5 Tips To Help Your Lawn Prepare For Next Season

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grassCool temperatures, light rainfalls and beautiful autumn leaves signal that fall is nearly here. These same signs tell lawns that fall has come and winter is on the way, too. End the season with a bang by rejuvenating the lawn and prepping for the cooler season ahead.

Early autumn is the best time to repair damage, browning or dead spots, fertilize and improve the yard. Follow these five tips from experts at The Espoma Organic Company to have a greener, lusher and healthier than ever yard next spring.

Help The Lawn Hang On All Winter Long

1. Know How to Mow. Continue mowing as needed throughout the fall months. Keep the mower blades high (3” or higher) to encourage healthy roots.

2. Rake it up. Remove fallen leaves as soon as possible. Leaves that haven’t been cleaned up tend to become a soggy mess that can suffocate grass and breed diseases. Either rake or use a lawnmower with a collection bag to keep on top of the leaves. Compost leaves to use as mulch in the spring.

3. Agree to Reseed. If the entire lawn looks dry and brown, overseed the whole thing. If only certain areas look bare, reseed only those spots. First, perform a soil test and improve if needed. Then cut grass lower than normal and remove clippings. Level, rake soil smooth and spread Espoma Organic Lawn Starter. With a broadcast spreader, apply a seed that best suits your region and weather. Finally, water.

4. Prepare with Care. Get the lawn ready for the cooler weather ahead by fortifying it with nutrients. Fertilize now with Espoma’s organic fall winterizer. A fall feeding will promote growth, increase winter hardiness and helps lawns recover from drought. Apply organic fall winterizer to a dry lawn after seeding and mowing. Use a drop or broadcast spreader and be certain to overlap slightly to prevent striping. For best results, water lightly after the application if rain is not expected within 24 hours.

5. Fido First. Always use organic products. Harsher, chemical lawn products can be eaten, ingested or passed on to pets (and brought into the home). This exposure has been linked with a higher risk of canine cancer. Keep pets alive longer by making sure their paws are safe by using organic lawn products.

The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929. Espoma provides an extensive selection of natural products that work in harmony with nature and are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company produces more than 100 products to cover the nutritional needs of plants and to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit espoma.com for more information and tips about organic lawn care.

Easy Ways To Eat Smarter This Holiday Season

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healthysaladSubstituting foods that are lower in fat, salt, and sugar will keep holiday meals healthier.

Holiday dining is often full of meals and snacks high in calories, fat, and salt. But it’s possible to minimize unhealthy eating with a little planning, reports the December 2014 Harvard Health Letter.

“Particularly during the holidays, when we’re surrounded by foods that we do not eat the rest of the year, it is important to take a breath while deciding what to include,” says Debbie Krivitsky, a registered dietitian at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Substituting foods that are lower in fat, salt, and sugar is one way to stay healthier this holiday season. It will also lower calorie intake significantly, letting diners enjoy a larger portion for fewer calories. For example, one ounce of artichoke dip has 19 grams of fat and 312 calories, while four ounces of cocktail shrimp and one ounce of sauce delver just 130 calories and 2 grams of fat.

What are the best choices on a buffet? Krivitsky recommends going for salsa, hummus, and dips made with yogurt instead of sour cream, along with lean protein sources such as fish, chicken, or turkey. Don’t forget fruit and veggies. Think baked, not fried. And uses spices, yogurt, or lemon juice instead of calorie-laden sauces.

There’s no need to make the holidays a season of deprivation. Indulge in favorite foods, but when cooking try making healthier versions. That means using low-fat milk instead of cream in mashed potatoes and other foods. Applesauce is a great substitute for fat when baking.

And when temptation strikes, make sure “it’s the exception rather than the rule,” says Krivitsky, “and it is for a finite period of time.”

Read the full-length article: “Boost the health of your holiday buffet”

Also in the December 2014 Harvard Health Letter:

* A red flag for obstructive sleep apnea

* How electronic gadgets are changing doctors’ offices

* Surprising new ways to build knee strength

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $16 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Ten Tips For An Easier, Happier Holiday Season

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By Lorne Holden

womanweightsThe holidays. The people, the parties, the food, the gifts, the wonder of it all…..and the stress. If past holiday seasons have brought you more discomfort than ease, consider adopting some small changes in your attitudes and habits. Here’s a list of suggestions that can shift your stress to joy in no time!

1. Breathe – There is scientific evidence that ten deep belly breaths actually changes the body chemistry. We are calmer, happier people when we breath fully. If you feel a stressy moment approaching, consider this simple action to help.

2. Get Enough Sleep – It’s easy to forget that simply getting enough sleep is a starting block for having a great day. You may be going to parties galore, but don’t forget to get enough shut eye.

