Author Archives: A Healthier Michigan

Not So Fast: The Science Behind Skipping Meals

Many diets focus on what you should eat for your meals, but there’s actually a diet that’s all about skipping meals entirely. It’s called intermittent fasting (IF) and it’s one of the hottest new trends in weight-loss eating plans. In…

Food

Think Tanning Booths Have Gotten Safer? Here’s the Scary Truth

For Michiganders, the winter typically means your sun-kissed skin of summer is a distant memory. Unfortunately, turning to tanning beds is not a smart alternative. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that people who do indoor tanning have a 74 percent…

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Mediterranean Meals to Brighten (and Lighten) Up Winter

Unlike some healthy-eating fads, the Mediterranean diet isn’t going anywhere. And for good reason: It was recently ranked the best plant-based diet and the third best diet overall by U.S. News & World Report. A major selling point? Unlike restrictive…

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Shop Local at These Michigan Natural Food Stores

There’s something about going into a small, locally owned natural food store that makes you feel so good. Not only do you get to stock up on nutritious items for your kitchen, but you also help support your town’s economy and leave…

Positive Michigan

The Needle-Hater’s Guide to Donating Blood

Think donating blood doesn’t do much good? This statistic will change your mind: If you start donating when you’re 17 years old, you could potentially save more than 1,000 lives in your lifetime. That’s because someone in the U.S. needs…

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Skinny Dips: Give Your Veggie Tray a Makeover

Whether you’re having people over for the big game or going to a football-watching party, it can be tough to find anything healthy to snack on. Fried chicken wings, loaded nachos and jalapeno poppers may be delicious, but they’ll leave…

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Why the First Hour of Your Day is the Most Important

The beginning of the day isn’t just when you brush your teeth and make your bed—it’s also when you set the tone for the next 16 hours. If you wake up late, miss your morning walk and hit the drive-through…

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How to Eat a Pomegranate (and Why You Should)

The old saying about a fruit a day keeping the doctor away is all about apples, but perhaps it should also apply to pomegranates. The heart-healthy fruits are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants—plus they’re delicious! One other reason to try one…

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For the New Year, Create a New, Less-Stressed You

When was the last time you took a deep breath and felt utterly calm and relaxed? If the answer is “I don’t remember,” use the new year as an opportunity to adopt some new stress-relieving habits. These five techniques are…

Mental Health