Your Health

Your Health

Cauliflower Puree (Mashed potatoes healthier cousin)

Ingredients
1 medium head cauliflower (3 lbs / 1.3 Kg) trimmed and cut into florets
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For garnish: chopped fresh thyme, extra virgin olive oil, homemade flavored salt, freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

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The Scoop on Coffee

Here’s some info on choosing, brewing and storing this ever-popular bean

Coffee may be part of your everyday routine, but you may still be in search of that perfect cup. For help, check the following Q&A with Byard Duncan, a former barista and retail manager and now a spokesman for the Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee Company.

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Are You Smart About Men’s Health?

Take this quiz—no matter your gender—to test your knowledge about common medical issues facing today’s men and health-promoting strategies

1.    True or False: Most men fail to see their physician annually for preventive checkups.
True. According to a survey by the CDC, 22.6 percent of men have not seen their physician in the past year. And men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period, despite the fact that prompt, pre-emptive care can be a major contributor toward good health and long life.

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Olive Oil 101

Quality olive oil isn’t just delicious—it’s healthy too. To find out more about this flavorful oil, we talked to San Franciscan Fran Gage—author of The New American Olive Oil, a member of the tasting panel for the California Olive Oil Council and an olive oil competition judge.

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Tales of Tai Chi

Slow and dancelike, tai chi is a graceful way to relax, exercise and improve physical balance. To find out more about this Chinese martial art, we spoke to Jan Diepersloot, Bay Area tai chi teacher and author of Masters of Perception (www.warriorsofstillness.com), for a firsthand account of his development as a serious tai chi practitioner.

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Join the (Running) Club

These local training groups, which are open to runners of all levels, will help you get ready this spring or summer — and introduce you to new friends.

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Garlic Green Beans with Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of year is here again. Make your holiday season merry and bright by keeping your mind and body healthy. Here are our favorite tips for doing just that! 

1. Get enough sleep - The extra family, friend and social time during the holidays can take a toll on sleep. Make sure you get enough by scheduling a couple of relaxing days in-between late-night parties where you go to bed early and can sleep in a bit longer.

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Adults, Be Smart About Your Annual Physical

With the new year approaching, it's prime time to safeguard your health

Never underestimate the benefits of your annual checkup: It’s your chance as a patient to get one solid block of time alone with your doctor, when you can ask all the questions about your health that you’re wondering about and get a personalized care plan that can keep you healthy. According to some medical experts, those annual visits also improve the detection of early illness, which could help prevent complications down the line.

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Why Eating Out Can Pack On Pounds

U.S. restaurants routinely serve too much, study shows

Sit-down, takeout, drive-thru—no matter what kind of restaurant you like to frequent, it’s likely you’re eating too much when you go out, researchers say.

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