“March Madness” with Mediterranean!

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As the winter winds down, some of my most favorite comfort dishes come from the Mediterranean regions of the world. I subscribe to Clean Eating magazine so imagine my delight last night to receive my latest copy with several mouth- watering recipes. Numerous studies have proven that the dietary habits of those living in Mediterranean areas have lower rates of cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases. In fact, many claim it to be the world’s healthiest diet.

As we’ve all ...

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Could Your Toothbrush Be Keeping You Sick?

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Yep, it’s still flu season and one of the things you might not be thinking about is how “germy” your toothbrush has become…read on!

Okay, so we had a few funky germs in our home over the holiday season and while washing the bedding and airing out the house, I remembered that bacteria can also linger on our toothbrushes. Most of us brush at least twice a day. Funny how good health can be derailed when brushing with a germy toothbrush, ...

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What Do You Value?

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What do you value? Is what you value shown in your daily choices? Are you expending the appropriate energy each day toward that which you value? I find myself continuing to ask myself these questions as part of journey in a spiritual class I took a number of years ago.

Do my choices and actions reflect my values, to myself, to others? As the days seem to go faster, I am becoming more acutely aware of time and my role in ...

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Acid Relief Coming Your Way!

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Did you know that an estimated 15 million Americans use some form of acid-blocking drug such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid? That includes me. I’m doing my darndest to get off Prilosec. Their job is to block the production of stomach acid, but actually we need stomach acid to digest food.  Reducing stomach acid leaves us open and vulnerable to other not-so-great issues. My esophagus was damaged during chemotherapy (radiation?) 13 years ago, which has resulted in occasional acid reflux, ...

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Please Schedule this ASAP!

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Self-care is now being taken seriously and you hear about it everywhere! It’s not selfish, but rather essential to one’s overall health.

All it takes is 5 minutes, yes 5 minutes and bingo, you’ve done it! What I want you, my dear reader, to promise me is to take 5 minutes to pick a date this week and book yourself a massage! And no cancelling!

Christy Begien | Christy's Non Toxic LifestyleTop 5 Benefits

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Prevention, Healing and Tips!

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As we all know, this is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There is a ton of information out there and we are being brought to further awareness each and every day, especially this month. The onslaught of information to help and comfort, while well intentioned, can also bring feelings of fear, helplessness, memories of lost loved ones, and other emotions. I know – I’ve been there.

This month I would like to limit my part in the “information overload.” I am only ...

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What’s YOUR Dosha?

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Little did I know twenty years ago that an introductory visit to an Ayurvedic practitioner in Boston would help set me on a path of feeling better! At that session, I filled out a fairly comprehensive questionnaire about my dietary habits. I was feeling quite proud of myself in that I felt my answers would reveal a healthy lifestyle. I was eating tons of salads and juicing. My snacks mostly consisted of nibbling on raw veggies. Yet, I was dragging, ...

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Top 15 Healthy Grilling Tips!

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Many of us will be enjoying our grills this summer season, whether your food of choice be meat or veggies. No one wants salmonella from uncooked meat, poultry, or seafood, but let’s also make sure we aren’t ingesting toxins from overcooked, burnt food or inhaling carcinogenic smoke either.

 

 

The American Cancer Society notes that cooking meat at high temperatures can create chemicals that may increase your cancer risk. In fact, one study linked regular consumption of charred, well-done meat with a ...

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Emotional Eating – Who Me?

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Okay, so I think it’s probably fair to say 99% of us have put food in our mouths as a reaction to some emotion. We’ve all heard of the phrase “comfort” food, right? It helps us cope during times when we may be feeling depressed or out-of-touch with life. But then there are the times we eat when we’re celebrating too! I know I have justified eating the wrong foods and too much of them because “we’re celebrating!” SO many ...

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Soup’s On – A Flu Fighter and More!

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We’re well into winter, some places more so than others, and nothing says comfort like a good, healthy, steaming bowl of soup when it’s cold outside! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite and relatively easy to make recipes: Mushroom-Spinach Soup with Cinnamon, Coriander and Cumin!

Did you know that one needs to cook mushrooms to get the nutritional benefits from them? I used to throw them raw on my salads but now I know better. The Asian culture ...

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