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  • Mind Over Matter: Does Thinking Your Fat Lead to Obesity?

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

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    If your weight is something that weighs heavy on your mind, a fresh perspective may be your ticket to a healthier you. A new wave of research indicates that you can basically 'think yourself thin' and that by obsessing or even believing that you're fat or unhealthy can lead you in an unhealthy direction-both physically and mentally.


    From the New York Times:

    This idea does seem at odds with the advice dispensed by many doctors and self-help books, which suggest that willpower and self-discipline are the keys to better health. But Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the field, says self-compassion is not to be confused with self-indulgence or lower standards.

    "I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they'll become self-indulgent," said Dr. Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. "They believe self-criticism is what keeps them

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  • Seven Useful (and Free!) Green Apps

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    apple green environment apps ipad iphoneAfter exploring the best of the vegan apps Apple has to offer we decided to research some great green apps that are too cheap to pass up. Even though we don't have an official app ourselves, you can always visit our marketplace and extensive recipe section from your smart phones!


    Locavore

    Find out which local food is in season and available near you as well as a directory of local farmer's markets.


    iBook

    Build your own digital library directly in your ipad, shop through millions of titles at a variety of prices (including 'Free')


    The Wall Street Journal

    A free subscription to this well-known daily.


    Green Card

    An unconventional digital alternative to traditional business cards.


    Good Guide

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  • Meatless Monday: Kid-friendly Vegetarian Recipes

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/lisa_the_vegetarian.pngMondays can make or break your entire week, that's why Meatless Mondays are so important! You can start your week healthy and find recipes you might want to try out all week (unless you're hyper-organized and pre-made all of your weekday meals on the weekend...) In any case, we are especially excited about this Meatless Monday since we have 3 new recipes courtesy of famous Vegetarian chef Roz Denny. Roz Denny has published nearly 30 cookbooks and her newest one is full of healthy kid-friendly recipes that are simple, quick and delicious!

    Here are some of our favorite recipes for your Meatless Monday...


    Vegetarian lasagne

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    Cheese, Onion and Mushroom Flan

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    Confetti Salad

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    Do you have a Vegan or Vegetarian recipe to share? Send it in here. Don't forget to

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  • Allergic to Autumn? Get Ready for a Brutally Long Allergy Season

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

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    Due to a particularly wet summer we can expect an extensive allergy season this fall- allergy experts are predicting one of the longest allergy seasons yet.

    From ABC News:

    "We're going to have an allergy double whammy," says Dr. Clifford Bassett, Medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York.

    To top it all off, the allergy season is expected to last a few weeks longer than usual this year, according to research published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    While spring allergies usually come from pollen from trees and grass, fall allergies are caused almost exclusively by ragweed pollen. The season usually runs from mid-August until the first frost of the year, around early October, but if the frost is delayed, as is predicted for this year, the allergy season goes on indefinitely until it comes.MORE

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  • Going Vegan? There's an App for That!

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    vegan iphone apps ipad green free cheapTransitioning to a Vegan diet (or even, maintaining one) is never a simple task. Luckily technology makes it easier than ever before, whether it be through our 'Ask a Vegan' blog, our vegan recipes or through your assorted Apple products. Here are some of our favorite 'Vegan' apps- all are under 3$!


    21-Day Vegan Kickstart (Free!)Perfect for anyone who needs extra support when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle.


    Vegan Recipes (3$)

    Hundreds of vegan recipes at your fingertips.

    Don't feel like spending 3$? Just bookmark our recipe page!


    Veggie Spots (99 cents)

    Vegan restaurant finder- Expanding directory of vegan hot spots all over the USA.


    VeganXpress (1.99$)

    Forced to go to a fast food restaurant? Use this app to find

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  • Oh Rats- US Marshals Intervene on Rodent-Infested Food Warehouse

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

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    According to a press release from the FDA, US Marshals were sent to intervene a rodent-infested food warehouse in North Carolina this past August. If the thought of rats and food make you uncomfortable, you might want to not read the following excerpt:

    An FDA inspection from July 25, 2011 through Aug. 3, 2011 found evidence of an active and widespread rodent infestation in CFSD, Inc.'s warehouse. FDA investigators observed rodent nesting sites, numerous rodent excreta pellets on and around food products, rodent gnawed containers of food, as well as one live and eight dead rodents in the vicinity of food product storage. They also observed food product spills, open boxes of food, rotten food items, trash throughout the facility, and noted many potential entryways for pests, including open doors, gaps in doors, broken windows and a hole in the outside wall.

    "The FDA remains vigilant in protecting consumers from unacceptable sources of

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  • Green Tip: Start a Fall Compost!

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    2519036196_2881effd2cComposting is an amazing way to reduce waste and convert your garbage into a useful fertilizer. Did you know that 30% of waste can be composted, or that this D.I.Y. fertilizer improves soil quality as well as air quality by cleaning 90% of harmful toxins from the air? Composting seems to be the way of the future and has already had systems set up similar to garbage and recycling disposal in Eco-trendsetter San Fransisco. If you've ever considered starting one before but thought it would be too complicated or make your kitchen smell, the following resources will calm any fears:


    Check out our Composting 101 for everything you need to know to get started.


    Take a peak at these videos on Composting in Green TV and stop by our Green Marketplace for affordable, odor-free compost buckets!


    For more information on Composting visit CompostingGuide.com.

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  • Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes for Labor Day Weekend

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    vegan and vegetarian labour day weekend recipes mexican taco salad healthy deliciousSoak up the last long weekend of summer with some of our favorite vegan and vegetarian recipes! Hungry for more? Bookmark our always-growing recipe section.





    Vegetable Quiche To Go

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    Peanut Butter Pancakes

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 'Blizzard'

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    Vegan Black Bean Burgers

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  • 5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

    Written by Kaley Hall, Four Green Steps

    4800283740_6f0312ccbd_zHold each one of these asanas (poses) for a few moments to relax your body and open your mind when you get stressed. Be conscious of your breath and let yourself focus on the present and where you are right now and not what's going to happen later today.




    1. Warrior II

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    This asana gives you the power needed during a time of stress. It opens up your lower body and strengthens your arms.


    Directions: Stand up straight with arms at your sides and feet together. With an exhale, jump your right leg a few feet forward into a lunge almost and pivot your left foot sideways and flatten it. Make sure your front leg is bent at a 90 degree angle and your back leg is completely straight. Turn your upper body leftwards and lift your arms to be parallel to the ground. Turn your head to look at your right finger tips. Hold for a few slow breaths. Try again with

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  • Green Ways to Quit Smoking!

    Written by Danielle Salley, Four Green Steps

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    Take on a positive mindset: think clearly about the benefits of quitting smoking. For starters, calculate the money you will save each month/year, not to mention the years you will be adding to your life!


    Put the money saved to good use: smoking is an expensive habit, so treat yourself to something you've had your eye on. You deserve it!


    Use oral substitutes: get creative, as everyone's different, but here are a few suggestions to curb your habits: take 10 deep breaths when a craving kicks in, eat carrots and celery sticks, chew gum, and suck on licorice sticks or toothpicks…


    Quality distractions: ensure you have enjoyable ways to distract yourself at tough times, like listening to your favourite playlist, drawing, chatting with a good buddy, gardening, going for a walk/run, playing sports or even baking! Find your own outlets.


    Try increasing the intervals between cigarettes: start by holding out 5-10 minutes

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