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Free Food and Family Bonding! (Let’s get growing!)

We’ve heard it, we’ve longed for it, we don’t have time for it. The benefits of growing your own produce; are they real? You bet they are! Starting the process of having your own garden can seem daunting. The soil, weather,  time and energy, and not to mention all the critters that seem to eat your fresh goodies before you get the chance, are all valid reason why we would just rather go to whole foods or our local grocery store.

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So were diving deeper past the “organic is better for you, support your local farmers, and getting away from pesticides” benefits (all very important), and looking at the true happiness gardening can bring you and your family.

Yes, its hard work. Yes, there may be some whining when its hot and everyone would rather be playing and relaxing than potting soil and pulling weeds, but the benefits you reap from gardening with your family will surpass these minor struggles. Bonding with your loved ones over the labor ends with an accomplished day, a nice dinner, and relaxing time that is truly enjoyed (instead of weekend boredom). The feeling will only grow.

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As you watch your plant(s) develop, it will be an exciting journey with your family. When you finally get to pick the fruits of your labor, you enjoy the rewarding experience with them. You have accomplished memories and taken pictures that will last in your young one’s hearts forever, and with you. Not to mention you get to eat what you grow! What you create from the earth will taste so much better and it’s free!

Plan a weekend of gardening with your family this year. You can start off with herbs and small vegetables like peppers in potted soil, or start a whole garden in your own back yard!

What will you do with your loved ones this spring?

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National Hottie Month! (Teas and Their Benefits)

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You heard us. January is National hot tea month!

For ages, teas have been used and looked at as a staple for healthy beverages and pure delight. From bottled green tea energizing our yoga enthusiasts, Arizona Teas becoming all the rage, and who could forget good-old sweet iced tea from south of the Mason-Dixon.

In honor of hot tea month, we did a little digging and found the basic myths and highlights about teas. Hopefully, this can keep reminding us that just because it says “tea”, doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest option on the menu.

First the basics:

“Tea is a name given to a lot of brews, but purists consider only green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea the real thing. They are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India, and contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these, known as ECGC, may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.

All these teas also have caffeine and theanine, which affect the brain and seem to heighten mental alertness.” (We found that gem of a description from WebMD)

Three steps on how to keep your tea simple and healthy:

What kind of tea did you choose? If you stop by your local café and order a Passion, Refresh or Vanilla Rooibos, you’re ordering an herbal tea. They are going to taste great because of they’re a fusion of plants, fruits, and flowers, but are not derived from the Camellia plant. This means that the antioxidants unique to tea are usually missing. Ask your barista what kind of tea your usual is. Ask them which tea would be most related if it is herbal or another fusion.

What are you adding to your tea? Sweet tea has a pretty strong hold on the southern states of the U.S. Filled with sugar (the more the better) iced sweet tea, can boost your daily calorie intake by up to 300 calories! (Per serving). Talk about drinking your calories. Other teas to look out for are stationed at your convenience store, bottled or canned. Remember to take a look at the label to see what the “tea” you’re buying is really made of. Watch out for preservatives, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners. Obviously, drinking that would be counterproductive if you’re drinking tea to get a jump start on your health consciousness.

**Do you add sweetener to the tea yourself? Try using natural enhancers like Agave or Honey! Any Tea-Bar should be equipped with a supply, and it gives your tea a holistic essence. Way better than dissolving a few packs of sugar, if you ask us.

What do you want your tea to do for you? Many have sought after green tea as a metabolism booster or black tea for a caffeine kick. Read this blog we found, 6 , to learn more about your favorites and to find new teas that could benefit your goals.

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So, tell us! What are your favorite teas? Have you made a switch from coffee to tea; what has your experience been? Leave your ideas in our comments section!

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to get back on track with eating healthy. For most of us it is easy to lose sight of your resolutions, but with these helpful tips you’ll be sure to stay healthy:1. Control your portion size

Downsizing your dishes is a great way to cut out extra calories. Try using a smaller plate or bowl; this will help make your portions seem larger than they are.

2. Stay active

It’s always important to stay active. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. The opportunities are endless. Aim for around 30 minutes every day.

