Got the blues? Beat them with the greens!
According to researchers at the University of Essex in England, just five minutes of an outdoor activity or exercise can bring about a strong shift in mental health, improving both mood and self-esteem. Every green environment, from city parks to towering mountains, brought about positive returns. Outdoor environments involving water brought even greater improvements in self-esteem and mood. Aren’t you glad you live in Florida?
Take 5 minutes outdoors for yourself today. Ride your bicycle down Bayshore Blvd., weed a patch of your garden, or simply take a quick walk around your neighborhood. Whatever green activity you choose, the benefits will be worth it! “This study confirms that the environment provides an important health service,” researchers wrote. “We believe that there would be a large potential benefit to individuals, society, and to the costs of the health service if all groups of people were to self-medicate more with green exercise.” (Joanna Barton, PhD) Good old Mother Nature! She may be all the medicine we need!
Get the greens in more ways than one! Join us for lunch at the Oats Cafë! Create a beautiful green salad at our Salad Bar, or enjoy a steaming bowl of Split Pea Soup, one of our soups of the day! Follow this link to view today’s specials.
Tomorrow is Tasty Tuesday! Stop by to taste this week’s healthy picnic recipe and to sign-up for your chance to win a picnic table!
Bob’s Red Mill is sponsoring a Gluten-Free Cooking Class tonight at Rollin’ Oats Tampa! Our very own Gluten-Free Gidget will be whipping up a delicious menu featuring Tabbouli Lettuce Wraps, Banana Spice Cupcakes, and a bonus Bread recipe, all Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free! Gluten-Free has never tasted so good!
Did you miss this month’s Cooking Class? Never fear! Sign-ups for next month’s class will begin August 1st! August’s theme comes in response to an overwhelming request for another “Uncooking” Raw Foods Class. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Raw Foods 101 Class!