Lighten Up!

TraceyIn today’s fast paced-world, it is far too easy to become overextended and overstressed. Here are some simple ways even a stress ball like me can lighten up.

  • Relax.Take off your shoes, and walk in the grass. Take a deep breath, and stretch. Sip on a glass of wine.
  • Play a game. Whether it’s a game of Cards Against Humanity, Trivial Pursuit, or Pinochle, invite some friends over and have some fun.
  • Do something that takes your breath away. Cross something off your bucket list.
  • Create something. Paint a picture, make a piece of jewelry, or knit a scarf. I recently bought some coloring books that have taken me back to my childhood roots.
  • Explore.Take your bike on a new excursion, or hike a trail you’ve never taken before.
  • Be silly. Do something out of character, or play a harmless joke on a friend or a family member.
  • Take a picture. Try a new perspective.
  • Laugh.Pick a movie that will make you laugh and enjoy it with family, friend, or by yourself.
  • Play with your kids. Get down to their level and act like a carefree kid again.

Remember these tips the next time this crazy life has you stressed to the max. For more tips on how to reduce stress, check out these Wellness Toolkits.

Want to stress less, cheer for a university, and support a local charity—all at the same time? Make a pledge to stress less, and join the PacificSource Healthy Life Fan Challenge.

Taste the Rainbow

When you plate is packed full of color, it makes your meal much more appetizing and helps pack your diet full of much needed nutrition. But have you ever wondered what all those colors represent when it comes to your nutrition? Here’s a quick run-Saladdown:

  • Red: Red fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin C, and are typically high in manganese and fiber. Choose red bell peppers, tomatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, and beets.
  • Orange: Orange fruits and vegetables have vitamins A, C, B6, potassium, and fiber. Choose items such as carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, pumpkins, orange peppers, and peaches.
  • Yellow: Banana packs a punch with potassium and fiber. Other nutrients you’ll find in yellow fruits and vegetables include manganese, vitamin A, and magnesium.
  • Blue: Blueberries—one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants—are loaded with fiber.
  • Green: Dark, leafy greens are packed with nutrients. Nutrient-dense greens include: avocado, sugar snap peas, green peas, broccoli, asparagus, green grapes, and zucchini.
  • Purple: This group includes vegetables like red onions and eggplant, and fruits such as blackberries, Concord grapes, currants, and plums. Purple indicates the presence of powerful antioxidants that protect blood vessels and preserve healthy skin.
  • White: White vegetables, such as cauliflower, rutabagas, and parsnips shine with nutrients like vitamins C, K, and folate, and they contain fiber.

So next time you dish up, pack your plate full of color. Just remember to practice mindful eating to ensure that you’re not getting unneeded calories. For more tips on healthy eating, check out these Wellness Toolkits.

If you want to support your school and a local charity by making a pledge to eat healthy participate in the Healthy Life Fan Challenge.