6 Easy Yoga Poses You Can Literally Do in Your Bed, So No More Excuses!

The biggest hurdle that many of us face on the path to fitness and good health is definitely laziness. After all, just the thought of giving up the comfort of your cozy, inviting bed to work out can be nauseating. But, what if we told you that you could work out-without getting out of bed? Yes, you read that right.

We had a chat with the celebrity fitness expert and wellness coach, Grandmaster Akshar who let us in on a secret: there exist yoga poses you can do in bed! Yup, there are some stretching exercises you can try every morning without crawling out of your bed and get a toned body.

“Yoga is the ancient practice of mind and body union that promises to deliver a host of benefits. The beauty of the divine science that is yoga is that you can do it even in bed as soon as you wake up,” Grandmaster Akshar.

“Usually mornings are hectic and one tends to jump right out to get on with the day’s activities,” he adds.

Including a few stretches in your morning routine can give you a toned body, along with a calming start to your day.

“Before you begin yoga on your bed, you could start with subtle exercises such as gentle rotation of your neck, arms, wrists, and ankles to slowly warm up the joints. Practice simple breathing techniques with your eyes closed and a straight spine. This will prepare your body for the practice, and keep you safe from practice-related injuries. Also, make sure that your bed is not too soft, in which case you should perform these asanas on a yoga mat,” he adds.

Once you’re done with this warm-up, gear up for these yoga poses you can do in bed recommended by him:

1. Balasana (child’s pose)

a.) Benefits

• Helps relieve fatigue
• Relaxes the body
• Regulates breathing and restores calmness
• Lengthens and stretches out the spine
• Gently stretches the ankles, hips, and shoulders
• Boosts digestion
• Eases neck and back pain

b.) How to perform: Kneel down on your bed and place your hips on your heels. Inhale and raise arms above your head. Exhale and bend your upper body forward while touching your head on the bed. At this point, your pelvis should rest on your knees and you’ve got to make sure that your back is not hunched.

2. Sukhasana (happy pose)

a.) Benefits

• Lengthens the spine
• Broadens your collarbones and chest
• Calms the mind
• Reduces anxiety, stress, and mental tiredness
• Improves body posture
• Stretches out the hips

b.) How to perform: Sit in an upright position with both legs stretched out in front of you. Fold the left leg and tuck it inside the right thigh. Then, fold the right leg and tuck it inside the left thigh. Now, place your palms on the knees and sit straight with your spine erect.

3. Marjariasana (cat pose)

a.) Benefits

• Great for relaxation and stress relief
• Stretches back and neck muscles
• Facilitates deep inhalation and exhalation

b.) How to perform: Get down on your knees, place your palms in front of you, and basically, get on all fours. Inhale, curve your spine, and lookup. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds and then, exhale, curve your spine to form an arch, and look downwards, focusing the gaze on your chest. This completes one cycle. You can perform 5-10 repetitions of this pose.

4. Naukasana (boat pose)

a.) Benefits

• Strengthens the lower back, stomach, and leg muscles
• Improves the functioning of the digestive system
• Tones the waist and promotes weight loss
• Eliminates gastrointestinal discomfort
• Tones up abdominal muscles
• Boosts circulatory, nervous, and hormonal systems

b.) How to perform: Lie down on your back. Lift up your upper and lower body to balance on your sitting bone or your hips. Your toes must be aligned with your eyes and your knees and back must be absolutely straight. Also, keep your arms parallel to the ground and pointing forward, tighten your abdominal muscles, and exhale. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and get back to the resting position.

5. Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose)

a.) Benefits

• Aids digestion and can be practiced right after meals
• Strengthens the muscles
• Relaxes and strengthens feet, ankle, and knee caps
• Lubricates knee caps

b.) How to perform: Kneel down keeping your heels close to each other. Do not place the toes on top of each other. Instead, the right and left foot must be next to each other. Place your palms on your knees facing upwards. Straighten your back and look forward. Hold it for a couple of minutes if you can.