3. Cut out the processed foods

Processed foods may seem low in calories, but they can be filled with tons of hidden ingredients that are bad for you. Stick to the fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Take care of your skin

The sun does lots of damage to your skin over time. Regular facials can help reverse the effects of sun damage. It’s also important to wear sunscreen every day, even when it is cloudy.

5. Think positive

Always think positive and expect good things from yourself! Just by changing the way of thinking, you’ll be looking in be mirror at a much healthier you.

Here’s to a healthy, happy new you!

Staying Healthy and Happy in the Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving, were looking at you!

During the holidays we tend to let it be a cheat month in regards to our healthier eating habbits. With family and friends stopping by, chilly weather, and the fact that were wearing pants and jackets, who cares about gaining a pound or two?

Did you know that this time of year is when people become the most depressed? The best way to battle this is keeping your happy and healthy through the holidays here of four tips how.

Tips to staying healthy during the holiday season:

  1. Eat breakfast – yes, even if you are waking up early to do a massive amount of cooking or baking. Eating just a bowl of oatmeal or and omelet can help kick start your metabolism, resulting in feeling great and keeping your busy days productive, as well.
  2. Just eat it! – While we bake and prepare large meals, we can all admit we take a bite of everything. Everything! From pastries, to tasting a slice of turkey, having one piece of candy from the holiday displays, and even the veggie tray we slaved over, we try it! Because one taste won’t hurt, right? Wrong! All of those calories add up. Because you’re not eating to fill yourself, you won’t even notice. Instead of snacking all day, just eat lunch! Make an entire snack, or have your pastry. You’ll be more productive if you give your body the energy it needs and won’t snack your entire daily calorie intake away.
  3. Skip the green bean casserole – yes, it’s delicious, and yes every family has their own famous recipe. But were calling out the casserole. It is not the same thing as eating a serving of veggies. It is not! If it’s something you can’t get over leaving out of your meal, plan to have more cooked vegetables. Salads are great, but they still don’t have the same nutrients our body needs to keep working healthily. Carrots, broccoli, and spinach are all vegetables we forget about when planning our meals. Instead of making them separately, you could always buy a bag of mixed frozen vegetables at your grocery store and make them right before you sit down. Plus, it adds some vibrant color to your plates!
  4. Plan an activity – After thanksgiving we tend to be in the mindset that it’s time to settle down while some nap,  play cards or catch up over coffee and left-overs. Instead, take a group walk around your neighborhood.  If the people in your family are active, plan a flag football game, or a homemade obstacle course. Being outside and active will help your body digest all of those delicious foods and can keep you from feeling run-down after clean up. Not to mention, being in a group activity is a better way to reconnect with family members and for children to be in touch with relatives they may not see often. Planning an activity will be more memorable for years to come.

What are some ways you keep your holiday season healthier?

3 Ways We’re Staying Fit in Fall

Admit it. We all love Fall! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, cool breezes, the sun not beaming down on our every move—it’s great! School is starting and our weekends are being filled with fantasy football points, pumpkin carving contests, and so many things to bake!

What happened to our summer beach bodies? Somewhere in the madness of daylight savings, the temperature dropping and our schedules getting busy, we start to prioritize other things before our health and self-esteem. Here are a few ways to enjoy the Fall fun, while keeping your body happy; before the ginger bread cookies come out, anyway.

Staying Fit in Fall:

  1. Actively watch your favorite shows – all of the premieres are starting to pop up, how can we miss them to go to the gym? We don’t have to! There are tons of websites (ahem, pinterest) that gives examples and quick workouts you can do at home. During all those commercial breaks do some jumping jacks and sit ups instead of scrolling through instagram, or delegating chores.
  2. Get outside – the temperature is finally able to bear in Central Florida. Beaches are starting to clear and the love bugs are starting to leave! Take the time to visit the beach and take a walk with your family, or by yourself. Take in the freshness of Fall and find a new hiking trail. Try out canoeing or paddle boarding! The options are endless.
  3. Sports – if you have children, chances are they’re seasons are all beginning. Instead of bringing a book or your laptop, try walking around the perimeter of field or sport complex. Walk up and down some bleachers, anything! You might think people are looking at you crazy, but what they’re really thinking is “wow, they must be really dedicated. I wish I could be as healthy as them.” If you don’t have children, join a club or league yourself. There are tons of adult teams you can join, or even start your own; it’s fun, gets you outside and exercising, and is great to just socialize and get out of the house!

