Foods for Lung Health

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Last September, Portland, Oregon, registered the poorest air quality in the world due to the raging fires in their state. Read that again… In. The. World. Anyone who spent that particular day outside in Portland had inhaled the equivalent of 15 cigarettes according to an Oregon news source. And that smoke has made its way across the country to Maine due to the jet streams. Add to that, COVID 19 which attacks the respiratory system. Add to that, seasonal allergies. ...

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Summertime!

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Summer to me is about lots of things that start with the letter “S”! In today’s post it was easy to select categories that have “significance” and that offer “savory accents” to our summer experiences.  Food is so much a part of what we all enjoy – food is “social” as it brings us together; the “seasonal” bounty offers us a huge range of produce we don’t see any other time of the year. Summer also means we get to ...

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Magnesium Matters!

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In the past few months, several friends have commented on their insomnia, night leg cramps, depression, migraines and brain fog. Did you know that these can often be symptoms of magnesium deficiency? Did you know that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body? It truly plays a big part in the health of one’s body.

Even when we think we’re getting enough nutrients through our food, we may actually be deficient. Outside of bone, the highest tissue ...

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The Spoils of Oils!

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I use them when I bathe and shower, as room fresheners in diffusers, and as daily uplifting or calming modalities. Lots of us also love their fragrances in potpourri.  They are wonderful as part of natural cleaning products. I also use them in my Reiki practice, and I’ll bet many of you who practice yoga have experienced them in class in one fashion or another. Many of us enjoy them in herbal teas too!

Essential oils offer so much. Did you ...

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Helping Children with Holiday Stress

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Last year I wrote about sensory overload during the holidays, especially for the children in our lives. Since I wrote that there’s a wonderful new book out that could be the early and beautiful gift that keeps on giving. “I AM PEACE – a Book of Mindfulness,” was written by author Susan Verde, who has written several other children’s books including “I Am Yoga.” This amazing book helps children manage their emotions while learning to be mindful, using imagination and ...

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Brain Boosting Foods for Kids!

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Most of us are around young, developing children in some capacity so I’m really excited to share this book that I recently picked up. It’s written by an award winning nutritionist and provides wonderful, easy recipes and fascinating facts about providing children the right foods and diet for optimal learning, brain boosting and healthy habits. Read on…

Did you know that a deficiency in good fats like oily fish, eggs, nuts and seeds can cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties, hyperactivity, poor ...

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My Updated Research is in on Non-Toxic Yoga Mats!

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Okay yoga friends, I continue to get questions on which yoga mats are the least toxic and healthiest to use. I’ve had some great comments from many of you and I have done more research. I’m happy to report that my latest research shows that a couple of the mats I recommended in my first post are still on the list! I’ve also learned of some others definitely worth checking out. Criteria were based on possible harmful chemicals used, environmental ...

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This Balm is the Bomb!

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I finally found it! An amazing four-in-one skin care facial product that cleanses, removes make-up exquisitely, moisturizes and can be used as a mask as well. And let me not forget that there are no hidden toxic chemicals either. You may ask “Where can I get this incredible product and tell me more!” Billed as a “Best Seller,” this cleansing balm is heaven on my face!! While we love our Colorado climate, it’s dry and really dry during the winter. ...

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Have You Checked Your Pulses Today?

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Holiday stress starting to ramp up and you can feel your heart racing. You made it through Thanksgiving but now you’re in the 2-week stretch until the Christmas and Hanukah holidays. With parties, shopping, kids and family activities, baking, holiday cards to mail… have you checked your pulses today? Nope, we’re not talking heart rate here. Read on!

Did You Get Your Pulses Today?

Pulses are part of the legume family, but the term “pulse refers only to the dried seed. Dried ...

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Kids and Holiday Anxiety

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Holidays are great fun, but let’s face it, don’t we all experience some level of sensory overload and/or anxiety during this time? There’s an overabundance of activities, sugary and not-so-healthy foods, parties, decorations, travel and extra time with family and friends. Tough for adults to manage but how can we help our little ones through to avoid hyperactivity and/or meltdowns?

Over a period of a few weeks, their still-developing brains are suddenly exposed to extra crowds, noise, tree lights, and more ...

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