Just Say No… to Toxic Yoga Mats!

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Are you a yoga enthusiast? According to a 2014 article in The Huffington Post, more than 20 million Americans practice yoga. Yoga Journal estimates that practitioners collectively spend nearly $27 billion dollars a year on classes, clothing and accessories. For many practitioners, a yoga mat is their first purchase.  Last spring I learned that many yoga mats, including the one I had purchased, are made from toxic chemicals that can pose a significant health risk. The next time you’re doing ...

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Bone Broth, Beans and Greens… Oh My!

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From time to time I’m going to turn my blog over to a friend or colleague who is really “the pro” in their respective area of healthy living. This week I’m pleased to announce my first guest blogger, Natalie Oliva, a bright, young foodie, with a degree from the French Culinary Institute in New York. She has a passion for fresh, healthy foods that incorporate seasonal ingredients.

When you hear, “Baby, it’s Cold Outside,” there’s nothing better than a steaming bowl ...

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Happy Feet: The Health Benefits of Foot Reflexology!

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Did you know that the human foot and ankle contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons? The bones in both of your feet added together make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. Our feet carry an incredible load everyday and yet are typically the least pampered parts of our bodies. Many cultures have practiced foot massages for years as an alternative to medicine in promoting good health and wellness. And ...

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Let the Sunshine In: The Importance of Vitamin D!

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I recently read that an estimated 85 percent of the people in the United States are Vitamin D deficient. I never knew that Vitamin D, which many call the “Sunshine Vitamin,” influences more than 10 percent of our genes. According to Mercola.com there are more than 40,000 medical papers on Vitamin D. This veritable mountain of research indicates that Vitamin D has far-reaching benefits to our physical and mental health. With proper amounts, many health issues could be ...

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Kale: Caped Crusader or Thyroid Threat?

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While Kale is the current superhero of the veggie world, offering a myriad of health benefits, did you know that it could potentially have a negative impact on your thyroid? How can that be, you might ask?

We read that Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston devour it; Kevin Bacon recently declared we’re in “the age of kale.” Bette Midler recently tweeted, “Kale is burning up the veggisphere … Never saw a veg go from wretched to wonderful so fast.” Virtually every restaurant ...

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The “Power of Two” for 2015!

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I believe that the reason most New Year’s resolutions have failed for me have been because my goals have been unrealistic. I too have been caught up in the fast and furious New Year’s endeavors of joining the health club with lofty goals of weight management along with the overachievers club regarding the overwhelming all day projects that surround many of us.

I’ve also been an active member of the avoidance and procrastination clubs. They just don’t work. But I have ...

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Top Ten Reasons to Love Celestial Seasonings Teas!

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Last week I had the privilege of touring the Celestial Seasonings facility in Boulder, Colorado with my friend, Susan!

This remarkable company has been dedicated to providing health, wellness and delicious teas and other products to the consumer for more than 40 years.

Founded by Mo Siegel, Peggy Clute and Wyck Hay in 1969, they are the largest herbal tea company in North American, producing 1.2 billion cups of tea per year. Their first tea was Mo’s 36 Herb Tea and they ...

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Top 10 Travel Tips for Staying Healthy

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“Let the games begin!” We all have heard that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest travel times of the year. While the beginning of the holiday season brings us together for joyful times with family and friends, we are also at a higher risk for getting sick when we jump on an airplane to visit them.

In the spirit of recognizing how busy we all are, and wanting to simplify this post, here are my Top 10 Travel Tips for staying ...

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What I Would Tell My Younger Self about Stress

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Ellen Galinsky, the head of the Families and Work Institute and author of “Mind in the Making” asked children in 1,000 U.S. families, “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?” Most parents predicted their kids would say spending more time with them. The results of the survey may come as a surprise for many of you. They were an eye opener for me.

The number one wish was that their parents be ...

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The Perils of Parabens!

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It is a fact that 60 percent of whatever we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream.

Sixteen years ago, following nine months of breast cancer treatment, I attended a weekend retreat sponsored by Natural Health Magazine. That began my journey into the “non-toxic” world of new choices and options that I would embrace and share with my friends and anyone who wanted to know. My biggest “AHA” moment came from learning about parabens, which I had been slathering most ...

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