Exercising At Home Made Easy

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By Peter King

stretchExercising at home is one advantageous method of keeping fit by just staying indoors. This is because there are those days that the weather is just cold/rainy and you are not willing to get out. Similarly, there are instances where you might be having a busy day and by the time you came back, the sun is already down. In such situations, and in an era like this when you have to keep fit, it can be hard for you to think of checking into the gym. So, what is the way forward to ensure that you get your daily exercise? The answer is simple; you can improvise some of your household materials hence ending up with a simple home gym. In case you are wondering how we have aligned numerous few ideas on ways you can do your exercise indoors without having to worry about your budget.

Jump Ropes

Jump ropes are another easy to improvise home exercise gadget. Although there are plenty that you can buy from the stalls, you do not have to worry in case you are running on a tight budget. This is because; jumping ropes can be made out of any possible material back at home. So long as it can swing through your body as you jump, you are set to go. Jumping ropes are good for indoor exercise especially if you are focusing on working out your cardio.

Stair Stepping

I believe most of us probably are living in homes with the in-built stare cases. If, however, you are living in a bungalow, then still there is no need to worry. Just a little creativity applied will sort you out. For instance, in case of such situation, you can use various books to create your artificial stares. A short moment of stepping up and down can be worth it. This is because it helps to keep your body active and healthy. Do it while watching your favorite show and experience the difference.

The Plank

Plank is known to be a good developer of a person’s core muscles. This is a good home exercise especially for those who do not have much time for the process. It includes a push-up looking position but in this case, it is much like a yoga stretching exercises. This is because you do not bend your arms as you move down towards the floor. Instead, you are supposed to hold up to a level position for almost 30 seconds. Sound hard, isn’t it? Indeed it is hard, however, if you want to improve on your cores, consider doing it every day.

Water Bottle Weights

exerciseballAnother good exercise for your arms, shoulder, and back strength training is the water bottle weights. These are easy to make, as it only requires basic procedures and household equipment. For instance, water bottles or milk jugs are what you alternatively need and in addition to that, you can fill in the water, as you desire. A good workout, therefore, includes increasing water little by little, as you work out.

In summary, working out at home is best, as it does not need much preparation. In addition, you do not need to drive to anywhere, and above all, it is a timeless process. During a cold winter day, you can, as a result, continue with your daily exercise hence staying on track despite the distance from your gym house.

Craving Fun In The Sun, Then Leave The Limes At Home

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine…..

didyouknow?Adding a slice of lime to a favorite summer drink is nice to cool off with, but it could leave your skin burning, say dermatologists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

The condition, called phytophotodermatitis, happens when a certain plant compound comes in contact with the skin, making that one area light sensitive. During the summer, lime juice is the common cause for this condition, which is why some doctors call it ‘margarita dermatitis.’

“The reaction usually looks like sunburn, or a poison ivy rash, with redness and sometimes swelling and blistering,” said Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor. “It can be itchy and painful, and leave behind skin discoloration.”

The photosensitizing compound is also found in plants such as celery, parsley and even Queen Anne’s Lace. Exposure can come from fruit drippings, scratches from branches or airborne particles.

“It’s not just the plant that causes the condition,” Katta said. “The skin must be exposed to both the plant compound and the sun.”

Treatment is similar to treating a poison ivy rash. Cool compresses and hydrocortisone creams along with oral antihistamines are used. Severe cases could require steroid pills.

“This is a common condition, but most cases are mild and people usually won’t head to the doctor,” Katta said. “I find patients are more bothered by the discoloration left behind rather than the inflamed area.”

Preventative action is best. Be aware of what plant products you come in contact with and wash the area thoroughly before going out in the sun. As always, make sure to apply sunscreen and stay in shaded areas to maintain good skin health.

6 Ways To Encourage Healthy Eating At Home

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By Bryn Huntpalmer

healthyheartIt’s a familiar 1950s sitcom scene: Mom and Dad sit at the table across from the family’s notoriously picky eater, in a dinnertime showdown that usually involves tears and and ultimately ends in an untouched plate of cold vegetables. It would be an understatement to say that kids don’t always have the healthiest taste in foods. The kitchen doesn’t have to be a battleground though, here are six ways to encourage healthy eating at home.

1. Persistence is Key
Children need to be exposed to a new food an average of 11 times before they will be used to it and willing to try it, so if your child doesn’t immediately grab for the broccoli, it doesn’t mean that he or she doesn’t like it and shouldn’t be served it, it may just mean they need more chances to become accustomed to it.

