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SEE for Yourself on Monday!

SEE Tip: Decrease stress, give your heart a break: take an afternoon nap. The siesta habit is associated with a 37% reduction in coronary mortality, thought to be because of reduced cardiovascular stress associated with daytime sleep. Zaregarizi M, Edwards B, George K, Harrison Y, Jones H, Atkinson G. Acute changes in cardiovascular function during the onset period of daytime sleep: comparison to lying awake and standing. J Appl Physiol. 2007 Oct;103(4):1332-8.

Quit Tip from HKB: Do you often wake up feeling tired? Quit smoking! A 2008 study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that smokers are four times as likely to report feeling unrested after a night's sleep, reportedly due to nicotine withdrawal. Once your body no longer craves it's addiction to cigarettes, you may find you breathe easier and rest easier!

Minimize Monday: When you think about saving money which people come to mind? For many of us, those people are our grandparents who still cling to the lessons taught by the Great Depression. Abiding by your grandparents’ food habits will do the world and your wallet a favor. The four commandments of the depression era kitchen follow: use leftovers; cook food instead of ordering in; cook from scratch; and be thrifty. It is easy to see how those principles save you money, but it is harder to see how they minimize your environmental footprint. Using leftovers cuts down on waste, and cooking your own food instead of ordering in cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. Cooking from scratch using whole foods minimizes the environmental impact from the packaging and production of food. Being thrifty minimizes the amount of food items you may let go by in your fridge; thereby, you create less waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on cooking like your grandparents, click here.