6. Paschimottanasana (seated-forward bend)

a.) Benefits

• Acts as a stress reliever
• Reduces fat deposits in the abdomen
• Reduces anxiety, anger, and irritability
• Stretches the spine and brings flexibility
• Relieves constipation and digestive disorders
• Tones up the abdominal pelvic organs
• It regulates the menstrual cycle

b.) How to perform: Sit with your legs stretched out in front of you. Now, bend your knees slightly and extend your arms upwards while keeping your spine erect. Exhale and try to breathe out the air from your stomach. While exhaling, bend forward at the hip and place your upper body on your legs. Lower your arms and try to touch your toes with your fingers and knees with your nose. Hold the pose for 10 seconds and repeat.

We say you do these right after waking up but really, any time is good when it comes to yoga. These can be done from the comfort of your bed, so no excuses anymore! Make these easy yoga poses you can do in bed a part of your routine and you’ll have health on your side.

Love Napping? Here Are 5 Bad Things That Can Happen When You Sleep Too Much

Everyone will agree that nothing beats a good night’s sleep. All you look forward to after a tiring day at the office is a warm home-cooked meal, followed by some necessary rest.

However, have you ever wondered if you are sleeping too much? Or do you feel drowsy throughout the day? If you said yes and then wished to be in your bed again, then sister: it’s time to zap the nap. Because sleeping too much also has consequences.

In fact, here are five things that happen when you sleep too much:

1. You have a higher risk of diabetes

Studies have shown that sleeping too much can increase the risk of diabetes. According to a study published in the American Diabetes Association, both short and long sleep durations are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

2. Sleeping too much causes obesity

A study conducted by the University of Glasgow shows that abnormal sleeping habits may increase the risk of obesity among those who are predisposed to being overweight genetically.

The study found that people sleeping for a short duration (less than seven hours per night) and long durations (over nine hours per night) face increased risk of being overweight, compared with those who slept for normal duration.

The research found people who sleep for long hours and had a high genetic risk of obesity were about four kilos heavier.

3. You’re also at the risk of heart disease

A study published in the journal Sleep Medicine concluded that women who reported daytime sleepiness almost every day, compared to those who did so rarely/never, had an elevated adjusted risk of cardiovascular disease.

4. It can also might be an indicator of depression

Oversleeping is a sign of disordered sleep, similar to insufficient sleep. According to research papers, oversleeping among younger adults and teenagers can be a sign of depression. An estimated 40% or more of adults under 30 years of age with depression experience hypersomnia.

That said, sleeping too much can also make symptoms of depression worse. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation y’all.

5. Oversleeping can also impact your brain

A startling research paper published in the Journal Of American Geriatrics found that sleeping too much can make the brain age by two years and impact your concentration.

Healthy Summer: 7 Quick Tips to Stay Fit, Happy

While there is no perfect time to set new health goals, jump-starting your way towards a healthier lifestyle, especially, during summer time, can give you countless reasons to stay fit and happy even when the temperature is at its peak.

Here are a few tips to make your summer ultra-worthwhile:

1. Eat a balanced diet, focusing more on fruits and vegetables such as cucumber, watermelon, berries, etc, to keep you energized, help you maintain a healthy weight, and strengthen your immune system.

2. Limit the intake of fried foods, like vadas, samosas, chips, bhajias, farsans, etc, as they contain a large number of fats and oils that can hamper digestion.

3. Avoid caffeine or carbonated drinks, alcoholic beverages, and those high in sugar that can lead to dehydration.

4. Get outside and get moving – try walking, jogging, running, swimming, bike riding, cycling with your kids and family.

5. Biking to work is a good option to stay fit and lose weight. Studies suggest that bike commuters are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all-cause mortality.

6. Relax and de-stress by going outside – do some breathing exercises that can help relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

7. Set regular bedtimes and wake times to get adequate sleep. Avoid staying up late and drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime.

If you haven’t thought of setting any health goals until now, start doing today for a healthier, happier you!

Why Yoga Should be Part of Your Life

A regular yoga practice can benefit you physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. While some practice yoga for weight loss, to manage hypertension, lower cholesterol, or for other physical reasons, many people adopt the practice to enjoy a peaceful life. Whatever is the reason, those who include yoga as a quintessential ingredient of their lives report enjoying a higher quality of life.

