Kansas City Facebook show shares vegan recipes, health tips

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Stacey Hardman, center, her son Todd Ashley and daughter Raven Ashley were celebrating the Chiefs’ win over the Greenbay Packers during Hardman’s “KC Girl on the Move” vegan cooking show. Sabrina Fountain, at right, was the videographer.

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First, Stacey Hardman stopped eating pork.

Then she gave up beef. Turkey and chicken followed, and then, finally, dairy products.

It’s been two years since Hardman went vegan in an effort to get healthy.

Now, she’s using social media to show people, in Kansas City and beyond, the joys of plant-based eating.

“Food shapes how you think,” Hardman said. “Whatever you put into your system, it is a different way you are throughout the day.”

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Kate Hudson shares tips on staying healthy during the holidays

Staying healthy around the holidays can feel like an uphill battle, but Kate Hudson has a few handy tricks up her sleeves to help her stay on track. The actor is a passionate ambassador for WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) and describes herself as “a disciplined foodie” who is focused on creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle for herself and others.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, TODAY Food called up Hudson to ask how she stays on track during the most indulgent time of the year and we also got her to dish on some of the Thanksgiving foods she’s most excited to indulge in this year (spoiler alert: gravy and sweet potatoes are on the list!).

Everything in moderation

Life is pretty boring without a little bit of balance, and Hudson said WW helps her live the best of both worlds and stay healthy while also staying true

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4 Summer Indoor Air Quality Tips for Your Healthy Home

Cooling the air inside your home isn’t the only thing you should consider this summer. As you turn on your fans and blast your air conditioners, you’ll need to keep your summer indoor air quality top of mind, says John McKeon, MD, CEO of Allergy Standards, a company that certifies home goods and appliances as allergy and asthma friendly for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

“You have to be a bit of a detective and look at all the parameters because there are lots of things that contribute to healthy indoor air,” says Dr. McKeon. While winter brings its own host of indoor air quality issues, summer indoor air quality issues may be impacting your well-being. “Anything from the environment you live in, to your air conditioner could be making your air dry.”

Tips for good indoor air quality throughout the summer

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Five tips for glowing, healthy skin this winter

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Basic skin care habits during the winter can neutralize aging and dryness.

Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryness and dullness.

All these factors can exacerbate the visible signs of aging, from loss of elasticity to lines and wrinkles. There are natural oils already in healthy skin that help create a protective barrier, but this time of year, extra TLC is essential to combatting both aging and the changing elements – and you don’t need to spend a fortune to make that happen.

Your lightweight moisturizers and oil-free cleansers work well in summer, but winter months call for a refresh if you

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