hope the information here will help you avoid crossing paths entirely. You see, the M.D. I am referring to isn't my friendly, family doctor, but this MD is the acronym for macular degeneration - an incurable eye disease that is the leading cause of vision loss for older U.S. adults. It is something no one wants to encounter, so let me tell you about some easy ways to avoid its destructive path.

Look at all these delicious foods to eat to keep your eyes in tip-top shape! Find amazing, healthy recipes to feed you and your family at every meal to keep your vision clear! (TheHealthMinded.com) #health #eyes

What Macular Degeneration Is & How to Avoid It

Here are a few facts regarding this sight-robbing disease and what you can do to stop it:

It can affect our ability to recognize a familiar face.  Macular degeneration (MD) involves a breakdown or injury to the macula, or the central and most sensitive part of the retina located at the back of the eye. The macula gives us clear vision and damage to it results in the complete loss of central vision, which allows us to drive, read, and even recognize faces.
It can strike at any age.  But MD is mostly associated with aging.


Words of WIsdom: Best Health Quotes

Some people just know how to say it! They can get their point across with just a mere sentence or two.  I have gathered an array of short quotes from leading doctors, actors, writers, philosophers and more that have something to say on the topic of health. Some quotes offer an interesting take on the subject, some make an important point, and some even give us a much needed laugh.  See what you think and tell me your favorite!
From Meryl Streep to Nathaniel Hawthorne, flip through these spot-on quotes on what living a healthy lifestyle really means.   (TheHealthMinded.com) #health

How Our Minds and Emotions Impact Our Health

Many feel your state of our mind and your emotions have a deep impact on your health.  Our moods and outlook certainly contribute to our motivation, productivity and the success of our relationships, but our physical health, too. Optimal health does encompass the whole package - body, mind and soul! Look at how others have stated it so eloquently. Do any of these quotes resonate with you?


21 Recipes To Create Something Amazing With Spring Produce

Lucky enough to have just returned from a jaunt to your local farmers' market or other favorite local food market? I hope your baskets and totes are brimming with fresh spring favorites like these.  And, if you are looking for quick, easy ways to highlight their deliciousness, I have gathered a few . . . or maybe a little more than a a few . . . ways to do just that.

21 easy ways to create fantastic dishes with the abundance of great-tasting and healthy spring produce. (TheHealthMinded.com)  #health.

Simple But Delicious Ways To Prepare Your Spring Produce

Because fresh produce tastes perfectly wonderful all on its own (in fact, sometimes who can wait to even get it home before sampling it), I typically choose simple ways to prepare it.  That way, it keeps that natural, fresh flavor up front. Thus, most of these links all are easy and quick and pretty much fuss-free:


Health Plans: No-Fail Plan to Make Your Travel Dreams Happen

This is a part of a monthly column, Health Plans, to help you become an organized ninja when it comes to your health.  I write once a month on a different area of your life to help you get and stay organized for your best health. Please check out other months' plans, too, and come along with us to become your organized healthy self.

Those travel dreams really are possible! Go ahead and make them happen with this break-down of doable steps to create them now. (TheHealthMinded.com) #travel #health

I never pass up a chance to flip through travel magazines.  We live in a big, diverse planet, after all, and there are so many places and adventures to learn about! And, I always seem to gravitate towards the person in the room who has just returned from a trip.  I want to hear all about different places. Some, I may not be brave enough or have the funds enough to go yet, but, at the very least, I still want to live vicariously through others' experiences of a place and time.

Time-off from your regular routine plays a big, big part in living a healthy lifestyle.  The stimulation of a new place, the relaxation it can provide, the connecting with nature and others -- all so important. But, whether your idea of adventure or travel is to explore Alaska by sea kayak or to ride your bike to your area lake for a swim, it is all personal choices.  But, I do believe that exposure to how others live, various terrains and topography, customs and food choices can be incredibly expanding.  But, it does take some planning and some serious organization.  That's what I am here for right now -- to help you get your plans together and make your travel dreams happen.


Health News: The Latest Skinny (April 2015)

Get caught up on the latest health news! Take a fun eyesight test, find safer gardening methods and get the scoop on the latest gown design -- all related to your health! (TheHealthMinded.com) #health

Get all caught up on the latest health news that I gathered for you this month. With a simple tap or two you can test your eyesight in a fun way, get some safer gardening tips and even hear about some recent fashion make-overs! Yes, I kid you not! They are all related to your health!

Links For Your Health

Click on the bold green link to anything that intrigues you and stay better informed to crafting that healthy life for you and your family:

1.  You really must turn to another way to get rid of the weeds in your yard!

2.  So, are you ever curious about how some of those chefs stay so trim and slim?


The Right Way To Use Turmeric To Boost Your Health

Have you noticed that knobby, funny-looking, little root piled high at the produce section of your market lately?  Nope, it's not fresh ginger. Not, some new exotic vegetable either.  It is turmeric root, and fresh turmeric root can brighten a dish with flavor as well its neon golden-yellow hue. And, oh yes - it can provide some major health benefits, too -- especially if you use it the correct way!

Easily bring your meals to new healthy heights with a sprinkle of fresh turmeric, a super spice, that helps wipe away inflammation.  Follow these easy cooking tips to make sure you are using it the correct way to boost your health. (TheHealthMindeed.com) #health
I have used powdered turmeric in many dishes and began using the fresh turmeric root this past winter when I spotted it at the market.  I had been primarily grating it over roasted vegetables and to make this delicious way to unwind, but I have been chopping it up in a few more things lately and thought I would share this simple salad dressing you may want to keep around for a quick and highly nutritious dish, too.


Staying Youthful: Anti-Aging Habits to Adopt Now

The way I look at it . . . you really don't need an "anti-aging program" as creating a healthy lifestyle in and of itself is an anti-aging program!

Stay young and vibrant to live the active life you desire. Form these healthy habits now and you won't even need an "anti-aging program!" (TheHealthMinded.com) #health #antiaging

Staying young -- inside and out -- can help you live the active, full life most of us desire. It is not just about being wrinkle-free or displaying the tightest abs, but having the energy and vitality to being able to take advantage of all the opportunities that life offers. Although you can begin making adjustments at any time to improve and adopt healthy habits, starting as early as possible in your life can reap even bigger gains.

Nine Healthy Habits For Anti-Aging

I have nine categories of anti-aging (or in this case, adopting healthy habits) with loads of links to posts with more details for you to explore, too.  Poke around and tap on the green links to see where you might want to improve or get inspired to make a change.
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