Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

Carbs tend to get a bad rap these days. From low-carb to high-carb diets, which one is best? The answer is not so simple. Carbs have an important function: They provide energy. If you don’t eat enough, you can feel sluggish, unfocused and unmotivated. On the other hand, consume too many of the wrong kind of carbs and you risk gaining body fat or developing a chronic disease, such as diabetes. Here’s a crash course on carbs so you’ll choose foods that are best for you.

5 Ways to Combat Stress

Adopt these good-for-you habits. They foster physical and mental health and a sense of spiritual well-being.

Just Start

Certified fitness professional and author of the wellness revelation Alisa Keeton will challenge you to get fit with God so that He can free you to complete your purpose. She teaches that when we get fit physically and spiritually, we will be better equipped to love and serve others. Learn how to change the way you perceive yourself and the way that you live your life.

Everyday Habits

Many of us have unhealthy habits that we wish we could break, change or toss out the window. The truth is that changing a habit is difficult and can seem like a big challenge. Focusing on our daily habits, exercise and smart eating is a great place to start. Here are some simple steps we can take each day to help us lead a more balanced life.

Real Retreat

A calm place where you can escape the troubles of the world and regroup physically, spiritually and mentally while also doing a little selfcare is one of the most restorative rooms in the house.

Wake Up!

The side effects of caffeine—headaches, acid reflux and insomnia, to name a few—can be real buzzkills. Try a healthy alternative to your daily cup of joe for clean-living energy.

Soak Up Color

Color affects us, maybe more than we think. As the days get shorter and the colors of nature hibernate for the winter, many people suffer from winter blues. It’s more than just a phrase: The lack of sunlight can affect people to such an extent that they become depressed, referred to as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD syndrome.

Smooth Weight Loss

If you’ve added exercise to your weight-loss program, your body needs nutritious foods for fuel. We’ll get you started with a fruit smoothie.

Mind & Body Mood Boosters

Don't let the winter months put a freeze on your joy. Beat SAD with biblical wisdom and these natural remedies.

Time for Tea

Bring out that lovely ceramic teapot and brew a few cups of black, green or oolong tea. Enjoy the flavor—and the health benefits.

Body Boosters

Eating right isn’t only about looking healthy, it’s about getting nutrition to fuel your body and prevent disease.

Juice Power

Fruit-and-veggie juicing is part of a healthy weight-loss diet, says Cherie Calbom, MS, author of The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet.

Skin Saving Solutions

Experts say to guess a woman's age, look at her hands. Keep your hands young looking with our favorite creams. All of them contain natural ingredients such as grape, macadamia and citrus see oil, shea butter, avocado and minerals.

Call to Fitness

The latest in fitness equipment is the smart phone. New phone apps put a personal trainer in your pocket as the world becomes your gym. Here are seven helpful apps and what they will do for you.

The Healthy Plate

Begin your healthful eating plan by filling three-quarters of your plate with vegetables, grains and fruit.

Healthy Choices

Experienced cooks know that substituting ingredients in recipes is a practical way to increase the nutrition of a dish while cutting down on unwanted salt, fat or sugar.

Sugar: The Do's and Don'ts

Sweeteners are almost irresistible, but health professionals are warning us to cut back on sugars. Here’s some information that will help you make better choices.

Simple Snacks

Healthy snack is no oxymoron. Try one of these. Running low on energy? Get a boost with our protein-rich pick-me-ups. Watching your weight? Make a low-calorie option that tastes delicious.

Sugar/Salt Scrub

Mix a batch of this sweet exfoliant, which soothes as it removes dry skin.

Partner to the Great Physician

As God heals broken and diseased bodies, Christian doctors often find themselves acting as His junior partners. Life:Beautiful honors those in medicine who serve under the Great Physician.

Refreshing Waters

Great-tasting, healthy waters aren't only for spas—you can have these luxuries at home, too. Drink the water your body needs and satisfy your thirst for flavor without introducing any additives or artificial sweeteners.