Nurture Your Mind & Body, with these 5 Simple Solutions by Andrea Needham

Nurture Your Mind & Body, with these 5 Simple Solutions By

Andrea Needham

In an era where life’s pace seems relentless, prioritizing your well-being and self-care is more important than ever. This comprehensive guide, courtesy of HealthBear, is designed to help you navigate the complexities of maintaining a balanced lifestyle. With practical tips and strategies, you’ll learn how to set achievable goals, integrate self-care into your daily routine, and embrace activities that enhance your overall wellness. Let’s embark on a journey towards a more fulfilled and healthier you.

#1: Set Achievable Wellness Goals


Setting realistic wellness goals is the first step to a healthier you. Identify what wellness personally means to you. It could be enhancing your physical fitness, achieving better sleep, or finding peace through meditation. Whatever your goals, make them specific and achievable. Regularly track your progress to maintain motivation and stay accountable. Celebrate the small victories, as they are the stepping stones to your larger aspirations.


#2: Better Nutrition

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One of the best things you can do for your mind and body is to work better nutrition into your diet. This might include trading out refined carbs such as those found in pasta and white bread for whole grains, or cutting out chips and sodas in favor of fresh fruit and smoothies. If you need breakfast and snack inspiration, take a look at HealthBear to learn more about our high protein & fiber, no sugar and superfood packed oatmeal cups.


#3 New Hobbies for Well-Being


Introducing new hobbies into your life can dramatically improve your mental health and overall well-being. Whether it’s gardening, painting, or learning a new instrument, find something that excites and challenges you. Hobbies are a great way to break the monotony of daily routines, providing a sense of achievement and joy. They encourage creativity and can become a significant part of your wellness journey.

#4 Prioritizing Self-Care in Daily Schedules

Self-care should be an integral part of your daily routine. Set aside time for activities that relax and rejuvenate you. This could be a morning meditation, an evening walk, or simply reading a book. Regular self-care is essential for mental and emotional well-being. It helps to manage stress and maintain a positive outlook on life.

You deserve to be taken care of too!

#5: Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation

Incorporating mindfulness and meditation into your daily life can have profound benefits on your overall well-being. These practices help in reducing stress, improving focus, and promoting a sense of peace. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time; even a few minutes each day can make a significant difference. Mindfulness and meditation foster a deeper connection with yourself, enhancing your quality of life.


Achieving wellness and maintaining self-care are ongoing processes that require commitment and consistency. By setting realistic goals, embracing new hobbies, prioritizing self-care, and practicing mindfulness, you create a foundation for a balanced and fulfilling life. Remember, the journey to wellness is as important as the destination. Embrace each step and celebrate your progress towards a happier, healthier you.

HealthBear  has a mission: ‘To provide delicious, healthy and convenient plant-based foods for those seeking the benefits of plant-based eating’. 

Healthy, Happy New Year

Happy New Year Healthy Bears! Small changes can make a big impact. When positive changes bring immediate enhancement to your life, they are likely to stick. So here are 3 simple ideas to help you step into the new year with some fantastic upgrades!


  1. What is something we all have in common?  We all sleep!  Make this year a year of better sleep. Get out there and splurge on some new soft sheets, a fluffy down comforter, a luxe pillow. Invest in the practice of sleep like your life depends on it, because it does! Quality sleep can lead to reduced stress, weight loss and brain performance. During sleep, the processes of repair are in full swing.  Limit screen time, alcohol, caffeine and sugar prior to bed time. Do some research and learn more about sleep- this will give you empowerment to take control over this huge part of your life. Improve your sleep and improve your life.

    Upgrade your bedroom and upgrade your sleep
  2. How shall we avoid making poor food choices? Prepping! Pick up some new glass containers and commit to meal prepping this year. Pick one day a week to you set yourself up for success by arranging meals for the days head. If you have like-minded friends, consider joining a meal prep swap to avoid food boredom. When we are tired and hungry and have few options, bad decisions are likely to follow. Nothing is easier than popping something delicious in the microwave- so to avoid poor eating habits this year, prep in advance. Obviously, be sure you have plenty of  Health Bear Protein Oatmeal in the pantry so breakfast is covered.

