Are You There, Gut? It’s Me, Depression

What does the gut have to do with depression, and how can you convince your gut to lead you in a positive direction? If those are questions on your mind today, you came to the right place. We’ve dealt with all sorts of issues related to wellness and beauty on NMDL, and what’s more beautiful than a healthy body, mind and spirit? And we know, they all go together. To be clear, I’m not claiming to be an expert on depression – I’m speaking... Read More

The 10 Vegetables or Fruit a Day Challenge — Join Us! There’s a Prize!

Here’s a thing we’d like to do: Challenge you guys—again—but this time it’s going to be all about food. We’re bringing back an early idea we launched here but never initiated as a formal challenge because this blog was just a baby then, and we hadn’t started our Challenge series yet. Get excited: This is one is fun, easy, and rewards you with glowing skin. A while back, a friend mentioned a study he’d seen showing... Read More

Meatless Monday Inspiration: Garlic Scape Pesto With Sweet Peas, Asparagus and Parm

I mentioned the pesto in passing last week and since I’ve made this dish three times in the last two weeks, for different people and to pretty rave responses, I thought I would share. First, a word about pesto. EVERYYYYYTHING can be turned into pesto, or perhaps the better way to say it is, pesto can be made out of anything. I’ve made pesto out of every herb under the sun—humble parsley is surprisingly tasty—and they basically all... Read More

A McDonald’s Sundae Reimagined: The No More Dirty Looks Skinny Sundae

In case you missed the memo, refined sugar is really, really bad for you. This post from yesterday’s Lifehacker does a pretty good job of explaining the basics of how sugar reacts in the body and brain. If you’re up for an even deeper look, read the killer (pun intended!) New York Times Magazine cover story from last month, and check out this video of Dr. Lustig—who Siobhan saw speak last month at the Dr. Weil conference in SF—and... Read More

Five Easy Ways to Eat More Spinach (Your Muscles Will Thank You, Says Science)

It turns out that Popeye was onto something: Besides providing the body with protein, iron, powerful antioxidants, and a natural glow, spinach may also benefit muscle building. So much for the puny-vegetarian stereotype! And since it’s such a health superstar, we’re going to tell you how to incorporate it into your diet without having to think too much about it. Here’s why. The Daily is reporting on a new(ish) study published... Read More

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