Food Tip Want to eat better and reduce stress? Cultivate your green thumb. Gardening can lower stress levels and get us to eat more veggies.

Improve your mood and help wipe out stress by starting a garden. Research shows that gardening can help lower stress levels, foster a more positive attitude, and strengthen self-esteem. Spending even five minutes exercising in nature helps take the edge off and boosts our sense of well-being. And as every good gardener knows, toiling in the soil is a form of physical activity. Research also shows that people who garden tend to eat more vegetables than those who don’t — presumably because you want to eat what you grow. If you don’t have a yard, plant a window box of herbs.

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