    Meal Prep for the Win!
  3. Are you burned out at the thought of making another commitment to exercise this new year? Breathe some new life into your workout by making a choice to exercise al fresco. The best BOGO you can ask for: Your blood will be pumping and, Bonus: you get a pop of high vibrations when you indulge your senses in the goodness of nature. Hop online to find a new trail near by, swim in a lake or the ocean, ride your bike in a scenic location. Re-start your workout routine with an outdoor adventure and allow your mind to wander and ponder the greatness of our world. Health Bear wishes your a happy and healthy 2024! I

    Get outside and get moving!

If you are interested in receiving a FREE cup of Protein Oatmeal and a chance to have your opinion heard, shoot us an email below and we will get you set up. Just be sure to give us your mailing address and let us know you are interested in our short, 3 minute survey and we will take it from there.

OR, if you already have Health Bear in the pantry, whip up a cup and take our survey . Let us know you are done by sending us an email with your mailing address and we will send you a gift.



Gift Guide for the Hard-to-Buy-For


Health Bear’s Guide for the Hard-to-Buy-For

Think of the details that describe your friend and you will find the perfect gift.

Health Bear is made just for them!


Your Female Friend Owns her Own Business: Women love supporting women in business. Health Bear is woman founded and owned. Grab Health Bear as a gift and feel good you are supporting a female entrepreneur!

Photo Credit: Unsplash Mateus Campos Felipe

Your Friend is a Meat-Head:  Your friend is working their physique on the daily. Protein is his/her BFF. With 10-12 G of plant based protein and no added sugar, they will love to have Health Bear stocked in the pantry!


Photo Credit Hayley Kim Studios

Your Friend is a Tree Hugging Vegan: Your buddy is defiantly looking for breakfast options. Most of the other oatmeal on the shelf do not have added plant protein, are packed with sugar and skipped out on the superfoods. Show your friend you care by bringing them Health Bear, a perfectly balanced vegan breakfast!


Your Friend is Always in a Hurry: A mom/dad struggling to get the kids to school before the bell? A busy professional who has a nasty habit of hitting the snooze?  Health Bear is packaged in a single serve cup, ready to prep quickly and head out the door in a minute.

Photo Credit: Norbert Braun

Your Friend’s Poop Gets Stuck:  Show your friend you care about the painful reality they struggle with. Health Bear Original Superfood Oatmeal is highest in fiber with 12 grams of fiber per cup. This is 20% of daily recommended fiber. Don’t be a prude: upwards of 1/3 of Americans suffer from painful constipation, so let’s get real. Dietary fiber moves the poop!

Your Friend is Obsessed with the Environment: Factory farms processing animal protein are playing a large role in adding carbon to the atmosphere. Acknowledge your friend’s efforts by bringing them a thoughtful gift of Health Bear.

Photo Credit: Li An Lim


Good luck out there for your holiday shopping! Remember, you are a thoughtful and loving human and you will indeed find the perfect gifts this holiday season. Enjoy the journey and remember, the destination is giving! If you want to give Health Bear, find us in store or shop online:





African Farmers Seeking Assistance for Climate Resilience

Global warming is top of mind as of late, as we see reports of record breaking temperatures dot the globe. The sad truth is, the population emitting the least and destroying the land the least are rural farmers who are attempting to farm the land as their ancestors had before them and sadly realize our planet is becoming too broken farm.

At Health Bear, our vision is ‘To make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant based food’. Disadvantaged and impoverished farmers are experiencing life in the exact opposite way as our vision states! That is why we give to Opportunity International‘s Agricultural Finance Fund to find ways to assist in developing solutions.

Beginning in August 2023, 2,500 families in Southern Malawi will receive assistance and training to build resilience against climate change with Opportunity International guiding the way. Reducing vulnerability begins with irrigation projects, financial management, regenerative farming and gender equity training. Regenerative Agricultural practices on depleted soil and irrigation, along with implementing contemporary agricultural technologies such as Light Detection ad Radar technologies (LiDAR) will equip farmers with the tools they need to manage the challenge of a changing climate. Next, Opportunity will continue to fortify the farmers by organizing a Village Savings and Loan Association, which offers them financial literacy training and organizes group purchase agreements to further strengthen their positions.

Opportunity has mapped out a multi-year plan to continue to offer lasting change and resilience to climate change for impoverished rural farmers.  This is precisely why Health Bear supports their Agricultural Finance Fund with special events fundraising, speaking engagements and an option for customers to give at checkout at 

There are ways for you to get involved. Fill out the form below and we will be in touch. Or if you’d prefer, contact Health Bear’s Philanthropic Advisor Johana Mahal at




Healthy Eating for those on the Spectrum

Health Bear was recently asked to supply our Protein Oatmeal cups in a Children’s Autism care center in Indiana.  Why does a nutritionist select Health Bear to be available in a cafeteria whose mission it is to care for Autism patients and their families?