So why should you adopt Yoga? Here a few reasons!

1. Helps with weight management: Through the twists and bends and cleansing practices, yoga stimulates detoxification, the preliminary requirement for effective weight loss. Also, it promotes better metabolism and fat-burning potential. Regular practice of yoga also helps to reduce stress, thereby lowering cortisol, the primary culprit behind the dreaded belly fat.
Yoga also improves muscle mass and tones and shapes up the body. In short, it helps you eliminate the excess fat and gives you a wonderful shape.

2. Stronger bones and joints: The various balancing postures of yoga improve bone density and strengthen the joints and bones. This cuts down the risks of osteoporosis, fractures, and arthritis through bone loss.

3. Improves muscle tone and strength: Asanas strengthen the muscles and encourage muscle definition. The increased oxygenation through conscious breathing patterns also ensures that the fascia remains flexible, thereby improving muscle tone and strength.

4. Corrects postural imbalances: Sitting in front of the PC for longer durations, improper standing, and sleeping postures, and lifting weights the incorrect way disrupts the posture. Studies reveal that people who practice yoga regularly have better posture and less pain. Yoga poses help to make the spine longer, stronger, and more supple. This also helps to ease postural troubles, including back pain and cervical issues.

5. Helps with menstruation and menopause issues: Yoga may help to ease menstrual woes including water retention, bloating, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, and irregular menstrual cycles. Various restorative and balancing poses are also known to help with menopausal symptom management, including hot flashes and osteoporosis.

6. Help keep diabetes under control: Various yoga poses and Pranayama techniques could help to improve insulin sensitivity, lower anti-diabetic drug usage, promote weight loss, and curb spiraling sugar levels. Yoga also helps to lower stress, one of the primary contributing factors to Type II Diabetes. Yoga, when practiced regularly, gives diabetic patients a chance to enjoy a better lifestyle.

7. Therapeutic for stress and anxiety: Lower stress and anxiety are two reasons why many people opt for doing yoga. And, yes, studies have proven that yoga poses, especially inversions and restorative poses do lower cortisol. Simultaneously, various asanas and Pranayama techniques uplift the mood by triggering the secretion of feel-good hormones, dopamine, and serotonin.

8. Good for a healthy digestive system: Yoga poses ease digestive woes including hyperacidity, bloating, and flatulence. Certain poses like Pavanamuktasana work directly on the abdomen, offering immediate relief. The regular practice of Vajrasana, the Thunderbolt Pose, is known to boost digestive fire. In addition, the yogic twists ensure that toxins are expelled, thereby offering relief from constipation.

9. Helps with high blood pressure: Conscious breathing practices promote better oxygen intake, thereby improving circulation and keeping the blood pressure under control.

10. Gifts a good night’s Sleep: A 15-minute gentle yoga session before bedtime helps you sleep better. Studies suggest that yoga is therapeutic for insomnia as well.

Last but not least, the regular practice of yoga could help you lead a better life. So take your pick of reasons, and make yoga a part of your life!

Lesser Known Vegetables

Eating a wide variety of plants daily may be one the most important and least appreciated things we can do to improve our health. Traditional cultures ate a wide variety of vegetables/plants – so many in fact that it is challenging for some of us to replicate this practice in modern life. Traditional cultures also focused on diversity with the plant itself – they consumed the root, leaves, stems, seeds, etc. It is estimated that traditional cultures ate as many as 300 to 400 different plants and animals per year and up to 15 – 20 per day, whereas today it averages to about 20-40 per lifetime for many people.

Our microbiome still benefits from this diversity and this may be one of the reasons there is such a high prevalence of gut, autoimmune, and chronic disease issues today. The microbiome itself is incredibly diverse and requires dietary diversity to maintain itself. The microbiome is critical to overall health because approx 90% of our immune system is in our gut, it is the site where we absorb all of our nutrients and it is the site and producer of much of our serotonin, which plays a role in mind and mood.

