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Forgiveness and Gratitude

Tis the season for gratitude and Thanks-giving. And it’s also a good time to practice forgiveness. Both forgiveness and gratitude have been linked to enhanced happiness and well-being. While practicing forgiveness can be a process that takes effort, daily gratitude practices can be relatively easy to accomplish.

The Freedom of Forgiveness

Throughout life, we experience disappointments and hurts both big and small. But when we are unable to forgive, we hold on to the negative feelings – kee…

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Shift Your Snacking

Snacking

For many of us, snacking has increased and daily activities, such as walking from the parking lot to the office and back, have decreased, leading to unwanted weight a la the “quarantine 15.”  Some of us snack out of boredom which can lead to unwanted weight gain as well. As we move into winter where we may be spending even more time at home, being prepared with healthy snacks can be key.

Prepare in Advance

Snacking on a veggie platter can be enjoyable and satisfying, but oftentimes when th…

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Optimize Digestion with Mindful Eating


From joyful holiday traditions to stressful news headlines, different types of events can sometimes trigger “stress eating” or cause you to lose awareness of the food that you are consuming. It’s so easy to eat mindlessly—grabbing a handful of candy left out on the counter, mowing through an entire bag of chips while watching TV, eating food just because it is there and not necessarily because it is healthy and nourishing for us at that time. The key is to shift from consuming foods “just be…

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Light Up Your Life With Red

Have you heard of red light therapy (RLT)? After learning about the many health benefits, I had to try it and I’ve been consistently using my red light for over 18 months. Without changing much else in my routine, I noticed within a matter of weeks: more energy, more power, better mood, less pain, and improved skin texture. And then when I stopped using it for a couple of weeks I felt the difference, so I’m back at it and wanted to share this information with you.

 

A red light device is…

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It’s Pumpkin Time…

This warm and hearty meal has wonderful flavors that are savory and grounding for a fall day. I added sauteed veggies to round it out. Or substitute all veggies for the chicken (such as peppers, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, zucchini) for a plant-based meal. Yum!


Pumpkin Chicken Curry

 

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless organic chicken breast or thighs cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp yell…

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Regain Calm & Stability with Meditation

Meditation

Has your head been spinning lately? Unable to shut off your thoughts and perhaps spiraling into obsessive worrying? Meditation is one tool that can help you to regain your sense of calm.

Meditation is a practice that helps calm the mind and allows us to be awake and aware, yet detached from our incessant thoughts. Many meditation techniques exist and studies have shown a multitude of health benefits with a regular meditation practice—from enhancing brain structure and function to turning on…

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Turn Food Waste into “Black Gold"

Several years ago, our neighbors wanted to know what we were doing to get such lush plants in our home and yard. The answer was compost—organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow.

Because it is so nutrient dense and provides so many other beneficial properties, gardeners consider it “black gold.” In addition to providing nutrients, compost can increase water retention of soil, improve drought tolerance, prevent the growth of weeds, improve soil microorganisms, and reduce…

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Are You Experiencing Nature Deficit Disorder?

Has your everyday routine changed drastically from a year ago? Have you been spending more time indoors lately? And more time on screens? Its time to combat “nature deficit disorder” and get outside!

While it might be challenging to try to experience the outdoors in the same ways that we did a year ago, consider adopting new ways to bring nature into your life. From wearing masks while walking or hiking on uncrowded trails, to getting sun and fresh air by spending more time sitting next to …

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Beauty is More than Skin Deep – Cleaning Up Your Personal Care Products

With winter approaching,  dry indoor and outdoor air can leave your skin feeling crepey and flaky.  How do you find the best body lotions and moisturizers that will help soothe your skin while supporting your health and personal skin care goals? 

Many personal care products look good on the surface but are actually laden with chemicals that can cause harmful effects, including carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and allergens. So, if you spend a lot of time considering what you put into yo…

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How to Use Houseplants to Clean Indoor Air

houseplant air cleaner

As fires rage across the west and health guidelines require that we social distance to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many of us are spending more time at home than ever before.  And some wonderful, creative DIY home projects have blossomed as people are working to enhance their surroundings. 

If you’re looking for a quick, fun DIY project that will help you enjoy the relaxing effects of nature and improve your indoor air, consider adding houseplants to your living space.

Did …

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