The Clean 15

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Avocados are not only an exceptionally nutritious super-food, they have topped the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) — The Clean 15. According to EWG, fruits and vegetables on The Clean 15 list had the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination.

Just like with The Dirty Dozen, I use the EWG’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to inform ...

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Delicious Summer Beverages – Hold the Processed Sugar

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Someone recently told me that June is National Fruits and Vegetables month! And with the abundance of these food items in our stores and at our farmers markets, we can create some delicious, thirst quenching summer beverages without the use of sugar.

I’m always on the quest for creative drinks that everyone loves (including me) and that are so much healthier. This week, I’m listing a few of my favorites along with some newly discovered drinks that I’m going to try ...

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Be Aware – The Dirty Dozen

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For the fifth year in a row, apples have topped the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of The Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen refers to the list of fresh fruits and vegetables that are likely to contain the most pesticides.

I rinse all of my fresh fruits and vegetables before I eat or cook with them, especially those with skins you are intended to eat. I pay close attention to the EWG’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, ...

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Those Wascally Wabbits!

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“Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries. But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden and squeezed under the gate! First he ate some lettuces and some French beans. And then he ate some radishes. And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.” – Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

If any of you are gardeners like I am, I’m sure you ...

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Probiotics 101

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It seems like you can’t turn around these days without hearing something about probiotics. Haven’t we all seen Jamie Lee Curtis in a magazine or on television touting the benefits of Activa and the probiotics contained therein? But what are probiotics, really, and why should we care?

Twelve years ago when I started taking probiotics, not many people were familiar with them. Certainly it was new for me. I participated in an herbal healing weekend in 2003 and was officially introduced ...

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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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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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Enter the No Flu Zone – Boost Your Immune System!

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Yep, we’re officially in the cold and flu season and there are lots of germs flying around. So how do you stay healthy? I recently read that one teaspoon of sugar has been shown to depress the immune system for up to 4 hours! Okay, so there’s one excellent reason to walk away from processed and refined sugars.

Some of us have already gotten a “flu shot,” though according to the Centers for Disease Control this year’s flu vaccine is not ...

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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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