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Staying on track on Thanksgiving-Five simple tips!

Staying on track on Thanksgiving-Five simple tips!

For a myriad of reasons, the holidays can cause us to consume foods that we know aren't nourishing to our body or supportive of our overall health goals.  Sometimes it's the stress of being with family, the comfort and nostalgia of childhood dishes or the exhaustion of the holidays that drive us to dive head first into that bowl of mashed potatoes and scarf that third piece of pumpkin pie.  Whatever the reason, it is essential that we find a way to enjoy our Thanksgiving without derailing our progress towards our health goals or our self care. Here are a few...

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Stress and how to calm your body in 1 minute!

Stress and how to calm your body in 1 minute!

If you live in the world, you probably experience stress (thank you Master of the Obvious!).  Stress is not inherently a bad thing but the way that most of us in our modern world live with low grade stress regularly is terrible for our health and immunity (and energy, sleep, maintaining weight...you get the point). Back in the day when we lived in caves and occasionally had to run from a tiger or bear, accessing our "flight or fight" sympathetic nervous system was really helpful.  That's the part of our brain that releases cortisol and epinephrine (aka adrenaline) so when running...

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The Trick to Staying out of the Halloween Candy!

The Trick to Staying out of the Halloween Candy!

When I was a kid, my mom and I used to go to the store weeks before Halloween and pick up several bags of candy to  pass out to tricker-treaters.  Those days, they didn't start displaying the Halloween stuff until early to mid October yet we still managed to pick up 2-3 bags of some sort of chocolate-y delight well before the 31st.  Without fail, we would have eaten all of it by the time the actual holiday rolled around and would go out the day of Halloween and buy more to give to the costumed neighborhood children. I'm not sure if I...

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Criticizing your way into a thinner body (PS: it doesn't work)

Criticizing your way into a thinner body (PS: it doesn't work)

I spent most of my teens and a good portion of my adult life telling myself I needed to lose ten pounds.  Sometimes it was five pounds or sometimes it was 15 but I've spent literally decades of criticizing my body and telling myself that I needed to be different to be okay.  What a waste of time. Now I definitely lost some weight using calorie restriction and exercise but the minute things got stressful (or I cracked from being so strict with my food), I would put back on the weight that I so vehemently insisted was wrong and...

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Healing and Nourishing your Body the Old School Way!

Healing and Nourishing your Body the Old School Way!

I grew up in a very Western Medicine based house.  For any ailment, there was a pill.  We were pretty much pill poppers.  Now don't get me wrong-Western Medicine is a miracle when it comes to setting broken bones, acute trauma and eradicating infectious diseases like polio.  However when it comes to cultivating and maintaining optimal sustained health and nipping any small cold or flu in the bud, not much is better than some rest and a few old world food tips: 1.  Sleep-Have you heard the phrase "You can sleep when you're dead"?   I have and I despise...

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