2. Try Something New
If you’ve already used up your tried and true veggies, remember that not everyone has the same tastes, and try something you may not usually cook for yourself. Just because you’re not a fan of asparagus, doesn’t mean your child will feel the same way.

Another way to try something new is a new preparation method. If you’ve done steamed veggies over and over again, look up some new recipes. Did you know that carrots can be glazed and grilled? Kale and broccoli can be coated in garlic and olive oil and baked. Also, various sauces can make veggies more palatable, not just to the kiddos but to the adults as well. Once your child decides they like a certain kind of veggie, you can use it in more recipes and figure out how to incorporate it more into the weekly menu.

3. Blend it up!
Even kids who say they hate veggies and won’t touch fruit will still sometimes eat them in certain forms. Whether blended into yogurt, frozen into fruit pops, chopped into sauce, or made into a smoothie, there are a lot of ways to make fruit and veggies more easily consumable.

You can make a very simple yet healthy fruit smoothie using whatever fruits you know your child will eat and full-fat yogurt. Once they’re used to drinking smoothies, you can start slowly adding in new, unobtrusive ingredients. Carrots blend very well into most smoothies, as do fresh tomatoes.

fruitswhite4. Hide the Healthy
If you keep hearing “I DON’T LIKE THAT!”, try hiding the fruit and veggies and don’t mention their existence to your picky eaters. If you put cooked spinach in a food processor it will be almost imperceptible in spaghetti sauce. In fact, there are entire cookbooks dedicated to recipes that will teach you to hide fruits and veggies in foods your kids will definitely eat, like brownies.

In addition, most kiddos won’t complain about the strawberries on strawberry shortcake, or the banana in a banana split. Adding peanut butter can be an effective way to get a child to try a fruit or veggie, and sometimes cream cheese can work wonders too. Obviously, you want you kids to learn to eventually love these healthy foods but if you have a picky toddler on your hands, it can be nice to rest assured that they are getting essential vitamins and nutrients even if they don’t know it.

5. Work Out a Rewards System
You’re probably thinking you aren’t willing to be so indulgent to your child’s whims, but before you get too judgmental, remember that even adults need rewards sometimes. How many times have we decided to stop off at the gym so we can have a guilt-free dessert after dinner?

Involve your child in the dinner decisions, and find out what veggie sides he or she is willing to eat. Let them know that there will be no dessert if they don’t eat the foods they’ve picked. That way, if there’s still untouched veggies on the plate at the end of the meal, you can at least sleep easy knowing you did worsen the issue by giving them a treat as well.

6. Get the Kids Involved
Kids like to help out in the kitchen, and they are much more likely to try something they helped prepare. Take your picky eater to the grocery store with you and have them help you pick out the meal. At dinner time, ask them to help you cook it, and watch with amazement as they actually take a bite without a fight! Even very young kids can help with tasks like mixing, measuring and sorting.

Better yet, grow your own fruits and veggies! You kids will be sure to show interest in vegetables that grew from seeds right in their own backyard. Plus they taste better and have more nutrients for the whole family.

For more tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

New Study On The Hassles Vs. The Benefits Of The Home Cooked Meal

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Thank you to PRWeb for supplying this article discussing how the blog eHealthPath.com examined a study from sociologists at North Carolina State University regarding the hassles and benefits of planning, creating and serving a family meal daily.

healthyheartDetermining whether or not families who sit down together for at least one daily meal are healthier than families who eat on the run has weighed heavily on busy parents for decades. In a new blog dated Oct. 1, 2014 titled “Benefits vs. Hassles of Home Cooked Meals,” eHealthPath.com blogger Liz Ernst addresses a new study titled “The Joy of Cooking?” that finds the chore of cooking family meals might be asking too much of already overstretched parents.

The study, written and published by North Carolina State University Sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton, finds that time limitations, financial constraints, and the “feeding challenges that shape the family meal” might make the chore of cooking a family dinner too burdensome for parents, or more specifically, women.

The research findings show that the ideal of home cooking and family meals place undue stresses on many families, and are simply unachievable to others.

According to Bowen, an associate professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the ongoing study, the study’s purpose is to understand the relationship between the ideal (of the family meal) that is presented in popular culture and the realities that people live with when it comes to feeding their children.

Study researchers interviewed 150 female caregivers in families with children between the ages of 2 and 8, and conducted in-depth observations of 12 of these families for a total of 250 hours. Their findings conclude that middle-class, working-class and poor families face some similar challenges, and that mothers from all backgrounds reported difficulty in finding time to prepare meals that everyone in the family would be willing to eat.