So how does this translate to the way we eat? We actually get what we need from a certain vegetable after one or two bites – then we would benefit from taking one or two bites of another vegetable and so on. So eating a huge plate of broccoli thinking we are doing the right thing, might not be the most ideal way to get a diverse range of nutrients in our diet.

One consistent theme of the dishes served at Cook Together is that the menus usually contain several vegetables and usually a wide variety of nutrients. Menu 24 contains several vegetables that might lesser known to many of us. We can easily get into ruts with vegetables and shopping for them – we stick to two or three that we like and we do not venture very far from that. However we know that eating a wide variety of colors and plant species, as well as the whole plant – seeds, leaves, stems, roots, etc. is most ideal.

So how do we put this into practice?

  • Try one new vegetable every time you shop for produce
  • Grow a garden and plant a wide variety of plants
  • Include salads that contain rainbows of colors and different plant species
  • Freeze different organic greens and incorporate them into smoothies, soups, and stir-fries.
  • Utilize the whole plant –seeds, root, leaves, stems, etc

Opt for Right Food During Monsoon

People usually fall sick during monsoon as the moisture in the air triggers the growth and proliferation of many harmful micro-organisms. You must be very cautious about your food during the rainy season as the wrong food will give rise to a variety of infections and diseases. Reema Narang, Dietician at Doctor Insta and Mehar Rajput, Dietician, Fitpass advise people to include the following foods in their daily diet.

Instead of eating chaat and pakodas try having soups during your snack time. Soups are full of nutrition and give satiety. As well as it is easy to digest and is light on your digestive system. It is recommended to drink soups with ginger, garlic, and black pepper. These spices not only increase its taste but also help in improving your immunity. It also acts as a hydrant for your body during the humid weather as humidity speeds up the dehydration in your body and leaves you with fatigue and nausea.

* Steamed vegetables: Steaming softens vegetables while maintaining most of their nutrients, especially water-soluble compounds that are easily damaged by heat like Vitamin C. Steaming vegetables not only removes germs from them but also helps them retain more texture and flavor. Some of the staples of steamed vegetables are broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, and tomatoes.

* Smoothies: Juices are a no go in the monsoons, so replacing them with smoothies is the way to go. Avoid leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, cabbage, etc and use organic food like cucumbers, oranges, mangoes, tomatoes for the required nutrition. Smoothies are not only easy to make but also are time-saving. Adding chia seeds to the smoothie acts as an energy booster for your body.

* Sprouts: Sprouts are good for your health and it should be included in diet especially during monsoon as they will boost your immunity. You can have sprouts of green moong dal, kala chana, and chole with chopped onion, tomato, and lemon juice. Make your sprout chaat tangy and tasty and you can have it in breakfast, lunch, and snack time.

* Corn: Whether you are eating it from the cob or the bhel version, corn has many health benefits. It lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and acts as a diabetes manager. Corn is also rich in fiber and starch, which ensures the smooth functioning of the digestive system. Corn bhel is very healthy as well as a treat for your taste buds.

* Ginger: Ginger is a miracle spice and has several health benefits. Herbal teas with ginger like tulsi ginger tea, ginger, and black pepper tea will warm you up and improve your immunity. It is a rich source of chromium, magnesium, and zinc that improves the overall blood flow. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help in fighting against cold and flu. Coughing and congestions are common problem during monsoon. Ginger’s expectorant properties loosen the mucus from the lungs. It also soothes lung tissues.

* Turmeric: The golden yellow spiced powder is a well know immunity boosting agent. It is a miracle spice and should be included during monsoon. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to keep the sugar level under control. You should drink a cup of milk with1/4th tsp in the monsoon to keep safeguard yourself from monsoon illness.

Diet Diary: This Summer, Drink the Right Kind of Beverages

Beverages are essential to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Whether they are part of a meal or in between, a refreshing drink can help you rejuvenate just when you begin to wilt with soaring temperatures. Just like choosing your food, the choice of your drinks can make the difference between how you feel and how it affects your body’s water balance. The ideal drink is either pure drinking water or those that provide health benefits and replace minerals and electrolytes.

