Friday, August 19, 2016

Color Your Worries Away

When you think of coloring books you usually picture kids sprawled out on the floor with their favorite coloring book and a box of crayons.  However adult coloring books are all the rage and are a way to de-stress.  Just about every craft store, department store and grocery store have a range of different style adult coloring books to choose from. From simple sea scapes to complex mandalas get lost in vibrant colors. I personally enjoy coloring at night with a cup of tea and my colored pencils fanned out on the coffee table.  It is a soothing way to end the day and helps me to settle down for some quiet time before turning in for the night.  I notice when I do a quiet activity before bed like reading or coloring that I sleep better. Our days can be stressful and hectic and finding a quiet and soothing activity can help de-stress you and calm you.  Stress takes a toll on the body and something as simple as coloring, doodling or the art of Zentangle can help you focus on the moment and breath.  Most libraries offer nights where you can pop in with your favorite coloring book or coloring sheets are provided and enjoy the company of others while listening to soft music.  Our very own Blackstone Library offered this in the spring and currently has a table set up both in the Adult area and the Children’s room with a large coloring sheet and coloring supplies. Patrons are invited to color sections of it as a Community Coloring Project.  Take a few minutes to get lost in the moment and help brighten our library for all to enjoy.  No matter where you color, remember to take a few moments to clear your head of “to do “lists and hit the reset button and just enjoy the quiet. 

Check out the Gale Database articles below on the Blackstone Public Library website through the Pathways to Success Link:

By: Cheryl A. Barrett. Phi Kappa Phi Forum. Winter 2015 v95 i4 p 27(1)
Full Text: COPY RIGHT 2015 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

By: Farah Joan Fard. Art Business News. Winter 2015 p 34(4)
Full Text: COPY RIGHT 2015 Redwood Media Group

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Healthy Start to Your Day

Starting your day off on the right foot begins with a healthy breakfast that energizes you for the day.  Although it sounds simple enough to accomplish, it’s something a lot of us don’t do as often or as well as we would like.  With a hectic day ahead sometimes we get caught up in all the tasks ahead of us and we do not fuel our body in the best way to tackle it.  We grab a granola bar and a coffee or we plan on making a stop to get something healthy on the way.  However we end up grabbing an unhealthy option or we don’t have time to make the stop and skip breakfast.  The result either way is we are hungry way before lunch and aren’t focused on the tasks for the day but rather our grumbling tummy.  Hopefully healthy snacks are tucked in your desk drawer or car to keep the grumbling to a minimal till lunch time.  Just like planning ahead for healthy snacks for the day try to set yourself up for a healthy start each day.  Keep items on hand that can be used for quick breakfasts. Buy frozen fruit or cut up fresh fruit & measure them out into small containers or freezer bags for a quick toss in for a smoothie.  Also keep low fat milk, almond milk, yogurt or your preferred smoothie base stocked in your fridge.  You can also buy healthy smoothie mixes at the grocery store and you just need to toss in low fat milk & ice into your blender.  Go on line and scope out easy healthy breakfast bars or breakfast cookies to make ahead that you can set aside for the week in containers or freeze and pull out as you need.  Make individual servings of oatmeal ahead of time and store in the fridge that you can just microwave quickly on a busy morning.  The night before cook a few hard boil eggs for a quick protein packed breakfast.  Another healthy quick option is plain Greek yogurt with your favorite nuts, fruits and spices tossed in.  When you prepare part of or all of your breakfasts a head of time you will have a healthy meal ready to go with no fuss.  You’ll be fueled up and ready to start your busy day and focused on what you have to do and the people around you and not on your next meal.

Check out the Gale Database articles below on the Blackstone Public Library website located on the Pathways to Success link:

Yishane Lee. Runner's World. Nov 2015 v50 i10 p058.
FULL TEXT: COPYRIGHT 2015 Rodale, Inc.

Robyn Webb. Diabetes Forecast. May 2012 v65 i5 p58 (1)
FULL TEXT: COPYRIGHT 2012. American Diabetes Association

Friday, August 5, 2016

Healthy Snacking

With the end of summer near and fall around the corner schedules get busier and sometimes we are too busy for healthy snacks while we are out conquering the day.  Recently I ventured out with my kids to go back to school shopping with the best intentions that we would be back before lunch and while we were out we would get healthy snacks.  That never happened.  Time somehow went full speed and before you know it was well past lunch when we finished and off to the nearest fast food restaurant we went.  Although salads were on the menu they were not ordered.  When you wait too long to eat you tend to order less than healthy options.  If I was able to rewind that day and start over, I would’ve packed healthy snacks so we wouldn’t of been famished and oh so willing to eat just about anything.  After words we left feeling like we ate too much and did not have much energy to finish shopping.  When you plan your day ahead healthier choices are made and you feel better. You have more energy to go on with your day and knock out your work or to do list.  When you start off the day choosing healthy foods you tend to stay on track the rest of the day.  Planning ahead and packing healthy snack for the office or for going out to errands will take a little time and planning but you’ll be healthier for it.  Try to set some time to cut up vegetables, set aside fruits, pack snack size bags of nuts or dried fruit for the week. You are more apt to stick with healthy choices if they are readily available.  Have shelf stable items in your desk drawer, in your car or your work bag for times when you forget your snack or don’t prepare ahead of time.  Having a snack size bag of almonds, protein bar, granola bar, whole grain cereal, microwavable soup or oatmeal to go container might stop you from hitting the candy/chip vending machine at work or the local doughnut shop.   Your days might get hectic but don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Make the time to plan out your snacks and meals for the day or week so you can make the best of your day with the best and healthier YOU. 

Check out the article below which is located in the Gale Databases on the Pathways to Success link on the Blackstone Public Library website:

 By: Lori Zanteson.  Environmental Nutrition. Sept. 2012 v35 i9 p2 (1).
Full Text: Copy Right 2012 Belvoir Media Group, LLC.