These points convinced us, were not letting our beach bods get off the hook. We want to still be fit and healthy in all seasons!

Join us!

Celebrities with Arthritis. Massages for a cause!

For the past two years massage envy has been participating in an event to raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Nationwide they have raised over $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation! (How awesome is that!)

What they do, is donate $10 from EVERY one-hour massage. This year they are taking reservations for the cause on September 18th. In central Florida you can participate at all 13 of our locations! These include: Altamonte Springs, Clermont, Downtown/SODO, Dr. Phillips, Gainesville, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Mary/Sanford, Oviedo, Port Orange, Viera, Waterford Lakes, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.

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Did you know Lucille ball dealt with Rheumatoid Arthritis from the age of 17? Did you know that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder? (You’re immune system accidentally attacks your own body). Other autoimmune disorders include diseases like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Graves Disease, and Diabetes Type 1. 

The point is, arthritis isn’t just the 50-60 somethings you see on commercials that can’t sew and put their hobby planes together anymore.It  is an incredibly painful disease that can even lead to joint deformation and bone corrosion.

Help Massage Envy take this stance for victims of arthritis and book a massage! Not only will you feel great from a day at a spa, you can rest assured that you’re relaxing for a cause.

For more info, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/healing-hands-for-arthritis. See you there!

Girls Trip to the Spa

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Relax this Memorial Day Weekend with a girls trip to the spa! What better way to spend your memorial day weekend than with a nice relaxing massage with your best girls? Over time your body can produce an unhealthy build up of hormones. This can lead to sleeplessness, headaches, and in some cases digestive problems.Regular massage can decrease cortisol in the body, which allows it to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode, which lasts long after the massage is over! Along with this, massage therapy essentially triggers a host of brain chemistry responses which result in long lasting feelings of lowered stress and improved moods. So give yourself the break you deserve this weekend and treat yourself to a massage. If you’re having an especially hard week, consider pampering yourself to the extreme with a massage, facial, and a foot scrub! For more information, visitwww.massageenvy.com

Arthritis Awareness Month

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month! Arthritis is a very painful condition in which one or more of a person’s joints are inflamed. Affecting more than 50 million Americans, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. The condition is used to describe more than 100 diseases which affect a person’s joints, the area where two bones meet.

Although there are no known cures, there are many types of treatment to help reduce pain, improve joint function, and prevent further damage. The types of treatment include exercise programs, such as muscle toning and aerobic activity. Along with this, physical therapy may be recommended. Heating or icing the area, support joints or splints, and massages are proven to help reduce inflammation and pain.

In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, make sure you get plenty of sleep each night, at least 8 to 10 hours. You should also stay active, make sure you include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and participate in stress-reducing activities such as yoga or meditation. Massage is also a great way to relieve pain from arthritis. Visit our website at, http://www.massageenvy.com for more information.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! With that in mind it’s time to start thinking of ways to show your mother, wife, or friend how much you care. What better way than with a spa gift card? Give your mom the gift of relaxation! With a gift card, your mother will be able choose from a facial, massage, or even both. She can get any kind of treatment to cater to her needs. Your mom will be able to choose between many different types of massages including Trigger Point Therapy, to help manage pain and stress from injuries, a Deep Tissue massage to release any tension, and many others! She can also get a facial to moisturize her skin, improve tone, and texture! For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Orlando.aspx

Top 10 Lean Proteins

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This month is our National Nutritional Month! Start choosing lean proteins over foods high in fat to start down your path to wellness. Here are the Top 10 Lean Proteins to include in your diet.

  1. Quinoa – a heritage grain that has a fluffy texture
  2. Skyr – Icelandic-style yogurt is made from nonfat milk
  3. Egg Whites – the clear, white part of the egg
  4. Nut butters – peanut, almond, cashew, or another nut butter
  5. Oatmeal – breakfast meal that has an interesting texture
  6. Soy – vegan-friendly lean protein alternative
  7. Black beans
  8. White meat chicken
  9. Daily catch – fish
  10. Sunflower seeds

These proteins are sure to help build lean muscle mass and cut higher fat and calorie meats. Paired with a regular workout schedule and massage appointment your health will be in tip top shape. For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.