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Is There Room for Alternative Medicine in Modern Society?

Herbs As Alternative Medicine

I grew up with a grandma who seemed to have a natural remedy for any of my ailments: honey for a sore throat, lavender to relax me, or ginger to calm my stomach. In a society far too used to popping a pill for a quick fix for any ailment, is there room for the traditional, natural remedies our grandparents have always told us about?

The following are qualities about common herbs that you may have grown up with and may be interested in using instead of prescriptive medication.

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Creative Seasonal Recipes Perfect for Spring BBQs  

As the April sun starts to warm up the ground and our spirit, it makes me feel like eating food that’s as uplifting as I feel walking in the sun without frostbitten spring-1223479_1280fingers and toes. With the warmer weather making the out of doors more tolerable, thus begins the season of BBQs with family and friends!

Here are some unique, spring-themed recipes that are perfect for bringing to a family gathering or cooking at a BBQ. I chose these outside-of-the-box recipes to challenge the norms of BBQ food with produce that is plentiful.

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The New Adult Night Light That Helps You Get To Sleep

blur-1261019_1920That’s right, you read the title correctly. A night light. For adults. Though vastly different than the conventional
light that plugs into an outlet and offers comforting, guiding light to nervous wanderers of the dark. The new nightlight I’m referring to changes your nighttime experience in a different way.

Allow me to introduce you to the Night Shift mode on your iPhone.

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Recipes that Uphold Taste & Throwaway Waste: Classic Dinner Edition

Opportunity to Change

If you’re like me, you’re stubborn with your eating habits. I get particularly defensive if someone tries to tell me that something I’ve been eating for years might not actually be that great for me. With our society’s evolving definition of a healthy diet, my commitment to eating delicious food is constantly at war with my commitment to being healthy.

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Fortunately, for those who don’t want to completely write off comfort food as a weekly dinner, there are ways of discreetly tweaking these classic recipes into healthier versions that are better for you and your family to consume.

So, here are some recipes for those of you, like me, who are trying to create meals that simultaneously benefit your health and uphold a certain standard of taste.

The Recipes

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Serves 6-8
  • Gluten free
  • Healthy potatoes that actually taste good

This recipe still uses potatoes in its mashed potatoes, but the secRecipes that Uphold Taste Throwaway Waste Classic Dinner Edition 2ret to this healthy version: use half potatoes and half cauliflower.

Have you ever tried substituting cauliflower into a recipe to try and cut back on calories, but felt taste was sacrificed too much to justify the reduction in calories? One would be remiss to try to pretend this white vegetable can pose as a hearty cream sauce or fluffy dough, but that doesn’t mean cauliflower cannot be successfully (and deliciously) used.

Personally, I think cauliflower is the chameleon of vegetables and can be cleverly disguised in all kinds of recipes, which is why I suggest this recipe to start your cauliflower endeavors. Research shows that it’s more effective to start change in small doses to build a lasting habit, so take your cauliflower on a coffee date before committing to a weekend vacation with the family.

Meat Lasagna

  • Serves 4
  • Total cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Swapping in whole-wheat noodles and substituting low-fat cottage cheese and lean ground sirloin can quickly turn this dish into a healthier option for the whole family, while still preserving its classic cheesy allure.

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Eating quality meat is also a good habit to get into when trying to be healthy. How do you know what’s “good” meat? In a FRONTLINE interview, author and food activist Michael Pollan advises, “We always say, “You are what you eat.” But that’s only half the story. We’re also what what we eat eats, too. And cows that eat corn are different meat. So when we’re eating that corn-fed, oil-fed meat, we’re incurring another kind of cost as well.” Bottom line: try to buy meat that eats well so you can too.

Shrimp Scampi

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  • Serves 4
  • Total cooking time: 35 minutes
  • 226 calories per serving

This lemon-garlic shrimp and vegetable recipe is a mock version of the traditional shrimp scampi favorite. Serve on its own or pair with a grain like quinoa, brown rice, or farro to make this meal more filling. There is nothing small about the benefits of eating shrimp; packed with protein, shrimp also has a low fat content with a not-so-low amount of omega-3 fatty acids. If you get sick of shrimp, consider substituting scallops or a white fish to this recipe to change up your protein game.

Check back next week for some seasonal recipes to inform your taste buds that spring has sprung!

Happy cooking!

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Meatless Monday Recipe Ideas for the Whole Family

A Monday Without Meat?

Meatless Monday is a movement with the slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat.” Sounds simple enough, right? With observed health, environmental, and cost benefits of cutting out meat for one day a week, why not try it out?

The recipes below should inspire your Meatless Monday to be as delicious and filling as possible. Who says you have to eat meat to have a satisfying meal?  Wait, what’s Meatless Monday?

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The Meatless Monday Phenomenon

Not Another Health Fad…

In the midst of what seems to be endless health food trends, there is one movement that stands out above all others that you should stop to consider. Meatless Monday is an idea that originated in the U.S as a way to aid the war effort in World War I and II. In 2003, health advocate Sid Lerner reintroduced the idea as a campaign for public health The Meatless Monday Phenomenon-cowawareness.

Meatless Monday slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat,” has become a global practice that is simple to follow and has proven health benefits. Intrigued? You should be.

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“Going Clean”: Advantages of a Traditional Diet

Ever heard of Nutritional Psychiatry?

Eating healthy food is not a revolutionary idea, but Nutritional Psychiatry is a relatively new and growing field that’s beginning to change the way we look at food. Nutritional psychiatry is the evolving study of how dietary intervention can reduce rates of psychiatric disorders. There have been many recent studies that have found evidence of associations between diet quality and health. These studies found how a good diet can prevent depression, influence mental health outcomes in children, and even affect brain plasticity.

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A Day of Diabetic-Friendly Deliciousness

Food should always taste good. Even if you have dietary challenges, there are still ways to get creative and make delicious meals. One of the more common issues that impede diet in our society is diabetes. Since many of us know a friend, loved one, or personally struggle with diabetes, I thought a day of diabetes-friendly meals would be useful to all.

The Recipes

The following are taste-approved recipes guaranteed to satisfy any diabetic:

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  • Makes 4 servings
  • Serving size: 2 slices of toast and 1/3 cup of maple-apple topping
  • Carb grams per serving: 35




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TeddyCan Helps Charities

TeddyCan is a research engine that shares its profits. One way that we like to share our profits is by giving to other nonprofits like ourselves, trying to inspire positive change in the world. Currently, we assist 28 charities like the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Feeding America, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. We look forward to work with and support your charity in any way that we can!

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TeddyCan Partner: QualityHealth

Nowadays, being fit and healthy is a huge priority in most people’s lives. It seems like there’s a million, constantly changing “dos” and “don’ts” of a healthy diet, which makes it hard to stay motivated and on-track.

Thankfully, TeddyCan provides quality resources I can use for the guidance on all my health questions. QualityHealth, a proud partner of TeddyCan, is a health information website that offers articles, videos, and recipes on health and wellness. Continue reading TeddyCan Partner: QualityHealth