Many of us are unsure as to whether it’s fine to drink beverages with meals. The truth is that there is no need to separate beverages from solid foods, rather, sip in moderation. It is not advisable to drink copious amounts of water or cold drinks along with meals as it has been shown to suppress gastric secretion and impair digestion. A plain glass of room temperature water or some green tea or soup is fine with meals.

Better still, a squeeze of lime or lemon can enhance iron and calcium uptake from food, besides adding Vitamin C.

Another eternal debate is how much one should drink? It is true that an adult body requires an average of about 2 – 2.5 litres (8-10 glasses) of fluid daily. Based on the recommendations that 1ml of fluid is required to metabolise 1 calorie, this figure may vary with seasons and individual needs. This includes beverages, soups, milk, and daals. Thirst may not be a reliable indicator of your fluid needs. Inadequate fluid intake could lead to dehydration. Some of its early signs are poor concentration, lethargy, fatigue, and dry mouth.

Chronic fluid insufficiency can lead to hyperfiltration in the kidneys, leading to renal disease or stones. Severe dehydration can be dangerous with serious consequences.

Sportsmen or those exposed to high temperatures and children are prone to dehydration. They must ensure adequate fluid intake before and during exposure. Women following weight-loss diets may need extra servings of low-calorie fluids. However, those suffering from renal disease or heart failure must strictly regulate their fluid intake and their beverages. It is vital to remain well-hydrated.

Vegetable and fruit juices like litchi, watermelon, mango, coconut, or lime water and herbal teas are loaded with electrolytes, minerals, and antioxidants which help to fight diseases. They have healing and restorative properties and are simple, natural ways to enhance health and vitality. Boost your immunity with the green power in cabbage, spinach, lemon, coriander, lauki, and garlic cocktail. Create your own refreshing ones with these inspiring ideas and just chill!

7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

Our bodies are around 60% water, give or take.

It is commonly recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (the 8×8 rule).

Although there is little science behind this specific rule, staying hydrated is important.

Here are 7 evidence-based health benefits of drinking plenty of water.

1. Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance

If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer.

This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.

Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to lose up to 6-10% of their water weight via sweat (1, 2).

This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue, and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally (3).

Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening, and may even reduce the oxidative stress that occurs during high-intensity exercise. This is not surprising when you consider that muscle is about 80% water (4, 5).

So, if you exercise intensely and tend to sweat, then staying hydrated can help you perform at your absolute best.

Bottom Line: Losing as little as 2% of your body’s water content can significantly impair physical performance.

2. Hydration Has a Major Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function

Your brain is strongly influenced by hydration status.

Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function.

In a study of young women, fluid loss of 1.36% after exercise impaired both mood and concentration and increased the frequency of headaches (6).

Another similar study, this time in young men, showed that fluid loss of 1.59% was detrimental to working memory and increased feelings of anxiety and fatigue (7).

A 1-3% fluid loss equals about 1.5-4.5 lbs (0.5-2 kg) of body weight loss for a 150 lbs (68 kg) person. This can easily occur through normal daily activities, let alone during exercise or high heat.

Many other studies, ranging from children to the elderly, have shown that mild dehydration can impair mood, memory, and brain performance (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13).

Bottom Line: Mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair energy levels and mood, and lead to major reductions in memory and brain performance.

3. Drinking-Water May Help to Prevent and Treat Headaches

Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines in some individuals (14, 15).

Several studies have shown that water can relieve headaches in those who are dehydrated (16).

However, this appears to depend on the type of headache.

One study of 18 people found that water had no effect on the frequency of headaches, but did reduce the intensity and duration somewhat (17).

Bottom Line: Drinking water can sometimes help relieve headache symptoms, especially in people who are dehydrated.

4. Drinking More Water May Help Relieve Constipation

Constipation is a common problem, characterized by infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stool.

Increasing fluid intake is often recommended as a part of the treatment protocol, and there is some evidence to back this up.

Low water consumption appears to be a risk factor for constipation in both young and elderly individuals (18, 19).

Carbonated water shows particularly promising results for constipation relief, although the reason is not entirely understood (20, 21).

Bottom Line: Drinking plenty of water can help prevent and relieve constipation, especially in people who generally do not drink enough water.

