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By Melanie Haiken on November 4, 2011
Chances are, you aren’t buying canteloupes these days, scared off by the latest scare in food-borne illnesses. Canteloupes from a Colorado farm were found to be contaminated with Listeria, and have now sickened hundreds of people and killed 29, the highest death toll ever from a food-borne pathogen. The problem is, this is just the [...]
By Melanie Haiken on July 20, 2011
When you open the cupboards in search of a midnight snack, it helps to be aware that some foods can bring on insomnia, while others help you sleep more deeply. So choose carefully! Here are five foods proven to help you drift off: 1. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods cause a spike in blood sugar levels, triggering [...]
By Melanie Haiken on July 8, 2011
Have you spent years wishing you knew how to surf? Golf? Kayak? Mountain bike? It’s time to stop wishing and start learning. Here, tips from the pros for how to pick up a new sport with minimal pain and maximum fun.
By Melanie Haiken on June 23, 2011
Announcement: I was chosen as one of the 5 best bloggers by the good folks at Athleta’s Chi blog. Along with this honor, www.Health-Conscious-Travel gets to participate in a giveaway. The prize: A $100 gift card from Athleta! Win by telling www.Health-Conscious-Travel.com about your favorite sport, fitness or outdoors activity in the comments section below.
By Melanie Haiken on May 12, 2011
Studies have shown that the light from backlit computer screens and iPads — and to a slightly lesser extent, TV — are seriously sabotaging modern sleep habits.
By Melanie Haiken on April 30, 2011
When you travel, you want to bring things that weigh almost nothing, take up little space in your suitcase, and do double-or triple-duty as part of a multitude of different outfits.
By Melanie Haiken on April 2, 2011
Lately, loads of folks have been asking me for recommendations for the perfect spring break getaway for sun and surf. Well, I’ve got the answer: Santa Barbara.
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By Melanie Haiken on March 25, 2011
I’ve been in the Nehalem Bay area for just two days, and already I’m planning my next visit. Rarely do I stumble upon a getaway that has everything I need, everything I want (two different things) and no gaggles of people around to disturb the perfection.
By Melanie Haiken on March 18, 2011
The beach at Xpu-Há in the Yucatan I’m posting this from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, now known to most visitors as the Riviera Maya. Yes, this is one of those carefully coined tourism catchphrases, but at least in this case it’s not too far-fetched. One glance at the photo to the right and you’ll [...]
By Melanie Haiken on February 24, 2011
Toronto fights bed bugs with signs Once almost completely eradicated from the U.S., bedbugs are back with a vengeance. First spotted in hotels on the east coast, they’re now making themselves at home in movie theaters, office buildings, apartments, public buildings, and college dorms all over the country. Recent bedbug attacks:• New York: Abercrombie & [...]