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If you’re like me, fall and winter are comfort food seasons. All I want are warm, cheesy carbs and red wine. While comfort food may taste delicious, it’s not the best for your health or waistline. Enter spring—the warmer weather always gets me thinking about eating lighter and healthier, in part because I want to drop a few of those comfort pounds, but also because I want to feel better. I also want to have more energy and stamina to keep up with my Energizer bunny of a nine-year-old now that the sun is shining and the weather is perfect. With that in mind, we bring you some healthy ideas to jumpstart your spring health routine and get you in tiptop shape for all the upcoming fun in the sun.
Check out our Healthy Elixirs story for some healing drink recipes that can boost your energy and fight off illness. These recipes utilize a number of highly nutritious ingredients like turmeric, beets, spirulina, apple cider vinegar and more. So, put down those sugary sodas, try one of our elixirs and drink to your health! In Access Health, we discuss the rising availability of direct to consumer lab testing and speak with a few local providers. These direct access lab tests can be a great addition to your health care routine because they allow you to self-monitor things like hormones, thyroid, blood sugar and much more.
It’s spring festival time, Pensacola! April brings a bounty of cultural activities to add to your social calendar. It’s time to get out and enjoy this amazing community, sample some good food and spend time with friends and family. And because not everything we eat needs to be super healthy, give your taste buds a treat at Chocolate Fest and Crawfish Fest, which are both happening in April. Dessert comes first this month when you head over to Cordova Mall for Chocolate Fest on April 22 and gorge on every type of chocolate creation imaginable—all for a great cause. The following weekend, head out to Bartram Park on April 28 and eat your fill of those spicy, red mudbugs. Check out pages 16 and 18 for more info. I hope you enjoy this April Health edition of Pensacola Magazine. Have a happy, sunny, and healthy spring!