Health and Wellness

Tuesday, August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day, and to celebrate Robin Asbell will be here to sign her new recipe book: “Great Bowls of Food”. Robin will be at our demo kiosk from 11am – 2pm, promoting her eighth book and sampling recipes. Robin Asbell is a Chef, Author, Speaker, and Instructor, and has been teaching at Valley Natural Foods for many years. Robin prides herself in writing about preparing real, enjoyable food while maintaining good health. In her new recipe book she explains how to create the perfect bowl of food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert! From choosing the base, protein, produce, sauce and garnish this book will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about making healthy and delicious food choices. Presentation is important too, Robin will guide you through picking appropriate bowls and garnishes. Plus each

Stirrups on a western saddle are adjusted so the rider’s knees are slightly bent and the balls of each foot firmly planted. Here the rider finds balance on the back of a horse. Yet each person is different when it comes to movement. Some ride swiftly on the back of a gelding; others pound the pavement in running shoes. No matter how you move, the importance to a balanced life is to move to your own groove. Three employees of Valley Natural Foods offer insights to the different ways they focus and move to find balance in their lives. All three work in the wellness department and know about the importance of lifestyle to one’s overall health. By: Charli Mills, Editor, Living Naturally (Valley Natural Foods' print publication). Featured in the Spring 2016 Living Naturally edition. Click here to view the entire issue. Photos by: Susie Hessburg   RITA, Shift Lead “You can walk

We envision how to keep balance in our lives—work, play, family, study and home life. We work on creating a healthy lifestyle for our families and ourselves. By: Eileen Johnson, RN, Valley Natural Foods. Featured in the Spring 2016 Living Naturally edition. Click here to view the entire issue. Photos by: Melissa Berg New and vital thinking has us considering the promise of a balance that stays true to values of protecting, sustaining and allowing the earth, its wildlife, our fellow human beings—and ourselves—to heal and flourish. The wellness department at Valley Natural Foods pursues a balanced approach to building awareness of authentic product selections by seeking to introduce customers to new options in the market. Evan Healy stays true to the belief that the skin is the largest organ of the body, and that properly balancing four basic elements—oil, water, clay and Shea—establishes a healthier and more stable protective mantle. This protects the skin from harmful and damaging bacteria. Healy searches for raw materials that are sustainably

Did you know that your day doesn’t start when you wake up but before you go to bed? According to Anna Wiens, an instructor at Valley Natural Foods, following natural body rhythms is as crucial as what we eat.  She uses Ayurveda, an ancient healing system of India, as the foundation to help people explore how to not only be aware of their natural body rhythms but how to embody this knowledge through simple integration techniques and tips. Through this blog, we will travel throughout the healing world of Ayurveda as a tool to help you embody a healthy lifestyle. At Valley Natural Foods, we want to not only provide you with healthy options but give you the support you need to experience positive, lasting effects. What really is Ayurveda? Wiens reveals that the word "Ayurveda" means “Signs of Life” and it uses five

[caption id="attachment_23232" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Jiaogulan Immortalitea is available in the bulk tea and spice area of Valley Natural Foods near the wellness department. The co-op also sells the ceramic mug pictured in the general merchandise area and the wooden tea baskets are available in the wellness department.[/caption] All information in this post is adapted from an article by Valley Natural Foods’ wellness department associate and herbalist, Chip Greene. Stop by the wellness department and get more information from Chip on this amazing tea. Valley Natural Foods’ wellness department is excited to bring you a unique, specialized organic bulk herb tea called Jiaogulan or Immortalitea, grown in Northern Thailand in the foothills of the Himalayas. This herb cultivates in low-laying vine or ground cover leaf clusters and its seed has vegetable origins, deriving from the cucumber family. Jiaogulan is a Gynostemma pentaphyllum herb tea,

By Eileen Johnson Do you often end up with a cold or flu during this most exciting time of the year? Here are some tips for reducing your risk of getting sick during the holidays. Develop a plan and write it out ahead of time. Purchase a day planner and turn it into a “healthy holiday” planner. Include your plan for healthy meals and desserts, exercise times, and moments for relaxation. Plan to include plenty of antioxidants and minerals in your diet every day. These can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables – The more colorful variety, the better! Create a menu and write out a specific grocery list that will help you to plan healthy, well balanced meals during this busy time and not rely on pizza orders and trips to fast food restaurants. During the busy

By Eileen Johnson With gluten sensitivity (celiac disease), the structure of the intestinal wall deteriorates and absorption of nutrients from the food that is eaten is compromised. Very common signs of this disease include chronic diarrhea, failure to gain weight in children or weight loss as an adult, anemia and a skin rash. Other than celiac, people may also experience gluten intolerance, in which any of the possible signs of food intolerance might appear. These include more vague symptoms like fatigue, muscle or joint pain, digestive discomfort or depression. How often do we struggle against something new, only to find great joy and relief when we make a needed change in our lives? This may be true when making the change to a gluten free diet. For those who are sensitive to gluten, the process can be confusing and difficult, but the

By Eileen Johnson Summer is an easy time to fit exercise into a child’s day. They more naturally fill their summer hours with playing outside, swimming, biking, skateboarding, and sports. During the school year, studies and extra-curricular activities keep them busy and the cold winter weather makes it less appealing to go outside. At the same time, studies are showing a strong correlation between activity and academic achievement in our children and adolescents. .http://saferoutespartnership.org/resourcecenter/research/the-relationship-between-physical-activity-weight-and-academic-achievement I  dedicate this article to my grandfather who, well into his 70’s, would invite neighbor kids over to jump rope in the yard and see who could jump the most, the fastest, the fanciest, etc.  The kids loved it, and it brought the community together to feel more like a family. Consider these ideas for keeping your kids active during the school year: Find out how often your child

By Eileen Johnson Summer is an easy time to fit exercise into a child’s day. They more naturally fill their summer hours with playing outside, swimming, biking, skateboarding, and sports. During the school year, studies and extra-curricular activities keep them busy and the cold winter weather makes it less appealing to go outside. At the same time, studies are showing a strong correlation between activity and academic achievement in our children and adolescents. .http://saferoutespartnership.org/resourcecenter/research/the-relationship-between-physical-activity-weight-and-academic-achievement I  dedicate this article to my grandfather who, well into his 70’s, would invite neighbor kids over to jump rope in the yard and see who could jump the most, the fastest, the fanciest, etc.  The kids loved it, and it brought the community together to feel more like a family. Consider these ideas for keeping your kids active during the school year: Find out how often your child

By Eileen Johnson Who has time for breakfast? This used to be a question that many adults would ask each other but, unfortunately, this has increasingly become a question that children as young as elementary and preschool age also ask. Some children are up late doing school work after sports or watching TV and playing video games long after the time when past generations of children were sound asleep. Due to these late night activities, children are no longer awakened by the rising sun. They sleep in on school mornings and get up just in time to dress and run out the door. Later evening meals and snacking has killed the once robust appetites that children had for a healthy morning breakfast. The American Dietetics Association States that a healthy breakfast will help children to: Have better problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination