6/18/2015 - "Humane-Certified Chicken Giant Caught on Video Abusing Chickens" (Mother Jones). The West Coast's largest chicken producer, Foster Farms, has openly emphasized their animal welfare priorities for more than 70 years. In 2013, they were awarded the American Human Association Seal. Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation of one of their facilities in Fresno, CA and came out with this heartbreaking video of animal cruelty and abuse.
6/21/15 - "Why More Businesses Today are Embracing Wellness" (AdWeek). There's a growing workplace trend that is seeing companies offer their employees yoga, meditation classes, organic fruit deliveries. It's preventative medicine - employees are more focused and productive when they are taking care of themselves through meditation, fitness, and healthy eating. Plus, companies are striving to be "better corporate citizens."
6/22/15 - "A Pickle a Day Keeps the Anxiety Away" (The Smithsonian). A study in the August issue of Psychiatry Research discovered that fermented foods ease social anxiety and neuroticism. The probiotics in the fermented foods are likely favorably changing the environment of the gut which influences social anxiety. Feel free to ask for two pickles next time you order a sandwich.
6/22/15 - "Ways to Unleash Your Inner Confidence" (Inc. Magazine). A lack of confidence can be crippling at times, and we can feel hostage to the fear it induces. Inc. Magazine - with the help of psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert - put together a list of eight quick steps to help you change your mindset, and build self confidence.
6/23/15 - "General Mills to Nix Artificial Flavors and Colors from its Cereals" (CNN Money). General Mills, the maker of kids' cereals such as Lucky Charms and Count Chocula, claims it will be dropping artificial flavors and coloring from all of its cereals. Some cereals will still be colored, but General Mills will do so with natural sources. They expect to be fully transitioned by 2016.
6/26/15 - "When Missed Periods are a Metabolic Problem" (The Atlantic). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a genetic hormonal disorder, affects around 10 percent of women. Despite this high percentage, scientists are only just beginning to understand it.