Tips on Going Gluten-Free

Photo: Migle Seikyte

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance/sensitivity or have chosen to go gluten-free for other reasons, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets offers several ways to make gluten-free shopping and meal planning easier. MARTIN’S features blue and green labels on the shelf immediately below a gluten-free product to help customers easily identify gluten-free items […]

Carytown Wellness Week

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Carytown is hosting Wellness Week  May 11 – 17th, 2014 with free lecture series from Carytown Merchants. Lunch & Learn FREE lecture series at YOGA SOURCE (3122 West Cary Street) Monday – Friday noon – 1:00 Light fare provided by Carytown Restaurants Lecture Topics Monday: Migraine Buster Class (small bites from Nacho Mama’s) Tuesday: Feng […]

Easy White Bean Salad

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I forgot to eat lunch again. This has been common with me lately.  The kids get fed, work gets done, but at about 3:30 in the afternoon I realize I had a cup of coffee for breakfast and a handfuls of my kid’s goldfish crackers for lunch. Not good. So in an effort to make […]

Visualize your Salt

Photo: Phillipp Kleindienst

Just how much salt are you eating? According to the FDA recommends The FDA recommends no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day and says that over 75% of your sodium intake comes from from eating packaged and restaurant foods. But what, exactly, is 2,300 mg of sodium? We know it’s lurking in our […]

Starting Your Garden Simply: How to plan a garden that the whole family will enjoy

Way to Grow Urban Farm Tour

Spring has finally arrived in Richmond, and though the cold weather has lingered, it is time to start getting some things in the ground for this year’s vegetable garden! If you are new to gardening, it’s best to keep things simple. Choose two or three vegetables to focus on. Limiting the number of vegetables in […]

Bon Secours Brings Nationally Recognized Fitness Program to Busy Moms

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Forming 20 Moms In Motion® teams connecting women through fitness, social and philanthropic goals. Many women today face challenges in balancing full-time careers, a busy home life and raising their children, with little time left for their own fitness and exercise. Bon Secours Virginia Women’s Services, recognizing that women can be better mothers when they […]

Confessions of a Mainstream Mom (Who Happened to Breastfeed)

photo: Daquella Manera

Guest Blogger: Megan Hartless I always knew I would breastfeed. It never occurred to me not to. It never occurred to me that there was some question, because everyone I knew did it. My mom did it. My sister did it. My friends did it. It made perfect sense to me that my body made […]

High Energy Snacks for Busy Moms

Health Tips from Martins

Our busy schedules as Richmond Moms can easily interfere with our efforts to stay on a healthy meal schedule. Did you know that skipping meals or reaching for that sugary snack will actually lead to a low energy crash? Going too long without eating and high sugar snacks can make you feel tired, cranky and […]

Why I Won’t Resolve to Lose Weight This Year


I bought a postpartum girdle and I was determined to use it. I figured I’d need all the help I could get.  I thought for sure, I was going to want to loose the extra weight I had lovingly packed on in my 42 weeks of pregnancy as fast as possible. After babies one and […]

Trans Fat Ban: What it Means for You

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November 7th, the FDA made an announcement that it plans to ban trans fat, stating in a press release “…partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not ‘ generally recognized as safe’ for use in food’”. So… what exactly does that mean?  We asked Valerie Waters, […]