Photo by Carolina Marinelli on Unsplash

According to Cross River Therapy, Eating a balanced and healthy breakfast is especially important for those with Autism. They define ‘healthy breakfast’ as including protein, fat, and fiber. This trifecta of healthy eating will keep your child fuller longer and prevent a spike in blood sugar and a crash that can disrupt behavior.  Pea Protein and healthy seeds and grains are a great way to check all the boxes.  12g protein, 6g fat, and 7g fiber are loaded into one cup of Omega Superfood Oatmeal. 


Not to say this is true for all autistic people, but commonly, experts have noticed two foods contributing to negative behaviors and stomach issues. High sugar and dairy foods should be avoided. Its tough to beat the delicious flavor of sugar; even tougher to eat oatmeal without a sweet note. Instead of sugar, Health Bear is sweetened with all natural and plant based Monk Fruit. This means, zero added sugar. Oftentimes protein packed foods are fortified with whey protein, or protein from dairy. Health Bear uses pea protein instead of the typical whey to help people who are avoiding dairy but need some good quality protein.

Gastrointestinal issues are common for those on the spectrum. This is why the experts at Aeroflow Urology  recommend the Gluten-Free and Casein Free Diet (GFCF). Breaking down wheat and dairy can be hard on a child’s gut enzymes. Health Bear Food Company sources 100% certified Gluten Free ingredients and are entirely plant based.

Health Bear is flattered and wonderfully surprised to learn we are being welcomed into the cafeteria at an autism center. Our vision is ‘To make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant based food’. This vision is being realized when we are able to help people struggling with Autism find food that helps them along on their journey.


If you have an on-campus dining facility and would like to get information on wholesale pricing for your services, please let us know and we will get in touch with all of the information you need.


Summer Festival Season is HERE


Festival Season is Here!

Events that support our mission:

“To make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant based food”.


Health Bear LOVES summer! This is our time to get in front of people who are on the hunt for plant based, convenient, sugar free, high protein and delicious breakfast/ snack foods.  It is awesome to have the chance to introduce people to Protein Oatmeal in their hometowns where grocery stores nearby stock us year round.

Over the next couple of months, we plan on hitting the road and showing up at festival events all throughout the state of California. You will find us sharing our amazing plant based convenience foods at the following locations:

June 3, June 4th: Sacramento Vegan Food Festival

June 18th: Juneteenth in Berkeley

September 3, September 4: Bizerkeley Food Festival

September 9, September 10th: Mountain View Art and Wine Festival

It has been easy for us to find events in California’s Bay Area but want to stretch our arms across the whole state. If you know of an annual event in your area where you can picture Health Bear presenting and selling Protein Oatmeal, fill out the form below and we will look into joining you!! Meanwhile, keep an eye on our Instagram for festival additions and updates.




25 Female African Farmers to Receive Life-Changing Funding


$2,500 Raised to Offer Equitable & Sustainable Change


Health Bear Food Company has a mission. “To make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant-based food”. With the help of our philanthropic advisor Johanna Mahal, Health Bear was able to facilitate a fundraising event in May 2023 that amassed in $2,500 in donations to be gifted to Opportunity International’s Agricultural Finance Fund. This gift will give 25 women and their families financial services and savings, farming support and access to fair market prices in Africa.

Stefanie Beasley, Chris Laughlin, Lisa Matar, Johanna Mahal
Panel Discussion ‘Local, National & International Women in Food’










How did we do it?! A suggested donation of $50 from each attendee was collected. The first $1,000 was matched by corporate sponsor Synopsys. At the end, $2,500 will be given to the Agricultural Finance Fund!


As we celebrate Mother’s Day, it is awe inspiring to think of the gifts we were able to give to mothers other side of the globe. Hard-working farmers will be given the chance to take their families out of extraordinary poverty into a life of prosperity and hope.

Our mission at Health Bear is coming to fruition and for that, we say THANK YOU to all who contributed during our event. If you would like to join us in contributing to Opportunity International’s Agricultural Finance Fund, follow the link below and give on our website at checkout.