Input from mothers involved in the study include the struggle some say they feel between their desire to spend quality time with their children and the expectation to provide a home cooked meal routinely. Financial concerns also play a prominent role in meal planning, as many middle-class mothers often worry about their inability to afford fresh and organic foods for their meals.

Poor families face the toughest limitations, citing an inability to afford items like fresh produce or the kitchen tools they need to prepare meals, and to obtain transportation to and from the grocery store.

According to Bowen, poor mothers often skip meals and stand in long lines at non-profit food pantries to provide food for their children, which makes the idea of home cooked meal making seem unrealistic.

In her eHealthPath blog, Ernst offers suggestions from these and other study authors for overcoming many of the barriers modern families face in incorporating the family meal into their daily routines, and the many benefits doing so can provide. To read the blog in full, visit eHealthPath.com blog.

About eHealthPath.com:

Designed by a team of passionate foodies and healthy lifestyle devotees, eHealthPath.com offers a fresh outlook on meal preparation, nutrition and the virtues of eating well. Armed with a firm belief that the kitchen is the most important room in the home, the eHealthPath team provides online on-demand cooking courses for everyone—from fast food junkies and kitchen skeptics to serious cooks. Real food for real life, presented in a bright, structured curriculum and packed with exciting new ways to think about food, flavor and nutrition.

Study Finds School Lunches From Home Not Up To National Standards

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine

kidseatinghealthyIn a study of lunches brought from home at elementary and middle schools in the Houston area, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found that the lunches did not meet National School Lunch Program guidelines. Their report appears in JAMA Pediatrics.

“Most studies focus on the foods provided by the schools; but many children bring their lunches from home. Lunches from home should contain healthy foods and help children meet national dietary recommendations,” said Dr. Karen Cullen, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and senior author of the study.

Researchers examined lunches that were brought from home by 242 elementary and 95 middle school students. Nutrient and food group content of the lunches were assessed and compared with current National School Lunch Program guidelines. Per-serving prices for each item were averaged.

The study found that lunches from home had more sodium and fewer servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk. About 90 percent of lunches contained desserts, snack chips and sweetened beverages, which are not permitted in reimbursable school meals. The average cost of an elementary lunch from home was $1.93 and $1.76 for the intermediate school students.

“These results suggest that lunches from home may be an important area in need of budget–friendly interventions,” said Cullen.

Michelle L. Caruso from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services also took part in the study.

The study was funded in part by federal funds from the USDA/ARS under Cooperative Agreement No. 6250-51000-053. The work was also supported by grant RO1HD068349 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Must-Do Fall Home Maintenance Tips For 2014

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homeFrom Aprilaire, the experts in indoor air quality: Keep these top home maintenance tips in mind this fall to prepare for 2014 winter weather.

Fall is a great time of year to perform important home maintenance. Autumn creates plenty of predictable yard work, such as raking leaves and cleaning gutters. However, there are a number of chores that are less obvious but just as important in order to get a house in tip-top shape before winter.

Five Outdoor Projects for Home Maintenance Tips

When the gardening season draws to a close this fall, it’s time to begin working on projects outside of the house. Forbes’ magazine suggests adding these home improvements to this year’s list:

1. Additional lighting – As the days get shorter, sprucing up walkways with ground lighting adds ambience as well as an added level of safety. Inexpensive solar lights have improved in quality and can be installed without running wire.

2. Walk and caulk – Reducing energy bills, preventing drafts and keeping critters out of the house in the winter starts with a fresh bead of caulk around windows, siding and joints. Before it gets too cold, stroll around the entire exterior of the home and seal any potential air leaks.

3. Bring in lawn furniture – If there’s room, it’s best to bring patio tables and chairs into the basement or garage for the winter. It’s also a good time of year to add a fresh coat of paint if the items are looking worn.

4. Mulch garden beds – Adding fresh mulch around landscaping can help protect perennial plants from cold temperatures and keep weeds down next spring. It’s a fall home maintenance project that can also reduce work next summer.

5. Wash your home – Many homeowners don’t realize how dirty their house can get. Even the best siding won’t shed all the dust, dirt and rain that a house is constantly exposed to. While some synthetic sidings don’t hold paint, they can be given a face lift with a power washer.

Three Indoor Home Maintenance Tips

Of course, no fall home maintenance checklist is complete without ensuring the inside of a home is warm and cozy on cool fall nights. Here are some tasks to complete indoors each fall:

homelivingroom1. Clean the fireplace – For homeowners that utilize their fireplace or wood-burning stove during winter, this is one of the most important items. Hiring a professional to clean and inspect a chimney can improve efficiency and reduce the risk of fire and CO poisoning. In other words, this tip can save lives.