3. Eat Something Green Every Day – Making healthy food choices has a wonderful knock on effect. Eating a salad with broccoli at lunch will prompt your body to make wiser choices at dinner too, not to mention at all the evening parties. Include a green vegetable somewhere in your day – it may help with the urge to overeat cookies and sweets. At the very least, it will help balance your system.

4. Rest Your Mind – You don’t have to think of it as meditation. Just think of it as rest. Sit in a chair for ten minutes and imagine you have a blue sky with gorgeous clouds filling the top of your head. Keep your awareness on that beauty.

5. Count to Ten – Sometimes the things that Granny advised are still really the best advice. If you can feel an eruption of feelings coming on that might be unpleasant, take even a few seconds to breathe before you speak.

happyteens6. Make Time for Your Own Fun – The holidays often bring a host of social obligations that can be more necessary than joyful. Balance these times by building in experiences of what works for you. Declare a fun event for every day and dive into it.

7. Take a Ten Minute Walk – If you are driving to a party or event, plan on getting there a little early, and hop out of the car. Walk five minutes out and five minutes back. The fresh air will boost both your attitude and your energy level. You’ll be a welcome asset to the party or event because you’ll show up beaming.

8. Give – Nothing compares to the great feeling you get when you make a true offering to another. Find a charity, shelter or any organization that moves you and brighten their holiday season. You will be brighter off for it!

9. Be Grateful – Wake up every day and think of one thing you feel grateful for. There is always something. Gratitude has a positive viral effect on the system. Once you notice something to be grateful for, you will find other things too.

10. Be Kind – It really is true that what goes around, comes around. Be Kind. Be Kind. Be Kind.

Wishing you the happiest holiday season ever!

– Lorne Holden is an award winning artist and author of the bestselling book “MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done,” which is available at makeithappenintenminutesaday.com and by request at any local bookstore.

8 Steps To Staying Healthy In The Winter Season

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By Stephanie Ingram

jogsnowThe sudden drops in temperature take its toll via flu and cold during winter. Though it’s impractical to think to avoid the changes, precautions may aid in avoiding the sniffing all the time. Winter needs specific strategies to boost energy and feel hale and hearty throughout the season. Prevention is the best strategy to go through the flu season prolifically. There is no need to take all those antibiotics and other medications in order to live well in cold season. It’s not much hard to avoid that sort of despair that spreads around with winter. Enjoy the time of celebration and holidays safely with some simple steps to staying healthy.

1. Consuming Vitamin C

Boosting the intake of vitamin C is an utmost demand of cold season. The importance of vitamin C is commonly known but people overlook it often. Vitamin C enhances the immune system and its anti oxidant benefits the asthmatic persons specifically. All citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C and the antioxidant properties slow down the rate of oxidation. Vitamin C aids in reducing the hazards of common cold, chest infections, lung infections, pneumonia, bronchitis etc.

2. Drinking Water

Drink ample amount of water in winter too. People feel less thirsty in cold season but it doesn’t mean that your body doesn’t need it. Keeping yourself hydrated is imperative throughout the season in order to allow your bodily functions working well. Don’t let the cold season lessen your required water intake.

3. Exercising Regularly

Regular exercising keeps you fit, active and healthy throughout the year. It reduces the count of sick days. Workout should be included in daily routine in order to keep a healthy body and strong immune system.

4. Going Out

Going out in snow and cold may feel out of the context but believe me going out in winter is also in favor of your health. It’s healthy and effective to come out from the hibernation mode and walk out for breathing in fresh air. It’s effective in burning more calories as your body needs to work more to stay warm. Don’t forget to put on extra layers of clothing.

5. Sleeping Enough

SleepingWomanAdequate sleep is imperative throughout the year and specifically it aids in preventing winter blues. The body becomes vulnerable to illnesses if not get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. Your immune system affects by your mood which is directly related to getting sufficient rest. Relaxation makes you feel better and enhances the strength to go through in hand chores.

6. Moisturizing More
Cold and chilled breezes take off the glow and shine of the skin. Following a moisturizing routine is too essential to prevent the irritated and unsightly skin conditions. Moisturize too often in order to retain the skin freshness and shine.

7. Eating Well

Eating well balanced diet is also a particular need to stay healthy in winter season. Consume a combination of fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, nuts, grains and lean meat to get essential nutrients. All menus should contain fiber rich carbs, fresh veggies, quality protein and essential fatty acids.

8. Dressing Appropriately

Winter wears play a big part in keeping you safe and healthy during winter. Dropped temperature needs you to dress appropriately in order to keep your body warm. In snowy areas proper dressing aids in preventing hypothermia and frost bite.

– Stephanie Ingram is a blogger, writer and an enthusiast to spend her efforts and time in learning, applying and writing fitness articles, health care and green living. She has been passionate about learning and sharing the ways to improve fitness and maintain optimal health in order to live an active life. For more credible information about Health & Fitness visit our website: http://www.fitnessrepublic.com/