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Happy 2021! It’s the start of a brand new year, so why not get back to being the best version of you there is?

THE STORY: 2020 is finally done and with the start of 2021 it looks like good things could be on the way - for example, the new covid vaccines. Why not start off the brand new year with a brand new mindset? Instead of worrying so much, try focusing on being your best self by eating healthy, exercising more, taking time to do what you love and practicing self-care.

Healthy Habits for 2021

Instead of grand resolutions you know you’ll end up dropping in a matter of weeks, commit to these healthy habits in the new year.

THE STORY: Most, if not all of us, will be happy to see 2020 gone. It was a year of chaos and illness that resulted in many of us picking up healthier habits. In fact, a study by Optiva found that 63% of Americans had adopted new healthy practices since March. But how many will continue into the new year? Whether you’ve been adopting a healthier lifestyle this year or are aiming to start one in the new year, here are a few habits you should consider.

What Happens to Seniors and Veterans During a Pandemic?

Covid-19 has hit all of us hard, but for seniors and veterans, it can be even harder.

THE STORY: Covid-19 has affected us all in different ways this year. Some of us got ill. Some of us started working from home full-time while also trying to parent at the same time. Some of us lost jobs and a lot of us have been dealing with financial hardships. But for the seniors and veterans in the U.S., the COVID situation has been even harder as they’re often the ones who are left behind.

HERE’S THE DEAL: There are many reasons COVID has been harder for seniors and veterans to deal with.

Still Can’t Go to the Gym? No Problem!

If you’ve lost your motivation for working out during quarantine, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. There’s plenty you can do at home to stay in shape even without equipment.

THE STORY: Quarantine life has come with a lot of changes for us all. Some of us took up breadmaking or old hobbies. Some of us decided to work on getting healthier, while some of us went the other way and decided to be a bit lazier. Whatever camp you landed in, a workout routine is essential. Even a small amount of daily activity has amazing benefits! Even if your gym is still closed there are plenty of ways to stay in shape at home, with or without equipment.

Ways to Make Your Diet a Lifestyle

Ever tried a diet only to give it up a few days later? Want to know how to make it stick?

THE STORY: Many of us have tried different diets in our lives only to find that we have trouble sticking to them. The problem? You need to think of the way you eat as a lifestyle, not a diet.

WAYS TO SUSTAIN HEALTHY EATING AS A LIFESTYLE: The problem with a lot of diets is that you’re depriving yourself of foods you like or cutting so far back on food and calories you’re likely to crash. Neither are sustainable ways of living. Turn a diet into a healthy lifestyle instead with these tips!

Why Are You Gaining Weight?

Quarantine has caused many of us to put on a few pounds. You may think it’s due to eating more comfort food, but you might be wrong.

THE STORY: Sometimes figuring out why you’ve recently gained weight is easy - you’ve eating out more thank cooking and haven’t had time to exercise. Other times it’s a little harder to figure out and during these unprecedented times of stress and anxiety, the reasons can be more complicated.

REASONS FOR WEIGHT GAIN THAT DON’T INVOLVE FOOD:

The Better Food Option During COVID-19

Though we thought for a bit that we were past the hump when it came to COVID-19, it looks like we’re still currently in the midst of it. At this point, you might be trying your best to save money and you might have also put on the “Quarantine 15” like the rest of us.

THE STORY: People are looking for ways to save money and stay healthy right now (as well as ways to avoid going out). A great way to accomplish all of these objectives is by using a meal delivery service to eat better, save on spending, and stay in.

Best Social Distancing Practices

Though life is starting to return to pre-quarantine ways, you should still be practicing social distancing as cases of COVID-19 rise throughout the country. Here are some of the best practices to follow.

THE STORY: Even if you’re starting back to work or going outdoors more often with restrictions being lifted around the country, COVID-19 is still out there and affecting people. Social distancing is still one of the best ways to protect yourself and others around you.

RESTORE & REFOCUS

Life is slowly, but surely, starting to return to normal after the past few months of quarantine and social distancing. Now is the time to work on restoring & refocusing yourself to take on a return to normality.

THE STORY: After a few months of working and living at home without much social contact, you might be thrown a bit off-kilter as some states start to slowly re-open businesses and try to get back to a normal way of life. Getting yourself back to normal is just as important. Here’s what to focus on as the world shifts again.

RESTORE & REFOCUS: Things to do & remember as the world gets its groove back:

FOODS THAT FIGHT INFLAMMATION

Did you know that chronic inflammation plays a role in most major diseases? That’s correct, if you suffer from heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or even depression, chances are you have chronic inflammation. Is there any way to reduce this inflammation?

THE STORY: While not a cure for any diseases, what you eat can help fight this inflammation, thereby helping control or reduce the impact of disease. Here are some of the top anti-inflammatory foods you can incorporate into your diet, plus foods you should avoid.

BEST FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION: Here are 6 foods that you should incorporate into your diet to help fight inflammation.

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