2. Check your humidifier – Ensure whole-home humidifiers have a clean water panel and are working properly. Homeowners who aren’t protecting their properties with a whole-house humidifier should visit Aprilaire.com. Proper humidification protects wood floors, instruments, art and furniture from dry air.

3.Improve air purification – When fall begins, it’s also a good reminder that it’s time to replace air cleaner filters. A whole-home air purifier can also trap fall allergens, bacteria and viruses, helping to keep families healthy all year round.

Home maintenance in fall is essential to keeping family members safe and comfortable during the winter. Aprilaire has products specifically designed to improve comfort and protect investments from seasonal changes in humidity. To learn more, visit Aprilaire.com

About Aprilaire:

Aprilaire has been a brand leader in IAQ for more than 60 years, delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency. Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-house air cleaners and total comfort solutions to purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Tips On Increasing The Resale Value Of A Home With Technology

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homeWhether you’re thinking of selling your home next month or next year, increasing the resale value of your house through home improvement projects is always a smart idea. Today, many home buyers aren’t looking for a home with a pool or a fancy deck; they are looking for enhanced home technology.

To help you understand how you can use smart technology to add value to your home, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) provides an overview on the most popular features on the market.

Security
According to a recent study conducted by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE), 48 percent of American adults, ages 18-35, reported that a security system ranks highest on their list of desired smart home features. These high-tech alarms go beyond their intended job of protecting property; they also bring comfort and convenience to everyday life.

In addition to the capabilities of a traditional alarm system, a smart security system are connects to your wireless network and can send notifications about activity within your home to your smartphone or tablet. Another added feature is the ability to monitor and secure your home remotely. Simply log into your system via a mobile app or desktop browser to view live feed from your surveillance cameras, lock the front door, arm your system and much more.

Safety
Today’s advanced smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors do more than just beep incessantly when the batteries run out; they tell you when and where trouble is lurking in your home.

New technology in smoke and CO detectors can help your family escape your home quickly by calling out the location of the affected area long before conditions become life-threatening. Additionally, advanced life safety systems can give you peace of mind by allowing you to check in on the well-being of your family when you’re not home. Best of all, you can have your smart smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors monitored by a central station around the clock so that first responders are on the way at the first sign of trouble.

Lifestyle
Lifestyle enhancing features such as a smart thermostat can also pique the interest of buyers. These devices have the ability to learn your heating and cooling preferences and adjust the temperature without you lifting a finger. But convenience isn’t the only selling point. With an advanced thermostat, you can control the temperature of your home remotely and employ power conservation settings when your home is vacant, which can reduce your heating and cooling bill – cost savings that are universally appealing to buyers.

With the demand for home automation steadily rising and the cost continuing to drop, adding value to your home with technology is a no-brainer. Visit http://www.Alarm.org to learn more about smart homes and begin creating an investment that’s sure to pay off.

ABOUT ESA

Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at http://www.ESAweb.org.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

RadioMD Warns Against Bringing Cancer Into Your Home

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foodlabelWhen you shop, whether it be for food, beauty products or gifts, do you stop and read the product label? Now there is evidence that by not reading and understanding labels, people might inadvertently be introducing cancer-causing agents into the home.

“There are cancer-causing agents in many of the beauty products we buy, particularly in body washes, lotions, shampoos, fragrances, and even in tooth paste. And buying them at natural product stores doesn’t mean you will be protected,” warns beauty expert, David Pollock, who appeared on radiomd.com’s “Naturally Savvy” radio show, hosted by Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH.

Dr. Pollock, named one of the “20 to Know” by Global Cosmetics Industry, urged listeners to avoid any product ingredient ending in “eth” as well as products containing carcinogens and dangerous toxins such as Parabens, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Glycols (Propylene, Butylene, Etc.), and Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates (Sodium and Ammonium).

“Most people don’t know that 60 percent of the fragrances and lotions we apply on our body are absorbed by the bloodstream. Be wary of any product that lists “synthetic dyes or fragrances.” These can often be carcinogenic,” conclude Dr. Pollock, who also hosts “Beauty Inside Out” on radiomd.com.

“Naturally Savvy” can be heard on http://radiomd.com, and this particular show is in the archive found here.