5. Drinking-Water May Help Treat Kidney Stones

Urinary stones are painful clumps of mineral crystal that form in the urinary system.

The most common form is kidney stones, which form in the kidneys.

There is limited evidence that water intake can help prevent recurrence in people who have previously gotten kidney stones (22, 23).

Higher fluid intake increases the volume of urine passing through the kidneys, which dilutes the concentration of minerals, so they are less likely to crystallize and form clumps.

Water may also help prevent the initial formation of stones, but studies are required to confirm this.

Bottom Line: Increased water intake appears to decrease the risk of kidney stone formation. More research is needed in this area.

6. Water Helps Prevent Hangovers

A hangover refers to the unpleasant symptoms experienced after drinking alcohol.

Alcohol is a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in. This can lead to dehydration (24, 25).

Although dehydration is not the main cause of hangovers, it can cause symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache, and dry mouth.

A good way to reduce hangovers is to drink a glass of water between drinks and to have at least one big glass of water before going to bed.

Bottom Line: Hangovers are partly caused by dehydration, and drinking water can help reduce some of the main symptoms of hangovers.

7. Drinking More Water Can Help With Weight Loss

Drinking plenty of water can help you lose weight.

This is due to the fact that water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate.

In two studies, drinking half a liter (17 ounces) of water was shown to increase metabolism by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours (26, 27).

This means that drinking 2 liters of water every day can increase your total energy expenditure by up to 96 calories per day.

The timing is important too and drinking water half an hour before meals is the most effective. It can make you feel more full so that you eat fewer calories (28, 29).

In one study, dieters who drank half a liter of water before meals lost 44% more weight, over a period of 12 weeks (30).

It is actually best to drink water cold because then the body will use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature.

Portion Control & Macronutrient Balance

Why it Matters

Macronutrient balance is important because each type of macronutrient is necessary for different processes in the body. Macronutrients are comprised of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. The balance and amount of these macronutrients can have an impact on health.

Carbohydrates act as a source of fuel for the body, as glucose is broken down to provide energy. Carbohydrates are high in fiber, which has been linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fats help to absorb certain nutrients, maintain a healthy immune system, and support hormone production. Certain types of fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, have been found to support brain development, including memory and cognitive function.

Protein is high in amino acids which are used to build and repair muscles, red blood cells, and enzymes.

Putting into Practice

* Include the correct ratio for your body type of carbohydrates fats and protein

* Be mindful of overconsuming animal protein, think of this as a “condiment” on your plate

* Carbohydrate portions should be no larger than your fist, and the rest of the plate should be plants

Take away

Due to restaurants overserving quantities of macronutrients, some of us have lost touch with what a correct portion looks like. Being mindful of the distribution of each macronutrient on the plate during meals is important.

Healthy BBQ

Nothing says summer like a dip in the lake and an outdoor barbecue. Barbecuing and outdoor grilling can be a delicious way to prepare food, provided we consider some precautions.

Research has determined two harmful chemicals that can form during the grilling process. Heterocyclic amines form when protein found in meat is cooked over high heat, and polycyclic hydrocarbons form when fat juices drip down to the heat source and cause smoke. The World Cancer Research Fund released a review and determined that people should avoid eating charred foods frequently or in large quantities. Research has also found links between the overconsumption of sugar and protein (charred or not) and cancer as well.

Therefore pursuing the following helpful hints can be a great starting point to assure that grilling is both delicious and nutritious:

  • If you enjoy the charred flavor on grilled meats, consider eating these foods sparingly – both in quantity and frequency.
  • Enjoy vegetables on the grill abundantly. The charring of vegetables does not result in the harmful chemical that occurs in animal products.
  • Trim fat before cooking to limit the fat dripping into the heat source.
    Limit the amount of time food is on the grill
  • Consider using natural wood chips vs charcoal. Some charcoal products contain a petroleum product to make them light faster. We are not aware of any studies on this, but petroleum is something I personally would rather not have in my food.
  • Enjoy your summer BBQs and explore veggies on the barbecue they are delicious!!