ReUse Pollution Into Art

Turning Pollution into Art

Part of Health Bear’s mission is to bring awareness around environmentally conscious work. We have found the ultimate “RE-USE” effort to share with you this Earth Day. Health Bear applauds Ocean Sole, a non profit organization employing Kenyan artists who gather discarded flip-flops and plastic off African beaches to create cool, contemporary animal sculptures. These artisans are re-using in a way that combines both clean up and repurposing in a most creative and spectacular way.

Discarded flip flops are turned into expressive animal sculptures by a force of over 900 staff and artists living along the African coastline. It is incredible to realize this phenomenal practice is cleaning up plastic debris, bringing awareness around ocean pollution, preserving the seas and employing creatives in Kenya. The nonprofit is removing over 2,000 tons of flip flops a week out of the Oceans!

Are you shopping for a meaningful gift for an animal lover, environmentalist or art collector? Support this incredible effort by shopping at Ocean Sole.


Recycle For Earth Day

As we celebrate Earth Day, Health Bear Food Co. wants to remind you of the ways we can each make a difference by taking a moment to recycle and teaching others in our lives to do the same. Health Bear’s mission is to make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant based food. That is why we have brought on Mike Acker, Sustainability Advisor to Health Bear to help the company make good, earth friendly choices.


Here are 4 household recycling tips from our Sustainability Coordinator, Mike Acker to help you make a positive impact on our planet, and have some fun at the same time!

1 . Know your city’s recycling rules!

Take a minute to post the guide from your city’s recycling service so that your family knows what can and cannot be recycled. Many, like San Diego, allow for materials (glass, metal, rigid plastic, paper & cardboard) to be mixed while others require some sorting.  It’s important to avoid recycling items such as plastic bags, plastic straws, styrofoam, and food-contaminated items, as they can contaminate the recycling stream and hinder the recycling process.


2. Set Up a Home Recycling Station.

Creating a designated recycling station at home can make recycling more fun and convenient. If your city does not allow mixed recycling, set up bins or containers labeled for different types of recyclables, such as paper & cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal, in a central location in your home. Educate your family members about the importance of recycling and the items that can be recycled, and make it a habit to properly sort and dispose of recyclables in the designated bins.


3. Practice Proper Recycling Preparation:

Paper products must be free of food waste, pet waste, oil or excessive dirt. If your pizza box is greasy inside, for example, you can still recycle the top of the box. Rinse out containers to remove any food residue, and remove caps and lids, as they are often made from different materials that may not be recyclable. Flatten cardboard boxes to save space If you bag up your recycling, don’t make the mistake of using a non-recyclable plastic bag that will clog the sorting machine!

4. Reduce, Reuse, and Repurpose:

Recycling is just one part of reducing waste. Before tossing items into the recycling bin, consider if they can be reused or repurposed. For example, your Health Bear cups can be used to plant and grow an herb garden, your glass jars can be used for storage, your old t-shirts can be turned into rags.


Reduce for Earth Day

Reduce for Earth Day

Health Bear embraces Earth Day with a wide-open bear hug. Our mission is To make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant based food. SO… Earth Day is a big day for us. Health Bear is made of 100% plant ingredients- which is easy for your body and the planet to digest.

You know the slogan: Reduce Reuse and Recycle.  As a consumer, overwhelmed thinking of going as package-free as possible until I talked to Meredith, a Low Waste Specialist and owner of Ethos in Santa Cruz, CA and Downtown Los Gatos, CA.

I felt overwhelmed when I began to think of going as ‘low waste’ as possible… so I asked Meredith,  “When the journey of going low waste begins, many  feel overwhelmed. What is your advice for getting started living a low waste lifestyle?”

Meredith replies, “Start small.  It’s easy to start viewing your household through a low-waste lens and begin to see just how much may needs to be changed. In order to make these sustainable changes, you have to take it one small step at a time. You may also find that there is some trial and error involved in finding what works for you or your family. That’s ok. Go easy on yourself and know that even if you make small changes that these add up to create a big impact”.


Out of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, our new favorite is REDUCE thanks to small business operations like Ethos who can help us take one small step at a time to reduce waste and add new earth-friendly habits into daily life.  For me, I started simply with a no waste toothpaste and compostable, refillable dental floss. Second step was buying my laundry detergent from Ethos. I have the zero waste detergent in a coffee mug in my laundry room!

This Earth Day, head to Ethos if you are in the South Bay Area or find a low-waste store near you. Not many options?  Visit

Meet Meredith: Owner of Ethos Santa Cruz & Los Gatos.