ABOUT RadioMD

RadioMD.com is a “talking” health information source featuring top guests and experts in the world of health and medicine that provide vital health and wellness content in spoken word form. Produced in a talk radio, easy to listen to conversational style, RadioMD shows help listeners understand everyday health issues as well as complex medical conditions. In addition to its variety of live, interactive talk audio features and programming, RadioMD offers an Audio Library of top talk shows on just about every health and wellness, diet & fitness subject.

– Submitted by David Brimm

Go Home You’re Too Fat

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

obesityArt Caplan, from the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU, posted a story about a couple in New Zealand. A chef and his wife had emigrated to New Zealand 7 years ago from South Africa. The chef, when he arrived in New Zealand, was 5’6″ and weighed about 360 pounds. His wife was not obese. After about 6 years, they applied for a renewal of their right to stay and work and run their restaurant in New Zealand, but they were told that they had to leave. He was too fat.

The government’s position was that the chef was going to become a burden on their healthcare system. He and his wife, who isn’t fat, had to leave. They had lived in New Zealand for 7 years and no one had warned him. And, despite the fact that he had lost 50 pounds, the New Zealand government still said, “We are deporting you because you’re fat.”

New Zealand is a health-conscious country. Popular leisure activities include beach swimming, fishing, skiing, and hiking. Most New Zealanders take pride in their healthy, active way of life. In recent years New Zealanders have become more conscious of the need to moderate their sun exposure and high-fat diets. Restaurants now offer more varied and health-conscious cuisine. (1)

Like it or not, this is the wave of the future and many feelings will be hurt, many outraged and yet we can prevent embarrassment and rejection if we begin today.

We’ve all heard the phase “take responsibility for yourself,” and nowhere is this more critical than in health issues. If you are overweight get on a program that will help you manage your weight. You don’t have to set yourself up for unnecessary emotional distress.

I created Heart Easy a plan and program of recipes and healthy eating to ensure your longevity and cardio health. It begins with changing what you eat, reducing sodium, saturated fats and sugars, exercising and stopping smoking or excessive drinking. Not only does this plan help your heart, but it also helps prevent cancer, supports weight loss and stimulates overall health and well-being.

saladplateIf you want to become a healthier person, then use my experience as a former cardio patient and do what I did: Take hold of your health and your weight by declaring your resolve to shed the pounds and get healthier beginning today.

You’ll really see that can be easy, delicious and enjoyable and you’ll start feeling more energetic, happier and healthier right away.

(1) http://www.countriesquest.com/oceania/new_zealand/people_and_society/way_of_life.htm

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

Home For The Holidays

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

jogsnowWhen the holiday season approaches some people are thrilled at the prospect of going home to be with family; others dread it. Those who are happy need no advice, just a happy wish for a good trip and safe travels. However, if it’s not a joyous experience you anticipate, here are some tips that might help you.

1. Decide ahead of time it will be fun.

2. Don’t try to change anyone or anything. Put on your flexible hat and go with the flow. The visit won’t last forever and you can do anything for a short amount of time.

3. If you find that you can’t accept “them” as they are, then accept them for their entertainment value. Act as if you were a newspaper writer and you’re writing a story about them for your column. Be unemotional and act as if you are on a fact-finding mission. You’ll be surprised how some emotional distance will help you feel more comfortable and you may even find yourself enjoying them.

4. Try being who you really are with the people at home. Use the mantra “Keep Calm and Carry On,” which is a phrase that the British used to inspire it’s citizens during the bombing blitzes of WWII.

5. If someone tries to tell you what to do, do it if you want to, but don’t do it if you don’t want to. Don’t let yourself be bullied. Thank them for their suggestion and then Keep Calm and Carry On!

6. Be gracious. It’s free and a little graciousness goes a long way.

7. Don’t discuss religion, sex or politics. Unless you know for sure you are on the same page as someone else, refrain from touching on these subjects as they are bound to cause discord.

thumbsup8. Stay centered. Whatever you need to keep your core steady, do it. Meditate, go for walks, pray, whatever practice gets you into a calm and harmonious state, do it.

9. Make sure you have a Holiday Homey. Plan ahead and make arrangements with a friend that you can call, no matter what time, if you think you might lose it. (I’m borrowing this idea from the Phone A Friend option on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire). Rehearse with your friend, prior to leaving, and make sure he or she is pre-programmed with the right words that will help you get a grip. Promise the same service for them in return.

Those nine tips will help you have an easy and possibly even enjoyable family visit. A healing may occur within you and also within your family. Who knows? It’s certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s worth a try.

Happy Holidays to all.

Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.