Does Meditation Really Help With Depression And Anxiety?

The Question: I experience depression and anxiety. Will meditation really help me?

The Answer: Depression and anxiety can make everyday life very challenging. And research suggests that healthy lifestyle habits like meditation may help with some of its symptoms.

Case in point: A small study published earlier this year in the journal Psychiatry Research. Researchers randomized 70 adult participants with generalized anxiety disorder into two groups. One group received mindfulness-based stress reduction as a technique to cope. The other group, acting as the control, did not receive any sort of meditation training.

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Microdosing With Cannabis: Benefits Without the Buzz

In the midst of a potency obsessed market where high-THC marks mean everything, there is a growing community of cannabis advocates that are pushing for less consumption as opposed to more. This tactic is called “microdosing,” a growing trend as cannabis consumption becomes more mainstream.

What Is Microdosing?

Practitioners of microdosing are taking small amounts of cannabis in order to reap the medical benefits of THC while avoiding its psychoactive effects that can interfere with the demands of daily life.

“Microdosing is something that is very personal. There is no magic bullet for all patients; it is different for each one.”

Michelle Ross, Founder of IMPACT Network

“Most people don’t know about microdosing,” says Michelle Ross, founder of IMPACT network, a nonprofit organization that uses empirical medical research to find new cannabis-related treatments for patients. “They just blast their system with cannabis or high amounts of THC, and that is not always the best approach for whatever condition they have.”

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No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal

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Cold oatmeal for breakfast?  It may not sound appetizing, but don’t judge it before you try it!

Cold oats or grains are nothing new or unusual.  Muesli is a traditional Swiss dish that consists of uncooked oats, fruits, nuts and milk.  Instead of cooking the oats, it is soaked in the milk until it has softened.

This cold bowl of oatmeal is a refreshing and surprising breakfast.   It’s nothing like cooked oatmeal that is gluey and super thick when cooled.

I prefer this chilled oatmeal because it is ready when I wake up in the morning.  There is no need to heat it up, however you can warm it up in the microwave if you’d like.  We’ve all heard that oatmeal is good for you.  It’s full of fiber, lowers your cholesterol, and keep your full all morning.

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10 Expert-Approved Ways To Turn Around A Crappy Day

The worst part of having an off day is the sour mood that inevitably comes along with it.

Your emotional state becomes less about the critique from your boss or the tiff with your spouse but about everything. It seems like the whole universe is out to get you by the end. Or at least it can feel that way.

This is absolutely no fun, to state the obvious. So we asked several psychology experts how to manage these feelings in order to turn a crappy day around. Take a look at their tips below so you can get back on the happy side:

1. Embrace your bad mood.

It sounds counterintuitive, but try accepting the fact that you’re in a terrible state. Doing so will actually make the negative perception of the day go away faster, according to Mark Aoyagi, director of sport and performance psychology and associate professor at the University of Denver. 

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5 Things to Know Before Using Medical Cannabis for Your Pets

A growing number of veterinarians believe cannabidiol (CBD) products can be effective in treating an array of ailments in dogs and cats, from anxiety to a lack of appetite—but federal and state laws make it nearly impossible for them to discuss it with pet owners.

That’s why Dr. Greg Richter, a veterinarian in California, and Dr. Rob Silver, a holistic vet and pet herbalist in Colorado, have working in home states and beyond to educate pet owners and legislators on the benefits of treating pets with cannabis. Silver has even published a book, Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide, which draws on his research and experience to help people determine whether cannabinoid treatment is right for your animal.

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7 Ways To Eat Healthy Without Going Broke

Have you ever worried that you should be buying more food that’s super healthy – maybe even some that’s organic – but thought you couldn’t afford it. If so, you’re not alone. Many people want to eat a healthier diet, but don’t think it’s possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank. They know that real, whole and organic food costs more than regular old  grocery store food, so they assume that a super healthy diet is out of their price range.

That’s what I thought, until I tried an experiment and figured out some tips for saving money on real and even organic food. Once I implemented these tips, I realized that you can eat healthy food without spending more. Even though it costs more. That seems kind of crazy, I know.

Here’s what happened. Recently, my family ate a real food, primarily organic, diet for a month. Although our normal diet is fairly healthy, we read about the anti-inflammatory benefits of a “clean” diet and wanted to see if it would reduce the arthritis pain in my husband’s hands. (It did.)

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