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WELCOME TO OUR HEALTHY LIVING BLOG

We have developed this blog to offer healthy tips and wellness advice for the mind and body. As a complement to the new Investors Trust Responsibility Program, we want to offer you more ways to interact and get involved in each of our responsible commitments.

We hope this is a forum where you can find guidance for building a healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide a full range of tips for eating well, exercising right and finding mental clarity in a hectic life. We want to encourage health and happiness at the workplace and at home.

In this blog, you will find a variety of resources from workout tips and healthy recipes to meditation exercises and herbal remedies. Our goal is to offer advice that inspires you to get active, eat healthy and establish a happy, balanced lifestyle.

A ‘Hump Day’ Recipe to Get You Through the Week

Middle of the week and you’ve run out of dinner ideas? Not to worry, we have a simple, but healthy, recipe that will help get you through the week. Prepare Tonight, Eat Tomorrow Many recipes can be prepared in advance so, when you get home from work, you simply throw the dish in the oven, cook to perfection and serve up a gourmet meal in no time. Here’s a delicious recipe to get you started: Southwestern Stuffed Peppers Ingredients 1 cup long-grain white rice 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated ½ pound ground beef...
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Surviving the Time Change

Whether you sprung forward or fell back by an hour, daylight savings can cause some interruption in our sleeping patterns. Apply these simple tips to sleep better and feel better regardless of changes in the time. Sleep with the sun People who wake up closer to sunrise feel more energized throughout their day. Once you wake up, step outside and welcome the sunshine on your face. This burst of indirect light helps waken your eyes and sparks your natural energy. Make a commitment Commit to 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Watch the sunset, which may signal to...
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Traveling Tips for the Long-Haul

Getting ready for a big trip? Long flight? Prepare yourself to survive the many hours in flight with these helpful tips. Comfy clothes are a must. Wear non-restrictive clothing with several layers. Pack a sweater for the chilly air flow and have a layer to peel off should you experience some sort of hot flash mid flight. Prepare for hours of entertainment. Starting a full day before your long flight, be sure to charge up any and all devices that you will be taking with you. Make sure your travel battery is charged and ready to go! Download movies, books...
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Simple Steps to Relieve Stressed Nerves

Calm down with these simple tricks and feel relaxed throughout your busy day. Take a break and listen to some relaxing music. Playing peaceful music may reduce cortisol levels and lower blood pressure. Calm music is good for the body and the brain. Sniff an orange. It may sound strange, but studies have shown that the scent of a peeled orange can improve mood swings and drastically reduce stress. Take a few steps, and breath. Exercise is known to increase energy and release endorphins that support a happy mood, but we don’t always have time for a full-blown workout whenever we’re feeling...
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Heart Healthy Recipes

As Heart Health Awareness Month comes to a close, we want to share with you some simple recipes to keep your heart happy and your taste buds satisfied throughout the year. Red Beans and Rice (Serves 4) 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 4 clove garlic, chopped OR 2 teaspoons jarred, minced garlic 1 (15.5 oz.) canned, low-sodium or no-salt-added kidney beans (red beans, black beans, pinto beans or black eyes peas can be substituted for kidney beans) drained, rinsed 1/2 teaspoon salt-free Cajun seasoning 1/2 small white onion, thinly slice OR 4 scallions, sliced 4 large ears of...
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Healthy Foods for a Healthy Heart

Yogurt: High levels of dairy from yogurt may improve the health of your mouth, specifically your gums. Gum disease has been known to increase one’s risk for heart disease. Healthier gums, healthier heart.   Salmon and Fatty Fish: The impressive amount of omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and other fatty fish may lower the risk of atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries) and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) while also reducing triglyceride levels. The American Heart Association suggests eating these fish at least twice a week. Whole Grains: Whole grains contain the entire grain including the bran, germ and endosperm, whereas refined...
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Build a Healthy Relationship with Your Heart

Since February is the month of LOVE, not just in thanks to Valentine’s Day but also this month’s dedication to heart health awareness, we have a message for all people, single or taken. Regardless of your relationship status, there is one true companion that should be treated with lots of tender, love and care year-round, it’s your heart. Dr. Tara Narula, board certified cardiologist, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine for Hofstra University NSLIJ School of Medicine and Associate Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital/NSLIJ in Manhattan, advises that everyone should treat their heart as they would...
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Find Happiness in 2015

Genuine Kindness Goes A Long Way Be completely honest and express how you feel about someone important in your life. Acknowledging the impact a person has had on you leads you to accept where you are in this life. Practice Good Manners Good manners set the basis for strong social skills. While practicing good manners may help you connect with others, being kind to people simply makes you feel better. Faking It or Not, Just Laugh We’ve all heard that laughter is contagious and we know it tends to signal happiness or joy; but, what you might not have known...
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